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Masa

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(52 Reviews)

439 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

(617) 338-8884

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Today: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
16
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General Info
Masa Restaurant & Tequila Bar is an original trailblazer in the South End's "Restaurant Row,” one of the hottest dining destinations in Boston. The alluring space has been part of many wonderful memories since 1998. The copper bar at Masa is a local landmark, stocked with one of Boston's premium tequila and mezcal collections, complemented by award-winning margaritas, a carefully curated beverage program and its pioneering tapas menu.
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax: (617) 338-6019

TollFree: (800) 311-2191

Payment method
amex, travelers checks, cash, check, debit, discover, invoicing available, master card, paypal, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Shawmut, South End, Columbus
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Masa Restaurant

Masa - Boston

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Categories
American Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Mexican Restaurants, Spanish Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Spanish, Caterers, Mexican, American, Family Style, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, European, Bar & Grills, Continental

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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uesaptnyc

08/28/2010

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My FAVORITE brunch place in Boston

I discovered Masa from a friend and decided to try it out. I went to their Saturday brunch and was very impressed. It soon became my favorite brunch place. I highly recommend the Plaintain Empanadas for appetizers and their Eggs Benedict for your entree. Their complimentary cornbread with delicious spreads is enough reason to go! Sadly, I guess everyone else in Boston thinks so as well because over the past few years this place has gotten so popular that their brunch wait is ridiculous. Be prepared to wait about 45-60 minutes to get a table. :(

CertainCharms

05/07/2010

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Tasty brunch on the cheap

So when I'm craving a tasty, slightly upscale brunch, but my wallet is feeling particularly light, this is my destination. On Saturdays 10a-3p and Sunday from 10-11a, they have Fiesta Brunch, a prix fixe for $7.95. You have the choice of one appetizer (plantain empanadas, granola with yogurt, fresh fruit) and an entree (eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs), as well as coffee or tea.

You start with the cornbread. Ah, the cornbread. I would die happy if I had the recipe - it smells deliciously sweetly of vanilla and comes with molasses butter, cranberry chipotle jam, and apricot habanero jam. Fantastic. I have been known to ask for at least one more basket of it, especially if you can get the blue corn pieces of bread and they are warm.

The service is not very attentive, my water glass often running dry, for instance, exacerbated by a long wait for food, and noisy atmosphere. Definitely make a reservation, it's tough to get a seat otherwise.

After waiting quite a while, you'll get your food, and if I can say one thing, it is: get the empanada. Though, if you're going to choose the other options, they are alright as well, nothing to write home about. The pancakes are very, very sweet, but nice and fluffy. The scrambled eggs are very good - even though the menu says 'creamy', I call them completely done, not runny. The huevos rancheros are pretty good, though the beans have been pureed to death. The eggs benedict make a good effort, but I hate avocado 'sauce'. Where are the slices?

All in all, it's a good way to spend brunch, with options for all.

jecb

05/02/2010

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HORRIBLE! No wonder you're always empty Masa...

HORRIBLE! One star is being generous. Went here on Saturday morning to try brunch to celebrate my bday. Was with my husband and 16 month old son. We got there at about 10am, when the place opens. Needless to say, it was empty. We got seated, and the guy put us at a 2 person table. It was a bit of a tight squeeze with the 2 of us plus the high chair, so we scooted to the 4 person table right next to us. A woman came by to give us a dirty look about it (she looked like she might have been the manager). I said, ""sorry it was a little tight is it ok we scooted over?"" Apparently not. She asked if we could move my son to a spot that wasn't so ""in the way"". In the way of what? There was NOBODY in the restaurant. I asked if we could leave him, but she continued with her stink eye and complaining. Reminder - NOBODY in the restaurant. So we sat and checked out the menu, started feeding my son and waited...and waited..and waited for someone to come take our order. Finally, my husband went over and said ""we're ready when you guys are"". This waitress comes over, who had to have been the most unfriendly face I have ever seen and looked like she should be on suicide watch, and takes our order. My husband asked, ""What's a Mexican omelette?"", to which she replied ""Just an omelette"". Um, thanks for the clarification. She takes our order, then comes over to pour our water, which seemed like it was the biggest chore of her life. I asked if she could fill half a glass for my son. ""Of water?"" she asks with her puss face. No with Vodka, I mean seriously? At that point she left, and I said to my husband, let's get the heck out of here, I don't need to pay for this kind of treatment on my birthday (or any other day for that matter). The manager saw us get up and leave and didn't say a thing. I understand now why Masa is ALWAYS empty. Yes, we have a kid, but get used to it Masa, you're in the South End. We left and went over to Stephi's on Tremont, where we were greeted with Crayons, a kids menu, fabulous service and deelish food! Thanks Stephi's for saving the day!

Guru1

09/20/2009

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Overall
average food and the worst customer service in the South End

I had been to Masa a couple of times, both times I thought the food was sub par. On my third experience the food was awful, my server brought me the wrong order two times, I waited 55 minutes for tapas which was overcooked and they refused to remove from the bill. Management did no seem to care about my experience whatsoever and seemed severely irritated and defensive when I brought this to there attention

I have the opportunity to dine in just about every decent restaurant in Boston due to my profession, and would recommend Taco Bell before I ever mentioned this place to anybody.

FrancisKeys

07/19/2009

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Overall
Decent Food, Poor Customer Service

I've lived in the South End of Boston for three years now and have eaten out repeatedly at Masa. On the positive note, nice place, great ambiance., Salsa on Thursdays. Every evening during happy hour they have $1 tapas by the bar (For $10 great tapas assortment that is very filling), and other discounted menu items - they're great. Dinner in the main dining room is also great, including delicous brunch on Saturdays and Sundays (nut crusted texas french toast!).

The huge and unfortunate drawack is the customer service. Everyone from the hostess (who snapped at my guest to hurry up and decide if he wanted to sit at the bar or in the dining room b/c the seat would get taken), the waiter (inattentive), the bartender (I've seen her on multiple occasions cut customers off and slam down drinks on the bar out of frustration when it gets busy), to even the busboy (told our table to move our own plates so he could set down the next course, bad timing all throughout the course). And these all occured on seperate visits.

So in the end it's a tradeoff, food and atmosphere for consistently bad customer service.

Tiffany M

07/10/2009

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Where an Arizonan in Boston goes for Southwestern food

Someone took me here when I said I was homesick for Arizona and this helped me feel better.

I LOVED the cornbread and the assortment of interesting butter and jams that were served with it. We got the breakfast tacos to share from the tapas menu and I ordered the BBQ Mac and Cheese for an entree, which was very heavy - which was to be expected, but I ended up being disappointed by it. I wish I had gotten something else. The cornbread was enough to make me happy about the whole experience, though. They use blue corn, which makes it even better!

I missed the Southwestern-look that you see everywhere in Phoenix restaurants! I will come back here when I'm homesick again because there are very few places in Boston to get this same Southwestern experience.

dvautour

03/30/2009

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Overall
Good but not great

If you want upscale TexMex, this is it. A bit on the pricey side but the food was very good. The wines were way over priced. By 10 times or more in some instances. I know because I have bought some of the same wines at the store and the South American vineyard itself when I traveled there. The desserts were just ok.
The service for us was good when we were there. Overall, I would say it was a good experience with good food but not great. The atmosphere was a bit pretentious for what amounted to a tex mex place.

bonvivant25

03/21/2009

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Great prix fixe for restaurant week

I went to Masa for the first time last night during Boston's restaurant week. The food was great- even though 'chipotle seasoned new england clam chowder' sounds disgusting, it was actually pretty good! The server wasn't very friendly, but no big complaints the hostess was very nice.

The place was cute, in a great location, and they clear out the tables in part of the restaurant for free salsa lessons & dancing after dinner.

pluperfect

03/12/2009

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Impeccible service, great date atmosphere

Went to Masa last night to catch up with an old friend. Our server was attentive but gave us plenty of space. In addition, he was friendly, offered great recommendations, and our food was delicious! And the jalapeno margarita was unique and had an awesome, spicy kick!

ChrisLinkos

02/18/2009

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Good food, badddd service

The bartender was a capital B! Rude, not caring, inconsiderate. One of the worst attitudes I have seen. If the tapas were not good and a deal, I would have walked out!

gipsyqueen

09/16/2008

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Scrumptious Tapas & Quesadillas

Masa has the most delish tapas & quesadillas. Mmm Mmm good! My friends and I also chowed down on a variety of tasty and scrumptious bread with dip. If you like to eat a bit of everything in small portions this is the place for you. My waitress was very nice. Hospitable and attentive. I recommend it!

sparrowwithabell

09/06/2008

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Great food, customer service could be horrible

I have gone to Masa twice. I think the food was great.
However, some of the waiters could get a bit cocky and not friendly. One of my friends got into a big fight with the waiter and the manager didn't do much about it. To me, the situation was just a bit ridiculous. My friend returned a bowl of fruit salads saying the fruits were not fresh. The waiter took the fruit bowl into the kitchen, came out, and told my friend that the fruit salads were fresh. This was a bit shocking to us. And, my friend wasn't happy about it. Then, this waiter told him, if he weren't happy, he could call the manager. I thought the situation seemed to get a bit out of the hand. And, as for this manager, it's like it's beneath his dignity to say sorry to the customers. He told my friend, they just cut the watermelon an hour before they served it, there was no reason the watermelon could not fresh.

Most of my friends were so mad that they won't go back to this place. But, for the food, I did go back again. However, I will probably avoid brunch so that I won't run into the cranky waiter and incompetant manager again.

In terms of ambience, I think it was okay. It's not a place I will hang out for drinks and some bites.

Cashm

05/18/2008

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Overall
fantastic

Had brunch here and it was fantastic. I am a huge fan of mexican/southwestern food and this is top of the line. The homemade confiture with the homemade cornbread was fantastic. They should sell the confiture in jars to buy to take home.
The food, the service, all top notch. I would expect service like this in a 5 star restaurant. The food was the best.
I've eaten in top of the line restaurants and this to me was better than Del Posto which I ate at 2 weeks ago.
Sure differnt style, but to me a restaurant is about food, not pretense either.
I've recommended this restaurant to Amex Platinum for their fine dining list of recommendations.
Well Done Masa!

dlad

04/18/2008

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Overall
Definitely try it out!

I didn't realize anyone could make chicken taste this juicy, flavorful and absolutely divine. The atmosphere was lively and the setting was nice. They had an impressive tequila list. The cuisine was almost of a fusion kind, which made it even more interesting. Every item that we tried had a unique blend of spices and flavors. I'm a big fan of the simple creme brulee, so I didn't particularly appreciate that they had an espresso creme brulee instead, but clearly I'm biased about that. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a different and adventurous experience in dining.

freewilly7

04/12/2008

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Overall
nice cozy joint

we once had that tapas special (it was like $5 for a sample plate containing 10 diff items) on friday happy hours, don't know if they still have that going on.

great ambiance; food and drinks are great. good place to hang after work -- although they don't open till 5:30pm, not early enough for us.

they have salsa thursday?!? i have to check it out!
:)

ritzgirl

04/12/2008

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Absolutely Fabulous

The food was wonderful. The service was great. The quesadillas were delicious. If you are a fan of key lime pie, it was excellent.

payingcustomer1234

02/18/2008

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reservatiion problems, rude host

I had a similar experience to michael06780. I had a reservation that was not honored because we were supposedly late (although only by 3 minutes by my watch). We were told that they held time to a clock that was set 20 minutes fast, and that it was *our* fault for coming late. I definitely got the feeling that the host simply thought that my friends and i weren't ""good enough"" to be eating there.

wilfordbrimley

02/17/2008

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A Boston treat to find while visiting from NYC

On a cold blustery February night while visiting from NYC, we decided to try Masa. We were so glad we did. The restaurant is located in South End, and holds its own among some celebrated Boston spots on Tremont Street. The cozy and sumptuously detailed decor set the mood for a great evening of dining. We were treated to a complimentary appetizer from the chef, and then served a variety of breads with an assortment of spreads. Our appetizer was a smooth as butter spicy ahi fusion roll, which I highly recommend. Our main courses were both fish dishes. I had an amazing pan fried catfish dish with winter vegetables, a smokey tomatillo sauce and gruyere grits. It was a perfect dish for a cold night and the flavors were robust and eclectic. The other entree ordered was a roasted salmon with horseradish, cucumber and a salmon caviar, with creme freche. A more delicate entree that would be good year round. I had a delicious specialty cocktail as well. Our service was impeccable and the bill was quite reasonable.

michael06780

02/17/2008

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Horrible and Dishonest Service

I normally enjoy the weekend brunch at Masa - the food is reasonable and tasty. Nothing, however, could have prepared me for how rudely I was treated this past weekend. We had called to confirm that the brunch was open til 3 and to make a reservation for 2:45 pm. We were politely told that it would be no problem and that as long as were seated by 3, we would be fine. We made the 40 minute commute from Cambridge and arrived at 2:47 pm.

At this point, we were rudely told that brunch was over and they would not serve us. We reminded them that we had a reservation for 2:45 and we had been told we could sit til3. At this point, the host said that brunch closed at 3 and that it was after 3. We showed him all our watches and phones (which are automatically updated). He said his clock said 3:05 and that was the time he was going to use. He went on to berate us for being falsely late. I was astounded.

Any reasonable restaurant would have apologized that the kitchen had closed early. I could never have expected to have been yelled at for being late, according to ""their time.""

Warning: Masa does not hold reservations well and will blame you in case your reservation cannot be met. They also use a clock that is set to a time someone between EST and PST.

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