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Jose's Mexican Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

Jose's Mexican Restaurant

4.1
4.1
394 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
At José's, we are proud to be a true North Cambridge neighborhood restaurant with roots in Mexico. You can see it in our menu. We love introducing our customers to traditional Mexican fare like pozole and sopes, while continuing to offer dishes you've been enjoying for years, local favorites like José's poppers and our barbeque. So, when you visit José's, you can expect a little adventure combined with a little taste of home!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:59pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

  • Phone number

    (617) 354-0335

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Mendez

  • Catering

    Please Send your catering order to Joses@JosesMex.com; To place your order by phone, please call to 617.922.4704 and ask for Carlos.

  • Private party facilities

    On the second floor with capacity of up to 35 people.

  • Private party contact

    Carlos Mendez: (617) 922-4704

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Rindge Ave.

  • Parking details

    HUGE parking lot for up to 70 cars.

  • Public transit

    Yes, The Red line T, Alwife station.

  • Entertainment

    Sometimes we bring Marichi Band, but need to call and ask whether there will be one.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 394 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. j

    jr2204

    New England

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A fond farewell, José's! A real-estate deal is forcing you to close, but we shall miss you, and hope you'll be able to come back to Cambridge very soon!
  2. CS

    CharlesS

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant is closing at the end of this month. Had to het in one last visit.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the taco trio! So yummy! Will be back soon!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best mole ever! Unbelievable value roo
  5. PI

    PetrI

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    If you look for authentic Mexican cousine at any day coupled with a decent margarita, look no further.
  6. T

    Terri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. I appreciated the convenient parking.
  7. TO

    TOMM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Mexican food in the Greater Boston area. Home cooked family recipes and huge tasty Margaritas. Great value for the price. Small cozy room outdoor dining great ambiance. Friendly service staff.
  8. L

    Looloo

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Joses was a family favorite for many years. We had never had issues with reservations being honored, service being sub par or orders coming out correctly. All of that changed during our last time @ Joses. Sadly, we won't be returning.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The drinks were good. We came in kind of late but the wait staff did not really give us time to order or communicate the closing of the bar and kitchen.
  10. c

    crispoe

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious- always have loved Joses
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Seeing Carlos, the owner, greeting us at the door and walking us to our table was excellent. A great signal that the pandemic is almost over. Carlos and his staff were very friendly and attentive to our service needs. Food was excellent. Now with this new found freedom, we plan on being back to Jose’ s very soon.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Service was a little slow, but that was understandable given the post pandemic situation.
  13. MA

    MsAnnabelleB

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing and the margaritas were delicious. Taking one star off because we had reserved and outdoor table and when we arrived we were told that they don’t take reservations for outside seating and wouldn’t honor it. That was annoying since it clearly stated in the open table app that the reservation was for an outdoor table.
  14. D

    Dan4th

    New England

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I loved being able to reserve an outdoor table. Jose's has great vegetarian and vegan options and delicious black beans (my favorite!). I got the mexican flag enchiladas filled with spinach and cheese, and it was so good.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation for outdoor dining, showed up and was told “I know you made a reservation for outside but we don’t take reservations for outside.” I understand places get busy and mistakes get made but what bothered me was that they couldn’t have cared any less. We said we were willing to wait if they could give us a time range but they couldn’t even do that. They just kind of stared at us and were totally unhelpful. Bad customer service. Never actually ate there.
  16. JA

    JulianA

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    They’re not really abide by the reservation system, but if you know that in advance it’s a good time!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Absolutely horrible service. I would never step into that restaurant again
  18. e

    ehsank

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    if you are upset about not finding good quality Mexican food after so many restaurant has closed due to pandemic, look no more. This place is offering amazing, AMAZING quality food.
  19. S

    Spunkybrunette54

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Service took awhile- food was decent at best.
  20. MM

    MadisonM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Please note that Jose's does not guarantee an outside reservation, even if you select that in your reservation. We are only eating outside right now and had to wait an additional 35 minutes to get an outside table. Overall, the restaurant was very understaffed. It took 25 minutes for our waiter to come to our table and an additional 20 minutes to get our drinks. Once we did get our food, one order had the wrong meat and they completely missed our appetizer. The food was pretty good and the drinks delicious, but it wasn't worth the wait.
  21. ES

    EricaSez

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent. The owner, folks who work here, are always lovely. The food is consistent, and they have a very wide range of menu options, flexible for allergies, vegans, gluten free, you-name-it. My favorite Mexican restaurant. I’ve never had a bad bite in here, and the staff are always friendly. Just great.
  22. h

    hb1817

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food was delicious! The server was friendly. The margs were also👌 Will definitely go back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome! Great atmosphere, great service. One of the staff recommended a tequila for some shots so we took them and they were delicious,
  24. MG

    MrGee

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great it was very quiet. Just wish they had more veggie options. Steak was very tender and all the food was very fresh and tasty
  25. TB

    ThomasB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places to eat in the city! Wait staff and all staff are the sweetest, and the authentic Mexican food is incomparable.
  26. RW

    RichW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Jose's several times. Usually the environment is quite energetic but due to COVID, it was pretty quiet. The food, as always, was delicious and we enjoyed sangria as well. We felt safe eating there - it was clean. (Something that's important in the time of COVID...)
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. I will be back again. Food and drinks were delicious.
  28. Q

    Qwerty

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We ordered chicken tamales with mole, and tacos cochinita pibil. My husband is Mexican, and said his food was really good. Mine was too! The restaurant also did a very good job with social distancing and other safety measures.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good food and friendly service, just slow.
  30. d

    deatsherveggies

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I loved our outdoor dining experience at Jose's! The tables were a safe distance apart from other diners, the food came quickly and was delicious (great vegetarian options as well), and the margaritas were quite big. We will definitely be coming back.
  31. DB

    DanitaB

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so great to be back at Jose's. We had to make 2 separate reservations because our number exceeded 6 at one table. Food was delicious. Margarita's are the best to be found anywhere. Service was wonderful. We all had a great night!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place great food!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Attentive and safe staff, amazing food.
  34. NK

    NatalieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers were so friendly and accommodating. I reserved seating online but didn't realize outside seating wasn't guaranteed, but the waiters were great and got us seated quickly outside despite it being a Friday night. The tables were spaced well and everything felt safe. Plus the food was great, will definitely be back!
  35. BG

    BrayG

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We sat outside, on their small patio, facing the street and ordered margaritas, which were great! It was a very pleasant evening and the surrounding area was quite peaceful. Our new favorite place in Cambridge.
  36. CF

    ChelseyF

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We can’t get a table outside, even when we made a reservation
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose rocks
  38. D

    Disappointed

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2020

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The place was unclean, tables and floors both. Food was terrible. Steak and ground beef tasted old and dry and overcooked. The server was very nice.
  39. m

    mariaastolfi

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Jose's Restaurant is an authentic Mexican place. You will homey. The food is delicious, and the portions are big. Cocktails were amazing and the ceviche was great. You will listen to people talking Spanish, and will definitely feel a Latin American vibe.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We did not like our server. Will not be going back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Jose's Mexican Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. Jose's Mexican Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 354-0335.

Jose's Mexican Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 394 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rindge Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:59pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    HUGE parking lot for up to 70 cars.

  • Public transit

    Yes, The Red line T, Alwife station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Mendez

  • Entertainment

    Sometimes we bring Marichi Band, but need to call and ask whether there will be one.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 354-0335

  • Catering

    Please Send your catering order to Joses@JosesMex.com; To place your order by phone, please call to 617.922.4704 and ask for Carlos.

  • Private party facilities

    On the second floor with capacity of up to 35 people.

  • Private party contact

    Carlos Mendez: (617) 922-4704

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