Restaurants in Boston
Because it sits on coastline, Boston is a seafood city. New England clam chowder (with clams, potatoes, and onions), baked haddock, lobster rolls, and oyster stew are popular surf dishes. New England boiled dinner (corned beef with cabbage and root vegetables), bulkie rolls, and American chop suey are prevalent turf options. If you want traditionally-prepared Boston seafood, get a table at the Island Creek Oyster Bar on Commonwealth Ave. They have one of the best raw oyster bars in Boston and a menu filled with lobster rolls, oyster sliders, fish and chips, and seafood casserole.
Boston, also home to a big Latino population, is just as likely to serve seafood paella and mofongo as they are clams. Orinoco, with locations in South End, Brookline Village, and Harvard Square, has been voted Boston’s best Latin American restaurant for the past three years. Feast on arepas and empanadas over Sunday brunch. Try Formaggio Kitchen for the best selection of imported cheeses and cured meats in town, or the Hi-Rise Bread Company for baguettes and specialty breads. Some other notable foods to try are Boston baked beans (flavored with maple syrup and bacon) and delicious Boston crème pie.
Lantern-lit restaurant and lounge. Drinks at this pan-Asian restaurant are presented in bamboo-shaped glass tumblers or large clay pots with straws.
Taking its namesake from the Italian word for sea, Mare focuses on using local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, including cultivated shellfish and hormone-free beef, for its coastal Italian menu inspired by the cuisine of the Amalfi Coast.
Aiming to serve simple foods paired with the best wines, Bin 26 Enoteca is the quintessential Italian wine bar. Low lighting fills the sleek interior, where wine labels serve as wallpaper and wine bottles serve as décor.
Serving some of the freshest seafood in Boston, East Ocean City uses the highest quality ingredients to prepare authentic, affordable dishes.
Middle Eastern flavors are the focus of this West Cambridge bakery and café, which specializes in pastries and mezze, or savory small plates. Sofra also sells stuffed flatbreads, shawarma wraps, and several breakfast items including olive oil granola and spiced Persian donuts.
Located in the Garage, a small Harvard Square mall, this quick-service eatery is known for its authentic and affordable Vietnamese cuisine. The dining area is a simple, no-frills space, although it does have ample seating and funnel-shaped lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Even Boston’s Brahmins go bonkers for this homey neighborhood joint where chef Barry Maiden marries greenmarket sensibility to down-home Appalachian flavors. Haute-cuisine– trained Maiden is an ace with cornmeal-battered oysters and Bourbon-braised pork shoulder.