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.
Serving contemporary American cuisine, Lineage in Coolidge Corner serves seasonal salads, pastas, and fish dishes. Grilled Scottish salmon usually makes the menu, as do lobster tacos, which are spiked with Sriracha and served with avocado mousse and mango salsa.
You have to hand it to Jeff and Kelli Nace, owners of this minuscule, retro-themed gem in the North End-they don't shy away from florid descriptions.
Formerly the site of the Charles Street Jail, this renowned Beacon Hill restaurant sits inside The Liberty Hotel.
Stodgy but beloved, this temple of tradition has undergone some gentle updates since chef Lydia Shire took over in 2001. Sure, dishes like “JFK’s lobster stew,” Dover sole, and baked Alaska remain as they have for decades.
Adjacent to sister restaurant Clio in Back Bay’s Eliot Hotel, this celebrated sashimi bar offers inventive Japanese fare from James Beard Award-winner Ken Oringer and acclaimed chef Chris Gould.
A kitschy remix of a shoreside seafood joint, takes fish and chips, fried clam rolls, and corn dogs to unexpected heights.
Pushing the boundaries of fusion cuisine, chef Paul O’Connell seamlessly blends French and Cuban flavors at Chez Henri, located near Harvard Square. Behind the bright red façade, the interior has an upscale, urban vibe with dark wood floors, dim lighting, and frosted glass panels.
Inspired by the 1920’s and 30’s, this eclectic restaurant combines a whimsical bohemian style with old Hollywood glamour. The museum-like interior contains 19th-century stained glass; photographs of famed pinup girl Dita von Teese; Henri G.
You may expect to find the great Mexican food just across the street from Boston's iconic Fenway Park, but this smart little taqueria has emerged as one of the neighborhood's most buzz-worthy dining spots thanks to award-winning chef Ken Oringer gourmet take on Mexican fast food.
Inspired by the south of France, this widely acclaimed bistro specializes in simple, authentic French-Mediterranean fare.