Best of Boston

Best Late-Night Dining

2014 Best Late-Night Dining

Tavern Road

Once a certain hour hits, most restaurants make the switch from carefully designed entrées to standard-issue flatbread pizzas. Not so at Tavern Road, where Louis [...] read more»
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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] read more»
2006 Best Late-Night Dining

Franklin Cafe

Sure, there's what seems like an interminable wait for one of the nine tables. But that's only because all the hipsters who got here before [...] 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. [...] 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 [...] 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. [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] read more»