Baseball season is upon us again, and with baseball season come ubiquitous Fenway franks, overpriced beer, and plenty of soft serve within Fenway Park. Outside the stadium, there’s a bustling neighborhood packed with old standbys and newer hotspots.
From fast-casual Mediterranean to a full-service izakaya, from sports bars to oyster bars, there’s a little something for everyone in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Read on for dining information in and outside of the stadium, and check out this page for an archive of all Fenway-related dining news.
This guide was originally published in March 2014 and is updated annually; the date of the most recent update appears above.
Inside Fenway Park
Baseball stadiums in other cities serve everything from Cheeto-lotes and Coney dog egg rolls to pierogi hot dogs and s’mores bread pudding. Fenway Park keeps things a little more low-key. Here’s a cheat sheet on where to find some popular concessions.
- Fenway Franks: Basically everywhere, including the Home Plate Deck, Big Concourse, Home Plate Concourse, Coca Cola Deck, Pavilion Level, First Base Concourse, Jersey Street, and beyond.
- Gluten-free options: Find franks with gluten-free buns on the Home Plate Concourse and gluten-free pizza in numerous spots, including Home Plate Deck, the Gate E Concourse, the Big Concourse, Home Plate Concourse, and the Pavilion Level. Gluten-free snacks and desserts are on the Home Plate Concourse, Big Concourse, and the Coca Cola Deck.
- Kids’ meals: Find especially kid-friendly meals on the Big Concourse, Gate E Concourse, First Base Concourse, and Visitor’s Clubhouse Area.
- Kosher options: Big Concourse.
- Lobster rolls: Gate D Concourse, Pavilion Level, Jersey Street.
- Soft Serve: All over the place, including the First Base Deck, Big Concourse, Home Plate Concourse, Coca Cola Deck, Pavilion Level, and Gate E Concourse.
More information and options here.
Outside Fenway Park
There are plenty in the neighborhood; here are just a few to try.
- Bleacher Bar: On the site of the former away team’s batting cage, it’s situated under the bleachers with a view of the field (limited during games — a glass garage door comes down), but no game ticket is required, so this is a good way to be inside Fenway without paying the big bucks. Enter on Lansdowne Street. The menu is mostly focused on sandwiches, along with some typical comfort food snacks. Open year-round. 82A Lansdowne Street
- Cask ‘n Flagon: Fenway’s quintessential sports bar, right in the heart of the action, where it’s been for over 50 years. There’s plenty of comfort food, including burgers, barbecue, and more. 62 Brookline Avenue
- Cheeky Monkey Brewing Company: A brewpub that utilizes the SmartBrew system, which essentially means that the brewmaster is all the way in New Zealand. Pool tables onsite and easy access to the attached Lucky Strike Social (see below.) 3 Lansdowne Street
- Game On: This sports bar happens to have a popular Newton-based coal-fired pizzeria inside, Max & Leo’s. 82 Lansdowne Street
- The Lansdowne Pub: A classic Fenway pub with somewhat amped up comfort food, plenty of beer, and a calendar full of live music, karaoke, and other events. 9 Lansdowne Street
- Lucky Strike Social: Bowling, billiards, arcade games, comfort food, and a convenient staircase to Cheeky Monkey (mentioned above). 145 Ipswich Street
Fast-Casual Restaurants and Cafes
Keep it quick and easy with these counter-service spots.
- Bennett’s Sandwich Shop: Fenway is the third location of Bennett’s, which began as a seasonal sandwich shop in Kennebunk, Maine, that opened in the early 1980s. Hot and cold subs. 84 Peterborough Street
- Blackbird Doughnuts: Sometimes you just need a doughnut. This is one of seven locations for the popular South End-based shop from the team behind South End restaurant Banyan. 20 Kilmarnock Street
- Cafe Landwer: This is the first of three area locations for this Israeli cafe chain, which opened here in 2018, serving cafe fare, shakshuka, and more. There’s a takeout cafe counter, but there’s also full-service seating. 900 Beacon Street
- Caffe Nero: There seems to be a location of this London-based, Italy-inspired cafe chain on every Boston street corner these days. 1375 Boylston Street
- Cava: A reliable DC-based Mediterranean build-a-bowl chain with a number of local outposts. 1346 Boylston Street
- El Pelon: Eat tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more at this popular taqueria on Fenway’s “Restaurant Row.” 92 Peterborough Street
- Eventide Fenway: Eater Boston’s 2017 fast-casual restaurant of the year. It’s the Boston sibling to Portland, Maine’s popular Eventide Oyster Co., and you’ve probably already heard that you should try the brown butter lobster roll. You should, and follow it up with brown butter soft serve. 1321 Boylston Street
- Fomu: Vegan ice cream and other sweet treats. 140 Brookline Avenue
- Gyro City: The name pretty much says it all. 88 Peterborough Street
- Pavement Coffeehouse: One of several locations of a growing local cafe chain. Go for the bagel sandwiches. 1334 Boylston Street
- Phinista Cafe: Creative Vietnamese coffee, crepes, banh mi, and more. 96 Peterborough Street
- Saloniki: Fast-casual Greek from some of the people behind Trade and Porto. Come here for choose-your-own combos of pita, rice, or salad with honey-garlic braised pork, spicy lamb meatballs, zucchini fritters, and more. Put the “secret sauce,” a preserved lemon concoction, on everything. 4 Kilmarnock Street
- Sufra: It started as a food truck; now it has a brick-and-mortar location. Falafel, shawarma, and more, fully halal. 52 Queensberry Street
- Sushi Kappo: Counter-service sushi burritos, poke bowls, and more from the team behind the excellent Ebi Sushi in Somerville’s Union Square. 86 Peterborough Street
- Tasty Burger: The flagship location of a growing local chain. Sit down inside for a full-service meal or get takeout at the window. Burgers, dogs, and the like, plus a lot of beer. 1301 Boylston Street
- Time Out Market Boston: Indecisive? Try a food hall. Time Out Market Boston offers over a dozen counter-service food and drink options from some of Boston’s best local brands, from doughnuts to tacos to fried chicken sandwiches. 401 Park Drive
- Tatte Bakery & Cafe: Yet another growing local chain. The cafes feature pretty pastries, shakshuka, sandwiches, salads, more. 1350 Boylston Street
Sit down and have a nice meal.
- Audubon Boston: Creative comfort food, solid cocktails, and plenty of beer in a lively setting from the team behind Somerville’s popular Trina’s Starlite Lounge. There’s a great hidden patio out back. 838 Beacon Street
- Basho: A Japanese brasserie with lots of sushi as well as a range of hot entrees, including Robata-grilled meats. 1338 Boylston Street
- Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar: Oysters, whole suckling pig (order in advance), whiskey, and daily chalkboard specials. 1310 Boylston Street
- Fenway Johnnie’s: Sibling to West End Johnnie’s, a popular sports bar near TD Garden. Sort of upscale sports bar vibes with a solid comfort food menu. 96 Brookline Avenue
- Futago Udon: A pleasant spot for hot and cold udon options, including some non-traditional spins, such as a carbonara udon. 508-512 Park Drive
- Hojoko: Located at the Verb Hotel, this izakaya-inspired restaurant from the O Ya team is full of fun sushi and small plates, loud music, great bartenders, and Japanese knick-knacks. 1271 Boylston Street
- India Quality: Neighborhood mainstay for excellent Indian food. 484 Commonwealth Avenue
- The Kenmore: Fancy burgers and hot dogs, plus an interesting beer list. 476 Commonwealth Avenue
- Loretta’s Last Call: Country music, fried chicken, pulled pork grilled cheese, and more. Lots of gluten-free and/or vegetarian options as well, and so much whiskey. 1 Lansdowne Street
- Nathálie: From the team behind acclaimed downtown wine bar Haley.Henry, this Fenway wine bar was Eater Boston’s 2018 bar of the year thanks to its unique wines, intimate space, and small but enjoyable food menu. 186 Brookline Avenue
- Orfano: Upscale-but-with-a-sense-of-humor Italian American from Top Chef contestant Tiffani Faison. Think giant mozzarella sticks and caviar cannoli. 188 Brookline Avenue
- Sweet Cheeks: Faison’s ode to barbecue, featuring the best biscuits in the world, according to Forbes Magazine. Seriously, get the biscuits. And snag a seat in the cozy beer garden if you can. 1381 Boylston Street
- Thaitation: This Thai restaurant offers a large menu of curries, noodle dishes, and other Thai and Thai-American favorites. 129 Jersey Street
- Wahlburgers: The Wahlberg family’s burger chain is quickly becoming ubiquitous. Boozy frappes, tater tots, and more. 132 Brookline Avenue