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El Pelon Taqueria

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2197 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02135-3853
11:00 am - 11:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 am
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

Don't expect atmosphere, sophistication, or whatever. It's a taco joint -- Boston's best. The fish and the carnitas are the best, but everything is good. It's cheap. Face it, it's kind of a dive. So what? It's terrific.

Thank Christopher L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Compared to places like Chipotle this place is definitely a step up. Pork carnitas are delicious. Can get very busy on Friday nights as expected.

Thank DSW_TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch before visiting Boston College (across the street). We grabbed one of only a few parking spaces then had lunch. The fish tacos were nicely done although I would have liked a grilled fish option. My daughter had a burrito which she said was very good.

Thank SCT67
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

As a BC student el Pelon is one of my favorite places to go to have a quick lunch or dinner. The burritos are super good! the Restaurant is cute, staff is friendly.

Thank Cori B
New England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Love this place. Can be packed with BC students but the service is usually quick and the food is great. I usually go for the excellent fish tacos. Used to love the one in Fenway until it burned down.

Thank minew
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

We needed some lunch before a BC tour and found this place. We are from California and have travelled throughout Mexico, so we know Mexican food. The food here was great, from the burritos to the tacos and the salads. Authentic Mexican cokes too were a nice touch. Recommended.

Thank Momto2_12
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

There are not many notable authentic Mexican restaurants in Boston. With that said, El Pelon might be more like a 3 star review if it were in any urban area with greater competition. The food is good, the place is clean. We ordered from the Tacos De La Casa part of the menu. I had fish, my husband had steak... More 

Thank juliamudloff
St. Louis Mo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

all our food was great, and not expensive. Ingredients were fresh, and portions large. Everything you would want from a Taqueria.

Thank pjsltk
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

Had a burrtio from el pelon when I first moved to Boston in March and it was superb. I did not mind paying the slightly above average price for this one but since then the quality has gone significantly downhill. Maybe it's the fact that BC students have moved away and they were the main demograph but I have got... More 

Thank Colin O
Andrew V, Manager at El Pelon Taqueria, responded to this review

Thanks for writing, and we can assure you, that we strive to give you the same amazing burrito every single time you visit. We missed the mark on more than one occasion and we are very sorry. Please email us at info@elpelon.com and give us a chance to make up for it. If it's not up to your standards, let... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

My two teenage daughters and I were looking for a quick lunch before a BC college visit. We found El Pelon and were not disappointed. I had chicken tacos and my younger daughter had steak tacos. Each dish was $4 and it was fresh and delicious. My older daughter had a chicken burrito that was delicious. She loved it. I... More 

Thank Richard L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Mexican, Latin, Fast Food, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2197 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02135-3853
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: 16177799090

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