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El Centro Mexican Restaurant

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472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
+1 617-262-5708
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“guacamole” (18 reviews)
“chimichanga” (5 reviews)
“chorizo” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
Mexican, Spanish
$$ - $$$
472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
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Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

My husband was super hungry and we ordered 5 appetizers and each one of us had a main meal. The appetizers were tasty but the main meals were truly disappointing. The rise was sweet, the beans were old, my steak had corn in it and...More

Thank MilakdM
Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

I have never written a review before, but I really believe this place deserves one. As a Mexican living in Boston life can get a little bit lonely sometimes... but "El Centro" was the perfect place for a homesick person like me! The Cochinita reminded...More

Thank Re A
Reviewed August 29, 2016

The food is antithetical, tasty with a touch of north- Mexico charm just like the service, (smiling, alert and helpful) the quantity/quality-price are fair and good, the tamarind margarita is superb, decoration and sphere are great, the carnitas en salsa verde were awesome. Here you...More

Thank Mariana R
Reviewed July 31, 2016

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...More

Thank paul274Boston
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
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...More

Thank Ken F
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
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...More

Thank vkflowers
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...More

Thank ElizabethBCN
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
South End
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restaurants. It is also home to art galleries,
interesting boutiques, artsy stores and SOWA open
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Families with children
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: +1 617-262-5708
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