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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Greater Boston

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Greater 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 PKL - Boston restaurant
4.9
4.9 (25)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
South Boston
About the restaurant
From shared plates like wagyu pigs in a blanket, roasted cauliflower, and zucchini and squash chips, to fan-favorite entrees like the PKL burger, hanger steak frites, and chicken sliders this venue offers it all.

Reservations through the OpenTable platform are for dining reservations only - pickleball court bookings can be made through our website www.playpkl.com !

Top review
Tsac
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Such a fun day - a little pickleball followed by yummy brunch! And delicious and creative drinks. The flights served on the paddle were a very whimsical touch but also very tasty. Food was excellent. Just a fun vibe in general. Service was great!
A photo of The Nautilus Nantucket restaurant
4.9
4.9 (17)
$50 and over
Pan-Asian
Nantucket
About the restaurant
Leading Nantucket’s thriving restaurant scene, The Nautilus (est. 2014) is an island staple built on the idea of a shared social experience. Founders Liam Mackey (food), Clinton Terry (drink) & Stephen Bowler’s (wine & business) island-mentality of being “serious about what we do, but not taking ourselves too seriously” perfectly sums up The Nautilus experience. The highly regarded culinary program is a sort of ‘New England coastal cuisine meets Asian & global haute street food’ vibe featuring small plates served tapas style, combined w/ larger group feasts (think Peking inspired duck). The culinary inspired cocktails draw on both seasonal & regional inspirations while the wine & sake list is recognized as a “Best Of” by Wine Spectator. Fueled by curated, energetic music, the stimulating yet neighborly atmosphere makes the new & unfamiliar feel comfortable & intimate, a philosophy that seamlessly ties the food, cocktails, wine & ambiance together to create a one-of-a-kind experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food is consistently top notch and the service is as well. It’s a bustling, popular place and you’ll be guaranteed a fabulous meal.
A photo of Glass House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (279)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Cambridge
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
kerrileek
Dined on Jan 23, 2024
Great food,Friendly service,overall neighborhood hot spot!
A photo of BLEND restaurant
4.8
4.8 (72)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Dorchester
About the restaurant
Blend is a gastro pub that combines the aspects of great food, music, lights and entertainment all into one. Blend "blends" up that neighborhood gastro pub feel where everyone is welcome. Gay owned and Operated, come check us out!

DRAG BRUNCHES ARE 1ST AND 3RD SUNDAYS UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED
instagram handle : blendboston

Please note when booking for a drag brunch to not choose outside. All drag brunches will be held inside.











































Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Our server was awesome and gave us free shots!!!!!
A photo of Vivi's Tapas Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (13)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Revere
About the restaurant
At VIVI’s Tapas Bar, we believe dining should be a shared experience that brings people together. Specializing in both traditional and inventive tapas, our curated menu of globally-inspired dishes has a little something for everyone. Our thoughtfully crafted menu pays homage to the renowned tapas tradition, offering a delightful fusion of classic Spanish flavors and innovative culinary creations. Whether you're enjoying a romantic date, catching up with friends, or celebrating a special occasion, VIVI's is the perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
6 of us went and ordered everything on the Tapas menu and it was all amazing. You know it’s good when you keep talking about it the next day. Will definitely go back.
A photo of Daddy Jones Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (48)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Somerville
About the restaurant
For classic American fare in a friendly neighborhood environment, visit Daddy Jones Bar in Somerville, Massachusetts. Enjoy dinner and drinks at Daddy Jones Bar for a list of hearty dishes and locally sourced products. Try the lamb taverna or any of the dishes from our mezze section. Perfect for sharing at your table- fan favorites are the falafel fritters and the ouzo shrimp. We have flavors that adults and kids alike can enjoy.

Order from the menu of shareables for appetizers that the whole family can indulge in. The shrimp, spanakopita triangles and Greek salad are all options that can be ordered for the table for a fun social night at Daddy Jones Bar. Now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!

Please note, our patio is walk in only.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Brunch was amazing!! Flavors, quantity, value all fantastic! Highly recommend.
A photo of Publico restaurant
4.7
4.7 (814)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
South Boston
About the restaurant
Imagine yourself wandering through a local public market, enjoying culturally unique street foods, socializing and immersing yourself in new or familiar surroundings. We believe, for the public good, everyone should have the chance to experience this magic.
We proudly invite you to join us at Publico, where our goal is to channel the senses of exploring a new locale through globally inspired fare, libations, and mid-century meets rustic décor.
Our simple plates meld elements and flavors from Europe, South and North America. Prepared with traditional techniques and time tested recipes, our approachable offerings highlight the season’s freshest, sensibly sourced ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Paired with wine selections from around the world, a selection of local craft beers, or indulgent cocktails, your experience is designed to leave you with a modestly priced passport stamp for your palette.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Amazing food and ambience!! Will be returning for sure
A photo of Bonefish Harry's - Beverly restaurant
4.7
4.7 (403)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Beverly
About the restaurant
Bonefish Harrys is a west coast style tiki themed restaurant featuring west coast tacos, fresh local fish, great smash burgers, handcrafted tiki cocktails as well as steak, chicken and vegetarian options. We are located a short 2 minute walk to The Cabot theatre and a quick ten minute Uber ride from downtown Salem.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food, great atmosphere, great time, always!
A photo of Sushi Momento restaurant
4.7
4.7 (93)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Brookline
About the restaurant
Best is yet to come!

Open for Dine in & Takeout Daily!!!

Top review
Ericvip
Dined 3 days ago
it's second Douzo at Cleveland circle. same menu, but less crowd! love it
A photo of Pots restaurant
4.7
4.7 (92)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Peabody
About the restaurant
Pots is on OpenTable. Make a reservation today!
We look forward to seeing you

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
LOVE having hot pot in the North Shore, this is a true hidden gem. The ambiance is fantastic and the shared eating experience is so fun. There is something for everyone. My kids loved the sides and options to tailor with the packages. I really enjoyed the mushroom tea (surprisingly not savory) and dessert (mochi ice cream and fried dough) was simple and so yummy! I will remember not to share a pot with my husband who dumps all the seafood in with other stuff and intermingles the flavors...haha We will most definitely be back with friends!
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