Masa - Boston

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Latin American
Masa serves up fresh New England ingredients with Latin flavors.Our menu offerings vary from buffet lunches to 3 course sit down dinners to cocktail parties with passed tapas. For special gatherings, we customize each package to suit your needs and give you the ultimate experience!

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AC
New England
46 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Steve was great as always and so was the beautiful Amanda! The only thing was chorizo was added to our first set of nachos which we didn’t ask for and no guacamole for the second until asked. But still a great place and I will be back soon!

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S
Minneapolis
82 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best tequila selection in Boston. Great food. Attentive service. Super fun place for a date.

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SR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We ordeeed an item we did not like and the waiter took it off the bill and replaced it with something else which was much appreciated.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Met a friend for holiday brunch - and everything was just right Right price right food (including portion) and attentive, friendly service!

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R
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, quick delivery.. Nachos, burger and street corn, were great, im sure other options the same...will try other menu items, on our next VISIT, great experience..and cost was well in line.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, different and reasonably priced. I'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went to Masa for brunch. The food was delicious and I appreciated that they had a lot of vegetarian options. The service was great and the pricing was reasonable.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went early. 6:00 pm. Lovely waiter.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food took over an hour to arrive, longer than tables around us of the same size. “Manager” brought out a snack to hold us over, but made excuses and never truly apologized. Only comped the food when we asked (and still charged us for the drinks). Server was polite and apologetic, but the “manager” has a lot to learn about the meaning of customer service. There are plenty of better alternatives in the South End. This is my first (and last) time there.

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DF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Was mostly ignored by the server / bartender during dinner on a weeknight. The game on TV was more important apparently. The food was tasty and the drinks were admittedly good value. You may have a better experience with a different server.

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AC
New England
46 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Steve and Amanda made this first time at Masa 5X better; tonight was such a great night and we will both be back 🙌🏾!!

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PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Understaffed and food was just okay. Our waiter, Georgy, was lovely and was trying hard but he was the only server on - honestly he was the best part about our dining experience there. Drinks took forever and were average, and food was terribly mediocre.

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H
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The decor was fun and I liked that you could taste a little bit of everything from the appetizers section. Good sangria, a must, and the service was really friendly- we ended up with free salsa and guac. Hidden secret on the menu is the side of mac and cheese. Only complaint was the baja fish taco was a little too greasy.

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Mexican food type

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e
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

our reservation was late but hanging at the bar was easy with great service and they got us seated quickly in bar area which was actually less noisy. The food was good. My only complaint was fish for tacos was heavily breaded and deep friend and this was not good way to go. When restaurants do this it means they are doing a short cut. They should use fresh fish and let it shine by using pan or cooktop so it tastes like fish rather than something heavily battered and deep fried.
But I always overall enjoy my Masa experience.
The service in bar area was excellent.

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SE
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic tapas and bar service! The chorizo, chiccarones, and plantains are all must-repeaters. The tuna entree was a big disappointment- previously frozen, stiff, bland tuna w nothing distinctive. That said, the apps and service more than made up for that.

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SJ
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wife and I had booked a weekend getaway in Boston and Masa appealed to satisfy our Spain-oriented palates. It was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was very quiet and sparsely populated which was a shame since the place looked like it could have a cool vibe when busier. We opted for the braised pork shoulder and hanger steak main courses. Plenty on the plates and certainly more than a tapa style serving if that's what you planned. Steak was spicy, pork was good just could have been served hotter (manager graciously handled that). Very pleasant surprise was the Castilla y Leon Tempranillo, Entre Suelos, very attractively priced.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here a couple of times. They completely forgot about us after seating us. They apologized profusely but we were without water for 20 minutes.

Rancheros is the best, never had better than Mass. The burrito was Ok. It lacked any flavor...was very bland.

Service is always great and staff are very pleasant.

Parking is a struggle most Sundays.

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JJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was so slow in coming that they ended up giving us our entrees for free. Server would forget drinks orders and we were often without silverware.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 7 and had a round table where we were accessible to one another, and were able to talk. We sampled many tapas, the Cheesy Polenta, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Plantains with Mexican Crema, and the Papas Bravas were particular hits. The salmon entree was delicious - cooked to perfection. Limited changes available - nearly everything had pepper or peppers in it and couldn't be changed. Drinks were interesting, the Habanero Watermelon was a hit, as well as the Jalisco White Negroni (Seasonal), many tequilas offered. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Bathrooms were clean, and the decor was visually appealing.

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PS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, tasty, delicious food, excellent value in small plates; accommodating to specific dietary needs. Great atmosphere.

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The whole fish is divine. It seems the bar is often buzzing, but the dining room on weeknights is quiet enough that you can actually converse with your tablemates, a plus. Hip but homey atmosphere.

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

delicious and creative food, we need to come back in order to try more!

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H
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great brunch options, especially the super affordable Fiesta Brunch. We opted to get a few things to share, so we didn't do the Fiesta Brunch, but we got the Breakfast Burrito, Santa Fe Eggs Benedict, and Fish Tacos. The Breakfast Burrito had super creamy scrambled eggs, and the fish tacos were super crispy with a nice balance of freshness with the veggies on top. The Santa Fe Eggs Benedict didn't seem like quite enough, you can pay extra to add meat, but otherwise it's just avocado and egg on two halves of a biscuit. I think the addition of chorizo or bacon would have helped, and the hollandaise sauce was a little too sour in my opinion. But otherwise, we had a pretty good experience. Would love to go back to try the Fiesta Brunch or their other options.

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J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

i like the menu, food and decor but i was upset because the waitress asked if i wanted more tea. i thought it was on the house but anyway she didn't take my cup of cold tea away and brought another teabag and hot water. She left before i could say anything so i had to mix the hot water with the leftover cold tea and milk. Then i was charged an extra $4.00. Most places tell you when a refill costs something and they definitely bring you a new cup. If i'd known she was going to charge again i would have skipped it or said just bring me hot water and i will reuse the tea bag.

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h
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, excellent food and environment

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h
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing interesting food. Different and delightful. Quiet enough to hear conversation and full enough to feel surrounded by other people. Totally charming and delicious.

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CO
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Short notice brunch with friends. It was busy so service was understandably slower. Food was good menu options were all appealing.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was good but service was lacking...but the manager made up for it by making it a free meal!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

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k
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fun casual date night spot/great place to meet up with friends. Food was great and we were in and out relatively quickly. Our only service issue was handled perfectly and the entire staff could not have been more professional/polite.

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BJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I think nothing is cooked to order here.....it was eatable but very over priced, same prices as casa romero-

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JM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very quiet for Sunday evening. The food was great as was the service.

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JA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

great ambience and service though nothing spectacular about the flavors—bland and lacking authentic Mexican flavor and menu items

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Our reservation was for 7:30- we were trying to make a 9:30 show. When we arrived we were told our table wasn’t ready and it would be another 20 minutes, we were finally seated at 8. When were finally seated, the waiter didn’t come over to our table for a while. We finally ordered our drinks and appetizers and waited some more. Finally our appetizers came out but our drinks didn’t. We had to ask the runner to remind our waiter but we were still midway through our appetizers when our drinks finally came. I know restaurants get busy on weekend nights and ultimately these things can’t be avoided BUT the thing that makes all the difference is the staff and their interaction with the customers. Yes it was annoying that it took over a half hour to get our drinks but if the waiter had come over and let us know that the bar was running behind. Yes it was annoying that our table wasn’t ready but an apology from the hostess would have been nice.

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m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, a bit pricey, very slow for brunch

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C
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Cleveland and always make sure we go to Masa. It is always awesome. Great food and coffee. Always a favorite when we are in Boston.

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KB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a terrible experience at Masa and our party of six decided to take our business elsewhere for the evening. We arrived right on time for our Friday night reservation and they kept us waiting 15 minutes past our reservation time for a table, with no apology or explanation. They encouraged us to get a drink from the bar, and we wanted to share some pitchers, but the bartenders would only serve individual drinks until we were seated at a table. This all would have been ok until we actually sat down and attempted to order drinks. One person in our party is from Puerto Rico and has a Puerto Rican drivers license, and they refused to serve him alcohol while they were completely fine with everyone else in our party having out of state IDs. They continued to insist that it was just the law and it was out of their hands, but clearly had little understanding of the law and refused service to an American citizen while everyone else in our party would have been served no questions asked. For white Americans serving Latin food to deny service to a fellow American based on a misunderstanding of state law and serving everyone else in the restaurant who didn’t have a Mass ID (of which there were certainly many) is deeply ironic and absolutely unacceptable. Learn the law or lose your liquor license, and the undercover inspector seated next to us agreed the ID was valid and encouraged us to leave. We will not be returning to try the food or drink, however excellent it may be.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not your usual Mexican. Popular neighbourhood restaurant

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DU
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We happened upon Masa by chance and discovered a neighborhood gem. Mexican-style cuisine that is flavorful and inventive, good cocktails, good ambiance, and great service. Will definitely return.

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