Back again in time for Thanksgiving travel, it’s the updated Eater Boston guide to dining at and around Boston’s Logan International Airport. Things continue to be a little different this year, but the country and the world are opening back up bit by bit, and if you’re traveling, you’ve got to eat. The best meal of your life probably won’t be at Logan, but the airport has several serviceable restaurants and kiosks within its walls, including some with booze, and nearby options abound for traveling locals or visitors on layover.
(Note: Travelers are still required to wear a mask in airports and on planes, regardless of vaccination status, but the CDC says that fully vaccinated travelers can travel domestically at low risk to themselves. When planning an international trip, be sure to check your destination’s current guidance for whether or not testing and/or self-quarantine are required before travel; rules vary widely by location.)
This guide has been updated to reflect what’s currently open at and around the airport. Logan has been undergoing somewhat of a dining renaissance since 2018, bringing in outposts of a lot of local icons; however, some are still temporarily closed due to the pandemic, so the current pickings are a little bit slim. You can always find the most up-to-date information on the airport’s own website.
Also note that MarketPlace Logan has been working to expand the AtYourGate and Bos2Go apps throughout the airport; the former allows for contactless delivery service within 30 minutes from several airport restaurants, right to a passenger’s gate, while the latter facilitates mobile ordering from several airport restaurants.
- Best Bets Inside Logan
- Listings by terminal: Terminal A | Terminal B | Terminal C | Terminal E
- Best Bets Outside of Logan
- Additional Dining Resources for Travelers
First, here are a few highlights within the airport:
- Berkshire Farms Market: This one’s a grab-and-go spot, but it’s a good one, featuring all sorts of locally made products from Massachusetts, with a focus on the western part of the state. You may also find Boston-area goodies like breakfast pastries from South End Buttery, for example. And it’s a good opportunity to pick up some last-minute local treats to gift to those out-of-town friends you’re on your way to visit. [Two locations: post-security, gate A6; post-security, gate B20]
- Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse: This outpost of the Boston-based steakhouse chain is a new addition to the airport as of 2019, and it opens at 5 a.m. for breakfast Thursday through Monday (11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday). At lunch and early dinner (it currently closes at 7), there’s plenty of steak, as well as seafood and pasta. [Post-security, gate C25]
- Kelly’s Roast Beef: This classic chain specializes in North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches. It’s currently operating from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with grab-and-go options available, as well as some seating. [Post-security, gate B5]
- Legal Sea Foods (in various guises): You’re never very far from a Legal in Logan, and the many permutations of the chain are all reliable choices for raw bar, lobster, fish and chips, and so forth. The most interesting of the lot is the Legal Test Kitchen, where you’ll find the occasional exciting flourish. That and several other Legal locations are currently open. [Legal Test Kitchen, post-security, gate A5; Legal Sea Foods, post-security, terminal B connector, gate B26; Legal Sea Foods, post-security, gate B8; Legal Sea Foods, post-security, gate C12]
- Lucca: An Italian restaurant with locations in Boston’s North End and Back Bay, as well as in Rockland. (The Back Bay location is temporarily closed.) The Logan location of Lucca is open from 7 a.m. until 30 minutes prior to the last departure. [Post-security, gate B15]
- Monica’s Mercato: The North End’s best sandwich shop. The airport location is currently open for lunch and dinner. [Post-security, gate E7]
- Otto: With locations around Maine and Massachusetts, this pizza chain is always reliable. This location currently opens at 10:30 a.m. [Post-security, gate B29]
- Shojo: This popular spot from Boston’s Chinatown is now open at the airport, serving some of the original location’s favorites (shadowless fries and Shojonator burgers, for example), as well as grab-and-go meals meant to travel well (like dumplings and a soba noodle salad), all-day congee, and a full bar. Currently open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. [Post-security, gate C19]
- Stephanie’s: With two airport locations, this sibling of Boston classic Stephanie’s on Newbury features a full bar. [Terminal B connector, gate B24; terminal E, gate E7]
- Tico: An offshoot of Michael Schlow’s Latin American-inspired restaurants in Boston and D.C. [Post-security, gate B37]
- Trade: This is an offshoot of chef Jody Adams’s downtown Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. On the airport location’s menu, you might find dishes such as flatbreads, spanakopita cigars, steak frites, and more; it’s currently open for lunch and early dinner, closing a 7 p.m. [Post-security, gate B29]
None of those options doing the trick? Here are the complete currently open offerings at Logan, listed by terminal.
Gates 13-22 are in the Terminal A Satellite.
- Alta Strada — From Boston and D.C. restaurateur Michael Schlow, this location of Alta Strada has full-service and grab-and-go Italian options, as well as a burger and a couple sandwiches. [Post-security, gate A9]
- Berkshire Farms Market — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate A6]
- B.good — Burgers, salads, and more from a locally based international chain. Opens at 8 a.m.; takeout only. [Post-security, gate A6]
- Boston Bruins Bar — New to the airport as of March 2019, this sports bar is (obviously) hockey-themed, and it serves sandwiches, salads, and more. It has a full bar. [Post-security, gate A15]
- Currito — “The cure for the common burrito.” [Post-security, satellite concourse entrance]
- Dunkin’ [Donuts] — You know what this one is, even if they try to remove the “Donuts” from the name. Two locations are currently open in Terminal A; find more in B and C. [Pre-security, terminal A baggage claim (open 24 hours); post-security, gate A9]
- Friendly’s — The SuperMelts and ice cream sundaes of your childhood — and one of only a few left in the Boston area. [Post-security, satellite concourse entrance]
- Legal Test Kitchen — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate A5]
- Sbarro — Italian-ish. [Post-security, satellite concourse entrance]
- Starbucks — Coffee and such. [Post-security, satellite concourse entrance]
- Vino Volo — A wine-focused, full-service restaurant. [Post-security, satellite concourse entrance]
Terminal B has three main sections, with gates B4-14 together, B15-29 together, and B30-38 together. Departing from gate B1, 2, or 3? Eat before you go through security; those gates have a separate security line and minimal options once you're through.
- Berkshire Farms Market — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate B20]
- B.good — Burgers, salads, and more from a locally based international chain. You may find it open as early as 4 a.m. [Post-security, gate B37]
- Dunkin' — You know what it is. Find it right by security, one location before (24 hours) and two locations after. [Pre-security; post-security, gate B5; post-security, near gate B29]
- Kelly’s Roast Beef — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate B5]
- Legal Sea Foods — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gates B8 and B26]
- Lucca — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate B15]
- N.E. MKT — An all-day grab-and-go spot highlighting “tastes of the region” with sandwiches, salads, coffee, and such. [Post-security, gate B12]
- Not Your Average Joe’s — This regional chain is fairly new to the airport and is currently operating from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., although hours might change based on flight schedules. Joe’s is the kind of place you’ll find dishes like ahi tuna wontons, cheesesteak egg rolls, Cobb salads, and baked haddock. [Post-security, gate B29]
- Otto — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate B29]
- Peet's Coffee & Tea — Opens at 5 a.m. [Post-security, gate B25]
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop — This Chicago-based chain serves cookies, shakes, and salads in addition to the restaurant’s best-known item: toasted sandwiches. Though it’s a sandwich chain in an airport, it gets the job done. Currently opens at 5 a.m. [Post-security, gate B5]
- Starbucks — Coffee and such. [Two locations post-security, gate B7 and B31]
- Stephanie’s — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate B24]
- Tico — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate B37]
- Trade — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate B29]
- Wpizza by Wolfgang Puck — Pizza...by Wolfgang Puck. [Post-security, gate B14]
- Boston Beer Works — Beer, pub food. [Post-security, gate C27]
- Camden Food Co. — Sandwiches, salads, etc. Opens at 5 a.m. [Post-security, gate C10]
- Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate C25]
- Dunkin’ — You know this one. [There are five locations currently open in this terminal; just look around.]
- Green Express — Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, breakfasts, etc. [Post-security, gate C36]
- Legal Sea Foods — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate C12]
- Mija — Waiter service and booze are available at this airport offshoot of a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar at Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The airport location is currently operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Post-security, gate C11]
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop — This Chicago-based chain serves cookies, shakes, and salads in addition to the restaurant’s best-known item: toasted sandwiches. Though it’s a sandwich chain in an airport, it gets the job done. Currently opens at 5 a.m. [Post-security, terminal C, gate C11]
- Shojo — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate C19]
- Starbucks — Coffee and such. [Post-security, gate C10]
- Wahlburgers — The ever-growing burger restaurant from the Wahlberg family is now at Logan too. Serves booze and has waiter service. [Post-security, near gate C10]
- Monica’s Mercato — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate E7]
- Stephanie’s — Best bet (see above.) [Post-security, gate E7]
Yep, as of press time, Monica’s and Stephanie’s are the only food vendors currently operating in terminal E, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Time to leave the airport? Try one of these destinations, listed alphabetically. Note that most, but not all, restaurants have reopened fully for indoor dining; most, but not all, have shut down outdoor dining for the season; and many are still offering takeout and delivery, even if they didn’t pre-pandemic. But conditions are always changing, so it’s best to check in directly with a restaurant about its seating/services before heading over. Also note that Boston is still requiring masks indoors, except when actively eating or drinking. Children two and under are exempt.
One more note: Driving times given below are very approximate. You’ve probably heard that Boston has a traffic problem.
- Angela’s Cafe: Boston has seen a boom in Mexican food in recent years, but Angela’s is the longtime real deal for neighborhood-style Pueblan cooking like chicken mole gorditas, albondigas, pozole, and micheladas. There’s another location, also in East Boston, but this one’s a tad closer to the airport. [East Boston, 131 Lexington St., 6 minutes from the airport.]
- Seabiscuit: Two words: meat pies. This is sort of a new-ownership revamp of the recently closed icon KO Pies at the Shipyard (at the same location); it’s sort of its own thing. But the beloved KO Australian meat pies remain on the menu even as Seabiscuit starts introducing more of its own dishes, so there’s old and new to explore here. If weather permits, head over to the nearby Piers Park for a picnic with incredible views of the downtown Boston skyline. [East Boston, 256 Marginal St., Building 16, Boston Harbor Shipyard, 7 minutes from the airport.]
- Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar: Fun Mexican-inspired food in a swanky ambiance, with plenty of frozen margaritas to go around. Save room for sugar: Your check comes with sour apple cotton candy topped with Pop Rocks. Currently open for indoor and outdoor dining. [Fort Point, 253 Summer St., 9 minutes from the airport.]
- Neptune Oyster: Though the North End is known for pasta, one of its finest establishments is known for seafood. Neptune is small, popular, and doesn’t accept reservations, but there’s no better place to suck down bivalves within striking distance of Logan if you have time to wait in the inevitable line. Its lobster roll (choose cold with mayo or hot with butter) constantly earns “best lobster roll in the city” accolades. [North End, 63 Salem St., 10 minutes from the airport.]
- Oak + Rowan: Pretty pastas, local seafood, and luxurious caviar in an impeccably renovated old building with high ceilings and giant windows. [Fort Point, 321 A St., 8 minutes from the airport.]
- Pizzeria Regina: This North End pizzeria, founded in 1926, is on every list of the city’s best pizza, and it’s often at the top. The lines can be as long as at Disney World at this location, the original, so calling ahead is advised. [North End, 11 1/2 Thacher St., 8 minutes from the airport.]
- Rincon Limeno: One of the city’s best spots for Peruvian dishes like ceviche, octopus salad, fish stew, and pisco sours. [East Boston, 409 Chelsea St., 7 minutes from the airport.]
- Rino’s Place: Perhaps Boston’s most iconic Italian-American spot outside of the North End. A neighborhood favorite for over 20 years, Rino’s has been a lot more crowded ever since an appearance on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (so expect a long wait.) [East Boston, 258 Saratoga St., 6 minutes from the airport.]
- Row 34: This popular Fort Point spot is meant to be a “workingman’s oyster bar.” Aside from the raw bar, there are shrimp sliders, lobster rolls, and the like, plus plenty of beer. Reservations encouraged. [Fort Point, 383 Congress St., 7 minutes from the airport.]
- Santarpio’s: One of the city’s best and oldest pizzerias, Santarpio’s has been in the same spot since 1933 and has had little reason to change its excellent pies or divey vibe. Try the sausage and garlic pizza. Note: cash only. [East Boston, 111 Chelsea St., 6 minutes from the airport.]
- Sportello: The most affordable option (but still a little on the pricey side) from noted chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch, this Fort Point mainstay is the perfect spot for a pleasant bowl of pasta. Don’t miss the spicy tomato soup. Reservations encouraged. [Fort Point, 348 Congress St., 6 minutes from the airport.]
- Tawakal Halal Cafe: One of Eater Boston’s finalists for the 2019 Restaurant of the Year. Somali food in a homey space. Try the tawakal plate, and don’t miss the shaah, a sweet, spiced tea. [East Boston, 389 Maverick St., 15 minutes from the airport.]
- Tertulias Cafe: East Boston has some truly excellent Colombian food; start your exploration at Tertulias, which features a huge list of arepas — some Colombian-style, some Venezuelan-style — among other dishes. [East Boston, 26-28 Porter St., 5 minutes from the airport.]
- The Quiet Few: Need some whiskey after that long flight? Stop by this funky little whiskey bar for a drink and a burger after leaving the airport. [East Boston, 331 Sumner St., 10 minutes from the airport.]
Need more options? This map of restaurants near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center highlights a number of Fort Point and Seaport District destinations for everything from quick and easy lunches to fancy sit-down dinners. Try taking the Silver Line from the airport to the Seaport District; it’s pretty convenient.
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