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“a mixed bag”
Review of Masa

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Ranked #369 of 3,206 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: South End
Cross street: Arlington and Berkeley
Transit: Arlington T stop green line, or Back Bay station on the Orange Line
Description: Masa Restaurant & Tequila Bar is an original trailblazer in the South End's "Restaurant Row,” one of the hottest dining destinations in Boston. The alluring space has been part of many wonderful memories since 1998. The copper bar at Masa is a local landmark, stocked with one of Boston's premium tequila and mezcal collections, complemented by award-winning margaritas, a carefully curated beverage program and its pioneering tapas menu.
Acton, MA
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“a mixed bag”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

We made a reservation for a Saturday night, and we were seated as soon as we arrived. Our table for two was tiny; it was hard to make room for our drinks, a bottle of water, bread and our appetizers all at once. The tables were waaaay too close together, and the noise level made it hard to have a conversation. Our waiter was polite and helpful, especially when it came to choosing tequila selections (they have tequila flights, one of the reasons we thought it would be a fun place to go) and dinner options. The food was good, but not outstanding. We would not hurry to return there primarily because of the claustrophobic and noisy atmosphere.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank EllinT
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Never again”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Made a reservation yet never had the chance to dine. Will not go back. The host did not care that we waited 45 minutes past our reservation. We ended up going around the corner and had a wonderful meal at 28 degrees.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Kbw511
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Bit dark but fantastic food”
Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

We came here late, hoping they'd be able to fit is in which was no problem, it was a bit dark in there & we had to use the lights from our phones to read the menu, not sure if that was because it was late but the food more than made up for it especially the $10 burger!! Our waitress was extremely helpful and friendly well worth the visit

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Thank Paul R
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Garwood, New Jersey
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“$1 tapas”
Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

$1 tapas! Is there much more to say! Well, they are actually $0.50 in the early evening. We got the sampler tapas which includes 10 varieties. We really loved the pork spring roll, the fried plantain, salmon tartar, empanada, and chicken taquito. The sangria was good also. A great place to start the night out.

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1 Thank krisquig
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George Town, Grand Cayman
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2 reviews
“Worth a trip”
Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

First night in Boston and we stumbled on this place. Excellent service and lovely food (especially the caprese salad). Tapas is particularly good value. Nice atmosphere, busy but not too loud.

Thank kwilk09
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