Olé in Inman Square. We were able to get a reservation for 8:15p on a Friday night for our group of 7 and they seated us right away - even before our whole group was there! This restaurant is pretty big - it's separated into a front and back room, and the place has a nice festive feel to it.
Olé Mexican Grill
11 Springfield Street, Cambridge - Inman Square
Most of the group started with a variety of drinks - ranging from the Olé Gimlet to their traditional margaritas, sangria and Mexican beers. My friends who had been there before said we must get the guacamole made at the table - so we ordered two of those, which was a perfect amount for our group size as you can see from the empty bowl below. They also brought out a untraditional salsa that wasn't chunky, but rather very pureed and had a sort of smoky tomato taste to it.
Their menu is broken into two parts - the first couple of pages is small plates, tapas style and they recommend 2-3 per person. The back page is larger, more traditional plates. I opted for a couple of tapas so I could try a couple different things. I chose the Ensalada de Jicama - a crunchy jicama salad with oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, tossed with a Mexican oregano-lime vinaigrette, topped with pickled red onions. I think this was my favorite from the night. I also chose one of their Tamales - the Tamal de Mole Negro, which was good, but not super flavorful - actually, 3 of us ordered that dish. I probably wouldn't order that one again though. I also got a side order of fried plantains topped with homemade crema and fresh cheese, which I really enjoyed.