The 30 Best Restaurants in Boston

Barcelona Wine Bar on Tremont Street

TripSavvy / Violet Smirnova

While Boston is certainly known for its Revolutionary War and early American history (and a handful of sports teams anyone outside New England loves to hate), it's also become quite the foodie hotspot, with a wide range of restaurants, cafés, and bistros coming onto the scene in recent years.

No matter what neighborhood you're visiting or the type of food you're into, Boston and the nearby neighborhoods of Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline (all within a 20-minute drive of the downtown area) have something for every budget and palate, whether you’re in the mood for classic New England seafood by the water, a swanky steakhouse, traditional Peruvian plates, Spanish Tapas, or a funky French bistro. Whichever restaurant you choose, make sure to reserve a table ahead of time online if possible, as these places are popular for a reason and are sure to attract dinnertime crowds.

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Terra at Eataly Boston

The panini counter at Eataly Boston

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Address
800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199, USA
Phone +1 617-807-7307

While Eataly Boston, the Italian marketplace located in the Prudential Center, is a foodie destination unto itself, it’s worth checking out the restaurants within it, like Terra.

Centered around a wood-burning Italian grill on the third floor, diners can watch Chef Dan Bazzinotti prepare their meals. Most dishes, like homemade pasta and charcuterie plates, are perfect for sharing. Pair them with Italian wines, herb-infused cocktails, or beer from local breweries throughout the Northeast.

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Grill 23 & Bar

An inside look at the bar at Grill 23 & Bar in Boston

Grill 23 & Bar

Address
161 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Phone +1 617-542-2255

You’ll find everything from filet mignon and steamed lobster to more unique menu items like halibut Forestier (served with sautéed mushrooms, cipollini onions, spinach, and Bordelaise sauce) and Za’atar crusted swordfish at Grill 23 & Bar, one of Boston’s most well-known steakhouses since it opened in the 1980s​.

Start with some shrimp cocktail or jumbo lump crab salad from the raw bar, and save room for dessert—peach cobbler is a popular choice, served with pineapple sorbet and coconut dulce de leche.

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Eventide Fenway

Seafood at Eventide Fenway

Eventide Fenway

Address
1321 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Phone +1 617-545-1060

The sister property of the original Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine, Eventide Fenway offers quintessential New England classics like fresh oysters, crudo, and extra-large brown butter lobster rolls.

With game day specials like $8 gourmet hot dogs, $10 pork belly buns, and $10 fried potatoes, it’s a great choice if you’re in town to see the Boston Red Sox play ball. Plus, it’s run by two James Beard award-winning chefs, so you know you’re in good hands.

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Regina Pizzeria

Regina Pizzeria in Boston's North End

Regina Pizzeria

Address
11 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
Phone +1 617-227-0765

Open since 1926, this no-frills pizza joint in Boston’s North End neighborhood is home to the best pies in the city. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are used, the crust is made with a 95-year-old secret family recipe, and the sauce is light and zesty.

Choose from 25 specialty pizzas, such as the Pomodoro Formaggio, Capricciosa, or the Giambotta, or create your own with your favorite ingredients. Additional locations can also be found all over the city, but the original is here on Thatcher Street.

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Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Delicious food at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar in Boston

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Address
412 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127, USA
Phone +1 617-917-5626

Take your pick of gourmet tacos at this South Boston taqueria, with delicious fillings ranging from blackened Cajun tuna and smoked brisket to braised short rib and chicken pesto.

As for drinks, there are plenty of tequila options and beers on tap, but do yourself a favor and try one of the signature margaritas. El Jefe (made with Blanco tequila, triple sec, agave, and lime juice) and Little Devil (made with jalapeño-infused tequila, blackberry currant, Combier, and lime) are popular picks.

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Coppa Enoteca

Food on the table at Coppa Enoteca in Boston

Coppa Enoteca

Address
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Phone +1 617-391-0902

On a quiet side street in Boston’s South End is Coppa Enoteca, a quaint Italian restaurant where small plates are the specialty. Start with some salumi and cheese boards, try some crudo (made with bluefin tuna, pistachios, honeydew melon, and olive oil) or polpette (meatballs with tomato and parmesan), then enjoy pasta dishes like spaghetti carbonara or any of the pizzas.

There’s an extensive list of Italian wines to choose from, so ask your server which will best complement your meal.

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Barcelona Wine Bar

Barcelona Wine Bar on Tremont Street in Boston

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Address
525 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Phone +1 617-266-2600

Also in the South End is Barcelona Wine Bar, a Spanish tapas restaurant with a frequently changing menu that’s all about seasonal ingredients and interesting flavors. Popular tapas range from classics like patatas bravas to bacon-wrapped dates and spiced beef empanadas.

There’s a vast selection of Spanish and South American wines to choose from. If you’re there for brunch, try specialty cocktails like the Bourbon Spice Rack, Smoked Sherry Manhattan, or a housemade Bloody Mary.

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Teatro

A look inside Teatro restaurant in Boston

Teatro

Address
177 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Phone +1 617-778-6841

Teatro, located in Boston’s theater district, is a classic Italian restaurant with a modern twist. Open for dinner, it’s all about casual elegance when it comes to the atmosphere and the food. Plan to arrive before your reservation to grab a drink at the bar.

You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, which includes popular dishes like chicken or eggplant parmigiana, handmade pasta and risotto, Tuscan-style rib eye, and a selection of pizzas.

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Parish Café & Bar

The outside patio of Parish Café in Boston

Parish Café

Address
361 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Phone +1 617-247-4777

Located on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay, Parish Café & Bar serves gourmet sandwiches created by local chefs, who put their own spin on classics. The eggplant Milanesa, for instance, comes from Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa, Toro & Little Donkey, while the Le Mistral was created by Chef Mitchell Randall of Ostra.

For a Parish Café classic, try the Parish Chicken, made with baked buttermilk chicken and Applewood smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, house pickles, and chipotle aioli on a deluxe roll, served with potato salad or coleslaw.

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Legal Sea Foods – Harborside

Lobster rolls at Leagal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods

Address
270 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210, USA
Phone +1 617-477-2900

Located right on the waterfront of Boston's Seaport, Legal Sea Foods – Harborside’s 20,000-square-foot location has three floors featuring three different concepts.

On the first floor, there’s a more casual atmosphere with seafood favorites, an oyster bar, and a market. The second floor has a dining room with an entirely different menu, while the third floor is home to the promenade roof deck, which is open year-round, serving drinks, small plates, and lobster rolls. When the weather is nice, the third floor gets crowded but it's worth it for the view.

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Mistral

A look inside Mistral in Boston

Mistral

Address
223 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Phone +1 617-867-9300

This popular bistro makes its home in Boston’s South End and is known for its uncomplicated French cuisine made with seasonal ingredients.

You’ll find dishes like whole-roasted duck with wild mushroom risotto, pan-roasted prime sirloin, and roast rack of lamb on the menu, along with French favorites like Burgundy-style escargots and foie gras. Save room for dessert, which includes crème brulée and chocolate profiteroles served with pistachio ice cream.

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Pagu

Ramen at Pagu in Boston

Pagu

Address
310 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139-4130, USA
Phone +1 617-945-9290

This Japanese-Spanish restaurant, located next door in Cambridge, serves up a tantalizing mix of cuisine tapas-style, with snacks like braised pork belly bao, black cod croquetas, and salmon ceviche offered alongside chicken katsu, suckling pig (for two, four, or six people), spicy hand-pulled biang biang noodles, and veggie paella.

Sip wine, beer, or cocktails, and enjoy olive oil polenta cake, black sesame tofu, or matcha cookies for dessert.

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UNI

Urchin for dinner at UNI in Boston

UNI

Address
370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-2801, USA
Phone +1 617-536-7200

Located inside The Eliot Hotel, this Izakaya-style restaurant, brought to you by James Beard award-winning Chef Ken Oringer and Executive Chef David Bazirgan, serves up everything from miso soup, shishito peppers, and Wagyu beef dumplings to Nigiri, sushi, and makimono.

Also on the menu are creative desserts like Basque cheesecake and a vast selection of cocktails, sake, beer, wine, and whiskies from around the world.

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Oleana

Dishes at Oleana in Boston

Oleana

Address
134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1419, USA
Phone +1 617-661-0505

Specializing in small plates made with locally sourced ingredients and produce from their own farm, this Cambridge spot is brought to you by James Beard award-winning Chef Ana Sortun.

Expect to see Mediterranean hot and cold meze dishes like Za’atar bread served with smoky eggplant baba ganoush and spinach falafel on the menu alongside larger plates like lemon chicken and lamb gyros. Don’t forget to try the Turkish-style profiteroles for dessert.

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Neptune Oyster

Oysters at Neptune Oyster in Boston

Neptune Oyster

Address
63 Salem St # 1, Boston, MA 02113-2289, USA
Phone +1 617-742-3474

Whether you’re in the mood for a bowl of clam chowder (or, "chow-dah," as they say it up here) or have a hankering for crudo or oysters from the raw bar, there’s something for everyone at Neptune Oyster.

If you’re up for it, try the N.O.B. clambake, a monster of a meal including a whole two-pound Maine lobster, clams, sweet corn, and chorizo.

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Bar Mezzana

Plates of food at Bar Mezzana in Boston

Bar Mezzana

Address
360 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Phone +1 617-530-1770

You’ll find this Italian restaurant in the Ink Block neighborhood of Boston’s South End. Start with some king salmon crudo before feasting on pasta (the paccheri, or lobster pasta, is a real treat), whole grilled bronzino, and tiramisu for dessert.

If you happen to be in the area on the weekend, stop by for brunch, which includes blood orange cocktails and rich plates like creamy polenta, duck confit with potato hash, and bucatini carbonara.

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Tasting Counter

Inside Tasting Counter in Boston

Tasting Counter

Address
14 Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143-3227, USA
Phone +1 617-299-6362

Designed to be a two-hour, nine-course dinner tasting menu and dining experience (or a one-hour three-course tasting menu for lunch on weekends), Tasting Counter opened in 2015 in Somerville, about a 15-minute drive from the Boston's downtown. The menu changes often, but primarily features French cuisine made with natural ingredients found throughout New England.

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time online and include all food, beverages, tax, and gratuity, so all you need to bring is yourself.

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Sarma

Delicious food at Sarma in Boston

Sarma

Address
249 Pearl St, Somerville, MA 02145, USA
Phone +1 617-764-4464

Also located in Somerville, Sarma offers a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu made up of mezes (small plates) ideal for sharing with friends over cocktails. 

Start with some haloumi cheese (served with watermelon, dried chilis, and lime), and enjoy regional treats like spanakopita (spinach pie), ali nazik (lamb stew with smoked eggplant and garlic butter), and falafel fries, or splurge on larger dishes like harissa BBQ duck, lamb kofte sliders, and Yemenite beef shawarma.

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Alden & Harlow

Duck dinner at Alden & Harlow in Boston

Alden & Harlow

Address
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Phone +1 617-864-2100

In Cambridge near Harvard Square, Alden & Harlow offers a New American menu featuring twists on popular plates, like the tomato plate (served with buttered brioche crumbs, Miracle Whip, and pistachios) or crisp pork belly (served with grits and rhubarb coponata). 

Craft cocktails abound, as do beer, wine, and a tasty passionfruit and hibiscus cider (Stormalong’s Red Skied at Night).

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Pammy’s

Inside Pammy's in Boston

Pammy's

Address
928 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Phone +1 617-945-1761

A New American restaurant with an Italian-inspired menu, Pammy’s offers three-dish menus from $69 per person (the Bar & Lounge has a la carte menus as well), in a trattoria-like environment in Cambridge.

Expect to see Italian classics like heirloom tomatoes with burrata, as well as scallops, pork chops, swordfish, and prime strip steaks on the menu. Dessert—cannoli served with blackberries and Sicilian pistachio ice cream or sesame semifreddo made with Delaware strawberries—costs extra.

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Asta

Delicious food at Asta in Boston

Asta

Address
47 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Phone +1 617-585-9575

Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and described as “a culinary adventure,” Asta offers rotating six-to-eight-course tasting menus for $110 per person Wednesday through Saturday. For $65 more per person, you can add complementary wines to pair with your dishes. 

A sample menu lists six courses, including cabbage (served with summer truffles, sunflower butter, and herbs), romano beans with smoked bass, chanterelles and cherries, striped bass with corn and tomatoes, pork with shishito and marjoram, and nectarine panna cotta.

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Giulia

Food at Giulia in Boston

Giulia

Address
1682 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Phone +1 617-441-2800

This popular Cambridge restaurant is known for Italian favorites like prosciutto di parma (served with parmigiano, pine nuts, and melon), bucatini all’amatriciana (made with house-cured pancetta, perocirno, and tomato), and lamb sausage (made with fennel, peperonata, dried tomato, and broad bean). 

For dessert, try the watermelon sherbert (made with basil and rose chantilly and vanilla torta), caramel panna cotta, or pistachio gelato.

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Toro

Paella Valenciana at Toro in Boston

Toro

Address
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Phone +1 617-536-4300

If you’re in the mood for traditional Spanish tapas, head to Toro in Boston’s South End for Barcelona-inspired small plates and cocktails. 

Opened in 2005, the menu features hot and cold items like jamón Iberico and manchego cheese, as well as boquerones (marinated anchovies) and ventresca (tuna-stuffed peppers), patatas bravas, shishito peppers, and empanadas. Large plates of paella are also available, as are churros and chocolate sauce for dessert.

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No. 9 Park

Dinner at No. 9 Park in Boston

Boston

Address
9 Park St Pl, Boston, MA 02108, USA
Phone +1 617-742-9991

Housed inside a beautiful townhouse in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, No. 9 Park offers regional French and Italian cuisine and an award-winning wine list, brought to you by Chef Barbara Lynch. 

Whether you choose to dine a la carte or pay $125 per person for a five-course tasting menu (add $85 per person for wine pairings), you’re sure to find something perfect for your palate. A raw bar is also available if you’re craving East Coast oysters or shrimp cocktail.

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MIDA

A table of food and friends at MIDA in Boston

MIDA

Address
782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Phone +1 617-936-3490

MIDA, which translates to “he gives me” in Italian, intends for each meal to be a gift to its guests, thoughtfully made and shared with friends. 

Start with some Sicilian mussels or arancini (rice fritters), then tuck into freshly made pasta dishes like gnocchi and carbonara, or indulge in roasted chicken, eggplant parmesan, or smoked short rib lasagna. The citrus almond cake makes a great choice for dessert.

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SRV

Inside SRV Boston

SRV

Address
569 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Phone +1 617-536-9500

SRV, which stands for the Serene Republic of Venice, serves up fresh risotto, homemade pasta, and cicchetti (small bites) in a Venetian-style Bacaro and wine bar in Boston’s South End. 

Head here for great Italian wine and hearty dishes like summer squash risotto (made with mint, goat cheese, and zucchini) and gnocchi (made with truffles and walnuts), or stick to small plates like marinated olives or onions stuffed with pork sausage, thyme, and fennel.

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Highland Kitchen

Brunch at Highland Kitchen in Boston

Highland Kitchen

Address
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143, USA
Phone +1 617-625-1131

With an old-school jukebox and a menu full of comfort food, this Somerville spot has been a popular place for Bostonians and visitors alike since it opened in 2007.

On the menu, expect to see warm pretzels with mustard, fried sweet plantains, and coconut curried mussels alongside Southern-style favorites like pulled pork sandwiches and blackened catfish po’ boys. Try the Cuban Reuben, a creative blend between the two classic sandwiches.

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Mahaniyom

Rambutan salad at Mahaniyom in Boston

Mahaniyom

Address
236 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445, USA
Phone +1 617-487-5986

While this Thai tapas bar is located in Brookline, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Boston, it’s worth venturing out for. 

Taste traditional dishes like yum ngoh (rambutan salad), pad Thai, pad paa (a stir-fry like dish made with homemade jungle curry paste and Thai eggplant), and save room for taro coconut custard for dessert. As for cocktails, try the Mahaniyom Sazerac, made with Thai tea infused rye, absinthe, and house bitters, or the Rambutini, made with vodka, elderflower liqueur, and rambutan juice.

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Tanám

A family having dinner at Tanám in Boston

Tanám

Address
1 Bow Mkt Wy Suite 17, Somerville, MA 02143, USA
Phone +1 617-669-2144

Tanám is known for its kamayan banana leaf feasts for two, a traditional Filipino platter available Thursday through Saturday, for $75 per person (or $140 per platter). 

Splash out for this delicious dinner package, which includes spicy coconut milk mussels, roasted pork belly, lumpia spring rolls filled with pork sausage, soft-boiled tea eggs, chopped pineapple, pork tocino, double-fried chicken wings, and other tasty delights, all served over rice.

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Celeste

Plates of food at Celeste in Boston

Celeste

Address
21 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143, USA
Phone +1 617-616-5319

This Peruvian re in Somerville focuses on dishes like ceviche, slow-cooked stews, and other Andean recipes Chef Calderón learned from his mother and grandmother while growing up in Peru. 

Try ceviche made with blue cod, shrimp, or squid, then tuck into larger plates like lomo saltado (stir-fried beef and veggies), camarones al ajillo (Peruvian shrimp scampi), or carapulcra, an Incan stew. Wash it all down with a pisco sour or maracuya sour, each a Peruvian staple cocktail made with egg whites, pisco, and lime juice, among other ingredients (the maracuya sour also has passion purée and amaretto).

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