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. 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

  • 2. Bastille Kitchen

    $$$ | Fort Point Channel | French

    Clubby, homey, grand: all describe the look and feel of this Fort Point–located, contemporary French restaurant that will provide one of the...Read More

  • 3. Bostonia Public House

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    Airy and classic in atmosphere, this modern restaurant focuses on two things: food and local history (it is, after all, situated in a historic...Read More

  • 4. Deuxave

    $$$ | Back Bay | Modern American

    At the corner of two avenues (Commonwealth and Massachusetts), which is how this restaurant got its name (deux is French for "two"), you'll...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Fox & the Knife Enoteca

    $$$ | South Boston | Italian

    James Beard Award–winning Best Chef Karen Akunowicz steps up with hearty, traditional Italian food (not to be confused with Italian-American...Read More

  • 7. Harvest

    $$$ | Brattle Street | American

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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Lumière

    $$$ | French

    Relying on local, sustainable, seasonal ingredients, the frequently changing menu features such delights as steak tartare with all the fixings...Read More

  • 10. Neptune Oyster

    $$$ | North End | Seafood

    This piccolo oyster bar, the first of its kind in the neighborhood, has only 22 chairs, but the long marble bar adorned with mirrors has extra...Read More

  • 11. Oleana

    $$$ | Central Square | Mediterranean

    With two restaurants (including Sofra in Cambridge) and two cookbooks to her name, chef-owner Ana Sortun continues to bewitch area diners with...Read More

  • 12. Row 34

    $$$ | Seaport | Seafood

    This modern beer-bar-meets-oyster-bar vibes boisterous energy contained only by its soaring ceilings. A neighborhood crowd comes for the excellent...Read More

  • 13. Sycamore

    $$$ | Modern American

    Enjoy earthy, market-fresh dishes at this cozy, brick-walled former butcher shop, where foodies, families, and folks from the neighborhood and...Read More

  • 14. The Helmand

    $$$ | Kendall Square | Afghan

    The area's first Afghan restaurant, named after the country's most important river, welcomes you into its cozy Kendall Square confines with...Read More

  • 15. Toro

    $$$ | South End | Spanish

    Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette's tapas joint, which now has an outpost in Manhattan, is a lively, popular spot where the small plates...Read More

  • 16. Alcove

    $$$ | West End | Contemporary

    A mix of New England seafood dishes, European-style charcuterie, and an international flair to most everything else describes what you'll see...Read More

  • 17. Alden & Harlow

    $$$ | Harvard Square | Modern American

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

  • 18. Anthem Kitchen & Bar

    $$$ | Government Center | American

    With its tavern vibe and prime location (just steps from historic Faneuil Hall in the South Market Building), a meal at Anthem conjures up visions...Read More

  • 19. B&G Oysters

    $$$ | South End | Seafood

    B&G Oysters' Chef Barbara Lynch (of No. 9 Park, the Butcher Shop, Sportello, DRINK, and Menton fame) offers a style-conscious seafood restaurant...Read More

  • 20. Blue Dragon

    $$$ | Fort Point Channel | Asian

    Old Shanghai meets stylish South Boston at acclaimed chef Ming Tsai's uber-popular Asian gastropub, set in an abandoned triangular diner in...Read More

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