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About The Painted Burro

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.

219 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

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.

Cross Street:
Summer Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 776-0005

Website:
http://www.thepaintedburro.com/

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.

Catering:
Our company has a catering department called Posto Mobile. See our website for more information. www.pizzeriaposto.com

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.

Executive Chef:
Dante Bua

Additional:
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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The Painted Burro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (36)
Fun (35)
Good for a Date (33)
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Casual (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Authentic (24)
Hot Spot (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Bar Seating (16)
Spicy (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Special Occasion (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Tapas (7)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great mango guacamole, chips, kale salad, tacos. Excellent friendly service. Lively neighborhood place.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

A busy vibrant spot in Davis Square--reasonably priced, good Mexican food. You know it is good when the restaurant is full on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. That said, it is a tad noisy; but fortunately there is no loud music blaring on top of the animated conversations. I'd definitely recommend it and go again.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Delicious meal! I went with my friend around 9 pm for drinks and appetizers. Highly recommend the corn and their nachos. Will be back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Healthy, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Been to the Burro many times. Always have a great time. Even when it's crazy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

The food was very tasty, although portions per price did not seem equitable. Our waitress was absolutely AWESOME! Very doting to the individual needs of the people in our party. I have already recommended this restaurant to friends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Delicious brunch and brunch drinks! Friendly service.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Our server was great, but the food (quality & portion) was not worth the high price.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

This place would be great if you just want dinner and one drink with your dinner. We were 10 minutes late for our reservation, so we ordered our appetizers with dinner to make up the time. Despite our server asking us if we wanted more drinks and dessert (which we didn't get), and answering "no" to us asking if they needed us to hurry up, the hostess came up and passively aggressively told us that someone was waiting 15 minutes for our table- we didn't have to leave, but they just wanted us to know. Maybe it wouldn't have been a problem if the food took less time to come out, but there was no way we could have ordered an appetizer, dinner and dessert in the allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes (again, we were late so we had one hour). I would have completely understood if they didn't seat us- we were late- or didn't keep offering us food and drinks. Instead we wasted money on a rushed dinner and half completed drinks. Server was super nice, but everyone else we interacted with was very rude. I can see why they don't care if they have some unhappy customers- food was good and it was crowded. But it was an overall unpleasant experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Amazing food. The windows were open and we had a great view of outside. Excellent service.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

This is a neighborhood go-to that never disappoints! The tacos and margaritas are always amazing, and I just discovered that brunch at the Painted Burro is just as good, if not even better, than dinner. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

My family loves the Painted Burro. The food is a step up from your basic Mexican fare and it's always delicious and fresh. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful. My kids have food allergies and both the wait staff and manager are very careful to prepare their food with their safety in mind. I especially appreciate that!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

First visit. Fabulous creative food!

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Really great experience and a first time visit. Server was great and friendly, lively energetic environment... Great food, cocktail and speciality menus... Dynamite food... Great support staff, back-waiters, bussers, etc; very attentive and all over the table in a good way - Non intrusive at all.

10/10

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Scenic View, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Spicy, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

They were obviously swamped and it showed through their disorganization and food quality/presentation.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We were in Boston for the weekend and hadn't been to the Burro since it expanded. They took a great thing and made it both bigger and better (and it was hard to make it better)!
Great service, great food and just a lot of fun! Bravo, Burro!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Great food try the Mexican 🇲🇽Street corn 🌽. Habanero margarita is spicy 🌶 and unique. Space is vibrant and has the right amount of buzz when it is full of diners. Always make a reservation the place is usually packed for good reason.

Tags: Spicy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Yum, food and drinks were great. Can't wait to come back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Spicy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Menu looked better than the execution. Service was pleasant and personable but slow. Price was reasonable. Not bad, but seems like it had the potential to be more.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Aside from food coming out of the kitchen too slow, overall experience was outstanding.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I really love brunch here, this was my first time at dinner. It was just a one-trial experience, and good, but brunch might be better. More study is indicated.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went here for Mother's day with my wife and kids for Brunch. Great food and service and brunch was excellent with good cocktail list (had the sangria and bloody mary) - My wife and I had the huevos ranchos and eggs benedict. Painted Burro had a kids menu that was simple with french toast and scrambled eggs and bacon which my kids enjoyed. Waitress was nice and attentive and gave extra servings of fruit for the kids. It was fairly busy and energetic crowd but end of our meal our waitress was less attentive and took a while to get our check but overall it was a good experience and i would highly recommend it for brunch.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers day

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I feel weird even writing a review because I go to the painted burro so much. Their brunch is amazing, their margaritas are amazing, their food is amazing. I do wish they had more vegetarian options but they do have a couple. Not much vegan but it's hard to expect that from Mexican. the decor is also really cool. Highly recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Did they get a new chef. Changed up a lot of quality items for sub par ones

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Food was so good I will be back had the shrimp and pork tacos both were delicious

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Hot Spot, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

I like Painted Burro as an occasional casual go-to but it does tend to be a bit inconsistent. Some of the dishes are quite good but some dishes and many sides seem thrown together or uninspired. They do have some very creative and tasty Margarita specials.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I have been to The Painted Burro multiple times for dinner and drinks but this was my first brunch experience and my entire party was so impressed. I think brunch turns out to be a much better value than dinner and the food was AMAZING. I would highly recommend this place but definitely make a reservation if you come here for brunch on the weekend. We had a party of 6 and were able to make reservations that morning and were glad we did, as there would definitely have been a wait otherwise. Thanks for the great food and fancy morning cocktails, Painted Burro!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The service and ambiance of this restaurant were very good. The menu looked promising but unfotunately I was underwhelmed by the food (I thought it was bland, even though the seasoning was visible), and the margarita was unbalanced (too sour). In fairness, the server did notice that I made a face when I tried my drink and I explained that it was really sour. She offered to have to the bartender add some more triple sec but I declined as I was worried it would come back too sweet.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Painted burro is always yummy! We love the nachos (tons of food!!) and the margaritas are strong.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2017

LOVE this place! I've been many times and the menu is creative and every morsel delicious. Obviously, a Mexican flare but the food is light and not too heavy like standard Mexican can be. A lively atmosphere, great service, and reasonable prices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We went for Sunday Brunch to celebrate a birthday. The Food was delicious; all 7 of us in the group enjoyed our meals. But the wait time was an hour from when the order went in to when the food was delivered to our table.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

They took the BLT taco off the menu and replaced it with some tofu taco. Our backup ended up being the pork enchiladas which were just OK. Guacamole was good as usual but they changed the chips.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Had a great time at dinner for my wife's birthday. The service was a bit slow - but it was jam-packed on a Friday night, so it was expected. If you're not in a rush, what you'll find is great food and drinks. We had margaritas and nachos to start. Some of the best nachos I've ever had. They were so delicious, we ate the whole plate and didn't have room for dinner entrees! But we always save room for dessert. We had churros with ice cream - and it was amazing. Our server was really great throughout - giving us recommendations and answering all of our questions. We'll be back - and soon!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Service was great and attentive. Food was fair, somewhat bland/flavorless, especially for a Mexican restaurant and considering the prices. May try one more time to see if it was what I ordered that was off the mark or if it their food overall that misses. But I won't be running back anytime soon. The appeal of this restaurant is their location in the heart of Davis Square, more than anything.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Chips and salsa were good. Pork enchilada was 'eh' - not very flavorful

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 (New England)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Ridiculously delicious tacos. On a Thursday night it's loud and hard to hear. Hostess seemed to think I didn't have a reservation even after showing her the open table confirmation on my phone, but she was able to get us in quickly anyway which I appreciated.We had the queso poblano fundido as an app and I would come back just for that alone. Our server was great as well. Solid date night choice!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Food was very average.
Tables were so close together that I couldn't get out of my seat to use the restroom. I'm pregnant - that was a serious problem!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2017

I attended a family brunch with my in-laws at the Painted Burro in February and had a great experience so I booked it for my own family get-together Sunday. The downside is we were seated at a high top table (with my aunt in her 70s) by open windows. Brrr. After I complained, the managers talked about juggling things to switch us to a lower table, but my family told me to be quiet and stop complaining so we stayed at the high top. I regretted that when we had to add an extra chair - and it was a stool. We were probably customers non grata anyway because several of my family members straggled in late. My dish of huevos rancheros was served on the lukewarm, coolish side - not like my nice hot meal in February. But I'd give it another shot in the future because my first experience was very good. And my family had a good time - nobody tried to rush us out of there despite our late start.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Another spot that can't figure out the difference between Spanish, tex-mex, and bar food. Not worth it, eat some taco Bell in your local bar and you'll have a better time.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Always a hit - I love this restaurant!

Tags: Late-night Find, People Watching, Good for Groups
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