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Restaurants near Boston College's Alumni Stadium: From Pub Grub to High-End Dining



When you're bound for Boston College and Alumni Stadium, you'll find yourself surrounded by a wide array of restaurants that will welcome you through their doors for plates of Boston's best. Alumni stadium sits in the Chestnut Hill section of the Boston College Campus allowing you to sample from both Newton, and Brighton restaurants.

Whether you're looking to get in the groove with the college kids who are always seeking ways to save a buck or two or you'd rather treat yourself and those you're with to a meal that's a bit more upscale, you'll find plenty of restaurants to do just that around Alumni Stadium.

Chestnut Hill's bustling Route Nine is jam packed with stellar dining options. Several in the lifestyle center, The Street, are well worth a visit including Del Frisco's Grille, and Shake Shack.

But if a true college experience is what you're after make you're way to Brighton's main streets and check out BC hangouts like CitySide, or Roggie's. Here you'll be surrounded by BC kids looking to have a good time, get some good eats, and spend a small amount of cash. Chill with a plate of wings and a beer in the always hopping Buff's Pub.

If you want to take your dining experience up a level and enjoy the charm of Newton Center, put on something a bit nicer and head to Sycamore where you'll get a first class meal you'll remember long after the plates are cleared.


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Roggie's Brew & Grille


Roggie's is the college dive that draws crowds in for their heaping plates of cooked to order bar food. Applying scratch cooking methods ensures that you'll get fresh plates of their fried favorites, as well as burgers made from meat delivered daily. Aside from their pub grub, Roggies has an excellent selection of entrees, enjoy a their version of jambalaya-chicken, scallops, sausages, and shrimp served in a spicy marinara over pasta or rice, baby back ribs or even a vegetarian plate. Roggies extensive menu also includes pizza (even gluten free), pasta, raw bar, seafood, and an all day weekend brunch; ensuring you'll find something you like on their menu. Add to the good food the sports pub atmosphere and you have a winning spot to relive your college days, or enjoy those of your kids attending Boston College.




This Chestnut Hill Chinese paradise is raved about all around town. With its delicate script and unassuming decor, you may think twice before entering because from the unusual name for a Chinese restaurant to its location in a lifestyle center, Bernard's is a bit out of the ordinary. This thinking spans their menu where food is prepared with modern flair and although many traditional items appear and are prepped quite well, they are anything but expected. Dive into the peking duck or black bean shrimp, and you won't be disappointed. Bernard's is a Chinese eatery worth trying outside of Boston's Chinatown.


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Shake Shack
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Shake Shack takes a nostalgic burger joint and updates it to have modern flair. A sleek interior lets guests get the feel that they are someplace special because quite frankly, Shake Shack is special. Serving humanely raised, antibiotic and hormone free meat you can feel goo about eating everything they serve. Their burger selection is small and toppings are at a minimum, but the burgers they create are better than you'll find at many other fast food spots. Specialty burgers are topped with taste-bud tantalizing items like chopped cherry peppers and applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce and all are a manageable size. Shakes are a must at this shack that includes them in their name, but the frozen custard is the dessert to try. Whether mixed into one of their famed concretes or served sans mix ins, you'll be sure to save room for this dessert.


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Cityside is a modern American eatery and bar where Brighton residents, and Boston College students flock for good food at great prices, a happening social scene and strong drinks. Here you'll find an appealing selection of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees for well under twenty dollars. Regulars enjoy the cajun chicken pasta, juicy burgers, and pastrami rueben melt with a side of onion rings or waffle fries. Favorite starters include the queso dip and steak and cheese egg rolls. For dessert, you'll want to try the fried snickers or peanut butter and chocolate pie. The casual atmosphere make popping in pre or post a game at Alumni stadium a breeze even when you're wearing your BC garb or that of the opposing team.


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There is no better place for wings and beer than Buff's Pub in the Boston area. Less than $15 buys you a half order of Buff's famous wings with fries, onion rings or a salad. Served with your choice of sauce (Buffalo and honey hot are two popular options) these wings are expertly fried until they reach the perfect level of crunch then tossed in your sauce for the kick you'd expect from a wing. Buff's pub atmosphere entices diners to stay a while to watch the big games as televisions are mounted around this small establishment. You'll find yourself among a mix of patrons including professionals, and Boston College students all looking to indulge in Buff's fried wings.




Located in Chestnut Hill, this tiny sushi joint serves up the freshest fare and is accustomed to packing it to go. With only a small sushi bar and a few tables, you can expect a wait at Oishii (or easily enjoy it as take-out). Specialties include creative rolls like the Hamachi Torched Maki (Roe, cucumber & spicy mayo inside & hamachi torched outside w/sweet miso sauce & black tobiko on top), clean cuts of fresh sashimi, and special hand rolls top off the menu here. You'll be happily rewarded for your wait with fish Oishii local fans have grown to love.


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Aquitaine Bis


A French style bistro that's tucked away in a popular strip mall. Enjoy the the soupe a l'oignon gratinee or a Belgian endive salad to start you off then move on to such favorites as the seared duck or steak frites and then complete your meal with a sweet and luxurious dessert like the chocolate mousse. Beer and wine available by the bottle or glass, and the cocktails are killer; a mix of flavors that will have you ordering more.. Everything is served in elegant setting that will make you feel a bit of luxury in the heart of Chestnut Hill's bustling shopping area.




Del Frisco's Grille is a casual off-shoot of the more refined Del Frisco's Stekahouse mecca. Serving some of Del Frisco's favorite signature steaks like the filet mignon and prime ribeye, you can be sure to get a taste of what you love about Del Frisco's or try something new. Their equally as tasty and less expensive menu is filled with creative twists on american classics. These include big salads, hearty appetizers, burgers, seafood and sandwiches. Start off with pimento cheese fritters served with a Chipotle ranch sauce, ahi tacos, or pork meatballs. Follow it up with a salad, either as a meal or for a little ruffage before you dig into the main course. Then order up your main course. Favorites include the steamed brown bag fish, lamb burger, veal meatloaf or a signature steak and bite in to a plate of perfection.


Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill
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The Boston classic seafood spot has a home in Chestnut Hill that draws crowds on a regular basis to enjoy their stellar seafood. The fresh fish is served both simply prepared as well as gussied up, whatever is to your liking. You'll enjoy the seafood casserole, fried clams, the crab cake, chowder, and any of the wood grilled specialties topped with sauces like the red onion jam shandong sauce lemon chive butter. Along with great fish, Legal Sea Foods Chestnut Hill serves well-known Legals side dishes like their jalapeño cheddar polenta, and seaweed salad, and a small, but tasty list of non-seafood options. Their selection of wines is top notch and the cocktails are made strong and cold.


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Sycamore bills itself as a neighborhood bistro in Newton center where it serves food that draws crowds from well outside its Newton Center neighborhood. Their small menu is perfectly crafted to offer French food with Mediterranean influences. Winning raves for such items as their smoked bluefish pate and fish board, Sycamore maintains some menu consistency while altering a bit. Sycamore's cocktails, and craft beer list are equally as impressive as their menu elections while the house red or white by the carafe are a bargain at $18 for a 1/2 liter. Relax in their casual setting and enjoy a fine meal.


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