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.
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.
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.
Located in the heart of the South End, Ken Oringer’s Toro specializes in Spanish pinxtos (snacks) and tapas. Oringer has compiled a menu of traditional and more modern small plates crafted from local and sustainable ingredients.
The imagination of celebrity chef Todd English meets the freshest catch of the day at Kingfish Hall, one of Boston’s most acclaimed seafood eateries.
Housed in a former bank in Union Square, this community-minded café is known for its well-crafted Intelligentsia coffee drinks, gourmet soups and sandwiches, and environmentally friendly practices, which include recycling.
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.
A sophisticated South End standout, Union Bar and Grille combines inventive New American cuisine from executive chef Seth Woods and chef de cuisine Keenan Langlois with a rustic-chic interior designed by Peter Niemitz.
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.