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The best Mediterranean restaurants in Boston

The best Mediterranean restaurants in the Boston area serve dishes rich in flavor and healthy ingredients

Written by
Gerrish Lopez
&
Time Out Boston Staff
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Among the best healthy restaurants in Boston, those focusing on Mediterranean and fine Greek fare offer some of the most delicious options. Of course there are cheat-day-worthy treats like baklava and loukoumades, but fresh hummus, grilled seafood, veggies, and dishes infused with the flavors of lemon, garlic, za'atar and olive oil make for a healthy and satisfying meal. Both vegetarians and meat eaters will be happy at these spots. If you’re not feeling like Mediterranean but want to keep it light, check out the best vegetarian restaurants in Boston or the best seafood restaurants in Boston.

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Restaurateurs we love so much that we welcomed them into Time Out Market

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  • Fenway/Kenmore

Time Out Market Boston’s anoush’ella (an Armenian expression of love, meaning “may it be sweet”) churns out the same colorful Eastern Mediterranean dishes that made the original location a South End favorite. The use of fresh, authentic ingredients can be detected in every bite of crave-worthy mezze such as walnut harissa, labne, grilled halloumi and baked chickpea fritters. Looking for a portable treat? Choose from flavorful wraps stuffed with slow-roasted za’atar chicken and overnight-braised beef. 

Best Mediterranean restaurants in Boston

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  • Inman Sq
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Ana Sortun’s take on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine opened many eyes to the fragrant flavors and seasonal ingredients of the region when Oleana debuted in 2001. The meze menu offers delicately-prepared and perfectly-spiced options for all palates, including sweet corn hummus, imam bayildi (baked eggplant), and spinach falafel. Entrees are packed with bright flavors. Try lemon chicken with za’atar and a Turkish cheese pancake or Arctic char with harissa tahini. Save room for homemade ice creams or bici bici (pink peppercorn milk pudding with blackberry, rose petal jam, cucumber granité, and pistachio).

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  • Mediterranean
  • Somerville
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With more than 40 fresh, flavorful Mediterranean small plates and a wealth of options for vegetarians, this Oleana offshoot shines just as bright as the original. You’ll want to dine here with each seasonal change to see what new creations appear among the mehayne (bar) snacks, meze, sarma (like dolma), and shish. Dreamy offerings such as beef jerky with molasses and turkish spices, bluefish falafel, nectarine fattoush, black sea corn bread, or black sesame eggplant kebab will have you wanting more. Cocktails are a must as well, made with unusual ingredients like sumac, snap pea, Moroccan bitters, or grilled nectarine vodka.

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  • Mediterranean
  • West Cambridge
  • price 2 of 4

Oleana and Sarma’s smaller, more casual sibling is the just what you need to quickly satisfy a craving for thoughtful Mediterranean cooking. Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese treats are represented at this bakery/cafe. Gozelme and shawarma, börek and spanakopita, fatteh and fava…you might as well try them all. But save room for sweets, because the almond rose cake is heavenly, and the tahini-brown butter donut—only available on weekends—is a must.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Back Bay
  • price 3 of 4

Jody Adams dives in with this seafood-centric, modern Mediterranean concept. Flavors are simple, and fresh ingredients stand out. Meze feature fresh, seasonal vegetables and tasty bites: fried eggplant chips with tzatziki, herbed falafel, grilled merguez sausage. Larger plates—including whole roasted branzino and grilled bavette steak—feature minimal but exceptional ingredients, highlighting natural flavors.

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  • Mediterranean
  • South End
  • price 3 of 4

Any wait is worth it to dine on the Greek delicacies at this intimate tavern. Most of the exceptional ingredients are imported directly from Greece, upping the authenticity of the fare. You can make an entire meal of the simple but superior mezedakia (small plates) including horiatiki (Greek country salad), spanakopita, gigandes beans, and imam (eggplant, tomato, onion, garlic, kasseri cheese). Grilled entrees are a must as well, including lavraki (Mediterranean sea bass) and a mixed grill of lamb, pork, chicken, and Greek sausage. Complete the experience with hard-to-find Greek wines and liquors.

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  • Greek
  • Back Bay
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The team behind GreCo and Committee Ouzeri + Bar now offer this Greek meze and wine bar. Named after the Greek word for wine, Krasi is located in the former Café Jaffa space, in the heart of the Back Bay. The menu of regional Greek meze is complimented by a Greek wine list of more than 180 all natural, organic and biodynamic selections. 

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  • Mediterranean
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

Head to the Seaport for contemporary Greek meze. Fresh ingredients drive the menu, which changes seasonally. Standards like tzatziki and hummus prove popular, but dishes such as artichoke moussaka, mango melitzanosalata (charred mango and eggplant), sea salt roasted beets, and halloumi with grapefruit and mint reflect the creative use of Mediterranean spices and techniques. For heartier fare, try lamb tartare, chicken meatballs with smoked honey, or grilled meats by the pound. The wine list includes bottles from Greece and Lebanon, and the cocktails are as inventive as the food. Be sure to have a drink on the bustling patio.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Roxbury
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From the team behind the popular Greek restaurant Kava Neo-Taverna comes another South End spot, this time focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean. (Think influences from Lebanon, Israel, Georgia and Turkey along with Greece.) As with Kava’s menu, there are standards like halloumi, octopus, and several eggplant options. But Ilona also features heavier dishes such as imeruli khachapuri (Georgian cheese-stuffed bread), shish barak (phyllo stuffed with lamb and onions) and a cigeri hummus with chicken livers. Ilona is brightly-decorated, drawing lively crowds.

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  • Mediterranean
  • price 1 of 4

This humble, family-run eatery produces fresh, tasty Mediterranean food; customers order catering, grab items to go, or chow down in the low-key environs. Popular options include chicken shawarma, Armenian burger kebab, and crunchy falafel. Everything's made better with a dip in the signature garlic spread.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Roslindale
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This family-run spot serves up exceptional Greek takeout in Roslindale. Flavorful meats are cradled in thick, warm pita, salads are overflowing with feta and chicken, tzatziki is prepared fresh in-house, and spinach pies are flaky and fresh. It’s solid Greek fare at affordable prices, so go ahead and enjoy some baklava, too.

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  • Greek
  • Back Bay
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Gre.co serves up fast, fresh Greek street food with high-quality meats and locally-sourced veggies. Gyros are the star; pick a classic like loukaniko (pork and leek sausage with mustard sauce) and bifteki (ground beef with spicy whipped feta), or customize your gyro with a choice of proteins and toppings, e.g. charred eggplant and tzatziki. Loukoumades (fried donut holes) are a must, whether the classic version with honey, walnuts, and cinnamon, or a next-level version like the Troy Story” with peanut butter, snickers, and caramel.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Allston/Brighton
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Another fast-casual, build-your-own spot, Dates and Olives impresses with locally-sourced veggies, sustainably-raised meats, and freshly-crushed spices. Top your base (pita, rice, or salad) with falafel, grilled veggies, or spiced meats, then top with a range of healthful items including hummus, pickled turnips, red cabbage slaw, or millet tabbouleh. Dips are fresh and delicious—try the muttabal (smoky eggplant) or muhammara (roasted red pepper). Finish up with a semolina cake or rice pudding.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Beacon Hill
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Peregrine offers a tasty celebration of underrepresented cuisines from breezy coastal European cities like Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica and Catalonia. Travel to faraway lands through a plate full of ricotta-studded pappardelle and imported wines.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Allston/Brighton
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Bare-bones and under-the-radar, this family-run spot in Allston is a student favorite for Mediterranean takeout or a quick dine-in. Choose pita or saj for your beef or chicken shawarma; vegetarians will enjoy the falafel or halloumi pita sandwiches. Kefta burgers are an unconventional offering—made by an in-house butcher and topped with homemade halloumi cheese. Plates and salads offer a more filling option, and don’t miss sides like the artichoke salad, spicy potatoes, and tabouleh.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • South End
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If it’s not already, South End Pita is a worthy candidate for your favorite falafel spot. The straightforward menu of classics is done right—combo plates and roll-ups with falafel, kafta, shawarma, and kebab. The menu boasts the kitchen takes its hummus seriously, and it shows. And what’s that, burgers? This unexpected offering is worth a try; the Moroccan beef burger and lamb burger are well-spiced with Mediterranean flavors.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Downtown
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The Chicken and Rice Guys now have a fleet of trucks and brick-and-mortar spots, a testament to their fresh, fast halal street fare. Inexpensive, filling, and flavorful, the simple approach is great for a quick lunch, and there’s a vegetarian option too. Choose a rice plate or salad plate, a protein (chicken, lamb and beef gyro, or baked tofu), and a sauce (creamy garlic, bbq, mint/cilantro/jalapeno, or hot). Add hummus, pita chips, and a baklava, and you’re all set.

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