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The best new restaurants in Boston

Own the Boston restaurant scene with our guide to the city’s best new restaurants, bars and where to eat right now

Our Fathers
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By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff |
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The best food trucks in Boston? Yeah, you’ve hit those. The best bars in Boston? You’ve checked those out too. If someone wants to know where to get the best brunch in Boston, you’re their phone-a-friend. But it’s a near-impossible task to keep tabs on the area’s best new restaurants. Newcomers have been popping up on the dining scene on a near-constant basis, and the ever-evolving Boston food scene shows no signs of abating. The question is not if, but when, you visit the city’s newest culinary hot spots. 

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Best new restaurants in Boston

1
Bar Lyon
Photograph: Courtesy Bar Lyon
Restaurants, French

Bar Lyon

icon-location-pin South End

Columbus Hospitality Group’s Bar Lyon brings the delicacies of France’s gastronomic capital to Boston. Escargots and Lyonnaise quenelle de brochet are complimented with locally sourced ingredients. The charming bistro-style interior, artfully crafted cocktails and cuisine Lyonnaise-Francaise will make you forget all about the city of lights.

2
Fox and the Knife
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jo C.
Restaurants, Italian

Fox & the Knife

icon-location-pin South Boston

Inspired by her time living and working in Modena, chef Karen Akunowicz opened Fox & the Knife, where fostering a sense of community is just as important as creating innovative and memorable Italian dishes. And what would a night of Italian food be without an apertivi? Luckily, the cocktail list includes the essentials, while their extensive wine list has options from around the globe.

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3
Chickadee
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alicia K.
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Chickadee

icon-location-pin Seaport District

The seasonal menu at this Seaport hotspot—named after the Massachusetts state bird—is Mediterranean-influenced, but features ingredients from local farms, markets, and producers. Starters such as kohlrabi tzatziki combine the best of both worlds. The lunch menu focuses on pitas—check out the fried hake with pickled peppers and zhoug. Dinner offers more to explore; pasta dishes are a highlight, dishes might include littleneck clams with green harissa or gnocchi with smoked chestnut. Innovative cocktails incorporate fresh ingredients, too—snap peas, roasted red peppers, and jasmine, to name a few.

4
Celeste
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/JuanMa C.
Restaurants, Peruvian

Celeste

icon-location-pin Somerville

Located a short stroll from Union Square, Celeste provides Somerville and Cambridge residents with fine Peruvian fare. Grab a seat at the bar and watch the open kitchen work its magic. Diners fill the small space to nosh on Peruvian standards—ceviche, causa, lomo saltado—done in style. The bar program focuses on mezcal- and pisco-based cocktails.

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5
Whaling in Oklahoma
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Stephen O.
Restaurants, Japanese

Whaling in Oklahoma

icon-location-pin South End

Tim Maslow (of the now-closed Ribelle and Strip-T’s) has re-entered Boston’s dining scene with his colorfully-named, brasserie in the former home of Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel. The Japanese-accented menu includes sashimi, tempura, veggie dishes, and more. Besides a pair of dining rooms, there’s a private space that will double as a karaoke room.

6
Talulla
Courtesy Yelp/Talulla
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Talulla

icon-location-pin West Cambridge

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.

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7
Alcove
Photograph: Emily Kan
Restaurants, American creative

Alcove

icon-location-pin North End

Located an errant foul shot from TD Garden, Alcove is the first restaurant from local hospitality veteran Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli (Island Creek Oyster Bar, Eastern Standard, Craigie on Main). The open, minimalist-chic space gets packed before big Garden events, such is the draw of the well-chosen wine list and versatile menu of upscale contemporary fare. The kitchen merges New England-sourced ingredients with Mediterranean techniques and flavors.

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Fool's Errand
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Colt V.
Bars, Cocktail bars

Fool’s Errand

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

Tiffani Faison’s “adult snack bar” resides steps away from her other two Fenway restaurants, Sweet Cheeks and Tiger Mama. Fool’s Errand is inspired by European tapas bars; the standing-room-only space contains crystal chandeliers and French wallpaper. When the interior, which can only hold a couple dozen, get packed, the crowds can spill out onto the outdoor patio. An assortment of creative small bites emanate from a small open kitchen at the center of the wood bar.

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9
Kala Thai
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jessica N.
Restaurants, Thai

Kala Thai Cookery

icon-location-pin Quincy Market

An offshoot of Watertown’s Cha Yen Thai Cookery, Kala Thai brings fresh Thai flavors to the high-traffic Haymarket area. Start with corn cakes—a Cha Yen favorite—then choose from a selection of noodle dishes (egg or rice noodles), fried rice, or curry. Spicy tom yum soup carries a kick, and chef specialty stir-fried dishes feature fresh ingredients and bold flavors. If the weather permits, get takeout and enjoy on the Greenway nearby.

10
OISA Ramen
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jonathan T.
Restaurants, Japanese

OISA Ramen

icon-location-pin Downtown

Subtitled “Slurp-and-Go,” OISA has only 9 seats and no ramen takeout, so expect to grab a bowl, sit, enjoy, and move on. Chef Moe Kuroki’s tonkatsu gained fame through her previous pop-up. It’s on the menu alongside two vegan shoyu options: smoky (with shitake, mesclun, and red pepper) and truffle (with truffled mushrooms, shitake, mesclun, red pepper, and a soy egg).

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11
Nathalie
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jack E.
Bars, Wine bars

Nathálie

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

This younger sibling of haley.henry, a popular wine bar near Downtown Crossing, offers a similarly stylish, diminutive space for sampling interesting wines. The small space, filled with black tile and exposed lightbulbs, includes a counter, bar, and tables. Most notably, all of the by-the-glass wines are from female wine producers, and the staff will open any bottle of wine if diners commit to at least two glasses. An assortment of fancified nibbles (corn nuts, olives, foie gras) pair nicely with the wine-focused environs.

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The Broadway
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Amanda S.
Restaurants, American

The Broadway

icon-location-pin South Boston

Yet another casual, modern neighborhood hangout in Southie, The Broadway provides locals with comfort eats, wood-fired pizzas, craft beers, and shareable cocktails. Wood, steel, and concrete contribute to the neo-industrial space, which features a pair of large bars and an open-air storefront.

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13
Southern Proper
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Chris L.
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Southern Proper

icon-location-pin South End

From its rustic, stylish home in the South End, Southern Proper serves modern takes on classic Southern and Lowcountry cuisine. Northerners take a trip to the south without leaving town, thanks to smoked and salted meats, fried chicken, barbecue, and Lowcountry-style seafood dishes. Complementing the southern fare is an extensive list of whiskies, ryes, and bourbons. 

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Our Fathers
Photograph: Courtesy Our Fathers
Restaurants, Delis

Our Fathers

icon-location-pin Allston/Brighton

From the same restaurant group that brings you Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, Franklin Cafe, and the ubiquitous Tasty Burger, Our Fathers looks to fill the void created by Boston’s surprising lack of proper full-service delicatessens. The mid-century modern space, a short stroll from Harvard Stadium, presents a stylish locale in which to enjoy updated Jewish classics and overstuffed deli sandwiches. Perhaps most impressive is the handsome, sophisticated bar area, where knowledgeable bartenders offer suggestions from one of the city’s largest gin lists. (Expect dozens of labels you’ve never seen before.)

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15
Nahita
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Nahita
Restaurants, Fusion

Nahita

icon-location-pin Back Bay

This internationally-backed restaurant offers a lengthy menu filled with Asian, Latin American, and Turkish influences. A colorful mix of locals and out-of-towners fill the stylish environs to sip creative cocktails while nibbling on ceviches, tiraditos, sashimi, and more substantial fare such as dry-aged steaks, rack of lamb, and whole duck served family-style.

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