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Best of Boston 2024: Dining

Pasta, ice cream, lobster, sushi—make every bite a banger.


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The Red Fox Restaurant & Lounge Brings “Sexy Basement Vibes” to Boston’s North End

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We All Scream for Toscanini’s

Profiles

The Best Steakhouse in Boston Is . . . Grill 23 & Bar (Again!)


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Boston’s Doyennes of Dining Share a Meal

They forever raised the game for Boston restaurants, shattering kitchen ceilings along the way. Now, over one special meal, Jody Adams, Lydia Shire, and Barbara Lynch dish on why they’re still hungry for more.

A variety of deli sandwiches, stuffed full of thinly sliced meats, are displayed on a cooking rack.
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Sunny Girl Is About to Fill the North End with Tasty Sandwiches

Mike & Patty’s alum Jesse Rosen and the Good Life owner Peter Fiumara will soon serve breakfast and lunch out of the former Anthony’s Cafe space.

A scoop of an off-white ice cream with brownie chunks in a paper cup, with a white plastic spoon.
News

How a Beloved Cambridge Ice Cream Flavor Came to Be

For Toscanini’s oh-so-popular B3, the name came first.

Guides

The Ultimate Guide to Boston Chocolate

Where to find the tastiest bites of cookie, cake, mousse, and more. Because you can never have enough of that decadent sweetness.

Two small ice cream cones full of caviar are presented in a little terracotta flower pot.
News

Caviar Cones Come to Cambridge

Puritan & Company is about to debut a little sibling next door, Puritan Oyster Bar, with seafood towers and more.

Long noodles are piled high on a plate, garnished with whole basil leaves, garnished with a dark brown sauce and bits of shredded beef.
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The 2023 James Beard Awards Semifinalist List Is a Testament to Greater Boston’s Incredible Dining Scene

From a chef serving Vietnamese- and French-inspired seafood feasts north of the city to a funky little Somerville wine bar to a homey Somali restaurant in East Boston, some of our most exciting chefs and restaurants were honored as awards season kicks off.


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50 Best Restaurants

50 Best Restaurants

An updated list of the top 50 restaurants in town that make Boston a true dining destination. These are the best places to eat in the city right now.

Best of Boston: Dining

Best of Boston: Dining

Here’s a look at the restaurant winners—and some other food- and drink-related businesses—for the Best of Boston awards.


Two sliders sit on a plate, filled with a pulled meat substitute and arugula.
News

Comfort Kitchen Brings Global Flavors to a Historic Dorchester Space

Celebrating ingredients of the African diaspora, the community-minded restaurant is now open in Upham’s Corner, serving affordable lunch and destination-worthy dinner.

A piece of white fish with torched edges is topped with a dollop of whole mustard seeds, a bright yellow puree, and microgreens, and it sits on a ball of rice on seaweed.
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Matsunori Handroll Bar Gives Boston a Hands-on Taste of Sushi

Plus, plenty of A5 wagyu.

A scallion pancake sandwich filled with egg, bacon, and pesto, sits next to a salad on a metal tray, with a cup of ketchup and chopsticks on the side.
News

Boston’s Iconic Double Awesome Has Returned

Mei Mei has opened its new dumpling factory, café, and classroom space in South Boston, and the oozy-egg scallion pancake sandwich is on the menu.

A bowl of thick udon noodles topped with chili paste, scallions, and thin slices of beef.
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The 50 Most Anticipated Boston Restaurant Openings in 2023

Here’s the lowdown on all the exciting openings, expansions, and revamps in and around the city—from bouncy udon in the Seaport to flavors of the African diaspora in Dorchester to two brasseries in Fenway.

A restaurant server in black clothing holds out a plate with a lobster-stuffed popover and side of greens.
Guides

15 Must-Try Brunch Dishes in Greater Boston

Start the day with luxe caviar-and-lobster cannoli, flavorful shakshuka, impeccable pastries, and stacks upon stacks of pancakes.

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Restaurant Guides

Restaurant Guides

Where to eat right now.

Reviews

Reviews

Trying to decide whether to visit the hottest new restaurant in town? Stay in the know with our reviews.


Guides

The Ultimate Guide to Boston Brunch

The top spots around town for the most important meal of the week, whether you’re looking for a cozy neighborhood spot, an ultra-glam way to keep the weekend going, or a buffet with a side of jazz.

Several rows of golden-brown croissants in a variety of styles.
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Iggy’s Team Plans a Cozy, Croissant-Filled Café in Cambridge

The local bread mainstay will open a sibling spot in Huron Village, featuring a fireplace—and a few weekly nights of wine, beer, and snacks.

Three mini cheeseburgers topped with a tomato sauce and basil are displayed on a plate with a glass of rose to the side.
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Barlette, a BYOB Bar, Is Coming to Brookline Soon

Aiming for a February opening, it’s the sibling and neighbor to the award-winning BYOB restaurant Cobble.

Reviews

Review: An Indie Success Story at Lenox Sophia

In an increasingly tough time for independent restaurants to open and flourish, this tiny South Boston spot is making magic one five-course tasting menu at a time.

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