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Boston’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings you should know about.

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If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Boston, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we check out each spot, we’ll add a note so you know where to read more about it - in our Hit List.


Elm Street Taproom

$$$$ 256 Elm St

This taproom in Davis Square has about 40 beers on tap and a mug club, along with a menu of bar food like kung pao duck drumette, nachos, and sandwiches.

Tradesman is currently just a coffee shop, but the liquor license is apparently coming, so it’ll eventually be a lounge too.

A hotpot place opening in the middle of winter seems like a pretty good business strategy. This one’s in Chinatown, and it has decorative chairs screwed into the walls (we’re not really sure what the business strategy behind that is).

Reagan Byrne

No Relation

$$$$ 11 William E Mullins Way

No Relation is an omakase counter hidden inside of Shore Leave, a tiki bar in the South End, which itself is kind of hidden. Joke’s on them, we found it anyway.

The Westland

$$$$ 10 Westland Ave

We may finally be getting a decent restaurant near Symphony Hall. It’s too bad that this tavern/brasserie is opening just as the Pops’ Christmas season ends, leaving most of us without a reason to go there for the next 11 months.

Sushi Momento

$$$$ 399 Chestnut Hill Ave

There’s no such thing as too many sushi restaurants, especially ones that look like they provide high quality fish at a moderate price point, like this one in Cleveland Circle.

Xi'an Rougamo

$$$$ 417 Washington Street

Xi’an Rougamo is a counter-serve noodle spot in the Corner Mall food court in Downtown Crossing that has a very spicy menu.


$$$$ 1 Bow Market Way

Yet another tiny little Bow Market spot we’re really excited about, Tanam serves Filipino food.



$$$$ 781 Main St

This new spot in Central Square serves Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese food under the same roof.


$$$$ 33 North Square

Forcella is a new upscale Italian restaurant in the North End that serves lots of pasta, meat dishes, and lobster bisque.

Shine Square Pub

$$$$ 2046 Massachusetts Ave

This spot near Porter square has 24 different kinds of chicken wings. Without having even tried any, we’re here to let you know that the Buffalo wings are obviously the best.

In Season Food Shop

$$$$ 1 Bow Market Way

In Season Food Shop is a grocery store in Bow Market, but also maybe a restaurant? That’s what they claim anyway, and they also claim to serve bowls, salads, and soups made from New England ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Shaking Crab

$$$$ 250 Harvard St

It seems that a lot of people really like eating seafood that comes in bags, because this place just opened its third Boston location. This one is in Coolidge Corner.

Shaking Seafood

$$$$ 19 Poplar Street

And don’t worry, Roslindale, you get your own seafood-in-a-bag spot, too. Shaking Seafood just opened up right in Rozzie Square.

Union Tavern

$$$$ 345 Somerville Ave

PA’s Lounge was a grimy, cash-only spot in Union Square with bad service and mostly crappy live music, and we loved it. Union Tavern has taken over the space and apparently cleaned it up. We’ll see.

Tender Greens

$$$$ 100 Huntington Ave Suite K006A

This fast-casual transplant from California is covered in murals and located in Copley Place. It kind of looks like Dig Inn’s rich cousin who summers on the Vineyard.

Aceituna Grill

$$$$ 100 Federal St

You’re not paranoid: fast-casual Mediterranean places really are slowly taking over the world. Location number three of this rice bowl spot is now open in the Financial District.

Saus at Bow Market

$$$$ 1 Bow Market Way

A Downtown spot known for its meaty sandwiches and poutine just opened a sister location in Bow Market in Somerville, and it’s vegetable-focused.

Urban Axes

$$$$ 2 Union Square

You’ve seen stories about it on every local news channel and it’s finally here: a place to drink and throw axes at the same time. Merry Christmas, personal injury lawyers of Somerville.

Caffe Aromi

$$$$ 403A Centre Street

Caffe Aromi is a new coffee shop with pastries and sandwiches in the Hyde Square section of JP. We haven’t been yet, but since it’s a coffee shop in JP, it’s probably already packed.


Country Mile

$$$$ 136 Belmont St

Country Mile is a tiny spot in Watertown that serves natural wine, changes it’s menu frequently, and uses the word “farm” a lot.

Brian Samuels

Shore Leave

$$$$ 11 William E Mullins Way

We’ve already been (check out the South End guide) and it’s great. Come for the fruity drinks, southeast Asian bar food, and atmosphere that gives you just enough tiki without looking like a theme park.


$$$$ 150 State St

Kamakura is a multi-level Japanese restaurant near Faneuil Hall that offers an afternoon matcha tea time on one of those levels.

Union Park Pizza

$$$$ 1405 Washington St

The South End has a new slice joint. Slice joints in general are always welcome, but it looks like this place is kicking this up a notch with local farm-grown ingredients.

Love Art Udon

$$$$ 1024 Commonwealth Ave

Love Art udon is a quick-serve Allston noodle shop that makes a bowl of clam chowder udon, so that’s something.

bartaco Seaport

$$$$ 25 Thomson Pl

This is a bar that serves tacos (so it appears to be appropriately named), and it’s in the Seaport.


$$$$ 983 Massachusetts Ave

A new spot on the edge of Harvard Square that describes its food as “the best sushi in town.” That’s a big statement considering how close it is to Cafe Sushi, but we’ll give it a chance.

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