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The Painted Burro

4.6
920 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic

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About

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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Cuisines
Mexican
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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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Catering
Our company has a catering department called Posto Mobile. See our website for more information. www.pizzeriaposto.com
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Neighborhood
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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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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.
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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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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Great food but the service was the highlight.

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

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

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

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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

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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DanOC (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

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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vipRobert (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food, drinks and service for Sunday Brunch. High noise level. Interesting menu selections

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viphappycamper (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

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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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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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