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The Painted Burro

920 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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.
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Phone number
(617) 776-0005
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dante Bua
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Our company has a catering department called Posto Mobile. See our website for more information.
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Cross street
Summer Street
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Parking details
There is a public lot directly behind The Painted Burro off of Bowers Ave.
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Public transit
Davis Square MBTA Redline. Follow Elm Street from the center south. After you cross Bowers Ave we will be on your left.
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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.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 20, 2017

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!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

KeithOD (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

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 :).

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Lusky (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Manon (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent margaritas but the food was disappointing. The chips were blend, the carnitas dry, and the fish taco average.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food but the service was the highlight.

vipBergyfan (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Great as usual. The nachos are fabulous and the Mezcarita is a fabulous drink