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The best cheese plates in Boston

Enjoy soft, stinky, or blue alongside high quality accoutrements; here’s where to try the best cheese plates in The Hub

Cheese Plate
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By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff |
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A cheese plate is a perfect way to begin or end a meal, and can be elevated when paired with a substantial charcuterie spread. The best cheese plates in Boston feature top notch cheeses from all over New England and farther afield, assembled artfully with breads, fruit, and more. Many of the best wine bars in Boston offer delicious cheese plates, and many Boston fine dining restaurants have traditional cheese carts. Or you can build your own at a local cheese shop. If you prefer your cheese hot and melty, check out the best pizza in Boston.

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Bisq
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Restaurants, American creative

BISq

Inman Sq

BISq boasts a unique, French-focused wine program and an inviting assortment of small plates. At Time Out Market Boston, Chef Alex Saenz and his culinary team serve creative sandwiches plus fine charcuterie and lovingly-sourced cheese plates that include the likes of Cabot vintage, ricotta, manchego, camembert, and gorgonzola dolce.

Best cheese plates in Boston

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Salty Pig Cheese Plate
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alexander C.
Restaurants, Contemporary American

The Salty Pig

South End

The Salty Pig is a neighborhood joint with an ever-changing draft list and a substantial selection of shareable plates. Mix and match meats, cheeses, and "Round Outs" to create a custom cheese plate. Options change but typically feature local and European cheeses, several local meats, and an assortment of jams, mustards, nuts, and more.

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Troquet cheese plate
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Restaurants, American creative

Troquet on South

Leather District

One of the city's premier wine programs is on offer at Troquet in the Leather District. Wines are expertly paired with French-inspired fare. Cheese is not an afterthought. Choose three or six cheeses from the award-winning tableside cheese cart. Many local cheeses are featured among the dozen or so on offer, and of course wine pairings are perfect.

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Bin 26 Enoteca
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Restaurants, Italian

Bin 26 Enoteca

Beacon Hill

Wine lovers will be impressed by the 25-page list at this stylish spot in Beacon Hill. Pair a carafe with an assortment of cheeses, primarily Spanish and Italian, paired with cured meats.

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haley.henry cheese plate
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alexa T.
Bars, Wine bars

haley.henry

Downtown

Tinned fish, charcuterie, and other luxurious small plates set the stage for unique wines at this Downtown Crossing wine bar. Small producers, especially female winemakers, are the stars of the list of primarily natural wines. To complement these unique wines, the mix and match charcuterie and cheese boards (select 3 or 5) are expertly arranged with house-made accompaniments.

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No. 9 Park cheese plate
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Restaurants, French

No. 9 Park

Beacon Hill

Barbara Lynch’s flagship restaurant is sleek, cosmopolitan, and one of the citys top dining experiences. Whether you choose the chef’s tasting menu or order a la carte, don't miss the exceptional artisanal cheese table. The diverse selections may come from France, Italy, Switzerland, or even Idaho. And with one of the city’s most decorated wine lists, there will surely be a perfect pairing. 

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Fromage Wine Bar & Restaurant
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Restaurants, Italian

Fromage Wine Bar & Restaurant

South Boston

This South Boston spot offers a casual wine and cheese pairing experience. The extensive cheese list features selections from around the world. Choose one, three, or five cheeses or leave it up to the experts: the Cheesemongers Delight includes a variety of interesting cheeses while other options include the themed Tour de France, Viva Italia, and Royal Blues. Since it’s a deli, you can take your favorite bottle and some cheese home with you.

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formaggio kitchen
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Shopping

Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge

West Cambridge

Looking to build your own cheese plate at home? Head to Formaggio Kitchen, one of the nation‘s top gourmet shops. You'll be dazzled by its vast collection of artisanal cheeses from around the world—as well as its cornucopia of accoutrements. Wow your guests with a custom cheese plate, or just enjoy the deliciousness on your own.

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Eataly cheese
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Shopping, Grocery stores

Eataly Boston

Back Bay

The cheese selection at Eataly is just one small part of this massive complex of Italian delights. Find cheeses imported from Italy as well as some of the finest American cheeses. Cheesemongers can help you choose and pair, or you can order a curated plate of cheese, salumi, and accompaniments.

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Concord Cheese Shop
Photograph: Courtesy Concord Cheese Shop

The Concord Cheese Shop

Offering a wide variety of foods, beverages and services, The Cheese Shop (29 Walden St) has been a staple of downtown Concord since it opened in 1967. Customers come from far and wide to chat with the knowledgable staff regarding all things cheese. The family-owned gourmet store makes it own spreads and sandwiches, and there's a ton of other yummy treats and fine wines on offer. At any given time, there are 150-200 cheeses for sale, with around 1,000 different kinds sold throughout the year.

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