Published on April 13, 2016

15 Boston Spots to Please a (Large) Party

What better way to spend quality time with the people you care about than over a great meal? Make eating out with friends easier with these restaurants that are all great for groups. Whether you’re looking for a swanky night out on the town or old-school diner vibes for a low-key hang, Boston has so many options to choose from.

Here are 15 restaurants your whole party can enjoy.


1. MEI MEI (Kenmore Square/Fenway)

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A casual place to dine with friends, Mei Mei dishes out local Asian-American fusion cuisine.Complete with an expansive open kitchen, brightly illustrated chalkboard walls and yellow furniture create the laid back, upbeat vibe.

2. BISQ (Cambridge)

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Another great spot for relaxing with a crew, BISq serves up inventive American small plates and charcuterie in a warm, lively space. The special brunch menu on Sundays features delicious seafood and egg dishes, as well as a special assortment of teas.

3. THE SINCLAIR (Harvard)

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An ideal hangout for a group of friends and visitors in town, The Sinclair is a two-story gastropub and music venue featuring New American fare. The restaurant turns out snacks, small plates, entrees and a variety of cocktails craft beers and wines while performance space is often booked with indie music artists to add some live entertainment to your evening.

4. KOY (Faneuil Hall)

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Get a table at Koy with a group friends for fresh, globally flavored Korean fare. The modern space, adorned with Asian pop art and bright purple walls, sets a playful scene to enjoy the festive cuisine and drinks.

5. THE MERCHANT (Financial District)

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A downtown vibe fit for an evening out with co-workers or the after work crowd, The Merchant is an American brasserie serving small bites, late-night fare and traditional entrees in a banquette-filled space.

6. 51 LINCOLN (Newton)

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51 Lincoln is a bustling eatery that's ideal for girls night, group celebrations, or even a quick bite. The local favorite serves up imaginative New American plates and even offers a private wine room.

7. STEEL & RYE (Milton)

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Great for gathering around the table with family, Steel & Rye serves New American cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Get cozy in a dining room booth and raise a craft cocktail, draft beer or glass of wine to toast your delicious meal.

8. TARANTA (North End)

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Delivering hearty Southern Italian-Peruvian fare, Taranta provides bold fusion flavors fitting for food-loving friends to gather around a table. With inventive salads, pastas, meats and seafood dishes the regal, three-story space offers something for everyone.

9. TRADE (Financial District)

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Great for meeting up for after-work drinks with friends and co-workers or having a casual evening bite, Trade is a lively Mediterranean-inspired eatery. Vibrant booths and round tables are the perfect size for ordering rounds of craft cocktails as well as inventive small plates, raw bar items and flatbreads to share.  

10. TAVERN ROAD (Fort Point Channel)

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Enjoy the revved-up New American cuisine with friends at Tavern Road, which serves up pre-dinner bites, street food-inspired fare and late-night options, all made with locally sourced ingredients. Grab a group and a spacious booth at this industrial-style gem with classic charm.

11. GRILL 23 (Back Bay)

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Ideal for impressing clients or taking the family, Grill 23 is a bustling Back Bay steakhouse that serves exclusively USDA Prime, humanely raised beef, along with dayboat seafood and local produce. Their expansive collection of Scotch, flights of rare single malts and vast wine list is a great way to kick of a fantastic meal.

12. EMPIRE (Seaport)

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Ideal for a dressed-up night out on the town with a group, Empire offers a swanky bar and lounge scene with a trendy vibe. Family-style portions of vibrant Asian favorites and a wide range of cocktails and beers make for a fun evening, whether it’s on the main floor, in the lounge or a private dining room.  

13. TUPELO (Cambridge)

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Bring a group of friends ready for the weekend, and get into the playful, laid-back vibe of Tupelo over a meal of Southern-inspired comfort food. Raise a mason jar of beer, wine or a craft cocktail, and share the steamed mussels with fries — or one of the other tasty entrees —  along with some traditional Southern sides.


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A perfect location for livening things up with friends, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar dishes out Baja-influenced Mexican fare and creative, shareable seafood plates, as well as inventive drinks and an ample selection of mezcals and tequilas, in a fun, rustic atmosphere.

15. CATALYST (Kendall Square)

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Great for business meetings any time of the day, Catalyst presents locally grown, organic New American fare and creative cocktails. Take in the beautiful scenery from the comfort of the covered, heated patio or the bright and airy atrium dining room.

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