Eating Out in Boston

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Did you know that Boston is called the 'Bean Town'? Why? Because the city is famous for it's delicious baked beans! This does not mean that beans are the most important dish at Boston's many fine restaurants. Boston offers all sorts of excellent dining options ranging from tasty take-away places to restaurants near the harbour with everlasting dinner-parties and exclusive fish dishes. Don't forget to taste the seafood, as Massachusetts is the second­ largest in the fishing business after Alaska. It's difficult to find a menu that lacks magnificent fish dishes.

Of all Boston ’s restaurants, the oldest one is Ye Olde Oyster House. Located on Union Street , the building where this historic restaurant is located is more than 250 years old. The restaurant itself has been open since 1826. Downstairs, there’s the restaurant’s famous semi-circular raw bar, where Boston swells have been eating oysters and clams for as long as anyone can remember.

 

Upstairs there are several rooms on different levels, with creaky floors that speak of the past. Visitors dine on the finest broiled lobster and clam chowder in this estaurant that has been offering these specialties for so long.

Continue reading through the listings to find out more about Boston restaurants.

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July 06, 2007 change by john m.
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Ristorante Marsala

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Ristorante Marsala 54 Salem Street the 'North End' Boston, MA 02113 tel (617) 742-6999 fax (617) 7426940 Open for Dinner Daily at 4:00PM (soon to add Lunch) Italian Restaurant. Specialty - Sicilian style seafood. Also serving veal, chicken, steak and pasta. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Available for private parties seven days a week, up to 68 people. Validated parking at Parcel 7 Garage - Sudbury St. Reservations accepted, recommended Fri & Sat. All major credit cards.

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address:54 Salem St
openinghours:Daily 4-11pm
tel:617 742-6999
PriceOfMenu:PHENTERMINE

Legal Seafood

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It may be a chain, but its a staple Boston establishment.  Legal has several locations throughout Boston, including a main restaurant in Park Plaza, one in the Prudential Center Mall, and even an outlet at Logan Airport.  No matter which location you choose, you'll find that the atmosphere is good, the food is superb, and most importantly, the seafood is always fresh!  The shellfish is always great, but be careful when ordering a steak as there is almost always a problem with the way its cooked, their specialty is seafood after all. 

type:Seafood
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url:legalseafoods.com
address:various locations around the city
PriceOfMenu:$30 per head (w/o alcohol)

The Asgard

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This is a great Irish pub with amazing food. The portions are very generous and the meals are very filling. It has a great atmosphere and sometimes has live music. It's also located right between MIT and Harvard (closer to MIT though) and right across from Toscanini's (a great ice cream place) if you want to cross the street for desert.




type:European
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accessibility:very easy to find
tel:(617)577-9100
address:50 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
PriceOfMenu:medium to low
email:http://www.classicirish.com/asgard_about.html

Pomodoro

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type:African
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address:Hanover St 319
tel: 617-367-4348

Daily Catch Restaurant

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mickey rizzo: It has been closed.

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address:Northern Ave 259
tel:617-338-3093

Mildred's

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address:Tremont St 552
tel:617-426-0008

Rebecca's

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address:Charles St 21
tel:617-742-9747

Black Goose

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type:general
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address:Beacon St 21
tel: 617-720-4500

New Shanghai Restaurant

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To enjoy authentic Chinese food in the US and other countries, one often must go to a local Chinatown. The Chinatown in Boston is such a place. In the past, Cantonese cuisine predominated. More recently, one can even enjoy Vietnamese, Malaysian, Korean, and Japanese food there – a reflection of the changing taste of the consumers. Now, because of the emergence of China as a economic superpower and the City of Shanghai the center of international commerce, Shanghai cuisine as one of the four major cooking styles in China, also has gained immense popularity and a huge following more..

type:Chinese
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tel:617-338-6688
url:www.newshanghaiboston.com
address:21 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111
email:manager@newshanghaiboston.com

Capital Grille

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This award-winning steakhouse chain serves up traditional steaks (including a special oversized dry-aged porterhouse), hearty seafood dishes, poultry, and even some excellent vegetarian entrees. The atmosphere is upscale and sophisticated and the prices are high, so bring plenty of cash or plastic. Capital Grille has several dozen locations across the nation and two of the best are located in the state of Massachusetts. These include: Boston and Chestnut Hill (250 Boylston Street, 617-928-1400).

type:American
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tel:617-262-8900
url:www.thecapitalgrille.com
address:289 Newbury Street

Tu Y Yo Mexican Fonda

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This authentic Mexican restaurant is one of the highest ranked Mexican estaurants in the Boston area. Entrees such as Chicken del Carmen and Drunken Sirloin dot eh menu as well as Salmon Criolla and Chile Relleno en Nogada (stuffed poblano pepper). The menu also features a wide variety of desserts, soups and salads, and excellent appetizers if you just want a small taste. Beer, wine and sangria are available as well as a breakfast/brunch menu. Somerville is around 3 miles or a 10-minute drive from Boston.

type:Mexican
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accessibility:Totally Wheelchair Accessible
tel:617-623-5411
url:www.tuyyomexicanfonda.com
address:858 Broadway, Somerville MA
PriceOfMenu:$3.95-$17.95
email:tuyyo@comcast.net

L’Espalier

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L’Espalier features Fine French cuisine served in an elegant and romantic atmosphere. Housed in a Back Bay townhouse, L’Espalier serves lunch Monday-Friday (A la Carte & Three Course Prix Fixe, Seasonal Degustation); dinner (Three Course Prix Fixe, Seasonal Degustaton, the Chef’s Tasting Journey, Dessert) and Saturday & Sunday Tea. L’Espalier’s star chef, Chef Frank McClelland, was named 2007 James Beard Award Best Northeast Chef.

type:French
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tel:617-262-3023
url:www.lespalier.com
address:30 Gloucester Street
PriceOfMenu:Prix Fixe: $99-$175
email:info@lespalier.com

Oishii Boston

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Although Oishii Boston is considered an upscale restaurant, the environment is rather relaxed. The front dining room features an open sushi bar for your viewing pleasure. The menu focuses on sushi but you can order A la Carte or you can choose between several Japanese entrees and appetizers if you want a bit more than sushi.

type:Japanese
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tel:617-482-8868
url:www.oishiibostohn.com
address:1166 Washington Street
PriceOfMenu:$3-$10 per piece
email:info@oishiiboston.com

Great Bay

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Already famous for it's excellent Clam Chowder, this newer Boston seafood restaurant serves up to-die-for seafood dishes in a contemporary setting. Halibut and Lobster dishes dot the menu as well as delicious shrimp, oyster, and mussel entrees that will certainly leave you satisfied -- not stuffed. Try the shrimp and lobster dumplings -- you won't be disappointed.

type:Seafood
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accessibility:Totally Wheelchair Accessible
tel:617-532-5300
url:www.gbayrestaurant.com
address:500 Commonwealth Avenue
PriceOfMenu:$20-$80
email:mpaul@hotelcommonwealth.com

Elephant Walk

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If you want to try something different, head to Elephant Walk at 900 Beacon Street. This Cambodian restaurant, with a second location in Cambridge and a third in Waltham, has been featured on the Boston 100 list of Boston’s Finest Dining establishments. Elephant Walk is wildly popular for fusing the very best elements of French and Cambodian cuisine. The result? A unique blend of flavors and dishes that just can't be found anywhere else in the area – if not the country!

type:International
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tel:617-492-6900
url:www.elephantwalk.com
address:900 Beacon Street
PriceOfMenu:$30 and under

Neptune Oyster

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Once you've finally made your way into Neptune Oyster, you will understand why so many people were waiting in line for a table at this excellent New England eatery. Neptune's raw bar is considered the best in the city and surrounding areas and the spectacular service is just the icing on the cake. Neptune has every type of seafood imaginable on the menu as well as an impressive wine list. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Sunday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.

type:Seafood
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accessibility:Totally Wheelchair Accessible
tel:617-742-3474
url:www.neptuneoyster.com
address:63 Salem

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