Best Restaurants in Boston

While it doesn’t have the reputation of Los Angeles or New York on the American culinary scene, Boston more than holds its own in world-class cuisine. Here are a few of our recommendations for the best restaurants in Boston.  We’ve included a diverse selection of eateries to appeal to all Beantown diners, from families with kids to couples looking for something unique and romantic. Restaurants are located in Boston or Cambridge and are within walking distance of a few great Boston attractions, so they can be easily worked into a vacation itinerary.

For Families

FIRE + ICE Boston
205 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
Casual, creative, American fare.

Nearby Attractions: Beantown Trolley, Copley Square, Prudential Center Mall

Durgin Park
340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl
Boston, MA 02109
Casual seafood, fun atmosphere.

Nearby Attractions: Faneuil Hall, Old State House Museum, Quincy Market

For Foodies

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Locally sourced ingredients, inventive French cuisine

Nearby Attractions: MIT, MIT Museum, Kendall Square

1704 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
Creative small plates with a Mediterranean influence

Nearby Attractions: South End shopping, Back Bay, Boston Center for the Arts

For Vegans & Vegetarians

Veggie Galaxy (& sister restaurant Veggie Planet)
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
American diner food and bakery

Nearby attractions: Central Square, MIT Museum, Magazine Beach

Clover Food Lab
Multiple locations
Innovative, to-go fresh food

Nearby attractions (Harvard location): Harvard University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Harvard Art Museum.

Local Cuisine

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
Raw bar, New England specialty seafood

Nearby Attractions: Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Rose Kennedy Greenway

Emmet’s Irish Pub
6 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Classic and innovative Irish pub fare

Nearby Attractions: Beacon Hill, Otis House Museum, Boston Common

Hidden Gems & Hot Spots

59 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Casual, creative American dining with a great craft beer selection.

Nearby Attractions: Harvard Walking Tour, Harvard University, Harvard Natural History Museum.

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar
271 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116
Elegant, creative Mexican food and cocktails.

Nearby Attractions: Copley Square, Boston Public Library, Trinity Church

Of course, this is just a small selection of the fantastic and diverse restaurants you’ll find all across the Greater Boston area.  Some of the best dining experiences happen by surprise, so if you’re interested in wandering until something strikes your fancy, a few good areas to roam include the South End (for more creative options), the North End (for authentic Italian), Central Square (South American cuisines), Harvard Square (French and American gastro pubs), and Chinatown (Asian cuisines). Bon appétit!

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