Restaurants in Boston

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After opening in the former space of Harvard Square dining landmark, Casablanca, this New American restaurant didn’t skip a beat. The newly expanded... Read More

The clink of glasses has replaced the long-ago clink of prison bars at this jail-turned-luxury hotel in Beacon Hill. Set in the old “drunk tank” of what... Read More

Owned and operated by chef Michael Schlow, Alta Strada is the more casual sister restaurant to his formal downtown eatery, Via Matta. Schlow... Read More

Vestiges of a stint at Copenhagen’s renowned culinary temple Noma are evident in Chef Alex Crabb’s high-end New American restaurant. Crabb serves only... Read More

One cup is simply not enough of this award-winning chowder. A spoonful strikes an eloquent balance of soft bite-sized potatoes and hearty chucks of... Read More

The creation of famed Boston chef Barbara Lynch, known for such establishments as No. 9 Park and Sportello, B&G Oysters has become the go-to... Read More

One bowl of chowdah is not like the others. Classic flavors are broken down and distinguished by salty, sweet bits of bacon, thick chunks of clam, and a... Read More

Known for its flavorful North African cuisine, Baraka Café is a small, unassuming eatery located near Central Square. The homelike interior is... Read More

This devoted neighborhood coffee bar takes its bean roasting very seriously. Situated squarely in Boston’s up-and-coming Fort Point neighborhood, this... Read More

Below the Boston Center for the Arts' historic Cyclorama sits The Beehive, an underground eatery, bar, and music venue. Local artwork lines the exposed... Read More

Aiming to serve simple foods paired with the best wines, Bin 26 Enoteca is the quintessential Italian wine bar. Low lighting fills the sleek interior,... Read More

No ticket? No problem. Beneath the Green Monster at Fenway Park is a rare and incomparable bar with a sweeping ground-level view of center field. The... Read More

Housed in a former bank in Union Square, this community-minded café is known for its well-crafted Intelligentsia coffee drinks, gourmet... Read More

A chic oasis in the heart of Boston, Blu has made a name for itself with its flavorful, deceptively simple dishes and sophisticated décor.... Read More

Claiming a lively presence on an unsuspecting side street, this gastropub from esteemed restaurateur and food television star Ming Tsai serves his... Read More

Renowned chef Barbara Lynch, also the owner of Boston’s B&G Oysters and No. 9 Park, draws on her on own memories of traveling in France and... Read More

The Langham Hotel is kicking off the 21st season of its chocolate buffet. New to the scene is pastry chef Ted Rasney (formerly of Cambridge, MA's Havas)... Read More

It’s tough to choose just one entree from Carmelina’s flavorful menu, with items like the pesce pistachio, spaghetti with clams, and the namesake... Read More

Dimly lit, quiet and intimate, this tiny trattoria in North Square has just nine candlelit tables, which seem to be a world away from the usual North... Read More

One of the most celebrated restaurants in Boston’s North End, this intimate Italian trattoria is known for its romantic candlelit dining room.... Read More

Originally established as a bar in 1955, Casablanca has long been a gathering spot for locals, particularly Harvard students and the neighborhood&rsquo... Read More

Across the street from Fenway Park, this bar is a Red Sox Nation tradition. TVs are everywhere, including the bathrooms, so you never need to worry... Read More

This is no starter dish, no appetizer. Charlie doesn’t mess with anything less than a hearty, homemade diner meal with character. It will come to you... Read More

Pushing the boundaries of fusion cuisine, chef Paul O’Connell seamlessly blends French and Cuban flavors at Chez Henri, located near Harvard... Read More

Located in the Back Bay’s Eliot Hotel, this renowned French restaurant is helmed by acclaimed chef Kenneth Oringer, previously of San Francisco... Read More

A short walk from Central Square, Craigie on Main serves French-American cuisine with a focus on local ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking. The... Read More

Inspired by the 1920’s and 30’s, this eclectic restaurant combines a whimsical bohemian style with old Hollywood glamour. The museum-like... Read More

This Brookline outpost of the original Daily Catch, which was established in 1973, offers a quiet neighborhood setting with two front windows... Read More

At any given time, a young crowd of students and locals can be found lounging in armchairs, armed with laptops and java, at this Harvard Square cafe.... Read More

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

A favorite for hungry locals, this cafe earned its place as a Davis Square staple when the two owners/best friends realized they were crazy enough to... Read More

This historic restaurant was “established before you were born” and stands in Quincy Market as a Boston landmark. The menu is as authentic as it gets... Read More

Bathed in bright blue and surrounded by a school of kitschy, mounted sharks and sea bass, the friendly bartender gave me the run down on the freshness... Read More

The vibe at this always-packed Cambridge spot is boisterous and casual, but there’s serious food—and an ambitious mix of cuisines&mdash... Read More

Serving some of the freshest seafood in Boston, East Ocean City uses the highest quality ingredients to prepare authentic, affordable dishes. A staple... Read More

Boston’s brasserie scene is defined by this expansive, always-bustling institution in Kenmore Square. Read More

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... Read More

From its seafood-focused menu to its patriotic decorating scheme, the Fireplace is a classic New England restaurant. Menu items range from lobster rolls... Read More

This chilly cocktail lounge is kept at an even 21˚F to prevent your bar stool from melting. From the walls to the furniture to the “glass” you sip from,... Read More

Hiding in plain sight on Hanover Street, this Italian joint lets you sate your appetite (and clog your arteries) for not much more than the change you... Read More

This foodie-friendly accompaniment to District Hall—the Innovation District’s dedicated civic community space—became a neighborhood meeting ground... Read More

This no-frills, cash-only ristorante serves some of the best authentic Italian food you’ll find in Boston, and, trust us; it’s well worth the wait. They... Read More

This cozy wood-and-red-brick pub in Brighton is worth the trek to catch up on a slew of hard-to-find sports scores, from rugby to English Premier League... Read More

Housed in a nondescript brick building in Central Square, Green Street first opened during the Great Depression and holds Cambridge’s longest... Read More

Since opening in 1983, this Back Bay icon has been consistently ranked among the best steakhouses in New England. Housed in the historic Salada Tea... Read More

Back Bay’s classic steakhouse has been a word-of-mouth favorite for years. It’s known for an unwavering dedication to using all-natural, antibiotic-free... Read More

Adjacent to the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston’s gentrified South End, Hamersley's Bistro occupies a red brick building that once housed a... Read More

Sunday brunch at this award-winning Cambridge classic is an elegant affair. Since the 1970s, the kitchen has seen the culinary finesse of dozens of... Read More

This Harvard Square eatery celebrates classic New England cuisine with dishes crafted by chef Mary Dumont, who formerly appeared on the Food Network... Read More

Nine Zero Hotel’s hip, vintage lounge has all the ingredients of a casual, relaxing night in for one good time out. A resident DJ spins the soundtrack... Read More

Since its 2007 debut, this Somerville eatery has become a hot spot among locals. Beneath wire loop light fixtures, patrons pack in the small, blue-and... Read More

This laid-back farm-to-table restaurant is dear to the hearts of Somerville brunch-goers. A Southern-style Sunday brunch comes with a side of live... Read More

This spot is the failsafe date night go-to in the inherently romantic Beacon Hill neighborhood. In the midst of winter, sitting concealed in this... Read More

Even Boston’s Brahmins go bonkers for this homey neighborhood joint where chef Barry Maiden marries greenmarket sensibility to down-home... Read More

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

This chic seafood shack is set up curbside at Kenmore Square, glowing with the triumph of a hard-won oyster harvest. Plucked straight from Island Creek... Read More

Marked by a large, vintage clock suspended over the door, this legendary German beer hall’s antiquated facade stands out on the border of Chinatown.... Read More

With kitschy decor that includes lobsters painted on the walls and brown paper tablecoths, Jasper White's Summer Shack attempts to capture the feel of a... Read More

A kitschy remix of a shoreside seafood joint, takes fish and chips, fried clam rolls, and corn dogs to unexpected heights. Read More

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

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, and... Read More

Far from traditional, KO Prime updates the classic steakhouse concept with an extensive selection of seafood, game, and offal as well as vegetarian... Read More

This restaurant could serve as a case study in generously portioned, family-style dining. Fearless eaters, I dare you to meet “Lil Al’s Challenge”—three... Read More

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... Read More

Located in the Garage, a small Harvard Square mall, this quick-service eatery is known for its authentic and affordable Vietnamese cuisine. The dining... Read More

The chowder served at every Presidential inauguration since 1981 is a must-try in Boston, even if you can only manage an airport taste-test ten minutes... Read More

LTK was one of the first trendsetters to embrace the adolescent Seaport District. One of the seafood chain Legal Seafood’s many outposts, this... Read More

Serving contemporary American cuisine, Lineage in Coolidge Corner serves seasonal salads, pastas, and fish dishes. Grilled Scottish salmon usually makes... Read More

When this boundary-breaking restaurant opened its doors this May, every head in Boston turned to peer through the enormous arched windows for a glimpse... Read More

Housed in a former ice cream parlor, Lumière is a celebrated French restaurant serving innovative dishes from chef Michael Leviton.... Read More

Known for serving haute French-New England cuisine since 1978, the arrival of Chef Frank McClelland in 1988 has brought L’Espalier unrivaled accolades,... Read More

For a pre-theater dinner or an affordable lunch buffet, Bostonians head to Mantra, a French-Indian fusion restaurant located between the theater... Read More

Known for his French cuisine at Pigalle, Boston chef Marc Orfaly now transports North End diners to Rome at Marco. Inside the second-story trattoria, a... Read More

Taking its namesake from the Italian word for sea, Mare focuses on using local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, including cultivated shellfish and... Read More

The fourth-oldest restaurant in Boston was built on Bosworth Street in 1885, and the moody lighting, white marble bar and tiled floors haven’t changed... Read More

This is what happens when Red Sox fans take over a traditional Irish pub. In 1894, it was the place to be for both ballplayers (including Babe Ruth),... Read More

Situated in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, The Metropolitan Club is a classic steakhouse updated with an eclectic New American menu (although the steak... Read More

Designed by the clothier herself, Michal Negrin’s ethereal and romantic boutique is where semi-casual, modern style gets a Victorian touch. Window... Read More

This itty-bitty Back Bay corner cafe is best known for waking up the busy Bostonian with a perfectly crafted breakfast sandwich. Try the Green Madame,... Read More

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

A Harvard landmark since 1960, this no-frills burger joint isn’t glamorous, though it has made Hollywood cameos in both Good Will Hunting and The Social... Read More

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

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

One of the few non-Italian eateries in the North End, Neptune Oyster serves a menu of gourmet New England fare. Try the seared Georges Bank scallops,... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

This restaurant, like its menu, is quaint with an understated eccentricity—and serves up one of Boston’s most extravagant dining experiences. Try the... Read More

The Fairmont Copley Plaza’s well-stocked barroom comes with a vintage wine list sophisticated enough to impress even the most discerning sommeliers.... Read More

About 20 minutes from the city, this unassuming Brookline joint is often lauded as the best sushi restaurant in the Boston area. The no-frills interior... Read More

Come for the pitchers of margaritas and stay for the tableside guacamole at this trendy Inman Square restaurant. The interior is reminiscent of a real... Read More

This Mediterranean kitchen is helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Ana Sortun, who studied culinary arts in Paris before turning her attention to... Read More

Chef Patricia Yeo cut her teeth working alongside Bobby Flay before turning her attention to Southeast Asian cuisine, and, eventually, to Om Restaurant... Read More

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

A hideaway from the hubbub, this pub is Somerville’s solution for people who aren’t a fan of sports bars. Relaxed and friendly, there’s a crowd-pleasing... Read More

One of the many new eateries adding flavor to the burgeoning Fort Point neighborhood, this authentic Neapolitan pizzeria stands out with an earthy,... Read More

Despite its setting in a nondescript basement, this casual eatery in Chinatown often has lines extending out the front door thanks to its extensive menu... Read More

This under-the-radar hole-in-the-wall on Tyler Street is an authentic Cantonese seafood joint known on the local front for tank-to-table feasts. Dinner... Read More

Located in the theater district, Pigalle is named after the Parisian red light district and features French-inspired cuisine from chef-owner Marc Orfaly... Read More

Serving pizza in the North End since 1926, Pizzeria Regina is widely considered Boston’s best old-school pizza joint. The no-frills landmark is a... Read More

This subterranean bar is welcoming in all seasons; it has a sunken patio for outdoor lounging in warm-weather months, and also a roaring indoor... Read More

Named for the ancient mountain village in Italy where the owner’s grandmother was born, the menu reflects the fresh robust flavor and simple preparation... Read More

The Financial District's High Street is home to Radius, owned by award-winning chef Michael Schlow. Highlighted by white columns and decorative molding,... Read More

Located in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Rialto showcases the regionally inspired Italian cuisine of James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams.... Read More

Season 1 runner-up Tiffani Faison was full steam ahead from the onset with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a self-taught “food as art”... Read More

Opened in November 2013, the highlight of this brother restaurant to Island Creek Oyster Bar is the raw bar selection—an array of fresh oysters and... Read More

While the pigtailed Roxy icon has been a familiar face to Bostonians for three years now, the famed local food truck’s permanent street-side set up is... Read More

Latin and Caribbean background beats set the tone at this rum-centric cocktail lounge in the InterContinental Boston hotel. A tribute to Boston’s... Read More

Salts, located in Cambridge along the edge of the MIT campus, offers French-inspired American cuisine under the supervision of co-owners Gabriel ... Read More

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... Read More

After the 2008 recession left three local university grads without a job, they banded together to bring Boston the French-fried dinner of your dreams.... Read More

Formerly the site of the Charles Street Jail, this renowned Beacon Hill restaurant sits inside The Liberty Hotel. Original barred windows and an... Read More

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

In the spirit of brotherly competition, chefs David and Bob Kinkead established this South End success in 2004. The restaurant is based on an unusual... Read More

With specialties that include baked macaroni and cheese, marinated steak tips, and some of the most affordable, well-mixed cocktails in the city, it... Read More

Middle Eastern flavors are the focus of this West Cambridge bakery and café, which specializes in pastries and mezze, or savory small plates.... Read More

Chef Barbara Lynch, the celebrated owner of No. 9 Park and B&G Oysters, continues to impress patrons with this contemporary twist on a... Read More

One of chef Barbara Lynch’s acclaimed restaurants is this ultra-modern take on the classic Italian trattoria. Take a Relais & Chateaux-worthy lunch... Read More

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

When I first discovered this spot—my stomach grumbling, my wallet light—I nearly wept with joy at the sight of so many steaming, piled up entrees set... Read More

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

Homey, warm and inviting, this Jamaica Plain restaurant makes dining out feel like a cozy night in. When founder Krista Kranyak first opened it in 2002,... Read More

Never judge a dive bar by its gaudy awning and glaring neon signs. This Allston watering hole’s 30-tap beer wall and daily deals are too good and... Read More

This bona fide seafood shack on the Fort Point channel celebrated its 20th birthday this year with a new chowder recipe! It’s creamy, and made from... Read More

The “Roisin Dubh” has been a downtown tradition on the edge of Quincy Market since 1976. You’re guaranteed a raucous good time with live music every... Read More

Locals tend to go for this subdued, South Boston townie bar. It’s the place to go for quiet, laid-back conversation and wicked cheap drafts, to shoot a... Read More

The North End’s original shoebox fish joint is a 20-seater with an open kitchen serving up Sicilian-style seafood and pasta. The chalkboard menu reads... Read More

This Inman Square bar, haunted by quirky, glowing specter chandeliers and a loyal band of patrons, serves authentic Irish fare in a funky atmosphere. Go... Read More

One of the first sports bars in the country, this joint is trim and classy for a roof-raising, raucous place. Sports memorabilia like autographed... Read More

Creative flavor combinations (new potato home fries with soy sauce; cayenne-cheddar toast with eggs and mango sour cream) and gaudy, 1950’s décor are a... Read More

Beneath the Hotel Commonwealth, this polished and relaxed barroom is home sweet home with plush love seats, coffee-table books for perusing, and framed... Read More

Moments away from TD Garden, this is the place to be for a Celtics or Bruins game. Everywhere you turn, your gaze is met by one of 35 HD television... Read More

This delightfully kitschy, no-frills Boylston Street party bar turns into the hottest spot for brunch on the weekend. The menu is massive—if you can... Read More

This pork-centric gastropub encourages diners to design their own charcuterie boards from a long list of “salty pig parts and stinky cheeses.” Maybe you... Read More

This two-story, too-cute jewelry boutique is all frills, ruffles, and flounce. A transplant from New York, husband and wife team Michael and Apple... Read More

While this local chain has various locations around town, the best of the bunch pours Stumptown coffee just steps away from the Boston Common. Low key... Read More

Watch your step. Nearly pitch black, this bar is primarily lit by string lights framing the chalkboard menus. Sunday night trivia is a popular way to... Read More

Refreshingly laid back and low key for a ritzy refuge, this South American restaurant serves ceviches, small plates, and tacos inspired by New England... Read More

From fifty-two stories above Back Bay, this dramatic venue lets you watch night fall over the city while sipping champagne with your sweetie. Tables... Read More

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

Trattoria owners and life-long North Enders, Patrick and Frank Mendoza, learned everything they know in the kitchen from their mother, Monica. Twenty... Read More

Handmade pastas and fresh, seasonal ingredients headline the fare at this authentic North End trattoria. Since 1987, the eatery has been bustling... Read More

Garnering national acclaim for its extensive wine list of nearly 500 vintages, this French restaurant offers pairing suggestions beneath each dish on... Read More

Adjacent to sister restaurant Clio in Back Bay’s Eliot Hotel, this celebrated sashimi bar offers inventive Japanese fare from James Beard Award... Read More

A sophisticated South End standout, Union Bar and Grille combines inventive New American cuisine from executive chef Seth Woods and chef de cuisine... Read More

The oldest restaurant in Boston (which is on the National Register of Historic Places) jumped on the 19th-century oyster craze long before any other raw... Read More

This eclectic Harvard Square eatery contains two distinct yet equally colorful dining rooms. The first, the Monday Club Bar, is decorated in jewel tones... Read More

Inspired by the traditional trattorias of Italy, this Back Bay restaurant features seasonal, authentic cuisine from James Beard Award-winning chef... Read More

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... Read More

Get inspired at this Kendall Square out-of-your-coffee-comfort zone. Pick a latte from its line-up of exotic flavors, like the “Kitsch & the Cactus,... Read More

The first stateside location of British noodle chain Wagamama can be found at Faneuil Hall inside the Quincy Market Building. The award-winning noodle... Read More

Reasonably priced New American cuisine and inventive cocktails make West Side Lounge a popular choice for both Sunday brunch and late night dining.... Read More

Make this Newbury Street coffee cave your first choice when looking for the ultimate café trifecta: a milky latte, a playful atmosphere, and free WiFi.... Read More

If traditional brunch hours don’t fit your schedule, this Jewish-style restaurant in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner is one of city’s few legendary places... Read More

A selection of more than 100 tequilas and mezcals, and a menu of hearty southwestern dishes that won’t leave a dent in your wallet has made Zuma a... Read More

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