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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Greater Boston

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Updated April 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 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 Sushi Momento restaurant
4.9 (90)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Best is yet to come!

Open for Dine in & Takeout Daily!!!

Top review
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
Excellent sushi and service. Location and restaurant really doesn’t allow for large groups to be separated from smaller groups.
A photo of BLEND restaurant
4.9 (71)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
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!

instagram handle : blendboston

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

Top review
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Easter brunch highlighting a trans Day of Visibility was perfect. Food and drinks spot on and the entertainment was so amazing!
A photo of Samba Steak and Sushi restaurant
4.8 (23)
$31 to $50
Japanese (Hibachi)
About the restaurant
Welcome to Samba Steak & Sushi, where the best of Asian cuisine awaits! From savory Chinese delights to the artistry of hibachi and sushi, we tantalize taste buds with every dish

Step into our inviting space, where the tantalizing aroma of sizzling hibachi grills mingles with the delicate scent of freshly prepared sushi. With a seating capacity of up to 250 guests, including a charming patio area, there's plenty of room for everyone to indulge in the Samba experience.

At Samba, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse menu that celebrates the best of Asian culinary traditions. From perfectly seared steaks to expertly crafted sushi rolls, each dish is a testament to our commitment to quality and innovation.

Whether you're looking for a lively night out with friends, a romantic dinner for two, or a celebratory gathering with family, Samba Steak and Sushi is the perfect destination. Join us and discover why we're more than just a restaurant—we're an unforgettable dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The service the food and the help i received for having such a large party was excellent
A photo of Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar - South Boston restaurant
4.8 (354)
$30 and under
South Boston
About the restaurant
LOCO TAQUERIA & OYSTER BAR is a funky neighborhood joint located on West Broadway in South Boston that specializes in tacos, raw bar, and tequila.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Becca C was our waitress & it was an awesome experience. Food was 10/10 - chips, guacamole & salsa were fantastic, taco salad & a quesadilla was the perfect combo!
A photo of Daddy Jones Bar restaurant
4.8 (42)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
For classic American fare in a friendly neighborhood environment, visit Daddy Jones Bar in Somerville, Massachusetts. Enjoy dinner and drinks at Daddy Jones Bar for a list of hearty dishes and locally sourced products. Try the lamb taverna or any of the dishes from our mezze section. Perfect for sharing at your table- fan favorites are the falafel fritters and the ouzo shrimp. We have flavors that adults and kids alike can enjoy.

Order from the menu of shareables for appetizers that the whole family can indulge in. The shrimp, spanakopita triangles and Greek salad are all options that can be ordered for the table for a fun social night at Daddy Jones Bar. Now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!

Please note, our patio is walk in only.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Dinner was tasty, Service was friendly and prompt, fun atmosphere, and would return with friends
A photo of Tavern In The Square - North Station restaurant
4.8 (340)
$30 and under
West End
About the restaurant
Tavern in the Square North Station is located in the heart of downtown Boston, across from TD Garden.

Since opening, North Station has been the go-to spot for Sunday football, Bruins, & Celtics games as well as other Boston Garden events. We offer patio seating with a comfy lounge for when the weather is right, a bar area surrounded by TV’s, & a dining room for a more intimate setting that is still close to the action.

We offer 50 beers on tap, seasonal cocktails with fresh ingredients & food that you & your friends will talk about all week. Be sure to come by for weekend brunch where we mix in classics with fun inspired new favorites!

Centrally located adjacent to MBTA’s orange, green & purple lines, our North Station location provides the perfect base camp for a fun day’s excursion into historic Boston or to have a quick bite & drink before catching your train home.

Follow us on Instagram: @taverninthesquare

Top review
Dined on Feb 28, 2024
Nice restaurant across from TD Garden. Food was very good and the waiter was great.
A photo of Peka restaurant
4.8 (46)
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish
About the restaurant
Welcome to Peka Restaurant – your ultimate destination for a tantalizing culinary adventure to the heart of Brighton. We invite you to indulge in the rich flavors, vibrant culture, and lively atmosphere that define our Latin food restaurant. From mouthwatering Venezuelan dishes to delightful drinks and exhilarating live music, Sabor Latino promises an unforgettable experience for all your senses.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Food was amazing, setting/ambiance was perfect. Space is gorgeous. Nice art and furniture. Service was pretty good.
A photo of Olé restaurant
4.7 (985)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
We are very excited to present Olé's renovated space and updated bar menus to the neighborhood. Olé has been in Inman Sq for 15 years, bringing traditional as well as innovative Mexican cuisine to Cambridge. Our 6 seat bar served us well over the years, but we always wanted a little more. Now we have it!

Please join us in our new space name with new cocktails, wines and new bar dishes.

More about the Restaurant:

In eclectic Inman Sq. lies a distinctive restaurant - Olé, where Chef David Tapia creates authentic Mexican delicacies from Veracruz, Oaxaca, amongst others. Popular for table side-award winning Guacamole it's the perfect destination for an outstanding evening.

Top review
Dined on Mar 16, 2024
Delicious food and friendly staff! Would recommend!
A photo of Black Cow restaurant
4.7 (15)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant

Located in a city rich in maritime history, the Black Cow boasts spectacular ocean views from its rooftop deck and fine dining with walking distance to all that Newburyport has to offer. By land or by sea, the Black cow represents all the hospitality and beauty New England has to offer.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Always a great experience at the BC in Newburyport. Friendly service and great drinks!
A photo of Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe - Waltham restaurant
4.6 (1366)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
GUSTAZO is one of the very few authentic Cuban restaurants in the Boston area. Located at 240 Moody street, it offers traditional Cuban cuisine in a modern and inventive way. The ambiance is reminiscent of Spanish colonial architecture, with hand painted tiles, wall to wall pictures of old Havana and Spanish filigree motives.
Signature dishes include Slow Roasted Pork, Enchilado de Mariscos, Empanadas, Camarones al Ajillo and the luxurious Cuban flan.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
We loved the scallop ceviche, the empanadas, the ribs, the yucca fries are to die for. The shrimp was a tad overcooked. Nice wine list. Our server was very nice and made good recommendations, but he was VERY busy.
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