Located in the heart of Boston's South End, Toro is a lively Barcelona-style tapas bar. Owned by acclaimed chef, Ken Oringer, Toro has become one of Boston's must-visit restaurants. Perfect for sharing, the traditional tapas served here are small portioned dishes that allow patrons to order and try various cuisine. Toro's vast menu features a variety of tapas including empanadas, sliders, charcuterie and more. Not to be outdone by their cuisine, the signature drink menu at Toro offers wine on tap, cocktails, champagne and bottled beer. Their brunch is one of the best in the city, offering pitchers of sangria, mimosas and bloody mary's. Be prepared to wait or arrive early, this popular establishment doesn't accept reservations.
Housed in the Boston Center for the Arts, The Beehive restaurant and bar is almost like an opera house in itself with live jazz, cabaret and a lot more action. There are fine satin drapes and exquisite artifacts adorning the eatery. A popular hangout among the night birds; the bar and lounge scene here is also upbeat and lively. The food is a regular mix of the grilled and Mediterranean variety, with lamb ribs ruling the roost. Sausages, pasta and risottos also sit happily together on the menu. The wine sure flows freely on all days and everything about the place has an arty feel to it.
Tourists still flock to Bull & Finch Pub, a.k.a. Cheers Boston, the inspiration for the Cheers television series which ran for 11 years and won a number of awards. Avid fans should be forewarned, however; the exterior is very familiar, but the inside is nothing like the TV version. Drinks and food are served here, but its icon status is the main draw. It is considered by many to be one of the top tourist attractions in Boston!
Dimly lit with small booths and a laid-back wait staff, this quaint bar and eatery can get crowded quickly. Delux Cafe may not look like much from the outside, but it is the inside that counts. All types come here looking for an inexpensive drink or supper. Quality pizzas and daily specials are satisfying and made promptly. The split pea soup, vegetable pie and herb-roasted pork loin are quite good as well. This is the perfect place to escape the pomp and prices of downtown.
Established in 1795, The Bell in Hand Tavern has the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operating tavern in America. This bi-level restaurant and bar features nightly live music and karaoke Tuesdays for added entertainment. The uniquely designed rooms have a character of its own and are used for private as well as corporate functions. The pub has a impressive list of draft as well as bottle beers apart from cocktail specials. Nosh on the tasty American fare along with your choice drink while listening to some music. Surely you will enjoy this historic place that has been entertaining the locals for centuries now.
Essentially a restaurant serving charcuterie dishes, the Salty Pig has earned itself many fans. With a simple and unpretentious ambiance, this restaurant proves to be a good bet for casual dining with friends and family. Prosciutto di parma, tarte flambée, insalata di mare and pâté de campagne are some of the dishes on their menu, for which their customers keep coming back. A good range of drinks are also available to go with the extensive meat menu on offer.
Located in the heart of Boston, Sterling's serves some excellent American dishes. The place has a classic and subtle decor with a large outdoor seating area. The food served is delicious and the cocktails are creative and innovative. Enjoy your meal in a relaxed atmosphere and take in the street life. Unwind with your friends and enjoy the ambiance. They also have happy hours offering tempting deals. Check their website for more information.
If seafood is your choice of food, Oceanaire Seafood Room could soon be your new favorite. The restaurant specializes in ultra-fresh seafood, flown in from around the world and flavored with just the right ingredients. The ambiance of the restaurant is that of a 1930s ocean-liner with an aura of elegance and sophistication. The restaurant serves a variety of cocktails in its lounge area and has a fresh oyster bar. It has an exquisite wine selection to go with the seafood. The setting is ideal to host corporate events and large dinner parties.
Bostonia Public House reflects the city's spirit, its cuisine and sits proudly as a friendly watering hole. The place is warm and welcoming with dim lights and a quaint decor that add immensely to its charm. It is not very spacious but its systematic seating makes it ideal for intimate occasions. Their menu pays tribute to America with quintessential specials like burgers, steaks & potatoes, and baked beans & smoke bacon crumble. Other must-try dishes here are the Preserved Lemon Risotto, Braised Lamb Pasta, Fork Tender Meatballs, Chilled Shrimp Cocktail and Tuna Crudo. They also delight patrons with a separate gluten-free menu. Cocktails served at the Bostonia Public House, taste as dramatic as they sound; and the extensive wine and beer selection perfectly complements everything on the food menu.
Ever heard of a supper club? Well, Boston has recreated that with modern touches at Downtown Crossing known as the Yvonne's. Exuding a lounge vibe, the interiors and decor are adorned with mahogany wood and marble. Viewed as a classy and elegant drinking and dining establishment, the cuisine served is varied and continental in nature. Some of the popular delicacies include the Garden Hummus, crispy tater cubes and scallop gratin. If you're over two people, you can order the delicacies serving large portions such as Crispy Tuna Fregola, Niman Ranch Long Bone Ribeye Ste or Grilled 'Viper' Chop. Cap off the meal by asking for a drink of your choice! If you like to dress up and spend an evening having undisturbed conversations, this is the place to be!
There are so many restaurants in the North End, that choosing a place to dine can be difficult. For Italian seafood, try this small storefront eatery. Inside, you will find soothing, creamy walls and a dining room jammed with tables. For traditional Italian-American entrees, there are plenty of familiar pastas, or you can try the antipasto di mare or a tuna steak. Specials include shrimp, mussels and scallops in sauce or sautéed in oil. For lunch, sandwiches and soups are available. Rabia's serves beer and wine.