Planning a meal out in South Boston? Here are the gastropubs, diners, and date night spots to visit right now.

Southie may be changing, but there's still plenty of great food in this growing neighborhood.

South Boston, MA:  04-26-2016:   Spaghetti Pomodoro at Capo restaurant in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Mass. April 26, 2016.

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Spaghetti Pomodoro at Capo. –John Blanding

Like every other neighborhood in Boston, Southie’s culinary landscape looks wildly different than it did a decade ago. Now, in addition to its storied Irish pubs and casual pizza shops, there’s a James Beard Award-winning chef making pasta right by the Broadway T stop and a specialty goods store serving artisanal sandwiches. Ah, how times change.

To help navigate South Boston’s restaurant options, we’ve put together a lineup of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that currently stand out in the neighborhood. (You’ll notice that this guide doesn’t include the rapidly developing Seaport and Fort Point neighborhoods — that’s because we have a separate guide on those areas right here.) Whether you’re looking for a place to eat while watching the game on Sunday or are in search of a solid diner, here are a handful of Southie’s top restaurants to visit.


American Provisions
Part cheese and charcuterie store, part pantry, part deli: American Provisions is a one-stop-shop for picnic supplies, or at least an excellent sandwich. Peruse the shelves filled with specialty honey, jams, olive oil, spices, and cheeses, then head to the deli counter to order from a curated lineup of sandwiches. In addition to a decadent Italian sub, there’s the Boursin and the Beast (roast beef, Boursin cheese), the Grilled Pig (smoked cured ham, French brie, butter), and the ultra-gooey grilled cheese. Add a bottle of wine to your cart and you’ve got yourself a leisurely lunch. (613 E. Broadway)

While you shouldn’t expect anything out of the ordinary at Amrheins, the self-titled “oldest restaurant and bar in Southie” has been drawing in regulars for years, offering sandwiches, salads, burgers, and classics like pork chops and chicken parm. Open since 1890, Amrheins features a decades-0ld, hand-carved bar, where guests can post up for a Guinness or one of the hangout’s creative martinis. (80 W. Broadway)

Backyard Betty's
Backyard Betty’s —Backyard Betty's

Backyard Betty’s
This Southie gastropub opened in 2018 and has been churning out comfort food and game day snacks ever since. Come for the cornhole tournaments and arcade games, stay for the Nashville fried chicken sandwich, St. Louis ribs, wood-grilled flatbreads, and cornbread skillet. To drink, local craft beer can be found on tap, along with a selection of craft cocktails like The G.O.A.T, made with bourbon, chipotle agave, and pineapple. (170 W. Broadway)


Café Polonia
Located in the southwest corner of South Boston, Café Polonia is a small Polish and Eastern European restaurant with a large fanbase (driven in part, no doubt, by its 2014 appearance on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”). Here you’ll find traditional pierogi, stuffed cabbage, and Hungarian goulash — plus an excellent selection of Polish beers — which have all been menu staples since Café Polonia opened its doors in 2002. Stick around for a chocolate babka, or the warm spiced wine served during the colder months. (611 Dorchester Ave.)

Capo Restaurant & Supper Club
Pizza. Pasta. Meatballs. You’ll find all the Italian classics at Capo, a cozy Italian restaurant with its own seasonal gelato cart for sweet, homemade scoops. The bustling space fills up on weekend mornings for brunch (order the breakfast calzone), but if you’re looking for a more intimate, date night setting, head downstairs to the Supper Club for dinner and a show, where you’ll be able to catch acts that range from a Sinatra sound-alike to local comedians. (443 W. Broadway)

Fat Baby
This Southie sushi and snack spot gets creative with shareable bites like sriracha buffalo wings, Kung Pao Brussels sprouts, and mushroom dumplings in chili dashi broth, plus inventive sushi rolls like the tempura sweet potato with miso eggplant, avocado, and kabayaki sauce. Wash it all down with sake, beer, wine, or a specialty cocktail. (118 Dorchester St.)

Tagliatelle bolognese at Fox & the Knife
Tagliatelle bolognese at Fox & the Knife. —Brian Samuels

Fox & the Knife
By now you’ve probably heard about chef Karen Akunowicz’s award-winning Italian restaurant that opened in Southie in February. It’s already found national acclaim, thanks to dishes like the light-as-air tagliatelle bolognese and handmade tigelle, which Akunowicz calls a cross “between a crumpet and an English muffin.” Order an Aperol Spritz to start — maybe some homemade ricotta, too — then dive into some of the best Italian food in Boston. (28 W. Broadway)


Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
A bonafide gathering spot in Southie, modern American tavern Lincoln is anchored by a lengthy bar where diners hunker down for catch-up sessions over wood-fired pizzas or thick slices of French toast (don’t skip out on the housemade ice cream.) The tinned ceiling and cozy wooden booths make it an enviable date night spot, but come here on game day and you’ll find a raucous crowd directing their attention to various mounted TVs. Whiskey drinkers should find Lincoln’s vast selection of the spirit an added boon, but there are also plenty of wine options and cocktails to choose from. (425 W. Broadway)

Local 149
The move at Local 149? Brunch, which is when you can find plenty of locals flooding this funky, colorful neighborhood restaurant. The Fruity Pebble waffle sliders are a playful order, as is the decadent lobster scramble. If you’re brunching with a group, order the Bucket o’ Bubbles and your choice of juice — is it even brunch if mimosas aren’t involved? (149 P St.)

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
The tiled bar at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar. —Mike Diskin

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
Come here on the weekend and you’ll find throngs of sports fans all uniting in oyster- and taco-harmony at this Broadway Street hangout. It’s a place to settle in for day-drinking with friends (choose from a whole list of margaritas) or a sultry date night with oysters, tacos (the chicken bacon ranch is a standout), and — dare we say? — tequila shots. (412 W. Broadway)

Mul’s Diner
Looking for something inexpensive, quick, and casual? Mul’s is your spot, though it will likely be moving over to Amrheins in the coming months. The black-and-white checkered diner serves breakfast staples like corned beef hash, crème brûlée French toast, and omelets. You won’t find elaborate Bloody Marys here, but you will find piping hot coffee and friendly service — and sometimes, that’s enough. (75 W. Broadway)

Clam strip basket at Sullivan's Castle Island
Clam strip basket at Sullivan’s Castle Island. —Sullivan's Castle Island

Sullivan’s Castle Island
Head to the eastern tip of Southie near Pleasure Bay for this seasonal shack, a local favorite that has been drawing crowds since 1951. Sullivan’s reopening each year marks the beginning of spring, and diners line up for affordable lobster rolls, crab cakes, burgers, and swirls of soft serve. Nab a spot on a nearby bench to eat and watch low-flying planes making their final descent into Logan. (2080 William J Day Blvd.)

Worden Hall
Step out of the Broadway T stop and you’ll immediately find yourself within a stone’s throw of Worden Hall, a whiskey-centric tavern that nails comfort food. On a blustery day, an order of Worden’s French onion soup, deep dish pies, or glazed Korean wings will have you wanting to hole up for hours — not to mention the 100-plus deep whiskey selection (plus wine, beer, and craft cocktails). (22 W. Broadway)