The Ultimate Guide to Winter Dining in Boston

Comfort food, cozy restaurants with fireplaces, and more.

Dining table with place settings in front of lit fireplace at Capo.

Ooh, cozy. Capo in South Boston is one of a few dozen Boston-area restaurants with fireplaces. / Photo by Assembly Designs

Another round of snow is on the way, and we’re all about cozy dining: steaming mugs of hot cocoa; hearty comfort food like pot pies or mac and cheese; restaurants with crackling fireplaces. This page serves as an archive of our recently updated, cold-weather-friendly dining and drinking guides, whether you’re making holiday-season plans or figuring out what to eat during the darkest days of the year. (We’re excited to spend these months checking out as many newcomers as we can, so we’ve included links below to some of the most exciting restaurant, cafe, bar, and brewery openings of late 2023.)

We’ll be adding more throughout the season, so be sure to bookmark this page—and give us a shout if there’s other wintery restaurant coverage you’d like to see.

Last updated February 12, 2024.

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  • Current Specials: Watch this section for general winter dining specials as well as storm-specific deals. (Currently tracking the weekend of January 6-7, 2024 for storm deals.)
  • Cold-Weather Favorites: Our recently updated dining guides to get you through the holidays and winter: comfort food, Christmas cocktails, heated patios, “Dry January”-friendly drinks, and more.
  • New Restaurants: …and cafés, and even a movie theater with a full food menu!
  • New Breweries and Bars: If your urge to check out new spots this winter leans more in the beverage direction, this section’s for you.

Current Specials

Watch this section for general winter dining specials. Please note that while we aim to keep this section as up-to-date as possible, restaurants may change operating hours and specials at a moment’s notice—it’s always best to call or check social media before heading over. 

  • Alcove: Cozy up with an afternoon glass of wine at Alcove’s weekly Wine Cellar Saturdays, which launched in January. Each class focuses on a different wine region (such as the West Sonoma Coast or Bordeaux); you’ll taste wines, learn about them with restaurateur and wine director Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, and snack on bites from chef Mark Cina. Register via OpenTable. 50 Lovejoy Wharf, West End, Boston, 617-248-0050,
  • Atlántico: On snow days, get a complimentary order of patatas bravas with purchase of a bottle of wine. Also this winter, watch for $2 oysters nightly from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and during lunch and brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 600 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, 857-233-2898,
  • Back Bay Social Club: A special hot cider cocktail joins the menu on snow days, as well as a 15% discount on Uber Eats orders. 867 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-247-3200,
  • Bar Enza: Resolving to eat more vegetables this winter? The Charles Hotel’s Italian restaurant is featuring an à la carte “resolutions” menu in addition to its usual offerings, featuring vegetable-focused, Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as roasted cauliflower with butternut squash puree, tahini, and toasted pepitas. Available through the end of February. Plus, on snow days, get a complimentary plate of biscotti with purchase of an entree (while supplies last). 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-661-5050,
  • Bleacher Bar: Get a free cup of chicken noodle soup with purchase of an entree all day during snowstorms, as well as 20% off Uber Eats orders. 82A Lansdowne St., Fenway, Boston, 617-262-2424,
  • Harvard Gardens: Get a free doughnut and coffee or hot chocolate with takeout purchases (minimum $20). 316 Cambridge St., Beacon Hill, Boston, 617-523-2727,
  • Lansdowne Pub: On January 6, enjoy half-priced apps and try a special maple bourbon hot toddy. 1 Lansdowne St., Fenway, Boston, 617-247-1222,
  • Legal Seafood: This Leap Year, Legal Seafood is celebrating the extra day of February with an extra lobster. On Thursday, February 29, customers can get two twin one-pound lobsters for $29. The tagline for their promotion says it all: “An extra day, an extra lobster.”
  • The Lexington: Enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu during snowstorms ($45) with optional wine pairings. A past menu featured wintery dishes like roasted chestnut and sunchoke soup and black forest cake. 100 N. First St. (Cambridge Crossing), East Cambridge, 617-945-1349,
  • Loretta’s Last Call: When a snowstorm arrives, so does the hot chocolate bar. It starts at $8, and there are a variety of options for toppings (and added booze). Another snow day special: 20% off Uber Eats orders. 1 Lansdowne St., Fenway, Boston, 617-421-9595,
  • Lucie Drink & Dine: During snowstorms, enjoy all-you-can-eat short rib poutine for $5 at this Colonnade Hotel restaurant. (The full food and drink menu is also available.) 120 Huntington Ave., Back Bay, Boston, 617-425-3400,
  • Lucky’s Lounge: Tenders are a buck and burger sliders are $2 on snow days, and Uber Eats orders are 15% off. 355 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-357-5825,
  • Osteria Nino: Snowstorms are for comfort food: Get a free meatball order with every entree ordered. Also, watch for 15% discounts on Uber Eats and Bento Box orders. 19 3rd Ave., Burlington, 781-272-1600,
  • Publico Street Bistro & Garden: Whenever it snows more than three inches, look for $1 mini doughnuts with Nutella (available for dine-in). 11 Dorchester St., South Boston, 617-622-5700,
  • Puritan & Company: Puritan’s three-course snow day menu ($40) is in effect during snowstorms. A past menu included pumpkin bisque or chopped salad; pesto fusilli or braised short rib; and devil’s food cake or seasonal ice cream/sorbet. 1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-615-6195,
  • Rochambeau: Enjoy dollar oysters all day during snowstorms. (Also, don’t miss Rochambeau’s new steak frites-centered prix fixe menu.) 900 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-247-0400,
  • The Salty Pig: Enjoy $1 garlic knots during snow emergencies. 130 Dartmouth St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-536-6200,
  • Scampo: On snow days, get a dessert for half off with purchase of an entree. 215 Charles St. (the Liberty Hotel), Beacon Hill, Boston, 617-536-2100,
  • Si Cara: Whenever it snows more than three inches, Margherita pizzas are half-off for dine-in. 425 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-945-7629,
  • SRV: If a snow emergency is declared in Boston, look for $1 cicchetti meatballs at the bar while supplies last. 569 Columbus Ave., South Boston, 617-536-9500,
  • Summer Shack: On snow days, the restaurant offers a 15% discount on Uber Eats orders and 20% on takeout orders made on the restaurant’s website. 50 Dalton St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-867-9955; 149 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Cambridge, 617-520-9500,
  • Thistle & Leek: This comforting Newton Centre gastropub offers popular Sunday Suppers with an ever-changing menu—dinner for two for $90, reservations strongly recommended. Menus this winter have featured dishes like cassoulet, coq au vin, and the like. 105 Union St., Newton, 857-404-0260,

Cold-Weather Favorites

Our recently updated dining guides to get you through the holidays and winter: comfort food, Christmas cocktails, heated patios, “Dry January”-friendly drinks, and more.

A small mug and a large mug are each filled with very thick drinking chocolate. One is topped with a dollop of whipped cream, the other with large marshmallows in a variety of pastel colors.

You could add chartreuse to this ultra-thick hot chocolate at Zuzu’s Petals in Cambridge. Might as well enjoy winter! / Photo by Rachel Leah Blumenthal


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