If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Boston, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we check out each spot, we’ll add a note so you know where to read more about it - in our Hit List.
Dorchester staple Yellow Door Taqueria has opened a second location in the South End. There are 12 taco varieties, like scallop frito and sunchoke, to choose from, all of which come on homemade corn tortillas. The restaurant also has a text-a-taco service, which you use to gift tacos to your friends. Turns out technology can actually be used for good.
Wine bars are opening all over the city, and Krasi has joined the party. This Greek restaurant in Back Bay features lesser-known wines from the region and a large selection of mezze plates like celery root carpaccio and smoked monkfish. There’s also a “Feast of the Gods” for $349, if you’re feeling particularly divine.
Libertine is a new North End restaurant that, shockingly, isn’t Italian. It calls itself a “gastropub,” serving a wide range of things from street corn to chicken pot pie to BBQ ribs. There’s also a number of mac and cheese options, probably because any place that doesn’t serve pasta in the North End will inevitably be shut down by the tourism board.
Southie now has its own Brazilian steakhouse right next to Lawn on D. So this summer you could foreseeably eat an ungodly amount of meat and then play bubble soccer - Boston’s version of the Krispy Kreme Challenge.
The team behind Beehive has a new street food-inspired Mexican spot inside the Revolution Hotel in the South End. The menu has a variety of tacos and rice bowls, as well as a selection of larger entrees like cochinita pibil (pork that’s spent hours detoxing within a banana leaf).
This Chinatown restaurant, which previously served Cantonese and South East Asian dishes, has now reopened with a focus on Hunan cuisine. Expect some spicy things like steamed fish with red peppers.
A small Mexican restaurant and bar has opened right next to Celeste in Somerville. There are mezcal and tuxca cocktails, as well as five to six small plates (like aguachile) daily. Weekend brunch is also available.
The Theater District is now home to a New Orleans-themed restaurant, complete with fleur de lis, sazeracs, po-boys, and gumbo. No word yet on whether Drew Brees will make an appearance.
There’s a new kind-of-American restaurant inside The Colonnade Hotel in Back Bay, and its goal is to become a “great neighborhood restaurant.” We’re not entirely sure what algorithm they’ll use to get there, but having Maine lobster pie and make-your-own-sundaes on the menu is a good start.
The speciality Japanese tea store Gen Sou En in Brookline recently closed, but the space has now been converted into a grocery store. There’s a deli housing Brooklyn Ramen in the back, which serves ramen and okonomiyaki.
A casual West African restaurant is now open in Roslindale, serving staples like meat patties, puff puffs, and Jollof rice.
The team behind Select Oyster Bar now has a Tour de France-inspired bistro just around the corner in Back Bay. The menu has some unique takes on French classics, like escargot pie and rabbit with parsley salad. The most expensive thing on the menu is the caviar omelette at $60 - even if we were gifted one every morning, we still wouldn’t ride a bike for 3,570 miles.
Dorchester has a new soul food and Asian fusion restaurant, serving unique dishes like jambalaya egg rolls and a smoked brisket bánh mì. It’s more interesting than almost everything at Legal, where the chef used to work.
The Coolidge Corner section of Brookline now has another hot pot restaurant in the neighborhood. There’s a “crazy spicy” broth option here - while Denny’s has a similar option, we guarantee it will taste better at LaMei.
Osaka udon-chain Tsurutontan now has its first Boston location inside of the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square. Udon’s not the only thing on the menu, though - there’s also sushi, donburi bowls, cocktails, and sake.
Southie now has a Middle Eastern vegan restaurant. You’ll have salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and a mezze bar to choose from, as well as some bakery items. A Turkish coffee cardamom-cherry muffin seems like a delicious option to us.
Dorchester Brewing Company, one of our favorite Boston breweries, is now home to a BBQ restaurant. So the next time you’re “working from home,” you’ll be able to pair some pulled pork with an IPA during an important “lunch meeting.”
The Love Art team already has a sushi and udon restaurant, so now they’re adding a poke spot to the mix. Everything is gluten-free at this Downtown establishment, apart from the spaghetti self-portrait on the wall by local artist Nord Fine.
Instead of another dispensary (which was originally supposed to be in this space), Brookline just got a new Italian restaurant from a Rhode Island restaurant group. The menu is made up of a variety of small plates and pastas, as well as a specific type of Rhode Island pizza made famous in the 1980s. Tracksuits and ruffled shirts are making a comeback, so we suppose there’s no reason to discriminate against pizza.
Detroit-style pizza places are quickly expanding around the Boston area, and perhaps some of them will make it on to our best pizza list one day. For now, you can enjoy deep-dish by the fireplace at this new Medford restaurant.
A natural wine bar and small plates spot has opened in Southie. Conveniently, the bar is located next to American Provisions, a full fledged cheese, wine, and charcuterie store, making this a one-stop-shop for all your self-care needs.
If you’ve ever had the desire to drink at a movie theater without actually watching a movie, then this is the place for you. This cocktail bar is located next to the new ArcLight Cinemas in The Hub on Causeway.
Cocktails, darts, and cotton candy unite together at this Seaport bar, a unity which management believes will bring you “unexpected, ridiculous joy.” Hopefully it’s not of the Ed Norton variety.
Somerville is the location for yet another Cajun-style, eat-with-your-hands seafood restaurant. At this time, we will reserve comment on the emotional state of crustaceans within the institution.
Kendall Square is apparently home to a startup that helps you learn the lingo for a variety of different industries. It is also now home to this fried chicken and oysters spot - which means, no matter what you do for work, “yes” is pretty much the only term you’ll need to know.
Bite-sized arancini balls will now be served until 3am on Friday and Saturdays in the West End. Cini’s will also serve pizza until that time, so it may become your go to place for late-night cheesy Instagram photos.
Board games are more fun when someone else is serving cocktails and your guests don’t have to sit on the couch that the cat constantly sheds on. Pizza and tater tots are also available at this Mission Hill cafe.
Allston is getting a new hand-pulled noodle store, which is great. We just hope that the “noodle-pulling” team is better than the “name-the-restaurant” team.
The Super 88 food court has a new vendor, one that will be royally frying up golden pieces of pork. We would be happy citizens under this monarchy.
This Bronx-based Jamaican patty chain is continuing its expansion in the greater Boston area, this time in the Dudley Square area of Roxbury.
Can you have three locations as a restaurant and still call yourself “Only One”? This Jamaican establishment, with a new spot in Hyde Park, is certainly not shying away from the question.
Mariel, a great new Cuban restaurant in Post Office Square, has opened a cocktail lounge underneath the restaurant. It’s open Tuesday-Sunday starting a 5pm and taking table reservations 9pm and later.
There’s a new seafood place in one of those brand new glass condo buildings on the seaport, and your dad will almost certainly mistakenly call it Woods Hole Pier 4 for years to come.
Brookline has a new izakaya, and it’s right around the corner from a dispensary. If you’ve been in the mood for pot and robata skewers, you’re in luck.
A JP spot for pho, ramen, and Thai noodle dishes opened a second location north of Coolidge Corner in Brookline.
There’s a new burger option (and source of huge lunch lines) in Downtown Crossing, as Greater Boston gets its seventh Shake Shack
We’re not quite at the point where there are as many Tatte’s as Dunkin Donuts in Boston, but we’re getting there, as a new one opened up in the South End.
The people behind Lola 42 have opened up a burger joint around the corner on Fan Pier.
An Australian chain of coffee shops just opened its first Boston location in Harvard Square. It serves an all-day breakfast menu of things like lemon ricotta pancakes and shakshuka.
If you ever get hungry while shopping for yoga pants at the Lululemon on Newbury Street, now you have a place to eat bowls, smoothies, and other foods your spin instructor loves at Nourish Your Soul.
A Newbury Street slice joint just opened up a second location in Maverick Square.
There are plenty of things that Boston has in abundance, like rotaries, wind, and 18-22 year-olds from New Jersey. But we’ve always had a conspicuous lack of donkey sauce. The drought may be over now that we have a Guy Fieri restaurant at North Station.
Everyone is understandably sad about the closure of Mystic Brewery, but thankfully it’s been immediately replaced by Distraction Brewing in Roslindale Square.
And right on Distraction’s heels, Brato Brewhouse is opening in Brighton. It looks like it has way more food options that most breweries.
Southie has its first hotel, and it comes with a hotel restaurant that serves potstickers, short rib tacos, and caviar paninis. A rooftop bar is coming, too, but it’s not open yet.
What used to be the Lower Depths in Kenmore Square is now a place called The Kenmore with beer and bar food.
West Coast vegan chain Veggie Grill has opened in Harvard Square. Expect salads, veggie burgers, and lots of other quick options.
Ittoku is an izakaya that just moved to Porter Square from Brighton (closing the original location in the process). It appears to largely have the same menu, though it has a full liquor license now.
A South End sandwich shop that makes the [ninth best lobster roll in Boston[(https://www.theinfatuation.com/boston/guides/best-lobster-rolls-in-boston) just opened a second location on Newbury Street.
A Los Angeles taco chain has opened in The Seaport. They’re open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, serving tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and bowls.
The Boxer Hotel in the Bulfinch Triangle has a new lobby restaurant, meaning we have a new place to eat and drink near the Garden that doesn’t have Larry Bird jerseys on the walls.
Rochambeau is a big, brassy French restaurant in the Back Bay, which is already probably the capital of big, brassy French restaurants.
The brand new Moxy Hotel in the Theater District has a restaurant, and we’re pretty sure it’s the only place in town with a “food truck-inspired photo booth.”
Trillium has built a new tap room on the lawn outside of the Time Out Market, as it continues its quest to completely take over the Boston beer scene.
Mariel is a big Cuban place in an old bank in Post Office Square. We don’t know why all old banks were built to look like Greek temples, but they make for some cool looking restaurants.
Richard’s is a new American spot in Inman Square. They serve things like pasta and grilled bison.
Savin Hill has a new taco and tequila bar and, let’s face it, every neighborhood deserves a new taco and tequila bar.
Calawan is a Southeast Asian place in Porter Square. It looks like it has some really cheap wine, so it’s got that going for it, as well as dumplings, curries, and meatier dishes too.
Gantetsu-Ya is a new Japanese street food stall in the Coolidge Corner arcade. There are few things in life we like more than Japanese street food, so we’re excited.
The former 6B Lounge - a Downtown bar that existed solely for the purpose of after-work drinks - has been replaced by a new tiki place with a menu of bar bites. Sounds like an improvement to us.
You’ve seen the jerk chicken food truck around town, and now you can find it in brick-and-mortar form in Jamaica Plain.
The owners of Caffe Dello Sport on Hanover Street are branching out with a full-service Italian restaurant in East Boston.
How many different kinds of chicken and waffles do you know how to make? If your answer is somewhere between 0 and 51, then, sorry, you don’t know how to make as many different kinds of chicken and waffles as this new Caribbean restaurant in Dorchester.
If you’ve ever had a friend visit Boston only to complain about our lack of restaurants that showcase the cuisine of Oklahoma, now you can take them to Stillwater for some Ritz cracker-crusted fried chicken.
Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville already has Boston’s best brewery dining option in The Tasting Counter. But if you’re not up to a two-hour tasting menu, now you can get arepas at Carolicious.
If you’ve never had olive oil and strawberry jam flavored ice cream, now you can at this NYC-based ice cream place that opened in Chestnut Hill.
Now that the people behind Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama, and Fool’s Errand opened up an Italian place, Orfano, there’s now an entire block of the Fenway that’s almost completely controlled by one restaurant group. But we’re big fans of the first three restaurants, so if Orfano is any good and the city wants to let them name the street, we’re good with that.
Kendall Square has a new all-day counter-service cafe, and this one serves beer and wine along with its specialty rotisserie meats.
The fast-casual Greek spot opened its second location. It’s in the Seaport and, unlike the original Back Bay location, it has a liquor license.
Bow Market may be officially finished now that there’s a small cocktail bar/art gallery that serves draft cocktails created by bartenders from around the city.
The people behind Bisq, one of our favorite restaurants in Cambridge, have opened a counter-service taco place on Comm Ave. near BU.
A new cafe in Mission Hill is serving boba tea and “flaming hot cheese fries.” We’re all for interesting combinations, so you do you, Boba Me.
What used to be Chick Chick Boom, a Central Square chicken place, is now Pai Kin Kao, and it focuses on Thai and ramen.
A new location of an American chain has opened in the South Bay area of Dorchester, and it calls itself “upscale-casual.” That doesn’t seem to make sense, but we don’t necessarily dislike things that don’t make sense.
There’s a new restaurant at the top of Beacon Hill and and it has a couple of things on the menu we’ve never heard off, like a lobster sausage sandwich and baked potato beignets.
Parlour is a new tapas place in Coolidge Corner, so now you have a tapas place to eat at before attending a French film festival at the Coolidge Corner Theater.
We don’t necessarily need more oyster bars, but we’ll always welcome them. This one is just off the Public Garden, and it seems like a place where a lot of people will be paying with corporate cards.
There’s a new restaurant on Hanover Street and, you’re not going to believe this, but it’s Italian. It’s called Dolce, and it specializes in pizza and gelato.
Downtown Crossing has a new steak-y bistro, with a separate bar and lounge area up front.
This is the second location of an Uyghur restaurant in Cambridge, and it’s in the wonderful Super 88 Asian food hall in Allston.
It’s a delivery-only restaurant, which we’re not sure even counts as a restaurant. But if you live near their kitchen in Allston, then you can get some chicken sandwiches that look pretty good, and hopefully travel well.
Kim’s is a new Korean place in Allston, and it makes all its tofu in-house.
The people behind Juliet, an awesomely casual and affordable fine-dining restaurant in Union Square, have opened Peregrine. It’s an Italian spot in a Beacon Hill boutique hotel, and, as you’d from an Italian spot in a Beacon Hill boutique hotel, it looks to be much more upscale and pricey than their first place.
We’re pretty sure that this new spot for barbecue and live music in Medford is the only juke joint in Boston, and we’re definitely sure it’s the first time we’ve seen the term “juke joint” since reading The Color Purple.
Black Jack Pasta Bar was a pasta place in the Fenway that closed last year. This new spot in the South End is a grab-and-go pasta place, which is interesting.
Cool - we literally just finished our Boston Brewery Rankings, and now we already have to update it. Thanks a lot, BearMoose Brewing, a new brewery and taproom that just opened up with an in-house deli in Everett.
all the time out market places
The Back Bay raw bar is selling a small selection of its favorites, including lobster rolls (both hot and cold) and clam chowder.
To get the famous burger at Craigie on Main in Central Square, you usually have to leave work early, wait in line before the bar opens at 5, rush inside, and be one of the first 15 people to order it. Now you only have to fight through big crowds of BU students and doctors from Beth Israel.
One of the city’s fanciest and most expensive tasting menu places now has a place where you can wait in line for $22 king crab risotto.
The original Mameleh’s in Kendall Square is one of Boston’s best delis. This is now the third place you can get the shakshuka, along with its stand at the Public Market.
The team behind O Ya and Hojoko are serving up chicken and dumplings.
The team behind O Ya and Hojoko are also serving up crispy nori tacos and bento boxes.
The real Bisq is an excellent wine bar in Inman Square. This mini-Bisq is serving charcuterie and sandwiches.
They serve up gelato and wordplay.
If you haven’t already had one of these brioche donuts (either at the original spot in Union or the stand in the Public Market) now’s your chance.
Juices, smoothies, acai bowls, and other things your spin instructor loves.
Michael Schlow used to run, like, 16 really hyped restaurants in Boston. Then he left and closed them all for some reason, and now he’s back with an Italian stand here.
Oh, apparently Michael Schlow is also back with a pizza stand here.
Anoush’ella is a popular spot in the South End for fast casual Medeterranean food. Come here for mezze, overnight braised beef, and za’atar chicken.
There are two bars at the Time Out Market. They’re both called Bar.
All the Casino Spots
We hear it has a view of the table games instead of the water, but the more interesting thing about this seafood spot is that it’s led by the original chef from Neptune Oyster, one of Boston’s best restaurants.
It’s a place that sells oysters, in a casino, and it’s also from the old Neptune chef.
It’s a place that sells burgers, in a casino.
The people behind three of our most cliched Italian places in the North End (Bricco, Mare, and Strega) have combined forces to build a (probably) cliched Italian place in a casino.
They claim to serve the only “certified authentic Kobe beef in New England.” We’ll fact-check that with the governor of the Hyogo Prefecture and get back to you.
It’s an Italian place, and it’s probably where all the guys who had Swingers posters on their walls in college are going to eat.
It’s a Chinese restaurant franchise of a chain that also has locations in Macau, which is in China, and Las Vegas, which is not.
Izakayas are cool, and this one apparently has views of the skyline instead of a busload of senior citizens being hypnotized by slot machines.
It’s a farm-to-table place and, maybe it’s in a garden in a casino?
It’s a buffet, in a casino.
Ban Toi is Dorchester’s (or, to be more precise, Savin HIll’s) newest Vietnamese spot. It has pho, but it also looks to have more interesting things like jackfruit salad and conch.
Union Square has a new pizza place that promises to serve two different kinds of wood-fired pizzas. It remains to be seen whether that means two different kinds of crusts or, like, they invented a new kind of fire.
Newbury Street has a new bakery and coffee shop, and it serves laser-printed pastries that look like what Picasso would try to do with a meringue.
The second location of a Brookline crepe place opened in the Seaport. Unlike the Coolidge Corner location, this one serves alcohol.
Pepita is the new coffee shop inside Lamplighter Brewing (replacing Longfellow’s). They serve tacos all day.
Every neighborhood has a favorite Thai place, but few of them have Thai street noodle places, too. East Cambridge just got one with 9Zaab.
North Square Oyster was one of our favorite spots in the North End, in large part because it wasn’t an Italian restaurant. So we were kind of bummed when they shut down and reopened as...an Italian restaurant. There’s still a tiny space off to the side of the restaurant that’s still called North Square Oyster, but it’s now primarily a spot for spaghetti carbonara and veal Milanese.
Ball Square now has a gastropub serving Detroit-style pizza, which appears to be another name for Sicilian style pizza. We’ll find out.
Zuma, a global sushi chain with locations in London, New York, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Rome, among other cities, just opened up in that brand new skyscraper in Back Bay. Take another look at that list of cities - this place is probably going to be expensive.
A new counter-service El Salvadorean place opened in East Somerville, and it serves three meals a day including a bunch of pastries and cakes.
If you like going to restaurants, but wish they were just slightly more physically dangerous, then you probably like doing hot pot. Now you have a new option to do so in Coolidge Corner.
Allston now has a fast-casual spot for ramen burgers. Those are two fun things we’re always happy to see together.
The second location of a place in Charlestown just opened up on Centre Street in JP. It’s got both Thai food and sushi under the same roof, so there’s no need to feel shame if you order take-out from here twice a week.
If you think the Chelsea waterfront is nothing but oil tanks, warehouses, and ooze of mysterious origin that you really don’t want to touch, well, you’re mostly right. But now it’s all of those things in addition to being the location of a new Italian restaurant and cocktail lounge with views of the refineries on the Chelsea River.
There’s nothing wrong with a new burger place, especially ones that top burgers with grilled pineapples, onion rings, and blood orange aioli. The Joint is a tiny burger spot that just opened up on Centre Street in JP and, even though it apparently doesn’t yet have a bathroom, it does have beer, wine, and a ceiling made of corrugated aluminium.
Other than Legal’s, which probably has a franchise in your living room by now, we don’t have a ton of seafood chains around here, but another one has just landed. Eddie V’s, a chain of seafood restaurants with a lot of locations in Texas and California, just opened in a giant space at the Prudential Center.
You probably don’t eat a ton of ramen in the summer, but just in case you get the urge, you now have a new place to do so at Migaku in Brookline Village.
Mission Hill has a new restaurant and it’s a Mexican-Pakistani place. It’s possible that there are already one or two of those around Boston, but it’s not like we have a whole neighborhood called Little Guadalahore or anything, so this definitely seems worth checking out.
If you love both coffee and wine, but hate having to move when you want to switch from the former to the latter, you’ve got a new favorite place in Lechmere. Curio Coffee will now become Curio Wine Bar at night, with natural wines and light bites.
Normally we wouldn’t get too excited about yet another poke place opening up, especially one that’s in a Whole Foods. But this one in the Charles River Plaza was just opened by the chef behind the Fox & The Knife, an Italian place currently on our Hit List, so we’ll definitely check it out.
Yes, this ice cream place that serves fish-shaped cones and red bean ice cream probably should have slightly changed its name when it opened a location in the Seaport.
While we don’t love corporate malls, we do love Italian Seafood. Luckily, La Pescheria just opened up in Eataly, so the Prudential Center is now slightly more bearable.
There’s a new ’70s-style cocktail lounge in the Fenway. It’s actually located inside of Hojoko, but has an entirely different (though still Japanese) menu with things like tortilla chips topped with torched hamachi and Hello Kitty Caviar service - whatever that means.
Red White is a new place to get fast-casual bowls on Newbury Street. If you think we’ve been getting a lot of those lately, you’re right, but this one’s a little different with its meatless, Japanese menu.
We’ll never complain about more Vietnamese noodle and pho places opening up. This one’s on Comm Ave in Brighton.
East Boston has a new neighborhood tavern brought to you by the same people behind The Gallows in the South End. Like The Gallows, it has a menu of burgers and whiskey, but the real reason we want to go there is the shuffleboard table.
There’s a new restaurant in the North End and, you’re not going to believe this, but it’s Italian. This one promises to focus on lesser-known pasta shapes. Shapes are fun.
Jack’s Abbey Brewery opened a tiny bar inside North Station. If you’re commuting to the North Shore, this might become a regular stop on your way home.