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Ixtapa Cantina

177 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 863-8653
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Ranked #46 of 67 restaurants in Lexington
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Apr 13, 2014
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English first
Boston
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This may be a "family" restaurant but the food is so tasteless that it is a slur on our southern neighbor to call this place "Mexican." Think Taco Bell but bigger and with alcohol.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We have eaten here a few times over the years and found the service and food to be good. Just right for a tasty dinner on a snowy New England afternoon and better for a spicy lunch with dark beer after a hot summer's bike ride.The prices are reasonable. Just wish the big TV's were turned off.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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70 reviews 70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
289 helpful votes 289 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We visited on an early Friday afternoon. We were greeted in a friendly manner and seating was available right away. We were quickly served hot taco chips and a well prepared salsa. We tried the special lunch. Two tacos, one chicken and one pork. Chicken certainly was good. The pork was wonderful. Served with beans, rice and veggies with shredded... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Who would guess on a Tuesday a place is so packed you should have made a reservation? Ixtapa Cantina is that place at 7. It's hopping and everyone is having a very good time. To say it's family-friendly is an understatement. Every single table has kids except us. We have left all of our kids at home. Someone is drinking... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The service is very good and they offer coupons but the food is very ordinary. Good but not great. Been there twice. Not sure I'll go again.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Mexican food is ok, about average, nothing to get excited over. Prices were good and a good place to take the family / young kids. Enjoyed my sizzling fajita, but I would not go back, had much better Mexican food elsewhere.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Coupons will get ya in the door but this is just a so-so eatery. Service is find but the food is definitely forgettable.

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Boston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Love this place. My wife and I used to come here before we had kids. And now we come even more often now that we have a toddler. The food is great. Service is decent. Good value for your money. Its just a fun place to dine. Its noisy during peak hours, though. This is a popular destination for families... More

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Peabody
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Great food, Nice presentation, Prompt, Friendly service

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

This is the kind of place Billy Joel sang about except of course he was using the local Italian restaurant as his hangout. The food is not fabulous but it's very good and very reasonably priced. You will encounter lots of tables with kids of all ages but you will also encounter professional and alert waiters and waitresses with a... More

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