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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Boston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Boston? 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 Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar - South Boston restaurant
4.8
4.8 (365)
$30 and under
Mexican
South Boston
About the restaurant
LOCO TAQUERIA & OYSTER BAR is a funky neighborhood joint located on West Broadway in South Boston that specializes in tacos, raw bar, and tequila.
Top review
AngelaOpvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
You guys!!!! This place is amazing. I brought some vegetarians and a gluten free person and we had so much delicious food and fun. Thank you for making our night. Carnivore, vegetarian, and celiac friendly!
A photo of The Playwright restaurant
4.7
4.7 (162)
$31 to $50
American
South Boston
About the restaurant
From the minds behind the original Playwright Bar and situated on its familiar grounds, emerges the reimagined Playwright of 2024, epitomizing the ever-changing South Boston scene.

Step into a new era as The Playwright undergoes a transformation, embracing the spirit of a classic pub while infusing it with contemporary flair. We seamlessly blend the charm of traditional hospitality with the sophistication of upscale comfort cuisine.

Immerse yourself in our live music scene every Wednesday through Sunday. Experience emerging artists on Wednesdays, a cover band on Thursdays, DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, and unwind with country music on Sundays.

Join us as we raise our glasses to the next chapter of The Playwright.
Top review
Niles7vip
Dined 3 days ago
Food was delicious, our waitress was so nice & polite. This might be my new place. Vibes were perfect. & the bartender made the drinks absolutely delicious. Now I understand why the lines are always extremely long.
A photo of Hunter's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (211)
$30 and under
Southern
South Boston
About the restaurant
Bringing Southern comfort food to the heart of South Boston, Hunter's Kitchen + Bar is brought to you by the same team as neighborhood staples Lincoln & Capo. Executive Chef Lambert Givens serves up southern-inspired classics like his signature gumbo, chicken & waffles, and smoked meats. Behind the bar, Hunter's has a wide range of beers, whiskeys, and craft cocktails.

**Please note: Patio tables are on a first come first serve basis and by request only. Please note your reservation if you would prefer to sit outside and we will do our best to accommodate**

Hunter's has live music Sunday - Thursday beginning at 9 PM, and Friday at 5pm, Saturday at 3pm, and Sunday at 2pm.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was fantastic, and the portions were large. Do not skip on the snacks (appetizers). The honey biscuits and wings are a must-have. I will be going back for the mac and cheese! The atmosphere had a nice vibe and live music is always a plus.
A photo of Zuma Boston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (27)
$50 and over
Japanese
Back Bay
About the restaurant
zuma, located on the second floor in the Four Seasons One Dalton, brings chef rainer becker’s internationally acclaimed style of modern japanese cuisine to America. already renowned in london, hong kong, istanbul, and dubai, zuma Boston offers a sophisticated cuisine philosophy of flavorsome, modern Japanese dishes in a fun and vibrant environment inspired by the informal dining style called izakaya.

the menu is comprehensive and alluring. dishes are authentic but not traditional with bold, intense flavors and an emphasis on simple presentation acquired through quality ingredients. izakaya style means that dishes are designed to be shared at the table.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing team! Food for brunch is superb. It will exceed your expectations compared for Zjma NY, Zuma Dubai , Abudhabi and London !
A photo of Oliveira's Steakhouse - Somerville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (242)
$30 and under
Brazilian Steakhouse
Somerville
About the restaurant
Feast on a wide selection of skewered meats including pork sirloin, chicken, sirloin steak, sausages and more. Help yourself to the salad bar and hot and cold side dishes including salads, rice, beans and much more. At Oliveira's Steak House the beef is seasoned with sea salt and slow roasted / grilled over an open flame to capture its individual flavor. Traditional spices are used to season our pork and chicken.
Top review
Hasan
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Tasty food, overall prices are great value compared to experience. I hope they don't hike their prices like all other restaurants and make it unaffordable and out of budget for it's customers.
A photo of Nine Tastes restaurant
4.6
4.6 (49)
$30 and under
Thai
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Thailand is a tine exotic country in Southeast Asia. A mixture of hot spices, fresh herb, and pure heart combine to make the scintillating tastes of Thai cuisine. Each dish in our Thai restaurant is prepared uniquely for your preference, it can be intense spiciness or just a hint of hot taste. The various ingredients used will leave glorious different tastes in your mouth and a newfound partiality for the people.

Come experience the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia. Savor the delicious and tantalizing flavors of Thai cuisine in a fun and inviting atmosphere. From the traditional to the contemporary, our dishes will invigorate the senses and delight the soul.

Take a journey to Thailand through the food of “Nine Tastes”.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
I have visited previously and was excellent then as it is now. I will return.
A photo of Peka restaurant
4.6
4.6 (76)
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
Brighton
About the restaurant
Welcome to Peka Restaurant – your ultimate destination for a tantalizing culinary adventure to the heart of Brighton. We invite you to indulge in the rich flavors, vibrant culture, and lively atmosphere that define our Latin food restaurant. From mouthwatering Venezuelan dishes to delightful drinks and exhilarating live music, Sabor Latino promises an unforgettable experience for all your senses.
Top review
Niles7vip
Dined 6 days ago
Great experience & the food was delicious. Waitress informed us about live music on the weekend , we will go back for that.
A photo of Scholars Bar & Lounge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (237)
$30 and under
American
Downtown Crossing
About the restaurant
Located along the historic Freedom Trail, at the heart of Boston’s downtown area, is Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge. Boasting a stylish and vibrant interior, Scholars has established itself as the favored venue for locals and tourists alike. Patrons can savor a mouth-watering selection of food, inspired by regional classics and superbly complimented by our chef’s original approach, late into the night. An extensive selection of tasty cocktails, refreshing beers and fine wines are sure to satisfy any palate. We also serve Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm in addition to our all day menu. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm Scholars features some of Boston's best DJs playing classic hits.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 21, 2024
Went here for dinner and it was so good! We stayed for a few rounds of drinks when it turned into club night. Fun atmosphere! Gorgeous decor
A photo of Wicked Craft Co. restaurant
4.4
4.4 (256)
$31 to $50
American
North End
About the restaurant
Top Floor Entertainment is thrilled to bring Boston a "Wicked Good" dining experience. With Executive Chef Danny DeSimone, Wicked Craft focuses on providing high quality modern cuisine. Accompanied by an ever-rotating draught list of Craft Beers, Wines, and Cocktails. Exceptional Food, Ambiance, and Service in a neighborhood setting.

We look forward to serving you!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We had a great time! Amazing food and yummy drinks!
A photo of Momosan Boston restaurant
4.1
4.1 (55)
$31 to $50
Japanese
West End
About the restaurant
At Momosan Ramen Boston, by Morimoto, noodles are front and center, highlighting Iron Chef Morimoto’s varieties of Japanese-style flavor forward ramen. The menu also showcases a variety of grilled dishes and Japanese bar snacks, all with Chef Morimoto’s signature twist. At the Momosan Sushi counter, grab fresh sushi offerings to-go. This energetic and casual dining experience, anchoring the new Hub Hall, features a vast sake list, including a selection of Chef Morimoto’s signature sake and wine; and, draft and bottled beer, including classic Japanese beer.
Top review
LeFromagervip
Dined 7 days ago
Tasty but Peking duck skin not crispy. Cardinal sin.
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