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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.

  • Hojoko
    • New
    • Fenway/Kenmore
    The ultra-luxe, sophisticated sushi destination O Ya spawns this colorful, flair-filled izakaya with kicky graffiti-covered walls and kitschy retro decor (hello, Hello Kitty) that befits its poolside location in Fenway's rock 'n roll–inspired Verb Hotel. The casual, moderately priced Japanese tavern-style menu (think deep fried hot dogs with eel sauce) pairs well with thirst-slaking beverages such as Asian craft beers and quirky frozen cocktails.
  • Bee's Knees Supply Co
    • New
    • Grocery Store
    • Allston
    The college coed- and hipster-filled Allston 'hood trends upmarket with this two-floor gourmet grocer, a twice-as-large sib to the Fort Point original, stocked with small-batch food brands, craft beer and wine, locally sourced produce and other artisanal eats. The cafe features fair trade coffee, a juice bar, cooked-to-order meals and prepared noshes to take home.
  • Nine Bar Espresso
    • New
    • Coffee Store
    • Somerville
    Davis Square denizens find nitro cold brew coffee on tap and gourmet espresso drinks at this cozy wood-clad spin-off from Porter Square's Simon's Coffee Shop. Pastries sourced from the European-style Danish Pastry House anchor an emerging food menu that will integrate sandwiches made with artisan breads.
  • Boston Public Market
    • New
    • Farmers Market
    • Downtown
    Billed as America's first exclusively local year-round market of its kind, this sprawling 28,000-sq.-ft. Haymarket outfit features dozens of vendors reflecting over 200 small businesses, from New England farmers to fishmongers, flower sellers and gourmet grocers. There's also THE KITCHEN, an expo space for cooking demos, family activities and more.
    • New
    • North End
    North End restaurateur Frank de Pasquale reincarnates his Italian seafood staple on Mechanic Street, with a slicker, Miami-like style: all-white marble, pops of LED lights, and an outdoor patio lounge with fire pits and a retractable awning. Locally sourced oysters anchor the menu, complemented by a crudo bar, while classic (hot and cold lobster rolls) and contemporary (octopus salad) entrees are washed down with an expanded craft beer list and organic wines.
  • Cafe Quattro
    • New
    • South End
    A former Beacon Hill Italian joint returns to the fold, setting up shop in in a bare-bones South End corner spot with dark-wood tables and vibrant colored walls. The menu spotlights hand-tossed thin-crust pizzas, including its signature quattro formaggi and unique variations like pear and parmigiana, plus house-made pastas, panini, salads, soups and a full espresso menu for a caffeine fix on the go.
  • Bistro 781
    • New
    • American
    • Waltham
    Waltham's restaurant-packed Moody Street earns a bar and grill serving locally sourced American fare, including blackboard specials and thoughtful takes on comfort fare, coupled with a lineup of craft beers, available as flights. The tavernlike room boasts a 52-ft. bar, screens for watching the game and a kick-back vibe that works for date night and group gatherings.
  • Banyan Bar + Refuge
    • New
    • Asian
    • South End
    The team behind The Gallows have turned the South End space that once housed Hamersley's Bistro into this Pan-Asian gastropub, serving unique shareable plates that cull inspiration from Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines, plus creative tipples. The digs also stray from convention, with a big brick patio, a birch wood and white brick–lined dining room boasting treelike ceiling sculptures and reptile-print upholstery, and a raw bar facing an open kitchen.
  • Luke's Lobster
    • New
    • Seafood
    • Back Bay
    A New England native son launched this small chain of lobster joints, entering the Boston market with a Back Bay outpost that mixes industrial elements with nods to the nautical life (strings of buoys and whatnot). Toasted rolls are stuffed with the eponymous Maine-caught crustaceans (plus crab and shrimp) and served in wax paper–lined plastic baskets, while other seafood shanty–style eats round out the menu.
  • The Gold Bar
    • New
    • French
    • Seaport District
    Those without the budget (or appetite) to splurge on the pricy tasting menu at Menton can now kick back with cocktails, neatly divided into classic and innovative sips, and à la carte French-Italian offerings (like foie gras hot dogs) at this distinct lounge housed within Barbara Lynch's Fort Point fine-dining gem. The centerpiece of the intimate tipple chamber is an Italian marble–topped bar that glistens under gold pendant lights.
  • Rigoletto Ristorante
    • New
    • Italian
    • North End
    A large dining bar dominates this intimate North End cafe, where the homespun vibe extends from brick walls festooned with Venetian masks, artwork and mirrors to classic Italian comfort fare – flatbreads, pastas and pesce and pollo specialties – made with organic ingredients and house-made sauces. In addition to vino, the diverse cocktail program employs cold-pressed juices and unique cordials for mojitos and margaritas, plus dessert-focused drinks.
  • Saltbox Kitchen
    • New
    • Eclectic
    • Concord
    Chef Ben Elliot, an alum of Barbara Lynch's fine-dining empire, rehabbed his family's historic West Concord farm to stock the kitchen at this intimate resto-cafe, serving elegant globally inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, plus artisanal grab-and-go eats. The modern barnlike space, all white walls and light woods, also offers local ciders and biodynamic wines and beers, including several house-brewed styles made from hops grown on-site.
  • Tony G's Barbecue
    • New
    • Barbecue
    • Belmont
    This Belmont barbecue joint turns out platters of ribs, pulled pork, burnt ends and other homemade sauce-slathered eats, accompanied by Southern sides, plus a few Tex-Mex creations like empanadas and quesadillas. The small country-style interior accommodates takeout and catering orders too, and there's outdoor seating where diners can cool off with jars of sweet tea.
  • Lone Star Taco Bar
    • New
    • Mexican
    • Cambridge
    Locals “love” the “small but filling” “gourmet-style” tacos and “potent” margaritas at this “hip” Allston hangout and its larger Cambridge addition, a “solid go-to” for “delicious”, “appropriately” priced Mexican eats; the rustic “little” digs where Western flicks play on the TV can get “a bit crowded”, but service is generally “attentive”, and it’s deemed “worth the wait” (the throngs are thinner at brunch).
  • The Frogmore
    • New
    • Southern American
    • Jamaica Plain
    Spice, seafood and stamps of Afro-Caribbean influence figure into the Lowcountry cuisine, the rustic cooking of the coastal Deep South, at this Fairsted Kitchen sibling in Jamaica Plain, serving dishes like pan-roasted catfish, chicken and dumplings and fried green tomatoes. The welcoming digs suggest an antebellum Carolina manse reimagined for the hipster set, with a pineapple wallpaper–adorned dining room and hopping bar, plus a patio for alfresco dining.
  • Crudo
    • New
    • Japanese
    • North End
    At this Japanese addition to the otherwise Italian-heavy North End, shareable Pan-Asian-inflected "social" plates headline, including hamachi crudo, tuna tacos and pork buns, supplemented by noodle and rice dishes, creative sushi rolls and sashimi, and sake cocktails. The sleek, contemporary bi-level space is swathed in reclaimed barn wood and boasts two marble-topped bars, walls of mirrored waterfalls and modern works by Eastern artists.
    • New
    • Asian
    • Back Bay
    A small Ontario, Canada–based sushi outfit spawns this stateside sibling in the Back Bay, serving creative, contemporary rolls plus elegantly presented udon, salads, gyoza and other dishes with global-fusion flair. Guests can also cool off with fruity shaved-ice desserts in the hip, modern space.
  • Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
    • New
    • Pizza
    • Westwood
    This small East Coast pizza chain stakes its claim on Westwood, opening a modern, convivial spot full of flat-screen TVs where diners dive into its signature "well-done" pies char-crisped in minutes in a 800-degree coal-fired oven. Salads, sandwiches and "Italian soul food" dishes like meatballs with ricotta cheese round out the menu, all washed down with cold brews.
  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
    • Japanese
    • Cambridge
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