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Wine and Dine

Food and Beverage: Traditional Local food/drinks to try

Drinks, local wines, beers and mead are traditional beverages in Boston. There are several local breweries in Boston that are quite renowned: Sam Adams Brewery and Harpoon Brewery. Visitors have to taste them. The Boston local food festival in October is the occasion to discover traditional food and drinks. Concerning food, seafood is predominant in local cuisine but Italian, Mediterranean, Latin and Asian influences are present too.

Unusual venues for dinner

Here are places which can host a memorable event. These restaurants offer the traditional local cuisine and have perfect event spaces for a reception, banquet or board meeting.

Name of RestaurantRestaurant AddressPhone Number
Abe and Louie’s Steakhouse793 Boylston Street, Boston(617) 536 6300
B & G Oysters550 Tremont Street, Boston(617) 423 0550
Beacon Hill BistroBeacon Hill Hotel, 25 Charles Street, Boston(617) 723 7575
Cheers!84 Beacon street, Boston(617) 227 9605
ClioThe Eliot Hotel, 370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston(617) 532 7125
Gargoyles219 Elm Street, Somerville(617) 776 5300
Grill 23161 Berkeley Street, Boston(617) 542 2255
Kingfish Hall188 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston(617) 523 8862
K.O. Prime Steak HouseNine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont Street, Boston(617) 772 0202
Legal Seafoods255 State Street, Boston(617) 742 5300
Mamma Marias3 North Square, Boston(617) 523-0077
Mistral223 Columbus Avenue, Boston(617) 351 2601
Ned Devine’s1 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston(617) 248 8800
No. 9 Park9 Park Street, Boston(617) 742 9991
Olives10 City square, Charlestown(617) 242 1999
Post 390406 Stuart Street, Boston(617) 339 0025
Scampo215 Charles Street, Boston(617) 423-0550
Sam’s at Louis Boston60 Northern Avenue, Boston(617) 295 0191
Sel de la Terre – Back Bay774 Boylston Street, Boston(617) 266 8801
Summer Shack50 Dalton Street, Boston(617) 867 9955
Strega Restaurant379 Hanover Street, Boston(617) 523-8481
Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar266 Newbury Street, Boston(617) 267 1602
TW Food377 Walden St # A, Cambridge(617) 864-4745
Towne900 Boylston Street, Boston(617) 247 0400
Top of the HubPrudential Tower, 800 Boylston St, Boston(617) 859 0056
Uni Sashimi Bar370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston(617) 536 7200
Union Oyster House41 Union Street, Boston(617) 227 2750
Upstairs on the Square91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge(617) 864 1933

Cheap Eats and the Ubiquitous American Hamburger

Boston has an abundance of restaurants that offer great hamburgers, salads, sandwiches and wraps, for minimal prices. The most valued is Bartley’s, which offers over 30 different hamburgers from $9 to $12. Choices range from hamburgers such as the Facebook, the Lady Gaga and the Barack Obama. With such a diverse and fun menu, you will be sure to find something you’ll love. Another great option is the Miracle of Science restaurant, which is always packed with artists, musicians, geo physicists and computer gurus and has delicious burgers, salads or skewers from $4 to $12. R.F. O’Sullivan & Son restaurant is renowned for its variety – over two dozens of hamburgers are on their menu – but does offer other items like the Steak Tip sub, Coconut Chicken Tenders and Grilled Veggie Platter. Other restaurants that offer great cheap eats are U Burger, Sullivan’s, the Field, Wild Willy’s Burgers and the Cafe at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Name of the RestaurantRestaurant AddressPhone Number
Bartley’s1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge(617) 354-6559
Miracle of Science321 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge(617) 868-2866
R.F. O’Sullivan & son282 Beacon Street, Somerville(617) 492-7773
Sullivan’s2080 William J Day Boulevard, Boston(617) 268-5685
The Cafe at Four Seasons Hotel200 Boylston Street, Boston(617) 338-4400
The Field20 Prospect St, Cambridge(617) 354-7345
U Burger1022 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline(617) 487-4855
Wild Willy’s Burgers46 Arsenal Street, Watertown(617) 926-9700

Al Fresco Dining

One of the most popular things about Boston is the abundance of seasonal al fresco dining available. During the summer months, nearly every restaurant has some outdoor seating available. Below is a list of the finest in the city.

Restaurant NameRestaurant AddressPhone Number
Eastern Standard528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston(617) 532-9100
Cask ‘n Flagon62 Brookline Avenue, Boston(617) 536-4840
Stephanie’s on Newbury190 Newbury Street, Boston(617) 236-0990
Sonsie327 Newbury Street, Boston(617) 351-2500
Vox Populi755 Boylston Street, Boston(617) 424-8300
Via Matta79 Park Plaza, Boston(617) 422-0008
Boston Beer Works112 Canal Street, Boston(617) 896-2337
WagamamaFaneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston(617) 742-9242
Ristorante Fiore250 Hanover Street, Boston(617) 371-1176
Tia’s Restaurant200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston(617) 227-0828
Picco513 Tremont Street, Boston(617) 927-0066
The Savant Project1625 Tremont Street, Boston(617) 566-5958
Restaurant Dante40 Edward H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge(617) 497-4200
Om92 Winthrop Street, Cambridge(617) 576-2800
The Fireplace1634 Beacon Street, Brookline(617) 975-1900
Scollay Square21 Beacon Street, Boston(617) 742-4900
Precinct70 Union Square, Somerville(617) 623-9211
Audubon Circle Restaurant Bar838 Beacon Street, Boston(617) 421-1910
Church69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston(617) 236-7600
Lansdowne Pub9 Lansdowne Street, Boston(617) 247-1222
Burtons Grill1363 Boylston Street, Boston(617) 236-2236
Game On! Fenway82 Lansdowne Street, Boston(617) 351-7001
Bar Lola160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston(617) 266-1122
Ciao Bella Boston240 Newbury Street, Boston(617) 536-2626
Cafeteria Boston279 Newbury Street, Boston(617) 536-2233
La Voile261 Newbury Street, Boston(617) 587-4200
Piattini Gelateria and Cafe226 Newbury Street, Boston(617) 536-7500
Abe & Louie’s793 Boylston Street, Boston(617) 536-6300
Bistro du Midi272 Boylston Street, Boston(617) 426-7878
McCormick & Schmick’sFaneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston(617) 720-5230
Kingfish Hall188 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston(617) 523-8862
Trattoria IL Panino11 Parmenter Street, Boston(617) 720-1336
Atlantic Beer Garden146 Seaport Boulevard, Boston(617) 357-8000
Barking Crab88 Sleeper Street, Boston(617) 426-2722
Chart House Restaurant60 Long Wharf, Boston(617) 227-1576
LTK – Legal Seafood Test Kitchen225 Northern Avenue, Boston(617) 330-7430
Miel “Brasserie Provancale”510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston(617) 217-5151
Tamo TerraceOne Seaport Lane, Boston(617) 385-4315
Sibling Rivalry525 Tremont Street, Boston(617) 338-5338
Hamersley’s Bistro553 Tremont Street, Boston(617) 423-2700
Stella1525 Washington Street, Boston(617) 247-7747

Average cost of food?

Breakfast $9-15; Lunch $10-20; Dinner $20-100

Entertainment

Traditional Local Entertainment:

Life in Boston is largely influenced by the large student population. With more than 54 universities and colleges, the city has become a leading center of higher Education with icons like Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or the Berklee College of Music.

The city has also been influenced by music. Boston and nearby Cambridge have a large music scene that contribute to the city’s vibrant entertainment. A number of great artists and rock bands hail from Boston, such as five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor, Aerosmith, The Pixies, The Cars and Boston.

Boston’s enthusiasm for sports is vital to the city’s character. Alongside “The Boston Sports Trail” all the most important sport sites of the city are visited.

From the MFA and The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, to the John F. Kennedy and Boston Fire Museums, there is something for everyone. You can explore your scientific side with a trip to the Science Museum, or your inner child with a trip to the Boston Children’s Museum.

In the theatre district, you’ll find the Opera House, Colonial Theatre, Wilbur Theatre, Shubert Theatre and the Citi Performing Art Center. Outside of the theatre district, you’ll also find The Huntington, The American Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Stage, the Calderwood Pavilion and the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Dance performances remain a cultural strong point in Boston and the Boston Ballet, known for its classical and modern works, is one of the best in the world. The world renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, which plays lighter, more popular classics and show tunes perform at Symphony Hall.

The Scene: Nightlife, Pubs, Bars and Social Networking
The Black Rose160 State Street, BostonIrish Music & Pub
Ned Devines1 Faneuil Hall Market Place, BostonMusic Hall, Irish Music & Pub
House of Blues15 Landsdowne Street, BostonMusic and Concert Venue with Dining
Foundation Room, House of Blues15 Landsdowne Street, BostonMusic and Concert Venue with Dining
Jerry Remy’s1265 Boylston street, BostonSports Bar & Grill Home
Jillian’s of Boston145 lpswich Street, BostonEntertainment Complex with Dining
Right Field Rooftop DeckFenway ParkSeasonal: Best Date Night in Boston
The Living Room101 Atlantic Avenue, BostonVenue with Dining Room, VIP Lounge
The Estate1 Boylston Place, BostonNightlife
Hard Rock Cafe22-24 Clinton Street, BostonBar/Dining/Music
Bank of America Pavilion Concerts290 Northerm Avenue, BostonSeasonal: April – October
Boston Blues Barge NightsHarborwalk, Boston Harbor HotelSeasonal: April – October
Intercontinental Outside Pavilion510 Atlantic Avenue, BostonSeasonal: April – October
Drink348 Congress Street, BostonCocktail bar

What is usually on – opera, sports, theatre:

Opera Boston is a professional opera company dedicated to offering engaging musical productions of outstanding quality that connect audience and performer. Opera Boston presents innovative repertoire choices and important but rarely performed works.

Sports: Boston is known as the city of Champions. Sports lovers and enthusiasts can find it all from baseball, hockey, football, soccer, basketball are widely popular sports in Boston, representing by notorious teams like the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins, the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution and the Boston Celtics.

Theatre: A few theatres show first-run commercial movies, while others specialize in foreign language and indie films, classics, documentaries, and other genres.

Seasonal Calendar Music and Performances: Seasonal and Year Round options – Bank of America Pavilion, The Orpheum, Paradise (Brighton), Wang Theater, Symphony Hall, Fenway Park Concerts, TD Bank Concerts…etc … check the seasonal schedules!

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