Graduation is slowly (okay, maybe not so slowly) creeping up on us, but before we all collectively begin panicking about entering the ‘real world,’ let’s talk about the most important part of any graduation weekend—THE FOOD.

Listen up, graduation could be your last chance to hit up all of the fabulous restaurants Boston has to offer, and it doesn’t hurt that your parents are paying. So, we’ve put together a handy little list of some of the best spots around the city so you don’t even have to think about it.

Around Campus
You just stepped off Nickerson, diploma in hand and are starving, but no one can make a decision on where to eat. Don’t worry, food is just a few steps away. Check out one of these joints to show your fam around campus and have a BU-centric meal.

Eastern Standard

Perfect for: Feeling classy, fancy drinks.
528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Mei Mei
Perfect for: Chinese fusion, making your parents feel hip
$$ 506 Park Drive
Boston, MA 02215

Perfect for: Seasonal eats, modern setting
838 Beacon St,
Boston, MA 02215

Back Bay
Famous for brownstones and hugging the Commons, Back Bay is a classic Boston area for both newcomers and seasoned Bostonians. Impress your parents with a nice walk around the park (swan boat, anyone?) then enjoy a nice dinner.

Papa Razzi 
Perfect for: Eating all the carbs, prime location
159 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

Liquid Art House

Perfect for: Feeling artsy, funky bar
100 Arlington St
Boston, MA 02116

Sweet Cheeks Q

Perfect for: BBQ, family style
1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

South End
The South End is one of our favorite spots in the city, chock-full of adorable little shops and dozens of killer restaurants, it was hard to narrow it down to just three! Tip: Head over sunday afternoon for South End Open Market @ SOWA and have lunch at one of the food trucks you’ve been meaning to hit up all of under-grad. 

The Beehive


The Beehive, Photo by Sophie Clingan-Darack

Perfect for: Jazz brunch, ambiance
541 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116


Perfect for: French food, classy
560 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

The Gallows

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Perfect for: Making parents feel hip, new-American
1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

North End/Downtown
Ah, the historic North End, known for Mike’s Pastry and unlimited Italian dining options. To make the decision of which to choose a little less overwhelming we’ve narrowed down the choices for you.

Perfect for: Seafood, people watching
135 Richmond St
Boston, MA 02113

Perfect for:
Italian food, cozy atmosphere
37 Bowdoin St
Boston, MA 02114

jm Curley
Perfect for:
Comfort food, late dinners
21 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111

Just across the river lays Cambridge in all of its glory, every square in Cambridge is hipper than the next. Take a stroll around Harvard square to give your fam the Cambridge experience and then head over to one of these snazzy joints for dinner.

Russell House Tavern
Perfect for:
Tavern atmosphere, creative cocktails
14 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Henrietta’s Table

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Perfect for: New England fare, farmhouse feel
The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Border Cafe
Perfect for: Unlimited chips & salsa, funky atmosphere
32 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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