Best of Boston

BEST Late-Night Dining

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»

2002 BEST Late-Night Dining

Silvertone Bar & Grill


There are perhaps no greater late-night food cravings than for French fries or macaroni and cheese. Fortunately for Boston barhoppers, Silvertone serves mean versions of both in its soothingly dark subterranean bar and lounge. Slip down the stairs and settle… read more»

2001 BEST Late-Night Dining



This small, friendly, unpretentious South End restaurant and bar is always crowded, whether it’s 5 p.m. or 1 a.m. But nobody seems to mind the wait, mostly because Anchovies has a great vibe and good food (especially the pizzas, sandwiches,… read more»

2000 BEST Late-Night Dining

Franklin Cafe


This utterly unpretentious, hip South End restaurant is doing its best to change the image of Boston as an early-to-eat town. Though it has only nine tables and a crowded bar, Franklin services perfectly homey, simply executed food that gives… read more»

1999 BEST Late-Night Dining

Ginza Japanese Restaurant


The Brookline branch of this Japanese institution may close by 10:30, but its Chinatown sister stays open until 4 a.m., 2 a.m. Sundays and Mondays. In addition to notable tempura and yosenabe, you’ll find succulent sushi and nori rolls, with… read more»

1993 BEST Late-Night Dining

Downtown Cafe


Set up in the lobby of an old theater, this place radiates history, stays open most nights until 4 a.m., serves homemade-tasting food, and sponsors poetry readings, jazz performances, and art exhibits. read more»

1981 BEST Late-Night Dining

New York Diner


Of course, you’ve got to be able to get to Watertown. read more»

1980 BEST Late-Night Dining

Moon Villa


Thanks to the viewers of “Five All Night, Live All Night,” who voted for this. read more»