Boston's Best Restaurants That Bring Guests Back through Their Doors

The best restaurants in Boston have one thing in common: staying power. They are not just what's hot right now, but what's proven its worth. 

Boston is filled with its share of great places to get good fish. Row 34, set in happening Fort Point, brings guests through their doors in droves to indulge in freshly harvested and expertly shucked oysters, appetizers and main dishes that are both simple and exquisite.

With a large population of Italian Americans, you can't go wrong with a meal in Boston's North End, but you can get one even better on Boston's Greenway where NEBO has made its home. This family run spot serves meatballs like they were meant to be made and welcomes guests with true Italian hospitality.

Across the Charles River, in neighboring Cambridge, you'll find Oleana where the Middle Eastern fare is served in a warm, almost cozy environment both indoors by the fire or out on the elegant patio. Bostonians love Oleana so much that more than 10 years after they opened you still need to make reservations weeks in advance to get seated at a reasonable hour.

The 10best are spots you'll find the same names on the reservation list time and again because these are the places where locals become regulars.

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Bondir serves modern American cuisine in an elegant setting that makes you feel special even before you take a bite of their amazing menu. Only 28 seats and a cozy room complete with a fireplace makes Bondir the place you long to be on cool...  Read More

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Tico welcomes diners into its warm atmosphere where you'll find people relaxing at the bar sipping one of their specialty (tequila based) cocktails, sipping beer, eating and chatting while the tables are filled with lively groups enjoying the...  Read More

Myers + Chang


An Asian diner that serves some of the best Taiwanese soul food and Southeast Asian street food you can find stateside. Favoring lighter sauces, and creating new twists on classics as well as developing new dishes with regional flavors sets...  Read More

JM Curley
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When a restaurant lists their rules and those rules include, "the customer is NOT always right, and don't be a douchbag", you know you're in a true Boston spot. jm Curley's is that kind of place, where you won't find anything fancy, but you'll...  Read More

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - Boston
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Located in Liberty Wharf, arguably the hottest place to dine in the city, especially during warmer months, Del Frisco's offers outdoor waterfront dining on their stunning glass walled patio (to keep it comfortable even if the wind blows). But...  Read More



For great seafood in Boston, head to Neptune Oyster. Home of an award winning lobster roll, served cold with mayo or hot with butter, Neptune does it right. Chunks of sweet meat cooked to perfection are served on a roll that is almost as good...  Read More



A favorite among the Inman Square crowd, this Mediterranean restaurant boasts an innovative menu and pleasant wait staff. Chef Ana Sortun has become a legend in the Boston area, known for sourcing many of her vegetables from her husband's farm...  Read More

Nebo Restaurant and Bar
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For gravy like grandma made head over to Boston's Greenway where NEBO has made its home. This Italian eatery serves homestyle Italian favorites inspired by their mother's recipes and plates them with pride. A modern industrial space has a cozy...  Read More

Row 34
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Fashionably simple, Row 34 in Fort Point Channel, within the Seaport District, has quickly made a splash in the restaurant scene. Serving fresh seafood, Row 34 churns out plates of local bites to be eaten with enjoyment. Row 34 has a focus on...  Read More


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Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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