The 38 Best Restaurants in Boston
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Presenting Boston’s updated Eater 38, your answer to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?”
This elite group of 38 must-try restaurants is meant to cover the city of Boston and a little bit beyond while spanning multiple cuisines, costs, and neighborhoods, collectively satisfying every restaurant need.
Every quarter, Eater Boston adds a few pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game. As such, a few restaurants are retired from the map each quarter — not necessarily forever — to make room. Restaurants are listed geographically from north to south, not ranked.
This quarter, we welcome newcomers Cicada and Barra to the map, as well as Chinatown mainstay Peach Farm. For details on past 38 entries, consult the Eater 38 archive. And do check out the Eater Boston Heatmap to find the hottest new restaurants in town right this very second.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston will be required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors, and Brookline will begin rolling out a similar policy that day. Restaurants in other nearby cities and towns that have independently decided to require proof of vaccination are marked as such below.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.