Curious where Boston's insiders are eating and drinking? It's easy to spot lines out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to see.
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to uncover which restaurants have been most discussed this month.
To find out who made the list, we first looked at Boston businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. Then we analyzed foot traffic data from SafeGraph to validate the trends.
Read on to see which spots are worth exploring, right now.
Open since 2019, this Italian spot is trending compared to other businesses categorized as "Italian" on Yelp.
Citywide, Italian spots saw a median 1.5% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Domenic's saw a substantial 475% increase, with a slight downward trend from a five-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis Domenic's's review count increased by more than 420%.
Located at 54 Salem St. (between Hull and Stillman streets) in North End, Domenic's offers carbonara, lamb lollipops, mozzarella fritta and more.
Domenic's is open from 5 p.m.–11 p.m. daily.
Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about South End's Black Lamb, the cocktail bar and New American spot, which offers seafood and more, is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.
While businesses categorized as "Seafood" on Yelp saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, Black Lamb bagged a notable 300% increase in new reviews within that time frame, with a slight downward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to its current four stars.
There's more that's trending on Boston's seafood scene: Lobstah On A Roll has seen a 9.1% increase in reviews.
Open at 571 Tremont St. (between Union Park and Upton Street) since 2019, Black Lamb offers bluefin tuna, corn bisque, cold lobster rolls and more.
Black Lamb is open from 11 a.m.–midnight on Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.–1 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–1 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–midnight on Sunday.
Downtown Boston's Tatte Bakery is the city's buzziest breakfast and brunch spot by the numbers.
The bakery, cafe and breakfast and brunch spot, which opened at 201 Washington St. (between State and Court streets) in 2019, increased its new review count by an impressive 122.2% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.9% for the Yelp category "Breakfast & Brunch." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 2.2 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.
Tatte Bakery offers a prosciutto scrambled egg plate, raspberry teacakes, braised short rib sandwiches and more.
Tatte Bakery is open from 7 a.m.–8 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday.
Back Bay's Tender Greens is currently on the upswing in the New American category on Yelp.
While businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, this New American spot, which offers salads and sandwiches, increased its new reviews by 30.2% — with its Yelp rating improving from three stars to 3.5 stars. Review counts increased by more than 220% on a month-to-month basis.
There's more abuzz in the world of Boston New American: Time Out Market - Boston has seen a 25.7% increase in reviews.
Open for business at 100 Huntington Ave., Suite K006A since 2018, Tender Greens offers kale salad, Caprese sandwiches, a grilled salmon plate and more.
Tender Greens is open from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekends.