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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Greater Boston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood 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 favourite 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 Raso's Bar and Grille restaurant
4.9
4.9 (424)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Medford
About the restaurant

BAR SEATING CAN NOT BE RESERVED
Since Raso's Bar & Grille opened its doors in 2005, the Raso family has been providing their customers with excellent food and great service. Our Italian inspired dishes, mouthwatering BBQ, crispy pizza, and fresh seafood are all made with the highest quality ingredients. The hospitable staff at this neighborhood restaurant works together to satisfy each customers needs. Raso’s Bar & Grille is a great place for friends and family to share a great meal, so come and dine with us today!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Always the best service, best steak tips and of course espresso martinis! Highly recommend!
A photo of Piccolo Nido restaurant
4.9
4.9 (299)
$31 to $50
Italian
North End
About the restaurant
Piccolo Nido in Boston is an Italian restaurant with a family atmosphere, owned and operated by chef Pino Irano from Napoli. Piccolo Nido’s dinner menu includes a daily soup option, as well as classic antipasto and pasta dishes. Enjoy an espresso or cappuccino with dessert, and enjoy getting to know Pino when he steps out of the kitchen to greet the patrons.

Entrees at Piccolo Nido include favorites such as spaghetti and gnocchi, but also has options for lovers of true Italian flavors, such as veal and trout. The fresh catch of the day is also available for the freshest seafood around, and diners can also enjoy tiramisu or a dessert of the day.



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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Always a special meal. Top shelf once again. Looking forward to coming back
A photo of Local 149 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (373)
$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!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Great service yummy food and drinks! Not a seafood eater but in Boston for the first time, not disappointed.
A photo of Prairie Fire restaurant
4.9
4.9 (428)
$30 and under
American
Brookline
About the restaurant
We are currently open seven days a week. Saturday & Sunday we are open with an All Day Menu. Reservations can be made on our website, or through OpenTable. Due to the intimate nature of our dining room, if you would like to make a reservation for more than 4 guests, please give us a call at the restaurant.

We hold reservations for a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running late, we will do our best to hold your table but cannot guarantee it.

Our Beer Garden is also officially open for the season. It will be open during our normal business hours, weather depending. It will be seated on a first come, first serve basis, we do not take reservations for our outdoor space.

Reach us at 617-396-8199 with questions, comments or additional assistance. We always welcome walk-in guests.

We hope to see you soon!

Top review
Beaconlocal
Dined 2 days ago
Prairie Fire is our go-to neighborhood place that wows all our out-of-town guests. Amazing flavors and not complicated menu!
A photo of Antonio's Bacaro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (54)
$30 and under
Italian
Hyde Park
About the restaurant
A Venetian wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Hyde Park.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Fantastic as always. Food was delish. Service was extraordinary. Highly recommend.
A photo of Paradiso Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (492)
$30 and under
Italian
Swampscott
About the restaurant
Paradiso Ristorante is a family-friendly restaurant located across from the Swampscott train station. Small kitchen with big flavors.
Executive Chef Benedetto Carenza from Avellino, Italy prepares Italian cuisine that will make you want to lick your plate. All menu items are cooked to order. Quality is our number one priority. Enjoy the ambiance of our “soon” newly renovated lounge and dining room. The casual atmosphere of our lounge offers 6 flat screen TVs, along with our dining room, outdoor heated patio and outdoor tent.

Top review
GailD
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Food was delicious, service was amazing. Staff went above/beyond to make sure we had a great dining experience. Will definitely return
A photo of Vinny's Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (716)
$30 and under
Italian
Somerville
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Somerville, Vinny’s serves the best in Sicilian-style cooking, made only with the finest ingredients. Our Dinner and Lunch entrees are superb! Along with a wide choice of Wines, Vinny’s has a full bar as well as the best desserts this side of the North End. Our premium deli sandwiches are available all day, as well as Meals To Go, subs and catering. Come on down and enjoy your next meal here at Vinny’s.
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JoeTvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Great as usual!! Good, service always consistent. All a good meal.
A photo of Vee Vee restaurant
4.8
4.8 (685)
$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 1 day ago
Enjoyed every small plate: wings, fish tacos, broccolini, fried rice, and plantain dessert. Everything was flavorful but not overdone. Service was efficient and pleasant. Highly recommend!
A photo of Otto- Brookline restaurant
4.8
4.8 (106)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Brookline
About the restaurant
OTTO's first full-service location in MA, conveniently located in the heart of Coolidge Corner - across the street from the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and a block from the Brookline Booksmith. Enjoy full-service dining or have a slice at the bar, featuring 14 taps of your favorite regional craft beer. Reservations accepted.
Top review
JanBvip
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
We had the mashed potato, bacon, and chive pizza. Really, really good! Cute little pizza place in a fun neighborhood.
A photo of Al Wadi Boston restaurant
4.7
4.7 (247)
$31 to $50
Lebanese
West Roxbury
About the restaurant
Al Wadi Restaurant will be closed from July 3rd re-opening July 18th for our annual vacation. We apologize for any inconvenience.



Al Wadi Boston is a Lebanese restaurant providing the West Roxbury area a unique ethnic food experience.

Dinner at Al Wadi Boston can be a thoroughly enjoyable feast with the Mezza variety vegetarian and meat options that both include an amazing array of house specialties and chef selected favorites. Dinner offerings include beef and lamb kebabs, eggplant moussaka and a vegetarian platter. A special delicacy is the pumpkin kibbeh which features two pumpkin puree layers along with spinach, chick peas and onions. Be sure to save room for one of the Al Wadi Boston special desserts including the knefe with its sweet cheese, semolina crust and syrup made from rose water.

Top review
PeterW
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We have lived in W Roxbury for nearly 8 years and this was the first time we had been to the restaurant. So recreate not having been here before. Menu is excellent as were our choices of what to eat. Service and ambience weee very good and overall very glad we came and will come again!
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