Greater Boston’s Best Halal-Friendly Restaurants

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Tawakal plate (left) and beef biryani at Tawakal Halal Cafe.

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The Greater Boston area is home to a bounty of restaurants that cater to halal dietary restrictions while covering a broad range of cuisines from the Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa, and beyond. One might eat rotisserie chicken from a casual Indian restaurant in Medford Square, the best kebabs in town from a Pakistani counter hidden inside a Somerville convenience store, big plate chicken from one of the only Uyghur restaurants in the region, and Somali food in Roxbury and East Boston.

Here’s a look at 14 excellent local restaurants with halal-friendly menus (either partially or fully halal). Note that halal restaurants in the United States may seek certification from one of several organizations — or may decide against certification but self-report the use of only, or some, halal ingredients — so it’s best to check directly with a restaurant to confirm whether its menu meets your needs.

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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