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.
This eclectic Harvard Square eatery contains two distinct yet equally colorful dining rooms. The first, the Monday Club Bar, is decorated in jewel tones, with a rose-colored bar, green-and-gold walls, and two fireplaces.
Since its 2007 debut, this Somerville eatery has become a hot spot among locals.
Since 1904, many locals have been making the trip across the Charles River to East Boston to enjoy the authentic pies at Santarpio's. The eatery is known for its crispy-crusted Neapolitan pizza with edges slightly blackened from the brick oven.
This Harvard Square eatery celebrates classic New England cuisine with dishes crafted by chef Mary Dumont, who formerly appeared on the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America.
Located in the Back Bay’s Eliot Hotel, this renowned French restaurant is helmed by acclaimed chef Kenneth Oringer, previously of San Francisco’s Silks at the Mandarin Oriental.
Reasonably priced New American cuisine and inventive cocktails make West Side Lounge a popular choice for both Sunday brunch and late night dining.
Housed in a former ice cream parlor, Lumière is a celebrated French restaurant serving innovative dishes from chef Michael Leviton.
Come for the pitchers of margaritas and stay for the tableside guacamole at this trendy Inman Square restaurant.
For a pre-theater dinner or an affordable lunch buffet, Bostonians head to Mantra, a French-Indian fusion restaurant located between the theater district and Downtown Crossing.
The Financial District's High Street is home to Radius, owned by award-winning chef Michael Schlow. Highlighted by white columns and decorative molding, the restaurant’s main dining room is circular shaped and filled with white-linen-covered tables.