6 Places to Eat in Somerville

by c21commonweath_ldowling 2. January 2020 17:44

three girlfriends dining out

Boston may be internationally famous for its baked beans and clam chowder, but those classics are just scratching the surface of the cuisine New England has to offer. Somerville, in particular, has become a dining hotspot in recent years—some of the region’s most highly rated restaurants, according to Boston magazine and Yelp users alike, call Somerville home.

If you’re a Boston resident looking for new places to try, or if a thriving food scene is an important factor in where you’d like to move, check out these six Somerville establishments.


Let Sarma introduce you to meze, the Middle East’s answer to tapas. Your party can choose from a variety of small bites inspired mostly by Turkish cuisine, giving you the chance to sample quite a few items. Crowd favorites include seven-layer hummus, brisket shawarma, and harissa BBQ duck, but one of the nightly specials carried from table to table by the servers may catch your eye too.

Highland Kitchen

Highland Kitchen is a bar and restaurant that specializes in inventive takes on American staples. Grab a cocktail and enjoy a gourmet burger, sandwich, or stew for dinner (the spicy coconut curried goat stew is a highlight), or enjoy Sunday brunch, where fried chicken and shrimp and grits steal the show. Come for the food and drinks, stay for the eclectic jukebox.

Tasting Counter

Tasting Counter isn’t just a trendy name for a restaurant but a hint at what you’ll find inside: one shared counter space, facing the kitchen, where guests can interact with both the chefs and each other while enjoying a nine-course New American tasting menu. Self-described as “a complete sensory experience,” Tasting Counter is as much about performance as it is pleasing your palate, encouraging guests to immerse themselves in a communal culinary event.


Bringing authentic Thai street food to Somerville, Dakzen prides itself on having a smaller menu than most other Asian restaurants, holding to the philosophy that concentrating on a set amount of specialties leads to better meals than going too broad. The khao soi and yen ta fo noodles are not to be missed.

Field & Vine

Field & Vine, located in Somerville’s Union Square, offers simple small plate dishes using natural, sustainably sourced ingredients. Fans of seafood should pick from the raw bar, which includes oysters, fluke ceviche, and Maine yellowfin tuna crudo. If fish aren’t your favorite, try the Long Island duck breast or one of the many delicately prepared vegetable plates.


Another Union Square establishment, Celeste serves homemade Peruvian fare in a unique environment designed by one of the restaurant’s cofounders, who’s also an architect. They have an extensive beer and wine menu, and their pisco drinks pair excellently with the seco de cordero (lamb stew).

This is only a small sample of the Somerville restaurants that Greater Boston gourmands have been excited about lately. If you’d like more recommendations, ask a realtor—as experts in what makes Somerville such a great place to live, they’re sure to have an opinion on the best food in the area.