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Jose's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

131 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-0335
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Ranked #118 of 540 Restaurants in Cambridge
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Rindge Ave.
Transit: Yes, The Red line T, Alwife station.
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English first
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 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
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98 reviews 98 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I am from California and just finished my undergraduate degree in Massachusetts. One of the toughest things about being in Massachusetts all four years was the absolute dearth of good Mexican food. I may be spoiled since I am from California but Mexican food is so important to me and my sense of place, culture, and community. I came here... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The food is terrific, the service was very good, but the kicker is they have their own giant parking lot, which is a rarity and a treat in Cambridge.

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Manila, Philippines
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Can't understand why this place would have 4 stars. Shockingly bad food. The salsa and guacamole were somewhat ok but the tacos literally made me gag (raw and bland and chewy meat, microwave-esque tortillas), the tamales were just gross. The burritos looked way too big and mushy to be anywhere near authentic, but the flautas looked somewhat edible. Didn't try... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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76 reviews 76 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Went to Jose's for lunch and I'm going to be back. Had the only vegetarian thing on the menu; it was a combo of an enchilada, a chilli releno, rice and beans. it was awesome, nice sized portion and everything was really tasty. They also served some fresh made nachos with fresh salsa which they were happy to spice up... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I was hoping for a Mexican restaurant in Boston that I really enjoyed. This was not it. Salsa was bland, both the lamb and chicken dishes ordered were very plain. Both were suppose to be spicy. I am giving up on finding a Mexican restaurant that I would return to.

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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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