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About Masa - Boston

Masa Restaurant & Tequila Bar is an original trailblazer in the South End's "Restaurant Row,” one of the hottest dining destinations in Boston. The alluring space has been part of many wonderful memories since 1998. The copper bar at Masa is a local landmark, stocked with one of Boston's premium tequila and mezcal collections, complemented by award-winning margaritas, a carefully curated beverage program and its pioneering tapas menu.

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439 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, Tapas / Small Plates, Southwest

Hours of Operation:
Bar & Tapas Menu starts at 4pm weeknights
Dinner Menu Sunday-Thursday: 5pm -10pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00 -11:00pm.

Brunch is served every weekend: Saturdays & Sundays 10am -3pm. Fiesta Brunch $9.95 Special offered Saturday Brunch from 10am -3pm and Sunday Brunch from 10am-11am.

Reservations are encouraged.

Cross Street:
Appleton st

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 338-8884

Website:
http://www.masarestaurant.com/

Catering:
Catering Events are available through event coordinator for corporate luncheons, dinners and private events.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking on Friday and Saturday after 5pm

Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
Arlington T stop green line, or Back Bay station on the Orange Line

Executive Chef:
Carlos Avarenga

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for Noche A Masa (Sunday & Monday) & BYOT (build your own taco - Tuesday)

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Masa - Boston Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.2

service

4.4

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4.2

value

4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (22)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fun (12)
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Authentic (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Tapas (11)
Casual (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Spicy (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Romantic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Positive: The host and waiter were attentive without being overbearing. As issues arose, they apologized and sought to rectify the problem. And in the end, my meal and Cava were comped.

Negative: I was served a glass of Cava that was at least 2 days old. I notified the host who opened a fresh bottle without hesitation.

I ordered the crab cakes as a starter. Great flavors and the food was lukewarm at best. I finished without further fanfare and hoped the tuna would be a better experience.

Entre was the seared tuna. After a bite, several things were immediately clear. First, my hopes for a decent meal were dashed. Next, the restaurant has a problem with quality. Third, the tuna wasn't fresh. Finally, I wondered if the kitchen had intentionally served me poor quality food because I'd returned the Cava.

I asked the waiter how they prepare tuna while stating that mine wasn't even lukewarm. He explained how tuna is seared. I eat tuna fairly often and prepare it at home so know exactly how it should taste and the temperature to expect. This was not a fresh piece of tuna and it hadn't been freshly prepared.

The waiter offered to prepare a new plate. I was wary of the risk (we've all heard stories of what goes on in kitchens when someone believes they have a difficult customer). My mistake was trying to finish the meal (I was clearly hungry and not following my instincts).

And that meal wrecked havoc on my stomach as soon as I returned to my hotel.

Yes, the manager comped my meal which was kind. I will add that my colleagues meal was served hot and he was satisfied.

In summary, this is the first time Open Table has disappointed. This is not a place I would never return or recommend. The reviews are quite positive so perhaps this horrible meal was limited to me which raises other questions...

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 (New England)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Cute neighborhood spot that would warrant a visit once in awhile. Interesting vibe and decor.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

I had the pork belly tacos and the pork shoulder. The tacos were amazing. The pork would've been a perfect 10 except they put waaayyyyy to much salt on it.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Didn't get a server for 30 minutes, took an extra 15 minute just get some water.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Nothing amazing here, but a standby in the South End for many years. Brunch has the usual suspects with a kick of southwestern spice in them. Tapas for 50 cents during "happy hour" is a good deal as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Everything was great, the guy who greeted us and took us to our table, the food was phenomenal, and our waiter Antonio. He was very hospitable, professional, and very nice. He made us feel comfortable and remembered about my birthday instructions for my boyfriend through the opentable app. Everything was perfect!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The fish tacos off the bar menu were delicious. Very lightly flash fried, but no batter; which was great. The tapas menu has some excellent items and the prices are quite reasonable for the high quality of food in this tony neighborhood of Boston. The entree dishes are larger portions and equally tasty.

I tend to like the high-top tables at the bar as it's a little more laid back. If you're looking for a more formal dining setting, they have tables offering some additional privacy. I definitely will be going back soon. It's a great spot for a twist on Spanish/Mexican cuisine.

And the tequila selection is second to none in the city.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Excellent meal at Masa! The service was excellent! Delicious pre-dinner corn bread and sliced italian bread with 3 choices of spiced toppings! Spicy tuna tartare, mussel stew and tuna tacos were delicious! Atmosphere is lively yet intimate!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, People Watching, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

I picked this place for a sunday brunch birthday celebration. They were one of the few places that let me use opentable to make a reservation for 8 people and on the day had no problem upping the reservation to 10 people as I had a couple of extra people join. They also had no issue with bringing a home made cake for me that one of the guest brought as a surprise. Had such a great birthday and the Bloody Mary's were excellent!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food was great, but I made an 8pm reservation and we were not seated until after 8:40!!!! and the hostess was rude. The only reason we ended up sitting eventually is because one of the waiters noiticed us waiting for a long time and gave us a table by the bar. What's the point of making a reservation if I have to wait over 40 min for my table. I could have gone to a different restaurant on tremont street and waited less for a table without a Reservation.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 20, 2017

My appetizer never came; the food was inedible; the service was rude and aloof. Waste of an evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Has a great experience here. All the dishes were delicious and the complimentary cornbread was an excellent addition to the meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

The brick Chicken and risotto was delicious! The tortilla soup tasted great and was very healthy.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We've been to Masa at least several times. It is in the "theater district" and we go there before a play. The food, service and value have consistently been high.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

I enjoyed this place. Everytime I m here the server was attentive and was knowledgeable about their food and recommendations.
Love the corn bread. It was delicious
I tried the sampler for tapas and also had few side dish. It was good and the atmosphere was relaxing. Most of all, when the service is good, the experience is more enjoyable .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fabulous food and service, even though the place was full, our server was very attentive.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Very nice restaurant. They even lent me a cellphone charger which was very kind. They accept the Open Table gift cards so that is a huge plus. I will definitely be back, food was superb and I really liked the atmosphere - very European. I can't think why I haven't been before..I'm a new fan.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We had a great dinner at Masa. Great atmosphere, wait staff was very attentive and informative. It's not loud but definitively festive- fun place to go with a group. We had two appetizers, a salad, and four very unique entrees that we passed around because they were so good!

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We hadn't been to Masa in over a year and were pleasantly surprised. This was the best meal we've ever had there and our cocktails were great, too! Portions are reasonable for the price and tasted great!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Went to Masa to celebrate a friend's birthday - the tapas sampler was DELICIOUS & our waitress Elizabeth was a blast. Definitely recommend!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

It was masrable! We had a 9 PM reservation and left after waiting 50 minutes till boot we were overcharged for the margaritas we ordered

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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food was great and the drinks were really good and creative. It was VERY loud (but it was Cinco de Mayo) but the most negative thing was the service. Servers were polite but everything took forever from just being able to place the drink order to getting them and even at the end: literally timed it as 15 minutes from giving the credit card to getting it back. If big crowds anticipated, please hire servers accordingly.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2017

The inside of the restaurant is very lackluster. We were impressed with the tapas, but the service wasn't great. The waitress kept taking our menu for other tables to use, even when there was hardly anybody else dining. I wouldn't return for dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2017

The french toast and hibiscus mimosa was the best.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Service was slow and rude. Food was overcooked. Dining room was sweltering hot. Will never patronize this restaurant again.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We had a reservation and were seated right away. I recommend the reservation because they are very busy. Servers were friendly and efficient. The habanero watermelon margarita was super yummy with a kick . Thanks for a great brunch!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch. Reservations were plus because we got sat quickly. The food was good for the price (two course brunch for $9.95 if you are there before 11am) and the ambiance was great. However, the service was just ok. Our waitress was not very attentive, and did not really check on us to refill drinks or get extra drinks we ordered. Any refills we needed on water or coffee were only after we asked when we did finally see her again. It probably took about 15 minutes for her to bring our check after she said she would, and other 10 minutes or so for her to run the card and bring it back, which is a shame because there was a long line of people waiting to get sat and we were very ready to leave. Overall for the price it was good place to go, but I would probably go elsewhere for brunch unless someone really wanted to go here.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Fantastic watermelon, habanero, margarita.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

This was my second time at Masa, and had Antonio as my server both times. The food is always impeccable, as are the mimosas (as is Antonio).

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Excellent Easter Brunch! Friendly and patient service for our entire family. The food was terrific and the menu options, descriptions exact. Loved the variety of flavors and spices. I had the Santa Fe Eggs Benedict, my millenials had the steak and eggs and grandparents enjoyed the Easter special and Salmon Quesadilla ! Portions were exactly what we wanted and we treated ourselves to the plantains and fresh fruit to begin Brunch. And...we even had desserts and cocktails ! What a lovely experience all the way around. Thank You!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Food was ok at best. Nachos were fantastic. We had the mussels and they were underwhelming. Steak tacos -- the steak was very tough. The duck -- flavor ok but the meat was very chewy. The drinks were good. Service was very good to start but then we sat for 30 minutes waiting for someone to come by with a check

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 (New England)·Dined on April 9, 2017

The Brunch Fiesta menu is two courses for $9.95 - totally worth it! Small list of choices but they're all great.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I can't pinpoint one particular quality that led to a 2 star review. The staff was very pleasant and tried hard. The food was decent. But there were a few mistakes that made the experience subpar. We had to wait an additional 25 minutes to sit (past our reservation time) One of our drink orders took awhile to get to us. The server apologized, but blamed the business of the night on the delay. The mashed potatoes were subpar. One of the beers wasn't "chilled" enough.

However, they tried to rectify the situations, including taking some of the items off the list. However, the food was not good enough to warrant a recommendation.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Nice restaurant. The front of the restaurant has no protection from the door, which seems to inhale cold air every time it is opened. Food is very good, though less special than I was lead to believe.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Masa is always amazing -- a great place and no one ever has a meal that they don't love. I had the filet mignon and my party had fish which they all loved. Desert over the top! Book early as it fills up!! 5 stars!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Delicious meal. For appetizer we had the Prince Edward Island Mussels
with Chile Coconut Broth in a Garlicky Chipotle Crostini and Chorizo. This was superb with very interesting combination of flavors. I had the Braised Pork Shoulder which fell off the bone and had a wonderful flavor. The fig jam served with it was a bit too sweet and did not go well with it. My husband had the Tuna tartare and it was exquisite. Our daughter had the catch of the day, monkfish, with purple potato gnocchi and again it was superb. Our waiter was a bitt off because he did not tell us what the catch of the day was nor tell us of the specials available. One of which was mahi mahi. I definitely would have gotten that instead of the pork. The tres chili margarita was not very flavorful but the watermelon one was amazing. I would definitely go back here again and try some different items.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The drinks and food were great! The service was excellent. We would definitely come back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Food was terrific and the restaurant staff was outstanding. Manager very help and our waiter was great! We were celebrating an event. They let us decorate the table and were very accommodating. Highly recommend!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Interesting and authentic menu- a departure from the usual bistro fare. Pork shoulder was terrific; so was the enchilada. Good drinks, modest wine list - but a jillion tequilas, if you like that sort of thing. Great room, thoughtful service. A keeper.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The fiesta brunch is a really great deal! You get a lot of great quality food for your money. The brunch options are creative and fun with some tasty cocktails. Our waiter was attentive and helpful.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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