The culinary scene in Boston is rapidly changing. Storied restaurateurs are retiring, making way for sous chefs to open their own restaurants and create innovative new menus. Sure, you can still get a plate full of succulent lobster or a cup of velvety clam chowder just about anywhere. But Bostonians expect the best in everything—from their education to their sports teams to their dining options. The result? Some of the best eateries in the nation are popping up right here in the South End. These are the top four restaurants in Boston’s South End right now.
Toro | 1704 Washington Street
Chef and co-owner Jamie Bissonnette serves up inventive brunch, lunch and dinner menus at this small-plate Spanish restaurant. The Maíz Asado con Alioli y Queso Cotija (or grilled corn for all the gringos out there) is a house specialty. Despite the high-end food presentation, the dining room atmosphere is still down-to-earth and the wait staff is friendly. During the warmer months, you can also dine al fresco.
Fuji at Ink Block | 352b Harrison Avenue
Sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs at work, or enjoy some stir-fry on the patio for a more intimate experience. Either way, you won’t be disappointed at this sophisticated eatery. The fish is fresh, the flavors are intense, and the service is impeccable.
Coppa | 253 Shawmut Avenue
This cozy Italian restaurant is located on a quiet South End side street, making it the perfect place for date night. The menu features traditional favorites like Rigatoni, but also includes classic dishes with twist. Think Bone Marrow Pizza with white sauce, roasted beef heart and fresh horseradish. The cocktail menu also includes some interesting options.
Gaslight | 560 Harrison Ave
Located on the trendy side of Harrison, this is one of the few places in Boston that offers dedicated, free parking—and the food is just as unbelievable! Start with the French Onion Soup or the Caramelized Onion and Bacon Quiche, then move on to one of their signature entrees.
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