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:
- How to eat your way through Boston in 24 hours: If that’s all you have, try this whirlwind tour of Boston icons — it’ll keep you within walking distance of South Station, one of the main transit hubs in the city
- Where to eat at Boston’s biggest attractions and museums: Here’s where to eat and drink when you’re at or near Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s major convention centers, the airport, and other destinations tourists might find themselves
- Food and drink crawls through Boston and beyond: Over 50 themed, multi-stop food tours through various neighborhoods in the city and outside of it
- Food-filled day trips outside of Boston: Maps, guides, and stories pertaining to New England dining scenes beyond Boston, such as Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Kittery, Maine; Massachusetts’ North Shore; Cape Cod; and more
- Boston stalwarts: Tired of the flashy and new? Dig into Boston’s mainstays, from decades-old dive bars to solid neighborhood gems
Still have questions? Join the Eater Boston Restaurant Recommendations Facebook group to ask over 1700 locals and Eater Boston staffers about Boston-area dining.