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Taqueria El Amigo

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196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453-8334
+1 781-642-7410
10:00 - 22:00
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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99 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I have gone in a couple of times with some coworkers for later lunch (around 1pm) and they are able to seat the 5 or 6 of us without a problem. I don't eat meat so I went with the vegetarian burrito plate and liked it a lot. The burrito was a bit wetter than I had expected, but it... More 

Thank LEER2011
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Authentic Mexican spot that really nails it. Tiny with seating maybe for a dozen. Best to order out. Great staff and a good chance to practice your Spanish if interested

Thank burnapj
Level Contributor
52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

A small, friendly, no frills restaurant that serves exceptional food at great prices. A giant step up from most Mexican in the Boston area. Crowded but in a cozy way.

Thank murrayhiller
Boston, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Very simple place, with delicious authentic food. Be prepared to not see a proper restaurant but a room with tables and kitchen. It is cash only place and is usually crowded.

Thank DrRoyA
Waltham, Massachusetts
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222 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

The word is out about Taqueria El Amigo - when I stopped in for lunch every table was taken and there were people lined up for tables and take out orders. The waitress was very sweet and attempts to keep things moving. I waited 15 minutes for my order and it was well worth it. Delicious, well priced authentic Mexican... More 

Thank Janice B
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

If you want some good Mexican food but do not want to pay for the ambiance, this is the restaurant for you! Taqueria is cash only. It is clean, has simple decor and reasonably good service. It is located on a side street near the Shaw's supermarket on River Street. Parking is not a problem.

Thank lexminute
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

My family loves strange and wonderful food. Indian, Korean, Thai, Michelin starred beauties, James Beard awarded spots. We do it all. So when I saw Eater had backed this as one of the top 15 taco places in Boston I believed the hype. It's authentic, a tiny place with a window AC, and a handwritten sign CASH ONLY. The server... More 

Thank Anikabrazil
Newton, Massachusetts
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270 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

This restaurant is on a side street in Waltham and has limited seating. However, service is excellent, staff are friendly, and food is great. Chips and salsa are excellent. There is a highly varied menu. Food comes promptly. Prices are very reasonable. They do not accept credit cards. I really enjoyed this restaurant and highly recommend it.

Thank esj59
Natick, Massachusetts, United States
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174 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Our entire workplace orders out from Taqueria el Amigo on a monthly basis. They can handle large volume orders pretty well as long as you call in ahead of time. Once in a while there will be a few missing orders resulting in grumpy coworkers but they get over it. If you do score a taco, make sure you add... More 

Thank JWC_54
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104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Hole in the wall little Taqueria that is as good as some in Mexico. The salsa is picante and the tacos are perfect. I love the tacos al pastor and the lingua. Cash only.

Thank LesP_Lexington

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 196 Willow St, Waltham, MA 02453-8334
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Waltham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-642-7410

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?