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“Cozy little restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Centro Mexican Restaurant

El Centro Mexican Restaurant
472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA (South End)
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Ranked #816 of 2,881 Restaurants in Boston
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: South End
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Neighborhood: South End
Baltimore, Maryland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Cozy little restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I went to this restaurant with a couple of friends several nights ago. It's one of those restaurants you might pass by and not notice. But when you go in its very cozy and the well decorated. We started with the guacamole which was gone within 10 minutes (highly suggest getting it). For some reason I really wanted just tacos. I'm glad i did! They were fantastic! Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Underground
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Cozy Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This intimate Mexican restaurant serves some tasty traditional offerings with a good sized menu of choices. We liked the chorizo guacamole and tortilla soup - good amount of chicken with fresh avocado chunks. The chipotle camarones and conchinita pibil offer subtle flavor twists on standard Mexican menu items. Good margs here, too. We liked the bricked wall atmosphere and rustic tables. We'll be back for sure to this little hidden gem.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Good food, great neighborhood charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

El Centro is a good little mexican restaurant in a very nice neighborhood in the South End. It's got that NYC village type feel as it's tucked on a back street (Shawmut Ave., parallet with the busier Washington Street, and on the corner of East Concord St.) Intimate little place that feels and tastes very authentic.

The menu is fairly varied. All the usual suspects, but with a little authentic pizazz. The prices are pretty reasonable too, as our the portions. Not huge, but filling.

The homemade guacamole is very good, and an excellent portion for the price.

It's easy to recognize that the mexican sauces are homemade, with nice local spices.

I've had the chicken with mole sauce and the version with the creamy chipotle sauce. Both are winners.

The grilled corn appetizer is worth trying too.

As far as drinks, they have a very delicious red sangria with a hint of cinnamon. I believe they also have white sangria and margaritas.

Well worth a visit.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Killingworth Ct
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I really enjoyed the intimate size of the restaurant. The margarita's were tasty but a little weak. The chicken Mole was delicious. The Guacamole was fresh and delicious. All in all a great little restaurant

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston. MA
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Funky overtones that compliments the modern Mexican cooking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

This Mexican restaurant has a unique decor with funky overtones that complimented the modern cooking style nicely. We ordered a few dishes family-style, and enjoyed the wide range of flavors and wonderful presentation. As a vegetarian I found many interesting options, especially I liked the guacamole made from fresh avocados (could be a meal on its own right), tamales and the mushrooms tacos.

Highly recommended

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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