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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. For a fun and tasty overview of the Boston dining scene, consider taking a food tour.

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  • #1
    Salumeria Italiana
    #1 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 305 reviewsTripadvisor (305)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109-1414
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  • #2
    Sam LaGrassa's
    #2 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1557 reviewsTripadvisor (1557)
    $ - $$ | American, Fast Food, Deli, Soups
    44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108-5120
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  • #3
    Mario's Restaurant
    #3 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 266 reviewsTripadvisor (266)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    347 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128-1480
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  • #4
    Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria
    #4 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 276 reviewsTripadvisor (276)
    $ | Italian
    130 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1764
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  • #5
    Italian Express Pizzeria
    #5 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 846 reviewsTripadvisor (846)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    336 Sumner St East Boston, Boston, MA 02128-2124
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  • #6
    Saltie Girl
    #6 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 314 reviewsTripadvisor (314)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    281 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116-2805
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  • #7
    Bova's Bakery
    #7 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1060 reviewsTripadvisor (1060)
    $ | Italian
    134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1749
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  • #8
    Mamma Maria
    #8 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1223 reviewsTripadvisor (1223)
    $$ | Italian, Contemporary
    3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113-2404
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  • #9
    The Capital Grille
    #9 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1171 reviewsTripadvisor (1171)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    900 Boylston St Hynes Convention Ctr, Boston, MA 02115-3101
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  • #10
    Modern Pastry Shop
    #10 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2117 reviewsTripadvisor (2117)
    $ | Italian, Cafe, European
    257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
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  • #11
    Mike & Patty's
    #11 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 375 reviewsTripadvisor (375)
    $ | American
    12 Church St, Boston, MA 02116-5514
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  • #12
    Mike's City Diner
    #12 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 338 reviewsTripadvisor (338)
    $ | American, Diner
    1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118-3307
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  • #13
    North Street Grille
    #13 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 476 reviewsTripadvisor (476)
    $ - $$ | American
    229 North St, Boston, MA 02113-2105
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  • #14
    Carmelina's
    #14 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 618 reviewsTripadvisor (618)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    307 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1810
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  • #15
    James Hook & Company
    #15 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1679 reviewsTripadvisor (1679)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Soups
    440 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
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  • #16
    SRV Restaurant
    #16 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 269 reviewsTripadvisor (269)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    569 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118-1180
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  • #17
    Ma Maison
    #17 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 229 reviewsTripadvisor (229)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    272 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114-3123
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  • #18
    Flour Bakery & Cafe
    #18 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 801 reviewsTripadvisor (801)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210-1224
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  • #19
    Ostra
    #19 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1030 reviewsTripadvisor (1030)
    $$ | Seafood
    1 Charles St S, Boston, MA 02116-5447
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  • #20
    Mistral
    #20 of 3,115 Places to Eat in Boston
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1062 reviewsTripadvisor (1062)
    $$ | French, European
    223 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
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