Boston Restaurants

In a city synonymous with tradition, Boston chefs have spent recent years rewriting culinary history. The stuffy, wood-paneled formality is gone; the endless renditions of chowdah, lobster, and cod have retired; and the assumption that true foodies better hop the next Amtrak to New York is also—thankfully—a thing of the past.

In their place, a crop of young chefs has ascended, opening small, upscale neighborhood spots that use local New England ingredients to delicious effect. Traditional eats can still be found (Durgin-Park remains the best place to get baked beans), but many diners now gravitate toward innovative food in understated environs. Whether you're looking for casual French, down-home Southern cooking, some of the best sushi in the country, or Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Boston restaurants are ready to deliver. Eclectic Japanese spot o ya and iconic French restaurant L'Espalier have garnered widespread attention, while a coterie of star chefs like Barbara Lynch, Lydia Shire, and Ken Oringer have built mini-empires and thrust the city to the forefront of the national dining scene.

The fish and shellfish brought in from nearby shores continue to inform the regional cuisine, along with locally grown fruits and vegetables, handmade cheeses, and humanely raised heritage game and meats. But don't expect boiled lobsters and baked apple pie. Today’s chefs, while showcasing New England’s bounty, might offer you lobster cassoulet with black truffles, bacon-clam pizza from a wood-burning oven, and a tomato herb salad harvested from the restaurant’s rooftop garden. In many ways, though, Boston remains solidly skeptical of trends. To wit: the cupcake craze and food truck trend hit here later than other cities; the Hawaii-inspired poke movement has only recently arrived. And over in the university culture of Cambridge, places like the Harvest and Oleana espoused the locavore and slow-food movements before they became buzzwords.

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  • 1. Area Four

    $$ | American

    A bona fide hit from day one, everything at this glass-enclosed eatery in the avant-garde Technology Square area is scrumptious—from the morning...Read More

  • 2. Atlantic Fish Co

    $$$ | Back Bay | Seafood

    Designed to look like an ocean vessel with gorgeous wood finishes and nautical artwork, this local seafood restaurant delivers first-class fish...Read More

  • 3. Davio's

    $$$$ | Back Bay | Italian

    Comfy armchairs and a grand, high-ceilinged dining room give diners a heightened sense of self-importance, beginning with lunch when the city...Read More

  • 4. Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks

    $$$ | Kenmore Square | American

    A vivid red awning beckons patrons of this spacious brasserie-style restaurant with menus for breakfast, lunch, midday, dinner, and late night...Read More

  • 5. Harvest

    $$$ | American

    Once a favorite of former Cambridge resident Julia Child, this sophisticated shrine to New England cuisine remains a perennial go-to spot for...Read More

  • 6. Island Creek Oyster Bar

    $$$ | Kenmore Square | Seafood

    As the name indicates, this Hotel Commonwealth restaurant specializes in seafood, beginning with oysters that come fresh from the restaurant...Read More

  • 7. L'Espalier

    $$$$ | Back Bay | French

    Adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this elegant French restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern decor, is the sort of place...Read More

  • 8. Mistral

    $$$$ | South End | French

    Boston's fashionable set flocks to this long-popular South End restaurant with polished service and upscale yet unpretentious French-Mediterranean...Read More

  • 9. Myers + Chang

    $$ | South End | Chinese

    Pink and orange dragon decals cover the windows of this all-day Chinese café, where Joanne Chang (of Flour bakery fame) taps her familial cooking...Read More

  • 10. Toro

    $$$ | South End | Spanish

    The opening buzz from chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette's tapas joint, which now has an outpost in Manhattan, still remains loud—for good...Read More

  • 11. Abe & Louie's

    $$$$ | Back Bay | Steakhouse

    Go ahead: live the fantasy of the robber baron feasting in a setting of cavernous fireplaces and deep-textured, plush mahogany booths. Abe ...Read More

  • 12. Alden & Harlow

    $$$ | Harvard Square | American

    This boisterous subterranean restaurant with a 30-seat bar and industrial-chic design specializes in rustic, seasonal snacks and small plates...Read More

  • 13. Bronwyn

    $$ | German

    Harkening back to his German heritage, chef-owner Tim Wiechmann and his wife, Bronwyn, the restaurant's namesake, have brought a rib-sticking...Read More

  • 14. Centre Street Café

    $$ | Jamaica Plain | Italian

    Nearby farms provide the bulk of the ingredients for simple yet sublime appetizers, homemade pastas, and main dishes at this laid-back, 34-seat...Read More

  • 15. Full Moon

    $$ | American

    Here's a happy reminder that dinner with children doesn't have to mean hamburgers and juice for everyone. While the youngsters race around the...Read More

  • 16. Harvard Gardens

    $ | Old West End | American

    A Beacon Hill legend, this was the first bar in the city to get its liquor license after the repeal of Prohibition. Once considered a dive bar...Read More

  • 17. Henrietta's Table

    $$ | Harvard Square | American

    This cheerful, country-style restaurant in The Charles Hotel was named after the owner's pet pig, Henrietta, whose picture (including one with...Read More

  • 18. Joe's American Bar & Grill

    $$ | Back Bay | American

    Despite its classy Newbury Street address, Joe's (with another location on the waterfront) dishes up kitschy July 4 decor, along with myriad...Read More

  • 19. Kirkland Tap & Trotter

    $$ | American

    Here, chef-owner Tony Maws uses the same high-quality ingredients he cooks with at his fine dining establishment, Craigie On Main, but turns...Read More

  • 20. Matt Murphy's Pub

    $$ | Irish

    Boston has dozens of Irish pubs, but very few are notable for food—this pub being a welcome exception, making real poetry out of thick slabs...Read More

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