While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in Somerville that are not featured here. Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself.
Fuki Japanese Cuisine
One of my favorite things about living in this city is having Fuki Japanese Cuisine just around the corner.
I can't even begin to describe the flavor explosion that takes place with every bite at this place.
This is, hands down, one of the greatest Japanese dining experiences you will ever have.
Their sushi is phenomenal.
I still remember the first time I decided to try out a couple of their uniquely named rolls.
I was completely blown away by the combination of flavors.
I've found myself returning for more of their exquisite sushi rolls time and time again.
But the greatness of Fuki doesn't stop at sushi, the variety of other Japanese dishes on their menu is equally impressive.
Their food portions are remarkably generous, and everything is reasonably priced.
Their tempura rolls are scrumptious and have become a staple for me on every visit.
What I love most about Fuki is that they keep surprising me every time.
The fried Gyozas and tuna dumplings are a pleasant surprise you wouldn't want to miss.
And if you ever find yourself there, do yourself a favor and try their "Special Maki" rolls, they're a cut above their regular maki options.
The restaurant itself is a warm, cozy space that just feels welcoming.
It's become my go-to place for satisfying my Japanese food cravings.
Manoa Poke Shop
Every week, like clockwork, I find myself drawn to the Manoa Poke Shop.
It's almost like a ritual now.
Whether I'm craving some raw fish or fried chicken, Manoa's menu satisfies my palate every single time.
It's not just about the food, though.
They add to the overall pleasant experience of dining there.
I must say, the food and the people are the perfect recipe for a delightful meal.
I've tried almost everything on their menu, but I particularly enjoy their spicy tuna and salmon shoyu in a bowl.
The freshness of the ingredients is unmistakable, and the flavor is purely authentic.
The poke here is so good that it can give any Hawaiian poke spot a run for its money.
But, let me tell you, it's not just the savory items that are tantalizing.
The desserts at Manoa are absolutely drool-worthy.
Carolicious Venezuelan Food
I've always been a foodie and love exploring new places to eat in my area.
One such place has been Carolicious Venezuelan Food, a counter-serve kiosk that dishes out arepas in a vibrant and colorful setting.
The place also has a spacious patio that's perfect for summer evenings.
The tequenos are delicious.
However, what makes this place stand out is the friendly service.
The team has always been sweet and accommodating, making it a great place for young families.
My son, for instance, loves their food and enjoys hanging out in the big indoor area.
What adds to the charm of Carolicious is the live music and the brewery.
It's a perfect spot for a date night, and the lively atmosphere adds to the overall appeal of the place.
They also have a hydration station with sparkling water and different flavors.
Avenue Kitchen + Bar
My favorite hangout spot has always been the Avenue Kitchen + Bar.
It's an informal setting tucked away in Somerville, perfect for winding down after a hectic day or an easy-going Sunday brunch.
And the best part?
They even offer a take-out option, so I can enjoy their delightful food from the comfort of my home.
One of the best discoveries I’ve made here is the cauliflower tacos.
They are hands down the best I've ever had!
On a whim, I also tried the crispy shrimp and shishito peppers, and they were an absolute delight.
Besides these, they offer a wide array of pub grubs that never fail to satisfy my taste buds.
Trust me, they are amazing.
I’ve also developed a penchant for their Espresso Martini - it’s simply divine.
Their friendly service makes you feel right at home.
Sarma Restaurant has always been my go-to place for any occasion or just a casual night out.
There's something special about this joint.
Nestled in the heart of our city, it's like an oasis of delightful flavors.
Check out their site here for more details.
The first time I dined at Sarma, I was overwhelmed by the explosion of flavors in each dish.
It's hard to choose a favorite, but the cauliflower fatteh with cilantro mint sauce was an absolute standout for me.
Coupled with their feta cheese gnocchi and the pistachio cilantro sauce, it was a match made in heaven.
And let's not forget about their drink menu.
Their cocktails are equal parts refreshing and potent, providing the perfect accompaniment to their food offerings.
I remember savoring the fried chicken with tahini - it had a light, crisp exterior and was brimming with flavor.
Sarma offers a vibrant and colorful dining space, perfect to hang out with friends and sharing plates in their signature small plate style service.
The variety and complexity of their dishes ensure you'll never get bored, no matter how often you visit.
When you live in Somerville, you're constantly surrounded by a plethora of great dining options.
But there's one place in particular that has carved a special place in my heart: American Flatbread.
It's the perfect spot for an afternoon of bowling followed by some delicious pizza.
One thing I love about this place is the way they cook their pizzas in traditional clay ovens and use organic ingredients and free-range meats.
Wood-fired pizzas have a distinct flavor that you just don't get with other cooking methods.
The place is always buzzing with energy, but I never had a problem finding a seat at the bar.
It's a great spot to unwind with a cocktail - they have a rotating menu that I believe changes with the season.
Every now and then, I find myself craving some delicious, warm, vegetarian cuisine.
And one place that never disappoints is Koshari Mama.
I've had the pleasure of dining here on several occasions, and each experience is better than the last.
This kind of warm and attentive service is what sets Koshari Mama apart.
As for food, it's always hot and delicious.
The babaganoush is creamy and to die for, served with hot and fresh pita.
The Egyptian platter is a hit or miss sometimes.
Though the tabbouleh could do with a bit more green, the falafel is beyond fantastic.
The mushroom shawarma is a must-try - creamy, flavorful, and incredibly filling!
If you're looking for something to drink, the hibiscus tea is deep in flavor and the fayrouz - a malted canned soda - is not half bad either.
What I also love about this place is the great vibe and lovely live music that often sets the ambiance.
Who would have thought you could get such exciting, meatless Mexican cuisine right in our neighborhood?
Well, that's exactly what you get at Taco Party.
This colorful, kitschy counter-serve spot offers an inventive menu of veggie tacos that will make your taste buds dance.
Stepping into Taco Party, you're immediately transported by retro/vintage decor.
It's cute, it's quirky, and it adds to the overall vibe of the place.
The real star, of course, is the food.
From the cheesy potato taco to the crispy fried tofu taco, every dish is a flavor bomb.
That horchata, too, simply can't be beat.
As for the crispy fried tofu, I must say it's a must-try.
It's perfectly fried, with a crunchy exterior and soft, flavorful tofu inside.
Beyond just the food, what really makes Taco Party stand out is the overall experience.
The drinks are incredibly satisfying, the ambiance is perfect, and the art and decor just tie everything together beautifully.
You won't believe what a gem I've found tucked away in Sommerville.
It's called Celeste, a modern yet cozy space serving a delicious blend of Peruvian cuisine.
The white-walled restaurant has a vibrant, fun atmosphere that you can't help but gravitate towards.
Walking in, the first thing I noticed was the wide variety of innovative fusion tastes on the menu.
I must say, most dishes here pack a powerful spicy punch, but I loved it!
Don't worry, though, the friendly service is more than willing to guide you through the menu and recommend dishes tailored to your spice tolerance.
The ceviche is especially good.
I don't know how they do it, but the citrusy flavor and generous portions made it an instant favorite of mine.
The prices are a bit on the higher side, but the unique taste experience makes up for it.
For dessert, I tried the lucuma mousse, which had a unique nutty flavor that I absolutely loved.
I've always been a fan of Nepalese and Indian cuisines, and Himalayan Kitchen has become my new favorite spot.
Their fusion comfort food is a revelation.
I'm particularly fond of their kebab and chili, the flavors are deep, rich and superbly balanced.
And their chicken wings!
They're absolutely delicious, especially when paired with rice pudding for dessert.
What I love about this place is the flexibility they offer.
You can request the level of spiciness in your food, which is great for someone like me who can't handle too much heat.
And the Pork Sekuwa was absolutely delicious.
On one visit, he even offered us a complimentary dessert - Kheer, a type of Indian rice pudding.
It was a sweet end to a delightful meal.
Though it may not seem like it from the exterior, the dining room is cozy and comfortable.
Field & Vine
I'm always on the lookout for unique places to dine in the city and Field & Vine definitely fits the bill.
I remember the first time I stepped into this hip, casual spot, it was like finding a hidden gem in the heart of Somerville.
The farm-to-table philosophy of the place really shines through in their menu.
One of the dishes that left a lasting impression on me was their scallops.
They were absolutely divine, easily among the best I've ever tasted.
The succulent lamb, too, was remarkable.
The dishes are always flavorful, and the high-quality, locally sourced ingredients make a world of difference.
The atmosphere at Field & Vine is equally charming, with a tasteful aesthetic that adds to the overall dining experience.
The service is consistently great, making you feel truly welcomed.
One unique experience I'd recommend is opting for the bar seating.
It's a fascinating chance to watch the food being artfully prepared right in front of your eyes.
Another highlight for me was the sweet potato and lamb shoulder, a combination I wouldn't have thought of but now can't get enough of.
The ceviche, too, was really good.
The Neighborhood Restaurant
I've had the pleasure of frequenting The Neighborhood Restaurant, a family-run gem with a delightful fusion of Portuguese-American cuisine.
What draws me in every time is the sheer volume of food you get for the price, and I'm not alone in this.
This spot is always buzzing with patrons eager for a taste of their homestyle breakfasts and freshly baked goods.
Brunch at The Neighborhood Restaurant is an experience in itself.
The waffles, French toast, and Portuguese breakfast are all lip-smacking delights, always served fresh.
There's something about the atmosphere, too – it may not be overly decorated, but it feels like home.
That's why every meal here feels like a family gathering.
But be warned, their popularity means you might have to wait for a table, especially on the weekends.
And did I mention their cream of wheat?
It's a delightful treat, dressed up in cinnamon and a must-try in my book.
Pair it with the sangria, and you're in for a treat.
My personal favorite, though, is the corned beef Benedict.
It's simply out of this world!
Pastelaria Vitoria Broadway
I had always heard about Pastelaria Vitoria Broadway, the popular Brazilian bakery and eatery in my neighborhood.
So, one day, I decided to give it a try.
I must say, it did not disappoint.
The authenticity of the food is commendable.
I don't think I have ever had a pastel as delicious as the one I had here, which came as a pleasant surprise.
The place was quite busy even on a weekday night, which speaks volumes about its popularity.
Hen Chicken Rice
I often find myself hankering for a quick yet flavorful meal, and Hen Chicken Rice is always my go-to destination in such times.
Whether I'm in the mood for a spicy, crispy chicken or a succulent, juicy chicken with a kick, their menu never fails to delight me.
The spicy crispy chicken here is the best thing on the menu, both in terms of texture and flavor.
The kick from the sauce coats the crispy chicken perfectly, creating a sensory explosion in every bite.
The succulent, juicy chicken, aptly named 'the heat', is another treat you must try.
It comes with a deliciously spicy kick that's just right, not too overwhelming.
One of the standout items for me is their ginger rice.
Initially, I was skeptical about it.
I mean, ginger rice?
But trust me, it's a revelation.
The ginger is not overpowering at all; instead, it imparts a unique taste to the rice, making it go wonderfully with the accompanying sauce.
And don't forget to try out their Thai tea.
It's the perfect refreshing beverage to wash down all the flavors.
The place is definitely worth a visit for its main courses.
Tu Y Yo
Upon entering the vibrantly colored restaurant, I am always greeted by the inviting smells of slow-cooked Mexican delicacies that are a testament to Tu Y Yo's authenticity.
A bite into their tamales feels like a journey through the rich Mexican culinary landscape.
Juicy and well-seasoned, they are an absolute must-try!
Deciding to dine in one day was quite an experience too.
I savored their margaritas, great in taste and even better in value - $25 for a bottle, which pours out around four servings.
They also offer a tempting selection of house drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, that perfectly complement their dishes.
On a separate visit, I had the chance to try their appetizers: Mexican sausage, chicken sopes, and plantains.
The flavors were incredible, a tantalizing preview of what their main dishes offer.
During another visit, I placed an order for their tamales, soup, a carnitas plate, cactus juice, and for dessert, their avocado cheesecake.
Their food always arrives fresh, with each dish masterfully prepared and tasting incredibly authentic.
The tamales were moist, the soup was rich, the carnitas were tender, and the dessert was a velvety delight.
Their rice and beans deserve a special mention.
It might sound simple, but they are prepared so perfectly that you might find yourself wanting to eat just that.
Also worth mentioning is the in-house hot sauce, a fiery delight that you can even take home.
This elegantly adorned, candlelit restaurant has always been my go-to place when I want to delve into diverse and innovative vegan dishes.
I recall a particular night; it was a chilly winter evening, and I had decided to treat myself to a date night.
The ambiance at True Bistro, as always, felt right; the warm glow from the candles and the sleek interior design all contributed to a relaxing and enjoyable evening.
I decided to try out something different from my usual and opted for the waffle with 'buttermilk' tofu and a side of their Mac and 'cheese,' a choice I didn't regret.
The waffle was a standout.
During one of my weekend breakfasts, I tried their takeout; the Benedict was fantastic, a definite must-try.
I find myself drawn to Highland Kitchen on most nights.
Going there is not just about the food but about the whole experience.
This place has an upbeat vibe, and the Southern-inspired comfort food that they serve is inventive and absolutely delicious.
The service is top-notch too.
As for the food, everything tastes fresh and homemade but with a gourmet twist.
Their Southern dishes have this unique charm that leaves you wanting to try more.
I would definitely recommend trying anything that comes with cornbread.
The specials are always a good choice too.
And if you're in the mood for a classic, their burger is a standout.
Now, let's not forget about the desserts!
Last time, I had banana bread pudding, and it was quite good.
The Keylime pie was the real star though, it was absolutely heavenly.
A few friends and I decided to visit Dali, a Spanish restaurant known for its traditional tapas, sangria, and sherry.
The moment we stepped inside, we were greeted with a lively and bustling atmosphere that was both welcoming and exciting.
The interior of the restaurant was rich and dark, adding to the authentic Spanish vibe.
Even though the place was buzzing with patrons, we never felt neglected.
We were lucky enough to snag a corner table that overlooked the entire room, giving us the chance to soak in the lively atmosphere while we enjoyed our meal.
Our group tried a variety of dishes, and there was something for everyone.
The tapas options were diverse, and each one was more delicious than the last.
The almond cake and clementine flan were absolute standouts for dessert.
But if I were to narrow down my absolute favorites, I'd recommend the roasted pears, empanadas, braised meat, and of course, the chocolate mousse.
Taco Loco Mexican Grill
I've been making frequent trips to Taco Loco Mexican Grill, and I have to say, it's become my go-to spot for authentic Mexican and Central American cuisine.
They have a knack for making food that always hits the right spot, no matter what you order.
The burritos are oversized, and the taco combos are simply divine.
But my personal favorite would have to be their Pupusas Revueltas - truly heavenly!
The place is always bustling with activity, especially during lunch hours from Monday to Friday.
Yes, the parking can be a bit of a challenge but trust me, the food here is well worth the effort.
Taco Loco is not just about great food, it's about the entire experience.
You can feel the authentic Mexican/Central American vibe the moment you step into the restaurant, and that's part of what makes it so special.
Martsa On Elm
Back in Davis Square, there's this funky, colorful joint called Martsa On Elm, known for its family-style Tibetan & Himalayan cuisine.
I started off my meal with their Papri Chaat, which actually packs a flavorful punch.
It's a fun way to kick off any meal with its vibrant, tangy and spicy flavors.
However, their Veg Momo was a bit of a disappointment.
The momo salad that came with it tasted sour and off, almost like it was turning bad.
Moving on to the entrees, the Veg fried rice was a standout.
It was well-cooked and just the right amount of seasoning.
I have to admit that the interior of Martsa On Elm does exude a certain charm that is quite inviting.
You know, some evenings when you just crave that perfect sushi roll?
I found my craving satisfied at Ebi Sushi, a Japanese gem in our city that offers an extensive menu of sushi and other Japanese favorites.
One thing to note about Ebi is that it's always packed on a Friday night, which is a testament to its popularity.
Parking can be tricky, and the meters are gone, but there's a Dunkin Donuts nearby where you can park.
Walking into Ebi Sushi, I was taken aback by the transformation from the street view to the luxurious interior.
The menu is a gastronomical delight in itself.
The high-quality pictures and extensive variety of dishes certainly whet your appetite.
I am not much of a drinker, but my friends who ordered the LYCHEE MARTINI can't stop raving about it.
The food presentation was nothing short of perfection.
The oysters with ikura, torched tuna, and sashimi (albacore tuna with miso and king salmon) were fresh and delicious.
Zoe’s Chinese Restaurant
Just another casual Sunday afternoon in Somerville, I decided to pop into Zoe’s Chinese Restaurant for a quick lunch.
I was lucky to find a spot for my car right on the street.
The restaurant wasn't too packed that day, perfect for someone like me who prefers a quiet meal.
You can find out more about them on their website.
The moment I entered, I was taken aback by the clean and tastefully done decor.
On the menu, a delightful array of traditional Chinese dishes jumped out at me, with a special emphasis on spicy Hunan and Sichuan specialties.
For those with a softer palate, fear not!
They also offer a good selection of vegetarian options.
The first bite of their soup dumplings instantly transported me to the bustling streets of Beijing.
The beef and broccoli that followed were satisfactory, but it was their pot of tea that stole the show for me, an absolute must-try!
Their menu's classics like the cilantro and scallion salad, twice-cooked pork, fire-roasted kidney, deep-fried intestine, and spicy fried chicken are not to be missed.
Whenever I'm in need of a hearty, comforting meal, I can always count on Vinny's Ristorante.
The moment you step into this homey spot, you will be greeted with an inviting aroma of Italian pastas and entrees that fills the air.
The first thing you'll notice about Vinny's is the sheer size of the portions.
If you're not careful, you could easily have leftovers for days.
I remember the first time I indulged in their veal parmesan and salmon pasta.
My eyes definitely were bigger than my stomach, but I couldn't resist the smell of the homestyle Italian food.
It was like a warm embrace on a cold night.
The best part?
Opting to pay extra for their homemade pasta, it was totally worth every penny.
One thing that sets Vinny's apart from other local restaurants is their unparalleled, genuine customer service.
And they can easily accommodate any dietary needs.
Just like the time when a vegan friend visited, they whipped up a vegan pasta and marinara with sautéed mushrooms on the spot.
Now, don’t get me started on their desserts.
If you still have room left after your meal, do yourself a favor and order the homemade tiramisu.
It's a heavenly treat that will melt in your mouth.
Though Vinny's Ristorante is a small place, it's always bustling with life, filled with both locals and visitors.
Residing in Somerville has been nothing short of a culinary adventure.
The sheer variety of cuisines and eateries you can find here is truly astounding.
I've savored the delicate flavors of Japanese dishes at Fuki Japanese Cuisine, indulged in the exotic tastes of Venezuelan cuisine at Carolicious Venezuelan Food, and feasted on traditional Mexican fare at Taco Loco Mexican Grill.