Boston Restaurants Great for Groups: Make Dining with Friends Simple

When in Boston with friends and looking to dine out, you'll have options galore. At 10best we've sifted through the many choices and found ten that give groups great treatment; each in their own special way.

When you want to feel like you're part of a big Italian family, dine family style at Maggiano's. A national chain, Maggiano's Boston location serves heaping plates of Italain-American classics like chicken parmesan and spaghetti and meatballs as well as entrees that are a little less main stream like lobster carbonara and shrimp and parmesan crusted tilapia. Their family style menu lets you pick a variety from each category while maintaining a moderate meal cost.

Big name steakhouses often work well for groups. In Boston, Del Frisco's and Smith and Wollensky both give you waterfront views, great steaks, succulent seafood, and rave worthy wine lists with private setting to suit your groups. And if you request your steak sliced family style you'll be able to sample more than what you ordered.

Chinese food is friend to family style dining with plates of flavor-focused food arriving to your table, Chinatown's New Shanghai is a must try. Enjoy your meal with a group and you'll be able to enjoy the authentic Chinese items that make this place popular among Chinese locals.

Once you've decided what kind of food your group is looking to share, look over this list and pick the place to suit your tastes.

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Walking into Catalyst you're met by a sense of calm, the large space is filled with inviting elements that make you want to find a seat and stay there for a very long time. The double sided fireplace is surrounded by benches begging for you to...  Read More



A casually elegant interior is swanky without being stuffy. Small tiles seem to glisten from the light reflecting off their shiny surface. The lively bar scene is the perfect place to sit solo and order a light meal, or a simple snack including...  Read More

Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks
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In the heart of Kenmore Square, moments away from Fenway Park sits Eastern Standard. A sophisticated restaurant with a fabulous bar that churns out out some the best New American cuisine in the city. Although you can make it a light lunch, who...  Read More



Summer Shack has consistently good food, excellent blackboard specials, stiff drinks and a seasoned wait staff. The laid back atmosphere is family friendly, but also offers an oyster bar in the center of the space as well as a more casual sports...  Read More

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Fugakyu in Brookline's Coolidge Corner has been a favorite for many Boston locals since it opened its doors 12 years ago. Everything is perfectly prepared, allowing you the opportunity to truly get what you want without worry. Their fun...  Read More



Towne Stove and Spirits is an upscale, yet casual, Back Bay hot spot where you'll find a varied crowd. The main dining area consists of two floors with sectioned off areas and is and ideal dining destination for a large group. The food offered...  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



Walking into Maggiano's you get the sense you're entering an Italian home. A warm welcome awaits as you approach the host who will happily seat you. Your server will offer the option to order individually or family style, but the entire table...  Read More

Smith & Wollensky
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The Atlantic Wharf location of Smith and Wollensky overlooks the historic Fort Point Channel. Their outdoor dining scene is bustling during the warmer months when diners can score a seat for dinner or just drinks at their outdoor bar and take in...  Read More



New Shanghai is a Chinatown favorite, not for its decor, but for its authenticity as a go to for hot, spicy Szechuan-style cuisine. Prices are reasonable, starting with appetizers under $10 and entrees in the high teens. The fish is fresh, meats...  Read More


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