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El Centro Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
South End
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472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
+1 617-262-5708
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I'm always so surprised that people haven't heard of this restaurant. My husband and I visit this restaurant multiple times a month. The empanadas, grilled corn, shrimp salad and tacos are always a hit. It can get pretty loud inside when it's busy, but if you come for an early dinner, it will, likely, be quiet and cosy. The items... More 

Thank Kimmieryan
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Great food & margaritas! came in as a group of 7, called 10 minutes before and they were very accommodating and had the table ready for us upon our arrival.

Thank Kris10Sal
Boston, Massachusetts
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425 reviews
351 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Really great, reminded me more of an NYC style restaurant, smaller, less pretentiousness. Absolutely fantastic tortilla soup, and the tacos were all great. The flautas came out a bit burned. Would be 5 stars otherwise. Very good service.

Thank David P
Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 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 my husbands mole tasted like chocolate artificial cereal. We travelled many many times to Mexico... More 

Thank MilakdM
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 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 me of my grandma's cooking, whilst the Barbacoa took me back to the Sunday markets... More 

Thank Re A
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 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 can find food that will take you back to your best Mexican memories.

Thank Mariana R
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130 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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 and informative staff that will assist you with any questions. The menu is also Spanish... More 

Thank paul274Boston
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 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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58 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 472 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3309
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighbourhood: South End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-262-5708

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

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