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Finish Strong: Where to Eat during the Boston Marathon

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By Jacqueline Cain · 03/31/2023

On the third Monday every April, Boston celebrates one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Marathon Monday is a special day in the city, and that calls for an equally special lunch or dinner. (Or both.) Whether your appetite comes from a 26.2-mile run or just a long day spent spectating on the sidelines, know that along the final three miles of the Boston Marathon are some of our favorite dining (and drinking) destinations. Here’s where to go to maximize your Marathon Monday in Boston.

The Publick House
Around Mile 23 and on the Green Line, Brookline’s Washington Square is a prime place to watch the runners ahead of the finish line. The Publick House is right there, with fare fit for carbo-loading—Mac and Cheese, Belgian-style frites, and the best craft beers for miles—plus a backyard and sidewalk patio along the marathon route. The classic beer bar is officially open on Mondays now, so you can even snag a reservation, but outdoor dining is for walk-ins only. Take me there.

Oak Long Bar + Kitchen

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
This gorgeous cocktail bar is situated inside the official hotel of the Boston Marathon, so it’s a huge hub for runners and revelers alike. The competitors are well taken care of by the chefs and bartenders at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen—and you will be, too. Look out for Marathon specials, including a refreshing Sam Adams beer on draft brewed annually for the event, called 26.2 Brew. Bring your whole team to enjoy large-format drinks like Mama Flamingo (served in a metallic pink flamingo). Take me there.

For a memorable dinner on Marathon Monday, head to this Greek wine bar located just off Boylston Street, a few blocks before the finish line. Krasi has an unmatched wine selection, unique charcuterie boards, excellent breads, and shareable main courses. Bring your cheering committee to indulge in dishes such as Tsipoura, or grilled sea bream, with seasonal vegetables and coastal herbs; and Giouvetsi, lamb shanks and a rich sauce of ripe tomatoes melding with orzo. Take me there.

Located on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue, a patio seat at this upscale, mostly French bistro offers an excellent vantage point for watching the race. Opening special hours (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) with a Marathon Monday lunch menu, you can indulge in a menu-addition Lobster Roll, a decadent Deuxave Burger, and scratch-made Tagliatelle “Bolognaise.” Take me there.

Burger from Hojoko

With a baseball stadium (hosting a day game!) in between the Marathon route and Hojoko, this fun-loving spot in the Fenway neighborhood is always a great scene on Patriots’ Day. The smoky bacon-wrapped Doggzilla seems a celebratory snack for this festive day, or one of our favorite burgers in Boston. There’s also sushi, ramen, fried chicken—and frozen cocktails, sake bombs, and punch bowls your whole team will love. Take me there.

Greco is a standout among fast-casual spots in Boston, and its original Newbury Street location is just a block away from the finish line. After you’ve worked up an appetite watching the race, head here for fluffy Pita Wraps stuffed with crunchy vegetables, herbaceous sauces, and crispy hand-cut fries plus a choice of grilled meats or vegetarian fritters. Don’t forget a pick-me-up of doughnut hole-like Loukoumades dipped in Greek honey, walnuts, cinnamon, and other sweet combinations. Take me there.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
The hearty, piping-hot bowls of ramen served at the tiny Boston location of Japanese-export Santouka inspire lines on normal days, and the Patriots’ Day crowds could make waits extra-long. But that bowl of Tonkotsu Shio Ramen or Tonkotsu Kara Miso Ramen will be worth it, especially if the unpredictable New England spring weather turns chilly. Bonus: Santouka sits on the home stretch for marathon runners, Hereford Street—so a spot in its line also provides climactic views of runners pushing through the final half mile. Take me there.

Tatte Bakery & Cafe
A big, bready breakfast on Marathon Monday just feels natural. Get your carbohydrate fix at the Brookline location of this local bakery-cafe chain, which has plentiful outdoor seating on Beacon Street. For the full day ahead, you may want to fortify with Shakshuka. Or grab a frosty cold brew and a hunk of monkey bread—you’ll feel inspired to run it all off soon enough. Take me there.

The Eliot Hotel’s beloved spot for refined sushi and Asian fusion is not normally open for lunch—so here’s a rare chance to try the culinary creations at Uni during the daytime. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Marathon Monday, the restaurant’s offering an a la carte menu with some specials worth running toward. Take me there.

Select Oyster Bar
Running a marathon is cause for celebration, and this airy seafood spot is just the place to salute a successful finish. Specializing in local oysterscrudoceviche, and novel takes on Maine lobster—a Bostonian’s go-to special-occasion splurge—Select Oyster Bar is on Gloucester Street just two blocks from the finish line. Make a selection from the Champagne-heavy wine list and toast to the day’s winners; cheers loudly enough, and they might even hear you. Take me there.

Faccia a Faccia
The newest restaurant by culinary powerhouses Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette is celebrating its first Marathon Monday with a marathon day of revelry. Opening at the unusual hour of 11 a.m. (this is typically a nighttime spot), Faccia a Faccia has reservations open for bar seats, patio dining, and more. With contemporary coastal Italian cuisine such as dressed oysters, potato chips with caviar, grilled Scituate lobster, and house-made pastas, it’s a carbo-loading destination for everyone: The kitchen is certified gluten-free. Take me there.

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Trillium Brewing Company
On the Fenway Park pregame route is a brewery often regarded as one of the best in the world (one if its locations, anyway). Trillium Brewing Company earns acclaim for brews across the spectrum, from hoppy numbers to fruity sours and big, bold pastry stouts. (Even their hard seltzers are good!) A full selection is on draft at Trillium Fenway, a year-round taproom reminiscent of a greenhouse, situated on the lawn of 401 Park. The indoor-outdoor bar doesn’t have its own food menu, but eclectic options at Time Out Market—from Taqueria el Barrio’s birria to Union Square Donuts—are available just next door. Take me there.

Eric Twardzik contributed reporting.

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