NWP, Welcome to Boston! – A Personal Guide to Eating in Boston (and Cambridge)

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As part of our welcome to all members of the National Writing Project. Our local TCs have put together this Restaurant & Pub Guide (pdf) for you, collecting the best eateries in the downtown area, including Cambridge. Since Boston and Cambridge are so close together and the cities so walk-able, all locations are are within reason and accessible by public transportation and foot.


Boloco (two locations)

2 Park Plaza #1 (617) 778-6772

27 School St (617) 778-6750

Regional chain offering wraps and smoothies.


Hei La Moon

88 Beach St (617) 338-8813


China Pearl

9 Tyler St (617) 426-4338

Both are informal, reasonably priced Chinese restaurants with great Dim Sum located in Boston’s Chinatown area.


Jacob Wirth German Restaurant

31 Stuart St Boston, MA 02116

(617) 338-8586

Founded in 1868, German food, lots of beers, Sing-a-longs too.


The Liberty Hotel

215 Charles St Boston, MA 02114

(617) 224-4000

Formerly the Charles Street Jail and renovated as a stylish new hotel; check out the Clink, bar, have a drink in an old cell.


Mike’s Pastry

300 Hanover St (617) 742-3050

Bakery and cafe in Boston’s “ North End” Italian neighborhood (Cash only)


Modern Pastry

257 Hanover St (617) 523-3783

Mike’s competitor across the street, smaller and not as crowded.


Back Bay and the South End (Closest to the convention center)


Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen

604 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

(617) 536-1100

Family-owned comfort food


Jillian’s and Lucky Strike Lane

145 Ipswich St, Boston, MA 02215

(617) 437-0300

Bowling and billiards. This place can get busy on the weekends.


Myers and Chang

1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

(617) 542-5200

You probably need a reservation for this spot, but it has great food, as well as specialized menus (shellfish-free, peanut-free, gluten-free).


Pavement Coffeehouse

44 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115

(617) 859-7080

1096 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

(617) 236-1500

286 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

(617) 859-9515

Multiple locations for a nice place to work and relax


South End Buttery

314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

(617) 482-1127

Brunch and cocktails


Trident Booksellers and Café

338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

(617) 267-8688

This place has lots of books and a full menu of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and teas.


Cambridge and Somerville Venues

(A brief 10-15 minute taxi or T ride across the Charles into Harvard and MIT land)


Porter Square Books

25 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140

(617) 491-2220

Small café and bookstore.


Diesel Café

257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 629-8717

Good coffeehouse for work and conversations.


Dave’s Pasta

81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 623-0867

Specialty food shop with fresh pasta, handmade raviolis, tasty sandwiches, and more.


Diva Indian Bistro

246 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 629-4963


The Burren

247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 776-6896

Irish pub with music.



55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 628-2200

Some of the tastiest BBQ around Boston.


Sacco’s Bowl-Haven

45 Day St, Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 776-0552

Eat some pizza and enjoy candlepin bowling at the same time.


Veggie Galaxy

450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 497-1513

Vegan/vegetarian diner.


Naga (at Moksa)

450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 661-4900

A lounge/dance club in the back room of Moksa, a sushi restaurant.


Life Alive

765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 354-5433

DELICIOUS vegetarian food. Though the lines may be long, it is certainly

worth the wait.


Thirsty Scholar

70 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

(617) 497-2294

Scenes from The Social Network were filmed in this Irish pub with tasty food and beers.


Area Four

500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 758-4444

Wonderful pizzas and drinks.


Cambridge Brewing Company

1 Kendall Square #100, Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 494-1994

Wonderful selection of beers, locally made, and comfort foods.



Address: 1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone:(617) 661-3161

Middle Eastern bakery and cafe.


Temple Bar

1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 547-5055

Trendy spot for drinks.


Club Passim

47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 492-7679

Great place for vegetarian food and good music (most nights).


Beat Hotel

JFK St, Cambridge, MA

617) 491-3434

American brasserie with live music.



255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 628-4444

Inspired by pre-prohibition New York City establishments, this venue celebrates beer and brown liquors in a below-street level “speakeasy.”


Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA 02141

(617) 499-0090

Reservations needed, but a wonderful blend of French and Southern style food.



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