Boston restaurants offer up memorable food as varied as the city's rich history.
Looking for lobster dinners and fresh seafood? The best Italian cuisine outside of Italy? Historic taverns where the Sons of Liberty plotted the American Revolution? Fun sports bars?
You can find all of that and a lot more in Boston. With about 3,000 restaurants, including many small chef-owned bistros you won't find anywhere else, you'll find lots to love here: fresh local and New England ingredients, flavors from around the world, and warm welcomes.
Featuring the best local and New England ingredients and a mix of flavors from around the world, our talented chefs serve up something for every taste and budget.
So where should you dine and drink, especially if you're a visitor to Boston and not familiar with all the options?
Every neighborhood offers fantastic choices, from casual to swanky, affordable to break-the-bank - with so many choices, figuring out what's on offer and where to go can be tough.
To make deciding where to go easier, we've put together this guide to Boston's lively dining and drinking scene, with choices organized by location, by cuisine, and experiences such as historic taverns, outdoor dining, sports bars, wine bars, and cheap eats.
We hope you'll love the huge variety of Boston's lively dining and drinking scene as much as we do!
Top photo: Outdoor dining along Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood
Boston Neighborhood Restaurant Guides
The 15 best places to dine & drink before or after your show.
Fun restaurants & sports bars close to Fenway Park and nightlife.
You'll love the Boston Harbor views and wonderful food at these lively Seaport restaurants
Find the top chef-owned restaurants in this trendy art-filled neighborhood
5 Chinatown restaurants where you'll love the food as well as the fun ambiance
Best places to enjoy dim sum (i.e., Chinese brunch) in Chinatown
Back Bay Restaurants
This super-fashionable neighborhood offers a vast array of excellent places to dine
Find the best places for patio dining along Newbury Street . . . More
With the highest percentage of chef-owned restaurants in the city, the South End offers an eclectic mix of excellent dining
Enjoy big screens, a bit of Ireland, live music, and plenty of fun at these bars near Fenway Park
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The holiday season kicks off in November: Thanksgiving dinners, Black Friday shopping, Christmas tree lighting events, and lots more!
Our top picks for rollicking sports bars, dance clubs, & Irish pubs near the Garden
Want to try traditional Boston and New England cuisine? The Food Hall at Quincy Market offers traditional fare (plus modern faves)
Want information about Boston neighborhoods and districts where these restaurants are located? Check out our Boston Neighborhood Guide.
Boston Food Tours
Where to Eat & Drink in Boston by Cuisine
Whether you crave a lobster roll, Chinese dim sum, or just turkey (or not) for Thanksgiving, these articles will help you find the best in Boston!
Where to dine on mouth-watering Italian food in Boston
Sample Boston's best French cuisine
Where to enjoy the freshest seafood in Boston - lobster, clams, shrimp, swordfish, and more!
Don't miss our tips on how to eat a lobster without making a huge mess
Where to enjoy Thanksgiving dinners & buffets - plus a few alternatives
Love beef? Here's where to find the best in Boston
Indulge in Irish cuisine, Guinness, and cheer in these corners of Ireland in Boston, with Irish football on the big screens and maybe a live trad session
Explore Boston's wealth of wine bars where you can sample excellent and interesting vintages from from around the world accompanied by small plates
The Barking Crab is as close as you'll get to a clam shack or lobster shack in Boston - and it's a fun place to go
Love Boston's lobster rolls? Here's how to make your own (it's easy!) and enjoy this seafood favorite at home
Historic Places to Dine & Drink
Almost 200 years old and serving up the freshest seafood, this historic restaurant near Faneuil Marketplace boasts one of the city's best oyster bars
Follow in the footsteps of history when you raise your glass in these favorite Revolutionary War-era watering holes
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