We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Pelon Taqueria

$
Mexican
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
2197 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135
617-779-9090
Website
Today
11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 56 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Favorite Taqueria

The Boston area has a dearth of Mexican/Central/South American restaurants. Thank goodness we have El Pelon. Tasty, well prepared offerings and they are not afraid to turn up the heat if you ask for it. The staff if terrific, upbeat and always eager to please.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2014
777Trout
,
Newton, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Delivery
Add Photo Write a Review

56 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Newton, Massachusetts
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The Boston area has a dearth of Mexican/Central/South American restaurants. Thank goodness we have El Pelon. Tasty, well prepared offerings and they are not afraid to turn up the heat if you ask for it. The staff if terrific, upbeat and always eager to please.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, MA
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Since my daughters moved on to their college life, the area is not frequented as much. However, my daughter and I grabbed a quick lunch there this week and the food did not disappoint. The prices have not been raised, it's been at least five years since my last visit, and the atmosphere was just as friendly. Highly recommend for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chestnut Hill
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was my second visit to El Pelon Taqueria. I am lucky enough to live closely and could walk there. I ordered takeout. Service was quick; wait staff were friendly and helped to guide our choices. The dishes my friend and I ordered were delicious and freshly prepared. Two of us split 3 dishes and there were leftovers. We tried... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, OR
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great eatery, not pretentious, close to authentic food. We had a house special with fish (two large tacos with fish, which is the size of this portion, is definitely enough for lunch!). Our daughter had a burrito. Yummi! I won't call this a hidden gem or the best tacos ever, but would definitely recommend if you are in or close... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

So, I am from California and moved to Boston after living in San Diego for 4 years. I really miss having good Mexican here on the East Coast and was eager to try out El Pelon. I was not disappointed! I ordered 2 carne asada tacos, chips/salsa and horchata. The horchata wasn't great but the tacos and chips were excellent.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Can't go wrong with any choice on the menu. Each ingredient is cooked so perfectly - the meat, beans, the moist buttery rice (!)... El guapo burrito and pescado burrito are real treats, as well as the all veggie calabacita burrito! Platos and others also recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Boston, Massachusetts
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

El Pelon has gigantic, delicious burritos. Normally I don't like burritos that are too big. They get messy, the fillings aren't distributed right, etc. However, El Pelon's burritos are so flavorful that I am happy to have a bigger serving (if I can eat past the fullness). They have really good plantains as well and you get enough to share.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The food is delicious! Long story short, I ate here as a BC student and I've been back here several times as an alum. Chipotle and Boloco (sorry Bostonians) don't even come close.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Glens Falls, New York
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Giving the fact that on this side of the world is pretty hard to get the ingredients to make authentic Mexican food, I think this guys do a pretty good job. They do try to have other than the typical Tex-Mex burritos, makes me very happy to see tamales in the menu. It is ok priced (considering how much you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Better than Anna's. This place is cheap, tucked away behind Fenway Park so it's great to go before a ball game. The food is better than Anna's---Less Greasy! The plates, rice and beans, have tremendous flavor. Anna's plates are rather bland. If you're in Fenway, hit it up, you won't be disappointed.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed El Pelon Taqueria also viewed

 

Been to El Pelon Taqueria? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2197 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: 617-779-9090

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:45 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:45 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Pelon Taqueria staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?