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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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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 of your 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 overwhelming. In order to be in-the-know and impress your friends by selecting one of the city’s newest culinary hot spots for your next meal, here's our list of the best to keep you informed. 

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

Chickadee

icon-location-pin Seaport District

The seasonal menu at this Seaport hot spot—named after the Massachusetts state bird—is Mediterranean-influenced, and 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.

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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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7
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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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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9
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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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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The Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow
Photograph: Nina Gallant
Bars

The Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow

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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Whaling in Oklahoma
Photograph: Courtesy Whaling in Oklahoma
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 eclectic, Japanese-accented menu includes sashimi, tempura, veggie dishes and more.

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Fool’s Errand
Photograph: Courtesy Fool’s Errand/Mike Diskin
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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Kala Thai
Photograph: Courtesy Kala Thai/Jessica Nathania
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.

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Nathalie Wine Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Nathalie/Tyler Hallett
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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Southern Proper
Photograph: Courtesy Southern Proper
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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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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