The Painted Burro
The Painted Burro

The Painted Burro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepaintedburro.com/
  • Phone: (617) 776-0005
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10am - 3pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Bar: Monday - Sunday untill 1am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Dante Bua
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our company has a catering department called Posto Mobile. See our website for more information. www.pizzeriaposto.com
  • Entertainment: The Painted Burro is an energetic, fun atmosphere. There is music. It is not quiet. There may be bands on the occasions which warrant a little something extra.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Summer Street
  • Public Transit: Davis Square MBTA Redline. Follow Elm Street from the center south. After you cross Bowers Ave we will be on your left.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot directly behind The Painted Burro off of Bowers Ave.
A word from The Painted Burro
The Painted Burro is Davis Square's new upscale casual Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar from the family that brought you nearby Posto Restaurant. Our goal at The Painted Burro is to provide diverse food and drink inspired by Mexican culture using local ingredients. Imbibe on cocktails, craft beer and an extensive Tequila and Mezcal list in a fun and unique venue.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Painted Burro reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (80)fit for foodies (76)good for groups (71)hot spot (67)vibrant bar scene (65)great for brunch (37)special occasion (23)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (11)romantic (11)great for lunch (9)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Disappointed...
    BetterFood
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I was very disappointed with both service and food - first of all guacamole is tasteless, it is better if you buy at wholefoods. Servers and hostess both had attitude - first of all, this was the first ever restaurant I experienced that I have to ask water to be refilled. No one paid any attention what-so-ever for our table. All the food I ate, I was relieved that some has taste. Drink is also nothing to say. Chocolate cake was the only good food I found. Very disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious
    foodie89
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The food is always good no matter what you choose! I brought a bunch of out of town friends and we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun night out
    Mange
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had reservations for 2, on a Sat. PM. Two fiends wanted to join us and the staff accommodated-not the usual treatment in Boston restaurant. They scored big in our book.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We go to PB once or twice a month, and think the food has steadily improved since it opened. It's very good Mexican food, with very good offerings of the usual suspects but with very unique dishes as well. Service is always friendly. It's always packed and pretty loud so be prepared for that. Extensive tequila menu, great beers on tap.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The shrimp appetizer and fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The shrimp appetizer and fish taco were both fishy (not fresh) tasting. The rest of the food was also underwhelming.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicioso!
    kelliecart
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Fabulous drinks and the most amazing fish tacos. I love how you can order the amount of tacos that you want.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service
    DevonGreen
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Really enjoyed ourselves. The food and cocktails were great especially the duck enchiladas. Loved the guac with pork belly as well. Want to have exact same meal again very soon. The service was quick and friendly too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Margarita!
    Chloe
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I had the mango margarita and can't stop thinking about how good it was. They don't use sour mix. The street car chicken was also amazing. The food and drinks are excellent. The service is good and perhaps above average. The bar scene was busy and has a night club feel with dance music. However, the bar is on the other side of the restaurant so the restaurant side doesn't hear the music and is more dining atmosphere. The only negative is that it is very loud but it really didn't pose a problem. It was a busy fun delicious experience and certainly people know about it because both the bar and restaurant were full with people waiting to get in so you may want to make a reservation in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out
    outoftowner
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I have friends that live in other neighborhoods around the Boston area that every few months 'cross the river', 'come into the city' just to go out to this place. Food is great and reasonably priced and the drinks never disappoint. The servers are knowledgeable about the menu and always have great suggestions when you're torn between two dishes or just want to try something new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not super authentic, but the
    W000
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Not super authentic, but the food was good. Nachos and tacos are HIGHLY recommended. The BLT taco was delicious. Be careful, though, because both tacos I had fell apart. They were still worth it, though and I wouldn't order any differently. Portions are decently sized. Nachos fed a table of 6 for an appetizer (though that's probably the upper limit), and two tacos was just the right portion for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great brunch spot
    onetwothreefourfive
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Fantastic breakfast burrito, and lots of tasty sounding breakfast entrees and cocktails. However, the highlight of the brunch was the horchata iced coffees! So delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Carolina
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We went with the kids for brunch, it was great for the entire family. Delicious food, and good customer service! We will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Painted Burro gets better + better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Ive been coming here since they opened and they just keep getting better and better! Thanks again for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    k6121c
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Delicious! Especially loved the giant horchata. One of the few places in the area that takes brunch reservations, which made planning so much easier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    GoodEats
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Awesome find! One downfall is parking so be prepared (or take public transit). Other than that A++ service and food. Will visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem!
    Atowndiner
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Superior Mexican food is hard to come by, but without being too fancy or pretentious, Painted Burro is DELICOUS, above average Mexican cuisine! Great festive ambience, good service... a little loud on a Saturday, making conversation a little challenging, but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service uneven
    DavisSquarePatriot
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Love the food. Yet service is always iffy: water refills usually just stop coming, and chips, though always available, are rarely proactively brought out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food Bright & Early
    Duncan
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I had no idea the Painted Burro had brunch until it popped up on OpenTable as an option, and one look at the menu shot it to the top of the list. I'm very happy to say that the experience did not disappoint - the crabcake benedict was absolutely delicious, my cup of coffee kept me going after moving the clocks ahead - I will very happily come back for another brunch. It's nice to have a menu that goes a bit beyond the basic brunch stand-ins, and the Painted Burro does just that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing mexican and margaritas
    wineANDdiner
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    kale salad is amazing, love all the tacos especially the short rib ones, cucumber margarita is delicious, super refreshing, and not too sweet! had a special appetizer- lobster parfait thing with corn...also amazing. have been to painted burro many times and i am going to keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish they would update menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Wish they would update menu and add more vegetarian options. The current veggie enchilada is a snore.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first experience; will return
    Suburbanfoodie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Our server was delightful -- both parties in our group were delayed due to parking issues and she didn't appear to be the slightest bit bothered and was lovely and attentive throughout the meal. Loved the guac that's provided to all guests. Menu items are on the innovative side. Had the chard and plantains as an appetizer (yum) and two tacos for my entree -- one grilled zucchini and one mahi mahi. The tacos are small (6") and intended to be mixed and matched. The accompaniments (in the tacos) were more interesting than the norm, but not overly flavorful. Some eviewers indicated the restaurant could be noisy, but we were seated against the back wall, which provided a quieter spot for conversation. Prices were reasonable and decor tasteful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not in love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The ambiance and drinks were great, but the food was average. The food was not terrible, but nothing to really rave about or come back for.If I knew parking would be such an issue, we would have went somewhere else. Pineapple habanero margarita was bomb tho.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Tacos and Margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I tried the cucumber margarita and liked it. Fish tacos and veg tacos were delicious. Good atmosphere .. a little on the noisier side on saturday nights, if you want to have a conversation. I'll visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We arrived about 15 minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We arrived about 15 minutes early for our reservation and were able to be seated. The hostess and wait staff were accommodating, friendly and informative. Our food and drinks were served promptly but we never felt as if we were being rushed. The food was very good. We all enjoyed our meals. The only criticism (a slight one) would be that they do not give you enough chips and salsa to start although they are very willing to refill them when asked. All in all, it was a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "fancy" mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Wanted to love the Burro - but just ok. The salmon special was very good. The spicy margarita was delicious and quite spicy. The other mexican food - very average. I had the duck enchiladas and it just didn't work. The guacamole was average, the salsa was good. Would not rush back with so much good mexican go choose from. That being said - it's a great location, the interior is festive and pleasant and our waiter could not have been friendlier. Also very good beer selection.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was too loud
    asdf
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The ambience was too loud, which made it hard to enjoy the delicious food. The service was great though.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arguably Best Mexican in Boston
    HCBridge
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I love this place. I moved to the area from the midwest about 3 years ago, and I was massively unimpressed with the local Mexican food...until I discovered the Painted Burro. All of the tacos I've had a great, and the poblano rice is amazing. If you like spice, try the El Diablo Margarita...hands-down the best (and spiciest) cocktail I've had in greater Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service.
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We have been to the painted burro a number of times and it keeps getting better. Interesting food choices, great drink menu including the expected tequila but also lengthy beer list. Staff is friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not your normal Mexican restaurant
    Fozz
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The food at the painted burro was very delicious, a step up up from other Mexican restaurants. For an appetizer we had the corn cob which was creamy yet had a spicy kick to it. For entrees, we had The braised pork shank and the chicken milanesa sandwich. Both were great. The sandwich's bread was very soft and the guacamole was the perfect complement to the chicken and cheese. The sweet potato and collard greens that accompanied the pork were Wonderful. We can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went here for valentine's
    SamH
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went here for valentine's day and everything was great! I would definitely recommend the painted burro to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Hit
    MrsBVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Three cheers for The Painted Burro! LOVED the Valentine's menu and the fact that you didn't *have* to stick to it, because the whole menu was available. As always the drinks were lovely and strong, wait staff friendly and warm and the tacos...oh yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Mexican Restaurant
    Demos
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The Painted Burro is an outstanding restaurant in every respect. We go for special occasions for its great food and atmosphere. Definitely not your typical Mexican restaurant in Boston. A cut or six above in every respect without going all formal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    CFB3
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great experience overall. Started with the pork belly app which was sweet and delicious although I wish it had some fresh chilies to make it spicier. Ordered the chilaquiles and superbeasto. Awesome flavors and all components were perfectly cooked and well balanced. Wish they had an option with steak. Blood oj margarita packed a nice punch; the mimosa was a bit milder for those that want to go lighter on the booze. Def recommend.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    FenwayResident
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    First timer. Had heard good things. Shocked by smallness of menu... Usually Mexican is much more expansive. (No steak fajitas?!?) Carne asada tacos were so-so. Shrimp ones were a bit better.
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  • Great food
    Mario
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with family. Food was first class, service was great!!'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great if you want a college
    abcd
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great if you want a college crowd and OK Mexican Food. Too noisy.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding service
    fleming
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Super busy Friday night. The hostess stand was a little disorganized but our server was so wonderful. She was quick polite and helpful. Probably the best service I've ever had in Boston. She knew what we wanted before we asked.the food is tasty. Very rich and well prepared but $9 guacamole will always break my heart no matter how good it is.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Met with two of my best friends.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Met with two of my best friends. Host was very nice, accommodated us right away at a high top near the window. Service was a bit slow but no big deal as we were comfortable chatting. Delicious meal, as always. Margaritas on tap is a great gimmick and they are tart but tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delectable Mexican
    Eschma
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    A unique and tasty spin on mexican food, the menu has a good variety of options of properly portioned items. The nachos were also especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute, upscale Mexican spot
    docjenVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Decent food, good service, cute ambiance (although the music was pretty loud!). Might be a little overpriced for the quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic