Your Guide to Takeout and Delivery Deals during the Coronavirus Shutdown
Though all dining rooms are closed during COVID-19, Boston-area restaurants are acting fast to offer new, safe ways to reach customers.
Even before Gov. Charlie Baker mandated that all restaurants close for on-site consumption until at least April 6, Boston-area chefs and restaurateurs have been increasing sanitary protocols and adding new online ordering and delivery options. And after the governor upgraded his statewide advisory on March 23 to close all non-essential businesses, restaurants are still here—after all, eating well is an important way to stay healthy in these trying times. From curbside pizza pickup, to walk-up windows dishing lobster rolls, to family-style feasts that benefit families in need, check out these takeout options to continue to support local restaurants during the pandemic.
Due to the uncertain nature of both the present moment and what it takes for restaurants to pivot to takeout operations, these options are subject to change. We are doing our best to keep this guide updated and indispensable for you, dear readers, but please call or confirm online before heading out—and only head out when necessary. Additionally, the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association have both recently launched portals tracking self-reported takeout options.
Anoush’ella Saj Kitchen
The South End location of this Eastern Mediterranean grill remains open for takeout, pickup, and local delivery every day from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Online ordering is available. Additionally, the staff has committed to feeding up to 70 free meals per day to out-of-work hospitality employees—if that’s you, just stop by to inquire.
35 W. Newton St., South End, Boston, 857-265-3195, anoushella.com.
Order in Alcove menu classics like cheese and charcuterie boards, Chinese five-spice wings, salmon tartare, radiatori bolognese, and the TSG cheeseburger—or opt for a whole or half chicken with sides for a family. Longtime beverage director, first-time restaurateur Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli is also offering just-add-booze cocktail kits, like a house margarita and bloody Mary, and necessities like bitters, juices, garnishes, and even ice. It’s all available for phone order and pickup, or pickup or delivery via Caviar, daily from noon-8 p.m.
50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, 617-248-0050, alcoveboston.com.
Typically a date-night destination for fine, farm-fresh, Fresh-inspired fare, this Cambridge spot has pivoted to a unique takeout model: Chef Jason Bond is using his reservation system to take pre-orders for freshly baked baked breads, family packs of croissants, and comfort food dishes portioned for two. Here’s how it works: Check out the online menu, then use OpenTable to select a day to pick up your order. Use the “reservation notes” field to tell the chef what you’d like, and what time between 1-6 p.m. you will pick it up. You’ll pay online, and your order will be ready at your chosen time. Pro tip: Make an order from Lamplighter Brewing Co., located across the street, so you can also stock up on local craft beer while you’re out.
279A Broadway, Cambridge, 617-661-0009, bondircambridge.com.
Union Square gathering place Bow Market has largely closed amid the public health crisis, but several of the independent food businesses located there are open for online orders, takeout, and delivery. Check out Bow Market’s website for the full list of open-for-business tenants and their offerings, including free seafood delivery from Hooked Fish Shop, take-and-bake empanadas from Buenas, Jaju Pierogi delivery via UberEats, and loading zone-pickup and delivery of South Shore-style bar pizza and North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches from Hot Box.
1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, bowmarketsomerville.com.
Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen
Stay tuned on social media for the details about daily meal kits that chef-owner Jonathan Gilman is packing up for curbside pickup and local delivery—as well as period “takeout pop-ups” at local breweries also offering curbside pickup, a nod to this Brato’s not-so-distant past as a prolific pop-up operation. One hundred percent of the profit from food sales go toward a relief funs for employees of the new Brighton business. All gratuity received will similarly be divided among the staff in an effort to recover lost wages. Place orders by 3 p.m. for same-day pickup or delivery between 5-8 p.m.
190 N Beacon St, Brighton, 617-903-3766, bratobk.com.
Brassica Kitchen + Café
You know what would make you feel better in these uncertain times? Fried chicken. Get some of the best delivered right to your door: This JP neighborhood stunner is offering select menu items—including chef Jeremy Kean’s signature fried fowl and other greatest-hit dishes, plus cafe drinks, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and more—for delivery via GrubHub. For both in-store pickup and GrubHub delivery, breakfast and lunch is on Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and dinner runs Tuesday-Saturday from 5-9:30 p.m. To pick up in Forest Hills, phone orders are also welcome. Finally: Here’s a way to support out-of-work Brassica staff directly. Buy online a $10 raffle ticket (or several) for a chance to win a top-shelf bottle of wine to enjoy next time you’re able to dine in at Brassica. All ticket sales will be distributed among every non-salaried employee, from the dishwasher, to the cafe staff and servers.
3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, 617-477-4519, brassicakitchen.com.
Chef-owner John Paine is offering a selection of wood-fired pizzas, small plates like wood-roasted meatballs, and split pea soup; sandwiches, and more for takeout from this Charlestown favorite. Delivery via UberEats is also an option. Meanwhile, co-owners Kari and Michael Cooney are accepting Venmo donations to distribute among the Fork’s hourly staff. Call the restaurant or check Instagram for daily hours for pickup and delivery.
7 Moulton St., Charlestown, 617-337-5703, brewersfork.com.
This reliable breakfast option remains open daily in Cambridge from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for call-in orders and delivery through Caviar and Doordash.
612 Main St., Cambridge, 617-576-3400, cafeluna-centralsq.com
Along with offering its full dinner menu on Grubhub and UberEats—which includes everything from Cuban spring rolls, to rainbow cauliflower salad, to sautéed chicken with a riesling and shiitake mushroom cream sauce—this Jeffries Point joint is offering no-contact curbside pickup in Eastie. Call the restaurant between 4:30-9 p.m. to arrange.
24 Orleans St., East Boston, 617-567-7609, cunardtavern.com.
Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood
It’s business as usual at this walk-up window in the Back Bay: Keep your distance on the sidewalk, and order the Cusser’s roast beer three-way, tarragon-mayo lobster roll, coleslaw, onion rings, whoopie pies, and more beach-inspired sustenance for takeout, Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Phone orders, and web orders via Chownow are also possible.
304 Stuart St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-917-5193, moonbarboston.com.
Await at-home delivery of Sriracha-honey chicken, kimcheesy waffle fries, pork katsu sandwiches, noodle soups, and even over-loaded Hong Kong-style French toast. This Chinatown late-night favorite is still open for takeout and delivery from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on weeknights, and until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Double Chin’s sister spot Bao Bao Bakery also has a select menu of treats available for pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays.
86 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-482-0682, doublechinbos.com.
Pizza is always a great idea. This Causeway Street spot serves large, crispy pies, plus antipasti, panini, and more. The whole menu is available for curbside pickup by calling the restaurant, and also for delivery via Doordash, Grubhub, Postmates, and UberEats.
289 Causeway St., North End, Boston, 617 742-4144, duca.li.
Farm Grill & Rotisserie
Keep it healthy with takeout or delivery from this suburban destination. Newtonians and Needham residents can get free delivery of classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes full of fresh vegetables, legumes, seafood, and grains. Farm Grill is open for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery via a few different apps from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
40 Needham St., Newton, 617-964-7766 or order at farm-grill.com.
Fox & the Knife
Whether you’re craving comforting food like cheesy bread and buttery pasta, or looking for a Top Chef-approved cooking project, chef Karen Akunowicz is here to help. The James Beard award-winning chef has launched two online brands amidst the public health crisis. Fox At Home is a takeout and delivery menu of signature dishes like taleggio cheese-stuffed focaccia; broccoli Caesar salad; saffron spaghetti with clams; and pork Milanese. Fox Pasta, meanwhile, is for freshly made pastas by the pound and hand-packed pints of sauces and ricotta. Call the restaurant to order between 4-9 p.m. for pickup or free delivery in South Boston, the Seaport, and the South End.
28 West Broadway, South Boston, 617-766-8630, foxandtheknife.com.
Continue to support local farmers, fishermen, and foragers by ordering takeout or delivery from this Cambridge restaurant, which supports all three with its ingredient-driven nightly menus. For these uncertain times, chef Eric Cooper is also creating a kids’ menu item, and prepared foods for purchase. Check out the nightly menus online, and call the restaurants directly to place an order for pickup or delivery within two miles.
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, 617-576-5444, foragecambridge.com.
Beginning Thursday, March 26, this 49-year-old Harvard Square institution launches its first-ever takeout-specific menu and delivery options. It includes burgers and sandwiches, like the classic turkey and havarti; salads; mac and cheese; wings by the pound; and more. As part of the big decision to offer such services for a neighborhood bar, owner Kari Kuelzer has set up special pickup stations inside Grendel’s to promote social distancing guidelines, and will also provide clean and safe outdoor seating when the weather permits.
89 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-491-1160, grendelsden.com.
Laughing Monk Café
While this Mission Hill sushi bar and Thai kitchen is closed for dining in, it is still making available for pickup and delivery its wide-ranging selection of fresh sushi (including nigiri and creative maki rolls), stir-fries, curries, and more. To encourage digital transactions—and not the use of cash—all online orders are 10 percent off.
737 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-232-8000, laughingmonkcafe.com.
Does a coco margarita taste as good if you spike it at home? Find out with a takeout order from this Southie favorite: Just-add-booze cocktail kits are on the menu. Loco also headquarters for sister spot Fat Baby’s takeout and delivery operation, so one call could get you a whole bunch of tacos, guac, pork dumplings, maki rolls, and more to enjoy at home. The cocktail kits are available via phone order only, but online orders are possible for food, and the restaurants deliver via Doordash and Caviar, too.
412 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-917-LOCO, locosouthboston.com.
This Seaport spot typically boasts an eclectic menu inspired by countries along the 42nd parallel of latitude, but for now, it’s scaled back to sushi rolls and platters—at a 30 percent discount. Pickup is available daily until 8 p.m.
22 Liberty Drive, Seaport, Boston, 617-951-4002, lola42.com
Lower Mills Tavern
The curbside pickup and UberEats delivery menu created by chef Cara Nance is all about simple pleasures—fresh salads, tomato and mozzarella pizza, fried chicken, and the house burger. Plus, she’s here for you, parents: Kids’ menu items like macaroni and cheese and a kid-sized pizza are also available. Call or order online nightly from 4-11 p.m.
2269 Dorchester Ave., Lower Mills, Dorchester, 857-267-4461, lowermillstavern.com.
The present public health crisis is also deeply affecting Italy, so keep those citizens in mind with an order from this authentic Italian restaurant. Lucia has its full menu available for curbside pickup in the North End and Winchester, as well as online ordering and delivery. Call or go online to order.
415 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-367-2353; 13 Mt. Vernon St., Winchester, 781-729-0515, luciab.st.
This brand-new Southie coffee and juice bar is keeping things going with curbside pickup and Caviar delivery of its cafe drinks, and its full menu of organic topped toasts, grain bowls, bakery items, prepared foods, and more. Order online—no cash is being accepted at this time. It’s open Tuesday-Friday from noon-6 p.m., and with its weekend menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.12PM to 6PM and on Sat & Sunday, 11AM to 3PM — with brunch menu.
246 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-420-4070, lulugreen.com
Longtime Metropolis GM Micaela Cullinan and executive chef Dolly Bourommavong are leading the effort to offer selections from the menus across the Aquitaine Restaurant Group’s South End spots, which include options from Cinquecento, Aquitaine Bistrot, and Gaslight Brasserie, as well as their own neighborhood mainstay. Order online for delivery via Doordash or takeout; phone orders for curbside pickup are also welcome. It’s open nightly from 5-9 p.m.
584 Tremont St., South End, 617-247-2931, metropolisboston.com.
Along with its regular menu of takeout options, as well as Caviar and DoorDash delivery, this gastropub is keeping spirits high by continuing to offer its regular weekly specials like Mangia Monday pastas and Taco Tuesday. Speaking of spirits, Monument is also packing up to-go cocktail kits like its house bloody Mary, and classic, orange, and blackberry margaritas—just wash your hands, then add booze, once you get back home with it.
251 Main St., Charlestown, 617-337-5191, monumentcharlestown.com.
Chef Chris Willis and his winfe and partner, Pam, are packaging up to-go specialties like lumache bolognese, an Italian salad with a creamy avocado dressing, and chicken parm. But they’ve also created something new from their upscale Cambridge gem: An “ultimate” Italian hero, loaded with mortadella, prosciutto, provolone, and pickles on freshly baked roll. Whole loaves of house-made Pugliese bread are also on the takeout menu, with 50 percent of their sale going into a fund to support Pammy’s staff, and 50 percent being donated to No Kid Hungry. Place a takeout order by phone after 3 p.m., for pickup between 4:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday.
928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1761, pammyscambridge.com.
While Katrina Jazayeri and chef Josh Lewin’s flagship Juliet restaurant has closed for now, Beacon Hill sister Peregrine is preparing nightly family meals for takeout. The daily changing options, shared via email, are available for preorder before 5 p.m., to be picked up at the Whitney Hotel restaurant between 6-8 p.m. You can also support the creative entrepreneurs behind Juliet + Company by subscribing to their magazine, Of Juliet.
170 Charles St., Boston, 617-826-1762, peregrineboston.com.
From clam chowder, to lobster rolls, to octopus empanadas and a full array of tinned fish, order in a seafood feast from this Back Bay catch. Check out the menu available for curbside pickup, every Wednesday-Sunday afternoon (noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sunday). Saltie Girl also delivers via Grubhub and Doordash.
281 Dartmouth St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-267-0691, saltiegirl.com.
The Salty Pig
Satisfy your cravings for chef Michael Bergin’s perfectly charred and chewy pizzas like the Salty Pig, topped with charcuterie, mustard cream, arugula, and beer-caramel sauce, without leaving home. This South End spot is delivering via Caviar and Doordash for the first time. The menu also features a couple pasta dishes and a salad. Orders can also be picked up in-person.
130 Dartmouth St., South End, Boston, 617-536-6200, thesaltypig.com.
This new Kendall Square cafe and rotisserie is coming up with online ordering options on the fly. That includes a limited selection of sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; whole- and half-chicken options from the rotisserie grill; snap pea salad; and more. Shy Bird also delivers via Caviar, and is offering a 20 percent discount code. While you’re checking out the code on Instagram, you can also DM the restaurant to get the good word on off-menu specials.
1 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-714-4200, shybird.com.
In addition to her regular menus available for takeout, chef Sarah Wade has introduced a “simple supper” version of the daily brown-bag lunches she typically offers at her new downtown restaurant. These dinnertime specials feed two people for $39—think: grilled chicken and veggie skewers with tzatziki sauce, warm pita, a garden salad to share, spinach rice, and roasted Brussels, all packaged and ready for pickup.
120 Kingston St., Boston, 617-936-3079, stillwaterboston.com.
Strega North End
Restaurateur Nick Varano has been sticking close to home in the North End since selling off most of the Strega restaurants he founded. Now, his Varano Group restaurants—which include the original Strega, Nico, and Rina’s Pizzeria—are offering takeout, plus free delivery to the surrounding neighborhoods of the North End, Seaport, South Boston, East Boston, Back Bay, West End, and Downtown Crossing. On the menu are Italian comforts like arancini, gnocchi sorrentina, chicken and broccoli fettuccini Alfredo, panini, pizzas, and more. Contact Strega North End for orders from all Varano restaurants.
379 Hanover St., North End, Boston, 617-456-5700, stregaristorante.com.
Taberna de Haro
Mentally escape to sunnier times in Spain with a takeout or delivery order from this Brookline tapas bar. Among the options are large-plate orders of spicy garlic shrimp, Madrid-style meatballs, sautéed spinach with pine nuts, garlic, and golden raisins; daily paella, and more. Call the restaurant to order for pickup, or free delivery within a 2-mile radius.
999 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-8272, tabernaboston.com.
Taste Wine Bar
This wine-focused restaurant happens to be attached to a Best of Boston-worthy wine shop, Common Vines, so one call can yield cheese and charcuterie, prepared meals, and wines perfect for pairing. The takeout menu includes packages like wine and beer at retail prices; New England Charcuterie for 2-4; and meatloaf dinner with smashed potatoes and broccoli, but also ask about daily specials like fresh cookies and house-made sausages. Call or email to order.
101 Summer St., Boston, 617-519-8009, tastebarboston.com.
The fine-dining model of chef Conor Dennehy and sommelier Danielle Ayers’ lovely little restaurant is on hold for now, but the married couple has come up with a unique solution: Family-style meals that also support families in need. They’ve introduced a menu called “Casseroles for a Cause,” which lets diners order platters like shepherd’s pie and baked ziti with chicken and broccoli, as well as quarts of soup like corn chowder and minestrone. Everything is packaged and frozen to feed a family. For each casserole sold, the family-owned restaurant—named for daughter Talulla— will donate 10 bagged lunches to families in need at Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge (five bagged lunches per quart of soup sold). Talulla is also available to deliver orders within one mile of the restaurant. Casseroles are $35, and soups are $15/quart.
377 Walden St., Cambridge, 617-714-5584, talullacambridge.com.
Trident Booksellers & Café
Not only does this Back Bay café offer breakfast all day, sandwiches, hummus plates, and more for takeout and delivery from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, but it is also including a free book with every order. It’ll be a random advance-review copy, but you can indicate your reading preferences on your online order and Trident staffers will do their best to send you something you’ll enjoy. Hey, you probably have a lot of time to read these days, anyway.
338 Newbury St, Boston, 617-267-8688, tridentbookscafe.com.
This cozy North Cambridge restaurant has a selection of family-style meals available for contact-free curbside pickup or local delivery. Choose from soul-soothing options like chef Paul Nadjarian’s pickle-brined fried chicken, served with coleslaw, scratch-made buttermilk biscuits, and sweet potato casserole with maple syrup and mascarpone; Louisiana seafood gumbo with local fish, andouille, and head-on Gulf shrimp, long grain white rice, fingerling potato and spinach salad, and homemade garlic bread; or wild mushroom and spinach lasagna. Order online, and schedule a time for pickup or delivery between 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Delivery radius is within two miles of Urban Hearth.
2263 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-682-7295, urbanhearth.net.
Yellow Door Taqueria
The Lower Mills location of this Best of Boston-worthy taco shop offers online ordering and delivery via UberEats, and beginning March 23, so will the South End location. This is also an ideal time to employ YDT’s fun and easy text-a-taco system: Use your phone to send a $5 gift card to all your friends. The virtual taco stays in your phone until you’re ready to redeem it. Right now, YDT also has a “Community Edition” of the virtual program, which adds a $5 donation which will be used to fund tacos for the staff of neighboring Carney Hospital, which currently has the nation’s first dedicated care center to treat only coronavirus patients. The sale of branded camping mugs ($10), meanwhile, support out-of-work YDT employees and their families.
2297 Dorchester Ave., Lower Mills, 857-267-4201; 354 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, 857-239-9276, yellowdoortaqueria.com.
This roundup is being updated as the pandemic shutdown continues. Please email Jacqueline Cain if there are changes to your listed takeout and delivery services.