Best Outdoor Mexican Spots in Boston

April 29, 2014
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by Zagat Staff

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

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.”
Sol Azteca
Mexican · Fenway/Kenmore · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

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.”
Rosa Mexicano
Mexican · Seaport District · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

"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."
El Centro Mexican Restaurant
Mexican · South End · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.8 · 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.
Temazcal Tequila Cantina
Mexican · Seaport District · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 4.1 · Service 3.8

“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.