Newton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Newton

April 14, 2018 Stefan Strunk

Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Boston and is bordered by Boston's Brighton and West Roxbury neighborhoods to the east and south, respectively, and by the suburb of Brookline to the east, the suburbs of Watertown and Waltham to the north, and Wellesley and Needham to the west. Rather than having a single city center, Newton resembles a patchwork of thirteen villages. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Newton was 85,146, making it the eleventh largest city in the state.
Things to do in Newton

1. Sycamore

755 Beacon St, Newton, MA 02459-1971 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night +1 617-244-4445
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

Sycamore

Reviewed By Skippy1958 - Newton

We came to Sycamore for our special anniversary dinner and enjoyed ourselves very much. We started out with the Frisse Salad, which was very tasty, but could have used a tad more acid...yummy nonetheless. Our main courses consisted of the Chicken, which was very moist and tender, and the Steak Fritte, which was cooked perfectly to order! The restaurant gave us a lovely dessert wine to celebrate our anniversary. We then had Raspberry Sorbet and Beneit Balls for dessert. The noise level was a little high (but not impossible to hear each other) and the bench seating got a little uncomfortable by the end of the evening. But a great dining experience overall! Our waiter was extremely friendly and made sure everything was served timely and to order.

2. Il Capriccio

888 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-7401 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 59 +1 781-894-2234
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

Il Capriccio

Il Capriccio serves a constantly changing Northern Italian menu featuring local products with an award winning Italian wine and Grappa list. Though long considered a local secret, Il Capriccio has been the number one Northern Italian restaurant in Zagat's for the past seven years. The wine list has been featured in Decanter, Sante, Wine & Spirits and Stuff. The same menu is served in the Bar. We like to serve great food and great wine in a comfortable setting.

Reviewed By Jerry R - Acton, Massachusetts

We had a terrific dinner here recently. The service was efficient and prompt, and the dining rooms eye-appealing. The real star here, though,is the food, which was just about perfect. The duck breast and lamb chops were excellent, and the Fettuccine Carbonara was very flavorful. My only issue is the price points - everything we had was pricey, even the Fettuccine. I wouldn’t have minded THAT, but the Fettuccine portion was such that I thought it was an appetizer size. (So I filled up on the nice bread.) Nonetheless, this store has been here for decades, so it’s clear that the dining experience for all its patrons clearly outweighs the associated cost.

3. Barcelona

1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445-2101 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch, Lunch SGD 33 +1 617-264-8900
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 535 reviews

Barcelona

Barcelona meets Brookline, and a sophisticated Boston neighborhood has a wine bar to call its own. A historic town located minutes from downtown Boston, Brookline is the perfect mixture of urban and country living. From large estates and recreational parks to boutiques and pedestrian-filled streets, Brookline offers a city atmosphere in a suburban setting. Located in Washington Square at 1700 Beacon Street, Barcelona is the newest addition to this lively neighborhood dining destination. A mix of antique wire glass, steel and reclaimed wood gives our newly built space a vintage appeal. The rustic, polished environment is the next best thing to eating tapas and drinking wine in our restaurant's namesake city. With hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and spacious patio, the space has a European charm which fills the menu as well.

Reviewed By Vanillaandcookies - Boston, Massachusetts

We had early dinner (5:30) and enjoyed our evening. Food is amazing and service is great. Waiter was attentive, had suggestions and also gave us plenty of time to make our decision. We ordered tuna crudo, chickpea hummus, croquetas and empanadas. All were delicious. We also shared a seafood paella and it was tasty but on a salty side. Drinks were great and we would definitely be back again. The ambiance was nice but it definitely got noisy as the place filled up.

4. Lumiere

1293 Washington St, Newton, MA 02465-2011 Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 52 +1 617-244-9199
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 284 reviews

Lumiere

Lumiere is a casually elegant, upscale neighborhood bistro featuring modern-French cuisine, an extensive wine list as well as a full bar. We also offer a semi-private dining room that can comfortably accommodate up to 30 guests. We serve Lunch (Tuesday-Friday, 12Pm-2pm) and Dinner (Tuesday-Sunday). Lumiere also hosts Weekly Wine Tastings ($20) every Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm which includes taste of four featured wines served with specifically paired hors d'oeuvres from Chef Jordan Bailey.

Reviewed By gh707 - Anniston, Alabama, USA

While in town for a business meeting we checked Open Table for dinner reservations and come across Lumiere. After reading reviews on Trip Advisor we booked a reservation for a Friday night. From the hotel we took Lyft and easily arrived at this lovely Restraurant. We were welcomed by a friendly host and our table was available immediately. Xavier then welcomed us at the table and gave us a complete introduction to the menu which changes often as this is farm to table preparations. We decided on the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairing. Each of the offerings - bread, butternut squash soup, scallops, halibut, duck, dark chocolate mousse, and finally biscotti, were each absolutely delicious and the specialty wines were paired nicely, giving us a new experience with different grapes and liqueurs.. Xavier and the other wait staff were very knowledgeable and gave complete discriptions of the food ingredients and preparation and the rational for the wine pairings. While the cost is $$$$, the evening was extremely enjoyable and well worth the price. Thank you Xavier from welcoming us to your community and giving us a great memory of our evening with you and at Lumiere.

5. La Campania

504 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452-5521 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 54 - SGD 105 +1 781-894-4280
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 243 reviews

La Campania

Reviewed By jonathb5 - Glen, New Hampshire

My wife and I dined here with faculty from Bentley University and had a very good meal that included mushroom soup, prosciutto and asparagus, tomato’s with cheese salad, pasta with tomato and veal, and a selection of sorbets. Everything was very good, fresh, and the service was considerate and attentive. A strong Waltham culinary offering!

6. Fiorella's

187 North St, Newton, MA 02460-1008 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 17 - SGD 30 +1 617-969-9990
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 400 reviews

Fiorella's

Fiorella’s, a hidden gem located off the beaten path in lovely Newtonville, has offered a truly unique dining experience through its cozy atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and delicious food. Fiorella’s welcomes and invites its visitors with its luring Fiorella’s signature smell, of the finest and freshest ingredients. The Fiorella’s family is dedicated to hospitality and committed to making diners feel right at home.

Reviewed By sankatybluff

Nothing compares if you are looking for italian in the western suburbs. Tremendous food at very reasonable prices. Great menu plus they will make you anything you want off the menu. Only problem is, its so good its very difficult to get in. Nice bar to have a drink or two while waiting for your table. Worth the wait..

7. Gustazo Cuban Restaurant and Cafe

663 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-0602 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Cuban, Spanish, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 31 +1 855-487-8296
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Gustazo Cuban Restaurant and Cafe

One of the very few restaurants in the Boston area offering authentic Cuban cuisine. For lunch, a great selection of sandwiches, soups and salads. At dinnertime with the most succulent Cuban meals!

Reviewed By Richard F - Andover, Massachusetts

Had lunch, regretfully had that lunch while recovering from the flu vaccine, so appetite a bit off. My dining companion had the Remolacha (a beet salad) while I had the Pollo sandwich. Both excellent. The Pollo had both dark and white meat chicken (I prefer dark) and the combination was excellent balance of flavor and texture. The sandwich was a good size and I too much for a vaccine sufferer. The salad left my companion a bit hungry but that was due to not eating the cheese (not a cheese lover), other than that it was greatly enjoyed. I had the drip decaf coffee - giant cup of coffee that was one the best decaf I have ever enjoyed. Service was lovely. Definitely worth a trip to dine here.

8. The Capital Grille

250 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467-2001 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 79 - SGD 105 +1 617-928-1400
Excellent
59%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

The Capital Grille

You'll quickly see why The Boston Globe proclaimed “we've never been happier in our lives,” after an evening at The Capital Grille. Drawing from its New England roots, The Capital Grille’s relaxed elegance and style have become a trademark of the Boston area. Join us just east of the Atrium Mall and a million miles fromthe ordinary.

Reviewed By Saraleah2017 - Newton, Massachusetts

The restaurant is low-key décor, comfortable seating. The meal includes a charming basket of bread, crackers, etc. However - the "fab" ends there. The main courses are heavily spiced which, to me, almost ruins a good piece of meat, poultry, fish - what-have-you. Overdone does not mean over-good. I would suggest that they focus on letting the product emit its own flavor more than they do. ,

9. In A Pickle

265 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5205 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 781-891-1212
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 301 reviews

In A Pickle

Reviewed By RichandKathy5047

My wife, daughter and I went for a Sunday afternoon brunch.... You had better like football because there were around 10 Big screen sets everywhere.... Menu had breakfast and lunch items...all reasonably priced... My wife has eggs Benedict...which were very good... daughter had pancakes which she enjoyed and I had a meat lovers omelette...which was quite filling... The home fries were just so so.... Waitress was great...service was quick although there was about a 15 minute wait... Overall it was a nice experience...it's was packed and noisy which cut into the enjoyment somewhat...Food and prices were good... quantity was impressive... We will return when in the area...

10. Dunn Gaherin's Food & Spirits

344 Elliot St, Newton, MA 02464-1103 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 +1 617-527-6271
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 241 reviews

Dunn Gaherin's Food & Spirits

Reviewed By CynthiaOneil - Boston, Massachusetts

As this place is in our neighborhood, we frequent it on a somewhat regular basis. Lots of fun noise from every corner, Tvs are on sports channels and lots of beer is flowing. Food is above average and staff is friendly and helpful. Can get...MoreThank you!

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