In addition to our list of things to do in Boston, we have some recommendations for places to eat and drink near where you’re staying:
Marriott Hotel/ Kendall Square:
- Emma’s: A very small and cozy pizzeria that consistently has good food.
- Meadhall: Tasty, hearty food with one of the most extensive beer lists in Boston.
- Friendly Toast: A retro diner that specializes in brunch but serves good food all day.
- Bon Me: The brick and mortar restaurant of the hip Vietnamese food truck, serving bahn mi (sandwiches) and rice bowls.
- Clover: Delicious food (that all happens to be vegetarian), served fast and cheaply.
- Area 4: Great pizzas plus some, with a cool vibe.
- Cambridge Brewing Company: A brewpub that is now a bit of a Kendall Square institution. We usually go for drinks but they do have a decent menu as well.
Charles Hotel/ Harvard Square:
- Tory Row: modern pub with clean lines and a simple but tasty menu and good beers.
- The Sinclair: a new restaurant with what might be described as fancy comfort food on the menu. It has a great roof deck for when the weather is nice.
- Russell House Tavern: Somewhat upscale gastro-pub housed in a classic brick house from the early 1800s.
- Chutney’s: Indian food in wraps or ‘naaninis’. Delicious and inexpensive.
- Cambridge 1: Inventive pizzas with things like lobster, arugula, or potatoes on them.
- The Cellar: A slight walk from Harvard Square, this basement bar has a cozy atmosphere and delicious rosemary-truffle oil fries among other things.
- Clover: See description for the Kendall Square location.
Mary Prentiss Inn/ Porter Square:
- Christopher’s: A cozy restaurant serving pub food and American cuisine with a great beer list. Nice patio outside.
- Guilia: Upscale, modern Italian food with a concentration on quality. May require a reservation.
- The Abbey: Upscale pizzas and gastro-pub food in a modern but cozy setting.
- Elephant Walk: A French-Cambodian restaurant with interesting foods from both cultures and fusions between the two.
- Andy’s Diner: A classic no-nonsense Boston diner, complete with portraits of Larry Bird on the walls.
- Rod Dee: One of our favorite Thai places in Boston.
- Pizzeria Posto: One of only a couple certified Neopolitan Pizzerias in the US. Italian style pizzas with quality ingredients.
Others favorites around Boston.
- Best sandwiches: Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Davis Square. A pasta and grocery store with a deli counter that serves up some amazing sandwiches like prosciutto with fig jam.
- Best Italian: Giacamo’s, North End. Incredibly delicious Italian in the traditional Little Italy of Boston. It’s so good there’s always a wait, so get there early!
- Best burger: Bukowski’s in Inman Square and the Back Bay. We have a soft spot for their no nonsense burger since we had one on our first date! RF O’Sullivan’s in Somerville also has excellent burgers.
- Best BBQ: Blue Ribbon BBQ in Arlington.
- Best lobster roll: Alive and Kicking. Easily one of the best gems in the Boston area.
- Best seafood (other): Belle Island Seafood, but people also enjoy Legal Seafood.
- Best place to get a fancy cocktail with your delicious meal: Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square or Drink in Fort Point.
- Best sushi: Avana Sushi, Chinatown. It’s an experience!
- Best Chinese: Adrian’s partial to China King in Chinatown, while we both also love Qingdao Garden in North Cambridge and Wai Wai, also in Chinatown.
- Best falafel/ schwarma: Schwarma Place.
- Best beer selection: Meadhall or Lord Hobo.
I hope you find something you like!