I often think Boston is underrated as a foodie city. There is something for every palette and a lot of world-class restaurants. Plus, the seafood is delicious, if you’re asking my opinion. Sure we might not be as big as New York City or San Francisco, but we have lots to offer.

I’ve teamed up with four other local bloggers to share our favorite restaurants with you. I hope you find somewhere new to try or see one of your favorites on the list. Plus, as always, feel free to share your favorites in the comments below! Without further ado, here are our 5 best Boston restaurants.

Myer’s+Chang | South End

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“So admittedly, I don’t technically live in the city anymore. I’m just a lowly suburbanite. And while this means I don’t get to try as many new places as my city-dwelling friends, I have a few tried-and-true classics I always go to when making dinner plans with friends. At the top of my list is Myers+Chang in the South End (a popular neighborhood for this list, you’ll see). If you love asian food, this place will be your jam. It offers interpretations of Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine that are sure to please. My favorites are the red miso-glazed carrots, Korean BBQ sloppy jo, Nasi Goreng, fried chicken + ginger waffles and the coconut cream pie. If you go, please invite me along so I can eat all of your food!” – Yours truly

Canary Square | Jamaica Plain

“I, admittedly, didn’t spend much time in Jamaica Plain (JP) until moving there in 2014. Now, I love it! In fact, I’m still exploring the booming food scene and am falling in love with this little part of Boston more and more. My favorite of all the restaurants in JP is Canary Square; it’s a hidden gem right off the green and orange lines. The restaurant switches out its menu every season, so you’re always bound to find something new and delicious to try. Their cocktail menu is also constantly changing – from winter warmer cocktails to summer bubblies, there’s a drink (or beer!) to please everyone. Oh, and did I mention it’s the coziest restaurant yet? It’s quite big, but somehow still feels like a cozy neighborhood spot. And in the summer you’re welcome to take a seat out on their patio! It’s the best of both worlds, really”. – Gabi By Gabriella 

Metropolis | South End

Best Boston Restaurants

“One of many restaurants in Boston’s picturesque South End, Metropolis sets itself apart with European charm that makes you feel like you’re in a bustling cafe in the Mediterranean. Whether you are looking for a spot for a casual dinner or a cozy brunch – look no further than Metropolis. Fresh ingredients and seasonally appropriate dishes make this a neighborhood staple”. – Kenzie Cave Girl in the City

The Paramount | Beacon Hill

The Paramount is known to many as a go-to breakfast spot in Beacon Hill, however for me, it  is the perfect venue for dinner! By day, the atmosphere at The Paramount can be hectic (especially on the weekends) but by night it boasts an an intimate, full-service dining space that is perfect for a casual night out with friends or with a date. For the most part I tend to seek out new experiences and atmospheres when I eat out but The Paramount is one of those spots that I continue to return to. Why? Aside from the cozy atmosphere, I absolutely love their menu and their prices – everything is priced under $22. The menu at The Paramount is diverse and includes a variety of healthy menu items that are also satisfying The key word here is satisfying (no wimpy salads here!). My favorite menu items are the BBQ Chopped Salad (I skip the ranch as the bbq tends to add enough flavor for me), Homemade Veggie Burger and Mashed Avocado, Tomato, Burrata & Grilled Toast Appetizer.” – Liz Slow it Down Girl

Toro | South End

Best Boston Restaurants

Toro, the Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in the South End, is easily my favorite restaurant in Boston. The food is amazing, the drinks are delish and the atmosphere is super fun – making it worth the often two hour wait to get in. Some of my favorites on the menu are the lubina a la sal (the salt crusted sea bass), pato con membrillo (duck drumettes) , the datiles con jamon (dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in serrano jamon). I always have to order the churros for dessert- dangerously good! With 90s and early 2000s hip-hop playing, Toro is always a fun night out-whether it’s date night, girl’s night out or whatever the occasion may be!” – Jenna Boston Chic Party

Tell me: What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

26 Comments on Five Best Boston Restaurants According to Local Bloggers

  1. Gabi Valladares
    January 8, 2016 at 2:20 am (7 years ago)

    I love it! I still need to get to Meyer’s + Chang. I can’t believe I haven’t been there….even though I worked across the street for six months. Queue face palm.

    ps. thanks for inviting me to participate! 🙂


    • Kristin Bassett
      January 8, 2016 at 6:16 am (7 years ago)

      What the actual what? That’s where we’re going next time we meet up. No ifs, ands or buts!!!!!!! Thanks for participating – I <3 Canary Square!

  2. Allison @neversaydiebeauty
    January 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm (7 years ago)

    I would love to go to Myers + Chang because I love Flour! And Toro too. I can’t say that I have a favorite Boston restaurant because we North Shore types tend to stay up there. But we had a great steak at Prime back in September.

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:45 pm (7 years ago)

      Joanne Chang knows food!

  3. AllLacqueredUp
    January 8, 2016 at 10:38 pm (7 years ago)

    After watching the season of Top Chef in Boston I’ve been meaning to get back to experience the food scene. Thanks for the recs.

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm (7 years ago)

      If you make it back, let me know. I’ll have loads more recommendations 🙂

  4. Lola Seicento
    January 8, 2016 at 11:26 pm (7 years ago)

    My mouth is watering!

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:51 pm (7 years ago)

      Food this good will do that to a girl 😉

  5. marciaf
    January 9, 2016 at 1:55 am (7 years ago)

    I’m so hungry now. When we think of Boston in the midwest we think lobster but this shows there’s so much more.

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm (7 years ago)

      There is absolutely no shortage of amazing seafood in Boston. Just gave me an idea for a future post 🙂

  6. Brooke @ Blushing Noir
    January 9, 2016 at 2:11 am (7 years ago)

    I’m dying to get up to New England… the places you’ve featured sound TDF!

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:51 pm (7 years ago)

      If you make it up here, Brooke, let me know!

  7. Erika
    January 9, 2016 at 2:14 am (7 years ago)

    I haven’t had dinner, yet and this post has my stomach growling. Boston is someplace I’ve always wanted to visit.

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm (7 years ago)

      You should absolutely come up – great place to visit, especially during the Spring/Fall. Just not during Winter 😉

  8. Collective Beauty
    January 9, 2016 at 3:16 am (7 years ago)

    Everything looks delicious! I’ve never been to Boston, but it’s on my list!

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm (7 years ago)

      You have to come (but do so in late Spring or Fall – the best times of the year)! Let me know when you do and I’ll take you on a food tour 🙂

  9. Shipra Taneja
    January 9, 2016 at 4:37 am (7 years ago)

    I’m all about brunch!! That one looks mighty delicious to me! <3

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm (7 years ago)

      Who doesn’t love brunch?!

  10. LilyBiscuit
    January 9, 2016 at 5:31 am (7 years ago)

    I’m new to Boston and I’d love to try them all, especially Toro.

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm (7 years ago)

      Welcome to Boston! Let me know if you need more recommendations. Happy to share!

      • LilyBiscuit
        January 10, 2016 at 7:34 pm (7 years ago)

        Thank you!

  11. Honeygirlk
    January 9, 2016 at 6:18 am (7 years ago)

    One of my great friends before he died said Metropolis was one of his favorite spots. They have so many great selections. 🙂 thanks for sharing – I’ll be putting these on my list when I do go there.

    • Kristin Bassett
      January 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm (7 years ago)

      I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s passing, Honey. When you come to town, let me know and we’ll go to all of the restaurants 🙂

  12. Grow It Girl
    January 10, 2016 at 2:11 am (7 years ago)

    I’m a sucker for chicken and waffles. One day, I hope to make it to Boston.

  13. all_the_words025
    January 10, 2016 at 6:51 am (7 years ago)

    I’ve never been to Boston, but everything looks great!

  14. Destany
    January 10, 2016 at 1:50 pm (7 years ago)

    I’ll remember this list if I ever get to Boston!