Restaurants for Local Culture in Boston and Surrounds 

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  • 41

    The Wine Cellar

    30 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
    2 reviews

    Cute, cosy spot not too far from the Pru. The fondue entrees were great, but the chocolate fondue was the star of the meal.

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  • 42

    The Market Restaurant

    33 River Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930
    2 reviews
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  • 43

    Jasper White's Summer Shack

    149 Alewife Brook Pky, Cambridge, MA 02140
    3 reviews

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

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  • 44

    The Beehive

    541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
    8 reviews

    Love this place! their signature Beer with honey after taste, artsy chic decor and live music!!!! They also serve food but I am only rating this place for my night life experience. There are two floors. First floor was less crowded on a Friday night when we arrived around 9:30ish. The bottom floor where the live music was more crowded ...

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  • 45

    The Helmand

    143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142
    2 reviews

    Helmand is an outstanding Afghani restaurant and by far the best Middle Eastern food I've tasted so far in the Cambridge/Boston area. They have deliciously tender chicken and lamb kebabs in succulent sauces, and their bread is amazingly good. I am getting hungry just thinking about it! One of the most memorable dishes I ate there was an appetizer made ...

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  • 46


    15 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
    4 reviews

    I would urge everyone desirous of a truly unique culinary treat to head to Mooo on Beacon Hill. Their chef creates masterpieces both to the eye and to the palette that are creative, sensual experiences. And if beef is on you mind, make it Wellington at Mooo! Beyond compare. Mooo!

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  • 47

    The Paramount

    44 Charles St, Boston, MA 02108

    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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  • 48

    Monica's Mercato

    130 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts
    2 reviews

    Best Italian sandwiches in Boston. Sliced to order italian cold cuts, fresh vegetables and a chewy/crispy roll make these sandwiches the ones to beat in the North End.

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  • 49

    Mama Maria's

    2 reviews

    It is a little cosy house. My favorite place in Boston. The food, huuumm...lamb is delightful! Wine list great. Service perfect.

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  • 50

    Insomnia Cookies

    65 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1 review

    this store is super friendly and also open until 3AM—with delivery options! the boy behind the counter when a few other harvard ssp kids and i got a box was kind enough to even throw in a few extra. eighteen warm, melt-in-you-mouth cookies of your choice for just twenty dollars!

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  • 51

    Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

    1246 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
    9 reviews

    This is one of the quirkiest burger joints in all of Boston and I cannot get enough of it. Great shakes, delicious fries and onion rings and awesome burgers named after famous politicians.

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  • 52

    Island Creek Oyster Bar

    500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, United States
    14 reviews

    Definitely the best oysters I've had during my Boston trip! Island Creek Oyster owns the restaurant so their house-oysters are less pricey and meatier than the ones I've had elsewhere. LOCATION: inside a hotel, walking distance from the train station RESERVATION: is recommended because it is a popular $$$ place to go. We got lucky because we were drinking at ...

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  • 53

    Thinking Cup

    165 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
    5 reviews

    Last day in Boston, my friend gave me a tour around his city and we stumbled upon this coffee shop. I remember seeing this on my yelp so we decided to give it a try. I guess we showed up at the right time because the line wasn't that long and we got our coffee pretty quickly. I had the ...

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  • 54

    JP Licks Ice Cream

    1310 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

    I lived literally upstairs from here for 2 years. That was dangerous. Their yogurt and their ice cream is delicious. There is the occasional miss (e.g. their X flavor yogurt) but 99% of the time it's amazing. Their seasonal flavors are innovative and really good!

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  • 55

    Sugar Magnolias

    112 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930
    3 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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  • 56


    948 Broadway, #1, Saugus, MA 01906
    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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  • 57

    Giacomo's Restaurant

    355 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
    11 reviews

    Small place but arguably one of the most popular at North End. There is almost always a wait outside the tiny door, the interior is crowded but customers get to be up and close with the kitchen staff and see how the chefs operate. The waiters yells out your order to the kitchen, quite a sight and experience. The food ...

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  • 58

    Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf

    255 State St, Boston, MA 02109
    13 reviews

    Every time we visit Boston, we make sure we eat at the Legal Sea Foods – no matter what location it is (we don’t even mind waiting in line). Yes, it’s a chain… but you will always get the freshest sea food, as expected… Their clam chowder beats any chowder you ever tasted… Give it a try!

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  • 59

    Border Cafe

    32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    11 reviews

    So 5 stars, but I guess I should qualify. No, this isn't a gourmet meal in a posh setting; it also won't cost you an arm or a leg-- or even a hand. My group came here (on one of their busiest nights of the year) in search of margaritas and mexican food. The food was so-so. That may be ...

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  • 60

    Russell House Tavern

    14 Jfk St, Cambridge, MA 02138
    9 reviews

    Difficult to get into because of my roguish distaste for making reservations and the food doesn't necessarily make it worthwhile. However, the bartending staff has a rare competence and the atmosphere is relaxing despite the crowd.

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