Boston — especially the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain — is awash with excellent Caribbean food. More specifically, it’s awash with excellent Dominican food. Here are 10 of the best spots in the city to find Dominican cuisine, from mondongo to tostones.Read More
Where to Eat Dominican Food in Boston
From Centre Street in Jamaica Plain to Washington Street in Dorchester
1. Alex's Chimis
At Alex’s Chimis in Jamaica Plain, get the the orejita (pig ears), and get the rotisserie chicken, too. And sure, why not: Get it with fried green plantains and rice with peas. This casual, counter-service spot has been around for over 20 years.
The restaurant is most well-known for its empanadas, especially the seafood fiesta, which is filled with shrimp, lobster, crab, and conch. Also worth trying is the classico dominicano, which is a sandwich packed with ham, Dominican cheese, tomato, onion, ketchup, and mayo. Pikalo is a small counter-service establishment with just a bit of seating inside.
3. Rey Del Pollo
At Rey del Pollo in Roxbury, diners can find fried plantains, a variety of Dominican sandwiches, fried pork (get the chicharron), and a number of different fish dishes. Try the pescado con coco. The restaurant is counter-service.
4. Merengue Restaurant
Merengue has been serving Dominican food on Blue Hill Avenue for 25 years. The grilled chicken with chimichurri sauce and the stuffed shrimp tostones are compulsory. While the other points on this map are mostly small, fast-casual restaurants, Merengue is a spacious full-service venue that serves alcohol and plays host to events.
5. El Fogon Restaurant
Roxbury, MA 02119
Try asopao de camarones (shrimp stew) and mondongo (tripe stew) at this takeout-focused Dominican restaurant in Roxbury.
6. Bocao Restaurant & Grill
Roxbury, MA 02119
Stewed meats like goat’s and pig’s feet, along with an assortment of fish entrees (red snapper, cod with potatoes, fried shrimp), star at this Washington Street spot.
7. La Cuchara
Boston, MA 02121
At La Cuchara, try the mofongo de chiccharones — fried plantains that are mashed with salt, garlic, and oil, paired with fried pork belly.
8. El Embajador Restaurant
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Hungry eaters can enjoy chicken stew, mofongo, and empanadas at this Jamaica Plain Dominican spot, which is very close to the Green Street MBTA stop.
9. Santo Domingo Restaurant
Those who enjoy offal will love Santo Domingo Restaurant — stewed liver, stewed pig’s feet, and stewed gizzards all feature here.
10. Mangú Dominican Bistro
Boston, MA 02130
Try the mofongo, the fried plantains, and the tostones at this Forest Hills Dominican joint.