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Stylish, upscale Asian gastropub with snacks, noodles, banh mi & dim sum by notable chef Ming Tsai.
Chef Tiffani Faison offers adventurous Southeast Asian–inspired eats in a funky, transporting space.
Craft beers are made & poured at this taproom with cafelike coffee setup & bar snacks.
Longstanding cider-making facility with tours, different varieties on tap & a waterfront pop-up bar.
Harpoon Brewery is an American brewery, with plants in Boston, Massachusetts, and Windsor, Vermont. Founded in 1986, the brewery was the first company to obtain a permit to manufacture and sell alcohol in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in more than 25 years. In 2000, it purchased the former Catamount Brewery plant in Windsor. As of 2013, it was the twelfth-largest craft brewery and 19th-largest overall brewery in the United States. The brewery is best known for its Harpoon India Pale Ale.
Night Shift Brewing - Lovejoy Wharf - $$
Night Shift Owl's Nest Assembly - $$
Intelligentsia Coffee Post Office Square Coffeebar - $$
High-end coffee bar chain serving daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting.
Envoy Hotel's harbor-side rooftop lounge offers cocktails, small plates & sweeping scenery.
Lucky Strike Somerville - $$
Mod bowling spot offering many lanes, a lounge, dancing & regular DJs, with a 21+ policy at night.
Hip haunt serving eclectic bar snacks along with creative cocktails in a street art–adorned space.
BlueOwl Rooftop Bar - $$$
Cambridge’s only Rooftop bar
Lines form for innovative, tailor-made drinks at this stylish, menu-less cocktail landmark.
Hotel lounge serving flatbreads, sandwiches & cocktails in a modern, stylish setting with DJs.
The Colonial era is the inspiration behind this eatery serving American fare & unique cocktails
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates - $$$
Charming artisanal chocolatier with cafe offering high-end drinking chocolate & more.
Sprawling former factory converted into a French bistro, spotlighting chef Adam Kube's unique fare.
Best French restaurant in Boston. Most authentic. Everything from the furniture to the staff came over from France.
Hip German-inspired tavern/beer garden specializing in housemade wursts, plus regional beer & wine.
Homey, modern outpost for Greek comfort fare, including gyros & spinach pie, plus a bar with TVs.
Indian & Bangladeshi dishes & a lunch buffet in an old-world setting with traditional accents.
Offshoot of a long-standing, quick-serve casual pizzeria with supersized slices.
Bustling, down-to-earth pick for ample portions of classic Italian-American offerings
Pastoral ARTisan Pizza + Kitchen + Bar - $$
Artisanal Neapolitan pizzas & pastas turned out in airy, rustic-chic surroundings with a full bar
Informal restaurant with a patio whipping up Italian fare such as pasta, meatballs & cannoli.
Intimate trattoria serving upscale, classic Italian specialties & tasting menus with a modern twist.
Trattoria Il Panino - $$$
The best italian food in the North End; try their special daily lasagna!
A modern Mediterranean menu, featuring meze & Middle Eastern favorites, offered in colorful digs.
Relaxed restaurant set in The Revolution Hotel offering Mexican dishes & cocktails.
Citrus & Salt Boston - $$$
Creative Baja Coast-inspired Mexican eats & cocktails in beach-y dining room with edgy rear lounge.
Nepalese & Indian fusion comfort foods are doled out from a counter, with lunch takeout specials.
Hip venue offering creative dishes with global flair, plus cocktails, wine & nightly live music.
Casual eatery offering comfort food classics & cocktails, plus a covered terrace
Warm neighborhood spot offering draft beer, craft cocktails & elevated bar bites, including oysters.
Inventive American plates based on seasonal ingredients in an airy, upscale setting.
Contemporary space serving ceviche & Peruvian cuisine in a crisp, modern white-walled space.
Pan flutes playing in the background set the scene for Peruvian fare, served alongside pisco sours.
Generous ceviche portions plus both offal & veggie fare are served at this informal Peruvian choice.
Peruvian-Japanese-Chinese food in a sexy dining room that mixes cultural motifs to dramatic effect.
Trina's Starlite Lounge - $
Hip, retro joint serving American comfort grub (chicken & waffles, cornbread) plus unique cocktails.
Eclectic live music acts & local brews are offered amid old-world fireplaces & a back patio.
Casual spot offering big servings of fried seafood & more for takeout, with a fish market next door.
Solid fried seafood and clam chowder. Great dive bar and perfect in the summer on the water.
Spicy, Cajun-style seafood boils anchor a Southern-inspired menu in trendy, industrial-chic digs.
Sicilian-Style Seafood & Pasta
Turners Seafood Market - $$
Nautical-themed family-owned seafood outpost with old-school oyster bar, plus fish market.
Upscale chain known for its sophisticated decor, long wine list & classic steak & seafood menu.
Pintxo Pincho Tapas Bar - $$
Romantic, intimate venue for traditional Spanish small plates plus many wines & paellas.
Upscale, woody steakhouse-bar with surf & turf, classic sides & nose-to-tail specialties.
Upscale Brazilian chain for all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an extensive salad bar.
Oliveira's Steak House - $$$
Casual Brazilian chophouse featuring all-you-can-eat rodízio-style meats & buffet options.
Imaginative twist on an old-school diner specializing in from-scratch vegan & vegetarian options.
Stylish, intimate wine bar with light menu of cheese, crudo & imported varieties of tinned fish.
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