One of the questions I get asked a lot, especially around this time of year, is the best place to take family members when in town for graduation. The answer is, it depends on a few things, namely 1) what your family likes to eat, 2) how big your group is, 3) how much you want to spend, and 4) what part of the city you want to eat in. Keeping that in mind, I’ve pulled together a few of my top suggestions.
The truth is, there are hundreds of options in and around Boston that would serve as great restaurants for graduation dinners. These that I’ve pulled together are just a few that I really enjoy and think would be great for the occasion.
Bistro du Midi is one of my favorite restaurants. They serve delicious and creative french cuisine, and their upstairs area overlooks Boston Common. It’s really beautiful, and would definitely be a lovely spot to take your family after graduation.
Nebo is one of my favorite Italian restaurants. It’s located on Atlantic Ave, and they have a large (and beautiful!) space, good for accommodating a larger party if that’s something of interest. If you end up here, make sure you order their Nutella pizza for dessert.
Committee is a great spot for groups. I actually just organized a team lunch for my coworkers here, and everybody was so happy with our experience and the delicious food. We had a nice little room for ourselves off of the back of the restaurant, and it was perfect. Committee serves delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and incredible cocktails. It’s more of a younger, fun vibe.
Post 390 is an upscale American farm-to-table restaurant in the Back Bay that I love. Their restaurant is spacious and elegant, and they can accommodate large groups. This would be a great spot if you’re looking for a more traditional setting to celebrate.
PAGU is one of my favorite restaurants at the moment. It's a spectacular Japanese-Spanish fusion restaurant in Central Square in Cambridge serving super creative dishes and cocktails in a lovely space (with an open kitchen!). This is a perfect spot for a graduation dinner if you have any foodies in your family. PAGU also has plenty of space for larger groups, including a private dining room, and a semi-private mezzanine area.
If your family is in from out of town, and they want to have your graduation dinner at a great seafood spot, take them to Island Creek Oyster Bar. It’s one of my top recommendations for seafood spots in Boston, and it would be a great place to have a graduation dinner.
If you have a family of foodies, this is definitely the place you should take them. Alden & Harlow is one of my favorite restaurants of all time, and a spot I frequently visited as a former resident of Harvard Square. Their menu style is small plates, built for sharing, and is full of fun, creative dishes.
Benedetto is a recently opened Italian Restaurant in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, in the space formerly occupied by Rialto. I absolutely love their food — their pastas are incredible, and they have plenty of room for big groups. Definitely one of my top picks for a graduation dinner, especially for those in or around Cambridge.
Parsnip is another excellent option in Harvard Square for upscale American cuisine. They have a beautiful space overlooking the heart of Harvard Square and have plenty of space to accommodate large groups.
If you're looking for an upscale, white tablecloth type of spot with incredibly delicious Italian food, Sorellina in the Back Bay is a great option. Plenty of space to accommodate large groups and a great spot if you want your graduation dinner to be something special.
Glass House is a beautiful, recently opened restaurant in Kendall Square with something for everyone. They serve everything from delicious seafood to burgers to ramen. If you’re in or around Cambridge for graduation, this would be a great option.
Ostra is an incredibly delicious and upscale seafood restaurant in Downtown Boston. Their dining room is super elegant, and their menu focuses on light and fresh fresh seafood dishes throughout the Mediterranean.
So, those are just a few of my top suggestions. If you have any thoughts on additional spots, please DM me on Instagram, or comment here.
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