El Centro Mexican Restaurant
Small spot specializing in regional fare
Mexican · South End · $$
The Zagat Review
4.1
Food
3.8
Decor
3.9
Service
 
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.
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hours Open Today · 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chevron
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
 
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
location 472 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, USA phone +1 617-262-5708 website www.elcentroinboston.com directions Get Directions
Zagat Mentions of El Centro Mexican Restaurant
Google Reviews
4.4
(150)
We were asked to move from one outdoor seating location sunny, warm, great view to the other side which was near the sewer and shade; the server said a large party was coming (per her manager). We understood (things happen) we just wanted a little snack and wine and continuing on our day. Until another couple arrived that did not look like us and they were able to sit in the exact seats we were asked to move ( we asked if they were "the party" and they were not just guests like ourselves. We spoke to the server and she apologized and said the Manager told her to move us. The manager never came out to apologize or anything. The salsa was horrible the wine was needed after that experience. To this day, I am not sure how to take that experience. But we felt like we were not the right skin tone to sit on the Shawmut ave open view side sunny side. We will never return. I've dined throughout the South End and we proudly reside in the South End ever before there was an El Centro, and I have never been made to feel this way in any establishment in the South End. The "party" never arrived and we could have stayed right where we were, there were only 4 people in the entire restaurant at the time. Never ever again.
Kelli Bos · May 21, 2018
Really delicious Mexican food, great atmosphere, a little small but nice with fun authentic decor. The prices were pretty standard for Boston food, and the service was great. We came for brunch on Sunday around noon and it was a quiet and enjoyable experience. Full recommendation for a good Mexican food experience.
Demetrios Constantine · April 22, 2018
I've been here a couple times for taco Tuesday. Make sure you only get the basic chicken, fish or beef tacos, or else the discount doesn't apply, and they don't tell you and you'll see a higher charge on your bill. The tacos aren't amazing but they are quite good, and the margarita I had was decent as well. Overall a great place to grab a bite.
Phoenix Bowen · April 24, 2018