• Saltie Girl Big seafood surprises in a small space.
  • Island Creek Oyster Bar Slurp oysters in style at this classy Fenway spot.
  • O Ya Sushi like you've never seen it done before.
  • Pomodoro The most intimate atmosphere in the North End.
  • Courtyard A beautiful setting for high tea and books.
  • jm Curley Burgers and other A+ bar fare.

By Budget




By Cuisine


  • Saltie Girl Sample the delicacies at this seafood bar.
  • James Hook & Co It doesn't get any fresher than this retail fish market.
  • Row 34 Eight kinds of oysters, five kinds of fish; seafood galore.
  • Daily Catch It's not fancy, but it sure is fresh.


  • Pomodoro The most romantic hole-in-the-wall on Hanover St.
  • Galleria Umberto No-nonsense pizza-by-the-slice at an old-school North End favorite.
  • Giulia Locally sourced delights prepared with modern flair by chef-owner Michael Pagliarini.
  • Coppa Enoteca An upscale enoteca in the trendy South End.



For Kids

  • Friendly Toast No need for a kids' menu, because the regular menu has everything that kids love.
  • Flatbread Co Pizza, bowling and plenty of love for the little ones.
  • Life Alive Smoothies (and other deceptively healthful food) – plus a dedicated play area.
  • Tasty Burger Burgers on the menu and billiards in the house.

Late-Night Grub


  • Beehive Listen to jazz and feast on eggs shakshuka.
  • Paramount An old-fashioned family place where they still call it breakfast.
  • Blunch Out-of-this-world breakfast sandwiches, all day every day.
  • West End Johnnies JC's corned-beef hash and eggs plus live reggae music equals happiness.
  • Friendly Toast Many kinds of toast. And not just for brunch.

Clam Chowder

  • Island Creek Oyster Bar Rich and decadent, served with housemade buttermilk biscuits.
  • Neptune Oyster Not as thick as traditional chowder, but no less tasty thanks to Wellfleet cherrystone clams.
  • Atlantic Fish Co It's served in a French boule bread bowl. Need we say more?
  • Barking Crab A no-frill chowder served in a paper cup, as at any respectable seafood shack.
  • Legal Harborside The city's most famous chowder does not disappoint.