Boston, a city renowned for its rich history and vibrant culture, is also a food lover's paradise. From the bustling streets of downtown to the quaint neighborhoods, the city is teeming with a myriad of lunch spots that cater to every palate and preference. Whether you're a local looking to explore new culinary horizons or a tourist seeking to savor the city's gastronomic delights, Boston has a lot to offer. This article will guide you through some of the best lunch spots in Boston, each offering a unique dining experience that will leave you craving for more. So, get ready to embark on a culinary journey through Beantown.
Gourmet sandwiches & craft cocktails invented by local chefs & bartenders, plus ample beer choices.
I enjoyed a late evening dinner at the Parish Cafe & Bar in Back Bay Boston on Sunday, October 22, 2023 with a group of friends. Service was excellent and responsive within a well packed restaurant. The menu was great with a variety of healthier and lighter fare options, including sandwiches and salads. I really enjoyed my sandwich and pasta salad combo. The cafe also had a great selection of craft beers.
5 / 5
Absolutely some of THE BEST sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. The Le Mistral definitely ranks in my top 5 sandwiches of all time. I split this sandwich along with Rachel’s Hot Sister, which I also enjoyed. We also enjoyed the broccoli caesar salad. The sandwiches here might be on the more expensive side, but they are huge and definitely worth it. Their sides could be improved slightly, but I wasn’t focused as much on those. Hope to come back again soon!
5 / 5
Working and needed some dinner ordered the PARISH CHICKEN and the HALF BOWL-O-RINGS. Wow the onion rings golden brown and delicious lightly battered crispy and not oily they are so good! The baked buttermilk chicken, tomato, lettuce, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, house pickles and chipotle aioli. served on a deluxe roll and sided with potato salad. Bacon cooked crispy, the chicken was so moist and juicy the bread was fresh the cheese was melted the pickles great blend with aioli together. This sandwich so fricken good! The potato salad was ok and tasty as well. Onion rings and sandwiches are a must here! Will be ordering again from here when I need dinner.
5 / 5
Great service and great sandwich. We had the le Mistral. All the sandwiches are local chefs recipes they teach them to make. They also have a huge craft beer selection.
5 / 5
I went in on Friday afternoon and sat at the bar. The service was minimal. I had Boylston Bowl which was very average. It was comprised of wet luke warm jasmine rice with black beans, corns, and some stale pieces of chicken breast toppled with fresh jalapeños and lots of orange color spicy sauce and mayonnaise.
3 / 5
Pork-focused bistro offering American comfort food, charcuterie & craft beers in loftlike digs.
Great pizza! Great atmosphere! We were told to try the Salty Pig pizza and we loved it. Parking may pose an issue, however there is a parking lot available across the street. Their handicap elevator was also out of order on the day we visited. They do offer patio seating as well.
5 / 5
Came here for dinner and ate at the bar - the IPA was very nice, I had a New England style but they also had a west coast option. The apps were AMAZING, I didn’t think carrots could be that yummy😳. Pretty much all the meat here was amazing - can’t go wrong! Bartender was SUPER attentive, very cool guy, very hospitable. The pizza was perfect. From the crust, to the sauce, I loved it! Nearly 5 stars… but alas - the pizza and apps aren’t worth spending nearly $100 🤦🏻♂️
4 / 5
The Salty Pig had some delicious, easily-shareable food. They were also very flexible for a pair of vegetarians, and we still had plenty of cheesy options to enjoy. Highly recommend their pesto pasta.
5 / 5
Great food. I had a sandwich and my friends both got different pizzas. We all enjoyed everything. Service was great. We got seated right away and our food came out very quickly. We really enjoyed our experience here. I would definitely recommend you check the place out. I would definitely like to go back and check out some of the other things on the menu. The prices were very reasonable...but we all thought the high prices on their pasta dishes was a bit weird. $25 or so for pasta dishes when pizzas were under $20... it just seemed odd to us. Overall we had a great time and were very happy with the whole experience.
5 / 5
We ate here twice when visiting for a week and really enjoyed it both times. Pizzas were excellent and the cocktails also quite good. Place was busy both days and we had reservations both days. We did see people turned away because of how busy it got so definitely get a reservation. Really enjoyed the meal here and very reasonable prices.
5 / 5
Chef Jacky Robert serves French classics, plus Gallic-style cocktails, at this sophisticated spot.
I love Ma Maison. Service: Friendly and fast. They are super nice. Food. It tastes homemade. It’s delicious. Their wine is good too. Leave room for dessert. My favorite thing is the warm bread.
5 / 5
An authentic French culinary experience with amazing food and effortlessly precise, quintessentially French service. With its wood and brick accents and tile floors, Ma Maison feels like a rustic French cottage. This ambiance, nostalgic of the French countryside, pairs flawlessly with their classic French dishes. Beginning with the appetizers, the in-house smoked salmon stood out with its rich, chewy texture. Equally stunning was the pan-seared foie gras, a delicate delight harmoniously paired with the subtle sweetness of rhubarb. Not to be overlooked, the steak tartare with capers and crostini was also solid. From Plat de Résistance, the Duck Magret was an indulgent treat. While it did lean towards the fattier side, it was undeniable how the luxurious duck fat melded seamlessly with the earthy notes of asparagus and the sweet tang of cherry. Even the service managed to encapsulate French hospitality perfectly: unfussy yet impeccably timed, and replete with that nonchalant air that only the French can pull off. There are some great classic French restaurants in Boston, but Ma Maison, in my opinion, is superior to the popular ones in South End and Back Bay. Highly recommend giving them a try.
5 / 5
Enjoyed a delicious French lunch and warm hospitality from our table servers (08/26/2023) - French Onion Soup - Burgundy Escargot - Duck Leg Confit (fried and seasoned very well) w/Asparagus - Boneless Short Ribs Bourguignon w/fried potato - Roasted Salmon Fillet w/ Ratatouille Parfait! 😋👌🏽
5 / 5
First off parking is really tough here. After circling for 3 times, I had to use the garage. $30! Not the restaurant’s fault but you should know. Excellent bread basket to start. Hot bread, soft butter. Perfect. Oysters were very good but smaller than ive had at other places. Onion soup was very good and piping hot. The paté was a true French one. Very good and plenty to go around. My frogs legs are different here than in France. They coat them and serve with diced tomatoes and garlic. France just puts them in a pan with with parsley and garlic. But I enjoyed them with white rice and asparagus(why do you serve grated carrots? Try eating these with a fork lol) The special was the “sweet bread” served in a champagne cream sauce. They were covered in bread crumbs. Why? What cooking method is this? Overpowering alcohol taste. Not French for sure. Sorry but in France they are cooked in a light unassuming sauce not to take away the flavor of the sweet bread. When we inquired we were told that the cooks were Colombian back there. What? Not even trained french cooks? Cmon…
3 / 5
Simply the best French place I’ve tried so for in the US. Reminds me experience my wife and I had in Paris, France. The food was amazing. Wherever should’ve been hot was hot and served on VERY hot plates so it stays hot while you enjoy your food. My wife had scallops. They were super fresh, cooked to the perfection, remaining amazing flavor and texture. Cherry tomatoes, spinach and amazing sauce made this dish special. Highly recommend to try it so yummy it was🤤 I had veal chop… well…. Simply best veal of my life. If you like meet definitely worth to try it. Juicy, tender, a lot of flavor and a little crispness on the outside. Wow… Almost forgot… French onion soup… so good! Good amount of cheese over nice and not too mushy bread. It was gone so fast I didn’t take a picture of it 😅 For desert we had cream brûlée. You can tell they have a French Chef… ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Service was fairly quick (considering how busy they are) and very friendly! So, highly recommend this place!
5 / 5
Neighborhood institution for hearty, homestyle breakfasts & lunches & a '50s-diner vibe.
A bustling morning with a great atmosphere. The portions are generous and beautifully presented. I particularly enjoyed the French toast! It has a rich cereal aroma, a fluffy and soft texture, and the maple syrup pairing is fantastic! Highly recommended! The waffles, on the other hand, are just average.
4 / 5
I love the diner atmosphere. Portions were nicely sized. The pastrami was nice and tender. Although I like my coleslaw slightly on the sweet size, the coleslaw wasn't too bad. Had a very lovely crunch to it. I would go again and try other food items. Bit by the look of the plates passing by me, didn't seem like there was any "bad" menu item.
5 / 5
The food is great. Pancakes are huge and delicious. Portions are shareable especially the pancakes n French toast. The space is a bit tight.
5 / 5
If you follow me then you know I love a good diner. Mike's was good and I'd go again. I ordered breakfast to eat in and some tips and chicken to go. My eggs were perfect, bacon soft just the way I like it. Homefries were good but could have used some more seasoning. Pancakes were odd and disappointing. They were big and golden so I was initially excited. Then it cut it and took a bite. I almost thought it was not cooked right but the waitress assured me it was. The pancake was very heavy and dense. I've never had a pancake like that and did not like it. The steak tips and chicken entree I ate for dinner. Had enough leftover for breakfast today. Steak tips flavorful and chicken was nice and juicy. I'd definitely go again. As I sat there and the staff passed by with other orders everything looked so good. Huge portions for sure. Friendly staff. No parking available. Must park on street.
4 / 5
Classic American diner with some upscale menu options (Duck confit hash) near Massachusetts Ave on Washington St. A popular local favorite and its easy to see why with the friendly staff and great food with generous portions and a welcome change to many of the dining options in the South End. I had the Reuben with onion rings, pickle, and some coffee. The Reuben is served on perfectly grilled dark Rye bread that has a nice crisp to it but isn't hard. The real star of this sandwich though is the corned beef which it is loaded with. It is lighter on the kraut than I would have preferred, but that is personal taste. The onion rings were crispy (again without being hard) and were piled high. The pickle is more of a brined cucumber and that cucumber flavor really comes through. The coffee was robust in flavor compared to many you find in dining establishments. Total bill was $25 (minus tip). Overall, a great place for breakfast or lunch and I'll definitely be back!
5 / 5
Trendy hangout serving all-day breakfasts in quirky surroundings, with vegan options.
Such a fun lil place! Good vibes here, we sat at the bar and had Amy? I can’t remember but she was the greatest. Totally chill, friendly, and knowledgeable about celiac. Lots of gluten free options. The breakfast burrito was even good as a leftover. That’s how you know the food slaps. Love that they mark the dishes with allergy picks.
5 / 5
Surprisingly cool place to visit! The menu is extensive and vastly unique. Gives off a retro 90’s vibe which make you feel like a kid again. The fried chicken eggs benny was delicious and the Bloody Mary flight was a fantastic sampler. The wife and I will sure be back!
5 / 5
A go-to destination for brunch lovers in the Back Bay area, Friendly toast offers a fun twist on classic diner menu. Unaware of the Yelp waitlist feature, my friends and I had to wait a staggering hour and a half to get seated on our recent visit. We wondered if the food could justify this long wait. When our orders finally arrived, however, they were lukewarm. Given that the preparation took over 45 minutes, it was a bit disappointing to find that the food had lost its heat—and, unfortunately, some of its flavor. The Snap, Crackle, Cluck Sandwich seemed promising with its Rice Krispies-coated chicken, but the lukewarm temperature rendered it plain. The Sklarmageddon Omelet, while boasting an assortment of meats and cheeses, also was no different from typical meat omelets at regular diners. However, not everything was lackluster. The Philly Mac Bowl was a delight, combining the goodness of orecchiette pasta and Vermont cheese sauce with the hearty elements of shaved steak and vegetables. The churro bites were another highlight, offering a sweet and crunchy counterpoint to the meal. Overall, Friendly Toast has a lot going for it: a buzzing atmosphere, an innovative menu, and an ideal location. However, the long wait times and lukewarm food did dampen the overall experience. While it's still one of the better brunch spots in the area, I would recommend giving their other locations a try.
4 / 5
So delicious, everything on the menu looked great. Drink options are extensive. We had to wait at least 30 minutes for a table around lunch time, but it was so worth it. There is a second room/bar hidden away downstairs where the vibe feels much less hectic.
5 / 5
Favorite breakfast spot in Boston area. We visited twice and both times amazing! Delicious food and great friendly fast service. We had pancakes, burrito, Chilaquiles, omelets, and waffles! Everything was so very good!
5 / 5
This stylish brick-&-wood eatery serves an extensive oyster menu plus fish entrees & craft beers.
Row 34 in Boston is a gastronomic treasure for seafood aficionados. The sleek industrial-chic ambiance sets the stage for a culinary journey that celebrates the ocean's bounty. Impeccably fresh oysters, creatively crafted dishes, and a stellar beer selection make it a standout. The staff's passion for seafood is palpable, adding to the overall dining experience. If you're in Boston and appreciate the artistry of seafood, Row 34 is a culinary gem not to be missed!
5 / 5
Tried their warm butter lobster roll, clam chowder, steamed mussels and crab cake. Really enjoyed the lobster roll. It's huge! And the lobster was very fresh and bouncy. I was afraid the butter would be too heavy and overwhelming but that was not the case at all. The bun was so soft and toasted just right. Clam chowder was super hearty and creamy. The sauce for the steamed mussels was very good. My husband really enjoyed his crab cake. The price was reflective of the quantity and quality of the food. Service was attentive. A place worth trying.
4 / 5
Came in while on a road trip. I had the smoked bluefish pate, lobster roll and chips. Chips were good, great if you don't want fries. First time trying a butter lobster roll and it was do good. Lobster was tender and juicy, roll was buttery and delicious. I'll try the cold mayo one next time. Bluefish pate was so savory and delicious, goes great with their house bread. The oysters were great, I'll definitely try the island creek ones again. Staff was friendly and very accommodating. I can't speak for the overall vibe because I came in pretty late and felt the last hour rush from the staff but they were great and helpful. They validate your parking at a local lot, 12 dollars which is good if you are trying to watch your money.
4 / 5
Wow, excellent seafood restaurant! Full service, professional staff. Carefully curated beer list, including one from my town (Austin). Really filling smoked meat and cheese board (could lightly feed two), plus plenty of other options. Heavy wood framing and high ceilings. Cool.
5 / 5
While we spent a lot of perperson, you definitely don't have to. The staff was so nice the place is very clean ( even the woman's room). we sat at a high top across from the bar, so we watched the 1st hockey game of the season, and the bartender made drinks. I would recommend this lovely spot to everyone who enjoys shellfish.
5 / 5
Lines form for the raw bar & warm, buttered lobster rolls at this tiny, high-end oyster bar.
You need to know we almost came back for a second visit :o The oyster selection from the raw bar had good variety from the east coast - briny, sweet and all that. Majority being medium size. We ranked all the east coast ones and had a few 8s, 9s and 10/10s. Pricing was also very fair, all under $4ea at the time. Side note, the cocktail sauce and mignonette tasted amazing. We tried the warm lobster roll instead of the cold and it was exactly as imagined.. savoury, buttered lobster exploding out the warm toasted bun with minimal seasonings. Good balance between claw vs tail/other meat. Delicious fries as a side (which we prefer over chips from other places). Advice: ask your server their favs on the oyster menu and it’ll likely be your favs too (same happened at other restaurants). Expect a line, but it moves quickly and this place is well worth the wait. Seems ridiculous to visit the same restaurant twice in one weekend trip to Boston but we had such a great experience that we seriously considered it. A must dining experience for anyone visiting the city.
5 / 5
This is a restaurant to try as a tourist. As a local...pretty much not recommended. Service was great. Sadly, food hadn't lived up to the expectations. Clam chowder was tasty, but lacked the clams and had slightly undercooked potatos. It is also quite thin, and not thick as one might expect. Seafood is fine. As long as seafood is sourced well, it isn't hard to make the raw bar shine. However, the downside we had was the tuna poke dish we ordered. It was super fishy. Thankfully, the server was attentive and helpful in removing the said order of the final bill. Just with the long 1.25 hr wait, I had expected greater. Just fell a bit short in expectation and quite underwhelming.
3 / 5
The Legendary Neptunes did not disappoint. Fresh raw bar and their lobster rolls are fantastic. Piles of buttered lobster chunks on their roll, generous portion of their crispy fries. Ordered a few dozen of their raw oyster selection. The line and wait time was long but definitely worth the wait. Try to get there before opening to get a place in line. On busier days, expect a 1-3 hour wait time as space inside is very limited. We shared a table with another group and had a fantastic time.
5 / 5
Waited an hour to get in, and the inside is quite small and crowded so a lot of the tables are shared. The clam chowder was good, but the lobster roll (warm with butter) made the wait worth it. Scallops were good too, but for my taste the pancetta was a bit overwhelming. There was a line up when we left just after 9pm (they close at 10pm)
4 / 5
Jennifer Luther Thomas
We were visiting from LA and came here for the oysters. They had a great selection, and all were delicious. On top of a whole bunch of oysters, we also got the Scallop Crudo and a few raw clams, which were also fantastic. The wait of course is a different story. We got there at 10:30 AM on a Sunday (they open at 11:00 AM) and there were already about 12 people ahead of us. We were able to get seated right as they opened since they have room for about 35-40 people in there, but if you miss that first seating it might be a while. I would suggest anyone that wants to try it to do what we did. The 30 minute wait before opening wasn't too bad at all and absolutely worth it.
5 / 5