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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.

  • Parsnip
    • New
    • Cambridge
    This pretty little Harvard Square treasure goes for simple, seasonal ingredient-driven plates (including a five-course tasting menu) with a modern European sheen, complemented by biodynamic wines and classic cocktails created with interesting house-made infusions. A midcentury-modern style pervades the fireplace-filled bilevel space, from the high-ceilinged dining room to the swank upstairs lounge with a white marble bar.
  • Playska
    • New
    • Sandwich Shop
    • Cambridge
    Balkan street foods inspire this fast-casual concept from husband-wife team chef Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann (T.W. Food, Bronwyn), specializing in regional sandwiches like pljeskavica (a burger-sausage patty) featuring unique condiments, pickled fruits and other toppings, plus savory pies and bakery items. The bright red 16-seat space, adorned with souvenirs from Wiechmann's travels, offers lunch and dinner (breakfast starts soon) plus take-out service from the counter.
  • Livite
    • New
    • Juice Shop
    • Brookline
    Farm-to-cup smoothies are the thrust of this mostly take-out Washington Square juice bar, where locally sourced, organic fruits and veggies are whirred into health-conscious combos (think the coconut- and cashew-laden Paleo Tight) and topped with optional protein powders. There's also a small selection of fresh salads, grain bowls and wraps, all packed up for guests on the go.
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    Beta Burger
    • New
    • Mission Hill
    Customization is the name of the game at this fast-casual Mission Hill burger bar, where patties kept extra moist in a water vapor oven are grilled then laden with toppings like caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms and coleslaw. The anticipated local chain-in-the-making also serves uniquely seasoned fries in its spare and modern, white- and orange-swathed space.
  • Dudley Dough
    • New
    • Pizza
    • Roxbury
    This urban-industrial counter-serve pizza joint in Roxbury parlays health-conscious (comparatively speaking) pies, salads and from-scratch soups, plus a list of local craft beers. The enterprise also has a unique social justice mission, operating as a cooperative-run restaurant under Haley House, a nonprofit addressing socioeconomic disparities by employing disadvantaged workers.
  • El Jefe's Taqueria
    • New
    • Mexican
    • Cambridge
    Load up on guac, cheese and other fixings at this Harvard Square taqueria, a quick-service joint from a Fire + Ice founder that charges a flat fee (no surcharge for toppings) for assembled-to-order tacos, burritos, salads and more, all given extra spice from a self-serve 50-variety sauce bar. The modern-industrial space has room to sit, and it's open until 4 AM for late night munching. P.S. Breakfast is expected soon.
  • The Baldwin Bar
    • New
    • Cocktail Bar
    • Woburn
    Housed inside a Woburn manor turned family-run Chinese restaurant is this distinctive bilevel bar where city slickers sip deftly executed historic and imaginative cocktails. A ballroom has been reimagined as a sumptuous seat-filled library lounge with its own oft-changing drink list and a few tables for ordering food from Sichuan Garden II.
  • Sfizi tapas bar
    • New
    • Tapas Bar
    • North End
    North End restaurateur Frank De Pasquale reimagines the former home of Mare, now relocated, as this Mediterranean-spanning purveyor of flavorful small plates, its 30 dish-deep menu culling inspiration from Italy (arancini), Greece (seared lamb with tzatziki), Turkey (vine-wrapped sujuk) and other coastal cuisines. Wine bottles and crates bedeck the dining room, where gold curtains frame floor-to-ceiling windows, offering excellent people watching in a quaint, historic neighborhood.
  • Branch Line
    • New
    • Brasserie
    • Watertown
    Slow-roasted meats and slow-cooked veggies are the crux of this Watertown brasserie (from the team behind Eastern Standard), where the open kitchen's centerpiece rotisserie spins out Mediterranean-influenced homestyle cookery that matches the big bar's list of Continental wines. The sleek space, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, retains its brick Federalist architecture, updated with floor-to-ceiling windows, a heated patio with garden, and bocce court.
  • A Mano Italian Kitchen
    • New
    • Italian
    • Salem
    Chef Tony Bettencourt has reshaped his formerly formal 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar into a more casual and convivial Italian cucina specializing in handmade pastas and artisan pizzas, plus a selection of mains inspired by the comfort food of the Boot. The bar pours creative martinis and sparkling wine-based cocktails for guests who gather in the rustic, stylish space, set steps from Salem's Pickering Wharf.
  • Zac Wolf
    Zac Wolf
    Whole Heart Provisions
    • New
    • Vegan
    • Allston
    This vegan-friendly Allston eatery offers build-your-own bowls of grains and greens with various inventive fixings bearing stamps of wide global influence, from carrot-radish kimchi to pineapple-corn salsa, supplemented by unique street foods like “falafel dogs” and cold-pressed juices. The modern fast-casual space caters to both dine-in and grab-and-go crowds.
  • Buco Trattoria
    • New
    • Italian
    • Seaport District
    Fort Point gains another Italian option with this cousin to the Basta Pasta duo, serving light breakfast fare of the bagels-and-coffee variety, plus lunch staples including panini, risottos and housemade pastas like lobster ravioli. The small space boasts the cozy vibe of a neighborhood eatery, and aims to eventually serve dinner, beer and wine.
  • Joel Benjamin
    Joel Benjamin
    Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
    • New
    • Greek
    • Park Square
    Star chef Michael Schlow delivers this Greek concept near Boston Common, offering olive oil–drizzled whole fish, flavorful hummus and other light, bright, Mediterranean-inflected meze and mains, complemented by an international wine program and creative cocktails. The casually elegant space, which includes patio seating, is adorned with funky light fixtures and original contemporary art by the toque's wife, lending a bit of gallerylike glitz.
  • Jaho Coffee Roasters & Wine Bar
    • New
    • Coffee Shop
    • Theater District
    All branches of this local coffee chain serve carefully sourced java, tea, sandwiches and pastries by day, but the Downtown locale transforms into a bar at night, featuring wine, craft beer, whiskey and light bites like charcuterie plates. The sleek, vaguely Scandinavian interior differs from other locations’ cozier cafe vibe.
  • Ganko Ittetsu Ramen
    • Noodle Shop
    • Brookline
    Three types of Sapporo-style, wok-made ramen (plus koji-cured cucumbers as a palate-cleansing snack) are the draw to this noodle joint in Brookline's Arcade Building, where the streamlined menu of steaming soups is served for both lunch and dinner. The spare space has just a handful of sleek wood tables, plus a small counter facing the open kitchen.

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