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The Best Bars for Foodies in Boston

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated December 15, 2023

The historic city of Boston, Massachusetts has earned a reputation for its loud and proud sports fans and as the home to some of the world's most prestigious universities like Harvard and MIT. In this traditionally Irish city, nearly a quarter of its population comes from outside the United States, including Latin America and Asia. When it comes to the best bar in Boston, the city hosts everything from traditional pubs to salsa clubs. But where are the smartest, savviest people in Boston headed out to when looking for the best bars in the city? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know locals to find the best bar in Boston. Grab a seat at the bar in "Beantown" where everyone knows your name!

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4.4
4.4 (1742)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Back Bay

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About the restaurant
After exploring Boston's Newbury Street and Back Bay neighborhoods, the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen offers one of the best bar in Boston atmospheres. This stylish, colorful restaurant boasts a fun, farm-to-table menu. Pick something off the extensive wine menu or a craft beer to go along with dinner. Small plates include lamb meatballs, shishito peppers, and crispy duck drumettes with bread and butter pickles. The Oak burger features wagyu chuck, smoked bacon, American cheese, and djionnaise. Try the "Green Circle" chicken with roasted vegetables and cipollini jus.
Top review
JamesC
Dined 2 days ago
We wanted to check out Oak for sometime now and it didn’t disappoint. Cool relaxed atmosphere, comfy seating, great food and mocktails. Overall great relaxing experience.
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4.4
4.4 (33)
$31 to $50
French American
South Boston

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About the restaurant
Right in the heart of South Boston, the Fromage Wine and Cheese Bar brings classic European vibes to the middle of Boston. Stop in to grab a drink and a bite to eat among the friendly, young-professional crowd in the area. Start with truffle french fries, chicken Kiev, or tuna cakes with the house special-blend seasoning. Enjoy fine red and white wines from around the world with standout cheeses. There's also a full beer menu, with lagers from Jack's Abbey, Budweiser, Duvel, and Fat Tire. Be sure to try a draft of the Cisco Whale Tail pale ale or Lagunitas IPA.
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MartyStripper
Dined on Dec 27, 2023
Absolutely delighted with our dinner at Fromage. the food, as always, delish! We can't wait to go back. highly recommended!
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4.6
4.6 (4633)
$30 and under
American
West Cambridge

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About the restaurant
Cambridge's Harvard Square is a must-go location for anyone visiting Boston. Take some time to stroll around the Harvard campus and the exciting neighborhood nearby. After exploring, stop into a place always mentioned as the best bar in Boston in Alden & Harlow. Right underneath Harvard's beloved Brattle Theatre, Alden & Harlow is a welcoming place with a great drink and food menu. Try the "Beast of Burden" cocktail, with Maker's Mark, quince jam, and rosemary. Beer selections include favorites from Zero Gravity, Grimm, and Brooklyn Brewery. If diners get in early enough, the must-have is the Alden & Harlow's famous "secret burger" with a house blend of beef and a house-made roll.
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KateS
Dined 3 days ago
Our meal was wonderful. Our server was so nice and gave us great drink and plate recommendations. The squash dish was incredible!
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4.5
4.5 (881)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Fenway–Kenmore

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About the restaurant
This Japanese-style tavern brings fine "izakaya"-style dining to the heart of the Fenway neighborhood. Before or after a Red Sox game, Hojoko is the place to be for a lively atmosphere and great food and drink. Grab the "bushido" to drink for the table, with a big and bold taste. Other favorite sakes include the Hoyo "Farmers Daughter" and the Tedorigawa "Lady Luck Junami Daiginjo." One of the most fun parts about Hojoko? The "lazy bones handrolls" option. Diners can roll their own handrolls served on a whirling lazy susan. Pick from big-eye tuna ribs, avocado, cucumber, and much more.
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AnnaHvip
Dined 4 days ago
What an exciting night! We started with Fried chicken which was cooked to perfection. Our entrees were the funky chicken ramen, the burger, and the salmon sushi. After that we took our chances with Wasabi roulette and my husband survived it and received a cute bumper sticker!
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4.7
4.7 (8323)
$50 and over
Steak
Back Bay

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About the restaurant
This legendary steakhouse is always mentioned when it comes to the best bar in Boston. A dining destination for the city's movers and shakers, Grill 23 & Bar is one of the best bars in Boston. Grab cocktails off their "classic" or "contemporary" menus. Try the "South Boston Sling," with Bacardi Gold 8, pineapple juice, and house sweet Vermouth. A peach old-fashioned includes Bulleit rye, house bitters, and an orange spritz. For dinner, go for some of the "best of the best" steak options. Those feature dry-aged prime New York, American Kobe cap steak, and 100-day aged prime ribeye.
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StephanieM
Dined 1 day ago
We were there to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday! We all ordered different dishes and they were excellent. Everyone loved the atmosphere, the service and the food. We are already planning to return next year for my other daughters birthday.
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4.5
4.5 (1278)
$30 and under
American
West End

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About the restaurant
Boston's West End is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city. Nestled next to the T.D. Garden, the West End is a charming spot with some of the best bars in Boston. Ward 8 is right at the top of that list. Head into enjoy some of the restaurant's signature craft cocktails and local craft beers along with a fun menu. Try snacks like fried olives, bar nuts, and ricotta crostini. Starters include coconut curry mussels, salmon tartare, and pork belly steam buns. Don't miss the restaurant's signature fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayo on seeded brioche.
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LisaW
Dined 7 days ago
Our new go-to place for dining before TD Garden!
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4.5
4.5 (2270)
$30 and under
Greek
Fort Point Channel

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About the restaurant
A local after-work haven for working professionals, Committee is one of the best bars in Boston. Stop in for some exquisite Greek-inspired cuisine and a few drinks while strolling around the Fort Point neighborhood. Start with a spanakopita spread, lobster "toast" with kohlrabi slaw, or spicy tyropita with phyllo cheese pie. For seafood, try the scallop saganaki with sun-dried tomato-ouzo sauce and pickled zucchini.
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CCCCC
Dined 1 day ago
Great meal! Our server was terrific, and so was the cheesecake! Try this place!
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4.6
4.6 (2714)
$30 and under
American
Cambridge

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About the restaurant
A Harvard Square highlight, this dark-lit and lively spot in the heart of the neighborhood is one of the best bars in Boston. Grab a seat in the comfortable underground lounge to dine on small plates like duck poutine, Jonah crab cakes, and spicy shrimp Rangoon. Entrees include stuffed spaghetti squash, pan-seared Atlantic salmon, and braised lamb Osso Bucco. Pair dinner with local beers from Fiddlehead, Maine Beer Company, and the Schilling Beer Co.
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LisaCvip
Dined 7 days ago
I appreciated that they allowed us to sit outside in the alleyway tables with nice heaters. The waiter was very accommodating. We enjoyed the service and food. The chicken sandwich, Caesar's salad and cookie w/pistachio ice cream were great.
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4.6
4.6 (196)
$30 and under
Italian
South Boston

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About the restaurant
This hidden gem underneath Capo Restaurant in the South End is one of the best bars in Boston. Head in to enjoy live entertainment, live music, and a fun Italian food menu. Grab one of the Roman pizzas for a hearty meal. Try the four-cheese bread pie, with roasted garlic, oregano, and marinara. House-made pasta selections include sausage cavatelli with pink vodka sauce and broccolini or short rib ravioli with smoked potato and marsala.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was fantastic, we had a ball. It was sharp, I was sharp, all around sharp. We had so much fun! Thank you for making his birthday absolutely perfect.
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4.4
4.4 (296)
$31 to $50
French
Back Bay

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About the restaurant
This Brookline standout delivers a taste of Paris to the middle of this lively Boston suburb. This French restaurant is one of the best bars in Boston. Try some of the authentic French appetizers, like roasted P.E.I. mussels in anchovy butter or scallops in truffle bechamel. The 1855 burger includes beef steak, cheese, red onions, and home fries or salad. Pair dinner with a glass or bottle of fine wine or a "wine flight" of sample pours.
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PaulF
Dined on Feb 10, 2024
The server was verm warm and professional - outstanding! The was risotto and scallops were delicious.
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