The Best Portuguese Restaurants in Boston

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Dave Afshar

With a heavy Mediterranean influence, the Portuguese are known for incorporating fresh seafood, heavy starches and numerous herbs and spices into their cooking. Luckily for Boston residents and visitors, a caldo verde or bacalhau a bras is never more than a 15-minute drive. We take a look at some of the best Portuguese establishments the city has to offer.

1. Restaurant Casa Portugal

Restaurant, Portuguese, Seafood

Casa Portugal boasts hearty portions, fresh seafood and a delicious (and affordable) house wine to wash everything down with.

2. Portugalia Restaurant

Restaurant, Portuguese

The friendly staff, casual atmosphere and huge portions have made Portugalia a big hit among Cambridge residents. It also offers a private dining area that can be reserved for special events.

3. Azorean Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Portuguese, Seafood

Featuring authentic menu items from Portugal’s Azores Islands, this lively restaurant is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy fresh seafood in a unique atmosphere.

4. The Neighborhood

Restaurant, American, Portuguese

Portuguese owned and operated, The Neighborhood is one part American diner and one part Portuguese restaurant. The portions are massive, the prices are dirt cheap and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. It is best to get a table on the outdoor patio — but be prepared to wait in line.

5. Adega Restaurant

Restaurant, Portuguese

Diners come here for the authentic food and atmosphere, great wine selection and rotating special menu items. The vibe here is on the quieter side, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to impress a date.

6. Cesaria

Restaurant, Portuguese, African

A former colony of Portugal, Cape Verde is known for its unique blend of West African and Portuguese cuisine. One of the only longstanding Cape Verdean restaurants in Boston, Cesaria has a casual lounge feel to it and occasionally features live music and performances.

7. Churrascaria Vulcão

Restaurant, American

Another popular Cape Verdean option, Churrascaria Vulcão offers authentic food and atmosphere as well as occasional live music.

8. J and J Restaurant

Restaurant, Portuguese, Seafood

Local, unassuming and cheap, J and J is a great option for lunch and take out, with authentic Portuguese food that won’t leave a dent in your wallet.

9. Nos Casa

Restaurant, Portuguese, Spanish

Offering a variety of Portuguese, Cape Verdean and Spanish cuisine, Nos Casa is perfect for anyone staying in or around the Roxbury area. The atmosphere is casual and warm, making this a great choice for friends and family.

10. Faialense Sport Club

Sports Center

Regularly a members-only Portuguese cultural club, Faialense opens its doors to the public every Friday for cheap food, drinks and entertainment. Oh, and they have foosball.

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