10 Best Mexican Dining Spots in Boston, from Authentic Fare to Tex-Mex Treats

Boston was once lacking in really good Mexican restaurants, something that is now very hard to believe because a recent influx of excellent new eateries have put Boston on the Mexican food Map.These newbies have joined the oldies but goodies that have been in business for so many years not only because quality Mexican was hard to come by, but also because their food and service has remained so good that the locals who love them are loyal. You'll never be disappointed by a meal at Sol Azteca, Ole or Tu y Yo, but you must try some of the new openings like the Boston branch of the popular chain Rosa Mexicano and La Verdad. If a small, family owned business is in the cards you will flip for the food at East Boston hot spot, Angela's Cafe where celebrities like Food Network Chef and host of Diners Drive Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri has not only enjoyed a meal but called it out on his popular show. If tequila tasting is your thing you'll fall in love with Papagayo, a Mexican joint that touts itself as an excellent tequila bar. And if you want to make a Mexican meal romantic, make your way to the Back Bay and score a table at Casa Romero. 

10 Border Cafe
A Tex Mex/Cajun combo restaurant for casual dining that serves amazing Margaritas all at reasonable prices is what makes the Border Cafe so special. From burritos to blackened fish Border Cafe has you covered. The Harvard Square location makes for a convient stop while exploring . Long lines and no reservations make for long waits, and if you are not able to hang out at the bar you will most likely find yourself outside. The best thing about Border Cafe is that for $20 you can get a Margarita, enchiladas (served with rice and beans), and have money left to cover the tip. ((617) 864-6100)

9 Papagayo
Papagayo is the type of low key Mexican eatery where you'll find yourself eating too much because the food is just so good that you can't stop, and the atmosphere so inviting you don't want to leave. Set on Summer Street it is not going to jump out at you, you'll have to seek it out. And you'll be glad you did because along with good eats, Papagayo offers diners a Tequila bar that can't be beat. Order a Tex-Mex specialty and chat with friends while you drink a cocktail from their tequila bar. Sample something new, or enjoy an old favorite, Papagayo will not steer you wrong. (617-423-1000)

8 Sol Azteca Restaurant
Sol Azteca takes you on a trip to Mexico without leaving Massachusetts. Enjoy an evening of dining at Sol Azteca where since 1974 they have been bringing a taste of Mexico to the the Bostonians. Traditional recipes from Mexico's many regions grace the pages of their menu. Serving one of the city's best mole sauces, Sol Azteca has drawn repeat customers through their doors on a regular basis. A tequila bar they are not, but they do serve one mean Margarita from the short list of quality and affordable tequila options that line their bar shelves. For those who prefer wine, indulge in a glass of their Sangria- there's a reason it has won awards. (6172620909)

7 Rosa Mexicano
Rosa Mexicano may pack the crowds due to its location in the popular seaport District, but customers return because of the stellar service, excellent eats and upbeat atmosphere. Enjoying a meal in this busy spot may require a wait, even during lunch, but a seat at the bar is just as pleasant as in the dining room. Their servers are not afraid to make a recommendation, that you should take because they know the menu well.The table-side guacamole is a must, as is the tuna ceviche and an order of tacos. The decor is more modern Mexican, think subdued tones. Pair their food with a specialty beverage or beer cocktail and you'll have a complete Mexican meal that you won't soon forget. (617-476-6122)

6 Temazcal Cantina
A meal at Temazcal is like a tropical escape! The floor to ceiling windows allow diners to take in the view anytime of year. While the creative menu, presented to guests on an iPad, not only explains the dishes being served, but also gives vibrant photos of what will arrive on your plate. You won't be disappointed by the food or the drinks, both of which are a pleasure to devour! If you want to linger after dinner at this hot spot, you can easily make your way from your table to the bar or dance to the music pumped throughout on weekends. (617 439-3502)

5 La Verdad
La Verdad is one of the most talked about Taquerias in Boston. Casual and welcoming, you'll want to hang out and slowly sip a Margarita that will leave you wanting more. Having received more than just local accolades, La Verdad was voted Best Mexican in the U.S. by Bon Apetite. . The tacos are a must, but you'll have trouble making just one selection from this menu because everything is not only enticing, but also delicious. Situated on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park, you can bet the the pre and post Red Sox crowd flocks to this hot spot. (6174219595)

4 Olé Mexican Grill
Mexican to the max! Ole Mexican Grill is a festive spot with brightly colored walls covered with decorative masks and tables featuring tops of beautifully colored tiles. The menu is comprised mostly of traditional Mexican food with few tex-mex favorites mixed in. Enjoy one of their delicious stews, sample the more unusual selections like the roasted duck in mole sauce or enjoy a nice piece of meat like the pan seared carne asada. Fresh guacamole is prepared tableside and is the perfect blend of flavors. Top off your night with one of their special desserts and a drink from their well put together drink list to bring your meal to perfection. (617-492-4495)

3 Angela's Cafe
Angela's Cafe is a bit of a trek from downtown, but a good excuse to explore East Boston. At Angela's you'll feel like family and you'll eat traditional Mexican food. Family owned and operated by Mexican immigrants, Angela's serves authentic Poblana Cuisine. Specializing in homemade richly flavored mole sauces you should not miss trying at least one. Raved about by local media as well as Food Network's Diner's Drive in's and Dive's, you'll easily taste why so many make a fuss about this culinary treasure. This no frill's spot is one not to miss and being open for breakfast, lunch and dinner you'll be sure to find time to pop in. (617-567-4972)

2 Casa Romero
Casa Romero makes Mexican upscale. This small spot in an alley behind Newbury Street with a gorgeous seasonal patio is a romantic adventure in Mexican dining. Serving what many believe to be the best Mexican in all of Boston, Casa Romero has a reputation that can't be matched. Traditional dishes are served in their beautiful dining room that will transport you to Mexico. Here you can sample their specialties which include a large selection of vegetarian favorites that would be loved by those who eat meat as well as those who don't. Their Sangria is nothing short of spectacular and the service is well-trined to provide you with a top notch experience. (617-536-4341)

1 Tu Y Yo
Looking for REAL Mexican Cuisine? Tu y Yo has you covered. With two locations, one in Somerville and another in Needham, it is easy to get a little taste of authentic Mexican cuisine while in Massachusetts. Straying from the typical burritos and enchiladas, Tu y Yo offers diners a menu filled with home-style Mexican dishes. Tu y Yo has a festive atmosphere, great sangria and fantastic food. The servers are knowledgable and are always willing to make a suggestion that is sure to please. This is the place to step outside your comfort zone because the food is all fresh, and expertly executed. (617-623-5411)

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings.  Although Jessica has been a world traveler since her teens, her favorite trip may always be her Italian honeymoon.  Living in a city that allows her to experience a change in seasons equals an opportunity to enjoy a shift in activities. As the old New England cliché says, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.” 

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Border Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Creole, Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: Harvard Square
Papagayo 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Dining Options: Group Friendly
Neighborhood: Seaport District
Sol Azteca Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Mexican
Neighborhood: Brookline
COST: $$$
Rosa Mexicano 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar Dining
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Seaport District
COST: $$
Temazcal Cantina 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Seaport District
La Verdad 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: Mexican
COST: $$$
Olé Mexican Grill 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
COST: $$
Angela's Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: East Boston
COST: $$
Casa Romero 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$
Tu Y Yo 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Somerville