Most Fenway restaurant choices cluster near the neighborhood's biggest visitor attractions: Fenway Park, Boston University, Symphony Hall, and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Most Fenway restaurants focus on casual rather than formal, ranging from super-casual Tasty Burger to the polished but relaxed Eastern Standard and Petit Robert Bistro.
You can find some of Boston's best sports bars in this neighborhood, but beneath all the big screens, you'll also find some of the city's best cuisine prepared by talented chefs.
So come and discover the best cuisine in Boston's Fenway -
Stop by Sweet Caroline's for appetizers and a burger on Game Day, or steak tips and sweet potato fries anytime. Well, I always order the lobster roll, and my daughter saves room for the delicious apple crisp with ice cream - but you get the idea.
Plenty of big screens, lots on draft, and their very own live "Green Monster" wall. Like other Fenway sport bars, exhuberant crowds pack Sweet Caroline's on game days. But at other times, it's a terrific place to drop by in the afternoon with family or friends and enjoy a late lunch and watch a game.
1260 Boylston Street (across from Fenway Park); Green Line/Kenmore; 617-424-1260
Fish tacos (like the one in this photo), burritos carnitas, and enchiladas attract Tex-Mex street food fans to El Pelon, one of the 6 small "Restaurant Row" cafés along Peterborough Street, about a 5-minute walk from Fenway Park.
You won't find big screens and big crowds that pack the better-known sports bars near Fenway Park. This is where to come when you want a tasty casual meal in a quiet spot at an affordable price - although Red Sox fans do line up pre-game for carryout.
Other Restaurant Row eateries include Thornton's Fenway Bar and Grille (American), Gyro City (Greek), Fiouna's Restaurant (Persian, Middle Eastern), Swish Shabu (Japanese), and Rod-Dee Thai Cuisine II (Thai; cash only).
Enjoy your meal at one of the outdoor tables in warm weather.
84-100 Peterborough Street, near the corner of Kilmarnock
Eastern Standard offers an elegant but casual bar and dining close to Fenway Park, plus outdoor sidewalk tables during warm months - just like the brasseries located in every Paris neighborhood.
Order a meal if you're hungry - or just a sandwich or appetizer if you're not.
Favorites include bouillabaisse, frisée aux lardons, and steak-frites. The chef uses local ingredients when feasible, so you taste distinctive Boston/New England flavors along with French panache. Eastern Standard may not be specifically a seafood restaurant, but its seafood dishes rival the best of them! More Boston seafood restaurants
528 Commonwealth Avenue; Green Line/Kenmore; 617-262-9090
Island Creek oysters from Duxbury Massachusetts take center stage in the glass-enclosed raw bar. Burgers, all types of seafood dishes, and steaks round out the menu - and don't miss the fried oyster slider on brioche with chili aioli.
Enjoy a casual meal at the bar, or go for a more formal experience in the dining room. Island Creek Oyster Bar is generating a lot of excitement in the Fenway restaurant scene right now, and for good reason. If you like fresh seafood, you'll find a lot to love here.
500 Commonwealth Ave (at Hotel Commonwealth); Green Line/Kenmore
Basho's wide-ranging menu offers everything from traditional udon soup with tempura to contemporary riffs on Japanese cuisine, plus excellent sushi and sashimi and robatayaki, little skewers of meat, chicken, fish, and/or veggies cooked over a grill.
Watch the chefs at the sushi bar and robata grill as they provide a touch of drama. Sip saki in the bar/lounge, relax in the more serene dining room, or enjoy the outdoor seating. Music is loud and lively: contemporary pop, hip-hop, and rap.
Read why Basho is also on our Cheap Eats list
1338 Boylston Street; Green Line B/Kenmore; 617-262-1338
Best known for its superb big screens and awesome roof deck overlooking Fenway Park, Tony C's also offers excellent dining, especially if you come on a non-game day to avoid the masses of exuberant fans.
Of course you can enjoy the usual pub fare - burgers, steak tips, nachos, and so forth - but as you can see in this photo, they also serve up a great lobster roll.
1265 Boylston Street ; Green Line/Kenmore; 617-236-7369
With over 150 whiskeys, plenty of micro-brews, fresh local oysters, and the option of advance-ordering a whole roasted suckling pig (bring a group of friends - that's a lot of pork), Citizen Public House gives you plenty to love.
Citizen Pub describes itself as a "modern neighborhood tavern," and you can certainly drink happily here, but the food is waaaay beyond the normal pub fare - it is seriously good.
Seafood and pork dominate the menu - love the seafood bouillabaisse, the charcuterie board with house-made pickles, and the mussels with house-made chorizo. The daily specials are always a good bet. And both the gluten-free and vegetarian menus offer plenty of choices.
1310 Boylston Street in Boston's Fenway; 617-450-9000
Make no mistake - big screens, pool tables, and video games definitely position Baseball Tavern as a sports bar/ borderline dive bar.
On Red Sox game days, fans pack in, order beers, and scream about the action on the field, only 1 block away.
But at less-frenzied times, the seasonal roof deck designed to kind of look like a small-scale replica of Fenway Park and a menu chock full of New England pub favorites make it meal-worthy. Look for burgers, steaks, fish and chips, chowder, clam rolls, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, shrimp, chili. Reasonable prices, huge portions.
1270 Boylston Street; Green Line/Kenmore; 617-867-6527
Come here when you want some flavors of the South. Choose from meats - BBQ ribs, brisket, pulled pork, pork belly. Then add a couple of sides - mac & cheese, baked beans, fried okra, slaw, broccoli casserole. Somehow, though, you need to save room for the killer bisquits and sweet butter. Don't come if you're concerned about your cholesterol. Huge portions; book some gym time later.
1381 Boylston Street; Green Line/Kenmore; 617-266-1300
Tasty Burger attracts an eclectic crowd drawn to the burgers and hotdogs with all the fixin's, shakes (go for the "Green Monster"), hand-cut fries, onion rings, slushies - plus wine and beer. This deliberately down-scale Fenway eaterie doubles as a classic dive bar.
But taste the food, and you'll realize you've discovered a gem, a throwback to the time when a burger was just a burger. If you've ever bemoaned the high price of tiny designer sliders in Boston's upscale bars and long for the "real" thing - slightly greasy thin patties fried on a griddle - you'll rejoice at Tasty Burger.
Order at the outside service window and find a table on the small patio, or go inside for the retro-meets-Pulp Fiction decor featuring Samuel L. "That is a tasty burger" Jackson on one wall, free pool, and a jukebox.
One more bonus: Free off-street parking. Or take the Green Line to Kenmore and walk over.
1301 Boylston Street; Green Line/Kenmore; 617-425-4444
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