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Asian
Blue Dragon
- $$
Stylish, upscale Asian gastropub with snacks, noodles, banh mi & dim sum by notable chef Ming Tsai.
2
Asian
Tiger Mama
- $$$
Chef Tiffani Faison offers adventurous Southeast Asian–inspired eats in a funky, transporting space.
3
Brewery
Lamplighter
- $
Craft beers are made & poured at this taproom with cafelike coffee setup & bar snacks.
4
Brewery
Brato
- $$
5
Brewery
Downeast Cider
- $$
Longstanding cider-making facility with tours, different varieties on tap & a waterfront pop-up bar.
6
Brewery
Faces Brewing - $$
7
Brewery
Harpoon Brewery - $$
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.
8
Brewery
Night Shift Brewing - Lovejoy Wharf - $$
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Brewery
Night Shift Owl's Nest Assembly - $$
10
Brewery
Trillium
- $$
11
Cafe
Intelligentsia Coffee Post Office Square Coffeebar
- $$
High-end coffee bar chain serving daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting.
12
Cocktails
Lookout Rooftop
- $$
Envoy Hotel's harbor-side rooftop lounge offers cocktails, small plates & sweeping scenery.
13
Cocktails
Lucky Strike Somerville - $$
Mod bowling spot offering many lanes, a lounge, dancing & regular DJs, with a 21+ policy at night.
14
Cocktails
BackBar
- $$$
Hip haunt serving eclectic bar snacks along with creative cocktails in a street art–adorned space.
15
Cocktails
Barra
- $$$
Tequila & Mezcal Bar
16
Cocktails
BlueOwl Rooftop Bar
- $$$
Cambridge’s only Rooftop bar
17
Cocktails
Drink
- $$$
Lines form for innovative, tailor-made drinks at this stylish, menu-less cocktail landmark.
18
Cocktails
W Lounge
- $$$
Hotel lounge serving flatbreads, sandwiches & cocktails in a modern, stylish setting with DJs.
19
Cocktails
Brunch
Loyal nine
- $$
The Colonial era is the inspiration behind this eatery serving American fare & unique cocktails
20
Dessert
Amorino Boston
- $$
Ice Cream
21
Dessert
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
- $$$
Charming artisanal chocolatier with cafe offering high-end drinking chocolate & more.
22
French
Bastille Kitchen
- $$$
Sprawling former factory converted into a French bistro, spotlighting chef Adam Kube's unique fare.
23
French
La Voile
- $$$
Best French restaurant in Boston. Most authentic. Everything from the furniture to the staff came over from France.
24
German
Bronwyn Restaurants
- $$
Hip German-inspired tavern/beer garden specializing in housemade wursts, plus regional beer & wine.
25
Greek
Zo Greek
- $$
Homey, modern outpost for Greek comfort fare, including gyros & spinach pie, plus a bar with TVs.
26
Indian
Shanti
- $
Indian & Bangladeshi dishes & a lunch buffet in an old-world setting with traditional accents.
27
Italian
Ernestos
- $
Offshoot of a long-standing, quick-serve casual pizzeria with supersized slices.
28
Italian
Giacomo's
- $$
Bustling, down-to-earth pick for ample portions of classic Italian-American offerings
29
Italian
Massiminos
- $$
Italian-American classics served in petite, rustic surroundings with a familial atmosphere
30
Italian
Pastoral ARTisan Pizza + Kitchen + Bar
- $$
Artisanal Neapolitan pizzas & pastas turned out in airy, rustic-chic surroundings with a full bar
31
Italian
Tony & Elaine’s - $$
Informal restaurant with a patio whipping up Italian fare such as pasta, meatballs & cannoli.
32
Italian
Aria Trattoria
- $$$
Intimate trattoria serving upscale, classic Italian specialties & tasting menus with a modern twist.
33
Italian
Trattoria Il Panino - $$$
The best italian food in the North End; try their special daily lasagna!
34
Japanese
Zuma Boston
- $$
35
Mediterranean
Sarma
- $$
A modern Mediterranean menu, featuring meze & Middle Eastern favorites, offered in colorful digs.
36
Mexican
Cosmica
- $$
Relaxed restaurant set in The Revolution Hotel offering Mexican dishes & cocktails.
37
Mexican
Citrus & Salt Boston
- $$$
Creative Baja Coast-inspired Mexican eats & cocktails in beach-y dining room with edgy rear lounge.
38
Nepalse
Himalayan Kitchen
- $
Nepalese & Indian fusion comfort foods are doled out from a counter, with lunch takeout specials.
39
New American
Beehive Restaurant
- $$
Hip venue offering creative dishes with global flair, plus cocktails, wine & nightly live music.
40
New American
Shybird
- $$
Casual eatery offering comfort food classics & cocktails, plus a covered terrace
41
New American
The Independent
- $$
Warm neighborhood spot offering draft beer, craft cocktails & elevated bar bites, including oysters.
42
New American
FAB Somereville - $$$
Inventive American plates based on seasonal ingredients in an airy, upscale setting.
43
Peruvian
Celeste
- $$
Contemporary space serving ceviche & Peruvian cuisine in a crisp, modern white-walled space.
44
Peruvian
Machu Picchu
- $$
Pan flutes playing in the background set the scene for Peruvian fare, served alongside pisco sours.
45
Peruvian
Rincon Limeño
- $$
Generous ceviche portions plus both offal & veggie fare are served at this informal Peruvian choice.
46
Peruvian-Japanese-Chinese
Ruka
- $$$
Peruvian-Japanese-Chinese food in a sexy dining room that mixes cultural motifs to dramatic effect.
47
Pub
Trina's Starlite Lounge - $
Hip, retro joint serving American comfort grub (chicken & waffles, cornbread) plus unique cocktails.
48
Pub
Atwood’s Tavern - $$
Eclectic live music acts & local brews are offered amid old-world fireplaces & a back patio.
49
Seafood
Courthouse Seafood - $
Casual spot offering big servings of fried seafood & more for takeout, with a fish market next door.
50
Seafood
Sail Loft
- $
Solid fried seafood and clam chowder. Great dive bar and perfect in the summer on the water.
51
Seafood
Bootleg Special
- $$
Spicy, Cajun-style seafood boils anchor a Southern-inspired menu in trendy, industrial-chic digs.
52
Seafood
Daily Catch
- $$
Sicilian-Style Seafood & Pasta
53
Seafood
Turners Seafood Market
- $$
Nautical-themed family-owned seafood outpost with old-school oyster bar, plus fish market.
54
Seafood
Ocean Pride
- $$$
Upscale chain known for its sophisticated decor, long wine list & classic steak & seafood menu.
55
Spanish
Pintxo Pincho Tapas Bar
- $$
Romantic, intimate venue for traditional Spanish small plates plus many wines & paellas.
56
Steak House
Boston Chop
- $$$
Upscale, woody steakhouse-bar with surf & turf, classic sides & nose-to-tail specialties.
57
Steak House
Foga De Chao
- $$$
Upscale Brazilian chain for all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an extensive salad bar.
58
Steak House
Oliveira's Steak House - $$$
Casual Brazilian chophouse featuring all-you-can-eat rodízio-style meats & buffet options.
59
Vegetarian
Veggie Diner Galaxy
- $$
Imaginative twist on an old-school diner specializing in from-scratch vegan & vegetarian options.
60
Wine Bar
haley.henry
- $$
Stylish, intimate wine bar with light menu of cheese, crudo & imported varieties of tinned fish.
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