Our Wildly Comprehensive Guide to Eating and Drinking in Fenway
Bring your Green Monster-sized appetite to these home run spots serving lobster rolls, bouncy udon, pig roasts, and lots more.
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Where there’s a will to eat, there’s a Fenway. Whether you’re hanging around before the Sox hit the field or just looking to run the bases around some of the city’s hottest restaurants, this neighborhood has it all. Here are 30-plus excellent restaurants and bars to explore—and one food hall!—spanning from Fenway Park-adjacent to Peterborough Street’s “restaurant row” to Audubon Circle to Kenmore Square.
Last updated in August 2023; stay tuned for periodic updates.
- Where to Eat a Meal: From very casual to a little bit fancy, here’s where to sit down for an excellent brunch, lunch, or dinner.
- Where to Grab a Drink: You’ll find the spots that are more bar than restaurant here—although most also offer great food.
- Where to Get Dessert: From late-night doughnuts to all things matcha, here’s where you can grab a quick dessert in the neighborhood.
Where to Eat a Meal
Around for nearly a decade, this Trina’s Starlite Lounge sibling is a neighborhood staple during Sox season (and the rest of the year!) thanks to its tasty comfort food, easy-drinking cocktails, and delightful hidden patio out back. Did someone say barbacoa wontons?
838 Beacon St., Audubon Circle, Boston, 617-421-1910, audubonboston.com.
One of 2022’s most exciting restaurant openings, Bab Al-Yemen is one of the region’s only restaurants specializing in Yemeni cuisine. We particularly love it on a chilly night for its hearty stews, roasted meats, and clove- and cardamom-spiced adani tea, but you’ll be delighted in any weather. Don’t miss the lamb haneeth.
468 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston, 857-250-2943, babalyemenboston.com.
Basho Japanese Brasserie
This neighborhood favorite—which opened way back in 2010—has always been a reliable place for sushi that won’t break the bank. (And it offers a brown rice substitution, fairly rare for local sushi spots.) Feast your way through rolls such as the Fenway roll (of course) with seared tuna, asparagus, avocado, cucumber, tobiko, and wasabi mayo. There are plenty of rice and noodle dishes and other entrees, too, if you’re not in the mood for sushi.
1338 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-262-1338, bashojapanesebrasserie.com.
Blue Ribbon Sushi
More sushi! This comes from a glitzy New York-based restaurant group and has a bit more of an upscale vibe. (Seafood restaurant Pescador—more on that below—is its sibling and neighbor.) We’re partial to the yaki sea scallop skewer with decadent miso butter and the crispy rice with spicy tuna, serrano pepper, and eel sauce. And you can never go wrong with an order of Blue Ribbon fried chicken wings.
500a Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston, 617-264-0410, blueribbonsushikenmore.com.
Citizen Public House
Sure, this beloved gastropub by Fenway Park serves a bevy of upgraded-tavern-style fare, like the garam masala-rubbed pork and “What’s the Craic?” bacon cheeseburger topped with truffle oil, blue cheese butter, and red wine demi. But the biggest draw? That would be the decadent whole pig roasts that feed up to 10 people (and require a 48-hour preorder). The porky pig-out features a whole suckling pig that’s been slow-roasted for over 14 hours, plus a spread from the raw bar and a boatload of seasonal sides. While the family-style feast is available to go, it’s best enjoyed in the laid-back environ of the pub, washed down with sips from the extensive whiskey list. (More than 400 options!)
1310 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-450-9000, citizenpub.com.
El Pelón Taqueria
Many moons before the more recent boom of new restaurants in Fenway, people were already calling Peterborough Street the neighborhood’s “restaurant row.” Most of the signs have changed over the years; one thing that hasn’t changed, though, is El Pelón, which has been offering its bold take on Mexican flavors since 1998. We’re forever fans of the burrito called “el guapo,” filled with grilled steak, black beans, jack cheese, rice, and fried plantains, which temper the kick of the scratch-made, fire-roasted salsa. Also great? The pescado taco, which pairs crispy cornmeal-crusted cod with árbol chili mayo and pickled veggies.
92 Peterborough St., Fenway, Boston, 617-262-9090, elpelon.com.
There’s lots to love at the Boston offshoot of Portland’s seafood-showcasing Maine event, Eventide Oyster Co. Come for a quick lunch of a panko-crusted fish filet served with house-made tartar sauce, or linger over the raw bar for a while and crush a dozen just-shucked oysters. (Washed down with some Guy Larmandier Grand Cru champagne, naturally.) Between the Thai-inflected lobster stew with coconut milk and the delectable nori-dusted potato chips, you might have a few daydreams of pan-Asian travels while people-watching at the wide windows. The real star of the show—the gorgeous brown butter lobster roll—anchors much closer to home. Bonus: The recent renovations have turned Eventide into a full-service restaurant with a full liquor license, whereas the previous incarnation served beer and wine and had a service model that was a bit more casual.
1321 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-545-1060, eventideoysterco.com.
This sunny little nook features big bowls of bouncy noodles—a variety of udon dishes, both hot and cold. Try the cold “mad tiger udon” on a hot summer day, a surprisingly light combo of spicy miso pork, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and poached egg. (Note: Most of Futago’s dishes can be made vegan upon request.) A few snacks, such as purple sweet potato tempura and takoyaki, round out the menu.
508-512 Park Dr., Audubon Circle, Boston 617-505-6157, instagram.com/futago_udon.
What happens when you set a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired Japanese izakaya inside a former Howard Johnson’s hotel? You get the beautifully bonkers Hojoko, restaurateurs Tim and Nancy Cushman’s more casual sequel to downtown’s super-fancy O Ya. Here, it’s all about the playful playlist of flavor mash-ups, from the ginger-soy-marinated karaage fried chicken to the Best-of-Boston-winning wagyu cheeseburger with zingy dashi pickles and special sauce. Sushi offerings similarly hit with a remix of funky ingredients, from the truffle salsa in the shiitake mushroom tempura roll to the smoked Oaxacan pasilla chili pepper that lights up the spicy salmon.
1271 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-670-0507, hojokoboston.com.
Open for a commendable 40 years, this north Indian restaurant brings the heat with savory, fiery curries and lots more. (The menu is huge; there are even two dozen different breads available.) It’s been a Best of Boston winner multiple times over the years, including a best neighborhood restaurant nod in 2021 and best Indian restaurant in 2022. The lamb vindaloo and beef bhuna are among our favorite dishes.
484 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston, 617-267-4499, indiaquality.com.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
Even though it’s not open yet, we’re guessing the new location of Loco is going to be a big hit; its boisterous older sibling in Southie is a neighborhood fave. The new Loco is taking over the massive space that was briefly home to Plantpub, but better known for its decades as Boston BeerWorks. There it’ll have two bars and over 200 seats, serving up, well, plenty of tacos and plenty of oysters. (Watch for Monday dollar oysters and Tuesday taco specials.) Loco also features a lengthy margarita list.
61 Brookline Ave., Fenway, Boston, locosouthboston.com.
Matsunori Handroll Bar
Even more sushi in the neighborhood? Yep. This 2023 newcomer focuses on handrolls, in particular—and plenty of A5 wagyu, because co-owner Kevin Liu is also a partner in a cattle ranch in Miyazaki, Japan. Early standouts at this soon-to-be hotspot include the miso cod roll and the Hokkaido scallop roll. (Note: As of press time, the restaurant is still in sort of a “soft opening” mode with a limited menu and no liquor license; keep an eye on Instagram for updates.)
900a Beacon St., Audubon Circle, Boston, 857-305-3993, matsu-nori.com.
Pescador arrived in late 2022 from the same team as Blue Ribbon Sushi (see above), serving a fun and funky seafood menu that draws inspiration from all over. The company may be from New York, but the chefs onsite are an esteemed local duo—you may remember Keith Pooler and Dan Bazzinotti from their Bergamot and Bisq days. They’re doing some really cool stuff with fish at Pescador—the head-on shrimp with Baja butter is a must-try—but don’t miss the veggie dishes (like corn “ribs”) and the agave-filled drink list.
498 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston, 617-532-1050, pescadorkenmore.com.
Rod Thai Family Taste
Offering what it describes as a mix of classics and “surprising” family recipes, this bustling counter-service spot on “restaurant row” focuses on Thai street food, with plenty of noodle and rice dishes to satisfy any appetite. (The drunken noodles are a popular choice, as is the boat noodle soup.)
94 Peterborough St., Fenway, Boston, 617-859-0969, rodthaifenway.com.
Maybe right now you can’t just get up and jet off to Greece for a vacation spent strolling narrow streets, munching a warm pita from a vendor. You can, however, more easily make it over to fast-casual restaurant Saloniki, which offers the next best thing. The Fenway spot is this local chain’s original location—a bright, chic setting that offers even brighter flavors: There’s the charred lemon gracing the whole chicken plates; the tzatziki that abounds; and the spicy whipped feta you might choose to accompany the lamb meatballs or herby-salty pitas wrapped hug-like around, say, grilled chicken thighs or zucchini fritters.
4 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston, 617-266-0001, salonikigreek.com.
Known for its late-night hours—open until 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and midnight Sunday through Wednesday—Sufra serves up fresh halal meals and is sure to be packed on the weekend. (This spot has limited seating but occasionally makes appearances at Boston-area events in its food truck.) Sufra’s meals work well for takeout, especially options like the tender supreme chicken shawarma wrap topped with a creamy sauce or the cheese-pull worthy eggs and akkawi cheese manousheh, a Lebanese flatbread reminiscent of pizza.
52 Queensberry St., Fenway, Boston, 781-645-8080, suframediterraneanfood.com.
One more sushi option: This is the most casual of the bunch, a small counter-service space offering sushi burritos, poke bowls, and other tasty ways to eat raw seafood, plus tonkatsu broth-based ramen if you’re looking for something warmer. (Sushi Kappo comes from the team behind Somerville gem Ebi Sushi.)
86 Peterborough St., Fenway, Boston, 857-277-8904, sushikappo.com.
Sweet Cheeks Q
Okay, unlike Tiffani Faison, none of us walked away with $100,000 as a recent winner of the Food Network’s Tournament of Champions. But at least we can head to her longtime Fenway barbecue restaurant for our consolation prize: a bucket of delectable buttermilk biscuits best enjoyed with a slathering of honey butter. The homey spot, around since 2011, boasts a bounty of meats, from the smoked short rib to tender and juicy pulled chicken. Savor all these beauties as a tray, doused in house-made sauce (especially the zippy, Carolina-style vinegar one) alongside scoops of classic mac ‘n’ cheese or barbecue ranch beans.
1381 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-266-1300, sweetcheeksq.com.
Though this much-loved local chain has expanded around the city and into Cambridge, the O.G. Fenway location still knocks it out of the park with no-frills feasts of juicy stacked burgers, perfectly crispy fries, and milkshakes that will have you licking the inside of your cup (no judgment). A special shout-out to the classic Buffalo chicken sandwich and the side of 50/50 fries and onion rings combo, best enjoyed with chili and cheese for dipping. And as meal deals go, it’s tough to beat the Starvin’ Student combo, a $12 happy-making meal of a burger, fries, and tall boy beer.
1301 Boylston St. (but moving around the block soon to 86 Van Ness St.), Fenway, Boston, 617-425-4444, tastyburger.com.
Big disco energy awaits at this newbie, the latest addition to chef and restaurateur Tiffani Faison’s empire. With 1970s and 1980s roller-rink throwback vibes and thick squares of crispy-edge pizza, Tenderoni’s is some kind of Pizza Hut fever dream, and you’ll have a blast. And there’s more than pizza: Don’t be afraid to order dishes like “old man clams” or grilled Italian beef sticks (“like Nona’s beef teriyaki!”)
1363 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-425-6262, tenderonis.com.
Time Out Market Boston
Over a dozen restaurants in one—this food hall is the place to go when you can’t decide. There’s something for everyone, from an excellent rendition of classic North Shore-style roast beef from Cusser’s to irresistible birria tacos from Taqueria el Barrio. But if we had to pick just one thing, it’d be the out-of-this-world fried chicken sandwich from Bisq.
401 Park Dr., Fenway, Boston, 978-393-8088, timeoutmarket.com/boston.
Tsurutontan Udon Noodle Brasserie
If you’re looking for absolutely enormous bowls of udon—or, reservation-only all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu—here’s your spot. (Oh yeah, there’s sushi too.) This Japan-based chain has four United States locations, including the Kenmore Square outpost (which opened, rather unluckily, in January 2020). The bestseller is the wagyu beef truffle dashi udon.
512 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston, 857-233-2839, tsurutontan.com/boston.
Another “restaurant row” spot, this fast-casual Indian restaurant, which opened in late 2022, offers an assembly-line-style build-a-bowl version of Indian cuisine that doesn’t shy away from big flavors. The highly customizable menu offers plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Don’t want to go the bowl route? Tandoori chicken, samosas, and more are also available.
84 Peterborough St., Fenway, Boston, 857-250-2062, wowtikka.com.
Where to Grab a Drink
Can’t get much closer to the field than this without a ticket! This 15-year-old spot is nestled into a part of Fenway Park that was once the away team’s batting cage. Now, it’s an independently operated bar with a no-frills beer list and some comfort food, mostly burgers and sandwiches. You can see the field through the glass garage door (and from the men’s room).
82a Lansdowne St., Fenway, Boston, 617-262-2424, bleacherbarboston.com.
This “adult snack bar”—another Tiffani Faison venue—is a tiny nook of a cocktail bar that complements its creative drink list with small bites like crispy pork empanadas, cheese plates, and warm mini baguettes with butter. Keep an eye on the event calendar for cocktail classes.
1377 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, foolserrandboston.com.
Every Boston neighborhood needs a solid Irish pub or two, and this one is Fenway’s. With live entertainment and late-night hours seven days a week, this is a reliable pre- or post-game stop for a Guinness, or something interesting from the sizable whiskey list. Snack on items like cheeseburger egg rolls, pulled pork sliders, and nachos.
9 Lansdowne St., Fenway, Boston, 617-247-1222, lansdownepubboston.com.
Loretta’s Last Call
This country-themed bar features frequent live music, two nights of line dancing a week, and whiskey flights. There’s a pretty hefty food menu, too, so you could come here for a full meal: Think barbecue pulled pork-topped mac and cheese, Nashville hot chicken, brisket sandwiches, and more. Also, late-night doughnuts. (See Back Door Donuts below.)
1 Lansdowne St., Fenway, Boston, 617-421-9595, lorettaslastcall.com.
This Best of Boston wine bar—sibling to downtown favorite Haley.Henry—is the kind of darkly lush and inviting space you’ll want to bring a date to in order to compare tasting notes. We’re listing it in the drinking section because it is, first and foremost, a wine bar—one that focuses its quirky and wonderful list on small-production, natural wines. But the food is certainly no afterthought: Make your way through small plates like a bright tuna crudo or savory braised short rib, and leave room for dessert.
186 Brookline Ave., Fenway, Boston, 857-317-3884, nathaliebar.com.
This lively Korean bar and restaurant has all the good vibes—clever neon signs, Instagram-worthy cocktails, and K-pop or rap music constantly playing through the speakers. With an extensive list of nearly two dozen sojus and various soju cocktails, each with matching popsicles, it’s going to be a party. Get some snacks, too: You can’t miss the sizzling sweet mozzarella corn cheese appetizer and the spicy stir-fried squid with Korean-style chili sauce. Remember to stop by when it’s warm outside, as the bar also has a groovy rooftop area where you can sip on a refreshing strawberry yogurt soju pitcher while gazing at the back of Fenway Park.
1265 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston, 617-424-1260, sojubaboston.com.
The popular local brewing company has a small, freestanding taproom on the lawn in front of Time Out Market Boston, featuring over a dozen of its beers (and hard seltzers) on tap, covering a variety of styles, from hoppy to sour. Retail four-packs and bottles are also available for purchase, and customers are welcome to bring in their own food.
401 Park Dr., Fenway, Boston, 857-449-0078, trilliumbrewing.com.
Where to Get Dessert
Back Door Donuts
Remember those late-night doughnuts mentioned in the Loretta’s Last Call blurb above? Well, here they are. Martha’s Vineyard icon Back Door Donuts is now popping up out of a side door of Loretta’s, open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly, with apple fritters and lots more. (The team is calling it a pop-up, but there’s no definite end date on the books.) Just look for the “Donuts After Dark” neon sign.
1 Lansdowne St., Fenway, Boston, 508-693-3688, backdoordonuts.com.
Don’t worry, you can get doughnuts earlier in the day, too. Beloved local chain Blackbird Doughnuts has a Fenway location that operates from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, featuring a mix of cake- and brioche-based doughnuts. Most flavors rotate monthly, but there are a few classics always available, like chocolate old fashioned or vanilla glaze.
20 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston, 617-482-9000, blackbirddoughnuts.com.
Another local favorite with a few locations, Fomu—tagline “Earth Inspired Desserts”—offers a fully vegan menu of treats, particularly ice cream, which is made with coconut milk. A core list of year-round flavors like the minty chocolate “grasshopper pie” and peanut butter chocolate cookie are joined by seasonal specials like pancake breakfast (maple ice cream with a latte swirl and pancake). Also on the menu: ice cream cakes, cookies, popsicles, and more.
140 Brookline Ave., Fenway, Boston, 857-284-7229, fomuicecream.com.
Matcha Café Maiko
This Hawaii-based dessert chain now has quite a few locations in the United States (and a handful elsewhere in the world), and we’re pleased it has made its way to Boston because we can’t get enough of its matcha-filled menu. There’s edible gold-covered matcha soft serve if you’re feeling a little bit fancy, plus plenty of lattes, floats, and bubble teas. Why not grab a green dessert before heading to the Green Monster?
115 Jersey St., Fenway, Boston, 617-322-5360, matchamaikobos.com.
Time Out Market Boston
The Fenway food hall gets another shout-out here thanks to its handful of sweet options, including gelato from Table Caffé, the North End-based sibling to Jen Royle’s Table restaurant. Plus, more doughnuts! Somerville-based Union Square Donuts has a location here—give the signature maple bacon a try.
401 Park Dr., Fenway, Boston, 978-393-8088, timeoutmarket.com/boston.