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.
Just beyond the T Station in Kenmore Square sits Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, an American brasserie that specializes in expertly crafted cocktails.
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 of the neighborhood's most buzz-worthy dining spots thanks to award-winning chef Ken Oringer gourmet take on Mexican fast food.
Pushing the boundaries of fusion cuisine, chef Paul O’Connell seamlessly blends French and Cuban flavors at Chez Henri, located near Harvard Square. Behind the bright red façade, the interior has an upscale, urban vibe with dark wood floors, dim lighting, and frosted glass panels.
Inspired by the 1920’s and 30’s, this eclectic restaurant combines a whimsical bohemian style with old Hollywood glamour. The museum-like interior contains 19th-century stained glass; photographs of famed pinup girl Dita von Teese; Henri G.
In his hard-to-find restaurant with high ceilings and dark brick walls, chef-owner Tim Cushman brilliantly and improbably combines his Japanese training with his New England background in dishes like grilled lobster with shiso tempura, seared foie gras nigiri in aged sake, and fried Kumamoto oyst
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 Italy to create an innovative dining experience at this Shawmut eatery.
One of the most celebrated restaurants in Boston’s North End, this intimate Italian trattoria is known for its romantic candlelit dining room.
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 before me, some for as little as $4.00 a plate.
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.
This itty-bitty Back Bay corner cafe is best known for waking up the busy Bostonian with a perfectly crafted breakfast sandwich.
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’ll find at the bottom of your purse. Everything on the menu is under $5, from pizza to panini sandwiches and calzones.
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 totally true.
The clink of glasses has replaced the long-ago clink of prison bars at this jail-turned-luxury hotel in Beacon Hill.
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 fireplace for snowy days.
Beneath the Hotel Commonwealth, this polished and relaxed barroom is home sweet home with plush love seats, coffee-table books for perusing, and framed photos above the fireplace.