Boston’s South End is one of the hautest spots for restaurants and one of the best places to go for tapas. The Spanish style menu of small plates designed for sharing is a great way to try many flavors without getting too full. Here’s a look at five haute spots in Boston.
Nobody does tapas in Boston quite like the South End’s Toro. The authentic Spanish restaurant elevates shared plates to a new level with dishes like spice rubbed skirt steak with red onion marmalade and smoked duck drumettes with quince glaze. Chef/owner Ken Oringer invites diners to enjoy a taste of Barcelona without having to leave the South End. Other standout dishes here include spicy curry goat and potato empanadas, mussels with chorizo and spiced up roasted cauliflower with heirloom citrus.
1704 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118
2 Barcelona Wine BarBarcelona Wine Bar
Round up a bunch of your closest friends and head over to Barcelona Wine Bar for a sampling of poblano peppers, chorizo and sweet sour figs or grilled hanger steak with truffle vinaigrette. Culinary Director Christopher Lee assists with creations like the specialty menu for two or more guests to share (think chicken pimientos with roasted potatoes, mushroom fideos with duck egg and vegetable paella). Pair it all up with a glass of Hondarribi Zuri from Spain. There is a second location in Brookline.
525 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
There is nothing quite like dining on tapas under the stars in the Back Bay. Now that al fresco dining season is almost here, BarLola is about to open its patio where you can linger with a sangria while dining on a tapas from every region of Spain. Start off with a sampling of manchego cheese with Serrano cured ham before moving onto a traditional Spanish dish of paella a la Valenciana filled with meat and seafood. Don’t miss the flavorful ravioles de pato, duck confit stuffed pillowy ravioli topped with creamy Curacao liquor and a sweet wild blueberry sauce.
160 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02116
4 Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas BarTapeo Restaurant
266 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
One of the sexiest spots for sangria, charcuterie and paella is located right in the Back Bay. Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar knows what it takes to create an authentic experience. Start off with a pitcher of Royal Sangria made with Cava and Citronage that pairs up best with goat cheese stuffed prunes in bacon, braised short ribs or baby lamb chops with sweet apricot glaze. We love the fried goat cheese with sweet onion and honey and the broccoli and cauliflower fritters.
This South End haute spot is best known for its tapas specialties like grilled chorizo topped with cranberry chutney, spicy queso fundido empanadas, pork spring rolls and duck confit with polenta cake. We recommend the shredded chicken taquito with chipotle aioli and stuffed avocado with three bean salad.
439 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116