8 Dining Destinations to Discover in Greater Boston

Boston is a busy and fun city with something new to discover any day of the week. However, sometimes you find yourself needing a break from the hustle and bustle or just outside the city looking for something new to discover! We love lists – so here are our 8 recommended dining destinations worth a trip to discover in greater Boston area:

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

This Waltham tapas spot will have you feeling like you have been transported to Spain for the evening! Solea serves authentic Spanish tapas and wines with a new Sangria featured each week.  They offer a 3 Sangria flight that pairs perfectly with their small bite plates. They have special times for $15 Flights and Bites at the bar which is a fun and unique offering.  Check out their website here for the full menu and information!

388 Moody Street, Waltham
781-894-1805
www.soleatapas.com

 

Churros with Chocolate Sauce at Solea

 

Signature Sangria Flight at Solea

Olivadi Restaurant

Named after the small town in Italy, Olivadi in downtown Norwood is a gem for delicious, modern Italian cuisine.  The chef and staff are friendly and welcoming as if you are indeed dining in a small italian village together. The ingredients are fresh and local whenever possible and the house made bread and tagliatelle worth the trip. They offer a chef’s piattini antipasto menu on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 4-6pm.  Check out their website here and plan a trip to discover some new Italian favorites at Oliviadi!

32 Guild Street, Norwood
781-762-9090
www.olivadirestaurant.com

 

House made Tagliatelle alla Bolognese at Olivadi Restaurant

 

Tiramisu at Olivadi Restaurant

 

El Centro – Dedham

El Centro’s new location in Dedham is a beautiful open restaurant space with an authentic feel to match their cuisine. El Centro serves up real authentic Mexican cuisine including original recipes, house made tortillas, table side guacamole, sangrias, margaritas and more. They also offer a brunch menu on the weekends.  The queso fundido, street tacos, and coconut margarita are must haves when you visit.  Check them out here for more information and menu items!

338 Washington Street, Dedham
781-461-6177
www.elcentroinboston.com

 

Queso Fundido at El Centro Dedham

 

Coconut Margarita at El Centro Dedham

Avenue Restaurant

The Avenue in Medfield is definitely a suburban gem.  The menu here is fresh, inventive and changes seasonally.  The open kitchen churns out wood roasted flatbreads that are a must have here.  The cocktails are inventive and seasonally inspired as well.  Check out their updated menu here!

445 Main Street, Medfield
508-906-6040
www.avenuemedfield.com

 

Seasonal Drinks at Avenue

 

Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House

This coffee house and creperie in Franklin serves up some of the best coffee and freshest, most indulgent crepes.  The ambience is also amazingly charming and inviting from their signature china they serve on to the cozy fire place to the Victorian era decor.  Their crepes are the stars but also a must try here are the croissant sandwiches. A unique feature is the owner’s focus on connection and enjoyment for his patrons here – they offer a 5 percent discount if you are willing give up your cell phone during your stay.  Check out their website here for more information and menu items!

395 East Central Street, Franklin
508-440-5324
www.rhapsodysvictoriancoffeehouse.com

 

Latte at Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House

 

Croissant breakfast sandwich at Rhapsody Victorian Coffee House

 

Crepe at Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House

 

Porcinis Italian Restaurant

This Watertown neighborhood gem serves up Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Almost all of their menus items are made in house daily. They also offer a beautiful patio dining setting in the warmer months.  Click here for more information and reservations!

68 School Street, Watertown
617-924-2221
www.porcinis.com

Porcini’s signature bruschetta

 

Dinner date at Porcini’s

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza – Natick

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is a well known chain but its newest location in Greater Boston takes it up a notch! Their open kitchen with “pizza theater” seating and open air front patio/bar seating area lend a fun vibe to the space.  Their signature fresh authentic coal fired pizza and italian food is made right in front of your eyes  – no microwave or freezers in the restaurant! Everything is made in their 800 degrees coal fired oven from their pizzas, wings, hand rolled meatballs and more. Click here for more on this restaurants authentic story as well as location and hours of operation.

219 N Main St, Natick
774-290-5106
www.acfp.com

 

Anthony’s Meatball and Ricotta Pizza

 

El Potro Mexican Grill

This local family run restaurant has multiple locations in and around the Boston area but they all serve up the same fresh authentic Mexican cuisine! Almost every item is made fresh in house and even their restaurant decor is comprised of authentic handmade furnishings and decor from Mexico. They also have a traditional mariachi band to entertain guests on certain nights! Click here for more information on location, hours, and reservations!

Locations in Malden, Somerville, Lowell and Chelsea
www.elpotromexicangrill.com

 

Lunch at El Potro

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