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The best restaurants near Fenway Park

Whether heading to a Red Sox game or having a night out, there are plenty of great places to eat around Fenway Park

By Time Out Boston Staff and Eric Grossman
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The area around Fenway Park might be best known for partying with Red Sox game crowds, catching a lively show, or dancing and partying into the night, but it has quietly become one of the best dining neighborhoods in all of Boston. The Fenway has grown into a destination in itself, with a range of exciting restaurants, bars and hangouts. From buzzy newcomers to high quality fast-casuals and old standbys, the streets surrounding the nation's oldest ballpark has a lot to offer for your dining pleasure. And remember, you can bring treats into Fenway Park, just be discreet and considerate. Be sure to check out our Fenway neighborhood guide, plus our list of the best bars in Boston and the best Irish pubs in Boston.

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Time Out Market Boston
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Restaurants Fenway/Kenmore

Time Out Market Boston features a tasty assortment of curated food offerings, plus two slick bars and lots more. There is plenty of seating—both indoor and outside—and some of the biggest culinary names in Boston are on hand crafting a varied assortment of delicious dishes and 'Gram-worthy bites. The market is housed in the 401 Park Drive building, an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929 as a Sears, Roebuck and Company warehouse.

The best restaurants near Fenway Park

Eastern Standard, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
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1. Eastern Standard

Restaurants Contemporary American Fenway/Kenmore

This glamorous modern brasserie in the Hotel Commonwealth is a top Fenway dining choice at all hours, breakfast through late night. The various menus offer something for everyone, and friendly servers maintain a welcoming vibe. It’s always packed before Red Sox games, with fans seeking a good burger or a high-quality sandwich. Dinner guests enjoy fresh seafood, pasta, charcuterie, and daily specials that range from schnitzel to prime rib. And the bar program is renowned, with skilled mixologists slinging creative cocktails at all hours.

Island Creek Oyster Bar Dozen Oysters
Photograph: Courtesy Island Creek Oyster Bar/Michael Piazza

2. Island Creek Oyster Bar

Restaurants Seafood Fenway/Kenmore

Located in the heart of Kenmore Square, the original ICOB is an ideal spot for sampling the namesake bivalves. Sustainably farmed year-round in Duxbury Bay, the oysters are sweet, briny, and always fresh. The noisy, continually-packed space blends the rustic aesthetic of an oyster farm with the polish of next-door neighbor (and sister establishment) Eastern Standard. A long, convivial bar anchors the front, while tables filled with locals, suits, trendsetters, and students stretch toward the rear of the restaurant, where the back wall is lined with cages filled with oyster shells. Jeremy Sewall's lengthy, seafood-focused menu includes "Cousin Mark's" lobster (from York Harbor, Maine), Rhode Island striped bass, Montauk bluefish, grilled Maine salmon, Cape Cod scallops, and more. Landlubbers are well-served thanks to roasted chicken, grilled steak, and an angus burger topped with house-cured maple bacon.

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Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, Bars, Boston
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3. Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

Bars Gastropubs Fenway/Kenmore

This modern neighborhood tavern offers a friendly atmosphere and a menu of modern pub fare—steak frites, sirloin burger, roast chicken, charcuterie—as well as a daily selection of fresh, local oysters like Wellfleets and Island Creeks. More than 200 whiskeys are available alongside craft beer, cocktails, and a notable selection of wines. Those looking for a late night bite can enjoy a hearty meal, or just a few oysters, until 1:30am.

Orfano
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4. Orfano

Restaurants Italian 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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Tiger Mama
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5. Tiger Mama

Restaurants Pan-Asian Fenway/Kenmore

Flavor-wise, it’s half a world away from Faison’s barbecue joint; physically, Tiger Mama is just down the block from Sweet Cheeks. The Southeast Asian-influenced menu is teeming with flavor and spice. Start with a creative tiki drink like the Ballad of the Wind Fish (Japanese gin, hitachino white ale reduction, ginger, peach, lemon, grapefruit, and sesame), then sample a range of Asian delights like Vietnamese bun cha, Singapore street noodles, or spam and pineapple fried rice.

Sweet Cheeks
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6. Sweet Cheeks

Restaurants Barbecue Fenway/Kenmore

The go-to spot for barbecue in Fenway, Tiffani Faison’s Sweet Cheeks serves up barbecue—including brisket and pulled chicken—on metal lunch trays. Pulled pork is a favorite, and sides like okra and fried green tomatoes will please carnivores and vegetarians alike. Complete the experience with a kick from the house-made sauces, and order a bucket ‘o biscuits to scoop up any remaining meaty bits. Don’t miss the giant Nutter Butter for dessert.

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El Pelon
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7. El Pelón Taqueria

Restaurants Mexican Fenway/Kenmore

This Fenway mainstay gets packed with fans before Red Sox games, thanks to its quick, cheap, and tasty eats. The interior is small and cheerful, and the assortment of tacos and burritos are filling and flavorful. Bonus: giant burritos are portable, and you can bring food into Fenway Park during games (thereby saving a few bucks).

Eventide Fenway
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8. Eventide Fenway

Restaurants Seafood Fenway/Kenmore

The famed brown butter lobster roll from this James Beard Award-winning Portland restaurant can be had much closer to home at its smaller satellite location in the Fenway. Savor the bao-like bun that perfectly cradles sweet Maine lobster meat mixed with delicious brown butter. The rest of the menu—featuring crudo, tartare, clam chowder, and other elevated classics—is equally impressive.

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Audubon Boston
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9. Audubon Boston

Bars Café bars Fenway/Kenmore

A sleek alternative to the busy bars near Fenway Park, this great neighborhood spot recently got even better. Since it was taken over by the owners of Somerville gem Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Audubon’s potential has finally been realized. The expanded beer list includes highbrow and lowbrow choices, and the creative cocktails feature house-made syrups and unlikely combinations. There’s also an inventive food menu, served from lunchtime until late. During the summer, head out back for one of the best (and semi-secret) patios in the city.

Basho Japanese Brasserie
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Basho Japanese Brasserie

10. Basho Japanese Brasserie

Restaurants Japanese Fenway/Kenmore

Basho serves up super fresh sushi in a sleek and modern setting. Make friends at a communal table, eat privately in the “cocoon,” or watch the sushi artists at work at the sushi bar. The sushi offerings are fairly straightforward—traditional sashimi and rolls alongside creative rolls like the Fenway, honoring the neighborhood—but with high-quality ingredients and slick decor, Basho stands out.

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Tasty Burger
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11. Tasty Burger

Restaurants Hamburgers Fenway/Kenmore

The original location of this homegrown burger joint is in Fenway. The retro vibe, reasonable prices and late hours have made it a local favorite and earned it the designation of official burger of the Red Sox. You’ll find the standard burgers and fries plus turkey burgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs. Try a refreshing, house-made lime rickey and a mini pie or a shake for dessert. Tasty Burger even has doggie treats for your canine friends, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating where they can join you.

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Restaurants Vegan Fenway/Kenmore

This NYC-based chain is 100% vegan, though even omnivores enjoy the extensive menu of comfort faves—burgers, soups, creative salads, mac n’ cheese, subs, as well as vegan versions of clam chowder and lobster rolls. Vegans looking for brunch in Fenway can indulge in tofu scrambles, sausage, hash browns, and pancakes. It's worth stopping in for a dessert too—cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, shakes, and more.

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