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180 Common St, Lawrence, MA 01840-1507
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Ranked #1 of 144 Restaurants in Lawrence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Methuen, Massachusetts
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50 reviews 50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I'll steal a line from my Dad who calls Cafe Azteca a "hidden gem." You won't go wrong eating here. The food is freshly prepared for each order - nothing is pre-made, and their selection of food on their menu is quite expansive. There is a section of tacos, burrittos, chimichangas, empanadas - each offering can be made with beef,... More 

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We love this neighborhood style restaurant. The owners are lovely, very attentive and the husband is an excellent chef. Its cozy atmosphere, Mexican decor just adds to the most delicious appetizers, soups, entrees, desserts and drinks!! I had a a traditional dish called pollo rosita combined sautéed chicken with potatoes spinach & onion. The spices weren't too strong but not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Not a big fan of this place , food is not great and it is a small place . If you never had real Mexican then maybe you will like it

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Lawrence, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

NOT fond of Mexican food; but this place is by far the best I've experienced....great decor as well.

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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91 reviews 91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The décor was nice and the staff was friendly but the food wasn't good. I started out with the chipotle shrimp that was supposed to be lightly breaded. There was a thick breading on them and they were flavorless. I though the shrimp would have a spicy chipotle flavor - nothing and they were chewy. I had the chicken tacos... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My wife and I have eaten here many times, alone and with friends. I have never been disappointed. Let's not forget the tasty margaritas. The staff is great and the owners are always visible. If something you want is not on the menu, they will make it happen. All in all, just a great little place with great food and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This place is just phenomenal!!!!! So many Mexican dishes to choose from and the portions are always big and delicious. I've been to this place at least 6 or 7 times so far and have always enjoyed the full experience. Staff is always very friendly too

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108 reviews 108 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The first time my daughter took me here I said, are you sure?? From the outside it looks like a bar but once you get past the bad neighborhood and the lack luster front, Café Azetca is cute (but simple) inside. Prices are reasonable, food is dependably good as are the margaritas. You would think that we would have a... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My family and I go here frequently. We all have our favorite dishes and appetizers but I like to try the specials. I have not been disappointed yet. Street parking only but worth finding a parking spot considering the pleasant meal and atmosphere you will find inside. This isn't a place to just come to for the margaritas and drinks.... More 

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New England
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Yes you can get the TexMex if you must, but please do try the more authentic dishes. His Poblano Chicken is top notch. We go once a week. It is great.

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Additional Information about Cafe Azteca

Address: 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA 01840-1507
Phone Number: 978-689-7393
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Lawrence
Open Hours:
Sunday 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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