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The Painted Burro

4.5
4.5
887 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The Painted Burro is Davis Square's new upscale casual Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar from the family that brought you nearby Posto Restaurant. Our goal at The Painted Burro is to provide diverse food and drink inspired by Mexican culture using local ingredients. Imbibe on cocktails, craft beer and an extensive Tequila and Mezcal list in a fun and unique venue.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10am - 3pm Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Bar: Monday - Sunday untill 1am.
  • Phone number
    (617) 776-0005
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Dante Bua
  • Catering
    Our company has a catering department called Posto Mobile. See our website for more information. www.pizzeriaposto.com
  • Neighborhood
    Somerville
  • Cross street
    Summer Street
  • Parking details
    There is a public lot directly behind The Painted Burro off of Bowers Ave.
  • Public transit
    Davis Square MBTA Redline. Follow Elm Street from the center south. After you cross Bowers Ave we will be on your left.
  • Entertainment
    The Painted Burro is an energetic, fun atmosphere. There is music. It is not quiet. There may be bands on the occasions which warrant a little something extra.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 887 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 2Value

NoiseEnergetic

887 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always ask about the specials! There are usually some great options that are part of the menu just for one day. The Painted Burro is also extremely sensitive to gluten intolerances and allergies. Just speak up and they’ll make every accommodation they can!

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  2. LaNeiaT

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Couldn't get an 11:30am brunch reservation, so made a 1:30pm. Arrived at 11:30 and they were able to seat us immediately and move my reservation. The place was hopping however. Good volume of voice chatter, but me and my guest could still hear each other. The breakfast special was absolutely delicious. Also got a sangria that was quite tasty. Service was attentive but the server was a little impersonal. It was busy so he was talking to us to tell us the specials but was looking around. Whatever, its a busy kind of joint. Mixed crowd of all ages. Just a fun place to be. We drove from Boston, 21 minutes to get there and it was definitely worth it. Parking is free on Sundays, so that makes it super great too; to go for the Sunday brunch. Otherwise, Davis Square can get dicey for parking.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Due to the popularity, the Painted Burro can get a bit loud. However, the service was awesome, the food was delicious, and the drinks were fantastic! I did brunch here for the first time with a couple of friends and we will definitely be coming back. I highly recommend the crab cake benedict.

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  4. KeithOD

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been here many times before with my wife and they have never disappointed. The food and drinks were on amazing as always. The wait staff was on point, surprising me with how fast drinks and appetizers came out. Our waitress was top notch and never let us down despite the restaurant being very busy. Thanks Painted Burro for keeping a standard others should aspire to obtain.

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  5. Erika

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been going to Painted Burro for years. It's the perfect place to grab dinner on a week night when you don't feel like cooking because it isn't too crowded, and the food is excellent. Note, if you have been to Painted Burro in the past, they recently changed their chips. They taste a little more healthy, which I don't like as much. So, fair warning. Don't get as excited as you would have been about endless chips :).

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and great drinks. A little crowded and noisy, but that's to be expected on a Saturday night. My wife and I had a great time!

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  7. Lusky

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want to over pay for medioicre tacos, this is your spot! Service was terrrible. The "chalupas" were comical. This should be on the desert menu. It was basically a fried applie w/ goat cheese on top of a corn pancake. This was a hard no. The shrimp and grits were really good thoough, but those would be the only thing I would order again.

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  8. Manon

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent margaritas but the food was disappointing. The chips were blend, the carnitas dry, and the fish taco average.

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  9. synapse

    Greater Boston

    96 reviews

    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our second visit to this lovely restaurant. In the past, a number of restaurants have disappointed us in the second visit. They are still outstanding in the service and most foods. Do not miss their special ceviche (this time, it was tuna and mango ceviche). Also recommend Cholo corn cob and tacos.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food but the service was the highlight.

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  11. Bergyfan

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great as usual. The nachos are fabulous and the Mezcarita is a fabulous drink

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  12. AnthonyG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Noisey but very lively. Great place for a date and the food was amazing!

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    So it was my birthday and we made a reservation for 6! There were like two servers for a Sunday night. At the beginning we were calling the server everytime a person arrived to the table but after, our server was exceptional very friendly, fast, anticipating with all our needs. I don’t remember his name but he is great with recommendations and all answers with allergies. The food is amazing! We tried elotes, empanadas, carne asada, tacos and we came out very happy and full! The dulce de tres leches cake is the best!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here at 10am for a birthday brunch. It's a little bit restricted in the timings you can choose from when you're with a party of 6+ people but I was not disappointed! The food and drinks were as good as I could have asked for and the prices are pretty decent for the amount of food they give. The blood orange mimosa is great, I only wish it were served in a larger glass!

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  15. DanOC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails, food was amazing. Definitely recommend the "cholo" corn cob, pork carnitas taco, and the carne asada. For drinks, the Hibiscus, Cucumber, and Spicy El Diablo maragartias were very nice.

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  16. Robert

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks and service for Sunday Brunch. High noise level. Interesting menu selections

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  17. happycamper

    Greater Boston

    69 reviews

    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed this place. I was looking for something interesting near Cambridge for dinner for my wife, son, and I and just happened to notice the listing. So we knew very little about it before going. We all enjoyed it very much and will definitely go back. I especially liked the shrimp taco and the chorizo taco. The mango guacamole was good but not as exciting to me. My son had the squash enchilada which he really liked. I'm not big on squash but tried it and also liked it very much. The noise level (at least on a Friday night) is a bit higher than I'd prefer, but I look forward to going back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I really wanted to love this place. The menu looked awesome and I'd heard great things about it. Some things were great and others were pretty bad. 1. The food was hit or miss. The appetizers and entrees were mostly good--though the carne asada was so ridiculously chewy that I had to cut it into baby pieces so I didn't feel like I was going to choke on it. The homemade chips were amazing. Dessert was 'meh.' The churros were so unbelievably greasy and had a taste of old frying oil. They were inedible. The flan had a nice flavor but an odd texture. 2. What frustrated me most was the service. The servers were all really nice people, but they were not efficient. Dirty dishes remained on our table for way too long. At times servers seemed aimless. We were at the restaurant for 2.5 hours ... much longer than was necessary. I think I will return and give this another chance because the food was pretty good. Just not a great experience overall given the price.

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  19. dianam

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Painted Burro is always delicious. Their food is fabulous, the decor is fun, and the staff are really friendly and happy. You can get all kinds of creative Mexican food, including a lot of lighter and veggie-friendly dishes. I think it's the best spot in Davis Square.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the special margarita of the day (cranberry), the Street Cart Chicken and the Tres Leche Cake. Fabulous. Service fantastic.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! You can tell each dish was design with thought. Each plate has an interesting choice of ingredients that mixes various flavors. I personally love hints of sweetness from fruits. Drink menu can accommodate absolutely anyone! There are so many options.

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  22. Pamela

    Greater Boston

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our dinner. We will be back. Not as noisy as I thought it would be. Friendly staff. Thanks

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  23. maxine

    Exclusive

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed dinner and drinks! Service was friendly, food was creative and very tasty, and margaritas were delicious. The nachos were one of the best we've ever had, with jalapeno slaw, two types of beans, guacamole and overall terrific flavor. Portions and quality of food were reasonably priced. Overall, a fun, casual ambience--we will return!

    1 person found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall atmosphere was great! Excellent tequila selection. The staff is very accommodating and professional. Will definitely be back.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We live down the street and this is our favorite restaurant in the Davis Square area. I would recommend to anyone! We keep coming back for more.

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  26. Aleishianichole

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place we great. The chips & salsa are amazing. As we're the pork carnitas tacos & empanadas. Our server Olivi was great. It was on the loud side but it's a fun atmosphere with good food.

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  27. Jess

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!! Margarita is fabulous!!! Swordfish is delicious! Shrimp app is amazing! Service is excellent! Love this place! It was my husbands first time and he enjoyed himself too! We will be back!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I love everything about the Painted Burro except the noise. It can be so loud that you can't hear your friends at the same table, and you leave with your ears ringing. Maybe more sound proofing in the ceiling tiles? or introducing booths or other structures to reduce echo and reverberation? If it were just slightly quieter I'd head there for many more dinners!

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  29. BestSpotAround

    Minneapolis

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely love this place. Fantastic food and a cool scene. Impressive Tequila options (it seems based on the hundreds on offer - I was plenty happy with the "De La Casa" basic version myself). Highly recommend.

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  30. RachelG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with my son! Fresh ingredients-

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  31. jumpingjack

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I usually love the Painted Burro, but last Friday the waiter never stopped by to fill up water glasses and I was dehydrated the entire time. The white wine was awful, and the food was not great. It's a fun place to meet up with friends, but I'm not impressed with the quality and value of the food.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service as always!! The nachos are truly exquisite. Unlike any other nacho.

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  33. FoodLover

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Yummy margaritas and delicious nachos! We'll be back for more! Our waitress, Patrice, was great!

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  34. robinrn

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch was fantastic good drinks great food excellent service Didn't feel rushed able to relax

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  35. Mary

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, service and ambiance all great. Options terrific. Staff Wonderful. At times very, very loud. I would love it totally if they could section off a few tables or a section for quiet engagement. But with or without the noise, the food is great and the people there very nice and helpful.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not much to share ,we came ,we ate, we left

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  37. stoneham123

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were delicious and came out quickly - portions are big enough to take half home.

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  38. BillS

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a superb place for innovative Mexican food. The flavors are not your normal Mexican restaurant fare. All of the dishes are attractive, flavored creatively and distinctly, and delicious. We'd come back here in a heart beat.

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  39. dianam

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, inventive food, and excellent service as always. I was able to order something lighter from the menu. My 5-year old loved her bean and cheese quesadilla from the kid's menu. Eating at 5:30 on a holiday monday, we found the place pleasantly uncrowded and quiet. By the time we left, it was filling up.

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  40. JohnC

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great tacos (try the octopus!)...Excellent homemade tortilla chips...extensive drink menu...reasonably priced

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219 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Summer Street
  • Neighborhood
    Somerville
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10am - 3pm Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Bar: Monday - Sunday untill 1am.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There is a public lot directly behind The Painted Burro off of Bowers Ave.
  • Public transit
    Davis Square MBTA Redline. Follow Elm Street from the center south. After you cross Bowers Ave we will be on your left.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Dante Bua
  • Entertainment
    The Painted Burro is an energetic, fun atmosphere. There is music. It is not quiet. There may be bands on the occasions which warrant a little something extra.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 776-0005
  • Catering
    Our company has a catering department called Posto Mobile. See our website for more information. www.pizzeriaposto.com
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