Beyond the Ballpark: A Guide to Navigating Boston’s Fenway/Kenmore Neighborhood

April 7, 2017 |
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame…EAT!

Big Papi may have retired but the Rex Sox brought in a big W for their first home game of the season. Baseball is back, which means that the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood will be filled with crowds once again. While you push your way through the hoards of people with a grumbling tummy and a hankering for a cold beer, let this list be your guide of where to find the grub and the sip. There are tons of options but here are some of our favorites to either celebrate a Sox win or drown the losing sorrows away.


Where to Eat:


For a Nice Dinner:

Island Creek Oyster Bar

raw bar platter

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They serve some of the best seafood in the entire city, the hardest decision is narrowing down what you want to eat. Of course, oysters should be involved!

Address: Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-532-5300

Eastern Standard

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This is a staple in Kenmore Square with a French Brasserie vibe that crosses over between casual and upscale serving great food and classy drinks.

Address: 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-532-9100

Tiger Mama

dinner table

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Owned by celebrity chef Tiffani Faison, this spot offers a dark jungle atmosphere, tiki drinks, and inspired Southeast Asian street fare; it’s a guaranteed good time.

Address: 1363 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-425-6262


For Casual Bar Fare and Beer:


Boston Beer Works

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This local food and drink chain opened its original location across from Fenway Park in 1992. This awesome beer spot offers a huge selection of brews in addition to a weekly rotating group of experimental and limited release beers.

Address: 61 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-536-2337

Yard House

taco and beer

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This spacious bar/restaurant offers tons of beer on tap and an extensive menu filled with pages and pages of bar food to keep you satiated and in the zone.

Address: 126 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-236-4083


For a Quick Lunch/Late Night:

Café 472

frozen yogurt

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This tiny downstairs spot is a gem in Kenmore Square serving huge sandwiches and pita roll-ups along with giant cups of customizable frozen yogurt. They are open late so you can fuel up before or after an event at Fenway. May we suggest peanut butter and cookie dough fro-yo.

Address: 472 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-236-4949

Tasty Burger


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One of the city’s favorite spots for loaded burgers and creamy milkshakes. This place is also open late to fulfill that post-game hunger rush.

Address: 1301 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-425-4444


plates and pita wrap

Photo Cresit: Saloniki

This jewel recently opened by renowned Boston chef, Jody Adams, serves fast-casual Greek sandwiches, salads and bowls—a Greek Chipotle of sorts—but with incredible flavors and homemade pita bread. They are not open late but are great for a casual and tasty lunch.

Address: 4 Kilmarnock St., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-266-0001


For A LOT of Food:

Sweet Cheeks Q

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Also owned by chef Tiffani Faison and just down the street, this is the place to go if you want to EAT. They serve hefty portions of Texas-style Barbecue and the best buttermilk biscuits with honey butter you have ever tasted.

Address: 1381 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-266-1300


For Cool Vibes:


bowl of ramen

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Located in The Verb Hotel, this hip Asian-fusion spot serves up all the coolest vibes along with delicious food and a huge selection of sake.

Address: The Verb Hotel, 1271 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-670-0507


For Intimate Drinks:

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar


Photo Credit: Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

This small, dimly lit bar/restaurant is a modern tavern that offers over 200 kinds of whiskey and great food selections including a raw bar.

Address: 1310 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-450-9000


Where to Shop

There are a lot of recognizable stores to shop in throughout these neighborhoods. Most of the shopping is out of Kenmore and near Fenway.


Barnes & Noble


Target, Sephora, West Elm, Blick Art Materials, Marshall’s, Staples, REI, Bed Bath & Beyond, Guitar Center, Star Market.

What to See/Do

Fenway Park!

This goes without explaining. The historic Fenway Park is a great place to visit. Catch a Red Sox game, a concert, or a tour of the stadium.

Regal Cinemas

This is a great movie theater with big comfy lounge chairs in some of the theaters and a small arcade.


Where to Stay and Getting There


Hotel Commonwealth

Hotel Buckminster

The Verb Hotel

The Eliot Hotel

Residence Inn by Marriott


Public Transportation 

Closest MBTA Stops

Kenmore – Green Line, buses

Fenway –Green Line (D Line)

Yawkey – Commuter Rail

map of fenway/kenmore

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