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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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