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.
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.
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.
This offshoot of a small chain of gastropubs turns on its taps in the Seaport pouring 100 different craft to suds to wash down dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, creative mussel bowls and New American supper plates spanning surf 'n' turf. Wood and brick accents along with large TV screens stationed behind the bar lend a comfortable, kick-back vibe.
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.
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 pre-paid 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.
Jack's Abby craft brewing team is behind this separate brand focused on barrel-aged ales, sours and other experimental suds, with its own neighboring Framingham taproom including a retail space and outdoor seating with yard games. Guests can bring their own food or have it delivered, including eats from Jack's Abby.
Those “hankering” for “creative” pizzas hurry to these Inman Square and Beacon Hill spots (sibs to All Star Sandwich Bar), where “phenomenal” brick oven pies with “funky” toppings come in “super”-sized slices; the space is “small” and spare, but “efficient” service and “good value” help to inspire “repeat visits.”
This Downtown dining room culls inspiration from flavorful Peruvian and Asian street foods and also offers more composed plates that reflect the influence of Japanese and Chinese immigrants in Peru. A sushi program (which runs through late-night hours) is overseen by Oishii chef Ting Yen, while the fashionable room combines cultural motifs, from a gold sculpture of the Incan sun god over the bar to furniture made from charred shou-sugi-ban Japanese wood.
The team behind Audubon and Trina's Starlite Lounge coasts over to the North Shore for this beach-inspired New American in Newburyport's waterfront district, culling inspiration from coastal cuisines around the globe — from Hawaiian pulled pork to a Mediterranean seafood tagine —paired with cocktails, craft beers and affordable wines, including a digestif selection. Completing the upbeat picture: A space outfitted with a midcentury surf shop–style sensibility.
Chef/”idol” Joanne Chang’s “upscale” breakfast and lunch bakery chain earns a “cult following” for her “thoughtfully prepared” sandwiches on “wonderful” fresh bread and “tasty pastries”, including the “infamous” “rave”-worthy sticky buns (“every dieter’s worst nightmare”); most locations are typically “bustling with hip young families” and urbanites “planning their next start-up”, so they’re “chaotic” and “usually swamped”, but “very solicitous service” keeps things moving.
NYC's Tokyo-inspired ramen go-to expands to Allston and Assembly Square, offering the same menu of signature noodles in a chicken-based broth – a departure from the pork-based varieties often slurped around town. The Somerville location is also the chain's first to offer takeout.
This growing fast-casual poke chain serves up the eponymous Hawaiian raw fish dish in various permutations, from bowls to seaweed-wrapped burritos, available as both composed and customizable, build-your-own options. The space also earns its modern cred with whitewashed brick walls, spare wood accents and minimalist lighting.
Contemporary Italian-influenced cuisine, from housemade pastas to seafood dishes, plus old world wines and creative cocktails are served at this intimate, glowing South End spot. Street-front windows, chunky wood tables, pendant lighting and an open kitchen–facing bar ramp up the cozy factor.
This fast-casual Mission Hill joint, sibling of the popular Penguin Pizza across the street, caters to the neighborhood's grab-and-go seeking grad students with a small menu of poutine variations, topping hand-cut fries with everything from pulled pork to smoked maple syrup. Rounding out the offerings: a few hearty sandwiches like fried chicken with Sriracha mayo.
Star chef Mario Batali expands his international Italian empire with his three-floor Prudential Center behemoth, showcasing locally made groceries, sustainable seafood markets, a "mozzarella lab" for on-site cheese production and a hands-on cooking school. Rounding out the marketplace: A dozen casual eateries and four seated restaurants, including Il Pesce, an Italian seafood-oriented concept helmed by beloved Boston restaurateur Barbara Lynch.
Chef Michael Pagliarini follows up his nearby hit Giulia with this larger farmhouse-chic dining room inside Harvard Square's Charles Hotel. The brick- and terra cotta–covered space, inspired by rural Umbria and Tuscany, offers rustic Italian cuisine — including pastas handmade on a table that reconfigures as a communal dining option.