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The Painted Burro
The Painted Burro

The Painted Burro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepaintedburro.com
  • Email: info@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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The shrimp appetizer and fish taco were both fishy (not fresh) tasting. The rest of the food was also underwhelming."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Ive been coming here since they opened and they just keep getting better and better! Thanks again for a great evening."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Delicious! Especially loved the giant horchata. One of the few places in the area that takes brunch reservations, which made planning so much easier."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Wish they would update menu and add more vegetarian options. The current veggie enchilada is a snore."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The ambience was too loud, which made it hard to enjoy the delicious food. The service was great though."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went here for valentine's day and everything was great! I would definitely recommend the painted burro to friends!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great staff and great food. They show that Mexican style food can be so much more than many restaurants offer."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with family. Food was first class, service was great!!'"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great if you want a college crowd and OK Mexican Food. Too noisy."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Decent food, good service, cute ambiance (although the music was pretty loud!). Might be a little overpriced for the quality."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Loved most of what we got off the menu, from the interesting selection in tacos and appetizers to the drinks. Get the chorizo taco with the over easy egg, the lamb empanadas, and finish it off with the churros! Only downside was that we had to wait almost 30 minutes to get seated despite having a reservation...BOOO."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Disappointed that online bar menu did not match the in store menu. I was looking forward to some great red sangria which they did not have. Instead they had a Pomegranate version. They let me taste it and it was not at all what I as looking for. I then ordered a special rum drink but alas they were out of the rum. Disappointed to settle for a beer! Food was good. Tasty, unique. Root vegetable burrito was amazing!!!!! Guacamole is not overrated, creamy and smooth!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013