New Restaurants and Bars in Boston

A weekly updated guide to the latest openings
February 27, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

You can’t stay on top of the Boston dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

The White Bull Tavern
Bar · Downtown · $$

A portrait of William Blackstone, regarded as Boston's first colonial settler (who supposedly rode a white bull into the city), presides over the antique- and curio-stuffed dining room at this two-floor modern tavern steps from Downtown's historic Faneuil Hall, where nearly all the gastropub eats touch the gold-foiled oven, from steaming skillets full of appetizers to custom pizzas. It's all washed down by two-dozen beers on draft and interesting cocktails served in unorthodox vessels like vintage briefcases.
Jana Grill & Bakery
Mediterranean · $

This darling Watertown outfit offers fresh-baked lavash and pita bread alongside its Armenian-skewing Mediterranean menu, including traditional charcoal-grilled meats and shawarma, kebabs and flatbreads laden with vibrant sauces in a charming, transportive setting filled with rough-hewn wooden furnishings.
Cafe Landwer
Middle Eastern · Fenway/Kenmore · $

An Israeli-based chain of cafes plants its first American location in Boston with this friendly-feeling joint in Fenway-side Audubon Circle, where Mediterranean-inspired dishes like shakshuka, plus a variety of salads and sandwiches, are served alongside gourmet coffee drinks in a comfy setting with seasonal patio.
Delta Haus
Bar · Financial District · $

After-work crowds find fraternity at this Financial District bar that is inspired by cult college-set comedies like "Animal House" and "Revenge of the Nerds," hence the cocktails named for movie characters, craft beer served in plastic cups, simple apps (like "pledge pretzels" ) and appropriate decor of dart boards and cozy couches. Its similar sibling neighbor is Bushwood Cocktail Club, a "Caddyshack" movie-themed watering hole.
CAVA
Mediterranean · Fenway/Kenmore · $

Build your own Mediterranean nosh at this Fenway-neighborhood branch of a D.C.–based fast-casual chain where salads, grain bowls and pita wraps are assembled to order from a meat or veggie base, then dressed with fresh toppings and signature spreads like the jalapeño-infused Crazy Feta.
Oisa Ramen
Ramen · Financial District · $

A pop-up ramen operation with a cult following has finally launched this brick-and-mortar eatery, a lunch-only (for now) Downtown spot serving slurp-worthy bowls in an intimate setting with limited standing and counter space that adjoins Tiki Rock, a neighboring bar offering tropical cocktails and pan-Asian grub.
Blossom Bar
Cocktail Bar · $$

Nationally lauded cocktail guru Ran Duan, who turned Woburn's The Baldwin Bar into a suburban drinks destination, brings his touch to Brookline, reinventing his family's decades-spanning Chinese restaurant into a hipper lounge, awash in sea-foam green and palm frond accents, serving Sichuan-style cuisine and cool, inventive cocktails that marry Asian and Latin influences.
Tiki Rock
Financial District · $

Downtown types gather for after-work drinks in a luau-style setting at this fun, island-inspired tiki bar, the kind of place where Polynesian-style cocktails might be bedecked with miniature umbrellas, and where the tropical libations and kitsch environs come with an array of pan-Asian eats, from sushi rolls to pu-pu platters.
The Bagel Table
Brunch · $

Shoppers at The Street, a trendy Chestnut Hill strip of retail joints, refuel at this breakfast and lunch cafe offering their so-dubbed OMG! Bagels, a brand that became popular popping up at local farmer's markets, plus other AM bites and sandwiches and coffee in a simple, homey counter-service space.
Buttonwood
American · $$

The team behind two popular Newton restaurants, sycamore and Little Big Diner, shoot for a hat trick with this more family-friendly affair, a rustic-cool neighborhood restaurant serving New American cuisine, a selection of "potted and preserved" snacks to a la carte grilled meats, in a relaxed setting with craft cocktails and small-production wines.
Flatbread Company Brighton
Pizza · Brighton · $$

The Brighton outpost of this regional chain of wood-fired pizza spots has the same quality classic and experimental pies (including gluten-free and vegan varieties) and craft beer lineup plus bowling lanes for fun after feasting.
True North Ale Company
Bar

The coastal town of Ipswich has brewed up a destination for beer lovers with this craft suds facility and taproom, where guests gather at communal tables with big picture-window views of the production floor and high-speed canning line, or on the outdoor patio, to tip back IPAs, lagers and other styles poured from 20 taps.
Tuscan Kitchen Seaport
Italian · Seaport District

This Seaport outpost of a New Hampshire-founded small chain of rustic-chic Italian eateries is a sprawling one, serving scratch-made artisan fare, from crudo to cured meats, in a 300-seat dining room, plus 400 varieties of vino at an 80-seat wine bar.
Bodega Canal
Mexican · West End · $$

Boston's beer bar-soaked West End earns something a bit more elevated with this large, polished entry with a look of a rambling, rustic-glam Mexican manor and south-of-the-border inspired cuisine served with verve and accompanied by frozen drinks, large-format cocktails and plenty of margaritas.
City Winery
North End · $$

This dual-purpose West End operation serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine inside a working winery (the results are served on tap) with a separate concert space hosting well-known artists for intimate performances with cabaret-style seating that offers food and beverage service.
Yume Ga Arukara
Japanese · $

The team behind Yume Wo Katare, a popular Porter Square ramen joint, is behind this nearby counter-service spot serving udon, bowls of thick wheat flour noodles, to a small handful of seats at a kitchen-front counter and communal table.
Scorpion Bar Boston
Mexican · Seaport District · $$

An original location at Foxwoods casino spawned this secondary location in Boston's Seaport, where it offers modern Mexican cuisine, a tequila-soaked bar scene and a vibrant nightlife vibe (augmented by a built-in DJ booth) in a stylish space adjacent to The Grand, a full-scale dance club attracting top talent.
ROGUE
Bar · West End · $$

Boston's West End neighborhood scores a sleek sushi spot with this eclectic Asian-fusion concept, offering more classic rolls alongside funky ideas like a signature sushi pizza, plus noodles and other creative plates, complemented by creative cocktails (includin Mai Tais on tap) in lush, nightlife-inviting environs loaded with HDTVs and space for DJs and live bands.
Kings Dining & Entertainment
Seaport District · $$

This sprawling and energetic dine-and-play palace in the Seaport, the largest yet of the multi-city Kings brand, features lots of brews and comfort food in its boisterous bar-lounge, stocked with HDTVs for game days, plus multiple rooms for bowling, billiards and vintage arcade games, all in hip retro-modern digs.