HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >


Solo Dining - Downtown Boston or Nearby

  • 9

I am heading to Boston for the weekend and would like ideas for good places to eat/snack/have a few drinks by myself. I am in my early 30s (female) and went to school there, so am pretty familiar with the city (ie - have no problems taking the T, walking, etc). I am staying at the Omni Parker. Not really picky re: cuisine, except no Indian. Thanks.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Here's a recent thread that may help you. Enjoy!


    1. Durgin Park
      watch, drink, eat and enjoy

      1. Sit at the bar at the Capital Grille, eat, drink anad be merry!

          1. I'm in your demographic and some of my favorite spots for bar dining (I prefer the bar when I am solo or with a small group) are Prezza, B&G Oysters, Douzo, Hamersley's, No 9 Park, Eastern Standard and Butcher Shop.

            No 9 Park
            9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108

            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

            Eastern Standard
            528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

            B & G Oysters
            550 Tremont street, Boston, MA 02118

            131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

            Hamersley's Bistro
            553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

            Butcher Shop
            552 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118

            1. For solo dining I prefer either someplace casual, like Parish Cafe; or someplace big and lively, like Eastern Standard.

              1. Again, since it's gonna be freezing this weekend, I'd stay closeby. In addition to No. 9 Park, I'd try Moo at the XV Beacon Hotel or the KO Prime bar in the Nine Zero. All within 5 min of the Omni. Teatro would be good if it's not too crazy a scene at the bar. And if you just want a drink, the bar in your hotel is very classic.

                1. In addition to most of the places mentioned (but Durgin Park? really?), I'll add Sel De La Terre - just had a good meal at the bar there last week and not too far from the Omni. I also had an enjoyable meal at the bar at Toscano on Sunday. Bricco and Lucca are also walkable from there & have good bar-dining. Nice bar and good lobster roll at Kingfish.

                  Sel De La Terre
                  255 State St, Boston, MA 02109

                  41-47 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114

                  Lucca Restaurant
                  226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

                  241 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

                  Kingfish Hall
                  188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

                  1. Hello - wanted to report back on my dining adventures and thank everyone for their recommendations. Friday night, I scored myself a seat at the bar at 9 Park and thoroughly enjoyed the 3 course prix-fix (esp the lobster gnocchi). Saturday, after walking around the entire city, i made it to Paramount in Beacon Hill just at the end of the lunch rush, where i enjoyed the crab cake BLT and some much-needed french fries. Met some friends Saturday night at Durgin Park (coincidentally, as that was where they were) - the food just OK, but it was nice to sit in a booth, listen to some woman sing and play on the guiter, and imbibe some (also much-needed) Sam Adams. Thanks again.