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Joses Mexican Restaurant

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29 November 2019

What a delicious and wonderful restaurant! The employees provided wonderful service and they even sang my niece happy birthday. The food is delicious, I recommend the steak fajitas, Authentic margarita, and the churros! More...

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22 October 2019

Best Mexican food in the Boston area (that I've eaten) hands down! I grew up coming here but didn't appreciate how good it was until living in 4 other cities and traveling to Mexico! I was just visiting Boston and we came with my dad because he thought it was closing, it's not! My dad swears by the burritos but I think the enchiladas are where it's at. More...

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22 October 2019

Nice and helpful staff. Cozy, colorful atmosphere. Easy, free parking. :-)Definitely recommendable for casual to semi casual Mexican.

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21 September 2019

Loved Jose's - the fajitas were great the margaritas were reasonably priced and the server was friendly. There was parking nearby - the restaurant was small so I would recommend a reservation.

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6 September 2019

Oh goodness, as god as my witness I don't know where to start....I ordered for delivery from.this place a couple weeks ago and the food was really good.  It was so good I went tonight.  The building is on a side street close to Alewife.  The building and atmosphere is colorful, intimate and has great wall hangings.The food was wonderful, even better in restaurant then as takeaway.  Guacamole, had great flavor with a cilantro forward taste.  I got tamales (beef, good choice) and pork which was the hands down winner with cinnamon or nutmeg.  The mole sauce was the best I have ever had.   It had some backend heat that you only got after the mouthful was finished. The absolute best part of the experience was our server Nancy!  She got just as excited as we did about trying flavors, and it was fantastic that she shared what her favorites were.  She was a joy.After a long week,  this was rejuvenating.   Thank you Nancy! More...

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23 August 2019

This place has got ther best f.ing guacamole ive ever had in my goddam life!  I honestly can't believe it.  Ive had a lot of guac, I've made alot of guac. They must have their own avacado trees with the fattiest fruits ever seen. 5 star More...

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21 August 2019

I have been to Jose's a few times as it is in the  neighborhood and away from the craziness of Harvard Square.  I really enjoyed the food and that their vegetarian options include both veggie fillings or spinach and cheese.  As someone who doesn't love peppers, the spinach and cheese gave me more variety with what I could order.The restaurant is really dark inside and a lot of their seating is hard wood.  I liked the ambiance, but understand it might not be for everyone. A star was taken off because it's pretty expensive and doesn't give you huge portions.  While the food is great, I am not sure how valuable it is for going frequently.A bonus!  A parking lot so that non-Cambridge residents can enjoy without the fear of parking tickets :) More...

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10 August 2019

This was my first time here and the food options and food quality were very good, mango margarita and fried chocolate icecream are a must have

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3 August 2019

This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Cambridge. Very glad we decided to explore outside the Harvard bubble today! Cheers!

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8 June 2019

I told our waitress I was a vegetarian, and she let me know the rice that came with my meal was made with chicken broth and asked if I'd like a double order of beans instead. I really appreciated that! I've been to a lot of places where waiters don't know the menu well, and if I ask if something has meat they have to go ask the kitchen. Waitstaff knowing the menu is a sign of a solid establishment. More...

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29 March 2019

Decent Mexican food. Good taste. Different ambience (don't really know if it was good different or weird different!). Overall a good Mexican experience.

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28 March 2019

This place is amazing! Great vibe, food and drinks!One of the best Mexican food I had in Cambridge/Boston.

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3 March 2019

This is a fun place to go with friends. No frills. Good food. Not expensive. It's not near any public transport that's probably the only bad point. It's good.

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22 February 2019

Just temporarily moved to the neighborhood (from Seattle) and gave this place a try. Solid experience. I'm vegan and had the veggie burrito.  It was pretty tasty. The side of beans and rice were flavorful but small portion. My buddy had the paella. He stated "this is excellent" several times. There were some broken shells (not good) but overall thumbs up. Service is friendly. We will come back. More...

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4 February 2019

Hidden gem! I moved to the area recently and realized that Jose's is indeed in walking distance. When I finally decided to walk in for dinner, it made me feel pretty psyched that I chose to live near Alewife! The cozy restaurant was lively, and the decor seemed incredibly authentic. The food was incredible. AND QUICK! Everything I had was some of the most flavorful and fresh tasting Mexican food I have ever had. Each ingredient, from the ripe guac, to the non-canned beans, to the some of the BEST rice I have ever tasted, made for one incredible burrito. The meat even was marinated the right way, as the Carnitas had a smoky, cinnamon flavor without being too greasy or heavy. These folks know what they are DOING here at Jose's. And I see compaints about the "pricing". Well folks, you get what you pay for. It is pretty fair for fresh, homemade Mexican cuisine. Each ingredient really is blatantly fresh. The prices are the same at The Painted Burro or even chain spots like "Margaritas" or "Acapulcos". But Jose's blows them all out of the water. If you want a inexpensive burrito, go down the street to Anna's and eat your overrated, cheap burrito as Jose's is not for you! More...

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3 December 2018

I used to live across the street from Jose's, and I'd go there regularly. Their margaritas and mole have always been the BEST I have ever had. I currently live an hour away now and will STILL make the drive to pick up some delicious enchiladas. God, I miss this place. More...

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24 November 2018

We very much enjoyed this neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Fun atmosphere inside and good service. The food was great - huge portions that we took home for leftovers! We will be back!

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11 October 2018

This is really lovely authentic Mexican food. Every time we go, we leave with the best impressions. The restaurant is tucked in a quiet neighborhood in Cambridge, more of a favorite secret for the locals who don't care to share (I think I am one of those too ). The margarita menu is impressive (I highly recommend the 'authentic' one). Beware: the medium-size glass is really huge!!!! House chips and salsa and a rich nicely prepared entree menu. The music is a little loud, but there are little corners where one can carry out a reasonable conversation. More...

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11 October 2018

This is a fantastic neighborhood spot with delicious home style Mexican food and free parking!!! Highly recommend the Jose All The Way margaritas. Get the large size! The chicken tinga enchiladas are a must.  Can't say enough about the friendly service and the warm ambiance. Definitely worth the visit. More...

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15 September 2018

Before a movie at Apple Cinemas in Fresh Pond, I walked down to Jose's from the T and was thrilled by my speedy service (I had a movie to catch, folks) and phenomenal quality. The menu has many classic Mexican dishes you would see in a restaurant in Mexico itself, and the food tasted quite similar--I lived in Mexico for a couple of years, so my standards for Mexican are high! They also have some Tex Mex dishes like burritos and fajitas that looked pretty good. I was craving enchiladas with mole sauce and the trio de enmoladas perfectly hit the spot! They were filled to the brim with chicken and perfectly melted cheese, but I was most impressed by the different mole sauces--it's rare to find genuine, thick mole in the US. My mind was blown, and I have a new go to for when I'm craving Mexican (my other authentic favorite in Boston is Angela's in East Boston!). In addition to the delicious food, I was really pleased with the service. They took my order promptly, were fabulous about filling this dehydrated-diner's water glass, and even the bill was handled swiftly without me having to make a fuss. Everyone was friendly and efficient. I will be back ASAP :) More...

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28 August 2018

30 years ago when Jose's was on Mass. Ave. we ate there for weeks while renovating our kitchen and got tired of Mexican food. Luckily our  yen for Mexican returned when they moved to Sherman street, and we go a couple times a year for the authentic Mexican flavors, fun atmosphere and good service.  They have a huge menu and the sangria and marguaritas  are very good as well. Their tamales are great, and their chicken enchiladas with different mole sauces are excellent. More...

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14 August 2018

Great Mexican restaurant in town, a close walk to our air b&b and so glad we stumbled upon this place! We first started off with the guacamole which was delicious and a generous portion we had a party of 4 and all got a good amount which is a good thing because we are ALL guacamole lovers. The salsa was good, pretty spicy but mixing the guacamole and salsa was a must do. I ordered the shredded beef burrito with a side of pinto beans, others ordered fish tacos, ground beef tacos and chicken taquitos. The chicken in the taquitos was a bit dry for my liking but other than that all food was delicious and looked great would definitely recommend to all! More...

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11 August 2018

Really good mole!!! I am a mexican food snob and this has some of the better mole I have had on the east coast. The queso fundido and pina colada was blah but id come back for the wonderful mole tamales.

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4 August 2018

I wish I could give this place a "5+" rating. To be candid, we are from southern California and are somewhat judgmental about Mexican food. In our world, it's the best imaginable. Our son was in a high school program in Cambridge. I walked by this restaurant every day on my way home from dropping him off. Our Lyft driver said it was great on the way to school one morning. My response, "We love the east, but we are from California and try not to eat Mexican food much out of Arizona.  Definitely not Texas."  Then we were a little desperate for a nightcap because our tired son had finished his program at 5:00, devoured a steak dinner by 8:00 in Boston (celebrating!) and went to bed. We are still on west coast time and needed to go somewhere close. I suggested an Italian place about two blocks further - perfectly fine but not too lively. Since we had already passed Jose's, and it seemed energetic, we went back. In short, the menu is fabulous. They have a full bar with anything you ever wanted - their margaritas and sangria and sipping tequila dominate. I am just a wine drinker, and they had good wines as well. My husband had great IPAs. More importantly, the people and atmosphere are great. If you want to, as they say, "Take yourself north of Boston but South of the Border," This is your place. MOST highly recommended. PS you know it's authentic Mexican when both TVs have old soccer games on--even as the Red Sox and Yankees are playing. More...

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21 July 2018

My only complaint is that their online menu doesn't match their menu in the restaurant.  My grandparents just got back from Mexico and highly recommended a dish called Chiles En Nogada.  I picked Jose's just for this dish, but when I got there I was told they couldn't make it.Other than that, I have only positive things to say.  I ended up getting the enchiladas with mole - delicious and the perfect amount of spice.  We made a reservation (highly recommend to do so) and even though we were way earlier than our reservation time, they seated us promptly.  The atmosphere is super cute - it's located in a house with super easy parking nearby, which is rare for Cambridge.  They also have the option to eat outside which is great for warm summer weather.  I'll have to go elsewhere for my Chiles En Nogada, but I would definitely come back here for everything else. More...

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14 July 2018

This is such a cool friendly place. We just moved to town and love the vibe in here. Food is excellent and nice music.

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8 July 2018

I live 5 minutes away from Jose's, and always wanted to go here because of really cool exterior. A few days ago, finally visited the restaurant and it was great as expected! Interior was so exotic yet very cozy and food was great. We had Guacamole, Steak Quesadilla, Shrimp Taco with Corona beer (+lime of course) and all was good. They have two TVs showing soccer game in a room where we sat so I am planning to visit the place again on a World Cup big game day! small plus: huge parking lotsmall minus: it was a bit hot in the restaurant, but we visited the place just after the opening time so maybe the AC was supposed to catch up later. More...

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26 May 2018

Our favorite Mexican restaurant by far! First off, it's off the beaten path and in an old house. I love the character of that. Second, the food is delicious! We have been here numerous times over the past 5 years and it's been consistently good food every time. It's really "authentic". The staff is really friendly and walk through the neighborhood after, it's quiet and beautiful. Great date night! More...

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30 April 2018

Margaritas are amazinggg, as are the fresh chips and salsa they bring you. The food was good, but is fairly overpriced for the portions and the area and was somewhat bland, but I would definitely give it another shot. The restaurant is tiny so unless you have a reservations you're definitely going to be waiting. More...

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7 April 2018

This place is amaaaaazing!! The mole sauce was exquisite and the fiesta plate was to die for. We will definitely be back, and if you're wondering about the margaritas, they're also fantastic

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10 March 2018

I first found this place through Groupon. It was such a good experience that we've come back several times. Nice little place, busy but you don't have to wait for a table. Great food and service.

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9 March 2018

I popped in here by accident one day because my girlfriend lives in the area and we were just looking for a casual place to eat. The wait staff (might be the owning family) are really friendly and they show you that they really care about their restaurant. I've been here twice since then and I've ordered the tacos and the enchiladas and they are both really good. Their No way jose margarita is good and also rated by phantom gourmet. They are a bit pricey with tacos al pastor being $15 but I'm cool with it since the food is good and to support small family operations. Probably will be coming tonight actually! Small place so keep your eyes open since its so easy to miss. More...

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1 January 2018

Bought a Groupon for Jose's Mexican Restaurant and glad we did!!  This is one of the best Mexican Restaurants I've been to in the Cambridge/Boston area!  The Margaritas are excellent - wide selection of flavors - and the other drinks are excellent to with good selections.The food is unbelievably fresh and good - portions are also nice sized too.  The atmosphere and wait staff are friendly, fun and have it together.Going back again for sure!! More...

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6 December 2017

Ted and I meet up at Jose's most Sundays after church to experience the charm of our favorite server Yeimy (Pronounced Jamie) and to have a delicious serving of Mexican food. Yeimy and the rest of the staff are truly warm and accommodating, and they achieve an environment that feels like home.Jose's is a Cambridge "must go to." More...

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4 December 2017

The food, drinks, and atmosphere is amazing. The drink and food menus have lots of options, the chips and salsa are amazing- probably the best out of all Mexican restaurants in the area. But, service could be improved though. More...

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2 December 2017

We've gone to Jose's three times this fall and have used the $18 for $35 each time. The waitstaff has been prompt and friendly, the food was good but the atmosphere and margaritas were excellent. Definitely headed back to get another large Not Jose's margarita More...

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25 October 2017

Not my best Mexican place food wise, but I like the decoration and the inside seems cozy. We had Large margaritas and it was good. The Ceviche was tasty! But the main plate was not so great! The chicken tasted old and the beef was meh! Great service m! More...

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26 September 2017

Small hole in the wall Mexican place in Cambridge. Food was delicious as well as the margarita's. I had the carnitas burrito while my wife had the scrimp fajita. Would definitely go back.

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12 September 2017

This place is goood. First of they have so much food items to choose from and the drink menu isn't any smaller. The drinks were good, they have a good list of margaritas. But the food was really good. It comes with so many options for food and good sides. I also love the location, it's like in a house which is amazing. Definitely will come back! More...

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22 August 2017

Yummy and fun quaint and kitschy spot! Despite being inundated by a massive group on a slow Sunday evening, the servers worked their butts off and ran around like crazy to make sure we got our "no way Jose" margaritas and as many chips as we could eat! I ordered my margarita with mezcal, no triple sec, and tajin on the rim instead which I would highly recommend! For food, I got the three mole enchiladas which were great. Really different and yummy flavors which complemented the pork nicely! We sat inside for the experience but the outdoor patio is also adorable. Will have to go back to enjoy it! More...

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16 August 2017

This is by far the best Mexican food I've ever had in my travels. As a salesperson who travels often I always look for a little local spot hidden away and this is it. I work part time in a Mexican restaurant and this mom and pop shop puts everything else to shame. Start off with the Guac and some of the queso which is out of this world. I recommend the no way joses as a drink for anyone who doesn't like tequila. I had the chicken enchiladas with Mole sauce which is the best mole ive ever had. My friends shared a plate of tostadas and the chili relleño. Save room for the tres leche. More...

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9 August 2017

I've seen a couple reviews wondering why this restaurant isn't rated 4.5 or 5 stars. I agree. I lived in the Southwest for several years, so my standards for Mexican are high. Jose's is the only place in Boston I've found so far that competes with my favorite places out west. I was pleased to find a full Mexican menu (most places here are taquerias). Amazing tamales and mole! More...

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3 August 2017

It has been a little bit since we were here, but... Finally!  Someplace that serves AUTHENTIC Mexican cuisine in a colorful, vibrant & fun atmosphere! !  The food is delicious, the margaritas are awesome and the service is great!My husband and I were totally impressed!  We both had the No Way Jose's Margaritas and they tasted fantastic!  The chips and salsa was spot on too!!  For dinner, I had the Pollo a la Diabla Special... SOO delicious and full of flavor...My husband had the Puerco Mole Pistacho and he loved every bite of his too!!!  Can't wait to get back to Jose's!!! More...

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2 August 2017

One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the Boston area. The drinks are amazing, and the food is authentic and delicious! The only suggestion I would give ownership is to pair down the menu to the most popular items. It takes a considerable amount of time to sift through the menu. More...

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14 July 2017

Flautas papa and vegetarian chimichangas. Both are so tasty. The service is swift and friendly always. Salsa and chips are yummy. I don't always get one but I love strawberry margaritas. They have a refreshing one. And one is more than enough. I generally go with 4-6 people and everyone is always happy. And one of the nicest things is free parking next door to the restaurant. More...

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27 June 2017

The food is great, but pretty over priced for the amount you get in my opinion. Two tacos with a small side of rice & beans for almost $20? come on.Other than that if you are feeling a splurge $$ wise, this place is great. Loved the music and the margaritas are HUGE. The red sangria was really good as well if you aren't into tequila like me.Service was great, overall 10/10 experience. More...

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