Right across New England, the local cuisine is dominated by seafood, and all the more so in the city of New Bedford, one of the biggest ports in America. New Bedford’s dining scene, however, is diverse enough to ensure dynamism, including an unusual concentration of Portuguese restaurants. Find out what’s cooking in our updated guide to 10 unmissable restaurants in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Cotali Mar is another restaurant where the cuisine is influenced by the strong Portuguese presence in New Bedford; however the menu features an eclectic mix of Portuguese and local fare with a few more international touches. Every dish is utterly delicious and expertly prepared; but Cotali Mar’s real edge is its stunning venue. This restaurant boasts a grand, classy dining room that immediately reminds diners of a ballroom, and is in fact frequently booked for special events. Another area, with a completely different look and feel, is inspired by the rustic style of Tuscany’s osterias. As if this wasn’t enough, Cotali Mar also provides al fresco seating on a large outdoor patio, anchored by a small, gushing fountain in the centre of the space.
Cotali Mar Restaurante, 1178 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA, USA, +1 508 990 0066
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having a light, healthy lunch with a soul-warming soup, especially if the soup is as delicious as it gets. For those times, New Bedford’s residents and visitors can drive to Destination Soups, a cosy, neighbourhood spot serving up tasty soups, fresh salads, delicious sandwiches and sweet pastries. The soups – the signature chicken vegetable and tomato basil are available every day – are served with a ciabatta or a French stick bread, the sandwiches with crispy potato chips, and every item comes with vegetarian and vegan options. Before ordering, make sure to take a look at the daily specials on the board.
Destination Soups Inc, 141 Union St, New Bedford, MA, USA, +1 508 991 7687
Looking for Mexican food in New Bedford? No problem! Head down to taqueria No Problemo – they will take good care of you. A popular lunch spot, here you can choose between tacos, taquitos, burritos, quesadillas and a selection of delicious tortas. Each staple is available with a variety of mouth-watering fillings, and at particularly convenient prices: tacos and taquitos range from $3 to $4, while you can pay as low as $5 and no more than $7 for every other item. For such fresh, flavourful bites and hearty portions, No Problemo proves to be a quick, tasty lunch with great value.
No Problemo, 813 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA, USA, +1 508 984 1081
No judgements against vegetarians and vegans at downtown New Bedford’s The Green Bean. In fact, this cosy, welcoming café happily caters to veggie advocates with a selection of mouth-watering, wholesome snacks that have enough taste and flavour to appeal even to the most stubborn carnivor. Moreover, The Green Bean has two more good factors that make it worth visiting: the café frequently hosts live performance by local musicians; and in a similar effort to support New Bedford’s artistic community, The Green Bean’s walls exhibit fresh works by a rotating selection of regional contemporary artists.
The Green Bean, 740 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA, USA, +1 508 984 3300