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.
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Jason Santos, a local star chef remembered for his trademark pop of bright blue hair, commands this Southern-inspired entry in Back Bay offering quirky spins on Cajun and Creole cooking. Along with dining rooms named for New Orleans neighborhoods, the setting's blacklight-illuminated Voodoo Lounge hosts a boisterous, Bourbon Street–style bar scene.
A popular halal food truck hatched these brick-and-mortar spin-offs, doling out street cart–style Middle Eastern gyros and grilled chicken, served on rice, spiced with various sauces and offered on the cheap. The Bedford Street branch is takeout only.
This fast-casual, counter-service outfit caters to on-the-go Downtown types by wrapping an array of traditional sushi roll ingredients in easy-to-eat burrito form, backed by a selection of rice-filled poke (raw fish) salad bowls customized with various sauces and toppings.
“Coffee lovers” herald the arrival of this “hip” London-based, Italian-style java chain, a “beautiful” “old”-world outfit where free WiFi invites “lingering” over laptops while “tucking into” “decent” roasts, baked goods and “fresh” cafe eats like sandwiches; if baristas sometimes seem “disorganized”, blame the “always-packed” scene.
Kendall Square's smaller, quick-service sibling to Catalyst, an upscale nearby restaurant, this casual European-style cafe focuses on smoothies, espresso drinks and artisan breakfast and lunch noshes — from fresh pastries and granola bowls to salads and sandwiches — prepared for speedy service that accommodates the area's on-the-run tech industry crowds.
This little sib to Somerville's Painted Burro boasts a similarly bright and cheery dining room in Brookline, but the contemporary Mexican menu is more geared toward one specialty: creatively stuffed tacos. There's also a 100-strong selection of tequilas, offered as tastings or mixed into margaritas and other cocktails.
The teams behind two cult foodie favorites, Roxy's Grilled Cheese and Area Four, have collaborated to create this eatery/arcade in Central Square. It's entered through Roxy's Central – a counter-serve spot offering gooey sandwiches, loaded tater tots and other funky fare – where a faux walk-in freezer door leads to a retro game-filled paradise with the Area Four folks slinging inventive cocktails in kitschy cups.
It’s “worth waking up early” to snatch the “severely addicting”, daily made treats fans “dream about” from this pair of donut pushers in Somerville and Brookline, which rotates unique and “unbeatable” flavors like maple bacon and salted bourbon caramel; the staff also slings coffee and other baked treats from small, industrial-style spaces designed mostly for takeaway.
“You can’t go wrong” with the trendy, “friendly” brick-and-mortar spawns of an Allston food truck, slingers of “absolutely fantastic” grilled cheese sandwiches – many with unique ingredients like avocado and short ribs – that “put all others to shame” by being “made perfectly to order”; though the colorful decor is “not particularly exceptional”, the restaurants do offer craft brews and burgers, unlike the mobile original.
Inspired by Venetian cuisine, this brick-walled and dark wood–festooned space in Quincy serves Italian small plates, including housemade pastas, charcuterie and raw bar eats, plus vino, cocktails and craft beers on draft at a brown marble bar.
Customizing oatmeal bowls is the clever conceit behind this Davis Square outfit, serving breakfast and lunch crowds sweet and savory oat-based dishes laden with unique toppings ranging from Sriracha with a fried egg to herb pesto or fruit jams and chocolate sauce, plus coffee drinks and an assortment of grab-and-go grub.
Cuisine culled from Italian and Latin-American cultures comfortably coexist on menus at this breakfast-through-dinner option in East Boston, which attracts AM crowds to an espresso-churning coffee bar and evening guests to a comfortable dining room serving the fusion eats.
This cheery counter-service spot just outside Porter Square imports the fast-casual cuisine of Hawaii and the Pacific islands, focusing primarily on creative and customizable variations of poke, or raw fish salad, plus rice bowls, kalua pork and other tropics-evoking dishes, washed down with smoothies and fruit juice.
Star chef Jody Adams is behind this burgeoning brand of fast-casual Greek eateries, with locations by Fenway and Central Square, offering build-your-own pitas, rice plates and salad bowls laden with vibrant fixings like spicy lamb meatballs and charred eggplant. Industrial-chic trappings and giant photos snapped by the toque's husband add a modern feel to the lHellenic blue-and-white color scheme.
A polished gastropub in the historic Charlestown neighborhood, this rustic dining room, lined in brick and weathered wood with high, exposed-rafter ceilings, serves up American comfort food like wood-fired pizzas from an open kitchen, and pours a large array of craft beers from its bar.
Comfortable European-style elegance characterizes this modern French inhabitant of a historic former bank in Arlington, where co-chefs (duet, get it?) prepare seasonal, region-hopping fare, from coq au vin to bouillabaisse. The high-ceilinged space features a bank vault repurposed as private dining area, and a bar highlighting hard-to-find French liqueurs plus locally distilled spirits.
This offshoot of a small chain of gastropubs turns on its taps in the Seaport pouring 100 different craft suds to wash down dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, creative mussel bowls and New American supper plates. Wood and brick accents along with large TV screens stationed behind the bar lend a comfortable, kick-back vibe.
Quaint Newburyport is home to this American eatery offering smart takes on indulgent comfort food favorites inside a historic brick building, full of wide wooden beams and fireplaces, plus pool tables. The patio offers a perch for tipping back thoughtfully prepared cocktails in the warm weather.
Though à la carte dining is available, innovative prix fixe menus are emphasized at this hip Cambridge eatery offering Japanese- and Spanish-inspired small plates in a homey space filled with warm, live-edge woods and an open kitchen. Seats are reserved via prepaid ticketing at the restaurant's website.
The California-founded chain blazes into Massachusetts, slinging thin-crust pizza from specialty slices to a build-it-yourself menu with unique toppings, various cheeses and sauces (from spicy red to white cream). The pies are crisped for 180 seconds and served in a modern-industrial, fast-casual setting.