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Zocalo has a pleasant festive decor, with decorative clay tiles and painted ceramics. The ceramics are nice, but no one goes to Zocalo just for that, or we'd have a proliferation of successful ceramics galleries. The real draw here is the menu. Of course you can always trust the Mexican staples—tacos, burritos, etc.—but we recommend discovering the finer dishes of Mexican cuisine. Zocalo's pozole, a traditional Mexican pork stew, is simmered in its own broth of chile ancho, black pepper, oregano, red onion, herbs, and white hominy kernels. You can taste the love in the mole, a complex, unique combination of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. Zocalo even makes the guacamole fresh at your table, so you know it's not made from concentrate. And you must try Zocalo's famous sangria menu, which boasts seven flavors: apple, kiwi, lemon, mango, peach, pear, and fruity sangria blanca.
More than 100 Yelpers have Zocalo high praise for its sangria and service, giving it 3.5 stars. What are they saying?
- I love coming here for food. Their chicken mole enchiladas are delightful, and I love that mole sauce. Their service is fantastic - my water glass is bottomless. Their servers constantly refill our chips and salsa too. Mmm... their salsa is so good. The guacamole is made right at the table. – Justin F.
- I love this restaurant, it's a great "sit-down" place, and the interior is the nicest and most comfortable of all the Mexican restaurants I've been to in Boston. The menu is huge, the service is excellent, and it's a great environment for parties both big and small to spend a leisurely meal at. – Sarah H.
- Excellent food, atmosphere, sangria, and service. – Kim M.
Zocalo Mexican Bistro
Classic Oaxacan cuisine receives a contemporary update at Zocalo Mexican Bistro. Crispy flautas and grilled chicken topped with house-made mole sauce showcase the restaurant's traditional roots. However, chefs exercise a bit more creativity when making dishes such as beer-battered, fried avocado sticks or a Cuban-inspired torta—a slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich with smoked applewood bacon, a black bean purée, pickled jalapeño, and chipotle mustard.
These bold flavors complement the dining room's vibrant decor, which features sunset-hued walls, colorful tiles, and hand-painted ceramics. During the warmer months, the outdoor patio opens, providing guests with a cozy place to enjoy a bottle of Mexican beer, a glass of sangria, or a balloon animal filled with sparkling water.
35 Stanhope St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116Get Directions