One of the questions I get asked the most on Instagram is my top spots for people visiting Boston for the first time, so I wanted to do a round up of my top ten most recommended spots in a blog post. Since most people ask me about Seafood and Italian food, I’ve divided the post into Seafood spots, Italian spots, and other spots. Hope you enjoy!
Row 34 is a wonderful spot, and one of my top most recommended to visitors. It’s perfect for oysters and all of the seafood classics you’ll want to get while you’re in Boston: clam chowder, lobster rolls, and so much more.
North Square Oyster is a spot that opened up this year in the North End. I love recommending it not only because the food is absolutely delicious, but because you’ll get a chance to explore the North End, specifically the quaint North Square area, right by the Paul Revere house.
Eventide has one of my favorite lobster rolls in the world — a brown butter lobster roll on a steamed bun. In addition to that, they have so many other delicious items on their menu — crudos, a delicious fish sandwich, a fried oyster bun, and so much more. Their Fenway location is counter service style, so it’s great for a quick lunch.
Pammy’s is a recently opened Italian restaurant in Cambridge with one of the most beautiful interiors of any restaurant in the Boston-area that I’ve visited. It has such a quaint, rustic charm, and their food is delicious. Don’t leave without trying their spaghetti.
SRV is another one of my favorite Italian spots in Boston. SRV serves Venetian style cuisine, and my favorite part of their menu is the Cicchetti — snacks that cost around $3 or $4 each. I love getting a little bite of so many different things — everything from mini calzones, to octopus, to meatballs, to stuffed mushrooms.
Prezza is a lovely Italian restaurant in the North End. They serve Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences, and I’m in love with their delicious handmade pastas. My favorite is their Ravioli di Uovo, a ravioli stuffed with an egg yolk and ricotta, then tossed with butter and sage.
If you’re visiting Boston for the first time, you can’t leave without checking out a Ken Oringer + Jamie Bissonnette restaurant. Little Donkey is one of my favorites from this James Beard Award-Winning duo. At this Central Square spot, they serve a Global Tapas menu — everything from Matzo Ball Ramen to Manti to Octopus a la Plancha. And don’t leave without trying their Instagram-worthy cookie dough for dessert.
Cultivar is an incredible spot in Downtown Crossing from the talented Chef Mary Dumont. Cultivar focuses on fresh and seasonal cuisine, and they even have a hydroponic garden on site. Don’t leave without trying one of their beautiful and delicious plated desserts.
You shouldn’t leave Boston without exploring some of the many delicious restaurants in Chinatown, and BLR by Shojo is one of my favorites. The Moy family has been behind many successful restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown for decades, and BLR by Shojo is a venture from the younger generation of the family, where they’e put a modern spin on the family’s childhood favorites.
Momi Nonmi is an awesome restaurant that opened up in Inman Square in Cambridge earlier this year. They serve Japanese cuisine with Hawaiian influences. I highly recommend checking it out for lunch, where you can get one of their super impressive bento boxes. And if you visit for the late night menu, don’t leave without the Mochiko Chicken.
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