Best Guacamole in Boston

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Mouthwatering guacamole is the main attraction at these south-of-the-border spots in Boston.

El Centro
Mexican · $$
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, this full-service trio (which started with the South End “hole-in-the-wall” ) is a “required visit” ; some quibble 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.”
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.”
Mexican · South Boston · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Standard” but “tasty” Mexican grub (the “delicious” , “fresh” guac could be “the best thing going” here) and “original” , “massive” margaritas that make use of an extensive tequila selection “won’t break the bank” at this “reliable” if “nothing-fancy” local chain; the staff helps to “really move things along” , as do the “boisterous” “after-work” crowds, leading most to agree it’s a “blast.”
Lolita (Back Bay)
Latin American · Back Bay · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

This hopping Back Bay Mexican is the “place you want to be” for “tasty” eats, “to-die-for” margaritas and “little extras” that fuel the “really funky” vibe – e.g. the temporary tattoos and complementary Pop Rocks–sprinkled cotton candy that arrive with the check; the “fabulous decor” features dim lighting and red-and-black flocked wallpaper, with the “sexy lounge” definitely working as a “hot date site.”
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.
Brunch · $$
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.