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Tres Gatos

Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Bookstore$$$$
Jamaica Plain, Boston
  • Travelhound12
    "The chickpea fritters and the lamb were delicious."(3 Tips)
    "... small-plate staples (patatas bravas), entree-size delicacies (grilled Vermont..."(3 Tips)
    Boston Phoenix
    "... bavette steak, and the churros (with an intense Mexican chocolate sauce)"(2 Tips)
    Erin S.
    "Our favorites were lamb meat balls, confit chicken and asparagus."(7 Tips)
43 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • good for dates
  • patatas bravas
  • lively
  • churros
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  • Ryan N.
    Roasted bone marrow was awesome, so decadent
  • Travelhound12
    The chickpea fritters and the lamb were delicious.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzApril 15
    The paella and the peppers were standouts.
  • Lizzie H.
    Yummy tapas! Get the patatas bravas. Also call ahead to reserve a table for dinner as it fills up quick here.
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse TOctober 24, 2015
    Fantastic tapas and record store. The prawns come in a rich, roasted tomato sauce that's hard to get enough of
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CameronSeptember 14, 2015
    Great selection of tapas to try out with friends!
  • Liam N.
    Liam NeeJuly 19, 2015
    2015 Best Brunch: "… dinner-menu staples like the lamb bocadillo … While you’re waiting for your table (there will be a wait), browse the back bookshop for fiction, art books, vinyl, [etc.] …"
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LehmanJuly 17, 2015
    incredible! every time! 6 tapas for 2 people is usually perfect.
  • Jen L.
    Jen LiptonApril 15, 2015
    Changing seasonal menu, fantastic staff and bar.
  • Annette A.
    Annette AreizagaFebruary 3, 2015
    The food is excellent to share and taste different dishes with your guests. The staff is very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The ambience very much alive! Great place to visit!
  • Fabián A.
    Fabián Abarca CalderónJanuary 16, 2015
    Watch out! Sangria is not sangria. It's a kind of soft drink. But the three tapas we tried were great, tasty. Patatas bravas, recommended.
  • Mayee
    MayeeJanuary 3, 2015
    Menu is not impressive; but everything we tried was pretty good. Particularly enjoyed the chickpea fritters and lamb burger. Nice cozy place. Check out their vinyl record collection at the back.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BackhausNovember 16, 2014
    The hash. And the bartenders. Oh yeah - and the chickpea fritters.
  • Joshua E.
    Joshua EddyOctober 28, 2014
    Kale-and-sausage bowl with yellow-eyed peas.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BenisvySeptember 21, 2014
    It's all good - interesting selection of sherry too.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Really cool record shop in the back.
  • Rinaldo D.
    Rinaldo DormanAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I recommend sitting at the bar! Try lamb hamburger...
  • Jenn V.
    Jenn Vargas- SosaAugust 7, 2014
    Amazing tapa place. Went here for brunch and it was great! Food was great, coffee was sooo good, and the waitress was very attentive
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinMarch 12, 2014
    (Best of Boston 2013-JAMAICA PLAIN) Improper Bostonian says, "The darling of Centre Street, this record shop/bookstore/tapas restaurant hybrid brings the best of three worlds under one old roof."
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle ParatoreMarch 5, 2014
    Amazing tapas! Best I've had in Boston. There's also a great book/record store in back. Loved my bartender too!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BoyleDecember 29, 2013
    Great drinks.
  • Jess H.
    Jess HsiaoDecember 16, 2013
    Best dish: Gambas al Ajillo!
  • Dennis
    DennisSeptember 7, 2013
    Nice atmosphere, decent but not stellar tapas, and slightly iffy service. Overall a good experience, but too pricey.
  • Sunanda N.
    Sunanda NairAugust 18, 2013
    Excellent food and great service. The staff was friendly. Didn't have any food I didn't like. Highly recommend the boquerones. We had 3 ordered our table shared. Don't miss the Serrano ham either.
  • Grace C.
    Grace CheungAugust 4, 2013
    Get the chickpea pancakes. Amazing!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyMay 15, 2013
    Enjoy small-plate staples (patatas bravas), entree-size delicacies (grilled Vermont quail), and spot-on desserts (churros and hot chocolate) with your Bob Dylan.
  • Anik M.
    Anik MercheaApril 27, 2013
    Probably the nicest staff ever!
  • Lauren
    LaurenApril 13, 2013
    Gambas-perfectly cooked- heads on-not to much garlic. Skate was the second best item on the menu. The chocolate covered almonds were surprisingly delicious-salt and sweet in perfect harmony.
  • katymoo
    katymooJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The bocarones are amazing
  • Lauren N.
    Lauren NilesJanuary 14, 2013
    Lamb's tongue with creamy grits... Do it!
  • Jaa D.
    Jaa DayDecember 3, 2012
    Those lamb sliders are off the hook!
  • E S.
    E SimonNovember 11, 2012
    Love this place. Everything is good.
  • Jeremy
    JeremyAugust 21, 2012
    I love the phils! Don't forget to check out the book and record store before you leave!!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 4, 2012
    With an emphasis on local meats and fish, Tres Gatos is based on the belief that “sharing good food, music, and books is essential to a happy life.” Read more
  • James H.
    James HarderMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    This is random, but they have the best pickles in the world. Not kidding.
    Boston.comJanuary 3, 2012
    It’s a record store! It’s a bookstore! It’s a tapas bar! Somehow these three concepts combine to make the ideal JP hangout. It might not work if the food weren’t great, but it is. Read more
  • Megahn M.
    Megahn MDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    a smidge pricey, but sooo worth it.
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixOctober 13, 2011
    They riff effectively on the tapas tradition- try the prawns in a Catalan sauce, grilled bavette steak, and the churros (with an intense Mexican chocolate sauce) Read more
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GlennOctober 6, 2011
    I remember *before* this was Roseway Books.
  • Naomi R.
    Naomi RothSeptember 4, 2011
    Ryan the cook is so warm. He let us watch him in action. Visit the kitchen and say hi to Ryan. Nicest guy ever.
  • Sam T.
    Sam TaubJuly 22, 2011
    Amazing flavors!! Grilled asparagus with egg and prawns are a must have.
  • Erin S.
    Erin ScottApril 23, 2011
    Mary is super helpful in walking you through the menu and making recommendations. Our favorites were lamb meat balls, confit chicken and asparagus.
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 17, 2011
    Enjoy some Spanish pickles and slow-cooked pork belly with your freshly gleaned insights. Sound body, sound mind, boys. SBSM. Read more
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