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.
The Fairmont Copley Plaza’s well-stocked barroom comes with a vintage wine list sophisticated enough to impress even the most discerning sommeliers. During the winter months, I’m a post-work regular in need of a snug swig from a classic Oak Warmer.
Nine Zero Hotel’s hip, vintage lounge has all the ingredients of a casual, relaxing night in for one good time out. A resident DJ spins the soundtrack for a night of playing board games like Candy Land, Jenga, and even Twister.
Marked by a large, vintage clock suspended over the door, this legendary German beer hall’s antiquated facade stands out on the border of Chinatown.
A Harvard landmark since 1960, this no-frills burger joint isn’t glamorous, though it has made Hollywood cameos in both Good Will Hunting and The Social Network.
This is what happens when Red Sox fans take over a traditional Irish pub.
The fourth-oldest restaurant in Boston was built on Bosworth Street in 1885, and the moody lighting, white marble bar and tiled floors haven’t changed much since. The glassed-in rooftop patio makes a perfect setting for a romantic evening, especially during the 4:00–6:00 p.m.
The oldest restaurant in Boston (which is on the National Register of Historic Places) jumped on the 19th-century oyster craze long before any other raw bars in the city even existed.
This spot is the failsafe date night go-to in the inherently romantic Beacon Hill neighborhood.
From fifty-two stories above Back Bay, this dramatic venue lets you watch night fall over the city while sipping champagne with your sweetie.
Dimly lit, quiet and intimate, this tiny trattoria in North Square has just nine candlelit tables, which seem to be a world away from the usual North End hubbub. Share a bottle of Chianti or Barolo with a couple of tasty small plates from the bar while perusing the menu.
Homey, warm and inviting, this Jamaica Plain restaurant makes dining out feel like a cozy night in. When founder Krista Kranyak first opened it in 2002, she was the only waitress on the floor, and the only one needed.
This restaurant, like its menu, is quaint with an understated eccentricity—and serves up one of Boston’s most extravagant dining experiences. Try the fried Kumamoto oyster nigiri, drizzled with yuzu kosho aioli and topped with a dollop of squid-ink bubbles.
One of the first sports bars in the country, this joint is trim and classy for a roof-raising, raucous place. Sports memorabilia like autographed jerseys, framed photographs of local superstars, and racks of wooden baseball bats and hockey sticks complete the look.
Across the street from Fenway Park, this bar is a Red Sox Nation tradition. TVs are everywhere, including the bathrooms, so you never need to worry about missing a play.
A hideaway from the hubbub, this pub is Somerville’s solution for people who aren’t a fan of sports bars. Relaxed and friendly, there’s a crowd-pleasing highlight for every night of the week, especially Monday Night Football.