Boston >Food & Dining > Masa
439 Tremont St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.346827 -71.069129
Sun 10:30am-3pm, 5pm-11:30pm
Neighborhoods: Shawmut, South End
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
this is my FAVORITE place... GREAT deals, GREAT food, GREAT service – First of all... this is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. Great decor, great music, great atmosphere.
I'm going to start from the small stuff... the TAPAS! Aside from the fact that they haven't changed their tapas menu in a few months, you can't beat the deal. If you eat here between 5-7 after work... glass of wine.. etc etc etc... you get a plate of 10 different tapas for 5 dollars. I usually go with my boyfriend and get 2 plates (we mix and match our favorites and trade eachother) for 10 bucks. You can't beat that happy hour special.
The entrees are delicious. The braised pork is to die for. Their drink selection is AWESOME, too. They have great tequilas, wines, ecclectic mix.
The service couldn't be any better. The people are fun, cordial, and know how to recommend something...
Definitely give this place a try!
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