Jose's Mexican Restaurant
Food was great. We had reservations and were seated upstairs where we were forgotten. Seated at 7:00 did not get our food until 8:15. Not enough wait staff or kitchen help? Will try it again but ask to be seated downstairs where the wait staff are visible.
Once again, the best kept secret in Cambridge, authentic Mexican food. We drive back into town just to eat this wonderful meal.
I wish they would make a Mexican salad dressing for the Faita Salad. The guacamole needs more spice. We usually add hot sauce and salt. Chips and salsa are very tasty. My son was disappointed with his steak dish.
The food was fabulous - margaritas, too. The tables are in tight quarters - it's a small local restaurant, but the staff were all wonderful, super fast in preparing our food and fulfilling our requests. Love it!!
i enjoyed the fajitas so much, i had to go back for more.
the food was authentic and delicious. We had the Vegetarian platter including the tamales.
The favorite was the Oxaca cheese with peppers appetizer. This was outstanding.
The enchiladas were tasty as well.
However the place was too small and the seating was too cramped. they have just one person bathroom so even if you want to wash your hands you have to wait in the queue downstairs.
We recommend towlettes being offered to patrons.
This place is delightful. Charmingly decorated, and some of the best Mexican food I've ever had
The only reason why I am giving it a 4 star is because our table, the only one available was next to the door and I was cold but overall this restaurant is a 6 stars.
I ordered the vegetable tamales. They were huge cylinders of cornmeal--there was literally one small piece of onion and one small piece of green pepper inside one of them. Blech. Really gross. I only ate them to avoid being awkward with the rest of our party. The margaritas were pretty good, but a bit too sweet. But those tamales, good god. The worst I've ever had.
Went to Jose's on a Friday night with a few friends. We had made a reservation, so we were seated right away. They had a huge parking lot, which is literally unheard of in Cambridge. The decor is what you would expect of a Mexican restaurant in New England, but it had a much cozier and more intimate feel than most. The margaritas were enormous and the food was solid, I will definitely be returning.
If you love Mexican food, have eatten Mexican food in Los Angeles, New York City, or even in Mexico, DO NOT GO HERE! The food is completely SUB-PAR on all levels. It is completely overpriced, the portions are small, and it is not even good food. For starters, the rice is not authentic Spanish or Mexican rice. It tasted disgusting. This was my first time here and I went with high hopes. I ordered the most simplest Mexican dish - the Tamale Plate, hoping they would be soft, plump, full of filling. No! The tamles were 1/3 of the size of traditional tamales. They were also very dense and dry. There is no excuse for this - they are steamed so there is no excuse for serving dense and dry tamales. And, there was almost NO filling in them!!! I kept eating bite, after bite, thinking the filling must have slipped in the other end. At first I thought maybe my dish was just poorly made. When I tried my friend's dish it was just as bad! She had gotten the Taco Plate. I have never tried such bad tacos from a restaurant. I grew up in Los Angeles with authentic Mexican food. All my friends were Mexican and I would have Mexican food probably three times a week if not more. Jose's is by far the worst Mexican restaurant I have been to in the Boston area. And the prices were outrageous. The only thing I enjoyed during my meal was the free chips and salsa and the lighting.
I used to go to Jose's often. The food used to be fresher and this week the food was mediocre. The staff is always very nice and helpful.
Excellent service & delicious meal!
I love Jose’s. It’s a great local restaurant.
Jose’s is a great little find. I love the food and the atmosphere.
Server was completely impolite and neglected us because we were not consuming alcohol.
My daughter wanted to go to the movies with a few friends, which was at 7, so I suggested dinner because I knew this restaurant was nearby. Not all all crowded due to the early hour, the staff greeted and seated us promptly. We each enjoyed our meals; the chicken quesadilla were very full and picking hot. My very simple chicken fajita salad could have used a more interesting tomato, yet the chicken was perfectly done. My husband’s stuffed poblano was a surprise hit, oh so tasty. The only disappointment was the sopapilla; not all all fluffy, but nicely presented with drizzled honey and powdered sugar. We will definitely go back!
Spur of the moment decision to eat at Jose’s. Service was prompt and food delicious.
I was very disappointed that they didn't have one item available that was clearly listed on their website menu--nopales. They are very hard to find in local Mexican restaurants and were the main reason I chose this restaurant.
Met with family for an early dinner. Food was excellent, service was as well. Added bonus of large parking lot.
Nice, simple place. Good food. A little noisy, but World Cup was on TV.
Great food and great drinks! It was a nice place for a causal get-together. Service was good! Would highly recommend!
Always really good, with a friendly and helpful staff.
Food was great but this time the chicken fajitas was very salty.
Quaint little Mexican joint. The salsa and guac were fresh and tasty, but the appetizers and main courses were sub-par. The fish tacos fell apart when you pick it up. The burrito was soggy and dripping juice from the bottom. The chicken quesadilla was also soggy. I was surprised at how sloppy the food was.
We haven’t been to Jose’s for 20 years, but decided to go last minute, found a table, and loved every bit of this excellent “hole in the wall” hidden gem. Hasn’t changed much, same great service, excellent and authentic Mexican flavors/dishes, and wonderful electric atmosphere. A must go!
The food was fresh and delicious and the service was prompt and efficient. Excellent dinner!
Service took forever, food was mediocre, multiple issues during our dinner. Huge brown chunk of something in our guacamole, thought it was meat, but might have been a bad piece of avocado. Had a large guacamole, but had barely any chips left when it was brought to the table, and the server didn’t come to take our order or check on us for about 30 min. Finally took our dinner order and eventually brought more chips. About another 30 min later we were told that they were out of one of the items we ordered, so 2 people had to choose something else. Finally brought meals to 4 of us, but not the 2 that had to order something else. When their meals finally came, one had cheese on it even though the person was very clear that they did not want cheese. So they replaced it eventually by the time everyone else was done. Then the bill came and we were charged twice for the meal they messed up. Never offered to comp anything despite the multiple inconveniences. Very long frustrating dinner experience!
I booked this restaurant for a retirement celebration and was very disappointed. I don’t know how this place has 4 1/2 stars on Open Table. It was very average quality, basic Mexican food. My first clue that I had made a mistake booking here is the place is a bit run down. Then the salsa was more like tomato juice with a few chunks of tomatoes. The rest of the meal was ok but nothing outstanding. The service was not very good. We were upstairs and frequently were looking for our waitress. We would not return.
great authentic mexican food and tasty margaritas
Excellent, tasty Mexican food, our family really enjoyed dishes including chicken mole, paella, and chicken/cheese enchiladas. Waitress was friendly and helpful but the food took a looooooong time to arrive (granted it was quite busy even at 5:30 on a Saturday night, which is early). I'd still go back, but allow lots of time!
Great restaurant! Food is amazing every time.
We love Jose’s! Great food. Nice staff.
This was our second visit. The food was ok this time and ordered the same dish as before "Dos Tacos". The rice was a little dry and the beans a little hard. The guacamole was the freshly made and enjoyed it. It just seemed that we missed when the food was freshly made and it was just sitting there for hours. We may visit this restaurant again in the future for a third time and it's a hit or miss to when we can arrive when the food is just made and had high expectations as our first visit. This is a still good restaurant.
We celebrated my birthday here. We have nachos and salsa before our food. It was so tempting to eat all of it since it was so fresh and tasty. All the food was delicious and so fresh! This is my now my favorite Mexican restaurant and we will return. You must visit this authentic Mexican restaurant !!!
My husband and I have eaten dinner at Jose's three times in the past few months, and each night the service was astonishingly poor, careless, and inattentive. Very expensive for what felt, to us, like pretty bland, mediocre food. Worse, every time, our waiter and/or waitress has charged us higher prices for our drinks and entrees than what was listed on the menu! Manager was unapologetic when we inquired about the discrepancy between the listed prices and our bill. We love the ambience of Jose's---it's a fun, vibrant setting---but not sure we will be returning again. Too expensive and just not worth the $$.
Very busy Saturday night so not too surprising that service was very slow - in that food and drink took a long time to appear. Gave us yummy chips and salsa but there was an hour 15 mins before our food came. The food was just ok. Fun place though and servers very nice. Not their fault kitchen was likely overwhelmed.
It has really tasty food. I live 5 miles away from Jose’s and the food is worth the drive. The atmosphere is nice but is kinda noisy. It’s a small and kind of cramped restaurant but the food is worth the wait. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for people that like Mexican food.