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The best new restaurants in Boston

Grab a seat at Boston's latest and greatest restaurants

Cheryl Fenton
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While Boston might be a historic city full of traditions, we certainly aren’t afraid to jump head first (or fork first) into new experiences. Our thriving restaurant scene is evidence of our excitement for new finds, with fresh faces serving up innovative cuisine amidst much anticipated fanfare. While you can certainly stick by your tried and true from our city's best restaurants and phenomenal bars any day of the week, perhaps it’s time to add a few of these newbies into the mix. Here are our favorite new restaurants in Boston to check out.

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Time Out Market Boston
  • Eating

We have found your new healthy lunch choice! Squeeze Juice Company is coming to Time Out Market Boston. Having opened this February, Squeeze is the latest Boston brand to come to the Fenway neighborhood. With roots as a juice bar at Equinox downtown, Squeeze opened their own brick-and-mortar in 2010. Squeeze now has four locations across the Boston area and beyond, including Downtown Boston, the Seaport, Assembly Row and Lynnfield. Their new location at Time Out Market is their fifth store opening.

Top new restaurants in Boston

  • Portuguese
  • Back Bay

Within the signature restaurant on the 17th floor of the new Raffles Hotel, Michelin-starred chef George Mendes serves up modern Portuguese fine dining to those lucky enough to grab a reservation. Eponymous with “love” in Portuguese, Amar is a love letter to seafood-heavy, classic dishes with the chef’s own twist—Jamon Iberico, uni toast, Carabineros prawns, Gomes de Sá cod, a decadent shellfish custard and an arroz di mariscos for two. The desserts are sublime, including the made-to-order Pão de ló Sponge cake, an Iberian egg-yolk sponge cake with smoked cinnamon ice cream. 

  • Mediterranean
  • Seaport District

Limani Grille Seaport transports diners to the beautiful shores of Cyprus and Greece with its fresh Mediterranean-inspired fare. ​​Spearheaded by Chef George Salas, the menu showcases selections including shareable must-haves like the Limani chips (paper-thin zucchini and eggplant served with lightly fried Kefalograviera cheese and tzatziki), as well as bar items items like Mediterranean ceviche (Lavraki dressed with lime, fresh herbs, gigantes beans and feta cheese). Limani also offers an array of entrees like its braised lamb shank, Moussaka, and whole-fish Fagri for Two.

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  • Brasseries
  • Fenway/Kenmore

An expansive, Boston version of the late-night industry favorite in New York City, this 265-seat restaurant is located directly at the doorstep of Kenmore Square’s Hotel Commonwealth. The brasserie is not only the perfect place to stop in for a burger and beer before a Red Sox night game, but it’s also an ideal spot to wrap up the evening with a nightcap and late-night bites (check out their discounted Late Night Social Hour from 10pm-midnight). The menu fills you up with hearty dishes, such as lamb chops, steak frites, pierogies, foie gras terrine, paella and French onion soup bubbling under a layer of melted gruyère cheese.

  • Movie theaters
  • Seaport District

The newest movie theater in the Seaport can easily double as a great spot for a meal. While you’re enjoying your movie, simply write down your food order from the menu (peep the spicy buffalo chicken pizza, mini corn dogs and milkshakes) on the provided paper, press the button, and the sheet is whisked away quietly. They bring your food right to your chair—you have your own table in front of each seat—so your attention on the screen isn’t interrupted at all.

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  • Seafood
  • Back Bay

An ode to the seaside clam shacks and raw bars of the New England coast, Little Whale is set in a charming brownstone with Chef Michael Serpa at the helm. A new addition to his seafood empire, the airy, bright atmosphere with a breezy, nautical feel offers two floors of dining. While a smaller order of tasty bivalves whets your whistle, go big with one of their three chilled plateaux—the Newbury, the Grand or the Big Whale (a whopping 24 oysters, dozen shrimp cocktail, dressed lobster, ceviche, tuna crudo and caviar service). Dishes not to miss include the Greek Branzino, white clam flatbread, bluefish dip and broccolini with white anchovies.

  • Seafood
  • Inman Sq

Recently celebrating its first birthday, Puritan Oyster Bar is perfect for not only a full seafood feast, but also a quick fix of drinks and a dozen of the ocean’s finest. Owned by beloved local chef and restaurateur Will Gilson, this cozy Inman Square spot is lauded for its oyster service, raw favorites like crudo and tartare, as well as other oceanic delights, such as lobster rolls, smoked fish dishes, seafood dips and salads.

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