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

April 14, 2018 Flossie Demartino

The Town of Watertown is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Greater Boston area. The population was 31,915 at the 2010 census. Watertown is one of fourteen Massachusetts municipalities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government but wish to retain "The town of" in their official names.
Things to do in Watertown

1. L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

52 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3731 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Drinks SGD 26 +1 617-491-4340
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 300 reviews

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

The cafe portion or L.A. Burdick Chocolate is temporarily closed for renovations but our chocolate retail is open.

Reviewed By CGARDNERBOSTON - Cambridge, Massachusetts

For those of you who love chocolate, hot or cold, or melted or candied...this is the place for you. This quaint shop right on Brattle Street near Harvard Square is a must visit, especially during a long, dreary winter. The hot chocolate (dark, milk and white) is like drinking melted chocolate bars. You will never be the same. I used to bring my Harvard freshmen here to unwind, destress and talk about life in "the Yard". Come and visit, you won't be dissatisfied.

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. Clear Flour Bread

178 Thorndike St, Brookline, MA 02446-5844 Takeout Breakfast SGD 26 +1 617-739-0060
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 130 reviews

Clear Flour Bread

Reviewed By VeraIsTheTruth - Boston, Massachusetts

I walked in and the aroma immediately brought me back to Paris. The loaves of bread every where and pastries and dessert on display. I purchased 2 baguettes and 2 plain croissants. They were as close to what I had in Paris as they could have been. Unlike Paris, it was pricy (I think it was about $15.00) but the quality was second to none.

4. Sevan's Bakery

599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472-4103 Takeout Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Lunch +1 617-924-3243
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Sevan's Bakery

Reviewed By Jeremiah R - Cambridge, United States

I lived in Watertown for three weeks in the fall and shopped at Sevan's Bakery several times for basics, treats, and carry-out. The prepared food section offers a huge variety of items, salads, pastries. I am mostly vegetarian and there were so many great choices. For instance, there were several eggplant dishes: rolled, stuffed, with tomatoes. I don't remember them all. Bean and grainy dishes. Stuffed savory pastries. The grocery section offered some great value wines and treats. I bough walnuts here which were the finest walnuts I've ever purchased. The service was excellent.

5. Red Lentil

600 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472-4124 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 617-972-9188
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

Red Lentil

Red Lentil is unique to Watertown and the surrounding area. We provide a warm atmosphere in which to enjoy creative and globally inspired vegetarian and vegan foods. Our aim is to please every customer that walks through our door. Our menu items are of the finest quality and are treated as such. They are prepared with sensitivity and care. Daily specials are offered at lunch, dinner, and brunch. They are built around produce that is currently in season in New England, which allows our chefs to exercise their creative whims. We strive to meet the needs of special diets, offering gluten-free, raw, and macrobiotic selections. We take great care to avoid any traces of gluten in our gluten-free dishes as we recognize the severity of celiac disease. We are committed to having special equipment for these offerings. Our dessert line is baked in-house to ensure freshness and features a wide range of vegan and gluten-free dessert options.

Reviewed By Cwood59

Went wuth 4 adults and 2 kids under the age of 4. Food was okish with the starters being slightly better than main course. Fusion food and being vegetarian and vegan friendly was tge main attraction. Restaurant was reasonably busy. Service was poor. When the bill came tgey had added 18% to the bill & yet presented the bill requesting gratuity. Not being aware of this I paid another 20% the end result being a whooping nearly 40% being tips. The underhand practice left me fuming but it was too late for me to do anything. Wont ever come here again.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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!

9. Deluxe Town Diner

627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472-4103 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 26 +1 617-924-9789
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Deluxe Town Diner

Reviewed By 186NeptunusRex - Melbourne, Florida

This is one of those Blue Ribbon Classic 1940’s Diner. The menu was delicious offering several selections. Ordering the pancakes for lunch with bacon, coffee and Vermont maple syrup was superb on this cold 15-degree winter day. I Highly Recommend this restaurant and suggest you call ahead for reservations!

10. La Casa De Pedro

343 Arsenal St, Arsenal on the Charles, Watertown, MA 02472-5785 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Latin, Spanish, Venezuelan, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 17 - SGD 39 +1 617-923-8025
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 245 reviews

La Casa De Pedro

Come experience a true taste of Venezuelan hospitality and fine Spanish cuisine in Watertown, MA, just minutes from downtown Boston and Cambridge. Sip a Passion Fruit Mojito or one of Pedro"s Specialty Margaritas while dining on our beautiful outdoor patio. Savor Venezuelan specialties like Pabellón Criollo, Camarones al Ajillo, Paella and other lovingly created Latin American dishes. Pedro's restaurant offers semiprivate dining for large groups and functions such as business meetings, private parties, wedding receptions, anniversaries and other celebrations. Share delicious, traditionally prepared Latin American food and drinks and create warm memories with friends and family… Join us in celebrating life, love and friendship amid the upbeat tempo and tropical color of Pedro's "casa" at The Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown.

Reviewed By nooloo39 - Norfolk, Massachusetts

Ate dinner here after a theater show on 12/14/2017. The waitstaff was extremely prompt, caring and friendly. Our meals were tasty and moderately priced. We will definitely back. (The only thing which we didn’t care for was the loud noise from the bar which adjoins the dining room.)

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