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Where to Eat in and Around Boston’s TD Garden

Chow down, then watch the Bruins and the Celtics in the playoffs

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Your guide to pre-NHL and NBA playoff game dining
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The Celtics underachieved in the 2018-19 regular season; the Bruins overachieved in the 2018-19 regular season; both begin their journeys toward playoff glory this week. There are many excellent places to eat in the general vicinity of the TD Garden, but you’re trying to get to your seats on time, and so general vicinity won’t do. Here’s where to eat just next to — and inside — the Garden.

See also: Take a Tour of the Best Hockey and Basketball Bars Near TD Garden

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Alcove

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50 Lovejoy Wharf
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 248-0050
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Alcove’s focus on the Massachusetts “farm coast” means lots of seafood — try some local oysters or clams, or an entree such as the whole branzino — but the availability of dishes like burgers and roasted half chickens means there’s something for everyone at this classy new addition to the West End.

A wide shot of bar seating and tiered liquor bottles at Alcove restaurant
The bar at Alcove
Emily Kan

2. TD Garden: Frito-Lay Test Kitchen

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100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 624-1050
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This concession stand serves the jalapeño Cheetos waffle chicken sandwich you didn’t know you needed.

3. TD Garden: North End Butcher

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100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 624-1050
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Nothing fancy here: sausages with peppers and onions and hot dogs, but done better than the average stadium version.

4. TD Garden: Sal’s Pizza

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100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 624-1050
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The massive slices at Sal’s look like pennants. Grab a slice of pepperoni, and head to one of the many bars inside TD Garden offering local, juicy IPAs. (Juicy IPAs and pepperoni pizza are, weirdly, a near-perfect couple.)

5. TD Garden: Taqueria

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100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 624-1050
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The carnitas tacos at Taqueria are surprisingly passable-to-very-decent. There are three to an order, and they are much bigger than tacos should be, so maybe share them with a friend.

6. TD Garden: Lucky’s Chicken

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100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 624-1050
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This is a great spot if you’re feeding a bunch of hungry kids: Lucky’s offers a family bucket, which comes with 10 pieces of chicken and fries.

7. TD Garden: Back Bay BBQ

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100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 624-1050
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Barbecue chicken, pork, and brisket sliders in a sports arena? Sure, why not!

8. A&B Burgers

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115 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 449-2251
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There are burgers at this new import from the North Shore — duh — but there are also other fun treats, like scotch eggs and chorizo mac and cheese.

A&B Burgers
A&B Burgers
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9. Tasty Burger

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1 Nashua St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 425-4444
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Tasty Burger is Boston’s In-N-Out Burger. Tasty Burger is better than In-N-Out Burger. Eat a Big Tasty, and wash it down with a local beer or two.

Hands hold onto a cheeseburger from Tasty Burger, held aloft above more burgers and onion rings
Tasty Burger
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10. Tavern in the Square

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120 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 263-0404
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If it’s crowd-pleasing apps and cheap beer you’re after, the West End location of location chain Tavern in the Square is a can’t-miss stop before a Celts game.

Tavern in the Square West End
Tavern in the Square West End
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11. Ward 8

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90 N Washington St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 823-4478
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Ward 8 offers a selection of salads and American bistro fare, like grilled salmon and steak frites. Have a fancy cocktail while you’re at it.

Ward 8
Ward 8
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12. Halftime Pizza

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115 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-4578
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Halftime’s slices are big and greasy and perfect for padding the stomach before getting soused inside TD Garden during a playoff game.

Halftime Pizza
Halftime Pizza
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13. The Fours

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166 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-4455
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The Fours is best known for being a Bruins bar, but it’s not all sticks and pucks at this Canal Street spot. Diners can enjoy a large menu, including classic New England seafood options like scrod, fish and chips, and broiled scallops.

The Fours
The Fours
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14. Beerworks

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112 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 896-2337
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Beerworks has a varied appetizer menu — think poutine, spring rolls, flatbreads, and wings — and serves up its own brews. This is one of seven locations for the local chain.

Beerworks Brewing Co. West End Canal Street Boston
Beerworks
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15. West End Johnnie’s

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138 Portland St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 227-1588
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Head to West End Johnnie’s for appetizers like wings, fried calamari, mussels, and crab cakes. The West End staple recently expanded to Fenway, too.

West End Johnnie’s
West End Johnnie’s
West End Johnnie’s/Official Site

1. Alcove

50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA 02114
A wide shot of bar seating and tiered liquor bottles at Alcove restaurant
The bar at Alcove
Emily Kan

Alcove’s focus on the Massachusetts “farm coast” means lots of seafood — try some local oysters or clams, or an entree such as the whole branzino — but the availability of dishes like burgers and roasted half chickens means there’s something for everyone at this classy new addition to the West End.

50 Lovejoy Wharf
Boston, MA 02114

2. TD Garden: Frito-Lay Test Kitchen

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

This concession stand serves the jalapeño Cheetos waffle chicken sandwich you didn’t know you needed.

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

3. TD Garden: North End Butcher

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

Nothing fancy here: sausages with peppers and onions and hot dogs, but done better than the average stadium version.

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

4. TD Garden: Sal’s Pizza

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

The massive slices at Sal’s look like pennants. Grab a slice of pepperoni, and head to one of the many bars inside TD Garden offering local, juicy IPAs. (Juicy IPAs and pepperoni pizza are, weirdly, a near-perfect couple.)

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

5. TD Garden: Taqueria

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

The carnitas tacos at Taqueria are surprisingly passable-to-very-decent. There are three to an order, and they are much bigger than tacos should be, so maybe share them with a friend.

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

6. TD Garden: Lucky’s Chicken

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

This is a great spot if you’re feeding a bunch of hungry kids: Lucky’s offers a family bucket, which comes with 10 pieces of chicken and fries.

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

7. TD Garden: Back Bay BBQ

100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

Barbecue chicken, pork, and brisket sliders in a sports arena? Sure, why not!

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114

8. A&B Burgers

115 Beverly St, Boston, MA 02114
A&B Burgers
A&B Burgers
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

There are burgers at this new import from the North Shore — duh — but there are also other fun treats, like scotch eggs and chorizo mac and cheese.

115 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114

9. Tasty Burger

1 Nashua St, Boston, MA 02114
Hands hold onto a cheeseburger from Tasty Burger, held aloft above more burgers and onion rings
Tasty Burger
Tasty Burger/Official Site

Tasty Burger is Boston’s In-N-Out Burger. Tasty Burger is better than In-N-Out Burger. Eat a Big Tasty, and wash it down with a local beer or two.

1 Nashua St
Boston, MA 02114

10. Tavern in the Square

120 Beverly St, Boston, MA 02114
Tavern in the Square West End
Tavern in the Square West End
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

If it’s crowd-pleasing apps and cheap beer you’re after, the West End location of location chain Tavern in the Square is a can’t-miss stop before a Celts game.

120 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114

11. Ward 8

90 N Washington St, Boston, MA 02114
Ward 8
Ward 8
Meg Jones Wall/Eater

Ward 8 offers a selection of salads and American bistro fare, like grilled salmon and steak frites. Have a fancy cocktail while you’re at it.

90 N Washington St
Boston, MA 02114

12. Halftime Pizza

115 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
Halftime Pizza
Halftime Pizza
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Halftime’s slices are big and greasy and perfect for padding the stomach before getting soused inside TD Garden during a playoff game.

115 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

13. The Fours

166 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
The Fours
The Fours
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The Fours is best known for being a Bruins bar, but it’s not all sticks and pucks at this Canal Street spot. Diners can enjoy a large menu, including classic New England seafood options like scrod, fish and chips, and broiled scallops.

166 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114

14. Beerworks

112 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
Beerworks Brewing Co. West End Canal Street Boston
Beerworks
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Beerworks has a varied appetizer menu — think poutine, spring rolls, flatbreads, and wings — and serves up its own brews. This is one of seven locations for the local chain.

112 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114

15. West End Johnnie’s

138 Portland St, Boston, MA 02114
West End Johnnie’s
West End Johnnie’s
West End Johnnie’s/Official Site

Head to West End Johnnie’s for appetizers like wings, fried calamari, mussels, and crab cakes. The West End staple recently expanded to Fenway, too.

138 Portland St
Boston, MA 02114

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