There are many things to love about Boston. Most people who live there or who have ever lived there at some point have a list of things they love about this vibrant and interesting city. Boston is quirky and offers visitors and locals a lot to do. It is a sport lover’s paradise. If you’re looking for colleges and universities, Boston has that covered in spades with over 50 universities and colleges in the Greater Boston Area alone including two of the most famous: MIT and Harvard.
You will also find serious shopping opportunities such as the first mobile vintage shop as well as places like Essex where there are plenty of antique stores to browse. There are also shopping opportunities in the world famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Newbery Street and much more.
If you’re a history buff, Boston offers a lot for you to enjoy. You can see where the famed Paul Revere rode, walk along the Freedom Trail and see how the pilgrims lived. Add in world class art and incredible scenery like the mountains and gorgeous beaches and you will start to understand why Bostonians love their town.
While visiting Boston you will definitely want to take advantage of the diverse food landscape that this town offers. Every foodie will want to try the various offerings Boston restaurants offer whether it is house-made, fresh New England clam chowder or you are trying something from Boston’s North End.
Don’t forget to peruse the many farmers’ markets or one of the town’s famed Food tours such as the Russian Food Tour or the Boston Pizzas Tour. We have listed the best places to eat in Boston below to help you get started on your culinary adventure.
Legal Harborside Restaurant
Visit: Legal Harborside Restaurant
This beautiful waterfront restaurant is the flagship property of Legal Sea Foods. The 20,000 square foot sprawling restaurant is made up of three floors that are all located under one roof that retracts and includes three different concepts as well. On the first floor there is a casual atmosphere and a menu of seafood favorites with flair, a market and an oyster bar. The second floor offers guests dishes that are creatively prepared that are perfect for private events and celebrations. The four-season, rooftop third floor deck includes a lounge with a retractable glass roof and walls for enjoying delicious food and cocktails. The location of this amazing restaurant makes it the perfect place to have dinner before heading to the art museum or gallery. Some of the delicious choices you will be able to select from on the casual, first floor include pizza, pastas, and as many as 14 different varieties of oysters. The second floor brings sit down dining choices that are perfect for celebrations and the third floor includes a sushi menu with sushi party boats and a limited menu that includes sharable foods and small bites. There’s something for every diner and every occasion at Legal Harborside.
Atlantic Fish Company
Visit: Atlantic Fish Company
Since 1978, Atlantic Fish Company has been providing the Boston area the freshest seafood. The menus are printed daily which reflects the quality and freshness of their entrees. The selections for the menu are decided after a visit to the harbor each morning where the chef decides what to impress the guests of the restaurant with. You can enjoy dining inside or if you want to check out the outdoor patio you can experience a different kind of atmosphere. The seafood used in Atlantic Fish Company’s dishes is hand-selected from choices that have only been out of the water for no more than two days. Most seafood restaurants purchase fish that is usually over 4 days old but Atlantic Fish Company feels that the freshest seafood makes a huge difference in how your meal with taste therefore the two day rule. The only purchase what is expected to be cooked that day so the offerings are always spectacular and the inventory is low. All of the filets and cuts are made in-house. They will not use anything that has been preserved in phosphates or brine. The chefs use a simple but effective approach and grading system for determining whether an item is of the finest quality for serving to their guests. The fish should look vibrant, be bright in color, be firm and hold a solid shape. Atlantic Fish Company only works with vendors that have high quality standards and that never use manipulated seafood or seafood that has been mislabeled. This means the freshest fish for every dish they serve.
Visit: Pizzeria Regina
Pizzeria Regina has been Boston’s original pizzeria since it opened its doors in 1926. For over three generations, their brick oven pizza ovens have been cooking some of the most delicious pizza imaginable. The ambience of Pizzeria Regina is very old school with photos of the local luminaries, tough-as-nails waitresses and wooden booths where you can dine on mouth-watering pizza with a crunchy/chewy crust that comes from an 80 year old recipe using special yeast that has been aged to perfection. The sauce is tangy and light and contains a hint of Romano that has been aged to ensure the best flavor. Choose from a selection of delicious toppings that come from the finest vegetables and meats that contain no preservatives and no additives. The cheese used to create these masterpieces is specialty-aged, whole-milk mozzarella. Your pizza will be brought to your table after being drizzled with their signature garlic oil that will change the way you feel about all other pizza places. The sausage is housemade.
Myers + Chang
Visit: Myers + Chang
Myers + Change is a wonderfully quirky, funky diner that serves its own personal interpretation of Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Taiwanese specialties. They are all about redolent spices, fresh ingredients, and exotic herbs that come together to create incredible dishes that will provide guests with a special dining experience that they won’t find anywhere else. They focus on getting the ingredients for their dishes from local farmers, growers and ranchers whenever it’s possible and use lighter sauces while creating fun and unique versions of classic dishes or creating new ones for you to try that stay true to the region they come from. Their inspiration is Southeast Asian street food and Taiwanese soul food. They are passionate about food, passionate about impeccable service and passionate about providing their guests with a culinary experience that is second to none in an atmosphere that is fun and light-hearted.
Visit: Mamma Maria
Mamma Maria will transport you to another place with its old-world atmosphere that is intimate and relaxing. The attention to detail is evident in the dimly lit main dining room as well as the five private dining rooms that can be used for your special occasions. One of the most striking things about Mamma Maria is the incredible view of downtown Boston that you will be able to enjoy while you dine. The floor-to-ceiling windows give guests a visual treat of both the Boston skyline and the cobblestone streets of North Square which is the oldest public square in the United States. Small weddings are often held at Mamma Maria’s. They work hand-in-hand with several top notch vendors that are happy to help you with the details. The cuisine at Mamma Maria’s is nationally recognized and for good reason. The chefs are dedicated to creating and preparing food that is a balance between authentic Italian cuisine and a reliance on local markets to source the ingredients for these incredible dishes. They focus on foods that are raised and grown in New England, featuring them in seasonal Italian dishes that are guaranteed to please. In the cooler months, dishes will focus on mountain entrees and northern Italian dishes. In the summer, the menu changes to highlight the abundance of the local produce available and the variety of seafood that is prevalent in the summertime. Mamma Maria’s should definitely be on your to-do list when you visit Boston. You will love the old world charm and delicious food so much you will want to make dining there a regular part of your Boston experience.
On the South End of Boston, you can dine at a restaurant that highlights simple, delicious French cuisine using the finest ingredients of the season. Mistral is inspired by the winds that sweep along the south of France. The décor reminds one of Provence, complete with beautiful, hand-picked pottery and exquisite arched windows that reflect a sophistication and warmth that makes every guest feel welcome. The dramatically decorated dining room serves Sunday Brunch and dinner every night. Your dining experience can begin with a selection from the delicious appetizers such as classic escargot served with semolina toast and a red wine and garlic butter sauce. Next move on to the entrees which contains specialties like the delectable pan-roasted Cornish game hen served with a pancetta and spinach salad and flavored with lemon and rosemary. Sides include wild mushroom risotto, sautéed spinach and garlic or delicious lobster and asparagus risotto. Finish your meal by choosing one of the sinful desserts Mistral offers like the Crème Brulee with raspberries and palmier twist or the Belgian Chocolate Sorbet. Don’t forget the plentiful craft cocktails and fine wines they offer to compliment any of your choices. You can also reserve the private dining room for gatherings up to 60 people for a sit down dinner or 80 for a reception style gathering. Mistral also offers a complimentary car service for those within the metro Boston area and they offer valet parking as well onsite for an additional charge.
Top of the Hub
Visit: Top of the Hub
Top of the Hub is the perfect place to go when you want to celebrate an anniversary or even propose to that special someone. Located 52 floors above the Back Bay, this incredible restaurant has a lot to offer for that special evening. Their award-winning cuisine, incredible service and comfortable yet sophisticated ambience combine with some of the best skyline views of Boston that you will ever see. The lounge features live music that you can enjoy while sipping one of their delicious cocktails. Top of the Hub is very popular for corporate and private events as well as more intimate gatherings and romantic dinners for two. They offer their guests lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and late dinner each day. Top of the Hub is dedicated to serving delicious cuisine made from sumptuous recipes that are used to create International and traditional American dishes that will make a truly memorable dining experience. Choose from such masterpieces like the pesto-crusted, double-cut lamb chops that are served with buttered green beans and a tomato bean ragout or the steamed, native 2 pound lobster served with asparagus, boiled potatoes and drawn butter. No matter what dish you choose, you are in for a culinary experience like no other. The servers are experts and will provide each guest with the kind of attentive service that makes special occasions even more special.
Visit: Boston Chops
This urban steak bistro is a casual twist on the classic, upscale steakhouses but there is nothing casual about the quality and taste of Boston Chops’ food. There is plenty to enjoy here including the raw bar or their menu that has a collection of tasty delicacies including a 14 ounce double-cut pork chop seasoned with a Carolina dry rub and served with braised greens, glazed apples, corn bread and BC barbecue sauce. Or if you’re in the mood for seafood, try the pan roasted salmon served with crispy mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and a blood orange. The bar area houses an impressive, towering, 2000 bottle glass wine room that is visible from the 30 seat wood bar hand-crafted from reclaimed wood. If you would like to have a larger get together, Boston Chops can accommodate semi-private banquet seating for as many as 24 people making this a great place to have your rehearsal dinner or engagement party.
Mike’s City Diner
Visit: Mike’s City Diner
Diners are always favorite dining spots for people and Mike’s City Diner is no exception. It is one of the best diners in Boston, famous for its huge portions and delicious, hearty food that will have you leaving satisfied and full. At Mike’s you can get some of the best lunches and breakfasts in all of Boston. Whether you want to try the eggs benedict or fruit topped waffles or you feel like trying one of the daily lunch specials, one thing is certain and that is that you are in for a culinary treat. Mike’s City Diner has been featured on the popular Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, making this already popular diner the destination for many who come to the city just to try the food. The atmosphere is friendly and comfortable, a place you can come with your children or your friends. It has earned the distinction of becoming one of the neighborhood staples of the South End of Boston and once you have tried the delicious food, great service and friendly atmosphere, you will be very glad it holds that spot.
Lone Star Taco Bar
Visit: Lone Star Taco Bar
If Mexican street food, mescal and tequila are what you’re looking for, come to the Lone Star Taco Bar where all these things are represented in a terrific way. The flavors found on the menu are inspired by the open air markets and taqueries of Dallas, Austin and Mazatlan, Mexico. They have paired a fun, relaxing atmosphere with incredible food that will provide guests with a dining experience they will remember and want to repeat often. The tequilas and mezcals that are selected are done so based on those that have the most flavor, integrity and traditional foundations. The same is true of the beer selections. When you come into Lone Star, you will be able to sample some of the best tasting tacos you have ever had. Pair them with a delicious margarita or craft beer and you will wish you had discovered Lone Star Taco Bar sooner.