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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Boston

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Boston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Akame Nigiri and Sake restaurant
5.0
5 (77)
$50 and over
Sushi
Lexington
About the restaurant
Located in Lexington’s Historical district Akame Nigiri and Sake offers an un-traditional Omakase experience. Akame Nigiri and Sake will be offering a 15 Course Omakase for $180 per person. The Omakase focuses on Japanese Seafood flown in directly from Toyosu fish market. While seated at our 6 seat Omakase Bar, guest will be able to enjoy a semi-private Omakase experience skillfully crafted by Chef Michael Monaco. Seating's will be held Thursday through Saturday at 6:15pm and 8:30pm. All Allergies and food aversions must be communicated 72 hours in advance, so we have time to make adequate changes. Due to the nature of the meal touch sensitive Shellfish and Crustaceans Allergies cannot be accommodated.













Top review
SharonC
Dined on 8 Mar 2024
Amazing omakase experience! I enjoyed this more then the very well reputed Boston omakase, and at a fraction of the cost. So convenient to the suburbs, right in Lexington. We will definitely return!
A photo of Omakase at Shore Leave restaurant
4.9
4.9 (35)
$50 and over
Sushi
South End
About the restaurant
Join us at the sushi counter at Shore Leave for a special chef's tasting menu! Expect a variety of bites including nigiri, sashimi, and tempura. The meal is timed to be a 45 minute experience. Please arrive 10 minutes early. The whole meal is paced so that you can enjoy the nigiri the moment it is made! As soon as you finish one piece, you’re handed the next by our sushi chef, who is right in front of you at the counter. We offer a curated selection of sake, beer, and wine to accompany your omakase. Come early or stay late to enjoy cocktails and additional snacks at the Shore Leave! We accept parties of 1-6 Sunday through Wednesday from 5:30-9:30pm.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 Mar 2024
Amazing Omakase experience! Everything was delicious and we had a wonderful time!
A photo of Moonshine 152 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1618)
$30 and under
American
South Boston
About the restaurant
A modern -American, neighborhood bistro restaurant in Southie (South Boston) by Chef-owner Asia Mei (as seen on Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay & Phantom Gourmet). With a globally-inspired, comfort food meets street food menu, Chef Asia puts her unique spin on both East & West Coast style cooking, striving to match the beautiful restaurant’s aesthetic, contributing to numerous glowing re-reviews, accolades & praise. Her "Best of Boston" Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings, her award-winning Burgers & Vegetarian Burgers, Street Tacos & weekly changing specials are only some of the reasons she was awarded the 2023 Best of Boston Neighborhood Restaurant in South Boston.

Moonshine 152 is located at 152 Dorchester Avenue, on the corner of Dorchester Avenue & West 4th Street in South Boston. We are one block from the Broadway Red Line train station, with bus connections local bus connections. We are a short walk from the South End & Ink Block neighborhoods as well as The Seaport & Downtown Boston.

Top review
AnnaM
Dined 4 days ago
So happy I came here for dinner. Food was amazing.Service exceptional. Would go again
A photo of Via Cannuccia restaurant
4.9
4.9 (229)
$30 and under
Italian
Dorchester
About the restaurant
HomeMade Italian Deliciousness - Bakery/Pizzeria/Trattoria

Time limits for tables set in our restaurant:

For 1-2 customers 1h 30m

For 3-4 customers 1h 45m

For 5-6 customers 2h 00m

For 7+ customers 2h 30m

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Always incredible food, service, and experience. The brunch menu is fantastic, the frittata is delicious with the roasted potatoes that are to die for. Every single pastry is delicious. You can’t go wrong at Via Cannuccia
A photo of BLEND restaurant
4.9
4.9 (72)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Dorchester
About the restaurant
Blend is a gastro pub that combines the aspects of great food, music, lights and entertainment all into one. Blend "blends" up that neighborhood gastro pub feel where everyone is welcome. Gay owned and Operated, come check us out!

DRAG BRUNCHES ARE 1ST AND 3RD SUNDAYS UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED
instagram handle : blendboston

Please note when booking for a drag brunch to not choose outside. All drag brunches will be held inside.











































Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our server was awesome and gave us free shots!!!!!
A photo of No Relation restaurant
4.9
4.9 (96)
$50 and over
Japanese
South End
About the restaurant
Tucked away down a narrow hallway, No Relation is a nine-seat, secret sushi restaurant nestled within Shore Leave, a tropical experience from the team at Bar Mezzana. Chef Colin Lynch leads the inventive omakase menu, where Japanese technique and his creative interpretation of a sushi-ya are presented each evening over approximately 14 courses. Join us in a shared intimate experience with a thoughtfully curated menu, served directly by our chefs. No Relation is ticketed dining experience. You must provide payment for the experience at the time you make the reservation. Tickets are non-refundable within seven days of your reservation.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We had an awesome experience! The staff was knowledgeable and kind. Food and experience were 10/10
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A photo of Piccolo Nido restaurant
5.0
5 (288)
$31 to $50
Italian
North End
About the restaurant
Piccolo Nido in Boston is an Italian restaurant with a family atmosphere, owned and operated by chef Pino Irano from Napoli. Piccolo Nido’s dinner menu includes a daily soup option, as well as classic antipasto and pasta dishes. Enjoy an espresso or cappuccino with dessert, and enjoy getting to know Pino when he steps out of the kitchen to greet the patrons.

Entrees at Piccolo Nido include favorites such as spaghetti and gnocchi, but also has options for lovers of true Italian flavors, such as veal and trout. The fresh catch of the day is also available for the freshest seafood around, and diners can also enjoy tiramisu or a dessert of the day.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
The reviews are correct, we had a great experience! The staff was so friendly and food was amazing! I will definitely be coming back here.
A photo of Molinari's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (369)
$30 and under
Italian
Dorchester
About the restaurant
“I wanted to do a place with good Italian comfort food. The simplicity of it, the freshness of it, the quality of ingredients that you get to work with.” They specialize in that quintessential Italian comfort food – pizza. “I think it’s great that the city of Boston is turning around and starting to become known for pizza like the other big cities in the country,” he said. “It is such a simple food but it all comes down to the quality of ingredients.” It’s all done out of an open kitchen where the star of the show is Molinari’s wood burning oven.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I've honestly never had a bad meal here. Food is outstanding and the service by Stephanie was even better.
A photo of Rossetti Restaurant of Lynn restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2471)
$30 and under
Italian
Lynn
About the restaurant
Rossetti Restaurant aims to serve well executed, traditional Italian cuisine, alongside the art of mixology and inspired craft cocktails. Our kitchen offers a variety of classic and new age dishes with nothing but the best ingredients. Our bar and resident mixologists offer fantastic service and cocktails, highlighted by details: hand-cut ice, house made bitters, barrel aged concoctions, and daily fresh squeezed juices. We aim to please all of our guests, and make sure we create a casually elegant, but most importantly, comfortable atmosphere. We hope to see you there!
Top review
JimM
Dined on 11 Apr 2024
The best! Homemade pappardelle and meatballs, pan seared cod over risotto. Calamari. And a cannoli! Always five stars. Highly recommended.
A photo of Brighton Bodega restaurant
4.8
4.8 (60)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Brighton
About the restaurant
A full service restaurant with a focus on small plates and street food fare, along with craft spirit
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 Apr 2024
Always fantastic food, service, and ambiance at Brighton Bodega.
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