The Boston dining scene is one of the country's finest and a Foodies dream. Award-winning chefs have flocked here in recent years, inspiring the locals to step up and win awards of their own. High-end cuisine and comfort food has reached gourmet levels. The local staples are still omnipresent; what's Boston without clam chowder, lobster rolls, and Boston Cream pie? Seafood tastes better with waterfront views and a cappuccino in a North End cafe can't be topped without visiting Italy itself.
Boston chefs outdo themselves with signature specialties made from the freshest local ingredients. New restaurants and old favorites cater to every palate and pocketbook. Contemporary cuisine, traditional New England fare with a twist and an eclectic mix of international and ethnic dishes make for unparalleled dining.
Foodies will find themselves in gastronomic heaven during Dine Out Boston®,which takes place in both March and August where you can enjoy prix fixe lunches and dinners at over 200 of Greater Boston's finer restaurants. Gourmet meals from Asian to Argentinean, from French to Italian, from tapas to sushi are served over the two week period.
You can celebrate the grape at both the annual Boston Wine Festival (January-April) and the Boston Wine Expo (late January). The Boston Wine Festival, created by the talented Chef Daniel Bruce continues a three decade long celebration of exceptional food and wine parings with renowned winemakers.
Novices and connoisseurs alike can uncork one of life's pleasures during the 2-day Boston Wine Expo when 1800 wines are poured for your tasting pleasure.
Throughout the year Boston also plays host to many other tasty food, beer and wine festivals. Some of these festivals include:
Seafood Expo North America at the BCEC
Drink Craft Beer Springfest, Space 57
Phantom Gourmet Festivals - various locations
throughout the year
Food Truck Festivals, various locations
Beer lovers can tour and taste at the Boston Beer Company, brewer of Sam Adams. And for a revolutionary twist on beer, lagers and ale, sign up for the Historic Pub Crawl to hear the tales of treasonous events brewed in four of Boston's historic taverns.
Get an up close and personal view of the brewing process with a tour of Harpoon Brewery. Visitors (21 +) will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. At the Beer Hall, beer lovers can sit at the bar or around long wooden tables and enjoy the days brew along with a freshly baked pretzel while enjoying great views of Boston.
Food trucks have become a beloved addition to the city's dining scene! You can find your "fix" and all your fixings at various stops along the way as you explore the city. Visit cityofboston.gov for a list of food trucks and their daily locations.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a relaxing respite during your travels throughthe city. Enjoy 30 + food vendors withthe Greenway Mobile Eats, take a spin on the carousel, cool off in the fountains,or just unwind while enjoying lunch or a snack in one of the many parks.
Many area restaurants host special Wine Dinners and Tastings with informative discussions throughout the year. Try your hand in the kitchen with Cooking Classes and follow the chef's lead with demonstrations and class participation, then relax and enjoy sampling your day's creation.
Culinary tours,cooking classes on foot, reveal insider cooking tips, pointers on how to purchase the right ingredients and naturally include tastings. You can elect to tour the North End (Boston's Little Italy), Chinatown, or tours of Russian and Jewish cuisine. For those with a sweet tooth why not sample the Chocolate Trolley Tour (January-mid-April) or a walking tour of America's favorite confection.
Catch your lobster and eat it too! Experience Boston through an ExperientialCulinary or Pop-Up event. Take a glimpse into the life of a working lobsterman as you board his boat, tour Boston Harbor, catch your dinner, and return to shore where a Boston chef will prepare your fare. Or, take a "Bike and Bites" Culinary Food Tour where you embark on your journey making stops and enjoying tastings at local food & wine purveyors. Be adventurous and sample innovative and classic menu items that will evoke your senses while you participate in a "Dine in the Dark" event.
During your travels throughout the city you may also find Wine Dinner - Game Day - Cocoa on the Go - Noodle Bar - and Pastry Pop-Ups to celebrate the seasons.
Visit our BostonUSA Calendar for an up to date list of Culinary events going on in the city and beyond.