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Fried calamari at the Daily Catch.
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No Reservation, No Problem at These 8 Boston Area Restaurants

Just walk right into these restaurants

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Fried calamari at the Daily Catch.
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We’ve all been there — Friday night dinner or Sunday brunch rolls around, and it’s looking challenging to get a last-minute reservation. Lucky for you, there are plenty of superb restaurants in the Boston area that don’t take reservations. Embrace spontaneity at these 8 spots.

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Dear Annie

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The (mostly) no-reservation policy at Dear Annie is part of the casual, communal charm that makes it one of the best wine bars in the Boston area. The team puts a few seats up on Resy each night, but the majority of the space is reserved for walk-ins. Besides great wine, expect freshly baked bread, a menu that adapts to the season, and pizza night on Mondays.

A white plate holds a rectangular slice of pizza piled high with green herbs on top. The plate sits on a round, yellow table.
Pizza night at Dear Annie.
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Mi Pueblito Restaurant

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Try the pupusas and the nachos at this casual East Boston neighborhood spot. Mi Pueblito opens every day from morning to evening, making a spontaneous no-reservation brunch and dinner outings a possibility.

A Mexican sandwich and a side of fries are served on a white plate on a black outdoor table.
A sandwich from Mi Pueblito.
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The Daily Catch North End

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Of the three Daily Catch locations, the North End and Brookline are both walk-in only. When full, expect to queue up outside this seafood restaurant, but some incredible calamari and squid ink pasta await inside.

The Black Pasta Aglio Olio at The Daily Catch in the North End.
Squid ink pasta at the Daily Catch.
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Brookline Lunch

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Tucked onto Brookline Street in Cambridge, this family-run, cash-only restaurant can get busy during weekend brunch hours, so be prepared to wait in the line outside. But baklava pancakes and vegetable-accented benedicts will ultimately be on the menu.

A green ceramic bowl filled with veggies, pita wedges, poached eggs, and chickpeas.
The za’atar egg bowl at Brookline Lunch.
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Szechuan Mountain House

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A recent addition to Allston, Szechuan Mountain House is an upscale Sichuan restaurant that hits all the right notes, from the tingling la-zi chicken to the savory, collagen-rich pig trotter soup. There are no reservations but be prepared to wait in line at this one, as it’s been quite popular since its opening last fall.

A pile of chicken and bites and red diced bits of pepper served with a big spoon on a wooden serving board.
Szechuan Mountain House’s la-zi chicken.
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The Friendly Toast

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This popular New England chain offers an online Yelp waitlist diners can join to hold a place in line on busy brunch days. Get the breakfast sandwich on their cayenne cheddar bread, and convince friends to share the classic (yet excellent) Belgian waffle with whipped cream.

Anchovies

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What’s not to love about Anchovies? This no-reservation mainstay of the South End serves up hearty Italian American plates like chicken parm and fried ravioli. Plus, each cocktail order comes with the poured drink and anything left over in the cocktail shaker.

A white square plate filled with two gigantic pepper halves stuffed with cheese and sausage, placed on top of a pile of linguine and marinara sauce.
Linguine and stuffed peppers from Anchovies.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

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While Ganko Ittetsu is first come first serve, this ramen shop also has a Yelp waitlist option for monitoring the wait time and to reserve a place in line if you’re within a mile from the restaurant. They’re nestled into the Arcade building in Coolidge Corner, and serve a range of traditional and modern ramen varieties.

A bowl of ramen filled with spicy broth, noodles, an egg, and chashu.
Ramen at Ganko Ittetsu Ramen.
Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

Dear Annie

The (mostly) no-reservation policy at Dear Annie is part of the casual, communal charm that makes it one of the best wine bars in the Boston area. The team puts a few seats up on Resy each night, but the majority of the space is reserved for walk-ins. Besides great wine, expect freshly baked bread, a menu that adapts to the season, and pizza night on Mondays.

A white plate holds a rectangular slice of pizza piled high with green herbs on top. The plate sits on a round, yellow table.
Pizza night at Dear Annie.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Mi Pueblito Restaurant

Try the pupusas and the nachos at this casual East Boston neighborhood spot. Mi Pueblito opens every day from morning to evening, making a spontaneous no-reservation brunch and dinner outings a possibility.

A Mexican sandwich and a side of fries are served on a white plate on a black outdoor table.
A sandwich from Mi Pueblito.
Karen Wilber/Eater Boston

The Daily Catch North End

Of the three Daily Catch locations, the North End and Brookline are both walk-in only. When full, expect to queue up outside this seafood restaurant, but some incredible calamari and squid ink pasta await inside.

The Black Pasta Aglio Olio at The Daily Catch in the North End.
Squid ink pasta at the Daily Catch.
Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Brookline Lunch

Tucked onto Brookline Street in Cambridge, this family-run, cash-only restaurant can get busy during weekend brunch hours, so be prepared to wait in the line outside. But baklava pancakes and vegetable-accented benedicts will ultimately be on the menu.

A green ceramic bowl filled with veggies, pita wedges, poached eggs, and chickpeas.
The za’atar egg bowl at Brookline Lunch.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Szechuan Mountain House

A recent addition to Allston, Szechuan Mountain House is an upscale Sichuan restaurant that hits all the right notes, from the tingling la-zi chicken to the savory, collagen-rich pig trotter soup. There are no reservations but be prepared to wait in line at this one, as it’s been quite popular since its opening last fall.

A pile of chicken and bites and red diced bits of pepper served with a big spoon on a wooden serving board.
Szechuan Mountain House’s la-zi chicken.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

The Friendly Toast

This popular New England chain offers an online Yelp waitlist diners can join to hold a place in line on busy brunch days. Get the breakfast sandwich on their cayenne cheddar bread, and convince friends to share the classic (yet excellent) Belgian waffle with whipped cream.

Anchovies

What’s not to love about Anchovies? This no-reservation mainstay of the South End serves up hearty Italian American plates like chicken parm and fried ravioli. Plus, each cocktail order comes with the poured drink and anything left over in the cocktail shaker.

A white square plate filled with two gigantic pepper halves stuffed with cheese and sausage, placed on top of a pile of linguine and marinara sauce.
Linguine and stuffed peppers from Anchovies.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

While Ganko Ittetsu is first come first serve, this ramen shop also has a Yelp waitlist option for monitoring the wait time and to reserve a place in line if you’re within a mile from the restaurant. They’re nestled into the Arcade building in Coolidge Corner, and serve a range of traditional and modern ramen varieties.

A bowl of ramen filled with spicy broth, noodles, an egg, and chashu.
Ramen at Ganko Ittetsu Ramen.
Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

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