New & Hot Places

New Restaurants in Boston

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.

  • Catherine Bergen
    Catherine Bergen
    The Maiden
    • New
    • South Boston
    It's all about seafood and charcuterie at this South Boston joint, serving an extensive selection of raw fare, cheese, locally sourced salumi and terrines as well as cordial-based cocktails and wine amid white-washed brick walls and communal tables.
    • New
    • Cambridge
    'Top Chef' alum Carl Dooley sets the table at this intimate restaurant within the catering facility of Season to Taste, where just 20 guests are accommodated for a frequently changing, four-course tasting menu (with optional beverage pairings) that marries contemporary French technique with local ingredients and global influence. The minimalist space also features a standing bar offering drop-ins wine and small plates.
  • La Voile
    • New
    • French
    • Brookline
    “Magnifique!” crow visitors to this pair of “very French” bistros, where the “mouthwatering”, “beautifully prepared” “traditional delights” paired with “excellent” wines “whisk you straight to Cannes” and the staff is très "pleasant"; reservations are “a must” at the more “intimate” Back Bay location with a patio overlooking Newbury Street, while the two-floor Brookline sibling boasts more elbow room — plus a nightly prix fixe.
  • Bon Me
    • New
    • Vietnamese
    • Chestnut Hill
    The food truck enterprise continues to grow its brick-and-mortar base with outposts of varying sizes in Boston, Cambridge and the suburbs, where the menu consists of three main offerings – rice bowls, noodle bowls and Vietnamese sandwiches (banh mi) – plus daily specials, all affordable.
  • Tenoch Mexican
    • New
    • Mexican
    • Somerville
    This wallet-friendly local outfit delivers Mexican staples like soft tacos, enchiladas and tortas, washed down by cervezas and horchatas. Though takeout is popular, the casual dining room, accented in reclaimed wood and decorated with Aztec masks and figurines, is just right for a quick bite.
  • Joel Benjamin
    Joel Benjamin
    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
    • New
    • Pizza
    • Chestnut Hill
    Set in The Mall at Chestnut Hill, this outpost of a New Haven–based, family-run chain of coal-fired pizza joints serves its brick oven–crisped pies, including the signature white clam, in a simple parlor-style space done up with green wood booths and white tabletops.
  • Michael Diskin
    Michael Diskin
    Tiger Mama
    • New
    • Asian
    • Fenway/Kenmore
    Inspired by Thai, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian cuisines, "Top Chef" alum Tiffani Faison takes a walk on the wild side at this Fenway-area dining den (located near her barbecue joint, Sweet Cheeks Q), serving funky yet polished plates, plus tiki-style cocktails at two bars. There's an urbane-meets-exotic edge to the space, which features a live green wall of herbs plucked for use by the kitchen.
  • Melissa Ostrow
    Melissa Ostrow
    Ocean Prime
    • New
    • Seaport District
    The Seaport scores New England's first location of this high-end chophouse chain, where steaks and seafood are served in a polished, wood-accented dining room, home to a baby grand piano, and the granite centerpiece bar pours craft cocktails and over 50 wines by the glass.
  • Joel Benjamin
    Joel Benjamin
    State Street Provisions
    • New
    • American
    • Waterfront
    Elevated takes on Yankee-inspired recipes, like Boston baked beans with pork belly, plus housemade salumi, raw-bar selections, an all–New England draft beer program and cocktails made with old-timey ingredients are the draws to this Downtown destination. The handsome space also gives a nod to the area's rich past, with dark-wood detailing, vintage-y lighting, leather banquettes and a mural of Long Wharf in the 19th century.
  • Osteria Posto
    • New
    • Italian
    • Waltham
    Comfortable yet downtown-slick, this Italian steakhouse in Waltham serves chops, charcuterie, crudo and the prerequisite pasta plates in a warm space with cushy banquettes and eye-catching lighting, and also offers lunch bites to the local tech corridor's corporate worker bees.
  • BonChon
    • New
    • Korean
    • Salem
    Fans of Korean fried chicken flock to this international fast-casual chain where cooked-to-order birds are slathered in spicy or soy-garlic sauce (or a combo of both) and everything from sushi to dishes like bulgogi and bibimbop are on offer.
  • Cielo Mexican Restaurant
    • New
    • Braintree
    The South Shore scores plenty of tacos, burritos, flautas and many more Mexican eats with this family-owned, 58-seat casual eatery in Braintree, where guests tuck into plush banquettes in a hacienda-style dining room. The owners hail from Jalisco, birthplace of tequila, so expect to find a lengthy list of agave-fueled offerings at the under-lit bar.
  • Novara
    • Italian
    • Milton
    Modern spins on Northern Italian cuisine, including homemade pastas and brick oven pizzas, are the draw at this industrial-chic Milton hot spot with soaring ceilings and a sleek bar where suburban star spotters (singer Jordan Knight, of New Kids on the Block fame, is a co-owner) sip wine and cocktails.
  • Gaslight
    • Lynnfield
    Unlike its Parisian-inspired South End progenitor, this roomy suburban sibling in MarketStreet Lynnfield aims for a distinctly American brasserie spirit, anchoring its menu with a raw bar and charcuterie spreads, plus New England supper-style dishes (from chops to local seafood) accompanied by a 200-bottle wine list. A 33-seat bar and seasonal patio with fire pits round out the convivial experience.
  • Matthew Gaines
    Matthew Gaines
    Little Big Diner
    • Newton
    The team behind Newton's Sycamore Restaurant have rolled out this nearby East Asian soul food joint, where the tiny, contemporary diner-style digs host rice bowls with mix-ins, steaming and spicy ramen options plucked from a table-side caddy, funky street foods and dumplings, while the bar serves sake and draft cocktails to the eager and adventurous.

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