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The Painted Burro

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Davis Square, Somerville
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  • Ranked #2 for Mexican restaurants in Somerville
  • Elise S.
    "The mango margarita is solid- the House Margarita..."(6 Tips)
    nikki h.
    "pork belly guac"(3 Tips)
    Caroline H.
    "Chorizo tacos and the house margarita = WIN."(4 Tips)
    Christina X.
    "The chupacabra taco is delicious and comes with FOUR rather..."(3 Tips)
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  • Jessica P.
    Every kind of margarita you can imagine, all freshly made. Get two tacos if you go that route. The tortas are great too.
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaFebruary 23
    You can't go wrong with any of their gigantic tacos 🌮 skip the sandwiches.
  • Earn N.
    Earn NichaDecember 30, 2016
    Tacos: shrimp or pork carnitas!
  • Erich W.
    Erich WiernaszDecember 3, 2016
    Monday night is secret fajita night. The handmade flour tortillas are killer. Get extra.
  • Navin A.
    Navin A.September 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Margaritas, tacos, weekend brunch
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LopinskyAugust 30, 2016
    BEST NACHOS I've ever had.
  • Nikhil V.
    Nikhil VartyMay 11, 2016
    Corn on the cob, Shrimp Tacos
  • Matt D.
    Matt DApril 17, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Karaoke on Tuesdays!
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZhaoApril 9, 2016
    Really really solid spot, good beer selection and the tacos are all great (try the chorizo and egg) . Try the chicharron with mango too as an appetizer
  • Nick S.
    Nick ScottMarch 6, 2016
    Delicious margaritas
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa PanMarch 6, 2016
    The quality of the food here has gone incredibly downhill in the last year. Everything is pretty bland and expensive for what it is.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WangFebruary 27, 2016
    Nacho to topping ratio is weak, but otherwise excellent
  • Steph K.
    Steph KatrinaFebruary 21, 2016
    Great place for a date - nothing is bad here!
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurFebruary 17, 2016
    Super fun and the food is delicious! Get the mango margarita and try and sit by a window. It can get loud!
  • Laura
    LauraFebruary 14, 2016
    If you go for brunch, try the alcoholic horchata. Its massive, but absolutely devine
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RuizJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get half mango, half diabo marg for a spicy, fruity kick in the mouth.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MeagherDecember 22, 2015
    The gorditas and duck enchiladas 😛
  • Brian P.
    Brian ParkOctober 17, 2015
    The 'cholo' corn cob and 'baja-style' fish taco are both incredible. Guacamole was solid but nothing to really write home about
  • Trevor H.
    Trevor HolmesSeptember 22, 2015
    Okay, so you're going to get brunch and you're going to get the Superbeasto. Oh, and ask them about the carrot ginger habanero sauce. You might end up stealing the bottle because it's so damn good.
  • Izabela M.
    Izabela MSeptember 5, 2015
    The food was just alright, but the drinks were fantastic! Location is great too and I love the decor. It seems kind of on the pricey side, but maybe that's just greater Boston.
  • Sophie C.
    Sophie ChouAugust 24, 2015
    loud, but fun! queso dip is delish and margaritas are pretty solid too
  • Don N.
    Don NolinAugust 24, 2015
    The swordfish plate was tasty but the kale plantation side dish was an amazing balance of salt and sweet.
  • Kristyn U.
    Kristyn UlandayAugust 19, 2015
    Excellent spot to go with friends. Good drinks and hearty portions!
  • Brian M.
    Brian ManningJuly 29, 2015
    Get a margarita. Or five. Gotta try them all.
  • Cooper M.
    Cooper McKimJuly 28, 2015
    Nnacchos!!
  • Elise S.
    Elise SelingerJuly 19, 2015
    The mango margarita is solid- the House Margarita... Not so much
  • Mallory G.
    Mallory GonzalezJuly 10, 2015
    The tacos are amazing! They're handmade tortillas and the flavored explode in your mouth.
  • Ray D.
    Ray Di CiaccioJune 26, 2015
    awesome brunch
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJune 4, 2015
    The best nachos of your life can be found here.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PowersApril 25, 2015
    The cucumber infused tequila is phenomenal! Makes for a fantastic margarita. Try it on the rocks-you won't regret it!
  • Kaitlynn A.
    Kaitlynn AndersonApril 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I've had a lot of bacon/pork belly from a lot of restaurants in many different states, this is by far the best I've had in MA. It's also nice to be able to get a meal that's filling, & not all carbs.
  • Laurence B.
    Laurence BradfordApril 19, 2015
    Good food, good tequila
  • Odette S.
    Odette SantosMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nachos are out of this world!
  • benn
    bennMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Yucatan meatloaf was excellent. I hope they bring it back. Get the pork shank.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacMarch 1, 2015
    Enjoyed the unique takes on the PORK CARNITAS and SHORT RIB ROPA VIEJA tacos. I would definitely return for more.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WardellMarch 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best nachos this side of the Oregon trail
  • Melis R.
    Melis RodriguesFebruary 24, 2015
    Great food, awesome tequila, just an overall great spot
  • Nick H.
    Nick HolroydFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The guacamole with pork belly is not to be missed.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BarresiFebruary 13, 2015
    The sauce on the Dos Empanadas make this an item you don't want to miss.
  • William M T.
    William M Tammick IIIDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the El Jefe (not on the menu) it is an old fashion with mezcal
  • Ben B.
    Ben BearnotDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Surprisingly extensive drink menu. Come for the nachos, stay for the beer/margaritas/cocktails.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CMNovember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    don't come on karaoke night...it's tragic....particularly if you didn't know it was happening until after you ordered food.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AullOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tequila flights are fun and go well with the pork belly guacamole
  • La Misse T.
    La Misse TessounetteOctober 16, 2014
    Excellent margaritas!!
  • Emily T.
    Emily TaintorOctober 14, 2014
    House margarita - so good.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda K.September 25, 2014
    A little pricey but honestly worth every penny! Try the empanada appetizer, the dipping sauce is crazy.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LinAugust 24, 2014
    Love their new shandy! Comes with a neat habanero kick.
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GomezAugust 17, 2014
    Do yourself a favor and get the Superbeasto w/ a blood orange mimosa. Honorable mention: The Iced Coffee Horchata. Incredible food and great service! You will not be disappointed.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HertelAugust 12, 2014
    Good selection of margaritas, from very sweet to more savory. Best Mexican food I've found in Cambridge (at least for sit-down restaurants).
  • Christina V.
    Christina VarrassoAugust 10, 2014
    Brunch is amazing! Get the Hair of the Dog and Guacamole!
  • Peter M.
    Peter McCullaghAugust 7, 2014
    Amazing margaritas
  • Anna Kristina S.
    Anna Kristina S.August 6, 2014
    Get tacos and churros (the latter comes with Taza Chocolate dipping sauce!)
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HauAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Play Bingo on Sundays!
  • anna s.
    anna simmonsJuly 26, 2014
    get the pork belly guac to start, then a carnitas/shrimp taco plate - OMG yum
  • Brian P.
    Brian ParkJuly 12, 2014
    The Braised Pork Guac is probably the closest thing to sex in your mouth
  • Janis C.
    Janis ChandlerJuly 4, 2014
    Try the French toast!
  • Matty G.
    Matty GetlooseJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tacos for days !!!
  • Jackiez G.
    Jackiez GonzalezMay 28, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Karaoke on Tuesdays!! 9-close. Always entertaining.
  • Nicolas N.
    Nicolas NezhatMay 17, 2014
    A must try! The street car chicken is out of this world - juicy yet perfectly crispy!
  • Caitlin f.
    Caitlin from SlumbrewApril 17, 2014
    Fresh Slumbrew? Yes!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithApril 14, 2014
    The Chicken Milanesa Torta was exquisite. The Garlic Mayo mixed with the avocado on top just brought out the crisp chicken crunch. I highly recommend it if you're here for brunch.
  • Pranav K.
    Pranav KuberApril 3, 2014
    Pork carnitas tacos are excellent!
  • Don T.
    Don TwizzleMarch 28, 2014
    Hidden Jewel!
  • Julia L.
    Julia LunettaMarch 22, 2014
    Brunch: Get El Superbeasto & a Hair Of The Dog. Skip the Bloody Maria.
  • Molly
    MollyMarch 6, 2014
    The GRITS. Bites of fluffy cheesy heaven. Best I have ever had. The baja fish taco and Blt tacos hit the spot too.
  • Shelley C.
    Shelley Coughlin PorterFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Morning tacos: light and delicious.
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinFebruary 17, 2014
    (Best of Boston 2013-MEXICAN) Improper Bostonian says, "A newly expanded bar stocked with more than 100 bottles of craft tequilas make this the city's ground zero for fierce margaritas."
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PFebruary 1, 2014
    If you get the guac... the pork belly addition is totally worth it!
  • Jas D.
    Jas DouJanuary 19, 2014
    One of the best meals I've ever had. From appetizer to dessert. The duck tamale, Phenomenal. The Blt taco, amazing. The avocado coconut ice cream, refreshing. And of course the cucumber margarita.
  • Marcio d.
    Marcio de OliveiraJanuary 5, 2014
    Chips and salsa are divine. :)
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleJanuary 4, 2014
    Service is quick and the manager will come around to check in and see how your meal is going. Service is excellent.
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleJanuary 4, 2014
    The Hot Chocolate is amazing!
  • Matt B.
    Matt Boch 💖💖🐬December 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    In tiny font at the bottom right of the menu: the date the menu was printed. They change it up often, so keep an eye try food & drink with seasonal ingredients.
  • BENET E.
    BENET ELRAEDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Nachos and Diablo Ritas. That is all.
  • Julia C.
    Julia C.November 26, 2013
    Great margaritas and guac! Kitchen is closed for a couple hrs between lunch and dinner, but you can still get drinks and chips in the bar area.
  • Onur Ö.
    Onur ÖzgünNovember 19, 2013
    The place was half empty and they didn't take our order after 15 minutes. So we left.
  • Robert N.
    Robert NoackOctober 26, 2013
    You're going to need a salsa refill
  • Tim R.
    Tim RobertsOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    New karaoke on Tuesday nights! Swing by before it gets to popular.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HOctober 12, 2013
    Fancy tequila and mezcal dranks. For when Border Cafe just isn't classy enough for you (it could happen).
  • Erica N.
    Erica NelsonOctober 5, 2013
    Must try the street corn...AMAZING
  • Immer R.
    Immer ROctober 2, 2013
    Oh man that Carne Asada! Muy bueno!
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DrewSeptember 24, 2013
    Try the bouron drink with the habanero apple and the hot dog dish!
  • Brooke E.
    Brooke EvansAugust 3, 2013
    I was pretty into the street-style hot dog. Hot diggity.
  • nikki h.
    nikki hillJuly 21, 2013
    Mad this place has been here a while and it's just my first time here. Everything was phenom: pork belly guac, nachos, carne asada, chorizo tacos, and shrimp tacos. All ridiculously great.
  • David H.
    David HillJuly 20, 2013
    The nachos are A+ 👏👏👏
  • Jenn V.
    Jenn VachonJune 30, 2013
    The cucumber margarita is amazing!
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleJune 2, 2013
    Service is very quick!
  • Chrissy M.
    Chrissy MakkasApril 13, 2013
    Short rib taco blew everything else out of the water. SO GOOD.
  • Andrea I.
    Andrea IsabelleApril 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Partida Margarita is worth every penny
  • Thuan H.
    Thuan HienFebruary 28, 2013
    The street cart chicken is muy deliciouso!
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comFebruary 25, 2013
    The Painted Burro is more Latin American than classic Mexican, though grilled fish and meat and moles — all made with really fresh ingredients — fill the menu here.
  • Martín C.
    Martín CaballeroFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The De La Casa margarita is the cheapest and possibly most swag-infused on the menu
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ClarkJanuary 25, 2013
    Excellent margaritas and food. It's more of a tapas style place but the tacos were great!
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FrenchJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The "pork belly" appetizer is a must, as is the chorizo taco with the egg on top. The Cuban sandwich is also quickly becoming a favorite, and the Oaxacan grits are the best grits I've ever had.
  • Amy S.
    Amy SpaismanNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're a pumpkin fan, I highly recommend the pumpkin sangria. Sweet, very pumpkin-y and delicious. Paired with autumn squash enchiladas- perfect fall meal!
  • Caroline H.
    Caroline HarveyNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Here for brunch? Get the Horchata and El Montenero. So much food, so much deliciousness.
  • patrick r.
    patrick rusterOctober 5, 2012
    Tres Chupacabra Tacos... like whoa.
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle SeubertSeptember 23, 2012
    Great brunch. Try the horchata
  • Rob B.
    Rob BAugust 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    John in the kitchen is one hell of a chef. Check out his cool socks.
  • Whitney K.
    Whitney KlinknerJuly 21, 2012
    Pork belly guac. That's all you need to know.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CassinelliNovember 22, 2014
    Tacos Tortas Enchiladas Brunch Tequila Margaritas Mezcal Horchata Rancheros Beer Cocktails
  • Diego S.
    Diego SaavedraMarch 1, 2013
    "De la casa"
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