Best Latin Restaurants in Boston

June 16, 2015
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by Zagat Staff

Experience the tastes of Chile, Peru, Venezuela and more at these top Latin/South American spots in Boston.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
Brazilian · Back Bay · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

“Bring elastic-waisted pants” and “pace yourself” at this Back Bay branch of the all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse chain, because the “efficient” roaming servers continuously “parade” around an “overwhelming” , “gut-busting” variety of meats, all “sizzling on a stick” and sliced tableside; the “upscale” setting includes a “huge” salad bar (vegetarians will have “no problem here” ), leading many to remark that the prices are “quite reasonable, considering the amount of food available.”
Taranta
Peruvian · North End · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

This sustainably minded “oasis” amid the North End red-sauce joints offers Southern Italian–Peruvian fusion that “may sound weird” at first, but results in a “phenomenal mix” of “layered flavors” fans declare simply “delicious” ; the three-floor space with brick walls and arched windows is “quaint” and “quiet” , while service is “very attentive” , all making it a strong contender “to take a date.”
Muqueca Restaurant
Brazilian · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.2

For “large, satisfying” portions of “Brazilian comfort food” , diners head to this Inman Square “treat” known especially for its way with “colorful, vibrant seafood dishes” like the eponymous stew served in a hot clay pot; the “festively decorated” space may be “small” , but it’s nonetheless a “nice” , “family-run place.”
Orinoco: A Latin Kitchen
Venezuelan · South End · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

These “unassuming but terrific” South Americans offer “interesting” , “delicious” dishes with a special focus on “rustic” Venezuelan cuisine, all at “fabulous value” ; expect “lively” settings with “bare-bones” decor and “friendly” service that makes them all the more “worth a stop.”
Orinoco Restaurant
Venezuelan · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

These “unassuming but terrific” South Americans offer “interesting” , “delicious” dishes with a special focus on “rustic” Venezuelan cuisine, all at “fabulous value” ; expect “lively” settings with “bare-bones” decor and “friendly” service that makes them all the more “worth a stop.”
Orinoco
Venezuelan · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

These “unassuming but terrific” South Americans offer “interesting” , “delicious” dishes with a special focus on “rustic” Venezuelan cuisine, all at “fabulous value” ; expect “lively” settings with “bare-bones” decor and “friendly” service that makes them all the more “worth a stop.”
Chacarero
Chilean · Downtown · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.9

“Awesome” Chilean sandwiches – stuffed with meats or veggies, steamed green beans, tomatoes, Muenster cheese and avocado spread – are the draw at this weekdays-only Downtown Crossing joint; it’s counter-serve and looks “like any fast-food, quick-lunch place” , but crowds can “get totally jammed up” during peak midday hours, despite the efforts of the “efficient staff.”