Boston’s official restaurant week — otherwise known as Dine Out Boston — runs for two weeks, actually, and is a good time to get out and explore a few places beyond your regular neighborhood haunts. The current restaurant week runs until March 25, and includes about 150 restaurants offering multi-course meals for lunch and dinner that are each under $50 per person. We’ve rounded up 12 solid bets for spring 2023’s restaurant week below. Want more choices? Find the full list of participating restaurants here.Read More
12 Solid Bets for Boston’s Restaurant Week
Where to score a great meal during the city’s biannual dining-out event
Oliveira's Steak House
Brazilian steakhouse Oliveira’s is already a good bang for your buck — the regular all-you-can-eat dinner menu is $45 — but their restaurant week deal lessens the price a bit and still grants access to a parade of juicy, grilled meats carved tableside. For the duration of Dine Out Boston, the spot has a restaurant week deal where lunch is $32 and dinner is $41. The special pricing is available on every day except Saturday.
Harvest is a nearly 50-year-old Cambridge legend that was evangelizing farm-to-table dining long before it was cool. Haven’t been yet? Now’s the time to go. The restaurant has a three-course dinner for $46 that includes a creamy kabocha squash bisque and squash and sausage risotto. Available every day except Saturday.
Find a generous five-course meal for $46 at popular Indian spot Shanti, where picks include the street snack pani puri, chicken momos, and lamb vindaloo. Shanti has multiple locations around town, but only the Kendall Square restaurant is participating in Dine Out Boston. Not available on Sundays.
Go to North End mainstay Tresca to sample the restaurant’s crispy orbs of arancini and bolognese packed with ground sirloin, sausage, and pancetta for dinner ($46). Top it off with tiramisu or flourless chocolate cake. The restaurant week menu is available every day except Saturday.
Scampo is one of local chef legend Lydia Shire’s career-highlight restaurants. The special restaurant week menu is only available for lunch ($32) from Thursday through Saturday, but it’s still worth carving out the time to try some ricotta-stuffed ravioli, grilled swordfish, and Shire’s signature tiramisu.
As the name suggests, Pasta Beach is situated right near the waterfront and has pasta in spades. For restaurant week, the special $41 dinner menu includes roasted scallops and a saffron-laced risotto with a duck ragu. Not available on Saturday.
Grill 23 & Bar
In a town full of steakhouses, Grill 23 is perhaps the most beloved of the batch. The gilded, two-story restaurant is doing a three-course dinner for $46 that includes seafood chowder, steak frites, and a slice of the steakhouse’s decadent chocolate cake. Not available on Saturday.
Mediterranean restaurant Porto — run by another local dining legend, chef Jody Adams — is doing a $46 dinner menu with a chopped salad, parmesan-dusted meatballs, and olive oil poached halibut with chorizo and an olive tapenade. Not available on Saturday.
This popular tropical cocktail bar in the South End — which also houses a sushi restaurant — is selling bento boxes for $41 apiece that are packed with a shrimp tempura roll, four pieces of nigiri, spicy cucumber salad, and fried karaage chicken. Not available on Saturday.
Atlántico is acclaimed chef Michael Serpa’s ode to the coastal seafood of Spain and Portugal. At dinner ($46), try plump bang’s island mussels in a carrot-almond romesco and crispy salt cod croquettes dipped in a squid ink aioli. There’s a $32 lunch menu as well. Available every day except Saturday. (The lunch menu is also not available on Sunday due to brunch service.)
A favorite among the public and industry insiders alike, Spanish restaurant Estragon consistently puts up one of the best tapas menus in the city. The four-course, $41 dinner includes classic Spanish picks like tortilla espanola and gambas al ajillo, or garlicky sauteed shrimp.
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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Grab a group and head to Gyu-Kaku for some tabletop grilling at this Japanese barbecue chain. For lunch ($32) or dinner ($46), choose from a range of appetizers, ready-to-barbecue meats, and refreshing desserts like green tea ice cream.