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Dorado Tacos & Cemitas

Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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401 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2903
+1 617-566-2100
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Description: Specializing in Baja California-style fish tacos, real quesadillas, and...
Specializing in Baja California-style fish tacos, real quesadillas, and authentic cemitas, Dorado Tacos features an innovative approach to Mexican street food. Dorado Tacos prepares all its own salsas, dressings, gluten-free marinades, and meat rubs with fresh, seasonal produce and traditional herbs and spices.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Taco heaven!!!

Loved their tacos and how you can try different ones (2 or 3 is a good dinner). The salsa and guac are awesome too! No fuss place with friendly staff

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
enginerd
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West Lafayette, IN
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Been to Dorado on several occasions. The portions are very small so it is recommended that one orders 3 or 4 tacos. Each taco is prices roughly at around $4 so it is nice to try a few different tacos. The place is small and tidy. It is good for a quick, hearty lunch. I usually order the salmon and... More 

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Thank FancyHotelier
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

I'm so happy you've found consistency in our tacos, especially since you've decided to try a wide variety of our offerings! Thank you for the kind words -- I hope we get to welcome you by again soon! Regards, Michael More 

West Lafayette, IN
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

Loved their tacos and how you can try different ones (2 or 3 is a good dinner). The salsa and guac are awesome too! No fuss place with friendly staff

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1 Thank enginerd
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

Love it! I think you're right that 2 - 3 tacos make up a pretty good portion for dinner. Thanks a ton for reaching out, and I hope we get to see you again soon! Regards, Michael More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I've only been to Dorado once so far, but I'll definitely be going back. The chorizo and fish taco I had were delicious, as were the chips and guac. Definitely give this place a shot. Side note: They've got beer

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Thank Michael R
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this review, Michael! So glad you loved our chorizo and fish taco (not to mention our chips and guac!). We're really looking forward to cooking for you again in the future. Side note: You're awesome. Regards, Michael More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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138 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I heard about this place through my fiancee and decided to take a walk there through Allston before ending up in Brookline, it was worth the trip. My first impression of the food was how small the taco's were (these can't be it... can they?), then I opened them up and saw how large the servings of fish were. The... More 

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2 Thank Tim J
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

What an awesome recommendation! It's great to hear you were pleasantly surprised by the amount of fish in each of the tacos, and that the cemita became the star of the show. Thanks for the shout-out, and we're looking forward to having you guys back soon! Regards, Michael More 

Amherst, Massachusetts
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120 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Sweet little corner eatery with very fresh food. Loved the fish tacos. Wish they had a bigger space as it tends to be very busy.

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Thank Lucypower48
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

There are days we certainly wish the very same thing, Lucy! Eyes on the future. Until that day, it's lovely to hear you find us to be a sweet little corner eatery with very fresh food. Hope to welcome you back for some fish tacos again soon! Regards, Michael More 

Costa Rica
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It was busy on a Sunday night so we waited for a table. We had quesadillas and tacos and they were delicious. Service was super friendly and food was inexpensive. Sangria was good too!

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Thank PJS
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

It all sounds great to us! Thanks for being patient with us on a Saturday night -- I know it can get a little crazy. Be sure to let us know if there's anything you think we can do to improve! Regards, Michael More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

The brunch time quesadilla with scrambled egg, guacamole and home made chorizo was really delicious, accompanied with a side of fresh and crispy patatas smothered in hot sauce could not have been better. The Yellowfin tuna and chorizo tacos were also really flavourful and cooked to perfection. Also a must mention was the refreshing glass of a watermelon and mint... More 

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Thank Shyana212
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

Sounds like you got to try a little bit of everything, and we're so glad it all hit the spot, Shyana! A Chorizo Quesadilla with a Watermelon Fresca on the side? Just doesn't get any better than that -- especially when those afternoon munchies set in! We'll hope to see you for round two soon! Cheers, Michael More 

Monterey, California
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169 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Saw a lot of raves about this place, so decided to check it out. I ordered a taco plate with a shrimp and a grilled veggie taco that came with rice and black beans. I really was hoping to like the food, but I was really disappointed. The beans had a weird taste and the rice was dry (didn't taste... More 

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Thank Melissa P
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

Well that's not what we like to hear, Melissa! So sorry that your first go-around with us didn't quite live up to your expectations. From one Californian to another, I know how bad those cravings for Cali-style tacos can be, and it's a shame we weren't able to satisfy them for you. I hope you'll give us another shot to... More 

Boston, MA
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45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Amazing fish tacos, fairly priced. Great sangria, grilled corn, gazpacho too. Take out joint with shaded sidewalk seating. Great for lunch or brunch.

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1 Thank nicomaus
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

nicomaus, Thanks for taking the time to post your review of our restaurant on traveladvisor.com. We appreciate your enthusiastic comments about DORADO. We hope to see you again soon. Enjoy your summer. Regards, Michael More 

Independence, Missouri
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76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We were in Brookline to see the house where JFK was born but wanted to grab a quick lunch first. We happened on Dorado's and decided to try it. It was really very, very good. It's not a fancy place and you have to order at the counter but the food was tasty and the price was right. I would... More 

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Thank Linda E
doradotacos, Owner at Dorado Tacos & Cemitas, responded to this review

Well doesn't that sound like the perfect Boston day, Linda! So happy we could help you fill up before heading out on your adventures. Did you get to try any of our fish tacos this time around? If not, you'll definitely have to give them a go the next time you're in our neck of the woods! Cheers, Michael More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2903
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: +1 617-566-2100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

Description

Specializing in Baja California-style fish tacos, real quesadillas, and authentic cemitas, Dorado Tacos features an innovative approach to Mexican street food. Dorado Tacos prepares all its own salsas, dressings, gluten-free marinades, and meat rubs with fresh, seasonal produce and traditional herbs and spices.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?