Some people make to-do lists — we make to-dine lists. Many hot new Boston restaurants have opened over the past several months, from ZaZiBar’s tropical hints of Grenada, to Boqueria’s tiers of tapas.
To satisfy those who are really hungry for fresh dining options, we’ve got details on several more Boston area restaurants coming soon, too. Grab your forks as we dig right in.
All That Fish + Oyster, 771 Beacon St. | Seafood | Reservations: Yes
Slurp down a variety of locally-sourced oysters — from Chatham, Cotuit, Beach Point, and West Island — while watching Red Sox games on the 40-seat patio, which boasts views of Fenway Park.
Amar, 40 Trinity Pl. | Portuguese | Reservations: Yes
Michelin-starred Chef George Mendes translates his Portuguese heritage into dishes like braised duck, wood fired market squashes, and shellfish custard. Look for this gem nestled inside the Raffles Hotel — the nine-ft crystal + copper chandelier marks the spot.
Boqueria, 25 Thomson Pl. | Spanish | Reservations: Yes
Tantalize your tastebuds at this cozy tapas bar that’s serving up paella, plump beef + pork meatballs, and blistered shishito peppers. Shell out a little extra cash for “The Boqueria Experience,” which allows guests to sample rotating selection of specialties, plus 36-month aged jamón ibérico (read: savory ham).
DW French, 1391 Boylston St. | French | Reservations: Yes
Dinners straight from Paris become inviting, accessible dishes in the hands of award-winning chef Douglass Williams, who conveys his culinary journey with classics like French onion soup, escargot en croute, and crème brûlée at this new brasserie.
Eastern Standard, 775 Beacon St. | American | Reservations: Yes
A Kenmore Square legend became a Fenway reprise this fall, as iconic eatery reopened its doors after closing in 2021. The location may be different, but expect the same drool-worthy menu of comfort food taken to luxurious heights, including housemate bucatini and Faroe Island salmon.
Moon Bar, 304 Stuart St. | Global | Reservations: Yes
Fans of Mooncusser, rejoice: There’s even more moon to swoon about. The Back Bay restaurant has debuted a more laid-back dining option that packs all of the same fanciful flavors as the original restaurant, offering banana leaf-wrapped redfish, green mango salad, and lamb burgers.
Moxies Seaport, 899 Congress St. | American | Reservations: Yes
There’s no shortage of shucks + sights at this new Boston location of the Canadian chain. With two floors of bars and covered patios, there’s no bad seat for enjoying anything from chipotle mango chicken, to blackened mahi mahi and fresh oysters.
The Halal Guys, 10 District Ave. | Middle Eastern | Reservations: No
Dorchester says hello to halal food at the newest location of the NYC-based eatery. Stop by the South Bay location for spiced slow braised lamb with chipotle hummus, or choose from a classic selection of gyros and falafel.
ZaZibar, 60 Seaport Boulevard Atrium | Caribbean | Reservations: Yes
The Seaport heats up with the flavors of Grenada at the third location of chef Olrie Roberts’ ZaZ brand. Come hungry for filling plates like salmon burgers, but be warned: Eye-popping tropical cocktails like the Lychee Me, Please and Zazi Lada steal the show.
Joe’s Pizza, 3 Brattle St., Cambridge | Pizzeria | Reservations: No
A proper New York slice is only a T ride away thanks to the first New England location of this Manhattan-based chain. The new Harvard Square pizzeria serves crispy, thin-crust pies through the wee hours of the morning to fuel late-night study sessions and lengthy bar crawls.
Ripple Cafe, 314 Main St., Cambridge | Haitian | Reservations: No
Come for the coffee, stay for the chow. The Dorchester-based cafe branches into Kendall Square with its second location, serving sweet plantains + rice bowls made with Haitian beef brisket, jerk turkey tips, and Creole shrimp.
Union Square Donuts, 15 JFK St., Cambridge | Bakery | Reservations: No
The Somerville donut-slingers expand again with a new location in Harvard Square, just in case Harvard students and tourists need a pumpkin praline roll or classic, pillowy pastry to get through the day.
Hook + Line, 10 Fan Pier | Seafood | Projected opening: Fall 2023
Take home fresh seafood from Hook + Line market as you wait for the debut of this waterfront dining options from restaurateur Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli.
Jacob Wirth, 31 Stuart Street | German | Projected opening: February 2024
Willkommen zurück, old friend. This historic German gem in the Theatre District will finally return to life — in its original location, no less — after shuttering in 2018. Founded in 1868, few Boston eateries boast such a rich history, which will surely taste sweeter after a six-year lapse in savory schnitzel.
Abuela’s Table, 416 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain | Mexican | Projected opening: TBA
A new Mexican restaurant spearheaded by chef Adolfo Alvarado — owner of Somerville’s Tu y Yo — will soon take the place of the decades-old eatery El Oriental de Cuba.
Good Company, 100 Hood Park, Charlestown | American | Projected opening: Fall 2023
After flexing his foodie chops at Contessa, Eastern Standard, and Alden & Harlow, Boston bartender Seth Freidus ushers friends and fans alike into his debut project, Good Company. The menu arrives packed with sumptuous pairings, such as the duckfat and grains + peanut with maitake (read: hen-of-the-wood-mushrooms).
Rebelle Bagels, 249 Third St., Cambridge | Bakery | Projected opening: Winter 2023-2024
Milena Pagán has plans to relocate her ba-goals from Providence to Kendall Square in the coming months. The menu for the shop’s current location offers quite the selection of schmears, such as varieties of lip-smacking lox and smoked bluefish pâté.
What A Soup, 125 River St., Cambridge | Thai | Projected opening: Late 2023
Satiate your stomach and warm your soul at this forthcoming Thai eatery in Central Square. Instagram has already revealed a handful of their specialties: Thai crispy pork + Thai boat noodle soup.
The Cornerstone, 282 Beacon St., Somerville. | Sports bar | Projected opening: Fall 2023
What was once home to burger bliss — aka R.F. O’Sullivan & Son —will soon be a sports bar serving “half-pound, never-squished patties” and a bounty of beers.
June Bug, 251 Washington St., Somerville | Pizzeria/American | Projected opening: Fall 2023
The team behind Somerville’s Field & Vine is nourishing a new project that prioritizes locally-sourced foods and naturally-leavened pizzas. A sample menu touts wood-fired skate wings, a “vegan dream” pizza with spicy pickles + cashew sauce, and upside-down cake.