The Best Cheap Eats in Boston

The OpenTable Team

Leading the country in the fight for independence against Great Britain, Boston has become home to some of the country's most notable neighborhoods. Today, Boston attracts millions to its educational institutions, historical sites, top-rated hotels and world-renowned restaurants. Located near the Atlantic Ocean, this New England city is often associated with fresh seafood. But Boston hosts a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, offering some of the best restaurants on the coastline. Plus, many of Beantown's best quality dishes come at a great price. Whether diners seek a casual dinner with family or a quick bite and drink with friends, the best cheap eats in Boston span across the city. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out on a budget? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. For foodies looking to experience all that Boston has to offer, here’s where diners from near and far are eating out. Score a table and enjoy a wicked good meal without breaking the bank.

Restaurants:Emmet's Irish Pub and Restaurant, West End Johnnie's, Abby Lane
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Irish, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall, Theater District

Emmet's Irish Pub and Restaurant

$$$$·Irish·
Beacon Hill
212 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
When diners are in the mood for a casual, classic Irish meal, Emmet's is the place-to-be. This alehouse serves pub fare, wine, and pints, offering an authentic Irish experience. LoRead more
100% recommended
Great for Lunch in Boston

West End Johnnie's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Faneuil Hall
474 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Authentic
The perfect spot for those wanting to enjoy an evening out on a budget, West End Johnnie's is a lively bi-level local hangout, decorated with a large collection of vintage sports mRead more
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Abby Lane

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Theater District
1,747 reviews
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Offering guests two dining areas, Abby Lane serves some of the best cheap eat in Boston in their downstairs lounge and upstairs dining room. Named Boston's Best Pre and Post TheateRead more
92% recommended
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Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant - Boston

$$$$·American·
Theater District
888 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Great for Lunch
This beloved brewpub chain offers a lively environment, house beers, and upscale American fare at a great price. Ideal for beer lovers and foodies, Rock Bottom Brewery serves nine Read more
85% recommended
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The Stones Common House & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Stoneham
371 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
This casual American bar and restaurant offers a local meeting place, as well as some of the best cheap eats in Boston. The atmosphere is modern, yet relaxed, offering both a bar aRead more
92% recommended

Scoozi

$$$$·American·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
112 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
For those looking to fill up on thin-crust pizza and sangria, Scoozi's is the place. Popular among students this relaxing local hotspot, offers wholesome gourmet food for a great pRead more
83% recommended
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Back Deck

$$$$·American·
Downtown Crossing
1,366 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Back Deck is a funky, retro spot, serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Dishing up professional backyard grilling within a lad-back dining environment, grilled meat lovers canRead more
100% recommended

The Bebop

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
89 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
For those looking for the best cheap eats in Boston, as well as a lively music scene, The Behop will not disappoint. This Irish pub offers a high-quality menu, serving up lunch, diRead more
100% recommended

Cambridge Brewing Company

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Kendall Square
383 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
At Cambridge Brewing Company, beer lovers can take advantage of their gastropub menu. The brewery itself is warm and airy, featuring exposed brick, wood posts and beams, and uniqueRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Boston

Moonshine 152

$$$$·American·
South Boston
811 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Moonshine 152 is an award-winning restaurant in Southie, located just three miles from the downtown core. Serving brunch and dinner, Moonshine 152 offers dishes that highlight bothRead more
98% recommended
American in Boston / New England

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
47 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Afternoon Coffee
Awarded the “Best of Boston 2019” by Boston Magazine, Trident Booksellers and Cafe first opened its doors in 1984, becoming a local landmark ever since. Offering those in the Back Read more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Boston / New England

Cafe Landwer - Beacon Street

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
96 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Afternoon Coffee
This Israeli-based cafe is known for their Mediterranean fare and speciality coffee. The cafe itself showcases artistic flair, featuring bright pops of color, paintings on brick waRead more
100% recommended
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Lorettas Last Call

$$$$·Southern·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
275 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
Dishing up Southern classics, at Loretta’s Last Call, whether diners fancy fried chicken or catfish, they’re guaranteed to be satisfied. Known for their cold beer, affordable menu,Read more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Boston / New England

Tavern In The Square - North Station

$$$$·American·
West End
225 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
Located in the heart of downtown, Tavern in the Square offers diners a selection of draft beers, American fare, and patio. One of the best spots to get cheap eats in Boston, it is Read more
97% recommended
American in Boston
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The Glenville Stops

$$$$·American·
Allston
340 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
The Glenville Stops is a laid-back establishment, featuring exposed wood beams, brightly lit chandeliers, and a long wood bar. The vibe is casual, airy, and clean, offering diners Read more
94% recommended

Local 149

$$$$·American·
South Boston
247 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
Local 149 is as funky and lively as they come, featuring a bright, fun, communal atmosphere. Located in the heart of South Boston, they are known for their unique cuisine and qualiRead more
98% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Boston / New England

Lucy's American Tavern

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Dorchester
475 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Rustic and inviting, Lucy's American Tavern is known for their high-end pub menu, unique cocktails, and hospitality. A well-known local hangout within Adam's Village, guests can enRead more
95% recommended
Comfort Food in Boston / New England

Amrheins

$$$$·American·
South Boston
512 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Authentic
  • Casual
Being the oldest bar and restaurant in South Boston, Amrheins is known as the spot to watch sports while enjoying their brunch, lunch, dinner, or late night menu. Historic buffs wiRead more
90% recommended
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Wagamama - Prudential Center

$$$$·Asian·
Back Bay
110 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
This Japanese chain offers steamed rice and noodle dishes, served on long communal tables. Located in the Prudential Center, Wagamama is situated amid a range of shops and restauraRead more
92% recommended
Asian in Boston / New England