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.
A showpiece of the renovated Kenmore Square, this nightclub-slick seafood palace is the latest project of local restaurateur Michael Schlow (Radius, Via Matta).
Garnering national acclaim for its extensive wine list of nearly 500 vintages, this French restaurant offers pairing suggestions beneath each dish on the seasonal menu.
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 casual combo of checkered tablecloths and paper plates, but the pizza is anything but ordinary.
Taking its namesake from the Italian word for sea, Mare focuses on using local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, including cultivated shellfish and hormone-free beef, for its coastal Italian menu inspired by the cuisine of the Amalfi Coast.
Inspired by the traditional trattorias of Italy, this Back Bay restaurant features seasonal, authentic cuisine from James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow.
Located in Jamaica Plain, Ten Tables sources its ingredients from local purveyors and builds its modern American cuisine around seasonal produce. Menu mainstays are an ever-changing charcuterie plate, as well as house-made pastas such as pappardelle with braised rabbit.
This Brookline outpost of the original Daily Catch, which was established in 1973, offers a quiet neighborhood setting with two front windows overlooking Harvard Street.
The vibe at this always-packed Cambridge spot is boisterous and casual, but there’s serious food—and an ambitious mix of cuisines—being served up here.
Known for its flavorful North African cuisine, Baraka Café is a small, unassuming eatery located near Central Square. The homelike interior is simple but inviting, with an old hardwood floor, an eclectic variety of artwork and knickknacks, and exposed brick walls hung with photos of Africa.