What is Boston’s restaurant scene like?

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While you can find a familiar chain restaurant in Boston, the heartbeat of the city’s restaurant scene beats at the city’s many owner-operated bistros, each loaded with character and unique, appealing cuisine (at wallet-friendly price points) that can keep you satiated and your palate stimulated for weeks without visiting the same place twice. What’s more, the restaurant scene in this mid-size city is closely knit, with plenty of star power and seemingly free-flowing support from restaurant to restaurant. It all makes for a vibrant, dynamic and, sometimes underestimated, culinary experience. When you visit, you’ll of course want to sample the oysters and lobster rolls at Boston favorites like Union Oyster House, the North End’s Neptune Oyster and Jasper White’s Summer Shack. For more sophisticated fare, head over to the city’s top-rated Via Matta, L’Espalier or Clio.

Boston’s restaurant scene has made national waves with celebrated chefs such as Todd English, Ken Oringer, Barbara Lynch, Jody Adams, Jasper White and more appearing on hit TV shows such as Top Chef and also opening thriving restaurants throughout the country. What once was a city known for sports bars is now a city known for housing some of the nation’s best talents and most artful cuisine. With new restaurants opening daily, Boston has evolved into a hotspot for distinctive, outstanding and ever-evolving dining trends.

Jonathan Nicholson

Boston’s restaurant scene is very creative, and vibrant, with many restaurants creating a equally satisfying dining experience in their bar areas. Foodies gravitate to the South End, our North End is Little Italy, several new restaurants with a view on Liberty Wharf. Boston has a number of James Beard Award-winning chefs in town, which draws a lot of foodies.

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