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The Painted Burro

4.5
921 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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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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4.5based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food but the service was the highlight.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 18, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. We will be back. Not as noisy as I thought it would be. Friendly staff. Thanks

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

The overall atmosphere was great! Excellent tequila selection. The staff is very accommodating and professional. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

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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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious food with my son! Fresh ingredients-

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Fabulous food and service as always!! The nachos are truly exquisite. Unlike any other nacho.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Yummy margaritas and delicious nachos! We'll be back for more! Our waitress, Patrice, was great!

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Brunch was fantastic good drinks great food excellent service
Didn't feel rushed able to relax

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2017

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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4.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Not much to share ,we came ,we ate, we left

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

The food and drinks were delicious and came out quickly - portions are big enough to take half home.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2017

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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5.0Dined on September 4, 2017

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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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Great tacos (try the octopus!)...Excellent homemade tortilla chips...extensive drink menu...reasonably priced

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Our server, Fernando, was absolutely awesome! Kind and attentive. You could tell he loved what he was doing!

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