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The best new restaurants in Boston

Stay on top of the Boston restaurant scene with our guide to the best new restaurants where you should eat right now

Bar Lyon
Photograph: Courtesy Bar Lyon French Onion Soup at Bar Lyon
By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff |
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If you're like us, there's never enough time when it comes to our local dining calendar. It's hard enough to make time to visit all the best food trucks in Boston, even moreso the best bars in Boston. The best pizza in Boston is always debatable, but fairly easy to knock off your culinary bucket list. But with so many great new options popping up on a regular basis, trying to keep tabs on Boston’s best new restaurants can be exceptionally overwhelming. Stay in-the-know and impress your friends by familiarizing yourself with the city’s newest culinary hot spots; here's our updated list of the best dining newcomers the city has to offer. 

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Best new restaurants in Boston

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Time Out Market Boston
Photograph: Eva Sakellarides
Restaurants

Time Out Market Boston

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

Like some variety when you go out to eat? Time Out Market Boston has you covered. Boston's first contemporary food hall boasts 15 curated food offerings, two slick bars and lots more. There is plenty of seating—both indoors and on a lovely, buzzing patio—and some of the biggest culinary names in Boston are delivering a varied assortment of delicious dishes and killer bites. 

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Orfano
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Julie N.
Restaurants, Italian

Orfano

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

From Tiffani Faison—who already brought Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama and Fool’s Errand to 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”).

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Fox & the Knife
Photograph: Brian Samuels
Restaurants, Italian

Fox & the Knife

icon-location-pin South Boston

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.

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Shy Bird
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Christina Y.
Restaurants, American creative

Shy Bird

icon-location-pin Kendall Sq

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.

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Peregrine
Photograph: Brian Samuels
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Peregrine

icon-location-pin Beacon Hill

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.

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Zuma Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Zuma Boston
Restaurants, Japanese

Zuma

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

Located inside the snazzy new 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.

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Kamakura
Photograph: Brian Pu Ruiz
Restaurants, Japanese

Kamakura

icon-location-pin Quincy Market

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.

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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 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.

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Talulla
Photograph: Courtesy Talulla/Wayne Chinnock
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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The Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow
Photograph: Nina Gallant
Bars

The Longfellow Bar

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

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.

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Ilona
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Ilona
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Ilona

icon-location-pin Roxbury

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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The Oyster Club
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Susan P.
Restaurants, Seafood

The Oyster Club

icon-location-pin Back Bay

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.

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