The Best Boston-Area Restaurants for Eating Alone

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When traveling alone or taking oneself out for a nice meal just because, it can be tricky to find the perfect spot to dine solo, but there are a number of factors to watch for that can make a restaurant an ideal spot for eating alone.

Maybe it serves traditional full-sized entrees, rather than small plates; it can be hard to get the best value from a small-plate menu without a table full of people. Maybe the staff hits that perfect balance of being conversational if the diner is up for it or leaving them alone if they just want to read a book. Maybe it’s one of the city’s toughest reservations for a table of two or four, but a single diner can swoop in on a free bar seat any evening. Maybe there’s a seat looking into the bustling kitchen, giving an entertaining view for the reluctant solo diner who typically prefers conversation over dinner.

Here are 18 excellent restaurants in Boston and nearby worth checking out for a solo meal.

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 are required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors; Brookline has a similar mandate, but Brookline’s also covers outdoor dining. Outside of these communities, venues with their own vaccination proof requirements are noted as such on this map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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