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Trina’s Starlite Lounge.
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These Tried-and-True Neighborhood Restaurants Are Open Seven Days a Week

Trying to find big portions and a comfortable hangout on a Monday or Tuesday night? Start here.

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Trina’s Starlite Lounge.
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Early in the week, it can be hard to find a place to eat: Many Boston-area restaurants close on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or some combination of those days. This map highlights a number of reliable neighborhood favorites that are not only open seven days a week with long hours, they also serve up hearty portions and relaxed vibes.

(That said, lots of local restaurants have been suddenly shortening hours or closing temporarily due to staff shortages, COVID exposure, and such, so even for neighborhood spots like these that typically operate daily, it’s always good to check a restaurant’s social media or pick up the phone ahead of time to make sure it’s open.)

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston are required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors. (Brookline and Salem have similar policies, with Brookline’s also covering outdoor seating areas.)

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Olde Magoun's Saloon

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This Magoun Square tavern features a solid beer list and above-average pub food, including one of the best mac and cheeses around. Also on the menu: Guinness beef stew, steak tips, a wurst plate, and more. Open for dinner nightly, plus lunch on Thursday and Friday and brunch on the weekend.

A cast iron skillet of mac and cheese, made with cavatappi and topped with bread crumbs and a mound of braised short rib
Mac and cheese topped with braised short rib at Olde Magoun’s Saloon.
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Highland Kitchen

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Most everyone who has lived in Somerville in the last few years adores this Spring Hill favorite, which serves excellent cocktails (say hi to longtime bartender Joe McGuirk on Tuesday nights) and creative comfort food. There’s always something exciting on the specials list, but don’t ignore menu mainstays like the Buffalo fried Brussels sprouts, spicy goat stew, or ricotta and mozzarella fritters. Open daily for dinner until 10 p.m. and bar until 1 a.m.

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Ricotta and mozzarella fritters at Highland Kitchen.
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The Neighborhood Restaurant

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Conveniently enough, a restaurant called the Neighborhood happens to be a beloved neighborhood spot. Open for Portuguese-American breakfast and lunch daily (it closes at 4 p.m.), the Neighborhood is famous for its huge brunch portions — and the long lines they attract on weekends, especially in the summer when the lovely patio is open. The Cream of Wheat is mandatory. If you know, you know.

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Cream of Wheat at Neighborhood in Somerville.
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Brewer's Fork

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Brewer’s Fork boasts some of the best wood-fired pizza in town (round out the meal with oysters and small plates), not to mention a fantastic beer list. There’s dinner daily, plus weekday lunch and weekend brunch, with a slightly pared-down mid-day menu available between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. every day.

Closeup view of a pizza topped with crumbled chorizo and a green sauce. Patio furniture is visible in the background.
Chorizo and tomatillo pizza (a special) on the patio at Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown.
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Trina's Starlite Lounge

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Not only is Trina’s Starlite Lounge open on Sundays and Mondays, it serves brunch both days. There’s also dinner every night of the week, and the bar stays open until 1 a.m. (2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday). This popular Inman Square spot pairs great renditions of hot dogs, mac and cheese, and more with can’t-miss cocktails that don’t break the bank. Want to watch sports? Head next door to sibling spot Parlor Sports, also open daily.

A view into a bar, starting with a star-spangled host stand. A disco ball hangs from the ceiling.
Eat a hot dog and drink a cocktail here.
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Charlie's Kitchen

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At Harvard Square standby Charlie’s Kitchen, go for the double cheeseburger and stay for the cheap oysters and sizable beer garden. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, staying open until midnight Thursday through Saturday.

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Charlie’s Kitchen.
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Lone Star Taco Bar

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Lone Star, with locations in Cambridge and Allston, features Mexican street food by way of Texas and California — plenty of tacos (try the chorizo fundido or the Dallas spicy beef), plus Frito pie, grilled street corn, and more. Going for brunch, served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily? Don’t miss the jalapeno corn cakes. Both locations open at 11 a.m. daily and close at midnight (Cambridge) or 1 a.m. (Allston).

Two shredded beef tacos and a wedge of lime sit on a plate
Shredded beef tacos at Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge.
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The Quiet Few

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This East Boston whiskey bar serves food like fried pickles; Frito pie hot dogs; and chips with French onion dip and optional caviar. It’s open daily until 1 a.m., with a full food menu until 10 p.m. and late-night grilled cheese until close.

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The Quiet Few in East Boston.
The Quiet Few

Lulu's Allston

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Good brunch, good beer, good outside seating: Lulu’s Allston is an asset to the neighborhood. Brunch is available seven days a week (until 3 p.m.), and the kitchen stays open until 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays). On the menu: duck confit poutine, short rib mac and cheese, loaded burgers, and more.

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Lulu’s Allston.
Lulu’s Allston

Anchovies

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This South End hideaway — a cozy den of red sauce and worn-in booths — is open for dinner and late-night dining every day, with the kitchen operating until 1:30 a.m. Mussels and garlic bread are must-tries.

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Anchovies
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Franklin Cafe

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Franklin Cafe has been open in the South End for over a quarter century. It serves industry workers and other night owls a full menu daily until 1:30 a.m., highlighting upscale comfort food like steak frites, roasted mussels, and beef tartare.

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Beef tartare at Franklin Cafe.
Franklin Cafe

The Abbey

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With locations in Brookline and Cambridge, the Abbey offers both communities lunch, dinner, and late-night dining seven days a week (11 a.m. to 2 a.m., with the kitchen closing at 1:30). It’s gastropub fare: Think bison Bolognese, short rib grilled cheese, steak frites, and such.

Two big meatballs sit in a cast iron pan in a pool of red sauce, garnished with shredded cheese and microgreens.
Lamb meatballs at the Abbey.
The Abbey

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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With brunch and late-night dining available seven days a week (and dinner in the middle), Lincoln is pretty much always open, and its big menu of comfort food is a crowd-pleaser. Looking for a giant stack of gingerbread pancakes on a weekday morning or some late-night pizza? This is your spot.

A stack of pancakes topped with Fruity Pebbles cereal and a white sauce
Fruity Pebbles pancakes at Lincoln Tavern.
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Milkweed

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This cheery Mission Hill spot is a popular place for breakfast and lunch every day, but don’t forget that there’s also dinner (and cocktails). The menu draws inspiration from all over: One might have shakshuka for breakfast, a Cuban sandwich for lunch, and salmon with green Thai curry for dinner.

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Nutella and strawberry French toast at Milkweed.
Milkweed

Victoria's Diner

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Boston doesn’t really have the extensive diner scene that some other cities enjoy, but there are some classic spots in town where one can eat big portions of traditional brunch all day long (and milkshakes, of course). Victoria’s Diner is one such destination, serving hefty plates of eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, omelets, and more from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily (3 p.m. Friday through Sunday).

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Eggs Benedict at Victoria’s Diner.
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Brendan Behan Pub

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This might not fit the bill if you’re looking for a full meal; the “food” section of Brendan Behan’s menu includes potato chips; tortilla chips and salsa; and, uh, tea and hot cocoa. (There’s also a burrito pop-up onsite starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.) But this well-loved Irish pub features live Irish music on Saturdays and major neighborhood vibes daily from noon to 1 p.m.

Black exterior of a bar with a red door and red trim around the large front window. Brendan Behan Pub is written in a gold font across the top of the one-story building.
Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain.
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Pleasant Cafe

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The neon signage is a beacon for this decidedly old-school Roslindale joint, open for over 80 years. Try broiled scallops or brick-oven pizza. Pleasant Cafe is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Pleasant Cafe.
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The Bowery Bar

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With weekday lunch, weekend brunch, and daily dinner and late-night, this lively Dorchester restaurant offers long hours and a menu of loaded salads, burgers, and more. Swing by during brunch for boozy iced coffee, seasonal doughnut hole specials, and steak and eggs. If it’s winter, check out the heated yurts.

Overhead view of a white plate with a blue rim; it’s topped with a massive salad of sliced rare steak, sliced avocado, crispy wonton strings, and more.
The Bowery Bar’s steak and avocado salad.
The Bowery Bar

Olde Magoun's Saloon

A cast iron skillet of mac and cheese, made with cavatappi and topped with bread crumbs and a mound of braised short rib
Mac and cheese topped with braised short rib at Olde Magoun’s Saloon.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This Magoun Square tavern features a solid beer list and above-average pub food, including one of the best mac and cheeses around. Also on the menu: Guinness beef stew, steak tips, a wurst plate, and more. Open for dinner nightly, plus lunch on Thursday and Friday and brunch on the weekend.

A cast iron skillet of mac and cheese, made with cavatappi and topped with bread crumbs and a mound of braised short rib
Mac and cheese topped with braised short rib at Olde Magoun’s Saloon.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Highland Kitchen

Closeup on a plate of fried cheese balls with a dipping sauce.
Ricotta and mozzarella fritters at Highland Kitchen.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Most everyone who has lived in Somerville in the last few years adores this Spring Hill favorite, which serves excellent cocktails (say hi to longtime bartender Joe McGuirk on Tuesday nights) and creative comfort food. There’s always something exciting on the specials list, but don’t ignore menu mainstays like the Buffalo fried Brussels sprouts, spicy goat stew, or ricotta and mozzarella fritters. Open daily for dinner until 10 p.m. and bar until 1 a.m.

Closeup on a plate of fried cheese balls with a dipping sauce.
Ricotta and mozzarella fritters at Highland Kitchen.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The Neighborhood Restaurant

A white bowl of Cream of Wheat sits on a dark background, topped with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon
Cream of Wheat at Neighborhood in Somerville.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Conveniently enough, a restaurant called the Neighborhood happens to be a beloved neighborhood spot. Open for Portuguese-American breakfast and lunch daily (it closes at 4 p.m.), the Neighborhood is famous for its huge brunch portions — and the long lines they attract on weekends, especially in the summer when the lovely patio is open. The Cream of Wheat is mandatory. If you know, you know.

A white bowl of Cream of Wheat sits on a dark background, topped with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon
Cream of Wheat at Neighborhood in Somerville.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Brewer's Fork

Closeup view of a pizza topped with crumbled chorizo and a green sauce. Patio furniture is visible in the background.
Chorizo and tomatillo pizza (a special) on the patio at Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Brewer’s Fork boasts some of the best wood-fired pizza in town (round out the meal with oysters and small plates), not to mention a fantastic beer list. There’s dinner daily, plus weekday lunch and weekend brunch, with a slightly pared-down mid-day menu available between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. every day.

Closeup view of a pizza topped with crumbled chorizo and a green sauce. Patio furniture is visible in the background.
Chorizo and tomatillo pizza (a special) on the patio at Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Trina's Starlite Lounge

A view into a bar, starting with a star-spangled host stand. A disco ball hangs from the ceiling.
Eat a hot dog and drink a cocktail here.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Not only is Trina’s Starlite Lounge open on Sundays and Mondays, it serves brunch both days. There’s also dinner every night of the week, and the bar stays open until 1 a.m. (2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday). This popular Inman Square spot pairs great renditions of hot dogs, mac and cheese, and more with can’t-miss cocktails that don’t break the bank. Want to watch sports? Head next door to sibling spot Parlor Sports, also open daily.

A view into a bar, starting with a star-spangled host stand. A disco ball hangs from the ceiling.
Eat a hot dog and drink a cocktail here.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Charlie's Kitchen

A restaurant interior features red leather stools at a bar. Neon signage over a mirror in the background advertises Charlie’s double cheeseburger special.
Charlie’s Kitchen.
Katie Chudy/Eater

At Harvard Square standby Charlie’s Kitchen, go for the double cheeseburger and stay for the cheap oysters and sizable beer garden. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, staying open until midnight Thursday through Saturday.

A restaurant interior features red leather stools at a bar. Neon signage over a mirror in the background advertises Charlie’s double cheeseburger special.
Charlie’s Kitchen.
Katie Chudy/Eater

Lone Star Taco Bar

Two shredded beef tacos and a wedge of lime sit on a plate
Shredded beef tacos at Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Lone Star, with locations in Cambridge and Allston, features Mexican street food by way of Texas and California — plenty of tacos (try the chorizo fundido or the Dallas spicy beef), plus Frito pie, grilled street corn, and more. Going for brunch, served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily? Don’t miss the jalapeno corn cakes. Both locations open at 11 a.m. daily and close at midnight (Cambridge) or 1 a.m. (Allston).

Two shredded beef tacos and a wedge of lime sit on a plate
Shredded beef tacos at Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The Quiet Few

An interior photo of a whiskey bar shows a dark wall and a light wooden bar with stools along it.
The Quiet Few in East Boston.
The Quiet Few

This East Boston whiskey bar serves food like fried pickles; Frito pie hot dogs; and chips with French onion dip and optional caviar. It’s open daily until 1 a.m., with a full food menu until 10 p.m. and late-night grilled cheese until close.

An interior photo of a whiskey bar shows a dark wall and a light wooden bar with stools along it.
The Quiet Few in East Boston.
The Quiet Few

Lulu's Allston