Where to eat before a Red Sox game

Lucy Burdge
April 26, 2019 - 4:59 pm

Whether you are on your way to a Red Sox game or you’re just hungry near Fenway, there are plenty of great places to eat near the Park. You might want ballpark food in a restaurant setting or just to relax before heading into the park. Here are the best places to grab a bite to eat whether or not it is baseball season.

Game On!

If you’re looking for the ultimate Red Sox sports bar, Game On! is it. It’s housed in the confines of Fenway Park and offers a spacious setting for a pregame or post game meal. It also features games like cornhole, six semi-private suites with ping pong tables, an official Fenway Park batting cage all on two floors, each with a full bar. The menu includes coal-fired nachos, paninis, pizzas and wings. If you don’t have tickets to the game, one of the more than 30 TVs at Game On! is a great place to watch all the action.

Where: 82 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215, 

Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard manages to straddle the line between classy and casual well and is a great place whether you’re out for a night on the town or just a bite before a Sox game. Indoor and outdoor dining are available for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night meals of burgers, steak frites, grilled cheese and even seared foie gras. Located in the heart of Kenmore Square, just steps from Fenway Park, Eastern Standard describes itself as a “neighborhood restaurant” that celebrates the city of Boston and its guests and residents. If you want fine dining before hitting the ballpark, this is one of the best places for it.

Where: 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 

Yard House

Located right down the street from Fenway Park, this place will satisfy any craving under the sun with more than 100 menu items, like a chicken kale caesar salad, parmesan crusted pork loin and a wide variety of tacos, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. The bar menu is also extensive, with another 100 options on the beverage side, including ciders and seasonal beers. The Yard House also has locations in multiple states, but Boston’s is a great place to stop before or after a Red Sox game.

Where: 126 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 

Woody’s Grill & Tap

Woody’s Grill & Tap is a cozy neighborhood pizza restaurant with friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. Meat lovers can order up a meatball parm, steak tips or a variety of burgers, but Woody’s is known for its wood-fired pizza. Guests can choose from a list of over 30 toppings or one of Woody’s specialty pizzas, like the Jamaican Jerk, Steak Bomb or Kitchen Sink with sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers and mushrooms. It is also a short walk from Symphony Hall and Berklee College of Music. Woody’s also has a bar where you can sit and watch the pizza being made and the Red Sox game on TV at the same time. This neighborhood gem is a perfect place to stop on your way to Fenway.

Where: 58 Hemenway St Boston, MA 02115

Sweet Cheeks Q

Sweet Cheeks serves “southern kindness north of the Mason Dixon” through its BBQ, biscuits and welcoming atmosphere. The menu includes trays of basically every BBQ option you can imagine, along with mouth-watering scoops of hot or cold sides and sandwiches. You can also order a sleeve of Ritz with pimento cheese and I dare you to find that anywhere else. The desserts are a whole other story. The menu includes a giant nutter butter, mini turtle pie, banana pudding and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cake in a jar. Sweet Cheeks also serves cocktails, such as the Fenway Fizz, beer, and soft drinks. A meal at Sweet Cheeks is a perfect way to kick off a night at Fenway Park

Where: 1381 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215