Restaurants in Boston

Yes, you can still grab high-caliber seafood and a bit of Indian pudding, but you can also make your way through elaborate tasting menus, take on tap... Read More

Yes, you can still grab high-caliber seafood and a bit of Indian pudding, but you can also make your way through elaborate tasting menus, take on tapas galore, and a myriad of other haute and not-as-haute dining options. The best restaurants in Boston span the spectrum, making it a wonderful food city to visit.

Because it sits on coastline, Boston is a seafood city. New England clam chowder, baked haddock, lobster rolls, and oyster stew are popular surf dishes. If you want traditionally prepared Boston seafood, get a table at Neptune Oyster, where the offerings are fresh from the ocean and ever-rotating.

The diverse population also means a range of cuisines on offer at places to eat in Boston. Ken Oringer’s Toro is one of the best spots in town for tapas, while Shojo is known for its innovative Asian-inspired shared plates. And the quality of Barbara Lynch’s restaurants cannot be undersold: book at table at No. 9 Park for its venerable tasting menu.

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  • Boston Destination Guide Courtesy of Deuxave
    Deuxave

    Chef Christopher Coombs and sommelier Jason Irving continue to shine as one of the Back Bay’s leading duets, bringing together thoughtful wine pairings... Read More

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    Eastern Standard

    Boston’s brasserie scene is defined by this expansive, always-bustling institution in Kenmore Square. The long bar is the place to nest and you’re... Read More

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    Island Creek Oyster

    With its own oyster farm in Duxbury, Massachusetts, the Island Creek Oyster Bar is primed to bring briny flavors to Kenmore Square every night of the... Read More

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    jm Curley

    Named after Boston’s most celebrated mayor and noted man of the people, this Ladder District eatery is known for its stellar starters, which include... Read More

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    KO Pies at the Shipyard

    Oz has come to East Boston with this tiny eatery that serves up a selection of meat-centric pies full of braised lamb shank, curried vegetables,... Read More

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    Mistral, Boston

    Inspired by the south of France, this widely acclaimed Bay Village bistro specializes in simple, authentic French-Mediterranean fare. Helmed by... Read More

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    Myers + Chang

    Joanne Chang and Chris Myers bring together a range of elevated street foods from Vietnam and Thailand (among other places) in their South End location.... Read More

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    Neptune Oyster

    Owner Jeff Nance holds court over this tiny North End oyster bar, where bivalves are king. Try the daily special (top honors to Sunday’s lobster roll... Read More

  • Boston Destination Guide Courtesy of No. 9 Park
    No. 9 Park

    Barbara Lynch continues to oversee one of the city’s most well-regarded tasting menus at No. 9 Park, where the dim lighting serves as a fine backdrop... Read More

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    O Ya

    Tucking into this tiny garden of expertly prepared sashimi delights is the perfect way to spend an hour or three in downtown Boston. As you watch the... Read More

  • Boston Destination Guide Courtesy of Ostra
    Ostra

    Ostra brings on a sophisticated menu and detailed design with horseshoe crab-emblazoned dinner plates, wonderfully high ceilings, and a main dining... Read More

  • Boston Destination Guide Courtesy of Shojo
    Shojo

    Neatly tucked into Boston’s Chinatown, this conclave of contemporary Japanese cuisine is dominated by a well-curated clutch of shareable plates. A good... Read More

  • Boston Destination Guide Courtesy of Sweet Cheeks
    Sweet Cheeks

    The stars at Sweet Cheeks are head chef Tiffani Faison, daughter of the South, and “Tootsie,” the two-ton-plus smoker that makes the BBQ smoke so fine.... Read More

  • Boston Destination Guide Courtesy of Ten Tables
    Ten Tables

    At Krista Kranyak’s modest masterpiece, Ten Tables, it’s possible to feast on a few small bites, but making a reservation to try their fishermen’s stew... Read More

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    Toro Boston

    Toro is one of the shining stars in Chef Ken Oringer's restaurant galaxy, and this South End outpost is arguably the best place in Boston to share tapas... Read More

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