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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Boston

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Vee Vee restaurant
4.9 (644)
$31 to $50
Jamaica Plain
About the restaurant
Vee Vee in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is a small, neighborhood restaurant operated by Kristen and Dan Valachovic. The food is best described as creative American, and we feature a well-curated wine and craft beer selection. The vibe is casual, and the menu modest but inventive. As of May 2022, we are open for indoor and outdoor dining in a seasonal patio by reservation or walk-in. We are also happy to offer takeout as well.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Delicious food. Such a nice place. Always happy with the experience.
A photo of Sushi Momento restaurant
4.8 (90)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Best is yet to come!

Open for Dine in & Takeout Daily!!!

Top review
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
Excellent sushi and service. Location and restaurant really doesn’t allow for large groups to be separated from smaller groups.
A photo of Yellow Door Taqueria - Mission Hill restaurant
4.8 (38)
$30 and under
Mission Hill
About the restaurant
Yellow Door Taqueria is a vibrant twist on traditional Mexico City street food, set within a setting inspired by the gritty beauty of Mexico City, the charm of Cabo and the eclectic antique store that once inhabited the space. Our traditional tacos have an individual twist and they're served on corn tortillas we make fresh every morning. Most dishes on our menu are either gluten-free or have a gluten-free option available. We offer a full bar and have a stacked drink menu including several different kinds of margaritas, an extensive tequila, and mezcal list, as well as carefully craft cocktails. If you're not into the hard stuff, we have mocktails, Mexican sodas, beer, wine, and more!

Our other locations are in Dorchester and Boston's South End. The new Mission Hill location on Tremont Street is steps from Longwood Medical, Brigham and Woman's, New England Baptist, and Boston Children's hospitals, Northeastern University, Mass College or Art, & Wentworth Institute of Technology .

Top review
Dined on Mar 24, 2024
The food, drink, vibes, and service is always great whenever I go!
A photo of West on Centre restaurant
4.7 (753)
$30 and under
West Roxbury
About the restaurant
West on Centre is an 300 seat restaurant and bar located on Centre Street in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood. West features a main dining room with open kitchen, classic mahogany bar, and relaxing lounge area with fireplace. The goal at West is to create a neighborhood meeting place that combines style, friendliness, great food and drinks that makes it the perfect night out with friends, neighbors, or just the two of you. Featuring a private dining area, chef's table, and open fireplace, West serves up casual American food, creative cocktails, and offers an affordable wine list. West on Centre has a 50 person private event room with patio.
Top review
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
As usual, West on Centre was very welcoming with a lovely ambiance. Service was excellent and the food was very good. We arrived for brunch when they opened and it was very quiet. There were several events later in the morning, however, so it got pretty lively.
A photo of Mela Restaurant restaurant
4.7 (409)
$30 and under
South End
About the restaurant
Boston’s South End has rapidly become a culinary destination in its own right. To find the neighborhood’s first Indian restaurant, look for the striking blue and gold windows of MELA on Tremont Street, a unique dining space that has struck a chord with residents here since the day it opened in 2007.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Love the experience of Indian cuisine at Mela! Some of my favorites are the meat samosas, mango lassi and poori
A photo of Glass House restaurant
4.7 (279)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Glass House is a restaurant, bar and event space that serves as a modern day meeting house offering contemporary food and drink inspired by both American and international cuisine.

Glass House is located in Kendall Square, next to Charles River Canoe and Kayak and the Pilgrim Parking Garage.

Once the center of the nation’s glass-making industry, East Cambridge attracted the most accomplished artisans from across the globe and produced patents for the cutting edge glassworks of its day. Glass House is a nod to the neighborhood’s glass architecture, its inventive history, and its contemporary focus on discovery and exploration.

Top review
Dined on Jan 23, 2024
Great food,Friendly service,overall neighborhood hot spot!
A photo of Town Tavern restaurant
4.7 (318)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
We are a Casual Scratch Kitchen obsessed with service!
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
From the bussers, servers, bartender, kitchen staff, chef, owner...Town Tavern was working on all cylinders on a very busy Saturday night. Living in Arlington I usually enjoy the Tavern for lunch. This is scratch made eclectic, casual that is a notch above any Tavern fare I know of. The specials, appetizer, soup, sandwich and entree specials every month are creative, clever, seasonal, occasionally whimsical...think Cracker Jack fried clams w aforementioned Cracker Jack garnish w a little prize to boot...for a special App this month...who would put 2 kinds of fish, clams, shrimp, veggies in a bright Manhattan cup of the monthly soup, let alone a bowl? Answer Town Tavern!! Come and visit this local gem!!
A photo of The Boston Ale House restaurant
4.6 (89)
$30 and under
West Roxbury
About the restaurant

Upscale sports bar featuring over 27 TVs, outside dinning with a fire pit, large bar, high top tables, comfortable booths, and a private function room.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
It was relatively quiet early Monday evening. Finding out it was $5 burgers night was an unexpected surprise! Service by Olivia was excellent.
A photo of Naksan Korean BBQ restaurant
4.5 (5)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Naksan Korean BBQ in Boston offers an authentic Korean barbecue experience with a focus on high-quality meats. The cozy and inviting atmosphere, combined with efficient and attentive staff, makes it perfect for any occasion. Traditional Korean beverages like soju and beer complement the barbecue flavors. Naksan is not just a restaurant, but a culinary journey to Korea, making it a must-visit for Korean cuisine enthusiasts.

Naksan also offers a variety of other traditional Korean dishes. From the spicy and flavorful Kimchi to the comforting and savory Stews, each dish is prepared with the same attention to detail and commitment to authenticity. The restaurant also offers vegetarian options, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the Korean dining experience. With its combination of delicious food, warm ambiance, and excellent service, Naksan Korean BBQ truly brings a piece of Korea to Boston. It’s not just a meal, but an immersive cultural experience that leaves you longing for more.

Top review
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Dined on Mar 25, 2024
Great spot for Korean BBQ, service was 10/10. We ordered 2 drinks and the beef combo for 2. It was enough food for us and the meat was good.
A photo of Menotomy Grill & Tavern restaurant
4.3 (481)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
The name, Menotomy, pays homage to the Menotomy Indians and the Menotomy Village originally
Settled in 1635. The village was incorporated as the town of Arlington in 1867 following the civil
war as a tribute to Arlington National Cemetery.

Our vision for Menotomy Grill & Tavern is to bring the tavern concept back to the town of Arlington by creating a rustic grill capitalizing on the coziness of a brick house featuring fireplace, open kitchen,
exposed beams, large planked hard wood floors, and historical artifacts and photos. Fostering a
loyal following will be the key to our success, so we welcome you to join us on Facebook for news, special offers and exciting events.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food and good portions. Pretty good service too.
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