The Best Spots to Eat and Drink around Boston on Marathon Monday

By Lindsey Paradis | April 11, 2018 | Food & Drink

Boston’s favorite holiday is just around the corner, that’s right, we’re talking Marathon Monday! Celebrate the runners in the best way possible—by eating and drinking along the route of course. We’ve rounded up our favorite spots to watch the marathon while noshing on good eats and drinks.

Washington Square Tavern


If you’re looking to avoid the the crowd’s of downtown and the famous finish line, Washington Square Tavern right at Mile 23 is the place to go. Serving up a creative list of locally sourced classics, fine wine, and hearty beer, we love their no-reservations and wood-line space. 714 Washington St., Brookline, 617-232-8989

Island Creek Oyster Bar


This sleek eatery is celebrating the marathon with the area’s favorite seafood. From a delicious and farm-fresh raw bar, to lobster bisque, and herb crusted cod. Located right in Kenmore, you’ll catch the runners right before they hit Boylston and the final stretch. 500 Commonwealth Avenue, 617-532-5300

Parish Café


With a large outdoor dining space, the Parish Café—located in Back Bay—is the perfect spot to enjoy the (hopefully) nice weather, feast on some serious delish food and cocktails, and take in the marathoners as they make Mile 26.2. 361 Boylston St., 617-247-4777



Open for lunch and dinner, Chef Tony Messina at UNI will be preparing an arrangement of specials for the city’s biggest event: including foie gras bratwurst with kimchi, pickled apples, and beer mustard. Or you can stick to their everyday sushi and sashimi menu. 370A Commonwealth Avenue, 617-536-7200



Dillon’s has one of our favorite patios in the city. We love the sports vibe, with the Fenway-themed patio—perfect for one of the city’s biggest sporting days. Serving up all-American eats, this is the perfect spot to hang out with friends as you wait for the runners to make their way downtown. 955 Boylston St., 617-421-1818

Bar Boulud


Take the post-marathon celebrations to Bar Boulud, right on Boylston. The upscale French-bistro, will be opening for dinner and serving up arisan burrata, local seafood, escargot, tartar, and more traditional fare. 776 Boylston St., 617-535-8800

Oak Long Bar and Kitchen


Situated inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel—which will be hosting many of the marathon’s runners—Oak Long Bar and Kitchen is serving up marathon specials you won’t want to miss. On Marathon Monday, the Boston hot spot is offering a special finish line burger featuring house grind (Benton’s Bacon, wagyu brisket, bone marrow), caramelized onions, fontina cheese, and a pretzel bun. To wash it all down, they will have two special marathon brews on tap—Samuel Adams 26.2 Boston Brew and Singlecut Miles Marathon Session IPA. Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St James Ave., 617-585-7222

Brasserie JO


Located just blocks from the finish line, Brasserie JO’s is offering up a delicious marathon menu crafted by Exec Chef Nick Calais. Featuring dishes such as cauliflower risotto, pappardelle pasta, wild boar ragout, and angel hair pasta, this menu has something to satisfy everyone’s marathon carb cravings. The Colonnade Boston Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., 617-424-7000



For a sophisticated yet approachable dining experience, head to Deuxave this Marathon Monday. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., this neighborhood hot spot is offering a special a-la-carte lunch menu, which includes shrimp cocktail, fried calamari and rock shrimp, calm chowder en croute, wild mushroom cavatelli, and much more. 371 Commonwealth Ave., 617-517-5915

Photography by: Photography courtesy of Bar Boulud; Island Creek Oyster Bar; Deuxave; by Andrea Merill (UNI); via washingtonsquaretavern.com; facebook.com/parishcafe; facebook.com/dillons.boston; facebook.com/oaklongbarkitchen; colonnadehotel.com/brasserie-jo