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Andreas Rossi

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Good restaurants in Boston

I haven't really explored Boston in over a decade (since college!), so I'm looking for recommendations for really good restaurants in the city.  I've experienced most of the old school seafood places from having spent summers there as a kid, but what newer and nicer restaurants should I check out now as an adult?

By the way, I'm also going to Fenway Park during the trip, so any good restaurant recommendations to eat prior to going there would be great, too.  Thanks!

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  • Hamersley's Bistro (restaurant)

    553 Tremont Street Boston MA 02116 (617) 423-2700

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  • Radius Restaurant (restaurant)

    8 High Street Boston MA 02110 (617) 426-1234

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  • Pigalle Restaurant (neighborhood)

    75 Charles Street South Suffolk MA 02116 (617) 423-4944

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  • Andrew Zimmern

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    Fenway Park is one of my favorite ballparks in the country. The lights, the Green Monster, it's just fantastic. Before the game, you should try to stop by the vendors on Lansdowne Street for an Italian sausage. They're made on flat griddles and loaded with onions, peppers and tasty sauces.

    As far as other food options go, there are so many great restaurants in Boston. O Ya Restaurant is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Chef Tim Cushman’s goal is to create single bites of food that pack in the flavor of an entire meal.

    Clio Restaurant is another one of my favorites. Chef Ken Oringer is the innovator behind Clio Restaurant. Lately, he's been collaborating with Harvard University science and cooking class. It's amazing the foods that cook up in a lab.

    Craigie On Main is also great. Everything in this French restaurant is made from scratch by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Maws and his talented team.

    For another French restaurant, Pigalle Restaurant is everything you expect for a small French-style bistro in Boston, except even better.

    For Italian, Coppa serves Italian small plate, house-made charcuterie and pasta, and wood-oven pizza. The food here is genius.

    If you like tapas, Toro offers the best features of Spain's own tapas bars, with an extensive menu of traditional pinchos and tapas. The wine is exclusively Spanish and the bar has an innovative cocktail with a signature Sangria.

    Radius Restaurant is nice, too. Hang out in the lounge or make a reservation for a table, either way the wine pairings are fantastic and make sure to not pass on dessert. The goat cheese cheesecake is amazing.

    If you're in the mood for Japanese hot pot, Shabu Zen is the place to go. You get a plate of vegetables and pot of broth, order a dish of raw meats, toss it in and enjoy!

    For good roasted chicken, Hamersley's Bistro serves roasted chicken done right and a seasonal selection of rabbit and venison dishes.

    For something unique, Oleana specializes in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine using some new and unusual flavors. I love the veal sausage with beans, pumpkin and feta.

    If you want to take some meat home with you, check out the Butcher Shop. It's a Barbara Lynch restaurant that is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine before picking up a dinner to go package and cooking your own meal at home.

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    • Andreas R.

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      Wow, I look forward to trying these. Fenway's one of my favorites, too, since my dad used to take us there as a kid. Thanks for the recommendations, man! · (0 likelikes)

    • Sarah Harju B.

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      @La Familia Georgio's in the North End is delish authentic Italian, if you like that. · (0 likelikes)

    • Allison S.

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      FYI, for anyone else reading this- Radius has closed. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Kaila Holtz

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    My favourite restaurants in Boston are outside the downtown core. Hop on the "T" or take a cab to these little jems for a culinary adventure.

    Brookline: The Publick House get in line and cosy up to the bar; this Belgian brew pub is always busy but well worth the wait for a seasonal menu of comfort classics. The beer list is impressive, try the Golden Monkey Belgian style ale. After dinner head down the street to Athan's Bakery for gelato.

    Sommerville: Trina's Starlite Lounge near Inman Square was a place my friend has been trying to take me to since it opened a couple years ago. Menu highlighted by chicken & waffles, sloppy-joes and tater-tots. Upscale southern comfort food in Beantown!

    Watertown: Strip-T's Restaurant is a must-try according to my foodie friends. I asked what was good and they said "everything!" Tim Maslow is a hot chef who cracked Bon Appetite's Top 50 Best New restaurants with Strip-T's who just opened his second spot Ribelle in Washington Square. Both are said to be excellent. They are definitely on my list the next time I'm in town.

    South-End: Hamersley's Bistro is the piece de resistance of Boston cuisine. I had the halibut when I was there but I don't see anything sub-par coming out of the kitchen. The service and wine list are both excellent and worth the $$$ rating. Make a reservation.

    North-End: Carmelina's is a recommendation close to my heart. I loved the food since they were a Route 9 fixture in Amherst, MA. Executive Chef and Owner Damien DiPaola makes everyone feel like a guest in his home and memories of food and friends keep forever. I always get the Calamari Fra Diavolo if it's the special.

    Fenway: check out Hotel Commonwealth's Eastern Standard . Great cocktail menu. Get the Old Cuban, mussles, and charcuterie plate as an alternative to burgers and beer before the game. Be there around 5 pm as this is a popular after-work hangout and the best spots at the bar fill up fast.

    Enjoy!


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      Wow. Thank you so much, Kaila. Good to know that I will definitely not be at a loss for where to eat when I'm in Boston! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Kenin Bassart

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    If you like Italian food you can't miss if you head out to the North End . You're sure to find an excellent and fine crafted meal. If you are looking for seafod the North End also features the Neptune Oyster . In the Back Bay area try Atlantic Fish Co and downtown try Oceanaire Seafood Room . If you are looking for a safe chain Legal Sea Foods is also all over the city.

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      I love both Italian food and seafood! Thank you for the suggestions! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Sean Kelly

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    I lived there for 20 years (and miss it dearly!). One thing I can say for sure is, if you go hungry in Boston, it's because you tried!

    Rather than recommend a specific restaurant, allow me to make a suggestion. Once you're there look for the free, weekly newspapers dispensed from plastic, curbside boxes. The Phoenix, The Metro, and Stuff @ Night all have current restaurant reviews and listings.

    Now, get out there and eat!

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    Not sure when you asked, but just an update on other answers: Hamersley's Bistro was truly excellent, but it is now closed. I think Radius Restaurant is closed too. Pigalle Restaurant is still there, but with a new name ( and ownership, and gotten mixed reviews since it reinvented itself.) Neptune Oyster is indeed the darling of the North End, but it is extremely hard to get in--no rez and long wait times. Our current "newer and nicer" favorites are Erbaluce (named after a white grape) on the edge of the theater district, and Deuxave, at the corner of Mass Ave and Comm Ave. Erbaluce is real Italian, has a chef that comes out into the dining room, and right now probably has some fresh truffle dishes. Deuxave (get it? two avenues) is upscale ($$$$) but not pretentious--excellent atmosphere, food, service and presentation. For seafood, try Trade, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Ostra or Row 34. Lots of good choices that are not Legal Seafood.

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    Scampo at the Liberty Hotel is fantastic and you can take a nice passeggiata down Charles St after dinner!

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    I love Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in the theater district. Great food & fun environment!

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