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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 21
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  • 27
    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
Not your chain Mexican restaurant

Jose's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is not your average Mexican chain restaurant. The food was very flavorful and not everything tasted the same. I had a marinated steak and was very pleased. It was well worth the trip. There is even a free parking lot in Cambride.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was unbelievable- the food was delicious and very authentic. The staff was very friendly and welcoming- the restaurant is a perfect representation of everything Mexican. I tried the sangria and it was just perfect like everything else in this place. I highly recommend everyone go here ASAP.

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RamiusC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Jose's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is not your average Mexican chain restaurant. The food was very flavorful and not everything tasted the same. I had a marinated steak and was very pleased. It was well worth the trip. There is even a free parking lot in Cambride.

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North Reading, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Good place to go for fresh Mexican food. Prices are a little higher than comparable Mexican restaurants. They are a little stingy on the chips and salsa but they are complimentary so can't complain much about that. Margaritas are great, lots of options and fairly strong. My boyfriend and I both got fajitas. The steak was great, chicken was ok.... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Fantastic margaritas, diverse menu (Carne asada with a side of guacamole is a personal favorite) and a large lot of free parking in Cambridge. This is tucked away on Sherman Street in North Cambridge and is worth moving off the beaten path.

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Monterey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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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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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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
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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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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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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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Additional Information about Jose's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Address: 131 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140
Phone Number: (617) 354-0335
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
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
Cuisine: Mexican

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?