Masa - Boston
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Sun - Tue 5:00PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Very unpleasant experience! Looking at the high rating wanted to try this place, but was utterly disappointed. I entered this place at 8:58p and was out by 9:43p on a saturday night - and this involved 5 minutes of standing at reservation desk!!
Food was miserable and the waiters’ breath stunk!!
Vastly Mexican menu - chicken enchilada had just the taste of cheese coming out! And the tiradito (tapas) was burnt (not sure how they managed this! )
Also ordered a ‘cadillac’ margarita - which you can see for yourself!
Anyway, I won’t suggest this place to anyone
Unfortunately, for the price and quality of the food, I would not recommend Masa. It is a place that nickel and dimes you for chips, then salsa, then guacamole(which is the smallest portion ever). The Mexican culture is about hospitality and generosity, two qualities that Masa lacks.
I've heard a lot about Masa before ever eating here, and I've always heard that the food was good. Unfortunately, my experience was not outstanding. The food to me was not of authentic Latin flavors, and that was very disappointing. Now this isn't to say the food was bad, but I was looking for something more distinct, and this wasn't it. The drinks however were very delicious, and gave me a nice buzz, and the service was quick, friendly, and precise. Surprisingly for a nice Saturday afternoon (around 5:30pm) they weren't busy, but shortly thereafter it was bustling with customers. You can tell it's very popular with the local residents. Now that I know what to expect I would still go back because the place is friendly, and the drinks were good.
Great place, we had a blast. Good margaritas and tapas!
I have never tasted such bland Mexican food in my life. I've never been to a Mexican restaurant where they charge for chips and salsa, ridiculous. Won't be going back to this place.
Solid food and a great value for the South End. We had a reservation for 6:30 on a Friday night and were surprised to find the place relatively empty. That said we were seated in between two other full tables. Kind of weird to be cheek to jowl in a 3/4 empty restaurant. Our server was pleasant but VERY green (menus left in the table making for awkward shifting of detritus when our appetizer came out, removing of not-finished-yer drinks, etc) but generally nice atmosphere. The food was decent but uninspired. Place was packed when we left around 7:30.
Went to Masa for dinner before seeing a show at the Calderwood Pavilion. It was restaurant week, so we took advantage of the special menu. Food and drinks were really good. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. Space filled up quickly after we got there raising the noise level, but not to an annoying degree. Would definitely go back even without a special restaurant week menu as the regular menu looked interesting.
Service was impeccable. They let us stay well past the time we finished our meals (we were a group of friends playing catch up and were chatting away). They waitstaff didn't hover at our tables or make us feel like they needed us out to turn the table. (We tipped generously in recognition and appreciation of that!) The food service was appropriately fast and our dishes were tasty. The eggs benny was a solid choice, the variation on mac and cheese was a hit, the tapas were delish and perfect for the group share. Sangria was lovely, highly recommend it. Would happily come back to try other dishes on the menu!
I am torn writing this review! Some of the food we got was outstanding, and some of the food was really sub par. The drinks were great, service was awesome, and the atmosphere is fun and welcoming.
Everything was great!!!
We really enjoyed masa. We arrived and were seated immediately. Our drinks came quickly. I had a banana special drink which was quite tasty. My wife had a margarita, which she didn’t love (our only criticism). We had multiple appetizers and they were all quite good. Lots of chips and dips. The vegan soup was excellent. I had the Brussels sprout taco which was great. My wife had a chicken dish which was also quite lovely
Excellent food at lower than average prices for the area. We had a blast and will definitely be back.
Service was good, with personable staff and well presented options.
They did NOT honor their advertisement for Taco Tuesday.
When I pointed this out, I was RUDELY told there was a limited time, but this was not included in their advert. Very sad.
The staff were great. It was a busy night but they were prompt and friendly. We had brussel sprout tacos which were amazing! Then we had Fish tacos and guacamole which were also very good. The sangria was a delight. I love the ambience, it’s great for a girls night or a date. Would go again.
I’ve been to Masa before and I loved it! Steve the Bartender and Amanda the GM always show some well needed hospitality. I will, definitely be back for some good food and drinks!
I wish I could give 6 stars for friendly accommodating staff!
Great restaurant with great people working there and delicious meals. They even sent over a birthday piece of cake with ice cream and delicious raspberry sauce.
The sangria margarita was so tasty! Nachos were delectable!
The food was excellent. The service was lacking. Went without water and coffee refills for longer than we should have. I’d go back, but hope for a different server. Or maybe some better team work!
Great restaurant! We had a reservation for 8:30 but due to slow moving tables we didn’t get sat until 8:50. Service was friendly but slow. Restaurant was busy so it made sense food came out slow. Food was excellent as was the drinks. Definitely going back.
The service was great. Wish the food was better. One person needed to send back their drink because it wasn’t mixed well.
Always a great experience and the tapas sampler is a must. The bar area is vibrant and full of energy with great bartenders and wait staff.
They charge you for the chips. The service was eh. Drinks were good. But overall quite pricey for what it is.
Great experience and excellent follow up from management!
Great food, a lot of variety! My four friends and I were satisfied with just an array of tapas. Will go back soon.
Not the greatest ambience or food - service was so so as well
The menu has recently changed under a new chef, the host told us. Perhaps that's why the food was not up to our memory of previous visits. The enchiladas were merely the equal of most Mexican restaurants. The skirt steak was delicious but chewy. At this price point, we'd expect better -- and in the past Masa has offered beautifully elevated Mexican fare.
The host was chatty, visiting our table several times to duplicate the efforts of the servers. Seemed unnecessary.
Timing out of the kitchen was odd -- perhaps the new chef is still working out the kinks? All of our appetizers, small plates, and entrees except one arrived within seconds of each other ... and then one of our party waited 10 minutes for his entree.
Masa has always been a special place for us. I hope they get back to where they once were.
Amazing food and good service! Solid spot for brunch in the South End. Highly recommend the Breakfast Burrito.
Food was cold not very busy early Sunday at 10 had not been thr in awhile and not rushing back total for 2 people for breakfast $50 just crazy for a breakfast that was cold
Food was a real disappointment. Scallop dinner was the size of a tapas small plate. Chicken in one dish was dry, tough and chewy. We wondered if we just ordered all the wrong things? Space was pleasant and packed with happy looking diners which was confusing to us because our food was So not good. Waitress was lovely. We will not go back.
Loved this place! The food was delicious, and the drinks were great. It was a busy on Saturday evening and the food was bit delayed because of that, but otherwise a great overall experience.
TOO LOUD And food took over half an hour to arrive
Great for party of 10, reasonably priced for dinner and delicious food! Accommodating to food sensitivities/allergies including gluten and dairy.
This is a great place for a group, although we just went before the theater and it was just the two of us. We ordered the beet salad, mushroom tacos and fish tacos to share. It was plenty of food for the two of us. The beet salad and mushroom tacos were excellent. The fish tacos were very blank and we were disappointed with those. Service was great, every one that helped us were friendly and efficient. It is a bit noisy as it gets more crowded. My husband got a basic margarita, which was alright, but nothing special. Maybe the special drinks would be better. We would definitely go back.
Food was mediocre and overpriced for quality, wait staff was pushy and trying to upsell us. Decent food and good atmosphere, but there are many other places in Boston to get what this restaurant claims to offer at a better value.
I went there for a pre-vday celebration and it was amazing. Great food, drinks and service. I will return soon. Thanks for your hospitality!
Would have been 5 star but they have reduced the number of offering in the brunch fiesta and the orange juice is a rip off for the size vs cost.
At 6 on a Saturday it was pretty quiet but bustling by 7:30. Food was terrific and service was supreme. Georgie is great. He steered me away from one menu item and onto something better. Plus we got a free sample of the ceviche of the day (striped bass) which was absolutely delicious. If I lived in town I would return often!
Steve and Liz provided top quality service and conversation
We went to Masa for a date night. I was underwhelmed. The food was good, not great. We got gauc and chips (the chips were the best thing we ordered), the gauc was really disappointing in the size and it had no flavor, at all. The pork spring rolls were the second best thing we ordered and the fish tacos were ok as well. There was a large piece of fish, but it was heavily fried, almost over fried. Skip the bacon wrapped, they aren't worth it. The drinks were good. Would go back for a drink and chips, but would not go for dinner.
First visit...an apres theater dinner. Great atmosphere, excellent table service and a varied menu with good selections. A little noisy for close conversation, but a very friendly atmosphere and very tasty food. Loved the fish tacos and chicken enchiladas.