Boston >Food & Dining > La Verdad
1 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA | Directions 0221542.347300 -71.094500
Tuesday through Thursday 11:00am to 1:00am Friday Saturday 11:00am to 2:00am Closed Sunday Monday until February
Neighborhoods: Fenway/Kenmore, West Fens
Good food but can be very deceiving – Went over the weekend and ordered a regular FROZEN margarita and the waitress came back with a regular margarita, shaken. When I told her that's not what I ordered she just matter of factly told us they don't serve regular margaritas frozen (you think she would've said that when we ordered it!) We then ordered the mixed grill plate (skirt steak, carnitas, chorizo and habanero sausage) to share which said came with "seasoned mashed plantains" When the dish arrived, the white pile of mush with the meat was actually ICE COLD BOXED MASHED POTATOES!! NO JOKE!! I am Cuban and know a plantain from 100 miles away. When we told the waitress she insisted we were wrong but would bring us a different side dish, we asked for the plantain chips which were ok if those also weren't cold and soggy. The meat , I must say, was very good. The habanero sausage is NOT for the faint of heart, VERY HOT!! We ended the meal with the Dulce de Leche bread pudding and the Churros, both were excellent. The waitress did take the meat platter off the bill to make up for their goofs.
Ken Oringer-led taqueria and bar fills the Lansdowne St. space previously held by the Tiki Room. – A traditional taqueria at the entrance caters to the postgame takeout crowd while the main room, decorated with Mexican folk art, wrestling masks, and tequila bottles, contains lots of seating and TVs for those who couldn't score a ticket. Patrons choose among a dozen-plus varieties of tacos, including fish, tongue, tripe and turkey. Other items include grilled corn (ever-popular at Oringer's Toro tapas bar) and homemade tortilla chips with fresh guacamole.
good times – Went to Laverdad Last night and the food was great. I got the mixed gril plate which was steak pork and two house made sausages and my wife got the fish tacos. They were pretty busy and intil the game started after that the place cleared out. Our server was very nice and took care of us even know she was very busy. The drinks were right on and the margeritas were amazing
rude bar tenders & meathead bouncers – The bar tenders and bouncers are rude, provide poor service and are always on power trips. For such a boring bar and average food they all seem to think they are a big deal. I have been her a couple of times and it always ends in the bar tender saying something rude to a paying customer. DONT GO HERE! there are lots of better options within five feet!!!!
Bland, loud, slow. Good 'ritas. – I'll give them a slight break as I was there before a ballgame. So, yes, the service was painfully slow--they desperately needed another bartender--but it was really crowded and would be clearing out soon. No break given for the bland food. This is supposed to be Mexican, after all. The carnitas was tender and tasty but with only the tiniest hint of a Mexican marinade and no hint of seasoning. The carne asada tasted simply like plain beef. Salsa was even more bland-tasted like it was made from watercress. The tiny portion of refried beans was decent enough. Very strong bean flavor but still with the mushy consistency the dish demands. The music was so loud our bartender, when we did get the opportunity to speak to her, couldn't understand our orders. We wound up leaning across the bar shouting into her ea. I've nothing against loud music and enjoy a good Latin beat but the sound system was such that the only thing discernible was an absolutely thundering bass line. But the biggest problem is the food. It is just incredibly bland for Mexican. Maybe they're cutting food costs by not using any spices. I mean, this stuff is more bland than a Mexican restaurant in a mall in Idaho. Boston is a Mexican food wsteland and even by Boston standards it was a waste of calories. On the plus side, the margaritas were pretty tasty. Not too tart or sweet with just an edge of the tequila cutting through. I've had better, but far more often, I've had worse.
They DO accept reservations.... – When I sat in La Verdad last weekend, I knew I would write a citysearch review. Before I sat down to type mine up, I read the other reviews to see if other people had similar experiences to me. Apparently not. but I feel like mine is worth mentioning anyway.
Friday afternoon, I called La Verdad to make reservations for a party of six that evening. Whoever answered the phone told me, "Baby, we don't take reservations." I was surprised. #1 Because she called me baby. #2 Because their website indicates they do take reservations. Regardless, we headed over to around 7pm. The hostess greets us and inquires if IF WE HAVE RESERVATIONS. I explain that I called earlier and was told they don't accept reservations. The hostess laughed and told me that person ALWAYS SAYS THAT. This did not sit well with me.
To their credit, we did get a table pretty quickly. However, we also got very average food and very below average service. The waitress seemed genuinely annoyed we were there. She would not clear our plates after we finished eating. When we got and paid the bill they were still there.
I'm still a Ken Oringer fan- just won't be going back to la Verdad.
Great Mexican but Closed on Sundays? – My wife and I love this place, fantastic atmosphere, great authentic food and top notch margaritas. The bartender we had last Saturday (Feb 16th) she was great too, super friendly and very helpful with recommendations and she made a mean margarita. We loved it so much that last night (Sunday, Feb 25, 2008) we went back for more. Actually we brought friends, a group of us drove down to Boston to eat here. They hadn't been but really wanted to go after we raved about it and after they read the great review in Bon Appetite magazine. We were excited to have a nice dinner at La Verdad, but a bit perplexed when we saw the sign outside that says "OPEN LATE" only to find the doors locked at 7:00 PM.
While we were on the corner discussing where to go, over the span of 10 minutes, we counted at least 12 couples that came there to eat. Looks like they turned away a pretty good crowd last night.
Considering how far away we are and the price of gas, we are reluctant to come back now, knowing that we may find the doors locked again. It would be great if they posted business hours on their site.
Great spot before the Game – I went to La Verdad before the playoff game on Friday for a few drinks with three friends. The bar was busy, but we were still able to get drinks, it just took a few minutes. The margaritas were very good, not too sure what was in them, but delicious just the same. There was one seat open so we all congregated around there on the right side of the bar. We ordered chips and guacamole to have something to nibble on while we drank, a very good choice - very fresh and the chips were very thick not the store bought flimsy things and the guacamole was very fresh. I would definitely come back and try some more of the food (the tacos looked really awesome) . Also, I?d like to see what it?s like on non-game night.
Best Tacos in Boston – Authentic Mexican food was hard to find in Boston ?until La Verdad opened. Not only do they serve you the best tacos in the city, but also they have the ambience that will keep people coming back. As you walk past the take out/open kitchen, you enter a room filled with soft light and Mexican wrestling masks dangle from the ceiling, in other words you are transposed to a different world. My party and I sat at a table and ordered a pitcher of the La Verdad margarita ? best margarita I?ve ever had, just tequila, agave nectar, and freshly squeezed limejuice ? and decided what to order. We decided on the quesadilla, a mixture of grilled corn, mushrooms, cilantro and monetary cheese, and the Toro corn, which is corn rubbed with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and chili powder. The corn was messy but well worth it, it was fabulous and very distinctive, and the quesadilla was equally as delicious as it a medley of flavors that were surprising. Now the reason we came to this Ken Oringer establishment - the tacos. I ordered 1 pescado, 1 carnitas, and 1 turkey pastor. Each taco tasted better than the next, and the presentation was equally as impressive. The pescado was a lightly friend fish with chipolte mayo, avocado puree, and shredded cabbage. After trying the fish taco I realized I had just found my new favorite food. The carnitas and carne asada were equally as good, but the pescado was my favorite, probably because it was unlike what I was expecting. I have now found the best Mexican food in Boston, and am definitely going to be a regular at this restaurant
Fabulous Margaritas & Fresh Yummy Tortillas – I went to La Verdad for the first time last night before the game (left work a bit early?) for some margaritas and pre-game food where I met up with up some friends. We all arrived at different times, so we congregated at the bar. The bartender suggested I try their signature drink - the La Verdad Margarita a blend of tequila, agave nectar and fresh squeezed limejuice (which they do as they make their drinks, a very nice touch!) was amazing. The drink, which can be served in a pitcher, was not your typical sugary, tart margarita, but rather a delicious, refreshing beverage that I loved. My friends followed suit, and we then decided to do a tequila shot. One of my friends asked on a whim if they had any sangrita, which is a tomato juice spiced with chilies and limejuice used to chase tequila (no need for lime or salt), and they did! So far in our eyes this place was awesome. As we continued our experience we ordered some food, an order of the chorizo tacos, a chicken milanesa torta, and chips and guacamole. We shared everything that which was great because everything looked and tasted amazing. The chorizo tacos were mixed with potato, poblano peppers, lime, cilantro, and onion, they had a little kick, but they were so good. The tacos are served in three?s and they are each about 3 bites, a great dish to share. The torta is a sandwich with chicken, Oaxaca cheese, molasses-chipotles, avocado, Mexican herbs, and refried beans, and was exactly the kind of food that balances out all the margaritas, and finally the chips and guacamole was so fresh and was highlighted by the hand made tortillas (you can see the woman making them as you walk in the restaurant) that they make into chips. All in all we left, wishing we could have stayed a bit longer, had some more margaritas and more delicious food, but we had the sox game to go to, and we?ll all be back for a non game day, I think this is a great spot!
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