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Orinoco

#315 of 2,377 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
South End
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477 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3838
+1 617-369-7075
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Today
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 18:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
Thu - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Hamilton, New Jersey
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great food and a fun atmosphere! Authentic Venezuelan food, fun drinks and great service. You won't be disappointed.

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Thank Kimberly R
Boston, MA
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103 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

5 stars all around for: staff, menu, outstanding food, delicious cocktails, and that molten chocolate cake is beyond compare. Small, intimate, and they have won me over!

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Thank TravelLoverBoston
Cambodia
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344 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Orinoco is a trendy Venezuelan eatery deep in the South End of Boston, its intimate interior complimented by a summertime patio that allows guests to take in the bucolic hipness of the neighborhood. The food is solid and filling, but in the end is much more of a traditional eatery catering staples to the fashionable clientele than actually conjuring up... More 

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Thank Huitzilipoxtle
Boston, Massachusetts
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232 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I went to Orinoco before heading to a latin music concert at a local venue, and it was a great into to the smells, tastes, and styles of Latin America. We split a palmito salad -- which had a very flavorful dressing, and sweet hearts of palm. We then split one of their special plates --which was very good. The... More 

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Thank Walter C
Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Absolutely delicious!!! Had the Parrilla Caraqueña meat plate. It was well seasoned and full of flavor. I definitely will be back to try more dishes here! Also may I add; the bacon wrapped dates are AMAZING!!!!!

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Thank Monnia B
Boston, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

So disappointed !!! They ran out of arepas so we left the restaurant. This is basically 75% of the menu. I understand there is food crisis in Venzuela but you can get flower for arepas in all grocery stores in Boston.

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Thank MilakdM
El Dorado Hills, California
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Delicious lamb shanks and empanadas. Nice corner location we had seating that looked to the outside. The service was very prompt and courteous.

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Thank Wendy J
Saratoga Springs, ny
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

For a night in Boston, I had identified several interesting looking menus and found multiple possibilities for an exciting gluten free meal. And, as a result, my 3 companions had interesting tasty food. Sadly, although my online research indicated there would be lots of gluten free choices here, there wasn't much. The arepas were sold out and many things were... More 

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Thank Ooctavia
San Diego, California
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place is located on a corner in a nice residential district. I went at the recommendation of a long-time Boston couple and was not disappointed. Sorry - I forget what I had! - but I remember really enjoying the atmosphere, the wait staff, the cocktail, and the food itself (whatever it was!). Next time I'm in Boston I definitely... More 

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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

1st time experience eating out food from Venezuela and liked it. We had ribs and grilled beef. You should order a side plate as this only comes with a salad which is not commen for us European. Food was well prepared and served. Can advise this resto to all that like meat dishes.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
Latin, Venezuelan, South American, Spanish, Colombian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 477 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-3838
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighbourhood: South End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-369-7075

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

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South End
Stroll down the beautiful brownstone lined streets while capturing views of Boston’s tallest buildings from a distance. Some of Boston’s best restaurants are scattered around this neighborhood. There are many gems to be found, from jazz clubs to classy bars and restaurants. It is also home to art galleries, interesting boutiques, artsy stores and SOWA open market during the summer months. The South End is a true find in the city, with a more residential feeling than Back Bay.
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