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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Greater Boston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Greater Boston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite 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 (80)
$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 at 6:15, Friday and 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
Karina
Dined 7 days ago
My friend and I had a wonderful experience at Akame.
A photo of Vee Vee restaurant
4.9
4.9 (666)
$31 to $50
American
Jamaica Plain
About the restaurant
Vee Vee in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is a small, neighborhood restaurant operated by Kristen and Dan Valachovic. The food is best described as creative American, and we feature a well-curated wine and craft beer selection. The vibe is casual, and the menu modest but inventive. As of May 2022, we are open for indoor and outdoor dining in a seasonal patio by reservation or walk-in. We are also happy to offer takeout as well.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
It was my first time at VeeVee since the new chef and menu arrived. Just as I expected, it was outstanding! Everything my guests and I ordered was delicious, it would be hard to pick favorites, but we will be returning for the wings, the flank steak, broccolini, street corn and the plantain dessert and more. As always, our server was efficient, professional, and friendly. A great experience!
A photo of Devlin's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (183)
$30 and under
American
Brighton
About the restaurant
Welcome to Devlin's Restaurant, where we've got a little bit of downtown uptown. We serve great cuisine that's both innovative and traditional in Brighton Center Mass.
Delicious seafood and meat dishes, pastas, salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts and an extensive wine and specialty drink list are why people keep coming back to Devlin's. All of this combined with a pleasant chic environment and friendly helpful wait staff makes Devlin's the perfect place for business, social, and family dining.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Really good food across a variety of meals. Drinks were also good, except the bloody Mary which had frankly aggressive levels of horseradish.
A photo of Crudo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (503)
$30 and under
Sushi
North End
About the restaurant
A modern Japanese restaurant blending the art of sushi with modern local ingredients.
Top review
MadisonS
Dined on May 21, 2024
Really great food options and the staff is super friendly and accommodating!
A photo of Antonio's Bacaro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (50)
$30 and under
Italian
Hyde Park
About the restaurant
A Venetian wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Hyde Park.
Top review
Lidiavip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Enjoyed a lovely dinner in their outdoor dining space that is very charming. Food was very tasty and service was very good. Definitely recommend.
A photo of Area Four Cambridge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (666)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Area Four Cambridge and our A4 outposts are united by creativity, fearlessness and an unrelenting commitment to quality. Our team is made up of passionate and forward-thinking specialists on the cutting edge of their craft. We aren’t fancy or fussy. We believe in real, straightforward food and drink.

Our patio is currently operating on a first-come first-serve basis.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Best place for beer and pizza on Kendall Square.
A photo of Blue Nile Ethopian Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (13)
$30 and under
Ethiopian
Jamaica Plain
About the restaurant
Guests at Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant are likely to find something exotic and noteworthy on the menu. To start the meal, the appetizer choices include Ayeb begomen and mitmita, which is made with cottage cheese, cayenne pepper and collard greens. The menu at Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant offers both meat-centric and vegetarian entrèes. Choose a popular item like the Doro wot, finely chopped beef sautéed with red onion and a blend of spices. Another choice would be the Miser Wet, made with split red lentils in a berbere sauce.

The "Best of Boston" named Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant the "2015 Best Ethiopian Restaurant" in the area.
Top review
sneezemevip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Great beef stew and lamb dishes, beef over priced glad we could eat outside with our dog.
A photo of Chalawan Asian Eatery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (290)
$30 and under
Asian
Cambridge
About the restaurant
CHALAWAN, therefore, has been founded to prove that Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, including Asian style dining culture of sharing their food can be served in a leading international restaurant. With this belief, we have created a delicious and delightful menu in a restaurant decorated in traditional Thai style in a warm welcome atmosphere with a great service minded attitude of our team, including choices of wine to perfectly pair with our food.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Not my first time to Chalawan, I had amazing food there every visit. And the expenses were not crazy at all. I definitely would come back for food.
A photo of Yunnan Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (52)
$30 and under
Chinese
South End
About the restaurant
Boston first authentic Dian cuisine. Serving special recipes from Yunnan Province & comfort classics. Crafted by award-winning chef owner Yisha Siu.

ACCOLADES: James Beard Foundation Award: Best Chef Northeast Nominee 2023, Boston Magazine: 15 New Full-Service Boston Restaurants We Loved in 2022, Boston Globe Expanding Boston’s Culinary Horizons Awards 2022, Sacha Eats: The Best Chinese Food in Boston (By an Asian), Thrillist: The Best Restauants in Boston Right Now, Eater Boston: Yunnan Kitchen Will Bring Dian Cuisine to South End.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 1, 2024
Amazing food and a wonderful environment. Everything we ordered was great
A photo of 224 Boston Street Tavern & Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (515)
$30 and under
American
Dorchester
About the restaurant
224 Boston Street is a neighborhood restaurant in Dorchester. Serving contemporary all-American comfort food during the dinner hour, it lets diners get anything from a great cheeseburger or salad to delicious mac 'n cheese and dessert. The most popular dishes at 224 include the homestyle meatloaf, tacos on homemade tortillas, and Short Rib Mac & Cheese.

At 224 Boston Street, guests can eat inside or outside at the beautiful patio setting. Diners on the go can also grab some takeout and enjoy it elsewhere. For people that have a busy night planned or don’t like waiting, 224 offers the option to make reservations.
Top review
MaxineW
Dined 6 days ago
224 is a hidden gem with great outdoor seating for a summer evening. The service is attentive, efficient and friendly. We had a wonderful meal with oysters that were so fresh, calamari that was perfectly tender and crispy, arugula salad with a great lemon vinagarette. My husband's parmesan and herb encrusted haddock was so tasty and my pasta carbonara perfectly spiced. Wonderful father's day meal and helped us to remember that dinner in the neighborhood is not only convenient but often better than downtown eateries.
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