Masona Grill

4.3
1270 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

Since the opening of Masona Grill in Spring 2006, chef/owner Manuel Sifnugel continues to challenge the boundaries of dining pleasure. Having created a unique dining experience with his previous restaurant Claremont Café, a long time South End favorite, Manuel has introduced the Parkway area and beyond to a fine New American cuisine with Mediterranean influence. Cilantro, lime, cumin, mint and ginger are key ingredients in Manuel’s cooking. His eclectic fare extends to the design and ambience of the restaurant. Colorful artwork, contemporary fixtures, hardwood floors and trendy pillows create a cozy yet upscale dining experience in a neighborhood restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Saturday:5pm-10pm; Sunday-Monday dinner 5pm-9pm.Evening Specials.
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Phone number
(617) 323-3331
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Manuel Sifnugel
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Private party facilities
We would close the restaurant for a night, or part of the night, to provide total satisfaction for the potential client. Please call the restaurant for more information.
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Private party contact
Manuel Sifnugel: (617) 323-3331
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Catering
The restaurant is available for private functions, parties and catering. Chef/Owner Manuel Sifnugel will personally meet you and design a unique & savory menu to suit your food and budget needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Park Street
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Parking details
Directly across the street is the commuter rail parking lot from the Highland station in West Roxbury. It is free after 4pm. Cars cannot be left overnight. Parking available along Corey, Park and Centre Streets.
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Public transit
Commuter Needham line from Back Bay Station to Highland Station in West Roxbury. About 15 minutes.
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Entertainment
Masona Grill features monthly wine dinners and special events. For more information, please visit http://www.masonagrill.com
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Special events & promotions
Please visit masonagrill.com or our facebook page for upcoming events and special offers.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
48 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in West Roxbury
Manny runs migrate restaurant with tremendous food and great service

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely overall experience. Thanks for a pleasant date.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Masons Grill is a neighborhood restaurant that is very special. It is a small local spot where the food is excellent and the value exceptional.

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This truly is a "neighborhood gem!" The food is deliciously creative, fresh and diverse with a presentation that is lovely! We look forward to come here and we enjoy the personalized experience. Thank you!

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New England
33 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I think it was an “off” night. They were short-handed. In fairness, we should give it another chance. But beware, it’s listed as a Peruvian restaurant but there’s not much that’s Peruvian on the menu. I had one of those items, the Ají de Gallina, which was very tasty but nothing like what I’ve had a dozen or more times in Peru.

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New England
51 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was deliciously presented, amply portioned and needed no additions or adaptions as it totally satisfied all four of our palates. Our waitress was outstanding and we look forward to coming back. Thank you!

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New England
53 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so sad that this restaurant has been sold. The eggplant is sublime and the owner is always so hospitable. Get in before its gone in July!

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GE
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have become a regular diner here, and never experienced a disappontment.

My friends always ask" when are we going to return to Masona?"

What a fine asset to our neighborhood.

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KR
Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my very favorite places. A hidden gem in West Roxbury!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This was my first time in this restaurant and my experience not a good one. First of all the utensils were dirty as well as the salt shakers and glasses. They had old dry food on them. The food was decent but it took over an hour to get our food. The best part the restaurant was the care from the waitstaff.

Never again.

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BH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Our food took too long to come, at least 30 min and we had 2 children who were hungry. The coffee was weak. The mimosas tasted like there was no champagne in it. The wait staff were pleasant but the food wasn’t coming out. We all liked our food when it came.

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SA
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to Masona for the first time to take my friend out for her birthday. It was also her first time here and let me say that we were more than impressed. The owner/Chef was so hospitable and I can't say enough about the food. We ordered an appetizer and two separate meals that were both amazing. We also had some Sangrias and they were also really great. Both myself and my friend can't wait to go back.

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r
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and quick and friendly service. Have not had a bad meal here.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manny was fabulous, food was authentic and delicious. Can’t wait to go back

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1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our 14th anniversary dinner, my wife and I returned to a reliable favorite. Masona Grill is that rare place where I can honestly say neither we nor anyone we have ever brought with us has ever once had anything less than a fabulous meal and experience. No frills, no pretense - a true neighborhood restaurant, serving genuine Peruvian food, expertly prepared. The owner, Manny, is nearly always present when we are there, circulating from table to table, explaining the dishes, and pushing his extraordinary (and extraordinarily hot!) home made hot sauce. We love this place, and cannot recommend it more highly. Oh, and it is convenient both to Boston and the western ‘burbs. Give it a try.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As Always, fantastic food! Manny cooks and plates his food magnificently.
We've been going there since it opened and have never had a bad meal or a bad experience. Everything is top notch. I recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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CC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very quiet night. We were one of a very few tables. Appetizers were delicious, drinks adequate, entrees disappointing. Mussel appetizer particularly good made with coconut milk.

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BM
New England
46 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food, service and nice people eating there. My only concern about giving a great review is that too many people might overwhelm the staff and dilute the quality! But it’s no understatement to say I have never had a bad meal here. The quality and quantity is second to none!

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KI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely spot to have dinner - Masona is a real neighborhood gem. It is our go-to place when we want a lovely meal, don't want to drive far, not struggle for parking and enjoy dinner!

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

My wife and I used to love Masona Grill; we've been there numerous times. We went last Saturday for a nice celebration dinner for my 40th birthday. Masona is not an inexpensive restaurant... the plates average around $25. So when all is said and done, it's not a cheap meal. We knew this-- we were looking to have a nice meal, and were ready to spend some money on it.

The problem was that when it came time to pay our bill at the end of the meal, we were informed that they only accept cash for the gratuity (due to the 'rising costs of credit card fees.') Come on, really? We didn't have very much cash on us, since we were expecting a higher than normal meal, so we had obviously planned to use a credit card to pay. This was *extremely* off-putting, and made the owner of the restaurant seem petty and cheap. If a business chooses to offer payment by credit card (especially a nicer restaurant) then that business is accepting that the credit card fees are part of the overhead expenses. Expecting people to have the amount of cash on them to pay for a separate tip is not only unrealistic, but it's also unprofessional and shady-seeming.

This alone will prevent us from returning to this restaurant, which is a shame, because we really used to like Masona. We would also not recommend a place that does this. The rising costs of credit card fees is not a customer's issue with which to deal, and I'm still in disbelief that this actually happened, as I've never even heard of this concept before at a nice restaurant.

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L
New England
44 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Downward spin.... not the same as it used to be at all....food was mediocre at best. I used to love going there but the last 2 times (including this time) have not been the best experience. This time they have substituted food without telling me when I ordered it. They definitely have dropped from my top 10 list.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous meal at Masona Grill! Excellent service, excellent food!

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sweet neighborhood gem with good solid tasty food, slightly eclectic menu. Wait staff and owner very friendly and accommodating.

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant needs more help. There’s no bartender so the servers have to do everything. They were out of all shrimp on a Friday night at 6:00, meanwhile you could walk to Roche Bros 2 minutes away and buy it. Mussels were dried up but the broth was good. Duck was over cooked too, but not bad. Eggplant was good. Needs to up its game to survive. Too many new options.

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. I highly recommend pork milanese and tres leches

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TE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal in a warm inviting atmosphere. Love the mushroom bisque.Husband loves the scallops. A true neighborhood gem.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent! Will return!

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KI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening at a true neighborhood gem. We frequently eat here - it is always good, very pleasant and great to support a local restaurant. We will be back!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We hadn't been to Mason Grill for a few years, and in spite of the good food, they still do not have enough staff to make it a great dining experience. Our second drink order was completely wrong and slow. Our server was as attentive as she could be - she was just spread too thin.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Masona Grill for Valentine’s Day because we know we’ll have an excellent meal in a restaurant that has a noise level that allows a normal conversation. The appetizers were very good and the short ribs exceptional. The wines we had (a red and a white) were very good and dessert was OK. We’ll be back when the “special occasion is a Friday or a Tuesday or something.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this restaurant. The service is great, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. You can't go wrong with Masonsa Grill.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is a JEWEL!! Service, food, everything is GREAT!!!

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RR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Strange entrance, wasn't initially obvious which door to use. Dark when entering, making one feel like they came in the wrong way. Initially felt cold when seated, maybe improved. Employees were warm and genuine. Nice options on the menu, were willing to modify items as needed. Drinks were good and served up properly. Manny’s Peruvian Paella was said to be spicy, but it wasn't. Rice not worth eating. Peppered Tuna had very little pepper on it. The carrots were great. Hand cut fries were very thin, and probably not cut with a knife(?); I expected them to be about 5 times thicker. Fries tasted good though and were not greasy. Salads were refreshing, with a great flavor. Quality of Tuna made me feel like maybe it was previously frozen? Chocolate dessert was good, my wife really loved it, but I was not impressed. Glad to have visited, but we are in no rush to head back again.

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r
New England
53 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, this is a very pleasant and consistently good place to have a meal with friends. The space is comfortable and it is quiet & private enough to have real conversation while enjoying dinner. Everyone gets attention from the owner and his efforts to please are well appreciated.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Love Masona when we are looking for something local. But truly, I would travel for their food as well. Everything we have had has been unique and flavorful. Caesar salad is perfectly dressed and has white anchovies (love that!), I have had a tuna entree that they have had on the menu for a couple of months. Sliced tuna steak with crab rangoon and a great vegetable medley. Duck breast special one night was prepared perfectly. My daughter had a linguine with clam dish that was also just perfect.

The layout of the restaurant is quirky, but gives the opportunity for intimate dining. Having been dining at the restaurant for about 8 years, I think at this point it could use a little freshening up.

The last couple of times we have gone, there has only been 1 server for 50 seats (or more). On, let's say, a Tuesday this isn't a problem. On a Saturday when the place can be full, this is a problem. Food was still great and came out at appropriate times for appetizers and entrees. But I couldn't get the server to my table to get another drink or refill our waters, and there was no way we were ordering dessert when our dishes didn't get cleared for quite some time. Also, it can then take a while to settle your check. I wish they would have more than 1 server...really, the place would be able to accommodate more people and service the people that are there. Really, my only disappointment. I will go back, but they have to have more service on busy nights.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I keep trying to like this place since it is in my neighborhood but there are just too many things that are not good starting with the temperature of the restaurant. It's so cold in this place and always is. The waiter did not write down our order. Why is this? Is he trying to prove something about his memory? Well, he forgot my side order....fine....we weren't charged for it. The food is just Ok but my husband and I both had stomach issues the morning after. I think I am done trying this place.

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BD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Potato soup was delicious. Memorable. Fish and chips were excellent as well. A hidden gem! Unfairly undersubscribed because of its off the beaten path location. Easy parking too.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Will definitely go again, take all my friends,, celebrate any occasion. Loved food, atmosphere, location, everything!
Great Great great fun fun fun!!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Incredible! I enjoy a lot a great taste and the best service!

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