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.
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.
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.
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.
Serving contemporary American cuisine, Lineage in Coolidge Corner serves seasonal salads, pastas, and fish dishes. Grilled Scottish salmon usually makes the menu, as do lobster tacos, which are spiked with Sriracha and served with avocado mousse and mango salsa.
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.
Formerly the site of the Charles Street Jail, this renowned Beacon Hill restaurant sits inside The Liberty Hotel.
Situated in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, The Metropolitan Club is a classic steakhouse updated with an eclectic New American menu (although the steak is still tops) and a trendy bar area where younger patrons gather around the fireplace with handmade cocktails.
Inspired by the south of France, this widely acclaimed bistro specializes in simple, authentic French-Mediterranean fare.
Located in the theater district, Pigalle is named after the Parisian red light district and features French-inspired cuisine from chef-owner Marc Orfaly, who also incorporates his own blend of international influences.
Latin and Caribbean background beats set the tone at this rum-centric cocktail lounge in the InterContinental Boston hotel.
Below the Boston Center for the Arts' historic Cyclorama sits The Beehive, an underground eatery, bar, and music venue.
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 destination for seafood in Boston’s South End.
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 is extremely small, with only an eight-seat sushi bar and one additional table beside the front window.