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Lobster roll at B&G Oysters

The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to Eating in Boston

Iconic dishes, neighborhood guides, essential eats, and more recommendations for the hungry tourist

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Boston’s Best Lobster Rolls

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Boston’s Best Clam Chowder

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Boston’s Best Italian Food

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Welcome to Boston! Whether it’s your first time, your 50th, or your return home after time away, an exciting and ever-expanding dining scene awaits you — and it’s certainly not all about chowder and baked beans.

This guide is aimed at pointing you in the direction of great food and drinks in a variety of Boston neighborhoods (and a bit beyond the city, too). Use the table of contents above to browse guides to different neighborhoods, cuisines, and more, or skip to a highlight by selecting one of the photo blocks at the top of the page.

You’ll find everything from a guide to the best lobster rolls (of course) to a map of the best after-work dining deals (sorry, Boston doesn’t have true “happy hour” — time-specific booze deals are illegal here.)

Staying in town a little longer...or a little shorter? Are you a frequent visitor who has already hit the obvious spots? Looking to get a bit outside of the city? Here are a few additional resources beyond this guide that’ll level up your Boston food experience:

Still have questions? Join the Eater Boston Restaurant Recommendations Facebook group to ask over 1700 locals and Eater Boston staffers about Boston-area dining.