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.
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.
This popular after-work spot in Boston’s Financial District holds spirits tastings on Tuesday nights and serves signature drinks like Liquid Jailtime: strawberry-infused cachaça with muddled pink peppercorns.
From its seafood-focused menu to its patriotic decorating scheme, the Fireplace is a classic New England restaurant. Menu items range from lobster rolls or a maple-glazed half chicken for dinner to cornmeal waffles or cod cakes for brunch.
Though it has undergone changes in management and location since its debut in the 1960's, Emma's Pizzeria in Kendall Square continues to create the same thin-crust pizzas that made it popular.
With specialties that include baked macaroni and cheese, marinated steak tips, and some of the most affordable, well-mixed cocktails in the city, it’s easy to understand the longstanding popularity of Silvertone Bar & Grill.
The flagship eatery of famed Boston restaurateur and James Beard Award-winning chef Barbara Lynch, No. 9 Park has been a mainstay on the city’s dining scene since 1998.