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Treat yourself at Boston's 3 priciest tapas bars

Photo: Toro/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 01, 2020.

Looking to try the best tapas bars in town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end tapas bars in Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.

1. Toro

Photo: nina s./Yelp

Topping the list is Toro. Located at 1704 Washington St. (between Worcester Square and Springfield Street) in South End, the tapas bar, cocktail bar and Spanish spot is the most popular high-end tapas bar in Boston, boasting four stars out of 2,111 reviews on Yelp. 

The site has lots more information on Toro.

"We just celebrated our 10th anniversary!" according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile.

Curious to know more?

"Jamie Bissonnette is a James Beard Award-Winning Chef who is also a partner of Toro," the business states in the bio section of its Yelp profile.

As to what the business is known for, "Spanish small plates, tapas, cocktails and wine," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

2. Tres Gatos

photo: rachel c./yelp

Next up is Jamaica Plain's Tres Gatos, situated at 470 Centre St. (between Boylston Street and Huntington Avenue). With four stars out of 488 reviews on Yelp, the tapas bar and wine bar has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge.

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Tres Gatos.

"Founder David Doyle opened Rhythm & Muse with his brother Scott in 1998," the business says in the history section of its Yelp profile. "R&M was never just a book and music store - it was a gathering place, a music venue, an exhibit space, a Scrabble haven and more. The inspiration for Tres Gatos began after R&M moved to its current location in 2002."

As to what the business is known for, "Tres Gatos is Boston's first and only tapas restaurant/book & record store," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "We offer a from-scratch menu, an all-Spanish wine list, and the finest craft beers. We also offer live music on a regular basis."

3. Purple Shell

photo: peter c./yelp

South Boston's Purple Shell, located at 11 W. Broadway (between A Street and Dorchester Avenue), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the fancy sushi bar, cocktail bar and tapas bar five stars out of 21 reviews. 

Yelper Al C., who reviewed Purple Shell on March 16, wrote, "I order the shrimp tempura and a side of edamame. My dining companion ordered a veggie platter and a gin and tonic. Everything was prepared to perfection and was delicious. Service was attentive and friendly."

Kay V. noted, "Recently tried Purple Shell for takeout and everything was delicious! The miso salmon roll was my favorite, I don't usually go for the cooked rolls but it was great."


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