May 2021: Boston is almost back, baby. With restrictions lifting and the weather quickly ascending into summertime temperatures, people are more than ready to dine out again. Restaurants throughout the city are eager to welcome patrons back inside their establishments—although a share of eateries are understandably still placing an emphasis on outdoor dining. So now is the time to work on that base tan as you eat, whether it’s on a patio or rooftop, or in some of the ample sidewalk seating that remains throughout town. We recommend guzzling a margarita in Barra’s backyard, munching on meze under Moona’s tented oasis and keeping cool with ceviche from Celeste. In any case, fall in love—or rediscover—the best restaurants in Boston this month.
When you think of the best things to do in Boston, eating like royalty might not be the first activity that comes to mind. But some of the city’s most outstanding restaurants are changing the common misconception that Boston isn’t a destination for gourmands. From the North End to the Back Bay and beyond, our culinary talent is fostering a dining scene to rival those of DC or Philly. The city may be small, but its many neighborhoods offer a mighty selection of dining options, including ones that don't necessarily break the bank.
Time Out’s local experts scour the city for the best eats and insider info. We appreciate fun, flavor, freshness and value at every price point. We update the EAT List regularly, including whenever there’s a truly spectacular new opening. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a humble neighborhood newcomer: If it’s on this list, we think it’s awesome and reckon you will too. (We take curation seriously—look at how Time Out Market Boston came out.) Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList
We should also note that a number of the best chefs, restaurants and concepts in the city have been welcomed to participate in Time Out Market Boston. Because that is the highest honor we can award, and we now have a tighter relationship with them, establishments related to market vendors have all been included in the EAT List but not ranked alongside other great establishments in the city. You can find those amazing places below.
Here are the best restaurants in Boston—find out more about how we make the list, and start making your reservations.