Planning to go to a show and dinner in Boston? You'll find lots of wonderful Theatre District restaurants with an easy walk of the theaters and comedy clubs.
The Opera House, Shubert Theatre, Wang Theatre, Charles Playhouse, Paramount Theatre, Wilbur Theatre, Cutler Majestic, and Modern Theatre cluster around Tremont and Washington Streets in Boston's downtown Theatre District.
Close by, you'll also find many of the city's best restaurants, ranging from casual to splurge.
Whether you're interested in gourmet dining or a quick snack, you'll find plenty of excellent choices for every budget.
They're also close to Theatre District hotels such as the W, Four Seasons, Doubletree, Hyatt, Revere, Milner, and Ritz-Carlton.
Keep in mind that most evening shows begin at 7pm-8pm. Enjoy an early dinner pre-show, and head for drinks and perhaps dessert later. Or start with appetizers and drinks before the curtain rises, and dine leisurely after the last round of applause.
Here are Boston Discovery Guide's recommendations for 14 terrific places to dine in the Theatre District.
Why 14? Well, we wanted to limit the list to 10 ... but failed.
Casual American classics packed with flavor, with "Hell's Kitchen" Chef Jason Santos at the helm.
You'll find relaxed dining/bar/open kitchen downstairs, and comfy seating & fireplace and a somewhat more formal ambiance upstairs.
The menu changes seasonally, and at first glance, many items may seem like typical pub food. But Santos gives each one a special kick - there's a lot to love here.
Abby Lane is next to the Shubert Theatre, across from the Wang and Wilbur Theatres, and two minutes on foot to the Charles Playhouse.
Location & Phone: 255 Tremont Street, 617-451-2229; open until 2am
Nearest Theatre District hotels: W Boston, Courtyard Boston, Milner
Top French restaurant, with an amazing wine cellar and impressive selection of cognacs and armagnacs.
If you're in a rush to get to your show, opt for the downstairs bar and order the cheese platter and beverage of your choice.
But do yourself a favor, and return to Troquet, perhaps after a matinee, when you can enjoy a leisurely, memorable splurge dinner in the lovely second floor dining room overlooking the Common.
Troquet is on the same block as the Colonial Theatre, close to the Cutler Majestic, and within 2-3 blocks of all the other Theatre District theaters and comedy clubs.
Location & Phone: 140 Boylston Street, 617-695-9463; dinner only, Tuesday thru Saturday
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Ritz, W, Four Seasons, Boston Park Plaza
When you want just a quick bite or a casual and affordable meal, head to Caffe Nero across from the Paramount Theatre.
Although plenty of good coffee bars sprinkle this stretch of the Theatre District, Caffe Nero's food offerings and make it standout.
Go to the bar - an ornate 300-year old antique imported from Strasbourg, order a sandwich, salad, or house-made pastry, muffin, or butter croissant.
Then settle into one of the soft leather chairs and savor your meal. Need something to read? The tall bookcases flanking the fireplace at the end of the room contain plenty of interesting selections.
Caffe Nero specializes in superb Italian coffees - so linger over a rich espresso or velvety cappuccino.
Caffe Nero is across the street from the Paramount Theatre and also very close to the Modern Theatre and Opera House.
Caffe Nero location & phone: 560 Washington Street, 617-936-3432; food served until 11-12pm
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt
Choose a sip, half glass, full glass or bottle of wine - and then pair it with one or more of the many small plates, sushi, tapas, and other food options.
Perfect if you want to just grab a quick bite and drink before your show - or catch a matinee and then enjoy a leisurely dinner.
Sip is on the same block as the Paramount, Modern Theatre, and Boston Opera House, and just a couple of blocks from the Colonial Theatre.
Sip Location & Phone: 581 Washington Street, 617-956-0888; food served until 11-12pm
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt
Choose a sip, half glass, full glass or bottle of wine - and then pair it with one or
Historic German restaurant dating back to 1868 - order wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, or one of the contemporary New England specialties.
Enjoy the casual vibe from the wood plank floors, massive antique bar, Red Sox memorabilia, and the impressive number of imported and domestic beers on tap.
Jacob Wirth is near the Wilbur Theatre, Charles Playhouse, Shubert Theatre, and Wang Theatre.
Location & Phone: 31 Stuart Street, 617-338-8586
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Courtyard Boston, W, Milner
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Japanese sushi and sashimi, grilled favorites, soups, noodle, tempura, and rice dishes, there's a lot to love here.
With prices mostly under $15, Fin's offers stylish dining at budget-friendly prices that carry through to the selection of wine, beer, and sake
Fin's location near the corner of Boston Common (Tremont and Boylston) puts it only half a block from the Colonial Theatre and the Cutler Majestic, and just a couple of blocks from all the others.
Location & Phone: 62 Boylston Street, 617-423-4888; open until 11pm, Monday thru Sunday
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Ritz, W Boston
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Closest T station to restaurants: Green Line/Boylston
Parking: Boston parking garages near Theatre District and Chinatown and the Boston Common Garage. Some of the restaurants do offer valet parking - but expect to pay as much as $30+.
Chef Jamie Mammano serves up a perfect balance of classic and contemporary Italian favorites, with most available in small-plate portions.
Teatro is popular with theater and movie patrons, and excels at providing fast service if you're on your way to a show. Reasonable prices, considering the quality of the food and the location.
Near the Colonial Theatre, Cutler Majestic, Opera House, Paramount, and Modern Theatre.
Location & Phone: 177 Tremont Street, 617-778-6841
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Ritz, W Boston, Hyatt Regency
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Fabulously fresh seafood and many different choices on the menu - order just a bowl of chowder and a salad if you're in a rush, or relax and dine on a whole steamed lobster.
The Park Square location boasts a spectacular fountain, and one of the most extensive wine selections in the city.
In the Park Square area, convenient to the Charles Playhouse, and the Colonial, Shubert, Wang, Wilbur, and Cutler Majestic Theatres.
Location & Phone: 26 Park Plaza, 617-426-4444; open until 11 or 12 pm
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Park Plaza, Four Seasons, Milner, W Boston
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Elegant Chinese restaurant offering fresh seafood, Peking duck, and Cantonese specialties, along with casual favorites such as steamed dumplings, noodles, and almost 40 kinds of fried rice.
Service is fast, but the restaurant is usually packed - expect a 20-30 minute wait.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, only 2-4 blocks to the Colonial Theatre, Cutler Majestic, Paramount, and Wilbur Theatre.
Location & Phone: 25 Beach Street, 617-542-2505; open until 3am on Fri. & Sat.
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt Regency
Mostly Malaysian, along with a few Thai specialties, in this stylish restaurant on the edge of Chinatown.
Try the Golden Shrimp Wrap, Thom Kha Soup (coconut milk-based chicken soup), and Ikan Pattaya (sea bass with cilantro and garlic in a chili-butter sauce). For a more casual dinner, pair one of the tasty noodle dishes with a Green Papaya Salad.
Penang is near the Cutler Majestic, Shubert, Wilbur, Wang, and Colonial Theatres, and just 2-3 blocks from the other theaters.
Location & Phone: 685 Washington Street, 617-451-6373
Nearest Theatre District hotels: W Boston, Ritz, Courtyard Boston, Revere Hotel
Yes. On show nights (especially Fridays and Saturdays), most restaurants near the Theater District fill up quickly.
If you're planning to dine before a show, ask the restaurant when you should arrive in order to finish your dinner, pay the check, and walk to the theater before the curtain rises.
Indian specialties from all over the continent give you plenty of flavorful choices, plus lots of delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Top Indian restaurant in this part of the city.
Terrific midday buffet on weekends - perfect if you're catching a matinee show.
Close to the Cutler Majestic, Shubert Theatre, Wang and Wilbur Theatres, and Charles Playhouse.
Location & Phone: 123 Stuart Street, 617-367-8742
Nearest Theatre District hotels: W, Courtyard Boston, Milner, and Revere Hotel
Contemporary American favorites, with a seasonal menu.
Floor to ceiling windows provide fascinating city views. At night, dramatic blue lighting highlights the romantic ambiance.
Blu's owner explains why the restaurant's appeal to theater fans: "I think guests enjoy dining at Blu because of the downtown skyline views and the proximity to the theatres. You can see the Paramount from the floor-to-ceiling windows and we also have an exciting bar program."
Next to the Shubert Theatre, across from the Wang and Wilbur Theatres, and two minutes on foot to the Charles Playhouse.
Location & Phone: 4th floor at Equinox (you walk through the fitness club to reach Blu), 4 Avery Street, 617-375-8550
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Ritz-Carlton (Blu is located in the residence section), Hyatt Regency, W Boston
Chef/owner Charles Draghidraws raves for his Piedmontese specialties based on family recipes in this Bay Village restaurant on the edge of the Theatre District.
Popular pre-theatre dinner restaurant - but allow plenty of time to fully savor your meal - you'll love the sauces based on fruit and vegetable essences, rather than cream or butter, plus specialties such as wild boar and panna cotta with fresh berries, and an all-Italian wine list. The menu changes nightly.
Boston has plenty of Italian restaurants - but Erbaluce is unique, and well worth a visit even when you're not heading to the theater.
Near the Charles Playhouse, Shubert Theatre, Wang Theatre, Cutler Majestic, and Wilbur Theatre.
Location & Phone: 69 Church Street, Bay Village, 617-426-6969; open Tuesday thru Sunday for dinner only
Nearest Theatre District hotels: Four Seasons, W Boston, Park Plaza, Revere, Milner Hotel
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