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The 10 Must Try Restaurants In Boston, Massachusetts

The 10 Must Try Restaurants In Boston, Massachusetts
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Updated: 9 February 2017
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One of the great advantages of living in a cosmopolitan city like Boston is that the local restaurant scene is varied enough to find exquisite, authentic food typical of far away countries right around any corner. Many recently opened ethnic restaurants have further expanded Boston’s international outlook, making the city a sure-fire winner for adventurous foodies. Read our updated guide to 10 great restaurants in the Massachusetts capital.
Boston Public Garden

Alden & Harlow

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Bronwyn interior
Bronwyn interior | Courtesy Bronwyn
Michael Scelfo, the executive chef at recently opened restaurant Alden & Harlow, envisages food as a medium to connect with those you love and care for. That’s why he tailored the dining experience at Alden & Harlow to recreate the atmosphere he enjoys with his family around his home kitchen table. In Scelfo’s restaurant, guests will taste honest, American fare, full of flavour and cooked to perfection with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Accordingly with the chef’s philosophy, the large dining room is simply decorated to encourage conviviality and leave the stage to the food and the conversation, but it doesn’t lack charming details like the lush leather chairs.
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Sun:
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sun - Mon:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Wed:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat:
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Bronwyn interior
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Bronwyn

Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Book a table at Boston’s Bronwyn and travel back to Medieval times. Brownyn is creatively decorated with Middle Ages elements, like the iron chandeliers and heavy wood tables and benches in the bar area, or the regal, high-back chairs in the restaurant that will make diners feel like modern-day King Arthurs. The themed interiors follow chef Tim Wiechmann’s startling cuisine, a celebration of Germany’s and Central Europe’s new food and drink, and a rave success among patrons and critics alike. Come here for brunch or dinner to try mouth-watering delicacies like the smoked venison pastrami, the giant knackwurst or the Slovenian sweet-sour boar. Don’t miss out on the beer!
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Sun:
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Dali

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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A signature dish from Deuxave
A signature dish from Deuxave | Courtesy Deuxave
The Spanish restaurant Dali sweeps you off your feet the minute you enter its premises. The cosy venue impresses with a unique, flamboyant décor that Salvador Dali might have just loved himself. Engraved wood tables paired with dainty red chairs are surrounded by beautiful paintings and copper accoutrements on the brick walls, sensuous busts of naked women and luscious bouquets of fresh flowers. The bar is particularly stunning, clad as it is by blue, white and yellow maiolica work, and adorned with flowers, grapes and sculptures of open-mouthed fishes. Dali has been serving delicious Spanish specialties and tapas since 1989.
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Sun:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
A signature dish from Deuxave
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Deuxave

Bar, Restaurant, American
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Menton interior
Menton interior | Courtesy Menton
Restaurant Deuxave was designed to offer a refined yet casual and affordable dining experience to the hip crowds of Boston. The kitchen crafts exquisite dishes of modern French fare reinterpreted to accommodate all-American ingredients in the various recipes – enjoy a crispy duck confit, the slowly caramelised onion soup, or the wicked duet of prime beef tartare and wagyu carpaccio. Exposed brick walls downplay the elegant venue just enough to keep the atmosphere from being excessively sophisticated. The beautiful bar area in the front is backed by a set of mirrors thoughtfully studied to reflect the urban landscape outside, and has plenty of seating at the marble-topped bar or along the lovely bow windows.
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Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Menton interior
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Menton

Restaurant, French
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Opened in Boston in 2010, restaurant Menton has since received many accolades for its modern take on French dishes. The chefs show off their skills in impeccably prepared and endearingly presented recipes that the discerning gourmet with a soft spot for French fare is sure to appreciate and thoroughly enjoy. The sophistication of the kitchen extends to the restaurant’s classy venue, characterised by a quiet, discreet ambience of understated elegance. The restaurant has large windows on the entire length of its walls, which let customers set their sights on Boston’s street life outside in the historic area of Fort Point, where Menton is located.
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Sun:
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon:
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Myers + Chang

Big, pink dragons stamped on the windows announce that you’ve arrived at Myers + Chang, one of the most thrilling additions to have appeared on Boston’s dining scene in the last few years. The cuisine of chef Joanna Cheng is firmly rooted in Taiwanese food and South Asian street eats, and consists of both twists on traditional Asian recipes and preparations created from scratch by Cheng which nonetheless bring out the distinctive flavours of the region. For his own part, noted restaurateur Christopher Myers took care of complementing Cheng’s cookery with a modern, stylish reinterpretation of classic Asian restaurants.

Myers+Chang, 1145 Washington St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 542 5200

Ribelle interior
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Ribelle

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Ribelle is Italian for rebel. The name certainly fits chef and owner Tim Maslow’s cuisine. Uninterested in classic recipes of whatever country working straight out of the box (although Italian gastronomy plays a role here), Maslow rather likes to experiment with ingredients and entertain customers with a cooking entirely of his own. Ribelle’s menu is in constant flux, responding to the availability of the produce and Maslow’s inspiration, but past highlights like gnocchi with smoked trout, morels and fava beans, or the halibut with white asparagus, caper and golden raisins should make you curious enough to try Ribelle. An unusual but spot-on selection of wines is the perfect pair to the innovative, eclectic and perfectly cooked food served in this casual restaurant.
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Row 34

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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There’s a brand-new place in Boston for oyster junkies to get their fix. It’s Row 34, a recently opened restaurant and oyster bar where fresh, good quality oysters take centre stage. In addition to the slippery seafood, Row 34’s raw bar tempts guests with shrimp cocktails, ceviche salads and a range of smoked and cured seafood and fishes – trout, salmon, scallops, etc. – served with grilled bread and crème fraiche. The restaurant, open for both lunch and dinner, boasts a large venue with very high ceilings and an industrial look and feel — Row 34 does describe itself as the workingman’s oyster bar — as well as a great patio, ideal in warmer days.
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Sun:
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Sarma

Bar, Restaurant, Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, $$$
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A slice of Turkey in Boston’s district Somerville, Sarma is a trendy restaurant designed after Turkey’s typical restaurants, called meyhanes. The menu offers small plates only, perfect for sharing, and inspired by the Middle East‘s traditional meze, a rich array of appetizing bites served before the main courses. Sarmas themselves are bite-sized portions of food usually wrapped in grape leaves. Choose between such tantalising delicacies as the fava bean paté, the blue fish falafel, the chickpea fried clams, and many more. Sarma also boasts a bar preparing lush cocktails and craft beers, thoughtfully studied to complement the small plates nicely.
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Sun:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

Shanghai Social Club

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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For Boston’s new Shanghai Social Club, architect Peter Nimitz designed an outstanding restaurant soaked in Chinese atmosphere. Between Buddha statues, large spreads of Chinese newspapers plastered on the walls and dim lights that hint both at sensuality and clandestinity, enjoying a dinner here or just a few drinks becomes an experience to write home about. The restaurant cooks up delectable, authentic dishes drawn from China‘s traditional cuisine, and traditionally prepared. At the bar, imbibers are tempted with luscious cocktails made from freshly squeezed and concocted ingredients, with Mai Tai’s and Scorpion Bowls being two firm favourites.
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