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El Centro Mexican Restaurant

South End
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472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great time with friends. Kinda hard to find or park, so we Uber'd it over. Terrific and artsy atmosphere. Extremely authentic Mexican food. There were at least 3-4 tables of Spanish speaking customers...always a great sign that the food speaks for itself. Also, very friendly and informative staff that will assist you with any questions. The menu is also Spanish... More 

Thank paul274Boston
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by here for margaritas and nachos on a steamy hot day. The service was great and the premium margaritas were good, especially the one infused with jalapeños. The nachos were a great price for the large portion that was served to us.

Thank D8120KJmaryf
Greater Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

The vibe is funky South End, the food is solid (more authentic interior Mexican than not), the margaritas are delicious, and it's a great scene. One of the best skirt steaks I've had, in fact! The Chile Relleno is really tasty, and the Chimichanga is not the typical deep fried, crispy burrito... this one is pan fried and completely delicious!... More 

Thank Ken F
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

El Centro is a small, local Mexican restaurant in South End. We were visiting Boston and fancied some Mexican food. This place has exceeded our expectations. Great food, fantastic atmosphere and massive margaritas! One cannot ask for more!

Thank beatkasie
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Looking for something near our hotel and found a listing for this place within a half mile. It is an interesting walk there past row homes that sell for $800,000 and up, but also lots of street people, many of whom appeared lost in drug use. Anyway, we didn't bother them and they didn't bother us. It was a pleasant... More 

Thank vkflowers
Barcelona, Spain
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

I'm prettty picky about Mexican food, and El Centro has a nice selection of "the real thing". I appreciated the homemade hot sauces and pickled jalapeños. I was undecided about what to order and the staff kindly let me try a few things first. Small space with poor acoustics, so gets loud when it's full - but worth the trip.... More 

Thank Elizabeth B
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Food was typically Mexican but nothing special, lacked a little something. Service was no better than average and drinks expensive, certainly better places to eat in this location. We asked about a few dishes and staff barely engaged - not very impressed to be honest.

Thank pphillips2016
Bloomington, IL
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

We had so much fun and the food was delicious. I had a glass of red Sangria and white Sangria. Both exceptional, as was the guacamole --so fresh and topped with crumbled cheese. My dinner of shrimp wrapped in bacon with cheese, avocado salad and rice was crazy good. We finished it off with Churros with thick dipping sauce and... More 

Thank ConBakDoug
Brookline, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Came here after work on a Friday night for dinner and drinks. All of us at the table ordered margaritas, which were all watered down, and super-weak. We all decided to switch with the next best-bet, which were bottled beers. There's a good selection of Mexican beers to order from. The food was great and tasty. Service was slow at... More 

Thank supersums
Lewes, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

Had a very good meal here on our first night in Boston. Have no idea what I had but it was hot and delicious. Would recommend to anyone.

Thank Liz H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Phone Number: 6172625708

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in South End

Neighborhood Profile
South End
Stroll down the beautiful brownstone lined streets while capturing views of Boston’s tallest buildings from a distance. Some of Boston’s best restaurants are scattered around this neighborhood. There are many gems to be found, from jazz clubs to classy bars and restaurants. It is also home to art galleries, interesting boutiques, artsy stores and SOWA open market during the summer months. The South End is a true find in the city, with a more residential feeling than Back Bay.