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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Greater Boston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Jake n JOES Sports Grille - Braintree restaurant
4.9
4.9 (214)
$30 and under
American
Braintree
About the restaurant
Welcome to Jake n JOES Sports Grille in Braintree, located at 551 John Mahar Highway, off of Route 3S, Exit 7.

Voted NBC10’s Boston's Best Sports Bar! We proudly serve a classic American Pub menu featuring Wings, Burgers, Seafood, Mac n Cheese, Appetizers and Featured Specials at reasonable prices with great service.

Jake n JOES is known for Hand-Crafted Cocktails, Craft Beer and Classic Cocktails to accompany our Weekday Menu Promotions…perfect for an after work gathering.

A large bar, lots of tables and large outdoor patio help to create a fun atmosphere with a great crowd. Guaranteeing a view from any seat to watch the game with our state-of- the- art HDTV’s and sound system. Never miss your favorite team as NFL Sunday Ticket and most of the major sporting events are always available. Jake n JOES, Always a Good Call!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great service,our server was very helpful.Service always with a smile
A photo of Bluefins - Falmouth restaurant
4.9
4.9 (17)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Falmouth
About the restaurant
Bluefins Falmouth, has a focus on fresh, locally sourced seafood, coupled with inspiration from local Cape Cod farm ingredients. We aim to craft sushi and tempura dishes that both celebrate and showcase seafood in classically inspired Japanese methods and at the same time honoring traditional New England seafood cuisine.
Top review
Anonymous
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent meal and service!! Wonderful atmosphere!
A photo of BLEND restaurant
4.9
4.9 (72)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Dorchester
About the restaurant
Blend is a gastro pub that combines the aspects of great food, music, lights and entertainment all into one. Blend "blends" up that neighborhood gastro pub feel where everyone is welcome. Gay owned and Operated, come check us out!

DRAG BRUNCHES ARE 1ST AND 3RD SUNDAYS UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED
instagram handle : blendboston

Please note when booking for a drag brunch to not choose outside. All drag brunches will be held inside.










































Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Our server was awesome and gave us free shots!!!!!
A photo of dbar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1448)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dorchester
About the restaurant
dbar is a full service restaurant that seamlessly transforms into a nightclub and lounge as the night goes on. Formally an old school Irish pub filled with mahogany charm, dbar has been renovated into a hip chic hot spot. With warm glowing candles & long leather banquettes, dbar offers a casual and comfortable atmosphere that attracts clientele from Dorchester and surrounding areas. The unique and classy menu inspired by Executive Chef Christopher Coombs changes with the seasons and features the finest and freshest available ingredients throughout the New England area. Most of the menu takes a French twist, but also contains an assortment of comfort foods (such as our famous Veal & Pancetta Bolognaise) and old favorites (like our simple yet delicious Giannone Chicken Under a Brick.)
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
I love dbar! I regular at least once a week, and im never disappointed.
A photo of Local 149 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (371)
$30 and under
American
South Boston
About the restaurant
Local 149 is a South Boston restaurant that serves modern American cuisine and offers an incredible selection of 25 craft beers and creative cocktails. Executive chef James Dry creations are sure to please. Our brunch has been voted one of Boston's best 4 years in a row!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
The food was excellent and the service is top-notch. The manager made a point to come over to our group to welcome us and ask how everything was. I will definitely be back.
A photo of Embargo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (694)
$31 to $50
American
Hyannis
About the restaurant
Embargo is open and is the place to be on Cape Cod, featuring a chic and sophisticated atmosphere with amazing food and handcrafted cocktails. Our menu features dry aged steaks cooked to perfection, mouth watering tapas, and of course, fresh local seafood. Each meal becomes an event when shared with friends and family!

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, we do not guarantee reservations for outdoor patio seating. Tables are sat on a first come, first serve basis. If you have a reservation and request outdoor seating, you may endure a brief waiting period. All reservations are held for 10 minutes and will be considered cancelled without a phone call. Please also note we only take reservations for dining tables only.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Each plate we ordered was more delicious than the last. Highly recommend short ribs! Service at the bar was top notch. Very attentive team on Tuesday night. One of the best dinners we have had out, both food and service - in a very long time. We can’t wait to return.
A photo of PKL - Boston restaurant
4.8
4.8 (28)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
South Boston
About the restaurant
From shared plates like wagyu pigs in a blanket, roasted cauliflower, and zucchini and squash chips, to fan-favorite entrees like the PKL burger, hanger steak frites, and chicken sliders this venue offers it all.

Reservations through the OpenTable platform are for dining reservations only - pickleball court bookings can be made through our website www.playpkl.com !
Top review
JohnBvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great food. Amazing service. Surprising given the focus is pickleball. Will be back.
A photo of Chubbs Taco & Tequila Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (21)
$30 and under
Mexican
Dorchester
About the restaurant
Chubbs Taco & Tequila Bar is a neighborhood taqueria that blends a So-Cal cool influence with the rich and vibrant culture and cuisine of Mexico. The Chubbs menu will feature a wide variety of Mexican dishes showcasing the season’s freshest ingredients and traditional Mexican cooking techniques. Frrom the bar: expect a selection of house cocteles like margaritas, palomas, and more alongside a well curated agave list and a host of mexican cervezas. ¡Salud!
Top review
Elizabethvip
Dined 7 days ago
Sat at the bar and our bartender Macy was great! Spicy Margs had a great kick and food was delicious, got the Salsa trio and a few tacos to split. 10/10 would go back again.
A photo of The Babe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (14)
$30 and under
American
Salem
About the restaurant
Welcome to your friend neighborhood bar and sandwich shop. Tucked away on Lafayette Park, just a block from the downtown and seaport neighborhoods of Salem, MA, The Babe is the perfect place to rendezvous after work for a cocktail, grab a bite with friends, or get together for a late night celebration. We take pride in our scratch kitchen with a menu inspired by Northeast sandwich culture and cuisine; touching on fan favorites from Philly to NY, and of course, Boston! Our menu includes specialties like house-ground cheese burgers, loaded Italian subs with freshly sliced salumi, crispy and cheesy mozzarella pockets, crispy wings, and more. The dining room and bar have a casual but intimate feel with high ceilings, updated vintage architectural features, and warm deco-lighting. The Babe also features live performances several nights a week as well as a cozy backyard patio in the warm weather season. Parties larger than 10 guests should contact the restaurant directly for booking
Top review
NolaR
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Loved it here! Great food, lovely patio out back ... a hidden gem. Seems like it would be fun for families or a night out with a group. We had two couples and enjoyed a relaxing meal with time to chit chat and kind service.
A photo of The Gaslight restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6)
$50 and over
Contemporary Asian
Nantucket
About the restaurant
Gaslight is an open concept bar, restaurant, and live music venue serving some of the best food Nantucket has to offer. The cuisine, from Chef Liam Mackey (The Nautilus), has a Japanese Izakaya vibe where you'll find a variety of haute street food style pan-Asian cuisine include noodles, rice dishes, bao buns, raw fish, skewers, dumplings, and more. The bar program, curated by Clinton Terry (The Nautilus) features a variety of fresh ingredient forward cocktails with culinary inspired themes, and rotating craft beers on tap. The wine list leans towards fun, funky, natural w/ a twist of the classic plus the island's only Champagne Vending machine (thank you Moët). The atmosphere is lively, the staff is friendly, the location in the heart of downtown Nantucket can't be beat, and the live music starts every night in the summer around 1030pm, featuring both local and off-island acts with high name recognition. Gaslight is the place to be!
Top review
Dunevip
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Best restaurant/bar on the island!! Love it there!
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