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What are the BEST restaurants in Dorchester? Who makes a good breakfast? My wife and I are celebrating our anniversary tonight- where should I take her? Where can I go for the best burger?

These are questions I get asked on a regular basis, which is why I’m excited to share  this list of 2018′s Top Places to Eat in Dorchester Mass.

As a long time Real Estate Broker and Dorchester native, I’ve been blessed with a lifetime of many, many meals in this city (some more delicious than others). This list of best restaurants in Dorchester is brought to you with hours of tasting, thought, and 100% unbiased honesty.

When my friends, family members and clients are looking for the best places to eat in Dorchester, THIS LIST is the list that I give them. Each of these restaurants are tried and true, places I’ve dined at numerous times, trying as many menu items as possible over the passing months and years. I hope you enjoy dining at the best places Dorchester has to offer. If you’re interested in more Dorchester recommendations, give me a call or sign up for my mailing list where I share everything I know about Real Estate and living in the Dorchester community.


Best Restaurants in Dorchester

Best Ethnic Restaurants

Big Bowl of Pho Soup from the Pho Ha Restaurant in BostonSource: Yelp


Located right in Fields Corner, the Pho Hoa Restaurant is your one stop place for pho & other Vietnamese specialties. When you go, be sure not to miss out on their pho soups! 

Where: 1370 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122
Hours: Open all week: 10:00am-10:00pm
Phone Number: (617) 287-9746
Check out their full menu here.


Hot fresh food ready for delivery at the Only One Jamaican RestaurantSource: Yelp


This is hands down the best Jamaican restaurant in Dorchester. If you’re looking to stay-in this week, but want something better than the classic cheese pizza, then Only One Jamaican Restaurant is your place! The Jerk Chicken and Oxtail are delicious! 

Take Out Only 
Where: 160 Norfolk St, Dorchester Center, MA 02124
Hours: Open all week: 7:00am-11:00pm
Phone Number: (617) 822-0444
Check out their reviews here.


Best Breakfast and Lunch

Big Waffle covered in bananas served at McKenna's Cafe in BostonSource: Yelp


Looking for a great spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch? You definitely have to check out Mckenna’s Cafe located right in Savin Hill! 

Insider’s Quote: “Don’t let the size of the place fool you, the wait is worth it.” 

Where: 109 Savin Hill Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125
Hours: Mon-Sat: 5:30am-4:00pm, Sun: 6:30am-3:00pm 
Phone Number: (617) 825-8218
Check out their full menu here.


Plate of french toast covered in covered berries served at Sweet Life Bakery & CafeSource: Yelp


Don’t miss out on this coffeehouse located right in Lower Mills, which offers light breakfast & lunch fare, plus delicious baked goods and cakes! 

Insider’s Quote: “Most amazing breakfast and coffee, also check out the macaroons!” 

Where: 2243 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02124
Hours: Mon-Tues: 8:00am-3:00pm, Weds-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Sat: 7:30am-5:00pm, Sun: 7:30am-3:00pm
Phone Number: (617) 696-6510
Check out their full menu here.


Best Fine Dining

Steak served at The Industry Restaurant in BostonSource: Yelp


This could be the best steakhouse in Dorchester. Located right in Adams Village, The Industry is a trendy and popular neighborhood steakhouse with a great wine list.

Insider’s Quote: “Dorchester hasn’t had a restaurant with this type of formal dining but it also makes you feel like you’re at home. It is a perfect touch to Adams Village” 

Where: 750 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122
Hours: Mon-Weds: 11:30am-12:00am, Thurs-Friday: 11:00am-1:00am, Sat: 10:00am-1:00am, Sun: 10:00am-12:00am 
Phone Number: (617) 297-9010
Check out their full menu here.


Best Pubs and Taverns

Big Plate of Chicken and Waffles served at Lucy's American Tavern in BostonSource: Yelp


If you’re looking for a great sports bar with delicious food, then Lucy’s is your place! Located across the street from the iconic Erie Pub in Adams Village, Lucy’s has quickly become a local favorite. When you go, be sure not to miss out on their amazing Fried Chicken and Waffles!

Insider’s Quote: “Not only do they offer an amazing chicken and Waffles, but they’re drink list has some great cocktails.” 

Where: 13 Granite Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124
Kitchen Hours: Mon–Fri: 11:30am-1:00 am, Saturday+Sunday: 10:00am-1:00am
Phone Number: (617) 326-6677
Check out their full menu here.


Group of friendly workers in front of the Eire Pub in BostonSource: Yelp


You can’t get much more iconic than the local Eire Pub! Along with great food and staff, this Adams Village restaurant has hosted former U.S. presidents and many celebrities throughout the years. 

Insider’s Quote: “The steak tips are out of this world!” 

Where: 795 Adams St, Boston, MA 02124
Kitchen Hours: Mon–Weds: 11:00am-8:00pm, Thurs+Fri: 11:00am-10:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-8:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm–4:00pm
Phone Number: (617) 436-0088
Check out their full menu here.


Pork Sliders served at The Lower Mills Tavern Source: Yelp


The Lower Mills Tavern offers great creative spins on popular American pub plates in a comfy setting. Be sure to check out their extensive whiskey list and get ready to enjoy their frequent live irish and celtic music! 

Insider’s Quote: “Just what this area needed, a great spot with a great vibe. The desserts also have another local touch to them (ice cream smith ice cream!)”

Where: 2269 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02124
Hours: Mon+Tues: 11:00am-1:00 am, Weds-Fri: 11:00 am-2:00am, Sat: 10:00am-2:00am, Sun: 10:00am-1:00am 
Phone Number: (857) 267-4461
Check out their full menu here.


Loaded Potato Skins served at Dorset Hall in BostonSource: Yelp


Modern and stylish, Dorset Hall places high on our list! Friendly staff partnered with a great bar and lounge is what makes Dorset Hall stand out from the rest. In the heart of the growing Neponset neighborhood, get immersed in the industrial and fun atmosphere of this popular American grill!  

Insider’s Quote: “Draws in the type of people that are looking for a good time and a lot of laughs. Always events, bands, and good music happening!” 

Where: 367 Neponset Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122
Kitchen Hours: Open all week: 11:30am-1:00 am
Phone Number: (617) 533-7114
Check out their full menu here.


Big Burger on a plate being served at the BRED restaurant in BostonSource: Yelp


Without a doubt, BRED restaurant has the best burgers, not just in Dorchester, but in all of Boston! In Historic Lower Mills, the staff is super friendly and the service is fast and efficient. They also have gluten-free options as well, making a great spot for everyone in the family.

Where: 2255 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02124
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30am – 8:30pm, Fri+Sat: 11:30am-9:00pm
Phone Number: (617) 698-0103
Check out their full menu here.


Our Pick for #1 Restaurant in Dorchester

Steak and Mashed Potatoes being served at the Ashmont GrillSource: Yelp


My family and I have celebrated many occasions at Ashmont Grill. It was one of the first sit down restaurants to open in the Ashmont neighborhood and we have been going there ever since. For years, we have gone not just for quick family dinners, but have also celebrated birthdays, mother’s days, and father’s days here. The food and staff are top-notch, and excel with their delicious American dishes & drinks. Get there early and reserve a spot on their patio!

Insider’s Quote: “They have a great brunch!”

Where: 555 Talbot Ave, Boston, MA 02124
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Fri: 11:00am-11:00pm, Sat: 10:00am-11:00pm, Sun: 10:00am-4:00pm
**Closed 3:00pm-5:00pm on Fri, Sat and Sun
Phone Number: (617) 825-4300
Check out their full menu here.



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