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The Best Bars for Foodies in Boston

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated December 15, 2023

The historic city of Boston, Massachusetts has earned a reputation for its loud and proud sports fans and as the home to some of the world's most prestigious universities like Harvard and MIT. In this traditionally Irish city, nearly a quarter of its population comes from outside the United States, including Latin America and Asia. When it comes to the best bar in Boston, the city hosts everything from traditional pubs to salsa clubs. But where are the smartest, savviest people in Boston headed out to when looking for the best bars in the city? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know locals to find the best bar in Boston. Grab a seat at the bar in "Beantown" where everyone knows your name!

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4.4
4.4 (1732)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Back Bay

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About the restaurant
After exploring Boston's Newbury Street and Back Bay neighborhoods, the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen offers one of the best bar in Boston atmospheres. This stylish, colorful restaurant boasts a fun, farm-to-table menu. Pick something off the extensive wine menu or a craft beer to go along with dinner. Small plates include lamb meatballs, shishito peppers, and crispy duck drumettes with bread and butter pickles. The Oak burger features wagyu chuck, smoked bacon, American cheese, and djionnaise. Try the "Green Circle" chicken with roasted vegetables and cipollini jus.
Top review
CHILLvip
Dined 1 day ago
Fantastic banana pancakes! I also loved Super Fresh and Cori’s Cooler. Great drinks. The clam chowder looked good too. We will return here.
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4.4
4.4 (34)
$31 to $50
French American
South Boston

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About the restaurant
Right in the heart of South Boston, the Fromage Wine and Cheese Bar brings classic European vibes to the middle of Boston. Stop in to grab a drink and a bite to eat among the friendly, young-professional crowd in the area. Start with truffle french fries, chicken Kiev, or tuna cakes with the house special-blend seasoning. Enjoy fine red and white wines from around the world with standout cheeses. There's also a full beer menu, with lagers from Jack's Abbey, Budweiser, Duvel, and Fat Tire. Be sure to try a draft of the Cisco Whale Tail pale ale or Lagunitas IPA.
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RickSvip
Dined today
The food, service and ambience were all incredible. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We will definitely be regulars.
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4.6
4.6 (4643)
$30 and under
American
West Cambridge

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About the restaurant
Cambridge's Harvard Square is a must-go location for anyone visiting Boston. Take some time to stroll around the Harvard campus and the exciting neighborhood nearby. After exploring, stop into a place always mentioned as the best bar in Boston in Alden & Harlow. Right underneath Harvard's beloved Brattle Theatre, Alden & Harlow is a welcoming place with a great drink and food menu. Try the "Beast of Burden" cocktail, with Maker's Mark, quince jam, and rosemary. Beer selections include favorites from Zero Gravity, Grimm, and Brooklyn Brewery. If diners get in early enough, the must-have is the Alden & Harlow's famous "secret burger" with a house blend of beef and a house-made roll.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined today
We sat at a beautiful table; amazing vibes. This is easily some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. It’s magic, they don’t miss.
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4.5
4.5 (887)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Fenway–Kenmore

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About the restaurant
This Japanese-style tavern brings fine "izakaya"-style dining to the heart of the Fenway neighborhood. Before or after a Red Sox game, Hojoko is the place to be for a lively atmosphere and great food and drink. Grab the "bushido" to drink for the table, with a big and bold taste. Other favorite sakes include the Hoyo "Farmers Daughter" and the Tedorigawa "Lady Luck Junami Daiginjo." One of the most fun parts about Hojoko? The "lazy bones handrolls" option. Diners can roll their own handrolls served on a whirling lazy susan. Pick from big-eye tuna ribs, avocado, cucumber, and much more.
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Astro
Dined 2 days ago
My first time at this restaurant and it was a delightful surprise! The staff was amazing and the food delicious. Thank you!!
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4.8
4.8 (8111)
$50 and over
Steak
Back Bay

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About the restaurant
This legendary steakhouse is always mentioned when it comes to the best bar in Boston. A dining destination for the city's movers and shakers, Grill 23 & Bar is one of the best bars in Boston. Grab cocktails off their "classic" or "contemporary" menus. Try the "South Boston Sling," with Bacardi Gold 8, pineapple juice, and house sweet Vermouth. A peach old-fashioned includes Bulleit rye, house bitters, and an orange spritz. For dinner, go for some of the "best of the best" steak options. Those feature dry-aged prime New York, American Kobe cap steak, and 100-day aged prime ribeye.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and consistent experience and service!!
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4.5
4.5 (1279)
$30 and under
American
West End

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About the restaurant
Boston's West End is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city. Nestled next to the T.D. Garden, the West End is a charming spot with some of the best bars in Boston. Ward 8 is right at the top of that list. Head into enjoy some of the restaurant's signature craft cocktails and local craft beers along with a fun menu. Try snacks like fried olives, bar nuts, and ricotta crostini. Starters include coconut curry mussels, salmon tartare, and pork belly steam buns. Don't miss the restaurant's signature fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayo on seeded brioche.
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Colleen123
Dined on Feb 24, 2024
I had a great birthday dinner here! The waitstaff were attentive to our large group, food was delicious, and an all-around great experience!
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4.5
4.5 (2279)
$30 and under
Greek
Fort Point Channel

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About the restaurant
A local after-work haven for working professionals, Committee is one of the best bars in Boston. Stop in for some exquisite Greek-inspired cuisine and a few drinks while strolling around the Fort Point neighborhood. Start with a spanakopita spread, lobster "toast" with kohlrabi slaw, or spicy tyropita with phyllo cheese pie. For seafood, try the scallop saganaki with sun-dried tomato-ouzo sauce and pickled zucchini.
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Fab50vip
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful spot for lunch. Fantastic options with many unique and healthy options. Service was spot on! I would highly recommend Committee for lunch, dinner or brunch. Can't wait to go back!
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4.6
4.6 (2679)
$30 and under
American
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
A Harvard Square highlight, this dark-lit and lively spot in the heart of the neighborhood is one of the best bars in Boston. Grab a seat in the comfortable underground lounge to dine on small plates like duck poutine, Jonah crab cakes, and spicy shrimp Rangoon. Entrees include stuffed spaghetti squash, pan-seared Atlantic salmon, and braised lamb Osso Bucco. Pair dinner with local beers from Fiddlehead, Maine Beer Company, and the Schilling Beer Co.
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Jennivip
Dined 2 days ago
Great except apparently they only serve the dish and chips at lunch, big disappointment!
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4.5
4.5 (201)
$30 and under
Italian
South Boston

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About the restaurant
This hidden gem underneath Capo Restaurant in the South End is one of the best bars in Boston. Head in to enjoy live entertainment, live music, and a fun Italian food menu. Grab one of the Roman pizzas for a hearty meal. Try the four-cheese bread pie, with roasted garlic, oregano, and marinara. House-made pasta selections include sausage cavatelli with pink vodka sauce and broccolini or short rib ravioli with smoked potato and marsala.
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Abby
Dined 3 days ago
We had a really great night of bingo and a comedy show. They were great accommodating a birthday as well and everything was overall pretty good.
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4.4
4.4 (297)
$31 to $50
French
Back Bay

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About the restaurant
This Brookline standout delivers a taste of Paris to the middle of this lively Boston suburb. This French restaurant is one of the best bars in Boston. Try some of the authentic French appetizers, like roasted P.E.I. mussels in anchovy butter or scallops in truffle bechamel. The 1855 burger includes beef steak, cheese, red onions, and home fries or salad. Pair dinner with a glass or bottle of fine wine or a "wine flight" of sample pours.
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PaulF
Dined on Feb 10, 2024
The server was verm warm and professional - outstanding! The was risotto and scallops were delicious.
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