Family and friends in town for the holiday? There’s more than one way to share a meal together. Check out these great options around town for a family-style dinner that doesn’t require table settings and hours of clean-up. Small plates are having a moment right now, with shareable options letting everyone try a little of the same thing at a price point that let’s you go back for seconds. Here are 6 of our favorite spots around town.
1. Toro, South End
This award-winning Spanish tapas spot has been killing it since 2005. Created by James Beard Award-winning Chef Ken Oringer, the menu features Barcelona-inspired hot and cold small plates — ranging from a mind-blowing Maiz Asado (their take on Street Corn) to all of the meats (smoked duck, spiced hanger steak, braised wagyu, and more).
2. Committee, Seaport
Inspired by the modern-day “ouzeri” (small vibrant taverns) found throughout Greece, Committee is the kind of energetic, welcoming place where the conversation flows as easily as the ultra-creative cocktails. A wide array of hot and cold meze keeps things varied, light, and fun and offers a taste of the Mediterranean on the Boston waterfront.
3. Colette Lounge, Boston Common
Located on the 1st floor of the Shaking Crab, Colette Lounge offers New-Orleans-inspired small bites that put a creative twist on classics like Louisiana Catfish Bites and Southern Fried Chicken. For more of a French Quarter feel, try their Hibiscus Gin Fizz or traditional Pimms Cup — both New Orleans traditions.
4. Waverly Kitchen & Bar, Charleston
Located just steps away from the Bunker Hill Monument and Freedom Trail, one of the newest entries in Charlestown’s expanding culinary scene is Waverly Kitchen — serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a legendary brunch. Small plate offerings include Duck Poutine, Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps, and Baked Brie.
5. SRV, South End
SRV, Serene Republic of Venice, specializes in cicchetti (Italian small bites), including pasta made from house-milled flour and made-to-order risotto. SRV also features an exclusively Italian wine list, and a cocktail menu with heavy Italian influence. Like it sweet? Try the house-made limoncello, Quince Sorbetto, or Pumpkin Walnut Gelato.
6. Dali, Somerville
When Dali brought Spanish cuisine with a twist to Boston in 1989, the concept of sharing tapas quickly spread through the local restaurant community. With a full bar of Sangria (of course!) and vintage cocktails, plus quirky decor that includes a Crying Gold Wall, Lost and Found Clothesline, and Interactive LED Table for 10 guests — Dali brings the fun!