This elite group of 38 must-try restaurants is meant to cover the city of Boston and a little bit beyond while spanning multiple cuisines and price points, collectively satisfying all of your restaurant needs. Every quarter, we add a few pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game. As such, we also must say goodbye — not necessarily forever — to a few restaurants each quarter to make room.
New this quarter: Cambridge's perpetually busy ramen destination, Yume Wo Katare, and Southie's ultimate hangout for pizza and more, Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant. For information on this quarter's retirees (and other past 38 entries), consult the Eater 38 archive.
- Restaurants are listed geographically, north to south. The numbers are not rankings.
- Eater Boston's radius includes Cambridge, Somerville, and a little bit beyond, not just Boston proper, but the geographic radius for the Eater 38 has been tightened up a bit from previous updates. For a much broader view of the region, check out New England's 38 Essential Restaurants by Eater restaurant editor Bill Addison, with contributions from a number of local food writers.
- To spread the love around, we never include more than one restaurant from the same restaurant group.