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 Old Salem Jail has been transformed into a playful, funky and nostalgia-tinged hangout featuring a host of coin-operated '80s and '90s arcade games and pinball machines. Members of Gen-Y can relive their childhoods in between bites of comfort foods like donut burgers and Pop Tart cake pops and sips of craft beer.
Chef Andy Husbands, who travels the country on the competitive BBQ circuit, mans the pit at this 'cue joint in Kendall Square where diners gather for trays of classic smoked ribs and brisket, whole hog meals, East Asian–inspired barbecue sandwiches and Southern sides, matched with a substantial whiskey selection. The rustic digs have an Americana feel and a spacious patio that hosts live music performances.
Chef-owner Anthony Caturano (Prezza) expands his culinary reach from Boston's North End to the North Shore, bringing upscale coastal Italian cooking to Gloucester. Crudo, grilled fresh catch, housemade pastas, barrel-aged cocktails and a deep old world wine list are served in a casually elegant brick-lined space with partial ocean views and a cozy, fireplace-equipped lounge.
Its name references "the right to leisure" in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so the good times roll at this bi-level Brighton New American that's styled like a vintage garage-slash-rock bar, with creative burgers, ramen, tacos, entrees and cocktails served while live bands jam at dinnertime and DJs spin during a weekend EDM brunch.
This Worcester gastropub matches its moderately priced American tavern eats like burgers, meatloaf and eclectic sandwiches with an an extensive bourbon collection and rotating draft beers. The woodsy, sleek setting boasts a big bar that's equipped with flatscreen TVs for game days.
Set inside the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, this expansive Italian lures Seaport visitors with its sophisticated yet rustic cuisine, including pizzas with seasonal toppings, pastas like lobster carbonara and old-fashioned meatballs. Rounding out the offerings: Classic cocktails, riffs on Negronis, an extensive craft beer selection and a thoughtful wine selection.
A popular Boston-founded craft beer maker has expanded to this larger Canton brewery with taproom, where fans of the suds gather for sample pours – up to 20 ounces per visitor per day — of IPA, saison, porter styles and more, also available in take-home growlers. No food is served, but food truck vendors sometimes make weekend stops.
Hyde Park has a comfortable, casual-classy Italian option in this bacaro, sibling to Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale, offering a wide range of recipes from The Boot in a 50-seat dining room with lively bar and cloistered wine garden-style patio.
The wood-fired brick pizza oven is always ablaze at this rustic, two dozen–seat pizzeria in Dorchester, where pies topped with veggies, shrimp and charcuterie meats are accompanied by a casual splay of old world–style Italian staples like housemade pastas and meatball sandwiches.
Inspired by Barcelona seafood spots, this Back Bay interpretation casts a wide net, serving fish dishes raw, fried, smoked, and even tinned (culled from imported specialties) in a small setting dominated by a raw bar and shucking station. The all-day menu is matched with refreshing cocktails and a wine list stressing bottles of white and rosé.
Colin Lynch, previously executive chef for star restaurateur Barbara Lynch's empire, branches out on his own with this sparkling coastal Italian gem in the South End's Ink Block development turning out fresh crudo, handmade pasta, and modern large plates. The airy, midcentury-meets-Amalfi dining room features a large bar and seasonal patio.
Two concepts cohabitate at this eclectic eatery in the Fenway neighborhood: the beach house-inspired front room, dubbed the "expo kitchen," slings wood-fired pizzas, fresh-shucked oysters and creative small bites, while the rear "club room," suggests a Cuban lounge serving more refined fare around a four-sided glass fireplace. Tiki cocktails anchor the beverage menus, and there's a small seasonal patio, too.
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A small but imaginative menu of farm-to-table salads, sandwiches, and shareable plates are the draw to this classy and convivial South Boston spot. The antique-chic dining room with a tin ceiling is an oasis for craft beer fans seeking an alternative to the neighborhood's rowdy Irish pubs.
Hot bowls of Chinese rice noodle soup and Japanese ramen are the main draws to this casual and efficient Back Bay joint, where each steaming selection is laden with proteins like pork and beef, plus various sides like scallops and eel, and washed down with a host of bubble teas.
Tucked on a quiet corner in the trendy South End, this chic little number, a sophisticated taverna swathed in stone and reclaimed wood, serves up a small plates–focused array of Hellenic cuisine made with imported ingredients, and stocks its bar with unique Greek wines and spirits.