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What to Eat in Boston

Bostonian cuisine has undergone a gastronomical revolution, with a steady stream of new chefs putting their own spin on tried-and-true city classics like baked beans, fresh seafood and clam "chowdah."

Boston's growing immigrant population has ushered in another component to the burgeoning culinary scene. Cobblestone streets are now increasingly lined with Thai and Ethiopian restaurants. Check out the North End for delicious Italian dishes and pastries like cannolis and rum cakes. Though most locals are loyal to either Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry on Hanover Street, both offer top-notch sweets. Large international student bodies at universities like Harvard and MIT mean you'll enjoy everything from French to Moroccan fare in Cambridge. For an authentic tapas meal, make your way to the artsy South End neighborhood. Diners can savor Spanish-inspired bites like mussels with chorizo and chicken and potato empanadas at Toro, one of the area's most popular tapas eateries. Another South End favorite is The Butcher Shop, where meat-centric entrees steal the spotlight. Or, for a taste of some of Boston's most inventive sushi entrees, venture to O Ya, where scarlet sea scallops and fried Kumamoto oysters are just a few offerings found on the menu.

Should you crave more traditional New England fare, dine at Durgin-Park in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Here, you'll find local favorites like corned beef sandwiches, shepherd's pie and clam chowder. Another beloved establishment is Union Oyster House near Haymarket, where – you guessed it – freshly-shucked oysters have hooked patrons since the restaurant opened its doors in 1826. 

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#1 Sam LaGrassa's

#1 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 4.5 out of 1477 (1477) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | American, Fast Food, Soups, Deli

44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108-5120

44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108-5120

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#2 Salumeria Italiana

#2 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 5.0 out of 253 (253) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian

151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109-1414

151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109-1414

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#3 Mario's Restaurant

#3 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 4.5 out of 184 (184) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian

347 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128-1480

347 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128-1480

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#4 Italian Express Pizzeria

#4 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 4.5 out of 773 (773) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian, Pizza

336 Sumner St East Boston, Boston, MA 02128-2124

336 Sumner St East Boston, Boston, MA 02128-2124

Ranked 4.5 out of 773 (773)
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#5 Bova's Bakery

#5 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 4.5 out of 936 (936) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Italian

134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1749

134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1749

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#7 Ostra

#7 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 4.5 out of 928 (928) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | Seafood

1 Charles St S, Boston, MA 02116-5447

1 Charles St S, Boston, MA 02116-5447

Ranked 4.5 out of 928 (928)
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#8 Maria's Pastry Shop

#8 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 4.5 out of 394 (394) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Italian

46 Cross St The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201

46 Cross St The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201

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#9 Delfino Restaurant

#9 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 4.5 out of 165 (165) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian

754 South St, Boston, MA 02131-1740

754 South St, Boston, MA 02131-1740

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#10 SRV Restaurant

#10 of 3,604 Places to Eat in Boston

Ranked 4.5 out of 211 (211) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Italian, European

569 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118-1180

569 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118-1180

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