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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Boston Metro North

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Boston Metro North? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Elia Taverna Marblehead restaurant
4.9
4.9 (54)
$31 to $50
Greek
Marblehead
About the restaurant
Family owned local Greek cuisine. Serving delicious food with homemade recipes, in a small cozy atmosphere. Hard to find amazing Greek wines that will surprise you. Shrimp Santorini, Mediterranean Grill, grilled octopus, are just some of the amazing dishes we server. Voted 2nd must try restaurant in the Marblehead, Salem, Swampscott area. "Neighborhood Gem"
Top review
NinaRvip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
This an authentic Greek restaurant and the food was amazing and delicious! I would definitely travel back to Boston just to eat here again!
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4.8
4.8 (492)
$30 and under
Italian
Swampscott
About the restaurant
Paradiso Ristorante is a family-friendly restaurant located across from the Swampscott train station. Small kitchen with big flavors.
Executive Chef Benedetto Carenza from Avellino, Italy prepares Italian cuisine that will make you want to lick your plate. All menu items are cooked to order. Quality is our number one priority. Enjoy the ambiance of our “soon” newly renovated lounge and dining room. The casual atmosphere of our lounge offers 6 flat screen TVs, along with our dining room, outdoor heated patio and outdoor tent.

Top review
GailD
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Food was delicious, service was amazing. Staff went above/beyond to make sure we had a great dining experience. Will definitely return
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4.8
4.8 (152)
$31 to $50
American
Swampscott
About the restaurant
G Bar & Kitchen in Swampscott provides a beautiful interior with dark, rich wood flooring, bright red chairs situated along the bar, and pale colored chairs, tables and booths along the opposite walls. Big windows let in plenty of sunshine to help increase the brightness and inviting atmosphere of the interior whereas friendly staff members make you feel like an honored guest at G Bar & Kitchen. Upon first glance at the menu, you will notice plenty of delicious options like the shrimp chow fun and gnocchi. You also have stuffed acorn squash, lamb rack, duck, haddock, veal chop and a N.Y strip to name a few. There is an option for just about every flavor preference so you are sure to leave feeling satisfied and yearning to come back for more when you visit G Bar & Kitchen.
Top review
Terr23
Dined 6 days ago
G Bar & Kitchen is our very favorite restaurant. It's been in town for 16 years and Greg never disappoints with his creative and delicious dishes. We love Ollie the bartender - drinks are wonderful and the entire staff is superb. Very fortunate to have this gem in town.
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4.6
4.6 (433)
$30 and under
Italian
Burlington
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Chateau Restaurant of Burlington. Since 1933, The Nocera Family has been serving great food, with great service at reasonable prices that keep our customers coming back for more.

Offering classic Italian dishes such as Toasted Ravioli, Chicken Parmigiana and Thin-crust Pizza, as well as Fresh Seafood and Sautee Dishes. Weekly Specials are always on the menu.

Chateau Burlington has many newly renovated dining rooms to provide a warm atmosphere and accommodate any reservation. Large parties are our specialty! Enjoy our separate Dining Lounge that features a comfortable bar, lots of dining tables, extensive wine list and featured drink specials. A perfect place to watch the game on one of the many HDTV’s and play Keno.

Top review
MaureenDvip
Dined 3 days ago
I split the Italian Trios 2 and as always was delicious and still had some to take home. My luncheon companions both had the Greek salad with steak tips and both said it was very good.
A photo of Fox Creek Tavern restaurant
4.6
4.6 (692)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Ipswich
About the restaurant
Comfort tavern food in an upscale atmosphere, featuring our Patio which is more than a slice of perfection!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Everything was sensational! Fun summer cocktails, A+ to the bartenders and whoever makes the drink menu. Service was great and I appreciate the whole staff working hard in this heat wave to make sure we had a good time. No complaints from me. Thanks Fox Creek! We will be back.
A photo of The Farm Bar and Grille - Essex restaurant
4.5
4.5 (244)
$30 and under
American
Essex
About the restaurant
Located on Western Avenue (Route 22) in Essex, The Farm Bar & Grille serves traditional American comfort food, barbecue dishes, extensive spirits and a large selection of wines and beers. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has an outdoor dining area for those who prefer a more lively casual dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Went to the Farm with my kids first Father's Day. We sat outside and it was great. Food was amazing and service was very friendly. The chowder was some of the best I have had. The chicken fingers were out of this world good. Portions and prices were great! Can't wait to back.
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4.5
4.5 (57)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Manchester-by-the-Sea
About the restaurant
Come experience the fresh flavors of New England at 35 Beach. Our local seafood dishes with an Italian and Japanese influence are sure to please, and our bar has something for everyone. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Beautiful place with gracious hosts, yummy cocktails and delicious food.
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4.4
4.4 (327)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Beverly
About the restaurant
A&B Burgers is one of those restaurants, one that has transitioned into a dining scene based around hospitality, creative menus and a space driven by the energy of the bar. Not everyone feels like eating a burger and with that in mind, we built a menu that offers options for those times. We have guests who have been dining with us for 8 years now and have never eaten one of our award-winning burgers, instead, they enjoy sharing a few small plates to start and then order entrees with a bottle of wine. Just because we are so well known for our award-winning burgers doesn’t mean that’s all we do well. You’ll need to come in and experience this for yourselves and we promise you it will be worth it!veryone isn’t looking for the same casual restaurant experience that is so common these days. We are working daily to elevate our restaurant from a predictable neighborhood restaurant to one that offers a change from the norm and excites with each visit.
Top review
MaryD
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Turkey burgers are the best! We go every other Monday for the big band jazz, which is great! Fun atmosphere. Always great service too. Easy to get there by train, just a short walk up from the Beverly Depot. Minus one star for not having any dark beers.
A photo of Bradford Tavern restaurant
4.4
4.4 (195)
$31 to $50
American
Rowley
About the restaurant
American fare & creative cocktails served in a charming house with rustic beams & modern decor.
Top review
DonWatsonvip
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
We have returned here again for our pre-wedding anniversary celebration. 53 years ago this was the location of the Chanticleer restaurant. It is great to visit and reminisce. This restaurant is charming and the staff is welcoming. We had a wonderful meal from appetizer to dessert. Zoe, our wait person, was friendly, professional and welcoming. She is an asset for the Bradford Tavern. We expect to be back next year, if not sooner.
A photo of Horseshoe Grille restaurant
4.2
4.2 (312)
$30 and under
Barbecue
North Reading
About the restaurant
Horseshoe Grill in North Reading has been family-owned since the 1920s when it was originally a supper club for members only. That changed in 1957 and, since then, patrons have come from all over to sample the famous ribs that have made Horseshoe Grill an institution. The relaxing atmosphere inside makes it the perfect place to get to work on a rack of ribs, lobster Rangoon, Thai chili calamari or nachos. There is lighter fare at Horseshoe Grill too like the Asian chicken lettuce wraps, cheese quesadilla, ahi tuna and summer fruit salad. There are gluten-free options on the menu too.
Top review
RogerPvip
Dined on May 12, 2024
It was Mother’s Day and our server was attentive and the food was very good !
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