Jose's Mexican Restaurant

4.2
413 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
At José's, we are proud to be a true North Cambridge neighborhood restaurant with roots in Mexico. You can see it in our menu. We love introducing our customers to traditional Mexican fare like pozole and sopes, while continuing to offer dishes you've been enjoying for years, local favorites like José's poppers and our barbeque. So, when you visit José's, you can expect a little adventure combined with a little taste of home!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 413 people are saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLooloo
New England
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Joses was a family favorite for many years. We had never had issues with reservations being honored, service being sub par or orders coming out correctly. All of that changed during our last time @ Joses. Sadly, we won't be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The drinks were good. We came in kind of late but the wait staff did not really give us time to order or communicate the closing of the bar and kitchen.

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vipMichaelC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious- always have loved Joses

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Seeing Carlos, the owner, greeting us at the door and walking us to our table was excellent. A great signal that the pandemic is almost over. Carlos and his staff were very friendly and attentive to our service needs. Food was excellent.

Now with this new found freedom, we plan on being back to Jose’ s very soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was a little slow, but that was understandable given the post pandemic situation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing and the margaritas were delicious. Taking one star off because we had reserved and outdoor table and when we arrived we were told that they don’t take reservations for outside seating and wouldn’t honor it. That was annoying since it clearly stated in the open table app that the reservation was for an outdoor table.

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Dan4th
New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I loved being able to reserve an outdoor table. Jose's has great vegetarian and vegan options and delicious black beans (my favorite!). I got the mexican flag enchiladas filled with spinach and cheese, and it was so good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for outdoor dining, showed up and was told “I know you made a reservation for outside but we don’t take reservations for outside.” I understand places get busy and mistakes get made but what bothered me was that they couldn’t have cared any less. We said we were willing to wait if they could give us a time range but they couldn’t even do that. They just kind of stared at us and were totally unhelpful. Bad customer service. Never actually ate there.

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JulianA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They’re not really abide by the reservation system, but if you know that in advance it’s a good time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely horrible service. I would never step into that restaurant again

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Spunkybrunette54
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service took awhile- food was decent at best.

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vipMadisonM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Please note that Jose's does not guarantee an outside reservation, even if you select that in your reservation. We are only eating outside right now and had to wait an additional 35 minutes to get an outside table.

Overall, the restaurant was very understaffed. It took 25 minutes for our waiter to come to our table and an additional 20 minutes to get our drinks. Once we did get our food, one order had the wrong meat and they completely missed our appetizer. The food was pretty good and the drinks delicious, but it wasn't worth the wait.

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vipericaJB
New England
37 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. The owner, folks who work here, are always lovely. The food is consistent, and they have a very wide range of menu options, flexible for allergies, vegans, gluten free, you-name-it.
My favorite Mexican restaurant. I’ve never had a bad bite in here, and the staff are always friendly. Just great.

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viphb1817
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was delicious! The server was friendly. The margs were also👌
Will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Great atmosphere, great service. One of the staff recommended a tequila for some shots so we took them and they were delicious,

MG
vipMrGee
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great it was very quiet. Just wish they had more veggie options. Steak was very tender and all the food was very fresh and tasty

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ThomasB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat in the city! Wait staff and all staff are the sweetest, and the authentic Mexican food is incomparable.

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RichW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Jose's several times. Usually the environment is quite energetic but due to COVID, it was pretty quiet. The food, as always, was delicious and we enjoyed sangria as well. We felt safe eating there - it was clean. (Something that's important in the time of COVID...)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. I will be back again. Food and drinks were delicious.

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Qwerty
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ordered chicken tamales with mole, and tacos cochinita pibil. My husband is Mexican, and said his food was really good. Mine was too! The restaurant also did a very good job with social distancing and other safety measures.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food and friendly service, just slow.

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deatsherveggies
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I loved our outdoor dining experience at Jose's! The tables were a safe distance apart from other diners, the food came quickly and was delicious (great vegetarian options as well), and the margaritas were quite big. We will definitely be coming back.

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DanitaB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great to be back at Jose's. We had to make 2 separate reservations because our number exceeded 6 at one table. Food was delicious. Margarita's are the best to be found anywhere. Service was wonderful. We all had a great night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Attentive and safe staff, amazing food.

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NatalieK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were so friendly and accommodating. I reserved seating online but didn't realize outside seating wasn't guaranteed, but the waiters were great and got us seated quickly outside despite it being a Friday night. The tables were spaced well and everything felt safe. Plus the food was great, will definitely be back!

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BrayG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat outside, on their small patio, facing the street and ordered margaritas, which were great! It was a very pleasant evening and the surrounding area was quite peaceful. Our new favorite place in Cambridge.

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ChelseyF
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We can’t get a table outside, even when we made a reservation

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose rocks

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Disappointed
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

The place was unclean, tables and floors both. Food was terrible. Steak and ground beef tasted old and dry and overcooked. The server was very nice.

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mariaastolfi
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jose's Restaurant is an authentic Mexican place. You will homey. The food is delicious, and the portions are big. Cocktails were amazing and the ceviche was great. You will listen to people talking Spanish, and will definitely feel a Latin American vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We did not like our server. Will not be going back.

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JJDOrtiz
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was really terrible and expensiv. Very very greasy flautas, and undercooked sopes. The only good thing was the guacamole and the hot sauce. her margaritas were ok, not great. The waitresses were cool.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.! I will definitely come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose’s was phenomenal! Most authentic Mexican I’ve experienced in Boston. I’m from Denver, CO that boasts a lot of great Mexican food so it’s a welcome sight to have found such a great spot! The margs are amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and amazing margaritas
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vipKimO
New England
91 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Great menu. Comfortable and cozy

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vipbeckys
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose’s is a wonderful place to enjoy delicious, homemade Mexican food in a vibrantly colored venue. The fajitas were delicious with plenty of shrimp. Our kids liked the children’s menu as it offered yummy choices. Love their chips and sals!!!

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Mark
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good quality food. Nice authentic atmosphere. Friendly waitstaff. And easy free parking!

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vipWilbur
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place is the real deal. It's not the best Mexican food ever, but it is very top quality, and the ambiance and service is the definition of local charm. The enchilada with mole sauce is my favorite.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Jose's Mexican Restaurant using the Order Online button. Jose's Mexican Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Jose's Mexican Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 354-0335.

Jose's Mexican Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 413 OpenTable diners.

Jose's Mexican Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://josesmex.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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