When traveling alone or just going out for a good meal, finding the perfect spot to dine alone can be difficult, but there are a number of factors to look out for that make a restaurant an ideal spot can do to eat alone.
Perhaps it serves more traditional full-size appetizers than small plates; It can be difficult to get the best value from a small menu without a table full of people. Perhaps the staff strikes the perfect balance of being chatty when dinner is ready or leaving them alone when they just want to read a book. It might be one of the hardest reservations in town for a table for two or four, but a single guest can snag a seat at the bar each night. Perhaps there’s a seat overlooking the busy kitchen, offering a fun view for the hesitant solo diner who usually prefers conversation to dinner.
Here are 18 excellent restaurants in and around Boston that are worth stopping by for a solo meal.
Health experts consider eating out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; It can pose a risk to those vaccinated, particularly in areas with significant COVID transmission. Note that beginning January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston will be required to verify vaccination records for customers dining indoors. Brookline has a similar mandate, but Brookline’s also covers al fresco dining. Outside of these communities, venues with their own vaccination record requirements are marked as such on this map.
Note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
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