Best Tacos in Boston

December 6, 2016
by Zagat Staff

You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you visited Boston without trying one of their legendary taco spots.

El Pelón Taqueria
Mexican · Brighton · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

The Mexican street eats include “outstanding” burritos at these taquerias that “simply cannot be beat” for fans who contend the ingredients are “better quality and fresher” than the “typical” ; expect “Day of the Dead” –inspired interiors in both Brighton and Fenway (which is mostly takeout with some patio seating), along with “quick" service.
Mexican · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“Creative” , “gourmet” south-of-the-border cooking is the draw at this Inman Square Mexican, where the “reasonably priced” fare includes “must-try” guacamole made tableside and washed down with margaritas; even on “busy weekends” regulars assure the staff “manages to keep up” with crowds, though diners in a hurry can always opt for the “semi-fast food” at the Olecito offshoots located across the street and in Brookline.
The Painted Burro
Brunch · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

The “creative” Mexican fare seems “higher-end” than the norm at this “easygoing” Davis Square eatery offering “exciting” takes on tacos, tortas and enchiladas, plus “to-die-for” margaritas concocted from a “killer” , 100-plus tequila list at the adjacent Burro Bar; regulars advise “come early if you want to hear your dining companion.”
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 Verde Mexican Restaurant
Mexican · Jamaica Plain · $

From the team behind nearby Tres Gatos and Centre Street Cafe comes this intimate, veggie-friendly taqueria that uses local ingredients to fill tacos, tortas and other Mexican standards with light, bright and vibrant flavors. The homey environment features gnarled wood furnishings, a white oak-topped bar and cool clay light fixtures.
Mexican · Jamaica Plain · $

From-scratch Mexican staples, including tacos filled with spit-roasted pork and tortas with slow-braised beef tongue, are spiced with vivid housemade sauces at this small, upbeat counter-service joint tucked between Jamaica Plain's Stonybrook T stop and the brewery complex.
Lone Star Taco Bar
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

Locals “love” the “small but filling” “gourmet-style” tacos and “potent” margaritas at these Mexican hangouts, which are “solid go-tos” for “delicious” , “appropriately” priced eats; the Allston original's rustic “little” digs where Western flicks play on the TV can get “a bit crowded” , but service is generally “attentive” , and it’s deemed “worth the wait” (the throngs are thinner at brunch).