15 Best Beacon Hill Restaurants To Try (Best Kept Secret!)

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From the Author: We lived on Revere St. on Beacon Hill for 4 years, and Mike worked on Myrtle St. for over 6 years. We love this neighborhood and know it well. If you have any questions, we respond quickly to comments!

Beacon Hill in Boston is only about 1/6 a square mile, but it’s packed with a ton of great restaurants.

It can get a little overwhelming at times trying to decide where to eat.

But fear not – Mackenzie and I have had a meal at just about every single restaurant on Beacon Hill. We’ll help you choose!

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Editors Roundup

1. The Grotto

Beacon Hill’s best kept secret. Mackenzie and I have had more dinners at The Grotto on Bowdoin St. than all the other Beacon Hill restaurants combined.

This small, charming, unassuming, garden-level establishment is the perfect spot for an intimate and delicious Italian meal.

My go-to entree – the short rib gnocchi with mushrooms and gorgonzola. It never disappoints.

Insider Tip:

When you walk into the Grotto, all the way to your left up against the wall is a small, slightly tucked away, two person table. If you’re taking someone on a date, try and reserve it! Mackenzie and I have had a few Valentine’s Day dinners at that table – it’s special.

2. Mia Maison

Mia Maison is authentic French elegance.

Here you’ll find incredibly thoughtful and delicious French inspired plates concocted by celebrity chef Jacky Robert. It sounds cliche, but you have to try their French Onion Soup – it’s perfection.

Possibly the best French restaurant in all of Boston.

Mia Maison Beacon Hill

3. Mooo

If you’re looking for the perfect steak on Beacon Hill, look no further than Mooo.

Casual fine-dining and incredible cuts of meat is what you’ll find here. Just an all around excellent restaurant.

Note that this is one of the priciest eateries on this list.

Mooo Beacon Hill

Insider Tip:

Get the beef Wellington and thank me later.

4. 75 Chestnut

75 Chestnut is a staple of Beacon Hill – it’s even owned by a Beacon Hill resident!

This casual Bar & Grill style restaurant on the “flat” of the Hill is a local favorite. If it weren’t for the signage out front, you might confuse it for just another brownstone.

Makenzie and I have brought our families here to eat on multiple occasions – Great atmosphere. Great service. Great food.

Insider Tip:

This is a great place to get brunch!

5. Toscano

When friends and family visited us while we were living on Beacon Hill, we used to love bringing them to Toscano for dinner.

Toscano is an upscale Italian restaurant on Charles St. that pays tribute to Tuscan traditions.

There is an elegance about this place, and the food is excellent – you can’t go wrong with any of their pasta dishes! And their pizza is pretty out of this world too.

Insider Tip:

Make sure you call ahead and make reservations! Toscano is aways busy – Mackenzie and I have been turned away more than once!

6. Bin 26 Enoteca

Right after Mackenzie and I submitted our rental application for our first apartment together on Beacon Hill, we went to Bin 26 Enoteca for an Italian dinner to celebrate.

They have a fantastic wine selection, and I’m a big fan of their Spaghetti Bolognese.

Both indoor and outdoor seating options available.

7. 1928 Beacon Hill

1928 offers one of the most unique Beacon Hill restaurant experiences.

It’s the only Beacon Hill restaurant located on the Hill itself – right smack-dab between residential brownstones. Inside you’ll find a small, but cozy speakeasy type vibe.

They have a very classic “New England” menu – clam chowder, seared scallops, filet mignon, shrimp scampi, stuffed veal chop.

1928 Beacon Hill

Insider Tip:

Try their Vanilla Old Fashioned! Sipping on bourbon in here just feels right.

8. The Tip Tap Room

If you’re looking for a nice pub style restaurant with a bit of an informal atmosphere that serves good food and fun drinks, The Tip Tap Room is your spot.

You’ll find a WIDE selection of food options here. The menu can get quite eclectic – they have a wild game bolognese (boar, yak & bison) and a braised wild boar gnocchi.

Fun fact – I tried a Kangaroo appetizer here a few years ago. Not for me, but I’ll try just about anything once!

The Tip Tap Room Beacon Hill

Insider Tip:

The Tip Tap Room is a great “Happy Hour” spot to grab a few beers (30+ on tap) after work.

9. Peregrine

Peregrine is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant inside The Whitney Hotel at the end of Charles St, towards the esplanade.

This restaurant definitely has a bit more of an “upscale” vibe to it than some of the other restaurants on this list so I would dress accordingly.

Insider Tip:

If the weather is nice, try to reserve a table outside in their courtyard. It’s a unique experience!

10. The Paramount

If you know Beacon Hill, you know about The Paramount. Local. American. Comfort. Food.

The Paramount really shines at breakfast and brunch (served until 4PM!), but their dinner is good too.

Unfortunately they don’t take reservations so be prepared to wait in line for a bit.

11. Antonio’s Cucina Italiano

Antonio’s is a less ostentatious Tuscano – good, affordable, homestyle Italian food served in a cozy atmosphere.

This is a family owned restaurant that’s been in business on Cambridge St. for nearly three decades now.

My one complaint – their table bread. It’s just not that good.

Antonio's Cucina Italiano Beacon Hill

12. No. 9 Park

For many folks No. 9 Park is a “special occasion” restaurant – it’s expensive. That said, the food is spectacular.

They serve French and Italian inspired dishes, with one of the largest wine lists on Beacon Hill.

If you’re looking for high-end, No 9 Park is it.

No. 9 Park Beacon Hill

Insider Tip:

Don’t overthink it just get the Chef’s tasting. It’s 6 courses, with an optional wine pairing.

13. Figs

Figs is my wife’s favorite restaurant on Beacon Hill. Brick oven pizza and handmade pasta – what more could a woman want?

They have indoor and outdoor seating directly on Charles St – great for people watching.

Insider Tip:

This is a fun restaurant to visit during the winter months. It’s small inside, so the brick oven heats it up nicely. Cozy experience.

14. Fin’s Sushi & Grill

Fin’s on Cambridge St. was my go-to spot for takeout sushi – I used to order it at least once a week.

Their Cambridge St. location has a low key, laid back atmosphere – with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Prices here are reasonable and the food and drink are good.

Fin's Sushi & Grill Beacon Hill

15. Harvard Gardens

Harvard Gardens is THE meet-up restaurant on Beacon Hill. It’s a casual restaurant / pub and an MGH resident favorite (it’s directly across the street from Mass General Hospital).

I used to meet up with my sister here for a Guinness after work and I’ve watched many Celtic’s games sitting at the bar.

Food is quality, pub-style and large portions.

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Michael Donovan
Hey. I’m Mike, Mackenzie's husband, and dad to Declan and Maeve. I'm also a co-founder and writer here at Stay New England. I've been traveling across the New England region for well over a decade now and I'm excited to share all that I've learned!
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Michael Donovan
Hey. I’m Mike, Mackenzie's husband, and dad to Declan and Maeve. I'm also a co-founder and writer here at Stay New England. I've been traveling across the New England region for well over a decade now and I'm excited to share all that I've learned!

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