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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.

Find the Best Restaurants in Boston

  • #1
    Sam LaGrassa's
    #1 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1510 reviewsTripAdvisor (1510)
    $ - $$ | American, Fast Food, Soups, Deli
    44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108-5120
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  • #2
    Salumeria Italiana
    #2 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 270 reviewsTripAdvisor (270)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    151 Richmond St, Boston, MA 02109-1414
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  • #3
    Mario's Restaurant
    #3 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 206 reviewsTripAdvisor (206)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    347 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128-1480
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  • #4
    Italian Express Pizzeria
    #4 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 792 reviewsTripAdvisor (792)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    336 Sumner St East Boston, Boston, MA 02128-2124
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  • #5
    Monica’s Mercato & Salumeria
    #5 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 244 reviewsTripAdvisor (244)
    $ | Italian
    130 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1764
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  • #6
    Maria's Pastry Shop
    #6 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 407 reviewsTripAdvisor (407)
    $ | Italian
    46 Cross St The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201
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  • #7
    Bova's Bakery
    #7 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 964 reviewsTripAdvisor (964)
    $ | Italian
    134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1749
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  • #8
    Ostra
    #8 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 956 reviewsTripAdvisor (956)
    $$ | Seafood
    1 Charles St S, Boston, MA 02116-5447
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  • #9
    Ma Maison
    #9 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 177 reviewsTripAdvisor (177)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    272 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114-3123
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  • #10
    Mistral
    #10 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1002 reviewsTripAdvisor (1002)
    $$ | French, European
    223 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116-5113
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  • #11
    Saltie Girl
    #11 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 208 reviewsTripAdvisor (208)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood
    281 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116-2805
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  • #12
    Modern Pastry Shop
    #12 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1979 reviewsTripAdvisor (1979)
    $ | Italian, Cafe, European
    257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
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  • #13
    Mike & Patty's
    #13 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 343 reviewsTripAdvisor (343)
    $ | American
    12 Church St Bay Village, Boston, MA 02116-5514
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  • #14
    SRV Restaurant
    #14 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 224 reviewsTripAdvisor (224)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    569 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118-1180
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  • #15
    The Capital Grille
    #15 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1106 reviewsTripAdvisor (1106)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    900 Boylston St Hynes Convention Ctr, Boston, MA 02115-3101
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  • #16
    James Hook & Company
    #16 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1604 reviewsTripAdvisor (1604)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Soups
    440 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
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  • #17
    Carlo's Cucina Italiana
    #17 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 199 reviewsTripAdvisor (199)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    131 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134-2802
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  • #18
    North Street Grille
    #18 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 381 reviewsTripAdvisor (381)
    $ - $$ | American
    229 North St, Boston, MA 02113-2105
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  • #19
    La Summa Cucina Italiana
    #19 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 407 reviewsTripAdvisor (407)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Asian
    30 Fleet St, Boston, MA 02113-2017
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  • #20
    Delfino Restaurant
    #20 of 3,621 Places to Eat in Boston
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 168 reviewsTripAdvisor (168)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    754 South St, Boston, MA 02131-1740
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