High End, Budget Friendly and Very Popular: Best Restaurants in Boston

By Mark Wiens 9 Comments
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Boston has added another reason to visit as its many restaurants are becoming world-renowned.

Prior to the 1980s, excited travelers arrived to view the city’s history and dining out was an afterthought. That has changed today with the multitude of steak houses, Italian restaurants, Indian cuisine and scrumptious bistros. Furthermore, diners can choose restaurants in categories such as high end, budget friendly and most popular.

High End Restaurants

Clio Restaurant

Clio, located on Commonwealth Avenue, is run by Chef Ken Oringer. As a contemporary French-American restaurant, diners can choose dishes such as caramelized swordfish, butter-drizzled lobster and allspice-coated venison. Moreover, Clio’s ambiance is refreshing with its vivid flower arrangements and leopard print carpets.

Address: 370A Commonwealth Ave.Boston, MA 02215
Website: http://www.cliorestaurant.com/

O ya sushi in Boston (photo by hahatango)
O ya sushi in Boston (photo by hahatango)

O ya

O ya, on East Street, is a world-class sushi establishment run by Master Chef Tim Cushman. Diners can expect a wait at the popular Japanese restaurant with dishes such as raw sea urchin on sea-urchin mousse, sashimi and Wagyu beef on the menu. Cushman became a professional sushi crafter under the tutelage of Nobu Matsuhisa and Roy Yamaguchi. Adding to the dining experience of O ya is the restaurant’s unique setting, which is within a converted fire station.

Address: 9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111
Website: http://www.oyarestaurantboston.com/

Budget Friendly Restaurants

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

Hungry diners will find Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue an affordable place to eat. They’ll also find a busy establishment with a line every Saturday morning. Additionally, when patrons eat at Charlie’s, they should plan on sharing a table and bringing cash for their meal. The restaurant is famous for its breakfast of perfectly cooked omelets and sandwiches that are generous enough for two meals.

Address: 429 Columbus Ave, Boston 02116
Website: http://boston.menupages.com/restaurants/charlies-sandwich-shoppe/

Best restaurants in Boston
Boston Pizza (photo by takaokun)

Pizzeria Regina

The original Pizzeria Regina located on Thatcher Street is a restaurant that draws a local crowd. Therefore, patrons will know they’ve found a special place to dine. With classic thin-crust pizzas covered in traditional toppings such as pepperoni, mushroom and anchovy, diners will enjoy the simple quality of the eatery’s dining selections. Moreover, patrons will leave satisfied with a stuffed wallet and stomach.

Address: Many locations, see website below
Website: http://www.pizzeriaregina.com/

Popular Dining Establishments

Hamersley’s Bistro

Hamersley’s Bistro, located on Tremont Street, is famous for changing its dish selections with the seasons. Fortunately, several favorites are always on the menu such as the restaurant’s garlic roast chicken and lemon custard soufflé along with the toasted garlic and mushroom sandwich. The bistro also uses fresh produce from local sources to provide a high quality dining experience.

Address: 553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Boston September 2006
Union Oyster House (photo by sneakerdog)

Union Oyster House

On Union Street, ravenous diners will find the Union Oyster House. Once a favorite of JFK, famous politicians such as John Kerry now enjoy the establishment. Patrons will be experiencing a meal from Boston’s oldest restaurant with menu selections such as deep-fried fish and chips, cream-based clam chowder and Indian pudding with ice cream, which is a classic Boston dessert.

Address: 41 Union Street, Boston, MA


Numerous hotels offer delectable dining including the Back Bay hotel in Boston, the stylish Stanhope Grille is a unique city restaurant serving some of Boston’s best culinary fare all day long.

Each of their menus celebrates the very best ingredients of each season. They also support local farmers, foragers, cheese makers, and fishermen and feature sustainable beef, lamb, pork, poultry and seafood wherever possible.

Furthermore, when history buffs visit Boston, they now have plenty of restaurant options when eating out.

Note: This is a sponsored guest post written by Stephen, a freelance writer who loves to blog about traveling and different foods from around the world.

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  • Boston Best Painter LLC

    10 months ago

    Thank you for the recommendation! We are on our way to grab an early lunch at Charlie’s!

  • Kate

    11 years ago

    Yes, definitely be prepared to wait outside for Charlie’s! Loved reading your favorite spots!

  • Ayngelina

    12 years ago

    Nice picks, I’ve heard great things about Union Oyster House.

  • Rachel

    12 years ago

    If you’re willing to go out to Cambridge, Oleana is an amazing Turkish restaurant. Bit of a splurge, but so, so good.

  • Lane

    12 years ago

    Union Oyster House was also where Daniel Webster knocked back brandy and oysters. :o) I love Boston!

    • Mark Wiens

      12 years ago

      Cool to hear that Lane – I haven’t been there in so long, but would love to go back for a visit!