A Look At Five Of Boston’s Biggest Restaurant Openings

It’s a new year, so it’s time for new beginnings and with that comes a restaurant scene in Boston bursting with new additions. Here’s a look at five of our favorite openings that you won’t want to miss.

No Relation

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Tucked inside Shore Leave’s tiki bar in the South End, you wouldn’t know about this secret nine-seat omakase restaurant unless you were truly in the know. There are only two seatings here – one at 6 p.m. and the other at 8:30 p.m. – where Chef Colin Lynch and his team present diners with approximately 14 intricately prepared courses. Be sure to get your reservations in early because now everyone has been informed.

11 William E. Mullins Way, Boston; Website

The Westland

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The Westland located near Symphony Hall has recently opened offering an eclectic menu of international comfort food (think beef Bourguignon and pork belly fries). The spacious two-story restaurant has three bars and two dining rooms and also serves up everything from steak frites, seared scallops and roasted chicken to roasted halibut and crisp eggplant.

10 Westland Avenue, Boston; Website


Photo Credit: Forcella

With Forcella’s Italian roots, you may be surprised to find dishes like poached Maine lobster bisque, crispy quail and a black Angus ribeye on the menu here. Italian specialties are still a specialty and include the chef’s daily risotto preparation, black pepper spaghetti alla carbonara and linguine with baby clams and toasted garlic.

33 North Square, Boston; Website

Fox and the Knife

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One of the newest additions to South Boston (opening Saturday, February 2) comes to us from Karen Akunowicz, top seven finisher on Bravo’s Top Chef and James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Northeast (which she received while the pink haired chef was at Myers+Chang)Her first highly anticipated restaurant venture, this Italian-inspired haute spot, will feature her unique take on favorite classics.

28 W. Broadway, Boston; Website


Photo Credit: Kamakura

Located in Boston’s Financial District just steps from Faneuil Hall, Kamakura offers an ultra indulgent multi-course kaiseki tasting menu. Best enjoyed at the chef’s counter table, which offers a front row view to Executive Chef Youji Iwakura’s preparations, the multi-dimensional culinary journey includes samplings from the ocean and garden, sushi, and sashimi as well as a taste from the robata grill.

150 State Street, Boston; Website