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The 22 Greatest Restaurants Around Boston

Boston may be renowned as the lobster and clam chowder capital of the U.S., but there’s a whole new world of delights nestled in the city’s labyrinthine streets and those of its eclectic urban neighbors, Cambridge and Somerville. From hand-pulled Xi’An noodles at a lunch counter and pillowy pasta crafted by a James Beard Award-nominated chef to casual brasserie steak frites and a classic American steakhouse with Boston Brahmin flair, the interpretations here are just as diverse as the city’s global footprint.

There are plenty of ways to stamp your culinary passport here, whether it’s through an epic omakase experience, toothsome tacos, a sizzling plate of paella, or by raising a glass, picked from a prolific Greek wine list. And, with some of the world’s freshest seafood—including one spot dubbed “North America’s Best Landmark Restaurant”—Massachusetts’s capital is indeed your oyster.

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Nathan Tavares and Carley Thornell
21 Restaurants
Updated April 06, 2022
Restaurants:Beehive, No. 9 Park, Dona Habana
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, European, Cuban
Neighborhoods:South End, Beacon Hill
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Beehive

$$$$
American
South End
4.5
6436 reviews
The Beehive buzzes with live music—jazz, blues, rock, folk and everything in between fills the cozy nooks of this subterranean hotspot, along with the hits on chef Ryan Skeen’s locally sourced menu. Nibble on chicken wings served in one of three ways (with sesame chile, hot sauce, or smoked Turkish pepper), and main dishes including savory grilled brisket with shishito peppers and grilled salmon with bok choy and parsley sauce. Brick walls, sumptuous drapes, and hand-painted murals complete the Boho-inspired vibe at this South End landmark, once singled out as a must-visit by The New York Times.  

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No. 9 Park

$$$$
European
Beacon Hill
4.6
3373 reviews
James Beard Award-winner Barbara Lynch’s name is synonymous with top-notch cuisine in Boston and beyond, and this fine-dining flagship of her restaurant empire has been making waves since it opened in 1998. Here, the refined service, which pairs well with the tony surroundings, all dark woods and antique chandeliers, is as much on display as the French-Italian fare. On offer is a six-course prix fixe menu and a tasting menu consisting of bar delights and the signature prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie gras. No. 9 Park’s accolades stretch as long as its James Beard Award-winning wine list: it boasts an AAA Four Diamond Rating as well as top awards from Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Boston magazine, and others.

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Dona Habana

$$$$
Cuban
South End
4.7
1162 reviews
While owners Nivia and Hector Piña only opened this Cuban restaurant in 2016, their ties to the area’s culinary community run deep. They’ve helmed the Puerto Rican spot Vejigante Restaurant since 2012 and Merengue, which delights with Dominican fare, since 1994. The vibrant interior at Doña Habana marries Old Havana with modern accents, featuring murals and bright walls and booths with sleek lines and handsome dark tones. The menu offers more than just the classic Cuban sandwich (though the mini Cubanitos are notable), with stuffed empanadas, house ceviche that zings with fresh lime juice, and beautiful bounties of paella. Don’t forget to save room for a mojito—there are dozens to choose from.

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Row 34 - Boston

$$$$
Seafood
Fort Point Channel
4.7
1549 reviews
This Seaport District favorite is steered by two-time James Beard Award nominee chef Jeremy Sewall and partner Shore Gregory. When it opened in 2013, the brick-and-wood beauty received rave reviews from the likes of Bon Appetit for its celebration of seafood. Especially the most beautiful bivalve—the oyster—harvested fresh from Duxbury and shucked here by the bucketful. The mussels are magic, too, steamed in lager and served with grilled sourdough, as is the house-made rigatoni with clams and parsley butter. You can spot the seafood displayed on ice in the treasure trove by the entrance, which lends a refined nautical vibe to the hip, industrial space and sprawling patio.

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Bricco

$$$$
Italian
North End
4.6
4908 reviews
In a neighborhood brimming with Italian spots, Bricco’s bright flavors—delivered through the restaurant’s modern spins on rustic, regional Italian dishes—shine bright. The Italian seafood staple, octopus, finds new zip with a ginger and jalapeño crust. The farfalle tartufate dish is a savory land-and-sea symphony with lobster, fava beans, pancetta, and black truffle shavings. The inspired interpretations may encourage you to recreate the experience at home, easy thanks to an adjoining grocery store, basement-level bakery, and nearby pasta and meat shop.

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Casa Romero

$$$$
Mexican
Back Bay
4.6
1249 reviews
The decor at this casual Back Bay beauty—bold orange and pink walls and hand-painted tile from Puebla, Mexico on the bar and tabletops—matches the cuisine: bright, rich, and surprising. Back when executive chef Leo Romero opened the spot in 1972, traditional Mexican cuisine was unheard of in Boston. But his dishes, such as the camarones a la diabla, which showcases shrimp in spicy chipotle sauce, and the best-selling pastor tacos, filled with pork, pineapple, and cilantro, stand the test of time. When the weather is warm, the lively dining room overflows onto the patio, where diners throw back margaritas and smoky mezcal cocktails well into the evening.

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Abe & Louie’s - Boston

$$$$
Steakhouse
Back Bay
4.6
7673 reviews
Abe & Louie’s is renowned as a steakhouse, but the unsung heroes on the menu are enough to please even the most selective seafood connoisseurs. Like the hearty steaks—some tipping the scales at 40 ounces—the three- and four-pound lobsters here are intended for those with serious appetites. You’ll also find chunks of the Maine delicacy studding favorites such as buttery-crumbed casserole and the mac and cheese (one of the most-ordered sides) or swimming in creamy lobster Savannah. No matter what diners choose, there’s an ample selection of beverage pairings, thanks to Abe & Louie’s robust selection of spirits, cocktails, locally sourced craft beers, and wines by the glass. The vintage list has won Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence several times over since 2016.

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Little Whale

$$$$
Seafood
Back Bay
4.7
374 reviews
It’s not just the cuisine that evokes Paris at this bistro in Boston’s tony Back Bay district—the heated outdoor patio is reminiscent of an afternoon on Champs-Élysées, too. The cozy space took design cues from professional cycling races, as confirmed by the Tour de France-themed artwork on the walls. Real estate isn’t the only thing that’s prime here, either: don’t leave without ordering the signature steak frites, one of the main reasons chef and partner Michael Serpa (of popular Boston seafood spots such as Select Oyster Bar and Atlantico) opened his third restaurant—the chef professes a soft spot for the brasserie classic. The wide-ranging Champagne and wine list, which favors progressive American bottles, makes Grand Tour a destination for both a special occasion and a laid back Sunday brunch.

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Grill 23 & Bar

$$$$
Steak
Back Bay
4.7
7528 reviews
When owner Chris Himmel opened this steakhouse in 1983, Boston was a vastly different city, but the restaurant has upheld its nearly four-decade reputation of excellence. The clubby classic steakhouse is Boston’s only spot to receive the Grand Award from Wine Spectator for its power-packed wine list. It also frequently claims top honor as Boston’s best steakhouse from Boston magazine, with additional nods from Zagat and The Boston Globe. Luckily, the plates served up within the old-school digs (think columns, wood tones, and leather galore) don’t disappoint. Come with high hopes for the filet and the prime ribeye that’s aged for 100 days before its date with the grill and a béarnaise bath, and leave—very—full and satisfied.

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Legal Sea Foods - Harborside

$$$$
Seafood
Seaport
4.5
5512 reviews
This Boston-born institution has 23 locations speckling the Eastern Seaboard like roe on toast. But the Seaport District flagship location is a destination in itself, with three floors each offering a different experience—and prime water views. Expect a more casual experience on the first floor (read, fried clams and paper placemats), a haute experience on the second floor, and a third-floor roof deck that’s the place to be on summer evenings. Whether you’re looking for a lobster roll, raw bar staples, or signature creamy clam chowder, “Legal’s,” as the locals call it, has every base covered.

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Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

$$$$
American
South Boston
4.8
1218 reviews
Once a department store, this sprawling brick-walled space was reimagined as a laid back neighborhood pub. Executive chef John Ross whips up tavern favorites such as wood-grilled sausage pizza with sharp pickled cherry peppers, as well as short ribs that are braised for 18 hours and served with truffle mac and cheese. Spice up midweek with rotating Wednesday specials, or start any day off right with a stellar brunch: Get your salty, sweet, and crunchy fix on with banana chocolate chip doughnuts, breakfast pizza, or Fruity Pebbles pancakes.

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MIDA - South End

$$$$
Italian
South End
4.8
2071 reviews
Chef and owner Douglass Williams knows perfect pasta. He spent years honing his skills with top Boston chefs Michael Schlow at Radius and then Jamie Bissonnette on the opening team at Coppa before breaking off on his own with this refined South End neighborhood spot. The house-made pasta has just the right bite and stars in dishes such as a classic carbonara and a hearty lasagna with fontina cheese and short rib. Come hungry for the “Mangia Pasta Mondays” feast (also available for takeout) which includes heaps of five different pastas with salad and bread on the side. Williams’s skills are gaining recognition outside the city, too: In 2020, Food & Wine named him one of its Best New Chefs. That same year, the James Beard Foundation made him a semifinalist in the Best Chef: Northeast category; this year, he’s nominated for Outstanding Chef.

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Strega North End

$$$$
Italian
North End
4.1
3010 reviews
Few foods make as much of an entrance as sizzling fajitas or flaming baked Alaska, but Strega’s signature spicy alla vodka pasta, set ablaze in a parmesan wheel tableside, deserves a spot on that list of showstoppers. Restaurateur Nick Varano’s persona is just as indelible, and you’ll find a prominent wall with pictures of him smiling with the likes of luminaries such as Sofía Vergara and Dwayne Johnson. Potential celeb sightings aside, the cuisine and cocktails are the real stars at Strega. Try the house-made ravioli with ricotta and plum tomato sauce, the earthy lamb chops topped with pistachio pesto, or the classic parmigiana with confit chicken. To round things out, a robust espresso martini is just what it takes to pregame for a night out on the town.

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Trade

$$$$
Greek
Seaport
4.7
660 reviews
Whether it’s baked feta in phyllo with roasted grapes, olives, and Greek honey, rosemary lamb chops, or local haddock baked in flaky kataifi pastry, every dish at TRADE is a culinary odyssey. It’s a journey led by James Beard Award-winning chef and Julia Childs protégé Jody Adams, a and restaurateurs Eric Papachristos and Jonathan Mendez. Olive trees, basket lighting, and fresh greenery are only some of the features that transport diners to Greece and its postcard-perfect isles. A new enclosed-glass wine cellar overlooking the dining room also offers a glimpse of a list overflowing with crisp Santorini Assyrtiko, stone-fruity Moschofilero, and the “Blood of Hercules,” Agiorgitiko.

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o ya

$$$$
Japanese
Leather District
4.9
1173 reviews
Wife-and-husband restaurateurs Nancy and Tim Cushman pull out all the stops for their snug Japanese spot, which has earned numerous accolades since its 2007 opening, including a James Beard Award and high praise from The New York Times. Instead of a la carte options, diners savor a splurge-worthy nightly chef’s menu of sushi and cooked dishes that stretch for about 20 courses (though select favorites, such as the foie gras nigiri, can be requested separately). The nigiri, sashimi, and small plates might feature silky fish topped with white truffle or black olive puree, with chunks of king crab swimming in an uni bouillabaisse. It’s the kind of creative fare that reflects Tim Cushman's road-less-traveled approach to sushi chefdom—he began his career as a musician before traveling the world as a restaurant consultant, which included a memorable stint in Japan.

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Union Oyster House

$$$$
Seafood
Faneuil Hall
4.3
7161 reviews
In a city known for its love affair with seafood, this historic spot has been shucking oysters and serving up succulent, butter-drenched lobster since 1826, making it Boston’s oldest restaurant. Stop in for fresh local oysters served with dollops of signature cocktail sauce, alongside hard-shell New England lobster with all the fixings. The interiors are about as old-school as they come—rich wood tones, brick walls with exposed ceiling beams, a handsome bar with millwork—adding to the charm of this institution, named North America’s best landmark restaurant at the inaugural World Culinary Awards in 2020.

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Uni

$$$$
Contemporary Asian
Back Bay
4.6
1754 reviews
When co-owner Tony Messina left the Uni kitchen after nine years in 2021, his business partner and fellow chef Ken Oringer knew he needed a powerhouse to fill some big shoes at this sleek Japanese-style izakaya. Enter executive chef David “Baz” Bazirgan, who is best known for Mediterranean spins on bistro fare. That means diners can expect some surprises on the omakase and a la carte menus—such as charcoal-grilled shrimp with black garlic tzatziki and a honeycrisp apple salad with labne—in addition to creative spins on sashimi such as scallops with bergamot. Bazirgan, no stranger to the cocktail scene courtesy of previous stints at beloved bars such as Dirty Habit in San Francisco and Bambara in nearby Cambridge, also ensures the libations pair well with the food. For Japanese whisky enthusiasts or sake lovers, Uni is the place to be in Boston.

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Alden and Harlow

$$$$
American
Harvard Square
4.5
4068 reviews
James Beard Award semifinalist Michael Scelfo’s new American spot is set in a handsome subterranean space at Cambridge’s historic Brattle Hall—but the food is no basement fare. Here, shareable plates and larger options lean vegetarian, with other New England-inspired favorites including grilled broccoli with squash hummus, housemade chips with three-onion dip, and seared bluefin tuna that finds a surprising sweet-sour kick thanks to pickled apple butter. Instead of multiple spins on the pub grub classic, the single burger here is a thick smoky black angus patty topped with secret sauce and a house-made roll, with only around 40 available per night.

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Catalyst

$$$$
Dining Bar
Toronto / Ontario
4.2
10 reviews
When chef-owner William Kovel opened Catalyst 2011, Kendall Square was far from the bustling thoroughfare it is today. But over the past decade, some of the country’s foremost life sciences and technology giants have sprung up, making this French American spot the perfect setting for a business lunch. It’s also equipped for a romantic dinner, thanks to the sexy fireplaces and dim lighting. In honor of the restaurant’s milestone anniversary, several “greatest hits” feature on the menu this year, including beef tournedos with potato fondant and roasted carrot purée and roasted blue cod on a bed of crushed potato chowder with mussels and bacon. The dessert menu is also on fire—quite literally—with a new spin on a classic Catalyst favorite, baked Alaska flourless chocolate cake.

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La Brasa

$$$$
Mexican
Somerville
4.4
778 reviews
Before opening La Brasa in 2014, owner and executive chef Daniel Bojorquez cut his teeth with Boston culinary giant Frank McClelland at the iconic L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre. Now, Bojorquez updates steakhouse staples with inspirations from his homeland of Mexico. Cilantro chimichurri sings atop grilled flank steak, and even the humble Caesar salad finds new life thanks to charred-jalapeño dressing, Cotija cheese, and toasted pepitas and tortillas for crunch. The corn tortillas here are made fresh to order, and the smell from the wood-fire grill fills the hip, industrial space.

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Dali

$$$$
Spanish
Cambridge
4.8
1208 reviews
Long before "shared plates" became mainstream, Dali was serving up tapas that were just as avant garde as their artistic namesake in a cozy corner of Somerville. The cuisine here is indeed art: savor scallops in saffron cream, fried saffron-battered shrimp with garlic and parsley sauce, and bacon with Manchego cheese, roasted pear, and a garlic onion relish—the list is as long as Spain’s Tagus River. Those with more robust appetites can dig into several sizzling paellas, available as solo or shared portions. Whether you're tucking in on a sultry summer night or warming up in the winter, Dali's the ideal hideaway to pass time sipping sangrias, sampling a sherry flight, even ordering a porró—the Catalonian wine pitcher has its own spout, so no drinking glass is needed.

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