The Best Restaurants near Boston’s TD Garden

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The Best Restaurants near Boston’s TD Garden

Before heading to a concert or game, fuel up with celebrity chef ramen, premium burgers and shakes, and more in and around Boston’s West End.

It’s that time of year: Whether you’re heading to TD Garden to watch the Celtics or the Bruins or taking the kids to Disney on Ice, you’re probably spending some time in Boston’s West End, and you’re probably looking too for dinner before or after the event. Sure, the area is known for sports bars and other casual dining, but thanks to rapid redevelopment in a few years, there are more food and drink options than ever before. From a large dining room (which offers a variety of local specialties as well as a sit-down ramen restaurant from a celebrity chef) to an excellent brewery and taproom serving Detroit-style pizza, you’re sure to find something that meets your requirements.

Last updated February 2024; Stay tuned for regular updates.

Anyone having a boozy milkshake at A&B after the game? / Free photo

A&B Kitchen & Bar

A&B’s older brother on the North Shore is called A&B Burgers, and both establishments are known for their gourmet takes on the classic dish, with tasty options like the Sweet & Salty Burger (bacon, arugula and fig jam) and the Brie Turkey Burger (Arugula, apple slices, Dijon). But the broader name here suggests that it also serves top-notch non-burger comfort food, from steak tips to chicken pot pie. Save room for a milkshake, drunk or not. Note: The kitchen will remain open for at least one hour after the end of each event in the garden.

115 Beverly St., West End, Boston, 857-449-2251, anbkitchen.com.

alcove

Outdoor terrace of the alcove with a view of the Zakim Bridge. / Free photo

alcove

This is the highest quality option you’ll find in the neighborhood – and while it’s definitely suitable as a chic destination for an evening date, it works just as well as a cozy neighborhood spot. In other words, stop by for a drink and a snack before or after a game, but also consider it for special occasions. From restaurateur Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli—who you may know from his recent opening at Seaport, Hook & Line—Alcove serves New England fare with an emphasis on locally sourced. Think monkfish Milanese, blue crab-crusted halibut and grilled whole chicken, showcasing local farms and fisheries. There are also first-class wines and cocktails.

50 Lovejoy Wharf, West End, Boston, 617-248-0050, alcoveboston.com.

Banner kitchen & faucet. / Free photo

Banner kitchen & faucet

This spacious venue borders the garden and features the “Official Restaurant of the Bruins.” Its amenities include a Topgolf Swing Suite and a huge LED television screen. For everyday dining, you’ll find pub fare with a few extras, like smoked bacon dangling on a clothesline with four shots of bourbon served on the side, or a burger with a house blend of beef tenderloin, short rib and brisket, topped with tomato-jalapeño Jam. The kitchen stays open for one hour after TD Garden events and the bar stays open for an hour and a half.

80 Causeway St., West End, Boston, bannerskitchenandtap.com.

Canal Winery

Bodega Canal is an atmosphere: an atmosphere fueled by tequila, bottle service and DJs playing throughout the night. However, before the place gets too clubby, it’s a good bet to try big, party-worthy Mexican dishes before the game. Order a few tacos filled with everything from blackened shrimp to birria-style braised beef—plus a nachos supreme platter—and have your crew hit the town before you hit the town.

57 Canal St., West End, Boston, 617-833-4885, bodegacanal.com.

Chilacates

This is your spot for counter-service tacos, burritos, and more, filled with fillings like lengua (beef tongue), potatoes with chorizo, and grilled seasonal fish. Try the crispy guero tacos served on a hard-shell corn tortilla. This 2023 West End expansion marks the tenth location of the popular Mexican street food chain, which was founded in Jamaica Plain nearly a decade ago. (An 11th location has since opened.)

66 Staniford St., West End, Boston, 857-957-0198, chilacatesmx.com.

Ducali Pizzeria & Bar

This Roman-inspired pizzeria is suitable for both solo dining and larger groups. Small pizzas are perfect for one person, larger ones for two to three people. (Even more group-friendly—but not available on event days at TD Garden? La Polentata Parties, shared dining events for groups of six to 20 people. The centerpiece of these meals is Abruzzo-style polenta, a cornmeal-based dish poured directly onto the dish (The shared table can be enjoyed with various toppings.) Antipasti, salads and panini round out the menu and also make it a popular lunch in the neighborhood.

289 Causeway St., North End/West End, Boston, 617 742-4144, duca.li.

Ramen at Momosan in Hub Hall. / Free photo

Hub Hall

One of Boston’s many food halls is right next to the Garden and has one hell of a selection. Inside you’ll find a branch of Cusser’s, which happens to serve one of Boston’s best roast beef sandwiches; APizza, the casual pizza counter from Mida chef Douglass Williams; and Momosan, Iron Chef icon Masaharu Morimoto’s Boston debut featuring ramen bowls, bar snacks and sake. (It’s full-service with private seating here, as opposed to the counter-service spots and communal seating in the rest of Hub Hall.) Add additional locations of locally popular chains like Smoke Shop BBQ and Greek restaurant Greco, as well as wine and wine Juice bars and more, and you have the recipe for one of the best food hall programs around.

80 Causeway St., West End, Boston, 617-263-8900, hubhallboston.com.

Detroit-style pizzas from Night Shift Brewing. / Free photo

Brewing on the night shift

You’ll be surprised to find that Boston’s best pizza is served just outside the North End’s Italian landmarks. Over at Lovejoy Wharf in the West End, however, Night Shift cleverly surprises us with its Detroit-style pies: rectangular, deep pizzas made with sweet tomato sauce atop cheese that reaches every crispy edge. They are the highlights of the brewery’s very tasty menu and are perfect for combining with exclusive offerings from the Night Shift taproom, such as the Garden Party Pilsner.

1 Lovejoy Wharf, West End, Boston, 617-456-7687, nightshiftbrewing.com.

The Tip Tap Room

At the back of Beacon Hill, the Tip Tap Room is a short walk from TD Garden – the direction fewer tourists seem to travel. That’s not to say things will be quiet at chef Brian Poe’s gastropub: in fact, it’s pretty busy and bustling. But at least you’re more likely to avoid out-of-town fanny packs in favor of hanging out with the locals who drop in after work for meat picks (including steak, turkey, and game specialties) and draft beer from a long list of craft beers the whole country.

138 Cambridge St., Beacon Hill, Boston, 857-350-3344, thetiptaproom.com.

Tony & Elaine's Meatballs and Spaghetti

Tony & Elaine’s spaghetti and meatballs. / Photo by Justin Power

Tony & Elaine’s

Located on the border of the West End and North End, Tony & Elaine’s has a distinctly North End feel, offering red-cheesy retro vibes and hearty servings of Italian-American classics. We can’t think of a better way to boost our spirits before a game than with garlic bread and a big plate of chicken parmesan, lasagna or spaghetti with award-winning meatballs.

111 N Washington St., Boston, 617-580-0321, tonyandelaines.com.

Ward 8

You’ll find an eclectic menu at this lively cocktail bar on the border of the West End and North End, sister bar to Bodega Canal and Tony & Elaine’s (both shown above). Spicy fried chicken sandwiches, sweet chili-glazed duck wings, steak fries, and steamed pork belly rolls are just a few of the basics covered here. The large central bar does an excellent job of keeping up with the pre- and post-game crowds, supplying them with well-made Negronis and Sazeracs.

90 N Washington St., West End/North End, Boston, 617-823-4478, ward8.com.

West End Johnnies

The area around TD Garden has changed a lot in the last few years, with shiny new buildings popping up left and right. West End Johnnies is an old-timer at this point, its walls covered in sports memorabilia testifying to its heritage as a Celtics and Bruins fan favorite. Local pub grub offers a delicious buffalo chicken dip, a smoked barbecue burger, gouda-feta mac ‘n’ cheese and more – and a reggae brunch on Sundays, when coconut shrimp and Caribbean tunes ring out.

138 Portland St., West End, Boston, 617-227-1588, westendjohnnies.com.