With its long history and culture of openness, Boston is one of the first cities in the United States to become a melting pot of cultures. One of the side benefits of being home to so many cultures is the promise of great food. When it comes to eating, Boston has a leg up in terms of diversity and location. Here are three eateries we consider to be some of the best restaurants in Boston.

Neptune Oyster

A mere ten-minute subway ride from the Boxer Hotel, Neptune Oyster is an ideal restaurant for exploring Boston’s famous seafood scene. As stated in the title, oysters are one of this establishment’s favorite dishes. Neptune’s renowned raw bar offers a variety of oysters along with shellfish, and various seafood cocktails.

 Some other must try items on this mouth-watering menu include the Wellfleet clam chowder, a favorite from Boston’s seaside neighbor, Cape Cod. One of the favorite entrees is the seared Georges bank scallops, equipped with duck confit, Brussels sprouts and more. When at Neptune and when dining around Boston in general, diners should also consider the great and wonderful lobster roll. With so many tantalizing options, Neptune Oyster also promises upscale, quality dishes of a wonderful variety.

Mamma Maria

The North End is famous for having a dense and proud Italian community and one of the greatest concentrations of awesome restaurants in all of Boston. Walking down the narrow streets of this storied neighborhood, it’s easy to stumble into any small dimly lit dining room and enjoy a full, rich and satisfying meal. However, if you want to take a more direct approach, check out Mamma Maria.

Established in 1973, this restaurant offers an intimate atmosphere with private dining rooms. Located on a hill overlooking the Boston skyline, Mamma Maria has a picturesque setting. They also have a menu that incorporates a wide variety of pasta and some fresh New England seafood. Some must-tries include figs with prosciutto and the monkfish with lobster over risotto.

Mamma Maria
3 N Square
Boston, MA 02113

Island Creek Oyster Bar

It’s difficult to go wrong with seafood in Boston. Of course, there is always lobster rolls at Faneuil Hall and fresh fish down at the seaport, but for exemplary New England-style seafood, head to Fenway neighborhood for a fishy feast at Island Creek Oyster Bar. This Boston seafood spot is one of the best in the city. Enjoy lobster, oysters and all other shellfish among scallops, salmon and more served in every which way, from raw to fried to casserole. Sample to your heart’s content, and if you’re allergic to seafood, you can always indulge in their delicious roasted chicken or hearty grilled steak.

Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215