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.
This Jamaica Plain dumpling house turns out plenty of inventively stuffed, pillowy pockets for hip neighborhood types, plus an Asian fusion menu including pork belly bao, spare ribs and spicy wings, all paired with cold-pressed juices, beer and sake. Colorful artwork on the walls further enlivens the intimate, funky space.
Tapping the spirit and flavors of hot Havana nights, this Cuban spot on the ground floor of the Hampton Inn on the South End border serves homey fare like tostones, empanadas and Cubano sandwiches, along with 50-plus varieties of mojitos. Vibrant street murals add a playful feel to the expansive, colorful dining room.
Chef Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow) lures guests to this Harvard Square–side entry with contemporary coastal cuisine, including everything from seafood-topped pizzas and pasta bowls to shared plates of roasted meats and fish and classic caviar service. The hip, aquatic-inspired dining room boasts a gleaming raw bar, open kitchen and 24-seat cocktail bar offering 20 varieties of absinthe poured from screw-top copper taps.
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This counter-service Allston parlor specializes in Thai ice cream rolls–flattened flavored frozen treats, with optional mix-ins–made to order on a super-chilled steel grill, then rolled into tasty tubes.
A Portland, Maine–founded food truck is behind this Central Square–side burger spot, turning out creatively topped gourmet patties in a fast-casual atmosphere bedecked with lots of glossy native timber, a cool New England–inspired mural and a small patio.
These Boston-area “replications” of Danny Meyer’s NYC-based burger “buzz-places” come with “lots of hype”, but boosters declare it’s “hard to go wrong” with the “customizable” fresh-ground patties (they’re “the bomb”), “crispy” “natural-style” fries and “thick” frozen-custard shakes in some “interesting flavors”; a few fuss about tabs that are “pretty pricey for fast food”, “minimal” decor and service that merely “meets expectations”, though you wouldn’t know it from the “lines out the door.”
This Downtown wine bar highlights a thoughtfully curated vino list offered by the glass and bottle, accompanied by a light menu of cheese, charcuterie, crudo and, in particular, imported varieties of tinned fish. The very intimate space – just an 18-seat bar and two tables – has a stylish, nautical feel with wide windows to the city street.
Chef Michael Bergin's culinary finesse, cultivated at NYC spots like Del Posto, shines through at this intimate, homey Italian in Somerville, serving elegant but unfussy bowls of housemade pastas and braised meats, plus contemporary yet still-hearty entrees. Thoughtfully curated wines, Italian craft beers and sophisticated cocktails are served in a long, slender space flanked by inviting banquettes.
Ink Block, the South End's trendy mixed-use development, is home to this sophisticated eatery from the Fuji family of Boston-area Asian restaurants. The dining room, dressed in limestone mosaics, walnut wood counters and flashes of polished black stone, offers a menu covering both classic and modern Japanese cuisine, from sushi and stir-fries to shareable small plates and an elaborate omakase menu.
This lively addition to Newton Centre (hence its name) brings together global-inspired small and large shared plates with a Mediterranean focus, including plenty of veggie and seafood options. At its own center, the chic and modern space boasts a big bar for tippling from a selection of creative cocktails and broad wine list.
Taking over Medfield's former post office, this New American puts its own sophisticated stamp on contemporary provisions, from hand-rolled pasta to pork belly burgers, accompanied by craft beers and the signature grog, a daily-changing rum cocktail served in a copper mug. The rustic-chic space implements reclaimed-wood accents, copper tabletops and silver siding for its big U-shaped bar, and also features a small patio.
Kicking off a stateside expansion plan, this sleek, white-walled Harvard Square spin-off of a China-based bao chain offers steamed buns, handmade within view of guests, stuffed with creative ingredients, including regionally inspired combos like lobster and corn, served in steaming bamboo baskets.
Its name means "the pier" in Italian, so naturally this intimate North Ender focuses on elegant seafood inspired by the Boot's coastal cuisines, with fish in myriad preparations, plus grilled meats and housemade pastas. The cozy lower-level space glistens with shimmery blue tiles and plenty of aquatic-themed artwork and decor accents.
Chef-duo Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa, Toro) team up at this cool Central Square spot offering inventive, globally-inspired small plates that cull and combine inspiration from myriad cuisines, plus unique raw bar eats and a beverage program highlighting craft beers, small wine producers and creative cocktails. The open, airy room features floor-to-ceiling streetside windows and plenty of exposed brick and slatted wood furnishings.
At this charming, family friendly counter serve in Manchester-by-the-Sea, chef-driven New American eats like artisan pizzas, surf 'n' turf, burgers, ribs and salads are made from ingredients sourced from local farms and served with a fine curated craft beer and wine list.