Olé

4.5
844 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
We are very excited to present Olé's renovated space and updated bar menus to the neighborhood. Olé has been in Inman Sq for 15 years, bringing traditional as well as innovative Mexican cuisine to Cambridge. Our 6 seat bar served us well over the years, but we always wanted a little more. Now we have it!

Please join us in our new space name with new cocktails, wines and new bar dishes.

More about the Restaurant:

In eclectic Inman Sq. lies a distinctive restaurant - Olé, where Chef David Tapia creates authentic Mexican delicacies from Veracruz, Oaxaca, amongst others. Popular for table side-award winning Guacamole it's the perfect destination for an outstanding evening.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(617) 492-4495
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Tapia
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Private party facilities
Ole serves upscale, modern but authentic dishes. Hospitality, tapas, and maragritas abound. The bold food and flavors of Chef David Tapia take this hip urban neighborhood spot to a new level.
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Private party contact
Raj: (866) 890-5102
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Catering
Please contact Raj Thapa for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cambridge St
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Parking details
There is a parking lot behind the restaurant which is metered parking until 10:00pm.
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Public transit
Red line to Kendall Square
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Entertainment
Mariachi on special occasions
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 844 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We went to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday with a group of 10 friends. They sat us earlier than our reservation which was very kind and accommodating. Our food was delicious but all of our drinks were poorly made. I don’t recommend ordering drinks off the menu, as I had to return a mojito. The ambiance needs improvement as the heat was cranked up and the music volume fluctuated. Overall the guacamole service and meals were the highlight. The waiter kindly split our checks and attended to us. Not our best meal in Boston, but not too bad.

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T
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Party of 9 experienced excellent service by a single server. Beverages were kept full. She was knowledgeable about the menu and everyone was able to get their dish prepared exactly how they wanted. All of the food came out at the same time but 2 people said their dishes were a bit cold. Overall everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks. There is a small lot next door. Parking on cambridge street is free after 8.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was so slow amd food was fine. Not worth thr price. Overall i wouldn’t clme back. The inly good thing was my beautiful date.

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AL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Totally enjoyed the food at Ole. Tried the ceviche, tacos suadero and tacos with short-ribs. All were very tasty and fresh. Provided tortilla chips while waiting. Nice casual atmosphere and good for groups. Will go back again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender was amazing! Service and food delicious, will definitely be going back again!

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JZ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top 3 Mexican restaurants in Massachusetts. Get the ceviche and the tableside guacamole

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KC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

They have changed the layout and it really changed the feeling of the restaurant. There are people waiting in line for take-out next to a taco bar and there is a big bar now there. We used to go there for special nights, but it really doesn't feel like that now. The food was still very good, but didn't feel as special in the atmosphere.

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Easily the best Mexican food I've found in the Boston/Cambridge area. They made the guacamole fresh at the table and cocktails and service were fantastic.

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PN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We were sat in the back where a a salsa event was taking place - it was VER loud and we were the only table seated back there not part of the event. They asked if we wanted ot move which was nice but htne it took forever to get us a new table.

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N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

12 of us went to Olé for my friend's birthday. Food and drinks were great. We made a lot of noise, but it was masked by the music playing through the restaurant. After dinner, we went to the back room for a free salsa lesson and had so much fun dancing!

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ole used to be our favorite place for brunch when it was on the menu a while back, so we were excited to try it now that it's back. (Our favorite dish before was the breakfast quesadilla, which is no longer offered.) The chips and salsa were great and the coffee was tasty (though the cups were too sticky). I ordered the hotcakes, which came with whipped cream, dulce de leche, and strawberries/raspberries. The hotcakes themselves were a little too dry and dense without a ton of flavor, but the toppings were good. My partner ordered the omelet, which he enjoyed, but it was way too eggy (and the eggs were very thick). Overall we enjoyed the meal, but would definitely try something else next time.

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LC
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fabulous group dinner! The food was awesome start to finish and the tequila options were top notch! Guacamole was one of the best ever! Super fresh ingredients! We will definitely be back!

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QF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Olé serves the best Tex Mex we have found in the Boston area. We always order the guacamole, which is the best I have ever had.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful when it came to suggesting items. Will definitely be eating here again.

Perfect place for birthdays or just a casual day night!

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SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always had fantastic service here. Great food and amazing margaritas. Always a go-to!

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Helpful staff, great food. Very noisy next to a party of 10. Warm and close this summer night.

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DB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. Fresh guacamole made at your table and the enchiladas were delicious.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great night, amazing ceviche!

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N
New England
71 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went with another couple and the four of us loved the food. The guacamole was made tableside and was particularly good. Three of us are vegetarian and had no trouble finding delicious things to eat. Our only complaint was that it was incredibly hot in the restaurant and we did not get enough water refills. I don’t know if their A/C wasn’t working or wasn’t on or is a very inefficient system but we were all glistening with sweat. I will definitely go again but maybe not in the summer.

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KA
New England
37 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s so hard to find decent Mexican food in New England that isn’t all just a big plate of brown covered in cheese. The Chile relleno & enchilada mole Maria were just what I’d been looking for & as close to authentic as I’ve ever had in this area. Love!!!

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MC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I come to Ole about once a month. Not to be missed are the margaritas and especially the guacamole, served in a traditional mocajete! Lots of options on the 'newish' menu that are not what you find on a "typical" Mexican menu. Most dishes are not exceptionally spicy, but if you like the heat they will provide you with sauces that add quite a bit of fire! Definitely recommended!

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CS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We have not been since new owners took over. In need of sprucing up. Our server was really great. The food was good. But the atmosphere was lacking.

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D
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good Mexican food, for both locals as well as night out in Cambridge. Nicely presented and above average quality

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ND
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We hadn't been to Ole for at least 5 years. We used to love it but it's really changed. The floor plan is different and so is the food. The menu is shorter and less creative. The quality of the food was lacking. My enchiladas weren't even warm. There were also a number of parties with small children and the room was really quite noisy. That's not necessarily the restaurant's fault but contributed to an all around negative experience. We won't return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican restaurant ever!

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GM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had our anniversary dinner at Ole. We thought it would be a first for both of us, but when we arrived, I realized that I had been there before for a work lunch. We had an early reservation, but it looked like we were the first customers to sit down, so maybe I didn't need it. The guacamole was outstanding. I had the beef enchilada's, and they were very good. My wife had chicken enchilada's, and she said they were excellent. The service was great. We had a very nice time.

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ZG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it there.. we will definitely go back..especially for the churros!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I see why others give 3 stars. Food was fine. After dinner the waitress asked if we wanted to get another round of drinks. When we said we didn’t know she said our table was reserved for another party in 10 minutes. Ehhhh.

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

Food and service were great per usual. A little pricey, but the servings are quite large. Plus it has the benefit of being one of the few restaurants in the area with smoke parking!

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lovely waitstaff but food not as good as I remember. Worth going for the fresh made to order guacamole!!!! So delicious!

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

Olé? More Like "Oy Vey..." Believe me, I am only giving two stars out of a generosity and a certain regard I have for restaurants that stay in business through thick and thin. Olé certainly has endured in its Inman Square location, but our recent experience was shockingly bad. We never got food that we ordered, and the food that did come was universally uninspired. In some cases the dishes were downright awful-- bony, dry fish; tough, flavorless chicken. The service was bare bones, the waiters disappearing for half an hour at a stretch. Our party of six was then charged a 20 percent service fee without explanation or notification— and believe me, we were not "problem customers." There's no way we could have caused trouble, since we had almost no interaction with the wait staff throughout our meal.

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B
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had read that this was modestly-priced Mexican food, but that's not true: entrees are $20 and up, and with three drinks and tip our bill for two people came to $90. So it's much more of an upscale night out, price-wise, and a typical Mexican restaurant. That aside, the food was great and we were satisfied with the experience.

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D
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

We were a party of 9 , we all really enjoyed our meal choices. The guacamole made at the table is outstanding.
The noise level was very high the music should be lowered.
The server was good but his assistant did not know the menu nor who ordered what, our food was brought to the table and it felt like it was being actioned off.

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JP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice ambiance and good quality food. The prices are a bit on the high side though for what you get.

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very dependable, excellent Mexican food- has only improved over the 25 years I have occasionally had dinner there. Miss the cozier Street front dining area

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L
New England
80 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was March 6th and we were going to Lisa LeBlanc’s concert. We were not very happy the last time we went there. So we were anxious to see if we would find it improved. No luck. Never again. So sad.

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ST
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Quality food, good flavors, but overpriced for what it is. The beans tasted like they came out of a can. The interior decoration could have been better. I saw an old plastic Christmas decoration still up in February.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I have dined at Ole in the past and our first visit was close to 15 years ago. We always liked the food; particularly since it isn't easy to get authentic Mexican cuisine. We have not been to Ole in a few years and were happy to see that it was still up and running, with prices scaled down since our last visit. Our food was delicious and the service was good, our server got hit with a rush of new customers (large party) and she valiantly tried to be as attentive as possible. One disappointment was my margarita that appeared to be 70% crushed ice. Otherwise, we heartily recommend Ole to anyone seeking good, authentic Mexican dining.

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DH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the meal a lot. Table side was guac was excellent.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the service and the food and the yummy spicy mango margarita! I had a great time and my boyfriend loved his shrimp tacos while I had the enchiladas mole which was really good! I also enjoyed the churros for dessert...hmmm...yummy!

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