Sure, Fenway is most recognizable for Fenway Park, and if you’re looking for a burger and a beer on game day, there are loads of places to find that in the neighborhood. But the area is also home to some of the city’s best Thai and Indian restaurants, as well as what may be the region’s only Yemeni restaurant. Below, find 12 excellent Fenway restaurants for lunch, dinner, or somewhere in between.Read More
12 Excellent Restaurants to Try in Fenway
It’s not all Fenway Franks around here
Coastal seafood is the focus at Pescador, which means plenty of fish in all sorts of forms, from raw crudos to pizza toppings. The seafood paella, studded with cockles, shrimp, and squid, is a must-order.
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This bi-level Yemeni newcomer to the neighborhood is the place to go for rare-in-Boston dishes like slow-roasted, tender lamb haneeth over rice and the mathbi chicken, a flavorful grilled chicken plate. Stock up on the puffy, blistered flatbread that is cooked in a cylindrical tanoor oven (similar to the tandoor oven often used in Indian cooking).
India Quality is a decades-old Kenmore Square institution that is known for its excellent North Indian food. The biryanis are a great place to start — from goat to lamb, beef, and vegetable, they’ve got plenty of options — and don’t miss the naan stuffed with green chilis, onions, or cherries, coconut, and honey.
A pleasant spot for hot and cold udon options, including some more unique spins, such as the cold Mad Tiger udon with spicy miso pork and cherry tomatoes.
Located at the Verb Hotel, this izakaya-inspired restaurant from the O Ya team is full of fun sushi and small plates, loud music, great bartenders, and Japanese knick-knacks.
Fast-casual Greek from the team behind Trade and Porto. Come here for choose-your-own combos of pita, rice, or salad with braised pork, spicy lamb meatballs, zucchini fritters, and more. Put the “secret sauce,” a preserved lemon concoction, on everything.
Time Out Market Boston
Indecisive? Try a food hall. Time Out Market Boston offers over a dozen counter-service food and drink options from some of Boston’s best local brands, from doughnuts to tacos to fried chicken sandwiches. Pair anything with a pint from Trillium, located just outside the food hall.
This is the Boston sibling to Portland, Maine’s popular Eventide Oyster Co., and you’ve probably already heard that you should try the brown butter lobster roll. You should, and follow it up with brown butter soft serve. To note: the restaurant has been closed for renovations since early 2023; it will reopen starting Monday, April 3.
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar
Head here for lots of oysters, whole suckling pig (order in advance), whiskey, and daily chalkboard specials.
From the team behind acclaimed downtown wine bar Haley.Henry, this Fenway wine bar was Eater Boston’s 2018 bar of the year thanks to its unique wines, intimate space, and small but enjoyable food menu.
Chef Tiffani Faison’s ode to barbecue, featuring the best biscuits in the world, according to a Forbes Magazine contributor. Seriously, get the biscuits. And follow that with the prime brisket or the juicy pulled pork, available by the tray or in sandwich form.
Rod Thai Family Taste
There’s nearly always a crowd hanging out inside Rod Thai’s tiny dining room because insiders know that this is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. From the tart som tum to the creamy massaman curry in coconut milk, it’s hard to go wrong here.