You wouldn’t expect suddenly find yourself in Mexico while taking a walk in a Back Bay, but that’s exactly what happens when you walk into Casa Romero, an upscale Mexican joint whose dishes and décor ostensibly transport you south of the border. Decorated with Talavera tiles from Puebla and anchored by an outdoor patio enclosed by a sunset orange, wooden plank fence behind the restaurant, Casa Romero provides a warm, inviting setting in which you’ll indulge in house margaritas, soups, salads, appetizers, meats, poultry, vegetables, seafood, and desserts.
When it comes to hidden gems, Casa Romero is the Boston equivalent of the Hope Diamond. Tucked in a tiny alleyway just off of Commonwealth Ave, this charming venue has been one of Back Bay’s top purveyors of Mexican cuisine for the past half-century. While there’s no shortage of wines and frozen cocktails around here, Casa Romera has mastered the art of the margarita with eight distinct varieties gracing the menu. Keep it classic with an orange-heavy El Amigo, or spring for La Fantasma, a fiery concoction that pairs perfectly with an order of Camarones a la Diabla.
The bulk of Boston’s historic restaurants have a distinctly European flair, with the charming Casa Romero serving as one major Latin American-focused outlier. Located in the heart of Back Bay, this colorful joint is believed to be the oldest Mexican restaurant in all of New England, operating since 1972. Food-wise, Casa Romero offers a plethora of decadent dishes like huitlacoche-loaded Jumbo Shrimp and Mole Poblano Enchiladas—and the restaurant’s cocktail list is no slouch either. With the warm weather in full swing, be sure to stop by for a refreshing margarita—or three—enjoyed on Casa Romero’s sunny patio.