Casa Romero

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$30 and under
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Mexican
After 40 years, my customers still tell me what a delightful discovery it is to step out of a Boston alley and into the heart of Mexico. That is exactly what I had envisioned when I decorated the coffered door and walls of my restaurant with the bright Talavera tiles from Puebla, Mexico. Casa Romero is located in the midst of glamorous Back Bay at 30 Gloucester and offers the best traditional Mexican food in Boston.
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BD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were expecting something more from the food, which to a person we all agreed was just okay, but certainly not any better than the higher end chain Mexican restaurants. Highlights were the Guac, Salsa, refried beans, and some of the Margarita's. Pork terderloin specialty was not tender at all despite being only 2 mm thick. Carne Asada was decent, but hard to cut with standard knives, as steak knives were not provided and waiter disappeared for 10 minutes so we could not request them. The waiter seemed to be spread quite thin this night as when we saw him he was hustling, but alas our birthday gathering went wanting for refills on both water and margarita's each time. I feel as though we hit them on a tough night for whatever reason and a second visit might confirm this, but then there is a comparably priced mexican restaurant two blocks away that was booked a week in advance and Casa Romero had availability and an entire seating area in darkness... So maybe I'm just late to realize that there are better options in the area.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Casa Romero on a Wednesday night for my son's birthday. He is nine and loves Mexican food. We had a reservation and were seated right away. The place was pretty busy but the service was quick, courtious and gracious. My son has nut allergies so our server recommended singing happy birthday with a scoop of ice cream instead of the house deserts. It was perfect! The food is delicious, the ambience welcoming and cozy. We had a great time. Thank You!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Company dinner that everyone loved!

VR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come back here again and again.

AH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent menu.

A variety of standard dishes done well. Everyone could find a favorite.

KC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food I’ve had in a long time and exceptional service. The ceviche it was amazing

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was subpar. Chips were stale.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice find! Really enjoyed our dinner!

MP
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casa Romero is a rare jewel in Boston with phenomenal true Mexican food and great margaritas. I live in Back Bay and this is my favorite restaurant in the area. I often take visiting family and friends there and have never had a mediocre meal there.

K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food warm family atmosphere

LJ
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The chicken verde enchiladas were horrible. the enchilada wrap tasted like raw flour. and for an entre, it was so small. it was 2 mini enchiladas with a schmear of beans and a 1/4 cup of rice. Only memorable because it was NOT good !

PR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had the guacamole, fajitas and steak tacos. All were solid and decently priced.

D
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been going to CR since it opened in the early 1970s. Still one of the top Mexican restaurants in Boston. Note that the chef will create special dinners of old favs that are no longer on the regular menu.

HK
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casa Romero is a favorite neighborhood restaurant for us. We love the choices of the upscale Mexican dishes that still have the Tex/Mex feel to them. The staff is wonderful and they always remember us, even if we haven't been for a while.

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I had been to Cara Romero a long time ago. The food is wonderful but I think that the portions are really really small for the price. Although I loved the food, I'm not sure it's worth the price.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

After having not been to Casa Romero for a very long time, my wife and I were looking forward to our return. We left disappointed. The food was good but not very creative, certainly not delicious. Service was adequate. I was shocked that, if we wanted more salsa or chips, we had to pay extra. To start they give you a tiny little bowl of salsa for two people. About the size of a teacup. Shame on them. Margaritas were good, again nothing fantastic, but we paid $13 and $14 for them. The flan for dessert tasted like it had been in the fridge for way too long with a significant aftertaste of orange and cinnamon. Way too much. Anyway, we tried it and I can't imagine going back. I guess you can't go home again

G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very tasty food, nice little hidden gem location in a lovely Back Bay neighborhood. Food is very tasty but portions a little small for the price (but I would imagine the rent is outrageous in that prime location, so that's probably why it's a little expensive for the fare). Great atmosphere, especially in the pretty little patio out back. Has been around forever, and I hope it continues to stay open ... Boston is losing too many of its longtime establishments, and Casa Romero is one of them! One tip -- don't shy away from dining here if there is nothing available on OpenTable. When I booked my reservation it seemed like I took the one and only slot available within a window of a few hours. The place was practically empty when I arrived, though, so when in doubt, give a call to see if they are as busy as the OpenTable reservation scarcity would suggest.

RG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night with friends on the patio! Fantastic food and great service. Will keep coming back!!

OT
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

5$ coke is a bit abusive. Gauc very good. Ceviche (fish) fresh bit bland. Veg tamale was good but not very appetizing looking. Chicken fajitas dry. Overall ok for the area but won't come back unless I have too.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was kind and welcoming.

CL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is superb, from the food to the waitstaff to the hostess to the ambiance. I keep coming back again and again and recommend it to everyone I know who visits our fair city!

JD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We hadn’t been to Casa Romero for probably thirty years. We remembered that it was tucked away down an alley, so we found it easily, and the timeless decor took us back to good times we’d had there with old friends. We spend a few weeks every winter in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, and the food prepared at Casa Romero is truly fine Mexican cuisine that one seldom can obtain beyond Mexican borders. We had a unique salad with Mexican veggies and a native dressing and two mole dishes that could have been cooked in a local kitchen in Oaxaca. Simply delicious. Our Boston friends whom we brought along with us said, “We never heard of this place, and we would have never found it. How do you know about it?” We explained that it was a favorite spot of our dead friend from Chicago who loved gourmet food, and he’d come to Casa Romero whenever his business travels found him in Boston.” We’ll be back, and I suspect you’ll see our local Boston friends soon.

LS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Casa Romero and were there 23 years ago! That is what brought us back and we were so happy that we did because it was exactly the same as it was in 1996! The food was over the top good and we love the atmosphere in the restaurant. Our service was top notch and we can hardly wait to come back to Boston and visit Casa Romero again!

K
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was good . The 3 small pork carnitas were excellent. My husband had the enchiladas and her said they were good . Drawback was tables were very close together and was a bit noisy the night we went. However, I would go again but my husband would not .

c
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casa Romero is the best Mexican restaurant in Massachusetts, hands down. There is no event too minor nor too large that you should celebrate here!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible. Outdoor area is nice, but inside is nice too

LG
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Easy location and the food was delicious! 5 people with app, dinner, drinks and dessert with tip split evenly about $50 person.

TC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was horrible and food so over priced. Food was average at best.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Good food and really fun ambiance but the waiter offered us guacamole without mentioning that it was 9 dollars?? At the end of the night they do electronic payment so you can’t even review the bill so it sort of feels like they’re just trying to take your money. Overall a good place but service should be more up front.

EK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent food. Terrific service

W
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was terrific, and certain dishes were outstanding:
The ceviche was fresh, tangy, full of flavor-- I would recommend that, any time. The tamale with huitlacoche was also really good. The house specialty was disappointing-- a pork with chipotle and orange sauce seemed to have been modified for a gringo palate-- much too sweet, and missing the smoky bite of the chipotles.
EXCELLENT margaritas!
The pastel de tres leches was a bit of a mystery to me, served in a ramekin and did not resemble others that I have had. It was more of a pudding than a pastel.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good ambiance! Drinks were excellent as well. I did not have the best meal but I think I just personally didn’t enjoy it. I’ll try the fajitas next time!

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good service and vibe. Bit pricy for the food though..

D
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a delicious elote salad with shrimp. Waiter was friendly and helpful. He did not rush us.

JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely seating in courtyard, friendly service, delicious/unusual food, and sweet tucked-away location. A great choice to meet visiting colleagues for a respite from meetings at Hynes Convention Center.

D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Really mediocre food, high prices

GM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Have been going here for years. New menu leaves a lot to be desired. Noise level prohibits conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The setting was great, the atmosphere lovely and oof was fantastic. Very noisy. Intermittent service. Would recommend based on food.

SD
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

While I really liked the ambiance of Casa Romero and it's a nice escape from Back Bay, the food was just ok and the drinks were mediocre. The plantain enchiladas were fair but their 'perfect' margarita and my friends' drinks tasted watered down.

DB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. I’ve had no better mole since I lived in San Antonio.