Top Restaurants In Allston-Brighton, Boston

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Helen Armitage

Boston’s hip Allston-Brighton neighborhood is home to an eclectic mix of college students, families and young professionals. It boasts a diverse dining scene that matches its varied residents – from craft beer bars and gourmet grilled cheese to upscale taverns and long standing steakhouses. Read our guide to 10 of the best neighborhood restaurants in Allston-Brighton.

1. Lone Star Taco Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, Beer

The Lone Star Taco Bar is inspired by the Mexican cuisine, open air markets and taquerías of owners Aaron Sanders and Max Toste’s native Texas and Southern California. Lone Star Taco Bar’s interior is distinctly modern day cantina, with lots of natural wood, a hip and friendly ambience and a saloon-style bar. The drinks list is brimming with plenty of authentic Mexican-themed drinks like cheladas, cerveza, mezcal and tequila. Its many taco offerings include the brunch menu’s breakfast taco with scrambled eggs, longhorn cheese and avocado cream, available washed down with a cheeky breakfast margarita, while its main menu features the house made chorizo taco with pickled radish, queso fresco and mint.

2. Devlin’s

Restaurant, American, Beer, Vegan

Describing itself as ‘a little bit of downtown uptown’, Devlin’s is a classy yet friendly restaurant. Located in the heart of Allston-Brighton, it serves up traditional American cuisine with a creative, contemporary twist alongside thirst-quenching wine, cocktails and beer. Guests can choose from delicious appetizers like Rhode Island-style calamari with spicy cherry peppers, lemon-garlic aioli and marinara sauce and mouth watering mains like seared salmon with sweet potatoes and Brussel sprouts. Finish the meal with a dessert such as Bailey’s cheesecake with strawberry coulis and whipped cream. The restaurant’ beautiful patio makes a lovely location for an enjoyable, relaxing meal on warmer evenings.

3. Lulu’s Allston

Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Comfort food and craft beer are on the menu at Lulu’s Allston – a perfect combination for casual, fun dining if there ever was one. A new addition to the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, Lulu’s opened its doors in a spacious, industrial-chic space full of comfy booths, exposed brick and a huge bar creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere in which to enjoy its gastro pub comfort food. Executive chef Sarah Wade cooks up delicious dishes like the huge Bad Ass burger, a natural beef patty topped with stout braised short ribs, a runny egg and beer cheese soup with a side of chili cheese fries. The extensive beer list includes varieties from Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania.

4. Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Fast Food, Street Food

Given Boston’s love of food trucks, it would be a shame not to include at least one and Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese is a shining example. The popular truck is a favorite with lovers of cheese, known for its epicurean twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich and for their appearance on the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. Options include the Green Muenster sandwich with Muenster cheese, guacamole and bacon with sides such as the ever-popular poutine and truffle fries.

5. Stockyard

Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Renowned for its succulent steaks and classic American cuisine, Stockyard has been a fixture on Allston-Brighton’s dining scene since it was first opened in 1972 by the Manning family. Now owned by local restaurateur Michael Conlon, the venue features a spacious dining room bedecked in rich dark wood paneling, comfy burgundy leather booths and gorgeous chandeliers. Stockyard exudes classic American steakhouse charm, while menu highlights include dishes like New York sirloin strip steak and baked George’s Bank haddock with crab meat, basmati rice and lobster cream complemented by an extensive wine list.

6. Tasca

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

Scrumptious Spanish fare and tempting tapas is the name of the game at Tasca. This cozy, romantic spot specializes in authentic Spanish cuisine served up alongside an impressive range of craft beers, red and white wines and sangria. The winner of various awards including Boston Magazine’s Best Affordable Romantic Restaurant, Tasca’s menu features various small tapas plates. Try the patatas bravas and chicken and chorizo skewers with spicy chili sauce. Entrées include the delicious paella de mariscos – shrimp, scallops, mussels and calamari with saffron rice in a lobster broth. Regular flamenco nights and meals serenaded by skilled Spanish guitarists add to Tasca’s authentic ambience.

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