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.
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.
Housed in a former ice cream parlor, Lumière is a celebrated French restaurant serving innovative dishes from chef Michael Leviton.
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.
Chef Barbara Lynch, the celebrated owner of No. 9 Park and B&G Oysters, continues to impress patrons with this contemporary twist on a traditional diner.
Hunting for the entrance to this unpretentious French restaurant—it’s hidden in the basement of an apartment building, a 10-minute walk from Harvard Square—is part of the fun. Once you've taken a seat among the red banquettes and vintage French posters, though, the real delight begins.
Owned by Olives vet Torri Crowell, this North End sandwich shop has a menu and atmosphere as whimsical as its name. Rich brown walls, intimate little tables, and soft indie tunes fill the low-key interior, where diners enjoy not-so-low-key flavors.
The first stateside location of British noodle chain Wagamama can be found at Faneuil Hall inside the Quincy Market Building. The award-winning noodle restaurant serves up healthy Asian-inspired fare in a simple, low-key setting.
Located in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Rialto showcases the regionally inspired Italian cuisine of James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams.