There are constantly new, innovative restaurants popping up across Boston, which has a lively and exciting dining scene, often influenced by its coastal location. Here are some of the city’s newest places to dine out, from the South End to Inman Square to Harvard’s back yard:
Chef Michael Scelfo, who brought the wildly popular restaurant Alden & Harlow to Cambridge, has opened his second restaurant. Also in Harvard Square, Waypoint revolves around seafood, although it has a wide-ranging menu. With a robust raw bar and caviar service, the menu also features eclectic dishes like chopped clam pizza and roasts meant to be shared by two or three. Waypoint is open for dinner nightly from 5-11 pm and offers a Sunday brunch from 10 am-2:30 pm.
1030 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
OAK + ROWAN
This Fort Point restaurant just opened in November. One staple of the upscale dining spot includes a tableside cocktail cart. The dishes are beautifully plated; Oak + Rowan offers lunch and dinner. Among other recommendations, the Boston Globe suggests the squid ink farfalle with pheasant and the winter citrus dessert. Enjoy a stroll by the water after. Closed on Sundays.
321 A Street Fort Point Boston, MA 02210
LOWER MILLS TAVERN
One of the Boston Globe’s “best new restaurants,” Lower Mills Tavern has classic New England fare. Originally called The Lower Mills Pub, the restaurant has been completely revamped and also contains a daily cafe with free wifi. With a full beer and craft cocktail menu, the tavern’s comfort food ranges from BBQ chicken pizza to cheeseburgers, with salads and seafood offerings as well.
2269 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA
Located in Kendall Square, this Jewish delicatessen has something for every eater. Their all-day breakfast menu includes egg sandwiches, homemade bagels, along with a more extensive weekend breakfast menu. Specialties include Abraham’s potato latkes, filling sandwiches like the hot pastrami and the braised brisket. Mamaleh’s also makes their own sodas—try the pomegranate-ginger soda, the lemon-cardamom or the vanilla cream lactart to go with your sandwich. Or if you prefer, go for one of their boozy milkshakes. See hours here. Closed on Mondays.
15 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Boston has its fair share of Italian restaurants, and Mida is not to be overlooked. Located in the South End, Mida opened late in the fall of 2016, and its elegant and comfortable atmosphere embodies the menu as well. Try the handmade pasta such as ricotta gnocchi, saffron linguini di mare. Mida has an extensive wine and spirits menu as well.
782 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118