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Jose's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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131 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140 (Rindge Ave.)
Yes, The Red line T, Alwife station.
(617) 354-0335
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Today
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cozy dining

Overall, I give this place a good rating (average seems a little harsh!). I came here for dinner on a Saturday night with my boyfriend. We were seated immediately at a comfy booth and the waitstaff was very attentive. I give the food a "good" rating. Good selection and the food was decent. Loved... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
Melissa P
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Overall, I give this place a good rating (average seems a little harsh!). I came here for dinner on a Saturday night with my boyfriend. We were seated immediately at a comfy booth and the waitstaff was very attentive. I give the food a "good" rating. Good selection and the food was decent. Loved the atmosphere. It's a little cramped... More 

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I remember Jose's from their early days back when they were on Mass Ave. Then as now they were know for value providing quality authentic Mexican Food. For years they have been off the beaten path on Sherman Street. What makes the location spectacular is the sizable free parking lot adjacent to the restaurant. Inside is homey and service is... More 

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Kigali, Rwanda
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

There's something so darn charming about Jose's. It's got a spunky yet intimate atmosphere with diners spread among three rooms in a two-story house in residential north Cambridge. Being separated from hot spots like Davis, Porter and Mass Ave really gives it that quaint neighborhood-y feel. Truth be told, atmosphere trumps the food but I find the food good enough... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It's a mystery to me why Jose's is so popular. My husband and I had tried it years ago and found the food bland. We decided to try it again and were just as unimpressed. The atmosphere and decor are fun though.

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We came here with friends, and had my teenage son and his friend in tow. The place is a little tight, space wise, but the decor and lighting helps make it feel super cozy & warm instead of cramped. My friends and I enjoyed a pitcher of margaritas, which were tasty. Not the best I've had, but good. I had... More 

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Top Contributor
344 reviews 344 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

We were one of two couples in here at 930 pm and it took over an hour to get good! No drink refills or anyone visible to ask. Won't be back even though parking lot is huge!

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bodeeda
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

We ate here the day before we left the Boston area, I must say I was a bit uncertain when I walked in but the noticed how many awards they had on the walls, then the experience started with one of the best Anjeo Margaritas I have ever had, and the regional and very traditional Mexican cuisine was superb and... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Jose's is a neighborhood gem: great and cheap Mexican food. The outdoor seating in warm weather is definitely a plus. The warm tortilla chips with salsa are heavenly.

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Weymouth
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This restaurant is tucked away -- a bit off the beaten path. But, it is well worth the trip. The food is excellent. My family went (3 people) and we all enjoyed our meals. The staff is very nice. And, there is a large parking lot. Great food and very authentic.

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Madison, Connecticut
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Pleased with the place. Food is served exceptionally fast. Drinks likewise. All staff very friendly and efficient. Deserving if its top 10 Mexican ranking in Boston area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 131 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140
    (Rindge Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Yes, The Red line T, Alwife station.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 354-0335

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?