Best Outdoor Mexican Spots in Boston

April 29, 2014
by Zagat Staff

Pull up a chair at one of these top Mexican eateries that have great outdoor patios, terraces, or sidewalk seating.

Rosa Mexicano
Mexican · Seaport District · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

Die-hard fans " flock to this " consistent " Seaport District branch of the " fast-growing " national chain for an " upscale twist " on Mexican cuisine and " excellent " guacamole prepared tableside; it's " best when you're there on someone else's dime " (the rustic, tiled space makes a " great date spot "), but if you're not, the pain of " pricey " tabs can be dulled via " potent pomegranate margaritas.
Sol Azteca
Mexican · Fenway/Kenmore · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Locals have a “soft spot” for these separately owned Mexican “standbys” that “strike the right balance” between traditional and “interesting” while offering a “consistent performance” that’s a “good value for the money” ; “fun” atmospheres and “tasty sangria” distract from a menu that “never changes.”
Zocalo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar
Mexican · Back Bay · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Mexican aficionados appreciate the “updated” formula from this Back Bay joint, which puts “flavorful” spins on “authentic” regional eats (including “enjoyable” guacamole hand-pounded tableside); the patio-sporting digs “can get loud” and “busy” , but despite the “energetic” scene, servers manage to “keep an eye on” everyone.
El Centro Mexican Restaurant
Mexican · South End · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

For “reasonably priced” Mexican cuisine ranging from “quality” standards to “not your daddy’s” regional dishes, these full-service stops (which started with the South End “hole-in-the-wall” ) are a “required visit” ; some say that you may have to “flag down” servers, but add margaritas or cervezas to the mix and a “fun night” is all but guaranteed.
Casa Romero
Mexican · Back Bay · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

“Not your regular tacos” joint, this “upscale” but “reasonably priced” Mexican “gem” in the Back Bay “goes beyond standard fare” with “creative” plates “worth branching out for” ; the “warm and cozy” hacienda-style digs are “hidden in a back alley behind the glamour of Newbury Street” , but those who seek them out can expect “excellent” service and an overall “lovely experience.”
Temazcal Tequila Cantina
Mexican · Seaport District · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.7

“Well-executed” “upscale” Mexican dishes off a “reasonably priced” ( “considering the location” anyway) iPad menu take a backseat to pretty “spectacular views” of Boston Harbor from the waterfront patio of this “chic” , “Latin” -inspired Seaport hangout; meanwhile, “informed” bartenders “help navigate” the 250-some varieties of tequila that fuel the “energy” at the bar.