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“Brunch, meh....”
Review of Casa Romero

Casa Romero
Ranked #454 of 3,307 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Back Bay
Description: Casa Romero is the oldest Mexican Restaurant in New England, with more than 45 years serving the most authentic Mexican Cuisine.
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Brunch for six people. It appeared to be their first try at brunch. Service (and this was a buffet) was terrible. And that was just for the water and coffee. The brunch was mediocre fare (although eggs were made order) served in steamers...so definitely over cooked. Would not return for another meal.

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Thank sbenjamen
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Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

This is cute Mexican spot. The food is good, but nothing to rave about. Some of the earlier reviews were spot on. I like a good margarita, but depending on which one you get, some are straight alcohol (a bit too much to actually enjoy it). We got the chicken fajitas and the chicken enchiladas in mole sauce.

1  Thank GMRD19
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

My wife and I decided to try a neighborhood place close to home. We had a horrible meal.

Let me start by saying that it was our server's first night on the job and she was trying extremely hard to be attentive. She seemed genuinely concerned when we had a problem with our food. We both felt sorry that she had to work with a kitchen turning out a bad product as well as a management that seemed disinterested.

We started out with chips that were stale & flavorless along with a salsa that had been watered down. Both were definitely not made in house.

I ordered their " Signature dish" of tenderloin of pork marinated in oranges & smoked chipotle peppers. What was brought was a plate with sea of brown sauce covering two sad thin slices of pork and topped with three orange sections that had seen better days. Not only was the presentation visually uninviting but the taste of the saccharine sauce coupled with the overcooked, tough meat, was enough to turn my stomach. I told our server to take it back. I ordered a duplicate of my wife's dish.

The pork tenderloin tips with tomatillos, cilantro, potatoes & roasted poblano peppers was edible but
unremarkable. It was about the quality that you might receive if you went to a chain restaurant & certainly not worth the twenty dollars charged. Mostly vegetables with overcooked, tough small pieces of meat.

The side dishes served were consistent with the rest of the meal. The rice was flavorless and had been sitting around for a long time. An overcooked mush of beans accompanied the rice.

I told the young lady helping us that we were both disappointed with the meal & asked for the check. She was concerned and called over the manager to speak with us. The manager had all the charm of a prison guard. She could barely contain her disdain. Rather than just apologize for our bad meals, we were cross examined about what specifically was wrong. The inference, I believe, was that we were trying to get something for free.

This is a restaurant charging high prices for substandard food. I can't account for the rave reviews posted. The tired ingredients , lack of culinary skill & a management that doesn't seem to care make this a place to avoid.

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2  Thank Jonathan D
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Hidden away in an alley in the Back Bay, it's worth the effort to find the Casa Romero. Aside from the friendly service, the food is upscale Mexican and not heavy street food. They have some really excellent unusual dishes as well, like the chicken stuffed with cactus and cheese with mole sauce or the yummy chicken liver app. with tomatoes, olives and capers. Don't miss it for a really good evening of good food in a neighborhood restaurant.

Thank OrebudJD
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

We have fond memories of Casa Romero. We had dined there on several occasions, and on several New Year's Eves. This year, we convinced others to join us on New Year's Eve. Knowing our dining companions were fussy eaters, we called ahead to confirm that the regular menu would be available to supplement the "prix fixe" menu advertised for that night. Assured that the regular menu would be available, we brought our friends there that evening. After being seated and handed the prix fixe menu, we asked for the regular menu, only to be told that it was not available. We explained that we had been told that it would be, but to no avail. (We overheard other customers voice the same complaint that night of having been told regular menu would be available.) Since it was New Years Eve and we were unlikely to be able to find another restaurant, we made do as best we could, but it put a damper on our evening. When your representative makes a claim, good business sense suggests you follow-up. Casa Romero failed.

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Thank DaddioBoston
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