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Top 10 Restaurants in Boston to Have Your Graduation Dinner

Written By Abby Grinberg

It’s graduation season! With over 100 colleges and universities in the Boston area, finding a place to have graduation dinner can be one of the more stressful tasks. Especially when looking for a restaurant that has room to host all your family members, and dishes that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Luckily, Boston is a melting pot of cuisines, with enough restaurants to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Take a look at our favorite restaurants in the city to have a celebratory meal!

1. PAMMY'S 

Located in Cambridge, Pammy’s is a cozy restaurant inspired by an Italian trattoria. Not too fancy and not too casual, this is the perfect spot to find true Italian hospitality and a memorable meal. 

2. ALDEN & HARLOW

Also in Cambridge, Alden & Harlow offers a genuine, family-style atmosphere. The menu is full of American classics with bold and flavorful twists. Not to mention, all the ingredients are locally sourced. ​

3. CARMELINA'S

Nestled in the heart of the North End (Boston’s Little Italy), Carmelina’s is a wonderful combination of old and new. The menu is inspired by traditional Italian cuisine and old family recipes, sprinkled with tastes of more modern cooking.

4. ROW 34

If you’re looking for quality seafood and stylish space, this eatery is just the right place. Serving an extensive oyster menu plus fish entrees and craft beer, Row 34 provides an authentic New England dining experience. ​

5. GASLIGHT

This French-style brasserie has a New England influence, serving high quality and delicious menu. Gaslight will make you feel like you are dining in Paris, especially since the wine list is 100% French. If you’re not convinced yet, the restaurant also offers free parking, which if you know Boston, is a blessing.

6. SRV

SRV is Boston’s first Venetian-style Bacaro and wine bar, specializing in housemade pastas and made-to-order risotto. The restaurant features an exclusively Italian wine list and has an ambiance that will make your meal unforgettable.

7. SONSIE

A close walk away from the Verb and right in the middle of Newbury street, you will find this sophisticated bistro with a wine cellar that holds over 200 bottles of wine. You’ll be transported straight to Europe while dining here, as the doors open up and turn the place into a sidewalk cafe during the warmer months. ​​

8. EASTERN STANDARD

Also near the Verb, Eastern Standard is an American Brasserie. It is a lively spot in the neighborhood, creating a welcoming environment for a dinner party. The cocktails are tasty, the food is delicious, and the staff is known for their warm hospitality. There’s even a heated patio!

9. CASA ROMERO

Casa Romero has been notably serving the most authentic Mexican food in New England for over 45 years. It’s a hidden gem, tucked away in a quiet alley behind Newbury Street. The restaurant features traditional decor from Puebla, Mexico, and the bright colors are perfect for setting the mood of your celebration. 

10. DEUXAVE

Deuxave creates intricate, Modern French dishes that look just as good as they taste. All the ingredients come from local farmers and fishermen and the world-class wine program allows diners to choose from a wide variety of wines. If you’re looking for a chic, elegant place to celebrate, this is just the right spot.

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