9 Spots to Spend Marathon Monday

Race over for these special deals
April 12, 2016
by Scott Kearnan

Lace up your sneakers. Next Monday, April 18 is Marathon Monday — and even if you're not running, you'll want to race over to area restaurants that are celebrating with special deals. Of course, spectators can find plenty of restaurants right along the route (check out our guide right here). But the whole city gets in the spirit on Patriots' Day, so it doesn't matter what nook of the city you'll be in on your day off — there's probably a deal nearby. 

ArtBar. You can expect area hotels to be full of out-of-town types with startlingly buff glutes this week. And maybe you'll spot a few at ArtBar inside the Royal Sonesta, because on Sunday, April 17 from 6-9 PM, the restaurant will be hosting an all-you-can-eat salad and pasta dinner for just $25. If you're not looking to carbo-load, you can still visit on Marathon Monday for a special three-course prix fixe dinner (for $26.20, get it?) with options that include a baby kale salad and lamb burger washed down with Sam Adams' 26.2 Brew, released annually just to coincide with the race. 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-806-4122

The Beehive. It was only three years ago that the Boston Marathon bombings shocked the city, stole precious lives and left so many reeling from the physical and emotional trauma. Show your support for survivors — and those who aid them — by buzzing by The Beehive on Marathon Monday from from 4 AM to Midnight. The South End hot spot will be donating 100% of all profits to the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Fund, established by the family of 18-year-old marathon survivor Gillian Reny. Proceeds support the trauma care and limb reconstruction work of Brigham and Women's Hospital, where the teenager's life and limbs were saved. You'll find live jazz music, the restaurant's eclectic, global menu and the knowledge that every penny is going to a great cause. 541 Tremont St.; 617-423-0069

Canary Square. Opening day of Fenway Park and Marathon Monday: arguably Boston's two most anticipated athletic events, taking place one week apart. To celebrate, this Jamaica Plain gastropub will serve a special Marathon Monday/ballpark menu starting at 2 PM on April 18. Expect Fenway franks, Cajun-spiced buttered popcorn, and a Dr. Pepper-spiked sausage and pepper sub. 435 S Huntington Ave.; 617-524-2500

Deuxave. Chef Chris Coombs' upscale, contemporary French-American restaurant is typically open for dinner only. For a rare treat to visit on Marathon Monday, however, Deuxave's venu just a few blocks from the finish line will turn out a special menu from 11 AM-4 PM. Expect some classy Coombs spins on expected eats like a Deuxave Burger with pickled ramps and a lobster roll spruced up with lemon aioli. Other plates, like duck liver pâté with vanilla poached pears and kumquat chutney, are anything but average marathon munchies. 371 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-517-5915

Photo: Courtesy Outlook Kitchen + Bar

Outlook Kitchen + Bar. Babies aren't the only ones who need to bring a bib to dinner. Runners: Once you've crossed the finish line, race over to this sleek restaurant inside the Seaport's new Envoy Hotel. You'll get 15% off your meal (and if you need advice on what to order, check out our look inside here). Just try to not dribble on that marathon bib; you'll want to remember race day. 70 Sleeper St.; 617-338-3030

Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake. Just beyond the Boylston Street finish line is chef Brian Poe's fun bar and restaurant, which just happens to have one of the most popular roof decks in the city. Rattlesnake will open at 10 AM on Marathon Monday, and there's a $10 cover to get inside for the festivities. What you'll find, besides that (hopefully!) sunny rooftop, is a tasty array of breakfast burritos and carb-heavy pastas, like a Meyer lemon and kale pesto pappardelle. 384 Boylston St.; 617-859-8555

Serafina. Just because the race is over doesn't mean the quest for carbs is, too. On Marathon Monday, runners who bring their medals to this upscale Downtown Italian spot (pictured at page top) will receive an unlimited serving of any housemade pasta for $26.20 — from black truffle taglioni to lobster ravioli. Because once you've crossed the finish line, you're probably going to need a meal that won't run out. 10 High St.; 617-426-1234

Tico.  Chef Michael Schlow's Mexican restaurant is only two blocks from the finish line, so, it's destined to be a popular spot for those looking to get in the spirit with margaritas in hand. And Schlow is making it a particularly tempting pick for groups: All day long, he'll offering a special of six tacos and five Coronitas for just $30. Doors open early at 11 AM, and though it's typically only offered late-night, you'll also find the signature Schlow Burger — a perfect patty with cheddar cheese, crispy onions and horseradish sauce. ​222 Berkeley St.; 617-351-0400

Photo: Melissa Ostrow/Courtesy Uni

Uni. Chef Ken Oringer's all-new Uni, which recently expanded to encompass the whole former Clio space, is right on the Marathon route. So, naturally they'll be open early from Noon–3 PM offering a special menu of Asian-inflected dishes: Vietnamese bologna banh mi tartine (pictured), "Asian cheesy corn" with shrimp crackers and hot sauce vinaigrette, and Japanese-style fried chicken with mustard and kimchee. If you've needed a reason to check out the new look, here's a chance to run over. 370 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-536-7200

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