Best of Boston

BEST Late-Night Dining

2012 BEST Late-Night Dining



When this newly revamped sushi hot spot introduced a weekend-only, late-night menu, we put it into our regular post-party rotation. With its umami-packed ramen topped with barbecued eel; blistery bonito-topped shishito peppers; soft, unctuous pork-belly buns; and deep-fried hot dogs… read more»

2011 BEST Late-Night Dining

Eastern Standard


Every evening, somewhere around midnight, a magical—if vaguely treacherous—moment occurs in Boston. High up onto the back bar of one of the city’s most beloved restaurants clambers an employee who, teetering precariously, writes the late-night specials onto a gargantuan mirror…. read more»

2010 BEST Late-Night Dining

Franklin Cafe


The ideal late-night eatery has two virtues: a killer scene and rich, indulgent fare that satisfies post-midnight cravings. Come 1 a.m. at Franklin Café, you’ll find a mix of after-work chefs, neighborhood night owls, and late-night revelers that makes the… read more»

2009 BEST Late-Night Dining



Its serendipitous location—just a bulkie roll’s throw from where drunk-grub mecca Buzzy’s Roast Beef once stood—is one reason why Scampo gets our late-night bucks. More important, it’s also steps from fellow Liberty Hotel denizens Clink and Alibi, whose hormone-charged bar… read more»

2008 BEST Late-Night Dining, North

Franklin Cape Ann


Ferreting out a well-made cocktail and inventive cuisine—minus the pretense—can be a tall order anywhere. Find them in a North Shore beach town at 11 p.m., and it’s like striking gold. Discriminating night owls flock to the Franklin Cape Ann,… read more»

2008 BEST Late-Night Dining



Three years after its feverishly hyped opening, the South End’s Stella draws a dinner crowd that’s more Newton-Wellesley than bright-young-thing. After those diners have retreated is when the insider action at this stylish modern Italian restaurant gets under way. Until… read more»

2007 BEST Late-Night Dining

Sel de la Terre


At Sel de la Terre, eating after 10 p.m. doesn’t equal tired hamburgers and stale coffee. The late-night sustenance it offers comes with a gourmet touch: Chicken fingers are served with honey-mustard aioli, Vermont cheddar is melted over brioche, and… read more»

2005 BEST Late-Night Dining

Temple Bar


When we want to pray to the god of late-night dining (“Please let it be open!”), this is the temple where we come to worship. It offers sandwiches, pizza, and sophisticated small plates—wasabi-laden tuna tartare, spicy crab cakes—to satisfy all… read more»

2004 BEST Late-Night Dining

Ginza Restaurant


Bright lights, big sushi. These are Ginza’s trademarks—even after Boston’s bedtime. This Chinatown mainstay is open until 4 a.m. on the weekends, luring hungry night owls with plentiful portions and a frenetic table-hopping scene. Behind the sushi bar, chefs meticulously… read more»

2003 BEST Late-Night Dining

Franklin Cafe


In a town that goes to bed early, it’s nice to know there’s still a place where insomniacs can get a decent bite to eat. The Franklin Café, with its candlelit tables and always-packed bar, is that place, serving up… read more»