Boston

$<15, $$15-50, $$$50-100, $$$$100+ ♥ terrible, ♥♥ below average, ♥♥♥ average, ♥♥♥♥ decent, ♥♥♥♥♥ favorite
the list is sorted by BNPB ratings, then names
Name City Category Price Rating Last Posted Tips
163 Vietnamese Sandwiches & Bubble Tea Chinatown Vietnamese $ ♥♥♥♥♥ - -
Bondir Cambridge French $$$ ♥♥♥♥♥ More -
Craigie On Main Cambridge American $$$ ♥♥♥♥♥ Brunch “Chef’s Whim” Tasting Menu 
Dok Bua Thai Kitchen Brookline Thai $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ 2nd post -
Fairsted Kitchen Brookline American $$$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - drinks are outstanding
Garlic ‘n Lemons Allston/Brighton Turkish $ ♥♥♥♥♥ - Spicy Chicken
Guchi’s Midnight Ramen Downtown Japanese $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - Pop-Up
Hei La Moon Chinatown Chinese $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - Dim Sum
Hungry Mother Kendall Square American $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - -
Kung Fu Tea Allston/Brighton Café/Bakery $ ♥♥♥♥♥ - -
La Brasa Somerville American $$ ♥♥♥♥♥
LA Burdick Chocolate Back Bay Café/Bakery $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ more -
Menton Waterfront French $$$$ ♥♥♥♥♥ 2nd visit -
Neptune Oyster North End Seafood $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - Buttermilk Johnnycake
New Golden Gate Restaurant Chinatown Chinese $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ more visits seafood
O Ya Leather District Japanese $$$$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - -
Potluck Cafe  Chinatown Chinese $ ♥♥♥♥♥ - 麻辣烫
Ribelle Brookline Italian $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - 3 or $30 deal
Santouka  Back Bay Japanese $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - Ramen
Seoul Soulongtang Allston/Brighton Korean $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - -
Shabu-Zen Allston/Brighton Japanese $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - soul soothing
Shanghai Gate Allston/Brighton Chinese $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - -
T.W. Food Cambridge French $$$ ♥♥♥♥♥ 2nd visit restaurant week is a good deal
Taqueria Jalisco East Boston Mexican $ ♥♥♥♥♥ PART II -
Toraya Arlington Japanese $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - -
Toro South End Spanish $$ ♥♥♥♥♥ - Tapas
YumeWoKatare Porter Square Japanese $ ♥♥♥♥♥ - Pork Only
A4 Pizza Bar Somerville American $$ ♥♥♥♥ - Mushroom Pizza
Alden & Harlow  Harvard Square American $$$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Amsterdam Falafel Shop Davis Square Cheap Eats $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Asta Back Bay French $$$ ♥♥♥♥ - get a seat at the kitchen bar and watch the actions
B&G Oysters South End Seafood $$$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Basta Pasta Trattoria Cambridge Italian $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Bedford Farms Ice Cream Bedford Café/Bakery $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
BerryLine Back Bay Café/Bakery $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Blue Ribbon Arlington American $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Bon Me Mobile Cheap Eats $ ♥♥♥♥ fresh ingredients
Bronwyn Somerville German $$ ♥♥♥♥ another visit -
Chacarero Downtown Cheap Eats $ ♥♥♥♥ - Chilean Sandwiches
China Star Dim Sum Lounge and Restaurant Lowell Chinese $$ ♥♥♥♥ - Dim Sum
Cinquecento South End Italian $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Coppa South End Italian $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Ebisuya Japanese Market Medford Japanese $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Flour Bakery + Café Kendall Square Café/Bakery $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Fugu Truck Mobile Food Trucks $ ♥♥♥♥ pt. 2 -
Gaslight Brasserie Du Coin South End French $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Café Chelmsford Chinese $$ ♥♥♥♥ pt.2 dapanji Hand pulled noodles
Giulia Porter Square Italian $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Brookline Japanese $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Island Creek Oyster Bar  Fenway Seafood $$$ ♥♥♥♥ pt.2 -
Istanbul’lu Somerville Turkish $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
J.P. Licks Davis Square Café/Bakery $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Jo Jo TaiPei Allston/Brighton Chinese $$ ♥♥♥♥ - Taiwanese
Kickass Cupcakes Davis Square Café/Bakery $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Kickass Cupcakes Mobile Food Trucks $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
New Jang Su BBQ Restaurant Burlington Korean $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant Chinatown Chinese $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Oga’s Japanese Cuisine Natick Japanese $$ ♥♥♥♥ - Omakase
Oishii Sushi Bar Chestnut Hill Japanese $$ ♥♥♥♥ - high quality fish
Pauli’s North End Cheap Eats $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Penang Chinatown Malaysian $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Pho Viet Allston/Brighton Vietnamese $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Pikaichi Ramen Allston/Brighton Chinese $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Prezza North End Italian $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Royal India Bistro Lexington Middle Eastern $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Sarma Somerville Turkish $$ ♥♥♥♥ I would avoid the meat dishes
Sorellina Back Bay Italian $$$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Strip T’s Watertown American $$ ♥♥♥♥
Super 88 Food Court Allston/Brighton Chinese $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Taranta Cucina Meridionale North End Italian $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Tenoch Mexican Medford Mexican $ ♥♥♥♥ - -
The Butcher Shop South End American $$ ♥♥♥♥ - nice wine
The Hawthorne Fenway Lounge/Sports $$ ♥♥♥♥ - phil collins used to be my fave drink til new bartender changed it :(
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter Somerville American $$ ♥♥♥♥ - lamb
The Salty Pig  Back Bay American $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
Vinny’s Ristorante Somerville Italian $$ ♥♥♥♥ - -
49 Social Downtown American $$ ♥♥♥ - Live Jazz
Anna’s Taqueria Davis Square Mexican $ ♥♥♥ - -
Aquitaine South End French $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Belle Isle Seafood  Winthrop Seafood $$ ♥♥♥ - fried seafood
Bergamot Somerville American $$ ♥♥♥ Chef’s Tasting Menu don’t get the tasting
Bistro 5 Medford Italian $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Bistro du Midi Back Bay French $$$ ♥♥♥ - -
Blue Fin Porter Square Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Brown Sugar Café Brookline Thai $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Cafe St Petersburg Newton Russian $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Chatime Chinatown Café/Bakery $ ♥♥♥ - tea house, serves food
Chilli Duck Back Bay Thai $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Chung Ki Wa Medford Korean $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar Somerville Spanish $$ ♥♥♥ - Tapas
Dorado Tacos & Cemitas Brookline Mexican $ ♥♥♥ - -
Douzo Back Bay Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - roasted pork udon
East Ocean City Chinatown Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Eastern Standard Kitchen Fenway American $$ ♥♥♥ - -
El Pelón Taquería Brookline Mexican $ ♥♥♥ - -
Frozen Hoagies Truck Mobile Dessert/Café $ ♥♥♥
FuLoon Restaurant Malden Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ takeout Sichuan
Garden at the Cellar Central Square American $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Gourmet Dumpling House Chinatown Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ Part 2 -
Grotto Beacon Hill Italian $$ ♥♥♥ - the restaurant is super dark
Guadalajara Grill Malden Mexican $ ♥♥♥ - -
Ittoku Allston/Brighton Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Ken’s Ramen  Providence, RI Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - Ramen
Korean Garden Allston/Brighton Korean $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Legal Harborside Waterfront Seafood $$$ ♥♥♥ - -
Macaron Sweeterie Lexington Café/Bakery $ ♥♥♥ - Now Closed
Maki Maki Brookline Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - Buffet
Mamma Maria North End Italian $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Mandarin Malden Malden Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ HUGE portion
Manna House  Arlington Korean $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Marliave Downtown Seafood $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Mei Mei Restaurant Brookline Asian Fusion $$ ♥♥♥ - no alchohol
Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck Mobile Asian Fusion $ ♥♥♥ very friendly service
Meritage Waterfront American $$$ ♥♥♥ - -
Mi Salvador & Mexicano Chelsea Mexican $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Mike’s Pastry North End Café/Bakery $ ♥♥♥ - dipped strawberries
Minado Natick Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Mistral Back Bay French $$$ ♥♥♥ - -
Mooo… Downtown American $$ ♥♥♥ - -
MuLan Kendall Square Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ - Taiwanese
Muqueca Restaurant Inman Square Brazilian $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Myung Dong 1st Ave Allston/Brighton Korean $$ ♥♥♥ - soju bar, serves food
New Ginza Watertown Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
No. 9 Park Beacon Hill French $$$ ♥♥♥ - -
Nubar Harvard Square American $$ ♥♥♥
Oasis Brazilian Restaurant Medford Brazilian $$ ♥♥♥ - All you can eat
One of the Kind Allston/Brighton Chinese $ ♥♥♥ - -
OSAKA Japanese Sushi & Steak House Brookline Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Pho 88 Lowell Vietnamese $ ♥♥♥ - -
Pho Hoa Malden Vietnamese $ ♥♥♥ - -
Pigalle Downtown French $$$ ♥♥♥ - -
Pomodoro North End Italian $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Puritan & Company Inman Square American $$$ ♥♥♥ - -
Red Pepper Framingham Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ sichuan
Row 34 Waterfront Seafood $$$ ♥♥♥ - island creek sister restaurant
Sapporo Ramen Porter Square Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Shangri-la Belmont Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Shojo Chinatown Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ - Fusion
Sichuan Garden Brookline Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Sichuan Gourmet Brookline Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Sichuan Gourmet Framingham Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Smile Thai Noodles Allston/Brighton Thai $ ♥♥♥ - -
Spike’s Junkyard Dog Allston/Brighton Cheap Eats $ ♥♥♥ - hot dogs
Sun Kong Restaurant Malden Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ Dim Sum Dim Sum
Sushi Island Wakefield Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Sushi-Teq Waterfront Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Taipei Gourmet Lexington Chinese $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Taqueria el Amigo Waltham Mexican $ ♥♥♥ - -
Ten Tables Jamaica Plain American $$ ♥♥♥ - -
The Chicken & Rice Guys Mobile Food Trucks $ ♥♥♥ - -
The Kebab Factory Somerville Middle Eastern $$ ♥♥♥ - -
The Oyster Company Cape Cod Seafood $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Trolley Dogs/Boston Italian Ice Mobile Cheap Eats $ ♥♥♥
Vinh-Sun BBQ and Restaurant Chinatown Chinese $ ♥♥♥ - -
WOW BARBECUE: Lamb Skewers Mobile Food Trucks $ ♥♥♥ - -
Yakitori Zai South End Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ Ramen Now Closed
Yamato Restaurant Brookline Japanese $$ ♥♥♥ - All you can eat
Yard House Restaurant Lynnfield Lounge/Sports $$ ♥♥♥ - -
Argo Tea and Boston Common Coffee Co. Boston Café/Bakery $ ♥♥ - -
Atlantic Fish Company Back Bay Seafood $$ ♥♥ - sandy shellfish
Baja Taco Truck Mobile Cheap Eats $ ♥♥
Barefoot Bob’s Beach Grill Nantasket Beach Hull Seafood $$ ♥♥ - -
Basho Japanese Brasserie Fenway Japanese $$ ♥♥ - -
Bibim Allston/Brighton Korean $$ ♥♥ - -
Biryani Park – indian Mobile Indian $ ♥♥
BonChon Allston/Brighton Korean $$ ♥♥ - -
Brasserie 28 Andover American $$ ♥♥ - -
Caffé Vittoria North End Café/Bakery $ ♥♥ - -
Captain Marden’s Food Truck Mobile Seafood $ ♥♥
Chilli Garden Medford Chinese $$ ♥♥ - Sichuan
China King Chinatown Chinese $$ ♥♥ - Peking Duck
Chubby Chickpea Mobile Middle Eastern $ ♥♥
Cupcake City Mobile Dessert/Café $ ♥♥
Dolphin Seafood Harvard Square Seafood $$ ♥♥ - -
Dylan’s Bar & Grill Andover American $$ ♥♥ - -
Emerald Lounge Back Bay Lounge/Sports $$ ♥♥ - -
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse Back Bay Brazilian $$$ ♥♥ - All you can eat
Inaka Allston/Brighton Japanese $$ ♥♥ - -
Journeyman Somerville American $$$ ♥♥ - -
Kaju Tofu House Allston/Brighton Korean $$ ♥♥ - -
L’Espalier Back Bay French $$$$ ♥♥ - avoid lunch
Max Brenner Back Bay Café/Bakery $$ ♥♥ - -
Moyzilla Mobile Asian Fusion $$ ♥♥ dumplings
Oleana Restaurant Inman Square Turkish $$ ♥♥ - appetizers are better than entrees
Palm Sugar Thai Cuisine Davis Square Thai $ ♥♥ - -
Palmers Restaurant & Tavern Andover American $$ ♥♥ - -
Pink Tree Sweets Andover Café/Bakery $ ♥♥ - -
Sakanaya Japanese Fish Market Allston/Brighton Japanese $$ ♥♥ - -
Snappy Sushi Ramen Bar  Back Bay Japanese $$ ♥♥ - -
Sportello Waterfront Café/Bakery $$ ♥♥ - -
Sweet Cupcakes Back Bay Café/Bakery $ ♥♥ - -
Tavern in the Square Allston/Brighton Lounge/Sports $$ ♥♥ - -
Tea Do  Chinatown Café/Bakery $ ♥♥ - bubble tea
Terramia Ristorante  North End Italian $$ ♥♥ - -
The Beehive South End American $$ ♥♥ - Live Jazz
Tom Yum Koong Medford Thai $$ ♥♥ - -
Tony’s Clam Shop Quincy Seafood $$ ♥♥
Top of the Hub Back Bay American $$ ♥♥ - The View
Towne Back Bay Lounge/Sports $$ ♥♥ - -
W Lounge Downtown Lounge/Sports $$ ♥♥ - -
Wow Barbecue Restaurant Malden BBQ/Chinese $$ ♥♥ 羊肉串
Yoki Medford Japanese $$ ♥♥ pt. 2 -
Between Hours/PC Café Allston/Brighton Café/Bakery $ - terrible service
Doowee & Rice Somerville Cheap Eats $ - always runs out of food due to poor management
Giacomo’s Ristorante North End Italian $$ - worst service
Little Lamb Restaurant Beacon Hill Chinese $$ - Hot Pot/ terrible service
M3 Somerville American $$ - southern
Momogoose Food Truck Mobile Asian Fusion $ worst food ive had
Rialto Harvard Square Italian $$ - ingredients are super not fresh
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Boston American $$$ - Steakhouse
The Gallows South End American $$ - terrible food
Trattoria II Panino North End Italian $$ - terrible food
Uni Sashimi Bar Back Bay Japanese $$ had the late night ramen
Zaftigs Delicatessen Brookline American $$ - terrible food

 

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30 thoughts on “Boston

  1. I’ve never been to Boston, but I’m sure it’s a wonderful city, full of wonderful restaurants (apropos of your article here) and people. Everything I’ve ever heard about it has been good.

    Well, except recently for your liberal, loudmouth mayor and the fact that you don’t seem to have a Chick-fil-A there. Hey, maybe you could start a campaign to get Chick-fil-A to open a franchise there. Wouldn’t that be something?

    BTW, love your handle BunnyandPorkbelly. You sound like a foodie, like me.

  2. You might enjoy a trip north to Brattleboro, Vermont for some Korean delights at ShinLa; there’s also a wonderful new restaurant named Popolo in Bellows Falls. If you do make the trek, let me know and we can share some food together. Susan

  3. This post is going to be especially useful for me because I’ve just started spending a bit of my time in Boston and I could use some suggestions on where to dine, thanks. Have you been to any of the Italian restaurants in the North End where they have an accordion player?

  4. I went to Boston earlier this year and absolutely loved it! Great city, I’m looking forward to going back again sometime. And of course, I’ll have to try out some of the food recommendations you have here. :)

  5. Yikes, and to think I only made up a whole trendy Newton restaurant in my novel! how about jumping on the Green Line D for some Newton reviews? So hard to remember menu details out here in CA. Excellent, useful blog!

  6. Hi — I lived in Boston for many years but left the entire area in 1985. Cannot believe how few restaurants on your list were there back then. I’ve got to go back if only to eat!

  7. You might want to check out Misono in Chestnut Hill (VFW Parkway, a few doors down from the Bertucci’s.) I’d be interested to see how it compares to the other Japanese restaurants you’ve reviewed. In addition to sushi and Japanese, they’ve got some great Korean hot soups and dishes.

  8. Hey,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! You grew up the next town over from me. Love the restaurant list which includes some of my favorites, too. I’m looking forward to more of your take on our local eateries :-)

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