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Where to Eat in and Around Gillette Stadium

Burgers, beers, banh mi, and more

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Whether you’re heading to a Pats game, a major concert or even a monster truck jam, you’re probably going to need to eat something to keep your energy high to cheer on your team (or sing along for three hours). If you’re not about paying stadium food prices for a beer and hot dog, the good news is that there are a lot of better options.

From the best choices at Gillette’s built-in mall, Patriot Place, to local favorites within a five-minute or so drive from the stadium, these are the absolute best restaurants to fuel your fanning-out over whatever or whomever you probably paid a lot of money to see.

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Curry Leaf

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A few minutes away from the stadium, in a strip mall, sits Curry Leaf, a casual Indian and Pakistani restaurant with a few booths, that is perfect for a cozy pre-game meal. You’ll find all the classics like pakora, garlic naan, and vindaloo, but don’t miss out on the chicken momo and Pakistani chicken pulao, either.

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

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If you’ve been to a Davio’s (who hasn’t?), you know what to expect here. Well-seasoned steaks for all appetites and hearty pasta mains (the penne with applewood smoked chicken remains a favorite), served in an airy room that almost make you forget you’re at a mall next to a football stadium. Definitely make a reservation; this place fills up fast.

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Gnocchi at Davio’s.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Citizen Crust

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Traveling with a big crew, kids and/or picky eaters? Citizen Crust probably has you covered with a diverse menu of handhelds, bowls, and skewers. The real slam-dunk on the menu though? The pizza, which is Roman sheet pan style (think a thicker crust, served on a sheet with shears to cut it) with toppings ranging from basic pepperoni to cacio e pepe with lots of black pepper. You can order the cheese vegan and the crust gluten-free if that’s your thing.

Wormtown Brewery

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Brewing beer in Worcester since 2010, the Wormtown taproom at Patriot Place is one of the easiest pre-event meals and hangs. The beer list is solid, with the brewery’s suds plus seltzers and canned cocktails, and the food menu is short and strong. Try the mix-and-match taco plate or the pulled Buffalo chicken sliders.

Axel & Byrne

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The newest pick on this list is a barbecue-slash-American-classics spot that aims to serve favorites from around the country, like Reuben sandwiches, Frito pie, and some real deal barbecue. Meaty favorites like St. Louis-style ribs, jerk chicken, pulled pork and brisket are all a good call at this counter-service spot that’s family-friendly.

A single-serve bag of Fritos chips split open in the middle and filled with chili and slices of green jalapenos.
The Frito pie at Axel & Byrne.
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Novatos Bar and Grill

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If you’re coming in from north of the stadium and want classic New England pub food, this is your spot for burgers, bourbon steak tips, and fantastic stuffies. Friendly servers will get your food in front of you fast, whether you’re posted up at the bar or tucked into a cozy booth.

Station One by Shovel Town Brewery

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This big, boisterous room, just a few minutes from the stadium, serves a more upscale pub menu to pair with their brews and cocktails. Artisan pizzas like the fig and prosciutto and the Honey Heat with pepperoni and hot honey are filling crowd pleasers, as are more unique choices like the orange chicken bowl and Five Alarm mac and cheese.

Banh Mi Oi

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You don’t have to head to Dorchester to get a killer pre-game banh mi and pho. Just a ten-minute drive from Gillette, you’ll find a menu of rice bowls, pho, and some unique Vietnamese sandwiches at Banh Mi Oi. Roll up to the counter and order a classic lemongrass steak or Nashville hot chicken-style banh mi. For vegetarians, there’s an excellent five-spice tofu version of the iconic sandwich.

Red Rooster Bar and Grill

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If you’re heading up to Gillette on route one from the South, Red Rooster is a low-stress option with huge burgers, excellent South Shore-style bar pies, and a patio that’s a great warm-weather hang. Inside, you’ll find fellow fans of the Pats, high tops and cozy booths, and a full pub menu.

Luciano's Restaurant

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Just south of the stadium (about a five-minute drive) right off 495, sits this classic Italian restaurant. You’ll get hearty portions of Italian American classics served in cozy, mural-covered rooms by bow-tied, welcoming servers. Take your parents here before a concert and order the veal marsala and pappardelle bolognese for the table.

Curry Leaf

A few minutes away from the stadium, in a strip mall, sits Curry Leaf, a casual Indian and Pakistani restaurant with a few booths, that is perfect for a cozy pre-game meal. You’ll find all the classics like pakora, garlic naan, and vindaloo, but don’t miss out on the chicken momo and Pakistani chicken pulao, either.

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

If you’ve been to a Davio’s (who hasn’t?), you know what to expect here. Well-seasoned steaks for all appetites and hearty pasta mains (the penne with applewood smoked chicken remains a favorite), served in an airy room that almost make you forget you’re at a mall next to a football stadium. Definitely make a reservation; this place fills up fast.

A close-up photo of little pillows of pasta and cheese in a white bowl.
Gnocchi at Davio’s.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Citizen Crust

Traveling with a big crew, kids and/or picky eaters? Citizen Crust probably has you covered with a diverse menu of handhelds, bowls, and skewers. The real slam-dunk on the menu though? The pizza, which is Roman sheet pan style (think a thicker crust, served on a sheet with shears to cut it) with toppings ranging from basic pepperoni to cacio e pepe with lots of black pepper. You can order the cheese vegan and the crust gluten-free if that’s your thing.

Wormtown Brewery

Brewing beer in Worcester since 2010, the Wormtown taproom at Patriot Place is one of the easiest pre-event meals and hangs. The beer list is solid, with the brewery’s suds plus seltzers and canned cocktails, and the food menu is short and strong. Try the mix-and-match taco plate or the pulled Buffalo chicken sliders.

Axel & Byrne

The newest pick on this list is a barbecue-slash-American-classics spot that aims to serve favorites from around the country, like Reuben sandwiches, Frito pie, and some real deal barbecue. Meaty favorites like St. Louis-style ribs, jerk chicken, pulled pork and brisket are all a good call at this counter-service spot that’s family-friendly.

A single-serve bag of Fritos chips split open in the middle and filled with chili and slices of green jalapenos.
The Frito pie at Axel & Byrne.
Anthony Tieuli/Axel & Byrne

Novatos Bar and Grill

If you’re coming in from north of the stadium and want classic New England pub food, this is your spot for burgers, bourbon steak tips, and fantastic stuffies. Friendly servers will get your food in front of you fast, whether you’re posted up at the bar or tucked into a cozy booth.

Station One by Shovel Town Brewery

This big, boisterous room, just a few minutes from the stadium, serves a more upscale pub menu to pair with their brews and cocktails. Artisan pizzas like the fig and prosciutto and the Honey Heat with pepperoni and hot honey are filling crowd pleasers, as are more unique choices like the orange chicken bowl and Five Alarm mac and cheese.

Banh Mi Oi

You don’t have to head to Dorchester to get a killer pre-game banh mi and pho. Just a ten-minute drive from Gillette, you’ll find a menu of rice bowls, pho, and some unique Vietnamese sandwiches at Banh Mi Oi. Roll up to the counter and order a classic lemongrass steak or Nashville hot chicken-style banh mi. For vegetarians, there’s an excellent five-spice tofu version of the iconic sandwich.

Red Rooster Bar and Grill

If you’re heading up to Gillette on route one from the South, Red Rooster is a low-stress option with huge burgers, excellent South Shore-style bar pies, and a patio that’s a great warm-weather hang. Inside, you’ll find fellow fans of the Pats, high tops and cozy booths, and a full pub menu.

Luciano's Restaurant

Just south of the stadium (about a five-minute drive) right off 495, sits this classic Italian restaurant. You’ll get hearty portions of Italian American classics served in cozy, mural-covered rooms by bow-tied, welcoming servers. Take your parents here before a concert and order the veal marsala and pappardelle bolognese for the table.

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