And you will eat!

A quirkish list of local dining establishments, ordered by neighborhood (sometimes), by “ethnicity” (sometimes) and by preference (always). Be sure to call or investigate before going – reservations may be needed and opening hours are not always represented accurately online.

Restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of the conference hotel

Asta – creative prix fixe, delicious minimalism.
47 Massachusetts Ave
(0.4 miles, 9 minute walk)

B&G Oysters – top chef Barbara Lynch has a cluster of fine restaurants in the area and this one will give you star oysters!
550 Tremont Street
(0.7 miles, 15 minute walk)

SRV – wonderful small plates and larger piatti too, the foods of La Serenissima Reppublica di Venezia!
569 Columbus Ave
(0.5 miles, 11 minute walk)

Coppa Enoteca – the brilliantly tattooed and skilled Jamie Bissonette is chef here with lovely small plates and conviviality, Italian influenced but…
253 Shawmut Ave
(0.9 miles, 19 minute walk)

Toro – a great Boston chef, Ken Oringer, makes tapas here and you might try his Cambridge outpost which he and Jamie Bissonette, see above, created, Little Donkey, in Central Square.
1704 Washington Street
(0.9 miles, 19 minute walk)

Blue Bottle Coffee – San Francisco-based, branches, including one in Harvard Square at 40 Bow Street, or Boston at 800 Boylston.
(0.2 miles; 3 minute walk)

Render Coffee – Artisanal coffee and sandwiches at 563 Columbus Avenue, South End.
(0.5 miles; 11 minute walk)

Restaurants in the Fenway neighborhood

Eventide – excellent seafood, oysters and lobster rolls. Casual seating, like its original in Portland Maine.
1321 Boylston St

Time Out Market – a collection of offshoot, “yatai”-type eateries from local restaurants with a common eating space, located in “historic” old Sears Building, 401 Park Drive, Boston.

  • Greek Street, a branch of Jody Adam’s Saloniki, Greek sandwiches and salads
  • Miss Cluck’s Deluxe, chicken sandwiches
  • Salty Girl, lobster rolls, clam chowder
  • Tasting Counter, pork belly ssam, shrimp risotto
  • Anoush’ella, Armenian and Lebanese
  • George Howell Coffee
  • Revolution Health Kitchen
  • Gogo-ya, “spiced tuna and torched salmon teriyaki nori tacos”, “spicy torched Hamachi taco with truffled jalapeno butter and scallion”
  • Mamaleh’s, egg sandwich on challah, reubens, bagels and the fixins
  • BIsq, sandwiches and charcuterie
  • Craigie Burger, famous for Tony Maws’ artisanal hamburger
  • Gelato and Chill
  • Michael Schlow’s Italian Kitchen
  • Monti Pizza

Favorites of locals, Boston, Cambridge and Somerville

Cafe Sushi – Seizi Imura and his staff make the best omakase ever (as well as standard orders and unusual but serious, not “kid-trendy” sushi).
1105 Massachusetts Ave (between Harvard and Central Squares)
(617) 492-0434

Giulia – or its bigger cousin in the Charles Hotel,
Benedetto – wonderful Italian with a lean to Umbria.
1682 Massachusetts Avenue (Cambridge)

Kamakura – Youji Iwakura chef-owner, extraordinary omakase in Downtown Crossing/Post Office Square area.
150 State Street, Boston

Oleana – Ana Sortun’s famous Middle-Eastern tinged menu
(her pastries and breakfasts and lunches are at her “deli” – Sofra, on the edge of Cambridge/Watertown).
134 Hampshire St, Cambridge

Craigie on Main – Tony Maws’ famous brasserie in Central Square Cambridge.
853 Main Street

La Brasa – Daniel Borjorquez, is creative grill chef-owner at this Mexican-tinged Somerville restaurant.
124 Broadway, Somerville

Fat Hen – a sister and neighbor to La Brasa, serving beautifully plated delicious Italian food.
126 Broadway, Somerville

Small, Asian, and worth a detour



Indian, Pakistani


Tibetan, Nepali

East Boston, home of many Hispanic foodways

Pizza – an opinionated category of its own in Boston



Delicious outliers, foods of many places in many places

  • La Bodega, for excellent Uruguayan small plates, in a picturesque train car, Watertown
  • Myers and Chang (“creative” Chinese, run by Joanne Chang of Flour bakeries and her husband Chris Myers), 1145 Washington Street, South End
  • Taranto, Peruvian-Italian, North End on Hanover Street
  • Celeste, Peruvian, tapas style, Union Square, Somerville
  • POKE, so many, everywhere
  • Sumiao Hunan Kitchen, Kendall Square Cambridge
  • Bronwyn’s, craft beers, delicious German-style sausages, sauerkraut and all the mustards you have craved, Union Square, Somerville
  • Tu y Yo, Mexican, and definitely get the chapulines if they’re in season. Crunchy grasshoppers! Powder House Square, Somerville/Medford, near Tufts University
  • Brassica, brunch and eclectic all day and evening dining, Washington Street, Jamaica Plain

Bakeries, Lunches and Bagels

  • Patisserie Japonaise, Beacon Street, Brookline
  • Blackbird Donut, 20 Kilmarnock Street, Fenway, Boston
  • Bagelsaurus, near Porter Square, Cambridge, but why is there always a long line?
  • Flour, many locations
  • Hi Rise Bakery, Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, near Harvard Square
  • Explorateur, morning coffee, pastries and all day restaurant, Tremont/Boylston Streets, Boston
  • Bricco Bakery, Bricco Alley, Hanover Street, North End
  • Modern Pastry, Hanover Street, North End
  • Sofra, Turkish and French influenced pastries, breakfasts and lunches. 1 Belmont Street, Belmont


  • Ogawa, 10 Milk Street, Downtown Crossing. Stylish branch of a Kyoto café (1.7 miles, 35 minute walk)
  • Hi-Rise, Massachusetts Avenue, near Harvard Square (3.7 miles)
  • Broadsheet, (local roaster; owned by Aaron MacDougall, son of Japan scholar, Terry MacDougall) 100 Kirkland Street, Cambridge (2.8 miles)
  • Blue Bottle, San Francisco-based, branches, including one in Harvard Square at 40 Bow Street, or Boston at 800 Boylston (0.2 miles, 3 minute walk)
  • Loyal Nine (some of the best crafted coffee around; also a fine restaurant by night), Cambridge Street, East Cambridge (2.2 miles)
  • George Howell Coffee, Godfrey Hotel, Downtown Crossing, also in Time Out, Fenway (1.5 miles, 30 minute walk)
  • Render, 563 Columbus Avenue, South End (0.5 miles, 11 minute walk)
  • Revival, Alewife and Davis Square, Somerville (4.1 miles)
  • Simon’s, Massachusetts Avenue, Porter Square, Cambridge (3.5 miles)
  • Intelligentsia, Chicago-based, (possibly best roasts around) Belmont Street, Belmont, across from Ana Sortun’s Sofra cafe (4.3 miles)

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