With so many dining options, there’s never enough time to visit all the best restaurants in Boston or the best bars in Boston, much less keep track of all the great new restaurants popping up. You can stick with the Hub’s tried and true pizza joints, Boston burger spots, or the best Boston Italian restaurants, but when you’re looking for something new, our list of the hottest new restaurants in Boston will keep you in-the-know. Impress your friends with your knowledge of the scene and check these best new restaurants off your list before a new crop of options pops up.
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This tiny space in Somerville's Bow Market hosts some of Boston's most interesting meals. The changing Filipino menu is top notch, offering delicacies not often found anywhere else in the city. Wednesdays and Sundays feature a kamayan-style dinner: dishes are spread on top of banana leaves on the communal table and eaten with the hands. Fridays and Saturdays feature "Coursed Storytelling" in which Chef-owner Ellie Tiglao prepares a tasting menu for the communal table of Filipino dishes complemented by personal stories and histories of the food and culture.
From Tiffani Faison—who already brought Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama and Fool’s Errand to the Fenway—comes Orfano, an Italian-American joint that combines a glamorous, old-school setting with a fresh, modern approach. Tableside martinis, craft cocktails and an elegant wine list set the vibe, while handmade pastas and indulgent steaks are sure to satisfy. Don’t miss quirky culinary twists like the Pig Parmesan (with tonkatsu serving as the base), or pizza lasagne featuring a tasty “burnt cheese.”
This sprawling, airy brasserie features contemporary French fare in spirited environs. The upstairs restaurant is open for lunch and dinner as well as weekend brunch. Enjoy classics like steak frites and rotisserie chicken. The downstairs cafe is open daily for a quick sandwich or indulgent house-made croissants and other pastries. The seasonal outdoor patio is sure to be popular in warmer weather.
Chef Karen Akunowicz (formerly of Myers & Chang) is behind this Southie restaurant, which was inspired by her time living and working in Modena, Italy. Akunowicz's goal has been to foster a sense of community, and—based on all the local couples who have been flocking in to enjoy a night of Italian food—she seems to have hit her mark. The extensive wine list has options from around the globe.
This lavish Cuban restaurant from the team behind Yvonne's has emerged as a must-selfie spot, with flaming rum drinks and drunken monkey wallpaper. But the food lives up to the flare, with an impressive list of snacks (pork empanadas, yuca cheese puffs), small plates (fufu gnocchi, congri rice and beans), cuban pizzas and a few hearty mains (steak fritas, lechon asado). The cocktail list is excellent as well.
This retro North End eatery is inspired by the nostalgic Italian-American red sauce joints of the '60s and '70s. On the menu you'll find all of the classics: chicken parmesan, spaghetti Bolognese, lobster ravioli, and more. In terms of authentic Italian-American eateries, Tony & Elaine's aims to hit all the marks, even down to the red and white checkered table cloths.
From the culinary talent behind Bar Mezzana comes the modern American brasserie, Black Lamb, located in the buzzing South End. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Black Lamb dishes out comforting, yet elevated fare. Duck breast frites with orange bearnaise, prime rib with potato gratin and grilled tuna steak nicoise are just a few of the diverse menu options. Not to mention, Black Lamb doubles as a raw bar that offers countless fresh, local bivalves. If you’re looking for a chic spot to grab drinks, explore their extensive wine, cocktail and beer lists.
Fans of Branch Line’s rotisserie chicken are flocking to sibling restaurant Shy Bird, hidden away near Kendall Square. The casual cafe is open from breakfast through dinner, offering counter service and comfortable seating. The rotisserie chicken stars on all three menus; if you’re hungry, go for a whole or half bird with your choice of sauce. Other highlights include a cauliflower melt, sugar snap pea salad, brisket, and rosemary-black pepper fries.
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—all without leaving the new 66-room Whitney Hotel.
Located inside the snazzy Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, the Boston outpost of the renowned globe-spanning Japanese izakaya serves sophisticated plays on sushi, robata skewers and tempura. Enjoy pristine nigiri and top-shelf sake in classy environs.
Located in the Financial District, Kamakura offers an authentically gourmet Japanese dining experience complete with traditional Japanese favorites, seasonal kaiseki (set tasting menus), sushi omakase (chef’s whim), and bento-style boxes at lunch. The kitchen utilizes fresh, local ingredients, and the extensive drink list features Bushido sake on tap and white wine from the Yamanashi Prefecture. Dine alongside the chef at the first-floor kaiseki bar, or head up to the open-air “Kumo” bar and lounge, featuring a 400-square foot retractable roof.
Columbus Hospitality Group’s Bar Lyon brings the delicacies of France’s gastronomic capital to the far corner of the South End. Classics like escargots and quenelles de brochet are treated with care and respect; locally-sourced ingredients dot the inviting bistro menu. The charming interior, artfully crafted cocktails and Lyonnaise cuisine will make you forget all about The Hub's other bistros.
This cozy Huron Village restaurant serves globally-influenced, seasonal cuisine with thoughtfully-selected wines. Diners fill the small space’s twelve tables to select between a la carte and tasting menus, both of which change daily to reflect seasonality and sourcing. The cocktail program features aperitif-style cocktails.
Michael Scelfo’s Longfellow Bar resides in the historic Café Algiers space atop his Harvard Square dining destination, Alden & Harlow. The bar follows a communal, family-style approach similar to that of Alden & Harlow. Scelfo’s award-winning burger is available at Longfellow Bar anytime, and not in limited quantities (as is the case downstars at Alden & Harlow). The bar program transforms and elevates simple ingredients, with infusions, vinegars, syrups and bitters all made in-house.
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.
Chef Chris Parsons’ newest restaurant is centered on a raw bar featuring super-fresh seafood and classic New England cuisine. Sleek, nautical surroundings are perfect for enjoying the bounty of the ocean; try pairing with one of the many available rosés on the wine list. The menu features a daily lobster special (such as lobster ravioli or lobster and andouille gumbo), tinned fish, New England favorites and comforting sides.
You know you want to try it. Guy Fieri’s first-ever Boston restaurant is located in the Big Night Live venue. The restaurant serves creative interpretations of Latin street food with bold flavors and unique twists. Go to flavor town with crispy pork belly, queso fundido, trashcan nachos, crispy cheeseburger tacos, and carnitas chile verde.