Discover Trending Restaurants in Boston

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Located on Massachusetts Bay, Boston stands out as one of America’s most historic cities. Attractions like the Freedom Trail, the Paul Revere House and Boston Common offer beautiful destinations showcasing the city’s important past with a touch of New England charm. Other popular spots to check out include the Museum of Fine Arts, boutiques along Newbury Street and baseball games at Fenway Park. But Boston’s food scene really knocks it out of the park. The city’s large immigrant population and the influx of new chefs has put Boston on the map as a top foodie destination with new restaurants opening all the time. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? 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. Keep up with the newest additions to the city's culinary offerings, and check out our Tastemaker List of Trendy Restaurants in Boston.

Restaurants:Table, Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen, La Fabrica Central
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Comfort Food, Spanish
Neighborhoods:North End, South End, Cambridge

Table

$$$$·Italian·
North End
246 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
Table is one of the trendiest restaurants in the famous North End, aka “Little Italy” of Boston. They focus on delivering a rewarding dining experience with their old-school eatingRead more
95% recommended
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Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

$$$$·Comfort Food·
South End
1,551 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen is just what it sounds like - a fun, trendy neighborhood joint where you can usually count on seeing a familiar face. It is an intersection of good Read more
96% recommended
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La Fabrica Central

$$$$·Spanish·
Cambridge
489 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Located in Cambridge’s Central Square, La Fabrica Central recently replaced a restaurant and nightclub in the same space. Now they are one of the most trendy restaurants in Boston Read more
92% recommended
Late Night Find in Boston
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Pammy's

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
1,159 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Pammy’s is a New American restaurant inspired by the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria. Located between Cambridge’s Central and Harvard Squares, it’s a cozy yet refined neiRead more
93% recommended
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Brassica Kitchen

$$$$·French American·
Jamaica Plain
873 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Brassica Kitchen and Cafe is a super trendy restaurant in Boston created by the Whisk Pop-up Group. It’s a coffee shop and scratch bakery by day serving espresso, pastry and sandwiRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Boston / New England
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Scorpion Bar - Seaport

$$$$·Mexican·
Seaport
168 reviews
  • Late-night Find
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Scorpion Bar is a Mexican restaurant and nightclub in Seaport that serves a delightful menu of authentic and innovative cuisine. The restaurant takes over three floors and deliversRead more
100% recommended
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Dona Habana

$$$$·Cuban·
South End
734 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Dona Habana is a super hip new restaurant in Boston. Locals and visitors love it because the space feels like a tropical paradise and you’ll feel like you’re in Old Havana, Cuba thRead more
93% recommended

Lolita Back Bay

$$$$·Mexican·
Back Bay
1,180 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Tapas
  • Bar Seating
Lolita is a fun and revelrous neighborhood cantina that serves authentic Mexican cuisine with a playful twist. The interior is dark and rustic but also bustling with energy and lauRead more
100% recommended
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Yvonne's

$$$$·Global, International·
Downtown Crossing
1,175 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Tapas
Yvonne’s, located in Downtown Crossing just across from Boston Common, is an elegantly trendy restaurant in Boston. The establishment consists of a Library, Lounge and Supper Club Read more
100% recommended
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The Stones Common House & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Stoneham
309 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The Stones Common House and Kitchen is a casual American bar and restaurant located in the Stoneham neighborhood of Boston. It’s a place where locals and visitors alike gathering tRead more
93% recommended
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Alcove

$$$$·American·
West End
779 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
Located on a gorgeous port on the edge of Boston’s West End, Alcove is all about creating a memorable experience to share with friends. The warm, neighborhood restaurant is perfectRead more
93% recommended

Chickadee

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Seaport
509 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Chickadee is a New England born and Mediterranean inspired restaurant situated in the heart of Boston’s Innovation and Design Building. Named after the state bird of Massachusetts,Read more
96% recommended
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Ciao Bella

$$$$·Italian·
North End
180 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Ciao Bella is one of the most trendy restaurants in Boston right now. Located in the North End, it is a fantastic Italian restaurant featuring delicious American Italian food, withRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Boston
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Citrus & Salt

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Back Bay
782 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
Citrus & Salt, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, is a casual dining place featuring Contemporary Mexican and Latin American cuisine. The menu features Baja-inspired dishesRead more
92% recommended

dbar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Dorchester
1,120 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Dbar is one of the most exciting new restaurant bars in all of Boston and diners will find it packed with people seven days a week. It starts out as a full-service dinner establishRead more
96% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Boston
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West End Johnnie's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Faneuil Hall
473 reviews
  • Fun
  • Quick Bite
  • Bar Seating
West End Johnnie’s is the place to be in Boston these days. It incorporates the melting pot of the historic West End area with its ambiance, crowd and delicious menu offerings. TheRead more
96% recommended
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Empire

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Seaport
1,408 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
Empire is a restaurant by the award-winning Big Night Entertainment Group. The setting features a 14,000 square foot boutique Asian restaurant and lounge located in the Seaport areRead more
97% recommended

Mastro's Ocean Club - Boston

$$$$·Seafood·
Seaport
1,387 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
Mastro’s Ocean Club features a combination of world-class service, amazing cuisine and live entertainment. Diners here get to enjoy live music at the bar while enjoying hand-crafteRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Boston / New England

Longfellow

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
152 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Bar Seating
Longfellow, located in the historic Cafe Algiers space on Brattle Street in Harvard Square, is a casual, welcoming neighborhood bar and eatery. The brainchild of chef and restauratRead more
100% recommended
Hot Spot in Boston / New England
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Whaling in Oklahoma - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Japanese·
South End
302 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
Whaling in Oklahoma is a modern American Brasserie located in the South End of Boston. They focus on Japanese comfort food and Izakaya style dishes and it has a reputation for haviRead more
85% recommended
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