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.
This Mediterranean kitchen is helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Ana Sortun, who studied culinary arts in Paris before turning her attention to Middle Eastern cuisine.
Far from traditional, KO Prime updates the classic steakhouse concept with an extensive selection of seafood, game, and offal as well as vegetarian options, salad greens grown on the rooftop, and cocktails chilled with liquid nitrogen.
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 rustic seaside clamshack in Boston’s gentrified Back Bay neighborhood.
Housed in a nondescript brick building in Central Square, Green Street first opened during the Great Depression and holds Cambridge’s longest-standing liquor license.
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 of authentic, inexpensive Cantonese cuisine.
Chef Michael Leviton (an F&W Best New Chef 2000) chose an unlikely location for his second restaurant: It’s in the same Fort Point loft space as a posh, sprawling clothing boutique.
A chic oasis in the heart of Boston, Blu has made a name for itself with its flavorful, deceptively simple dishes and sophisticated décor. Executive Chef Kathleen Smith, who joined the restaurant in 2005, has created a menu that artfully showcases fresh produce and ingredients.
Housed in a former ice cream parlor, Lumière is a celebrated French restaurant serving innovative dishes from chef Michael Leviton.
Come for the pitchers of margaritas and stay for the tableside guacamole at this trendy Inman Square restaurant.
For a pre-theater dinner or an affordable lunch buffet, Bostonians head to Mantra, a French-Indian fusion restaurant located between the theater district and Downtown Crossing.
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.
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.