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Jose's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

131 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-0335
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Ranked #158 of 538 restaurants in Cambridge
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
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English first
San Francisco, California
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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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Preston, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This was a great, good value restaurant serving delicious food & excellent margaritas! Definitely worth a visit.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Jose's sits on the railroad tracks in North Cambridge and serves up an incredible assortment of Mexican food. The guacamole is super fresh and creamy. I love the fish or shrimp veracruzana. Last nigh I had a delicious taco with steak and chorizo with potatoes, cilantro and onions. Delicious. I have had the house special chile rellenos as well and... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Every meal has been excellent here. We have now had the Burrito with Mole enough times to attest to 100% deliciousness... every time, no fail. Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole are perfect. I would upload more photos, but the food is devoured too quickly to catch a snapshot. I think my statement yesterday sums it up quite well: "I... More

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Arlington, MA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I visited Jose's for lunch on a weekday and had a very good experience. My somewhat customized order was done perfectly, and our server's recommendation of the black beans was right on as well. The decor is fun, and the menu has lots of options without being overwhelming. Highly recommended.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I admit it. I love fine dining. I also get the occasional craving for a simple, tasty, zesty, Mexican meal. Jose's is the perfect antidote! Great food, super-friendly, Spanish speaking, service. Especially appreciate they put up w my bad Spanish!

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