Best Places in Boston for Comfort Food

Boston’s winter weather not only brings a chill, but it’s also the perfect excuse – and ample motivation – for indulging in comfort food, especially homemade soup. Whether as an appetizer or entree, soup especially satisfies and offers a wide range of variations to conquer any craving. We’re sharing our list of some of the tastiest in the city.

Clam Chowder

  • Abe & Louie’s (793 Boylston Street): Top-notch clam chowder probably isn’t something you’d expect from a steakhouse, but the creamy offering at Back Bay’s Abe & Louie’s is just that.
  • Boston Chowda Co. (1 Faneuil Hall Market Place): The award-winning clam chowder, made with local clams, cream and hand-cut potatoes, is a tasty choice when you need a quick bite.

French Onion Soup

  • Met Back Bay (279 Dartmouth Street): The Back Bay location of the snazzy local chain of upscale steakhouses serves a delicious crock of onion soup topped with a cheese-covered crouton.
  • Deuxave (371 Commonwealth Avenue): Savor the rich Nine-Hour French Onion Soup from a plush seat in this modern French restaurant in Back Bay. Elevate your meal with a beef marrow crostini on the side.


  • Santouka Ramen (66 Hereford Street): This 20-seat restaurant just off Newbury in Back Bay simmers its tonkotsu broth, the base for more than half a dozen ramen dishes, over20 hours.
  • Shojo (9 Tyler Street): This artsy, lift-style restaurant in Chinatown has been named among the best ramen restaurants in America for its homemade noodles and broth flavored with chicken and pork bone.


  • Pho Pasteur (682 Washington Street): This Chinatown restaurant makes a wide range of both beef and chicken pho that taste like an old family recipe.
  • Pho Basil (177 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite A): After you sample one of the several classic or more adventurous pho bowls, you’ll understand why this cute little restaurant is one of the most frequently visited Vietnamese spots in Boston.

Other Dishes

  • Shabu Shabu: Shabu-Zen (16 Tyler Street) serves the social eating experience of shabu shabu, a Japanese hot pot meal of thinly sliced meat, seafood and vegetables that you cook in boiling broth at your table.
  • Matzo Ball Soup: Inna’s Kitchen (100 Hanover Street) in Boston Public Market, the city’s first year-round indoor local food market, makes its matzo ball soup from scratch.


With a wide variety of top-rated options throughout the city, you’ll be sure to beat the cold no matter what neighborhood you’re in.


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