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The Winter 2017-2018 Restaurant Opening Guide: Boston Proper

Tiki drinks, tacos, toga parties

Oisa Ramen
Smoky shoyu ramen with egg and pork add-ons at Oisa Ramen, which opened downtown this winter
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Winter wasn’t all bad, with plenty of interesting restaurants making their debuts over the course of the season. Here’s the rundown on what opened in Boston proper from late December 2017 through late March 2018, sorted by neighborhood. (Looking for last season’s openings? Find those here. A sneak peek at spring 2018? That’s right here.)

This guide was originally published on December 21, 2017; the date of the most recent update appears above.

A rougamo, or Chinese “burger,” sits on a white background, with meat visible between two pieces of flatbread
Rougamo at Xi’an Street Foods, which opened in Allston this winter
Xi’an Street Foods/Official Site

New Sushi, Inc.

66 Brighton Ave., Allston, Boston

This is New Sushi’s second location; the original is on the edge of Beacon Hill, near Government Center. The counter-service restaurant serves poke bowls, sushi burritos, and more. The owner is also behind Nijiya in Medford and Hoshi-ya in Brighton.
Opened: February 9, 2018

Xi’an Street Foods

182 Brighton Ave., Allston, Boston

This China-based chain has no relation to New York City-based Xi’an Famous Foods (which is also coming to Boston at some point). On the menu: flatbread sandwiches called rougamo stuffed with various meats or veggies; biang biang noodles; and more.
Opened: January 26, 2018

Overhead view of shakshuka and an egg-filled Jerusalem bagel
Dishes from Tatte Bakery & Cafe, which expanded to Back Bay this winter
Tatte Bakery & Cafe/Instagram

Anna’s Taqueria

Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston

The beloved local taqueria chain has expanded to the Prudential Center, its eighth location. Anna’s also has locations in Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, and Newton, as well as one other in Boston proper (near MGH).
Opened: February 1, 2018

Globe Bar & Cafe

384 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston

This longtime Boylston Street staple just moved a little bit down the street, into the former Rattlesnake space. The original location closed on December 21, 2017. Once seasonally appropriate, the new location will open up a roof deck. On the menu: comfort food, such as baked lobster mac and cheese, steak tips, and burgers.
Opened: January 9, 2018

Tatte Bakery & Cafe

399 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston

Following just a few months behind a new Fenway location, this expanding local cafe chain opened near the Public Garden in winter 2018, serving up baked goods, shakshuka, and lots more. This location is open seven days a week.
Opened: January 18, 2018

Nourish Your Soul smoothie bowls
Smoothie bowls from Nourish Your Soul, which expanded to Beacon Hill this winter
Nourish Your Soul [Official Photo]

Nourish Your Soul

282 Cambridge St., Beacon Hill, Boston

A juice bar with locations in West Medford and Winchester expanded to Beacon Hill this winter with smoothies, coffee, chia pudding, toasts, and more.
Opened: March 1, 2018

Double berry pancakes at APM Coffee
Double berry pancakes at Apm Coffee, now open in the former Beantowne Coffee House space
APM Coffee/Instagram

Apm Coffee

99 Kneeland St., Chinatown, Boston

A play on a.m./p.m., Apm Coffee — located inside the One Greenway apartment building — quickly replaced the location of Cambridge-based Beantowne Coffee House that resided here for a year. Apm serves Intelligentsia coffee and a variety of snacks, including salads, yogurt parfaits, smoothies, a cheese pudding, and more.
Opened: Mid-February 2018

Pork bun at Tiki Rock
Pork bun at Tiki Rock, which opened downtown next to Oisa Ramen this winter
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Delta Haus

200 High St., Downtown Boston

Located underneath sibling spot Finn McCool’s and right by other sibling spot Bushwood Cocktail Club (which is Caddyshack-themed), Delta Haus draws inspiration from not one but three movies: Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, and Old School. Drinks, food, and decor all play to the theme, and there are a variety of games, from shuffleboard to air hockey. There may be toga parties in the future.
Opened: January 18, 2018

Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes

140 Tremont St., Downtown Boston

This Texas-based burger chain has a growing local presence. It recently opened in Jamaica Plain and Berlin (Massachusetts) and expanded to the Boston Common area on the first day of winter.
Opened: December 21, 2017

Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go

2 Broad St., Downtown Boston

A popular ramen pop-up got its own brick-and-mortar location in part of the former Place space. (The other part is now home to Tiki Rock Bar, a Tiki bar.) There’s space for about six people to stand at a counter and six people to sit, and the menu offers three types of ramen (for dining in only), plus a few rice bowls (for takeout only). There’s also a small beer selection for those who dine in. It’s meant to be a quick, casual spot, and at least to start, it’s only open for lunch and only on weekdays.
Opened: January 15, 2018

Shaking Crab

140 Boylston St., Theatre District, Boston

This growing local chain that features Cajun-style boiled seafood opened in the original Troquet space on the edge of the Common this winter. (It also expanded to Cambridge’s Porter Square in fall 2017, and Brookline’s Coolidge Corner will get a location too.)
Opened: January 23, 2018

Tiki Rock

2 Broad St., Downtown Boston

A Tiki bar sharing the former Place space with Oisa Ramen Slurp & Go, Tiki Rock serves a variety of fun cocktails from beverage director Charles Smedile (Uni, Clio, Waypoint), along with Polynesian-inspired dishes and sushi, courtesy of chef de cuisine Matt McPherson (South End Buttery, Porto) and sushi chef Minggan “Tony” Wu. Owner Christopher Straub is a longtime alum of Hyatt hotels.
Opened: January 10, 2018

White Bull Tavern

1 Union St., Downtown Boston

Located steps from Faneuil Hall, this venue serves oysters, pizza, appetizers that come served in cast-iron skillets, and more. The space was designed by Dave O from At Absolute Zero Design, who also designed the eclectic Beat Brasserie space in Cambridge.
Opened: January 20, 2018

Kaki Lima Batagor
Batagor from Kaki Lima, which took up residency at KO Pies at the Shipyard this winter (the residency has now ended)
Kaki Lima/Facebook

Craft Table & Bar

107 Porter St., East Boston

From the group behind Worcester-based coffee shop Brew on the Grid and more, Craft Table & Bar has opened in East Boston, replacing the nearly decade-old Ecco (and keeping some favorite menu items). The restaurant’s website describes Craft Table as “polished-casual.” It’ll soon have a sibling in Worcester as well.
Opened: February 2, 2018

Kaki Lima at KO Pies at the Shipyard [NOW CLOSED]

256 Marginal St., East Boston

The popular Indonesian street food pop-up returned to KO Pies for the winter, where it had popped up a lot in the past, to offer a limited menu alongside KO Pies’s standard Australian meat pie-based menu. This residency is now over, but stay tuned for the Kaki Lima team’s next move.
Opened: January 18, 2018

landwer cafe farmer’s breakfast
Food from Cafe Landwer, which opened in Audubon Circle this winter — and will later expand to Cleveland Circle
Cafe Landwer/Facebook

Cafe Landwer

900 Boylston St., Audubon Circle/Fenway, Boston

This is the first United States location for the Israeli cafe chain, which serves shakshuka, pizza, Mediterranean foods, and more. (There’s also one in the works for Cleveland Circle in Brighton — and another recently opened in Toronto.)
Opened: January 18, 2018

Caffe Nero

1375 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston

Yet another location of the London-based cafe chain that is quickly spreading around the Boston area opened this winter, this time in Fenway.
Opened: February 27, 2018


1350 Boylston St., Fenway, Boston

This rapidly expanding DC-based fast-casual Mediterranean chain is also coming to Back Bay, Cambridge’s Kendall Square, Hingham, and Dedham, but Fenway was the first to open in the region.
Opened: January 18, 2018

Exodus Bagels
Bagel sandwiches from Exodus Bagels, which opened a storefront in JP this winter
Exodus Bagels/Facebook

Exodus Bagels

3346 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, Boston

This popular pop-up had a Roslindale brick-and-mortar in the works for a while, but plans have shifted — that space will remain the Exodus kitchen and will eventually be a storefront, but the first Exodus storefront is now open in the former Canto 6 space in JP.
Opened: February 13, 2018

Wow Wings
The delivery-only Wow Wings started delivering wings and more around town this winter
Wow Wings/Facebook

Wow Wings

Delivery-only restaurant connected to Mission Hill’s Mission Sushi & Wok and other restaurants

This delivery-only restaurant is an offshoot of Mission Sushi & Wok and Ginger Exchange, serving the restaurants’ popular Korean fried chicken as well as bibimbap, kimchi fries, bao, and more.
Opened: February 2018

Tasty Thai Roslindale
Tasty Thai opened in the former Seven Star Street Bistro space this winter
Tasty Thai/Facebook

Tasty Thai

153 Belgrade Ave., Roslindale, Boston

This Thai restaurant took over the former Seven Star Street Bistro space this winter, serving a variety of curries, fried rice dishes, stir-fried noodles, and more. After a busy opening, the restaurant has decided to shut down table service for now, focusing on takeout.
Opened: March 9, 2018

hopsters seaport
Hopsters is now open in the Seaport District, serving food and drinks as well as letting people brew their own beer
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

75 on Courthouse Square

60 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston

This is the latest in a group that includes 75 Chestnut and 75 on Liberty Wharf, as well as Boston’s two Cheers locations and Hampshire House. It is located in a Seaport complex that includes a Kings Bowl and Tuscan Kitchen, and it serves American comfort food.
Opened: January 26, 2018


51 Sleeper St., Seaport District, Boston

This Newton-based brewery — which allows customers to brew their own beers — has expanded to Boston’s Seaport neighborhood with a brewery and restaurant. Hopsters also operates a beer shop in the Boston Public Market.
Opened: January 4, 2018

Gallery: My Diner Food
Food from the original Southie location of My Diner, which returned to the neighborhood this winter
Emily Phares/Eater

My Diner

455 E 1st St., South Boston

After development forced breakfast-and-lunch spot My Diner to leave South Boston after more than a decade, it reopened in Melrose. Now, it has expanded from Melrose back to a new South Boston location. (The Melrose location remains open as well.)
Opened: February 15, 2018


246 W. Broadway, South Boston

A casual spot serving salads and noodle bowls. Think Sweetgreen, but locally owned.
Opened: March 16, 2018

A plate of fried chicken from Southern Proper, a restaurant in Boston’s South End neighborhood. The chicken is adorned with sprigs of thyme and lemon wedges, and is served in a pie tin.
Fried chicken from Southern Proper, which opened in the South End this winter
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Bootleg Special

400 Tremont St., South End, Boston

This restaurant features Cajun-style boiled seafood dishes, not to mention po’ boys, beignets, and more. And plenty of boozy cocktails.
Opened: February 16, 2018

Humaari at Wink & Nod

3 Appleton St., South End, Boston

The latest culinary resident at Wink & Nod is Humaari, “a Mediterranean concept grounded in pita and hummus,” from chef Louis DiBiccari and his kitchen team from the now-defunct Tavern Road. It’ll be in operation at Wink & Nod until September 19, 2018.
Opened: March 19, 2018

Southern Proper

The Girard, 600 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston

A Southern (“but not kitschy”) restaurant located in a new South End development. Jason Cheek (Sam’s, Toro, KO Prime) is behind it. There’s some barbecue on the menu, but it is not “a barbecue joint.” Go for the fried chicken, beer, and more.
Opened: March 1, 2018

A fast-food burger, fries, and a soda in red and white packaging, isolated on a white background.
A meal from Tasty Burger, which expanded to the West End this winter
Tasty Burger

Hurricane’s at the Garden

150 Canal St., West End, Boston

Hurricane O’Reilly’s was recently sold by the Glynn Hospitality Group to the Briar Group, and it has been renovated and rebranded into Hurricane’s at the Garden.
Opened: January 24, 2018

Tasty Burger

1 Nashua St., West End, Boston

This local burger chain has expanded again, this time opening in Boston’s West End — right by TD Garden. This location serves beer and wine.
Opened: January 29, 2018

Get weekday updates on all the latest restaurant news:

Hurricane O'Reilly's

150 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114 (617) 722-0161 Visit Website

75 on Courthouse Square

60 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210

Tiki Rock

2 Broad Street, , MA 02109 (617) 670-2222 Visit Website

Nourish Your Soul (Beacon Hill)

282 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02114 Visit Website

Tasty Burger (North Station)

1 Nashua St., Boston, MA 02114 Visit Website

White Bull Tavern

1 Union St., Boston, MA 02108

Southern Proper

600 Harrison Avenue, , MA 02118 (857) 233-2421 Visit Website

Xi'an Street Foods

182 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 02134

New Sushi, Inc. (Allston)

66 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 02134 Visit Website

KO Pies at the Shipyard

256 Marginal St, East Boston, MA 02128 (617) 418-5234 Visit Website

My Diner (South Boston)

455 E 1st St., South Boston, MA 02127 Visit Website

Delta Haus

200 High St., Boston, MA 02110 Visit Website

Tatte Bakery & Cafe (Back Bay)

399 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 Visit Website


246 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

Humaari at Wink & Nod

3 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116 (617) 482-0117 Visit Website

Caffe Nero (Fenway)

1375 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215 Visit Website

Wow Wings

, Boston, MA Visit Website

Oisa Ramen

1 3/4 Broad Street, , MA 02109 (617) 670-0126 Visit Website

Tasty Thai

153 Belgrade Ave., Roslindale, MA 02131

Anna's Taqueria (Prudential Center)

800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199 Visit Website

Hopsters (Seaport District)

51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02210 Visit Website

Shaking Crab (Boston)

140 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Cafe Landwer (Audubon Circle)

900 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02215 Visit Website

Exodus Bagels

3346 Washington Street, , MA 02130 Visit Website

Cava (Fenway)

1350 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215 Visit Website

Ora Trattorizza

655 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Bootleg Special

400 Tremont Street, , MA 02116 (617) 451-1800 Visit Website

APM Coffee

99 Kneeland Street, , MA 02111 (857) 971-0067 Visit Website

Globe Bar & Cafe

384 Boylston Street, , MA 02116 (617) 778-6993 Visit Website