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“Lovely location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Temazcal Cantina

Temazcal Cantina
250 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (South Boston)
(617) 439-3502
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Ranked #723 of 2,881 Restaurants in Boston
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Boston
Wicklow. Ireland
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Lovely location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I really enjoyed my meal in Temazcal. I was impressed to be offered an iPad with the menu on arrival. Not only was the menu there but how the food is prepared and the history of the particular dish. I loved the food and the staff were all very friendly. On a nice evening it is lovely to sit outside by the sea but it is also lovely to look out at the sea from the comfort of the restaurant itself. If I ever return to Boston, this restaurant will definitely be on my list for ameal.

Visited October 2012
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Bergen, Norway
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Best Cod inmay life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We found this restaurant waiting for highlight of the Boston trip,Dropkick Murpheys concert in Bank of America arena. Walking on the dock we just stepped in.
Food was delishious, restaurant is fancy ( iPad digital menu:)) and stuff is very frendly, talking and attractive:). Prices are friendly too.
One thing I felt a bit strange, but that is maybe standard for US. After we have been finished eating, waitress came with the bill..I felt it a bit strange, as we havent got possibility to order dessert or drinks, as we should go:)..I appologize and I believe that it was misunderstanding, but it gmade me give 4 of 5.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere but very pricey!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The margaritas are delicious & strong but also $15+ each. The guacamole and tacos are delicious and fill you up. The whole roasted pig looks delicious but super pricey. Fun crowd - great place for singles to meet singles.

It took 1 hour to sit down & eat - but you could get drinks pretty quickly at the bar.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“If only the food was good...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Great location, beautiful decor; our server was very pleasant, helpful and efficient. They use iPads for menus, kind of fun but I could do without. If only the food was good, this would be a great place. Like most other reviewers, we were extremely disappointed with the food. It is very expensive and very bad.
We were excited to sit with such a great view. The beer choices were great and the service was attentive and helpful. The chips and trio of sauces were great. We were ready to enjoy some food and then we got it. The jicama/ orange salad would have been fabulous but it was too salty!!?? What is salt doing in the salad? The fish tacos were ok and the combo plate was just horrible. Can't say that we liked anything on it.
We would stop again but only for drinks and the view.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful Atmosphere, Indifferent Service,Food Absolutely Inedible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stopped here on our way back from Logan. The weather was gorgeous and, walking past on the wharf, Temazcal looked so inviting that we decided to dine there instead of at Legal Seafood next door.

The design of the restaurant is gorgeous; all soaring spaces, warm lighting and funky touches - even the entryway is fun and enticing. The views over the harbor are absolutely stunning but that's where it ends with this restaurant - it's downhill from there (and it's a long bumpy ride).

Our server was attentive enough to help us figure out how to work the iPad menus (that offer photos along with descriptions of the food) and he quickly took our order but then we never saw him again until he presented the check. In fact most of the staff gave off an attitude which implied that they couldn't be bothered with customers - "whatever."

Drinks were slow in coming but excellent - with a wide selection served in large glasses and very, very tasty! Temazcal drinks get 5 stars.

We decided not to order main courses but just a large selection of appetizers including chips & salsa & a huge bowl of guacamole (which was delicious). Everything else we ordered was either over cooked, deeply fried and greasy or tasteless. We left much of it uneaten, and instead enjoyed the view, sipped our drinks, paid and left. By the time we got home we were all feeling a bit queasy.

When so much effort has been put into the location and design of a restaurant, there is no excuse for the poor service and even less for the inedible food. Shame on Todd Hall for allowing his name and reputation to be associated with a place that serves food as bad as this.

In conclusion, go for the view and the drinks, order guacamole & corn chips then head somewhere - anywhere - else for dinner!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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