Neptune was God of the Seas, but the Neptune Oyster however isn't as vast as the waters he ruled over. This is a small pearl that can seat about two dozen people in simple and neat surroundings. Apart from oysters and clams, you'll get a variety of other seafood and if you're in to it, you can try some smoked and raw salmon. You can also savor some Italian seafood like North End Cioppino and Whole Loup de Mer.
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!
The Helmand is Boston's first Afghan restaurant. It has a wonderful atmosphere with yellow walls, hand-woven rugs, a wood-burning stove and tables set with linen and fresh flowers. Dishes here are seasoned with spices like turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon and cilantro. One specialty is the flatbread, which you dip it into the yogurt-mint sauces. The pumpkin appetizer with yogurt and ground beef is also popular. Menu items include lamb with grapes, marinated tenderloin and leek-stuffed ravioli. The restaurant also has an excellent selection of wine.
Island Creek Oyster Bar, known for the delicious seafood, has a decor that depicts the coastal feel. The neighborhood locals love the fresh oyster dishes and other seafood delicacies with mouth-watering varieties. They have some great tasting cocktails on offer, that go amazingly well with the oyster selection and other seafood options in the menu. Apart from cocktails, Island Creek Oyster Bar also has beers on the tap on offer. Have a hearty meal!
If you're a fan of Japanese cuisine you will love Santouka Hokkaido Ramen. Built to replicate the charm of a local restaurant in Japan, this restaurant perfectly satisfies all expectations one might have from it. The lively atmosphere at this restaurant is amplified by its big, round tables which are designed to increase interaction between customers and share a good conversation over a delectable meal. Through great innovation the chefs at this restaurant prepare delectable dishes that suit the taste of the modern crowd without altering much of the traditional flavor that makes the dish special. Pioneers in ramen, there isn't a dish here that has ever left patrons disappointed or dissatisfied.
Overlooking the Harvard Yard, Mr. Bartley's was established in 1960 by Joe and Joan Bartley. The third generation of the Bartley family has joined the gang to serve the locals their venerable burgers. Mr. Barteley's is an institute by itself and is always bustling with people. Decked up with political posters, quirky signs and bumper stickers, it has been churning out great burgers for decades now. Their unfrozen beef is hand-cut and ground daily to give their burgers a distinct taste. Celebs like Shaquille O’Neil, Bob Dylan and Adam Sandler have dined here. Savor their gourmet burgers like The People's Republic Of Cambridge, The Tom Brady, The Hashtag, The Barack Obama, The Putin and The Health Connector. Though funnily named, their hamburgers are worth every bite and money.
Dali Restaurant and Tapas Bar features a wide selection of tapas both cold and hot including poached octopus, grilled pheasant, paella, bacon wrapped prunes, tuna-stuffed squid and much more. There are also some simplified, yet delicious dishes especially for the unadventurous types such as the short ribs or lamb meatballs. The ornate decor replete with warm colors is adorned with vintage Spanish artworks, old photos, charming trinkets and soft lighting gives it a romantic ambience. The vivacious Barcelona environment of Dali and the delicious tapas platter along with the Sangria makes it a must visit eatery.
Sit out on the rooftop deck of Daedalus and enjoy the view of the historic Harvard Square as you enjoy delicious New American cuisine and drinks. Known for its lunchtime sandwiches, beer selection and special Sunday brunch, the bar is usually bustling with people and has a lively vibe. Try out dishes like chicken wings, roasted cauliflower, calamari with chili peppers and crab salad. You can also catch a game on any of their screens.
Head to Parlor Sports Bar for some delicious dishes and drinks while watching your favorite sports matches. Satisfy your taste buds with snacks like Pepperoni Roll, Parlor Burger or Mac-N-Cheese. Jumpstart your day with their brunch dishes like The Texas Ranger, Silver Collar Pancakes, and French Toast. Complement your meals with beverages like beer or cocktails like Catamount Pride and Somerville Sling.