Restaurants for Budget Travelers in Boston and Surrounds 

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  • 21


    2 reviews

    I loved this little restaurant both for its ambiance and its comida! The place is tiny, located on a quiet street corner in the south end. The walls of first floor, brownstone dining room are decorated with old photos, artisan masks, and what I can only assume are Venezuelan hand crafts. There is additional seating outside on the brick sidewalk ...

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  • 22

    Regina Pizzeria

    6 reviews

    Probably one of the best pizza's I've ever had! I love pizza's topped with delicious sauce. If you're ever in town then you better have this on your food itinerary list. My friend and I shared the Puttanesca Pizza (Plump artichoke hearts and sliced black olives on top of Regina's famous red sauce pizza and dressed with Pecorino Romano and ...

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  • 23

    Jasper White's Summer Shack

    3 reviews

    One of the best restaurant for lobster. Family place with a kids-friendly environment.

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  • 24

    The Paramount

    Eat here. You will not be disappointed. There will be a line. if you are trying to be there for the open then be there early - and there will still be a line. When you get in there don't bother heading to a table. They don't let you stake a claim. Get in line and order your food. The ...

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  • 25

    Basta Pasta

    2 reviews

    Not even exaggerating, I eat at Basta Pasta at least once a week. It's an awesome little gem hidden between a barber shop and a corner convenience store in Cambridge, and it's some of the best Italian food in all of Boston (North End included!). We live very close by, so we always call to place an order for pickup, ...

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  • 26

    Border Cafe

    12 reviews

    Border Café is one of the few Mexican restaurants in the Harvard Square area. As such, there is usually a decent wait to get a table on most nights. The food is not really authentic Mexican; it has more of a Tex Mex flair to it. I really like their salty chips (which come free with salsa) and homemade guacamole, ...

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  • 27

    Flour Bakery + Cafe

    5 reviews

    Just like everyone else, I am in love with their sticky bun. That is all. Really.

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  • 28

    Taiwan Cafe

    4 reviews

    If Boston Chinatown is anything like San Francisco Chinatown, I should expect mediocre Americanized Taiwanese food. When my friends suggested going to Chinatown during my Boston trip I was a bit hesitant. I am very picky when it comes to Chinese food. I was totally ready to leave this place in disappointment. For dinner of 3 we had ordered way ...

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  • 29

    Otto Pizza

    2 reviews

    Slices are $3.50, and it's not a tiny little piece either. So it has that going for it. Also, tortellini pizza? Yes, please. Good flavor and crunch on the crust. Nice toppings. I only wish they'd have heated it up a bit more; some of my sauce was cold.

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  • 30

    Boston Burger Company

    Took me long enough to finally get over here! The burgers are good and I love the inspired creations (I went with the Vermonster). I was a little disappointed by the fries which were far too big in my opinion. Service was good, the seating was a little cozy, and the decor was nothing special. It's fun for a burger ...

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  • 31

    Fajitas & 'Ritas

    2 reviews

    One goes to 'Ritas for the cheap eats and tasty margs. It's as simple as that. The food is definitely nothing to write home about, but you get what you pay for. The place is super casual and really fun for after-work drinks and snacks. It's the kind of place where you can get loud and rowdy with your friends ...

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  • 32

    Xinh Xinh

    2 reviews

    One of the Vietnamnese restaurants in the line of restaurants in Chinatown. The service was great, nice and friendly, and also fairly fast. My pho tai was pretty tasty but not as steaming hot as I would have liked it (I take my beef rare on the side so I need it to cook). If you are looking forward to ...

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  • 33

    Fire & Ice

    10 reviews

    Fire & Ice is a Mongolian BBQ-style restaurant where you throw all of your veggies, meat, seafood and/or sauce in a bowl and watch the chefs prepare it on a massive grill in front of you. You pay a set price and can go up to the food bar as many times as you like...though usually two is enough. The ...

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  • 34

    Boston Chowda Co

    3 reviews

    Good friend of mine knew I was on a quest to find the best clam chowder in Boston and took me to Quincy market to sample this local joint. I wouldn't say this place serves the best Chowda in town but their creamy clamy goodness was still fairly impressive. My only complaint is that there were too much potatoes and ...

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  • 35

    Grendel's Den

    This place is located in a basement. To get in, you walk down a set of stairs, show the bouncer your ID, and enter into an entirely new world. On one side, there is a bar, and on the other is a bunch of tables. As it was a busy night, we had to wait awhile to be seated. And ...

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  • 36

    Sugar Magnolias

    4 reviews

    A popular breakfast/brunch spot, Sugar Mags offers comfort food on Main Street. Expect a long wait, especially when the weather doesn't cooperate for a beach day.

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  • 37

    Charlie's Kitchen

    Charlie's itself is good, but nothing amazing. It's a small old school diner style restaurant with everything good and greasy you expect: fries, burgers, deep fried other stuff...Inside you'll find red plastic covered booths, formica-covered table tops, silver napkin dispensers and lots of vintage bar/diner memorabilia decorating the walls. The servers are generally friendly and fun to talk to. The ...

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  • 38


    2 reviews

    This massive restaurant--make that complex, restaurant isn't even the right word--can hold 1,200 diners. 1,200! Three generations have been serving Chinese, Thai, and Japanese food since the 1950s, adding a tiki lounge, comedy club, and numerous other rooms along the way. The decor is tacky and the food arrives unbelievably quickly, but it's still some of the best Chinese food ...

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  • 39

    Neptune Oyster

    21 reviews

    Let's just start with this: It was worth the 3 hour wait. Get there early, give them your number, and they'll call you when your table is ready. In the mean time you can just hang out in the lovely cafes in the surrounding area. This place serves the best oysters I've had, and all the other (cooked) dishes are ...

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  • 40

    Top of the Hub

    17 reviews

    Like most, I came here for the view but was surprised by the quality of the food and interesting cocktails. Perfect for a romantic night out.

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