Masa - Boston

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2361 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
Masa serves up fresh New England ingredients with Latin flavors.Our menu offerings vary from buffet lunches to 3 course sit down dinners to cocktail parties with passed tapas. For special gatherings, we customize each package to suit your needs and give you the ultimate experience!

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Sun - Tue 5:00PM - 7:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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PC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not the greatest ambience or food - service was so so as well

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New England
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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MD
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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JJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steve and Liz provided top quality service and conversation

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N
New England
35 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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RJ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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JR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Some dishes were very good (mixed mushroom tapas, veggie taco) and others were ok, not so exciting (fish tacos). Service was very good, quick but not too quick,pleasant efficient staff. We were happy with that because we were going to a show and didn't have a lot of extra time. Reasonably priced and comfortable setting.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to hit after seeing a show at Calderwood. Waitstaff is always friendly. Food has never been anything but outstanding.

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AP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fun atmosphere and great food! The stuffed dates wrapped in bacon are amazing! The staff is attentive and available without hovering. Always a great choice!

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SI
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Masa was a great find for a bite to eat with coworkers on a conference. We enjoyed sharing plates and the drink menu was outstanding.

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RR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always! Would recommend for groups. Try to get a seat near the front.

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SC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I've been hearing rave reviews of Masa since moving to Boston, so I was excited to try the famous $10 brunch. I had the plantain empanada and the breakfast tacos. The empanada + butter was amazing - I wish I'd ordered more of them! The tacos were so-so, but for $10 it was hard to expect anything more.

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AC
New England
47 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Steve was great as always and so was the beautiful Amanda! The only thing was chorizo was added to our first set of nachos which we didn’t ask for and no guacamole for the second until asked. But still a great place and I will be back soon!

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S
Minneapolis
82 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best tequila selection in Boston. Great food. Attentive service. Super fun place for a date.

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CB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Ok, not that I would go back.we sat next to the bar and we just felt rushed by our sever the moment we sat down. It was our first time so we really wanted to take our time looking at the menu but he came over to take our orders like 5 minutes after he had handed us the menus!

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SR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We ordeeed an item we did not like and the waiter took it off the bill and replaced it with something else which was much appreciated.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Met a friend for holiday brunch - and everything was just right Right price right food (including portion) and attentive, friendly service!

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R
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, quick delivery.. Nachos, burger and street corn, were great, im sure other options the same...will try other menu items, on our next VISIT, great experience..and cost was well in line.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, different and reasonably priced. I'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to Masa for brunch. The food was delicious and I appreciated that they had a lot of vegetarian options. The service was great and the pricing was reasonable.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went early. 6:00 pm. Lovely waiter.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food took over an hour to arrive, longer than tables around us of the same size. “Manager” brought out a snack to hold us over, but made excuses and never truly apologized. Only comped the food when we asked (and still charged us for the drinks). Server was polite and apologetic, but the “manager” has a lot to learn about the meaning of customer service. There are plenty of better alternatives in the South End. This is my first (and last) time there.

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DF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Was mostly ignored by the server / bartender during dinner on a weeknight. The game on TV was more important apparently. The food was tasty and the drinks were admittedly good value. You may have a better experience with a different server.

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AC
New England
47 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Steve and Amanda made this first time at Masa 5X better; tonight was such a great night and we will both be back 🙌🏾!!

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PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Understaffed and food was just okay. Our waiter, Georgy, was lovely and was trying hard but he was the only server on - honestly he was the best part about our dining experience there. Drinks took forever and were average, and food was terribly mediocre.

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H
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The decor was fun and I liked that you could taste a little bit of everything from the appetizers section. Good sangria, a must, and the service was really friendly- we ended up with free salsa and guac. Hidden secret on the menu is the side of mac and cheese. Only complaint was the baja fish taco was a little too greasy.

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Mexican food type

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e
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

our reservation was late but hanging at the bar was easy with great service and they got us seated quickly in bar area which was actually less noisy. The food was good. My only complaint was fish for tacos was heavily breaded and deep friend and this was not good way to go. When restaurants do this it means they are doing a short cut. They should use fresh fish and let it shine by using pan or cooktop so it tastes like fish rather than something heavily battered and deep fried.
But I always overall enjoy my Masa experience.
The service in bar area was excellent.

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SE
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic tapas and bar service! The chorizo, chiccarones, and plantains are all must-repeaters. The tuna entree was a big disappointment- previously frozen, stiff, bland tuna w nothing distinctive. That said, the apps and service more than made up for that.

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SJ
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wife and I had booked a weekend getaway in Boston and Masa appealed to satisfy our Spain-oriented palates. It was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was very quiet and sparsely populated which was a shame since the place looked like it could have a cool vibe when busier. We opted for the braised pork shoulder and hanger steak main courses. Plenty on the plates and certainly more than a tapa style serving if that's what you planned. Steak was spicy, pork was good just could have been served hotter (manager graciously handled that). Very pleasant surprise was the Castilla y Leon Tempranillo, Entre Suelos, very attractively priced.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here a couple of times. They completely forgot about us after seating us. They apologized profusely but we were without water for 20 minutes.

Rancheros is the best, never had better than Mass. The burrito was Ok. It lacked any flavor...was very bland.

Service is always great and staff are very pleasant.

Parking is a struggle most Sundays.

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JJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was so slow in coming that they ended up giving us our entrees for free. Server would forget drinks orders and we were often without silverware.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 7 and had a round table where we were accessible to one another, and were able to talk. We sampled many tapas, the Cheesy Polenta, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Plantains with Mexican Crema, and the Papas Bravas were particular hits. The salmon entree was delicious - cooked to perfection. Limited changes available - nearly everything had pepper or peppers in it and couldn't be changed. Drinks were interesting, the Habanero Watermelon was a hit, as well as the Jalisco White Negroni (Seasonal), many tequilas offered. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Bathrooms were clean, and the decor was visually appealing.

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PS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, tasty, delicious food, excellent value in small plates; accommodating to specific dietary needs. Great atmosphere.

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The whole fish is divine. It seems the bar is often buzzing, but the dining room on weeknights is quiet enough that you can actually converse with your tablemates, a plus. Hip but homey atmosphere.

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

delicious and creative food, we need to come back in order to try more!

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H
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great brunch options, especially the super affordable Fiesta Brunch. We opted to get a few things to share, so we didn't do the Fiesta Brunch, but we got the Breakfast Burrito, Santa Fe Eggs Benedict, and Fish Tacos. The Breakfast Burrito had super creamy scrambled eggs, and the fish tacos were super crispy with a nice balance of freshness with the veggies on top. The Santa Fe Eggs Benedict didn't seem like quite enough, you can pay extra to add meat, but otherwise it's just avocado and egg on two halves of a biscuit. I think the addition of chorizo or bacon would have helped, and the hollandaise sauce was a little too sour in my opinion. But otherwise, we had a pretty good experience. Would love to go back to try the Fiesta Brunch or their other options.

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