Masa - Boston

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$30 and under
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Latin American
Our Chef borrows skillfully from Mexican, Spanish, and South American cuisines for a menu of freshly prepared brunch, shareable plates, and dinner entrees that pair perfectly with award-winning margaritas and our list of tequilas and mezcals—Boston’s best.

Over two decades in the South End, we’ve honed our creative twist on Latin food and drink, as well as our refreshing approach to hospitality. Today, our beautiful handmade copper bar and warm, unpretentious atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy good company.

Masa is open every day for dinner and drinks, and weekend mornings for brunch. Our beautiful space in the South End can also be reserved for private events!

Specials

Fiesta Brunch

Enjoy a two course brunch for a $13 per person

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 26, 2019

Ends: October 27, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:00AM-3:00PM
Sat 10:00AM-3:00PM

1/2 Priced Nachos!

On Wednesday's, we order nachos! Celebrate getting half-way through the work week with half-priced nachos!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 21, 2019

Ends: August 22, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-11:00PM

Margarita Mondays

Every Monday enjoy a rotating specialty margarita for only $8!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 21, 2019

Ends: August 22, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-11:00PM

Taco Tuesdays

Every Tuesday enjoy weekly rotating taco specials made with the freshest local ingredients with a Latin flair!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 27, 2019

Ends: August 28, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-11:00PM

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What 2505 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.1
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4.0
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JM
New England
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous margaritas, great tacos, and the grilled octopus was to die for.

KO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Food was okay but took forever to come out- they asked us 3 times if we got our muscles yet (no we were still waiting). We only ordered 3 tapas and were there for almost two hours.

Also we had requested a high top table and they gave it away to walk-ins over our reservation. Then sat us in a tiny back table by the bathroom.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the cornbread!! The margaritas were delicious as well!

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe on a Saturday night - would recommend.

LH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! Drinks were perfect and the food was delicious it just had me wanting more.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch before a show!

We visited Masa for brunch before a matinee performance of Rent. I had two 14year olds with me and they loved the brunch menu and atmosphere. I loved the mimosa options! Service was spot on and the locations very convenient to the Theater district.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good but definitely felt overpriced for what we got. The garlic shrimp was so delicious but felt skimpy with only 5 shrimp - but they were generous with the bread and the garlic broth is to die for. The skirt steak was way over cooked; we’d ordered medium rare but it came well done. Skirt steak is hard to do as it’s thin to begin with, and the flavor was good. Hit of the night was the grilled octopus - so tender and cooked perfectly; a real treat. We’ll give Masa another try down the road, and don’t miss the skinny margarita if you’re into clean and tart with no sweetness - really spectacular!

c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took my brother out for his birthday to dinner and a show. While it was a quiet evening inside, the hostess and bartender were so wonderful and attentive. Great food and drink, and even better dessert! A wonderful experience.

ZG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails and food!! Chill vibe. Accommodated our large party easily.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went there for brunch with my boyfriend and enjoyed the meal and the service. The reservation was shortly after opening and the place was not busy.

3
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why isn't this place jammed all the time? Friendliest staff in the South End with consistently awesome dishes like the street corn and all tacos. Easily the best bartending skills in the area, especially if you like innovative tequila cocktails. We've also really enjoyed brunch. Just go!

JM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food is not very good. Looking at the menu and comparing it to what you get is night and day. It all sounds great but that is not at all what the dish is.

l
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great brunch with a Mexican flair - everything was fresh and delicious! Bottomless coffee was a plus, too

T
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great location for a pre-theater dinner - friendly staff and inventive cuisine.

A
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately menu wasn’t what it used to be, lacking the imagination and quality of what it used to be

DO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Their menu has changed. They used to have very interesting soutb-of-the-border inspired creations. Now it's just kind of bland Mexican. I had the enchiladas. Meh.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

most underrated tapas in boston! always amazing and never overcrowded

MR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good, with options for vegans.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Alway quiet on Monday nites....great tequila menu and a special before 6:30

JR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Should have known it wouldn't be good what with a nearly empty restaurant on a Saturday night at 9pm. Don't eat here.

WG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I used to go to this restaurant and it was very good and busy, but now the place is falling apart, and almost empty. Most things look dirty, old or worn out. The food used to be great but not anymore, the taste of some of my dishes was unpleasant, like food that has been forgotten in a fridge for a while, or something that was re-heated and not freshly made. Overall for the price, the experience was very disappointing. It is a shame, management needs to invest in the place and upkeep with the quality of the food otherwise they will have to shut down.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Went to Masa for a birthday celebration with a large party, the restaurant was pretty dead at first. But there was only one waiter on and no bartender. It took over 20 minutes to get our drinks, some of which were not correct, I assume because there was no bartender on, food overall was great but the service was terrible! We waited another hour half for our check then had to chase the waiter around for him to run the cards. I would not go back to Masa. They need to have more then one person waiting table at a time!

AS
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I think we hit an off night. Understaffed that day. The steak could have used some seasoning or additions other than 2 onion rings.
The street corn was delicious.

JK
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find in South Boston. As good as it gets for Mexican food in the Boston area. The food was outstanding and the drinks are excellent. As a Boston transplant living in San Diego for 11 years, I was impressed with the fish tacos. Perfect!! Everything we got was excellent. Mushroom and Carne Asada tacos were so impressive. The octopus was super flavorful and so tender. Hard to make it better. Also had the cornbread, great, and the fried plantains, delicious. Get the Papas Bravos, they are so delicious.

We worked our way through the drink list. Both of us are fans of spicy drinks and Maya’s definitely delivers.
This will be added to our usual stops during our visits.
Give it a try, you will love it.

l
New England
31 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

food is good, drinks are very good....only issue was the guacamole which is too dark, too spicy and doesn't seem fresh

L
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was our first time at Massa and although service was lovely we were underwhelmed by the food. Nothing really wrong but nothing outstanding either.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a new job celebration with friends, had a wonderful time. Food was excellent, service made us feel like family, and it was still quite despite being a Thursday night.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was not great at all.

Masa - Boston
Responded on September 15, 2019

Thank you for your review! I would love to hear more about your experience, and why it did not meet a 5 star expectation. Please feel free to call or email to discuss your experience further.

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We arrived for our reservation at 9:45, not knowing that the kitchen would close at 10:00. We ordered nachos, fish tacos and steak tacos. The nachos were delicious and my husband enjoyed the steak tacos. However the fish was off, therefore inedible. Even though there was only one other couple at the bar and it wasn't busy at all, the waitress/bartender did not come over to check on us so my husband had to go to the bar with my plate to tell her. She disappeared with it into the kitchen and returned several minutes later. She said she apologized, but the kitchen was closed and the kitchen staff had gone home. She offered to remove the two orders of tacos from the check for the inconvenience. Additionally, I had two very short poured glasses of wine. The check was $50 for an order of steak nachos and two lame glasses of Pinot Grigio. Not a great 14 year wedding anniversary dinner!

DH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great staff. Very attractive. Had higher expectations of the food. Was average.

OT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately, we didn't enjoy our visit. The service was slow and our waitress was not very friendly. No smiles, no asking how was everything, etc. She never came to check to see how we doing, did we want anything else, etc. While the Nachos were good, the tacos were equally disappointing. Their taste was very bland. All this is reflective of their 3 star rating in Yelp.

Z
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quiet when we are at Mass. The food was delicious and we had excellent service!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was awesome, made great recommendations. Everything was fresh and tasted great!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service

EP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it! We went on an extremely rainy night, right after 4th of July so there weren't many people there which I'm sure helped withe the service and noise level but it was still a wonderful experience. All the food we tried was delicious and the margaritas were fantastic . I am so excited to have found it and go again!

DB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super quaint, but great food, drink and service!

LG
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and the margaritas were fantastic,though they didn't had some of the items in the menu. But will visit again!!

SG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very hot and humid in the restaurant it self which left us slightly uncomfortable

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We decided to give Masa a a shot. We live nearby and would love for it be on our list of standards. Unfortunately it was just ok. Service was sparse and without genuine regret by the waiter. Unfortunate as the ambiance could be fun and uplifting. It was a slower night and I’m sure brunch is fun. We might give it a try again sometime but it’s not goi g to be one of our standards.

AP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food we had was excellent!! Full of flavor. The service was exceptional. The waitress was very attentive. Would 100% go back. I reccomend the coconut mojito. Very refreshing!

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