The 10 Best Places for Appetizers in Massachusetts!

As all foodies know, an appetizer is way more than simply a few bites to enjoy before the meal. Sometimes the appetizer is the meal. Other times it provides an excuse to enjoy an extra cocktail or conversation before ordering the main course. The following Massachusetts restaurants are among the best in the Bay State for appetizers. Consider giving one or more a try the next time you plan to dine—and take your time in doing so.

1. Stella, Boston, MA

The $6 appetizers at Stella are the best deal around. Choose from grilled Italian sausage, crispy fried artichoke hearts, parmesan tater tots with spicy truffle aioli and more. You’ve got to come between 4-6 p.m. in order to get these specially priced appetizers. 

$6 #HappyHour apps. Including beef carpaccio with baby croutons. Live your Thursday right.

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2. Red Heat Tavern, Bedford and Wilmington, MA

Giant homemade tater tots stuffed with all sorts of delicious things—bacon, gouda, beer cheese—is the appetizer to try at Red Heat Tavern. The Mesquite Wings are to die for, too. Make sure to share, however, or you might not have room for an entrée.

3. The Banner, Worcester, MA

Sometimes the best appetizer of all is a giant plate of hearty nachos. That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Banner. Their green street nachos are a meal in themselves. Luis Famous Homemade Reuben Rolls are flavorful and satisfying, too.

Now these are #nachos! Tri-color chips with cheese layers and perfectly cooked chicken. #BestOfMass visits #TheBanner in #Worcester.

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4. Giacomo’s Ristorante, Boston, MA

According to fans, the best appetizer at Giacomo’s Ristorante is their fried calamari. A close second is the muscles served in your choice of sauce. Choose from pesto, red sauce or scampi.

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5. Al-Wadi, West Roxbury, MA

For Lebanese food at its finest, visit Al-Wadi. Their fresh Tabouli and Fattoush will whet any appetite. You’ll definitely want to stick around for the pumpkin kibbeh or lamb kebab.

6. Firebrand Saints, Cambridge, MA

Firebrand Saints is a trendy burger bar, with appetizers that are part comfort food-part modern cuisine. Definitely give the FBS deviled eggs a try. They are mixed with a different flair every day. The tomatillo pineapple salsa is divine. An order of chips to scoop it up is a must.

Sweet dreams are made of mezze. 🙏

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7. Sushi Yanagi, Chelmsford, MA

Try the vegetable tempura at sushi yanagi. The scallion pancakes complement this appetizer quite nicely. Even those not into sushi will love these appetizers and more. There are plenty of options for those who don’t partake of raw foods.

8. Latitude, West Springfield, MA

Fried brussel sprouts headline the appetizers at Latitude.  Served with a sweet chili aioli, the flavor can’t be beat. The pan flashed Point Judith crisp calamari is another fan favorite.

The original home of the Brussels Sprouts. 🏡🍴 #brusselup #lattitude1338

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9. Sawasdee Danvers, Danvers, MA

For Thai food worth writing home about, check out Sawasdee Danvers. Start off with siamese shumai (shrimp dumplings) or kui chai (vegetarian chive dumplings). The tom yum soup is delicious, too!

10. Greek Corner Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

For locally sourced, homemade Greek food, a visit to Greek Corner Restaurant is a must. The appetizers are plentiful and divine. Share the Sampler Plate and you might not have room for dinner. It includes eggplant salad, spinach pie, Tsatziki, Dolmathakia and more.

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