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.
Embracing its Arabic name, which translates to 'pantry,' this intimate Inman Square Eastern Mediterranean makes great use of its housemade spices, dried herbs and jams (also packaged for sale) brightening every bite of its hot and cold mezze, and mains such as Cornish hen tagine. Lively mosaic tiles and copper accents complete the transporting meal.
Bringing big-city sexiness to the Needham suburbs, chef-owner Rachel Klein's eponymous kitchen turns out New American cuisine with eclectic global influences, including a fully realized rotisserie program (available as family-style takeout options), plus a tasting menu and intriguing wine pours. The modern, stylish space features a large chef's counter running along the open kitchen.
Shareable plates emphasizing the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean and African coast, including dishes like za'atar spiced tuna and lamb meatballs, fill the menu at this Harvard Square hangout, matched with a global array of wines uncorked by an Enomatic wine preservation system and a top-shelf sherry selection. Dark wood tables, wood rafters, gray walls and arresting artwork lend a sleek European vibe.
The California-founded pizza chain moves into Massachusetts with Boston and Cambridge locations, slinging thin-crust pies, from specialty slices to a build-yourself menu with unique toppings, various cheeses and sauces (from spicy red to white cream), all crisped for 180 seconds and served in a modern-industrial, fast-casual dining room.
Sushi burritos are the lure to this Davis Square Japanese joint, where the inventive wraps of raw fish are complemented by a more conventional array of sushi rolls, noodle bowls and teriyaki specialties at competitive price points.
Satisfying multiple cravings, this Allston Asian spot offers a broad menu of Chinese and Japanese dishes that ranges from sushi and stir-fried lo mein to udon noodle soup and General Tso's chicken. It's washed down with assorted bubble teas in a crisp and modern, white brick-lined dining room.
At this Cambridge wine bar, guests gather at an expo-style three-sided counter to sip interesting varietals while discovering selections from an in-depth cheese and charcuterie program, plus a few larger daily specials like housemade pasta. The set-up also regularly hosts special events, like demos and tastings, from its in-house team and guest chefs.
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Health-conscious diners descend on this chain for vitamin-packed (and vegetarian-friendly) salad and grain bowls, overflowing with build-your-own ingredient options, plus organic soups and fresh fruit- and herb-infused beverages. The casual, counter-service environs have a breezy West Coast vibe with eco-friendly touches like compostable utensils.
Tapping the spirit and flavors of hot Havana nights, this Cuban spot on the ground floor of the Hampton Inn on the South End border serves homey fare like tostones, empanadas and Cubano sandwiches, along with 50-plus varieties of mojitos. Vibrant street murals add a playful feel to the expansive, colorful dining room.
A historic 140-year-old Worcester mansion houses this farm-to-table New American on the first floor, offering dishes like chicken and waffles and beer-braised pork shank made with local ingredients. The bar's craft beer and creative cocktail selection lures tipplers, while a second-floor private event space is used for larger functions.
By day, this spot in Worcester's historic Canal District operates as a casual cafe, offering gourmet soups, sandwiches and salads alongside nitro cold-brew coffee and other java options. Come evening, it's a hip New American dinner option with a small plates–focused menu and contemporary cocktails inspired by the colonial era, plus globe-trotting wines and craft beer.
At this charming, family friendly counter serve in Manchester-by-the-Sea, chef-driven New American eats like artisan pizzas, surf 'n' turf, burgers, ribs and salads are made from ingredients sourced from local farms and served with a fine curated craft beer and wine list.
This seafood spot in historic Harvard Square, named for the hourly-running horse-drawn carriages that once gathered outside, covers the full expanse of ocean — from raw bar eats to a splay of unique lobster-oriented dishes. It's all served in an intimate but airy dining room with a center bar spotlighting creative cocktails and eclectic international wines, several served on draft.
Launched by a New England native son, this chain of lobster joints, including locales in Back Bay and Downtown, 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.