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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Boston Metro North

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Row 34 - Burlington restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1596)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Burlington
About the restaurant
We’re Row 34. If we could eat oysters and drink beer for every meal period, we probably would. Professionals Only.

Our menu changes daily. Visit our website to take a look at our most up to date menus.

Row 34 serves up a seafood-heavy menu in an industrial-inspired setting. Chef/Owner Jeremy Sewall's menu offers fish entrees and an extensive oyster selection, along with craft beers and an eclectic wine list. Classic comfort food side dishes round out the menu.

Looking for another reservation? Visit one of our sister restaurants: Row 34 Boston, Row 34 Cambridge and Row 34 Portsmouth, NH.

Top review
Btobinsvip
Dined 3 days ago
Everything about our lunch was enjoyable from our cocktails to our food and our server. Would highly recommend.
A photo of Ledger Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2507)
$31 to $50
American
Salem
About the restaurant
This historically unique location houses the new restaurant from Matt O'Neil chef/owner of The Blue Ox in Lynn. O'Neil collaborates with Executive Chef, Daniel Gursha, formerly of Bambara, Cambridge and A Voce and Bouley in New York City, offering a progressive New England concept, where traditional 19th-century dishes, cocktails, and techniques will be elevated with 21st-century resources.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a great time and the service was fantastic. It was our 9th anniversary of our relationship and the staff at Ledger went above and beyond with complimentary sparkling wine and a cookie dessert to help us celebrate, thank you! I was also experiencing neck pain so my apologies for not being more appreciative in the moment. The food was excellent also and this made it a great evening for us, thank you! Peter
A photo of Pots restaurant
4.7
4.7 (94)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Peabody
About the restaurant
Pots is on OpenTable. Make a reservation today!
We look forward to seeing you

Top review
MarinaB
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Delicious food and drinks! Staff is really good too! It was my daughter graduation dinner. But they greeted her with a delicious cake with a candle as if it was her birthday! So thoughtful!
A photo of The Babe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (15)
$30 and under
American
Salem
About the restaurant
Welcome to your friend neighborhood bar and sandwich shop. Tucked away on Lafayette Park, just a block from the downtown and seaport neighborhoods of Salem, MA, The Babe is the perfect place to rendezvous after work for a cocktail, grab a bite with friends, or get together for a late night celebration. We take pride in our scratch kitchen with a menu inspired by Northeast sandwich culture and cuisine; touching on fan favorites from Philly to NY, and of course, Boston! Our menu includes specialties like house-ground cheese burgers, loaded Italian subs with freshly sliced salumi, crispy and cheesy mozzarella pockets, crispy wings, and more. The dining room and bar have a casual but intimate feel with high ceilings, updated vintage architectural features, and warm deco-lighting. The Babe also features live performances several nights a week as well as a cozy backyard patio in the warm weather season. Parties larger than 10 guests should contact the restaurant directly for booking
Top review
NolaR
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Loved it here! Great food, lovely patio out back ... a hidden gem. Seems like it would be fun for families or a night out with a group. We had two couples and enjoyed a relaxing meal with time to chit chat and kind service.
A photo of Black Cow restaurant
4.6
4.6 (28)
$31 to $50
American
Newburyport
About the restaurant
CORRECTION, THE BLACKCOW DOES ACCEPT RESERVATIONS FOR BOTH LUNCH AND DINNER. PLEASE CALL US AT (978)499-8811 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION, RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INDOOR DINING ONLY!.

Located in a city rich in maritime history, the Black Cow boasts spectacular ocean views from its rooftop deck and fine dining with walking distance to all that Newburyport has to offer. By land or by sea, the Black cow represents all the hospitality and beauty New England has to offer.


Top review
RayMvip
Dined 6 days ago
Fantastic surroundings, great service and awesome menu
A photo of Fox Creek Tavern restaurant
4.6
4.6 (691)
$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
DianaM
Dined 3 days ago
We were a group of 4 for dinner on a hot summer evening at 7:00pm on a Thursday. The food was excellent; it was cooked to our liking and everything was served timely. Our server’s recommendations were spot on - definitely give the Irish nachos a try. He was right about them - addictive. The only disappointment was that they ran out of the entree that two of us wanted to order… though our backup choices were tasty, so no harm there. The real star of the night was our server, Dave. He provides just the right level of attention and comedy and knows the menu items well. Ask for him - you won’t be disappointed!
A photo of Tavern in the Square - Burlington restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1697)
$30 and under
American
Burlington
About the restaurant
Grab your co-workers, friends, family and go!

Burlington, MA is quickly becoming a bustling business hub and Tavern in the Square Burlington is the perfect lunch, brunch or happy hour spot to kick it with co-workers or catch the game with friends. Our menu caters to every appetite big or small. Whether you are looking to sink your teeth into our delicious burgers, unwind with an after work cocktail, or try something healthy like our Gluten Free options, Tavern in the Square has something to satisfy everyone.

Located across the parking lot of Burlington Mall, Tavern in the Square is the perfect spot to relax after a day of shopping with one of our 50 ice cold draft beers in the bar or while people watching on our patio.

Follow us on Instagram: @taverninthesquare & Twitter: @TavernintheSq





Top review
Cindy
Dined 7 days ago
Food was hot and good. Waitresss was great! Will definitely go there again!
A photo of The Autograph American Tavern restaurant
4.5
4.5 (87)
$30 and under
American
Andover
About the restaurant
Now Open! Enjoy Lunch and Dinner at our American Tavern. Family friendly and perfect for the sports enthusiast.
Top review
VivianVvip
Dined 2 days ago
It was our first time visiting and we will be back! Food service environment were great. We particularly liked the live music by the Mystics
A photo of Goodnight Johnny’s restaurant
3.9
3.9 (79)
$30 and under
Grill
Burlington
About the restaurant
Goodnight Johnny’s American Music Bar is Burlington’s newest hot spot for live music and quality food and drinks. Goodnight Johnny’s features top musical entertainment and a full service restaurant with classic American menu offerings. Our upbeat atmosphere caters to local adults looking for a quality, a reasonably priced experience and excellent service. We offer lunch, dinner, a weekend brunch, a few drinks and live music.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food is always great, the bartenders are wonderful and attentive. And the music is a nice added touch!
A photo of Hotel Salem - The Roof restaurant
3.7
3.7 (43)
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Salem
About the restaurant
Unique among Salem restaurants, The Roof offers Salem’s only open-air rooftop bar and restaurant serving the necessities—strong drinks and simple food. Located at the top of The Hotel Salem, this seasonal dining space features an outdoor kitchen and expansive views of Salem’s cobblestone streets and bustling harbor. Expect to find some of the best-crafted cocktails in the area, as well as tacos, rice bowls, and more.
Top review
JakeS
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Fantastic cocktails and amazing views and service!
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