With a location on the second floor of a brand new skyscraper, wide windows that overlook the sleek new plaza in Downtown Crossing, and an interior that somehow makes giant cement columns and floating lanterns a match made in heaven, Pabu could advertise itself as the restaurant of the future. We don’t know exactly how it’s going to stack up against the other restaurants of the future (probably pretty well, seeing as how there will only be about 20 left after Boston floods), but in the present, it’s a pretty good spot if you don’t mind paying $21 for a rainbow roll. The food here isn’t so good that you’ll be planning your next trip as you’re walking out the door, but it’s good for drinks and a couple of bites. We recommend the hand rolls.
More spots in DowntownSee more
Chacarero is a lunch spot downtown that pretty much only serves one really big, really good Chilean sandwich.
More Japanese spotsSee more
Basho Japanese Brasserie
Basho is a cool and casual Japanese spot in the Fenway with sushi and a big menu of small plates.
Hojoko is a Japanese restaurant in the Fenway that is the opposite of a sensory deprivation tank.
Sweet Rice is a casual Thai/sushi place Jamaica Plain. It’s a good option for a casual bite if you’re in the neighborhood.
Suggested by our writers
Mariel is a Cuban restaurant downtown. Don’t let all the selfies distract you from the fact that it’s actually really good.
The Emory is an American place on the top of Beacon Hill that’s a little better and a little more fun than most places in Downtown Boston.
Bar Mercato is a Downtown restaurant with a menu that works for a lot of different situations.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more