GISB Restaurant Guide

Welcome to the GISB Community Restaurant Guide – your go-to resource for discovering the diverse culinary delights cherished within our vibrant community!

At GISB, we celebrate not only academic excellence but also the rich tapestry of cultural backgrounds and flavors that unite us. Parents, Board members, staff, and even students came together to share their favorite restaurants with the whole community. Take advantage of tested and validated restaurants that will delight your taste buds and transport you on a GISB culinary journey around the globe.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this guide and shared a recommendation! If you would still like to add a restaurant, please click on the button below, we will be happy to update the guide!

Restaurant List

Click on any of the restaurants for more information. You can easily locate all the restaurants either on the map at the bottom of this page or by simply clicking on the designated button.

Recommended by Lauren Sallis 

Fantastic French bistro, reminds us of many places in Paris and Elsass from our sojourns in both places!

Address: Aquataine, Route 9 in Chestnut Hill

Recommended by Lonsdale Koester

Connects me to my culinary roots as a native of Tennessee – pulled pork barbecue and cornbread taste like home to me!

Address: Blue Ribbon, locations in Arlington, Boston, Dedham & West Newton MA

Recommended by Feiying Cheong

We love the lobster egg Benedict’s, amazing lemon ricotta pancakes, French toast, and many more! You need to reserve a table at least a week in advance if you have a party of more than 2 people

Address: 612 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Recommended by Biki Takashima

If you are ever curious about what Honduran cuisine is about, head to Catrachos Restaurant in Chelsea. As a half-Honduran, I can tell you, you will not be disappointed! We highly recommend our daughter Toto’s favorite, the Baleada, a soft and chewy flour tortilla filled with refried beans, crema (mantequilla blanca), avocado, egg, and crumbled queso duro. It is a dish our daughter got to prepare with her Vorschule class at Lower Campus last year as they traveled around the world, discovering each classmate’s cultural heritage (and what a wonderful experience that was!). It was so nice to see how all of her classmates really enjoyed eating it. At the restaurant, you can also request to add beef or chicken to it. We also recommend the fried yuca and plantain, as well as the pastelitos de carne, sopa de res, and Plato mi Tierra (a typical dish with steak, refried beans, chicharrón, rice, and corn tortillas). Enjoy!

Address: 140 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150

Recommended by Andrew Baker

Doesn’t necessarily connect to my heritage, but it is a fantastic, no frills place to pick up a quick, relatively inexpensive, flavor-packed lunch or dinner. Asian/Mediterranean- fusion stewed meats, veggies and rice bowls are an absolute favorite in our house. 

Address: Flavorboom, 3 locations, closest to school is: 224 Arsenal St Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

Recommended by Ulrike Bagehorn and Jörg Pappert

Il Casale is an Italian restaurant in Belmont. As we lived in Germany we traveled to the Piemont (north Italy) every other year to visit wineries and buy wine (Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco, etc.) and also eat out (especially in and around Alba during the truffle season in October). Il Casale has a very Italian cuisine which we really like and reminds us of our many travels to Italy.

Address: Il Casale, 50 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478

Address: 810 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

Recommended by Tilman Kispersky

The new home of GISB parents after drop off!

Recommended by Emily Westhoven

The food is not connected to my cultural heritage (German), but I enjoy Mediterranean Food a lot (it’s healthy, for one!). This restaurant only opened less than 2 years ago and while “Mall Restaurants” may not have the best reputation, this one is quite bright and airy with a little bit of a farmhouse style. The owner is German (Matthias Kiehm), I have never met him, but according to the press at the time, he moved to Boston and his wife is Greek-American which inspired his menu (and our recent trip to Athens made me really appreciate their food and their REAL Greek Salads. I then went to have dinner at La Gallina and I liked it! https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/09/13/lifestyle/german-born-restaurateur-matthias-kiehm-has-worked-all-over-world-now-lynnfields-la-gallina-is-home/

Address: La Gallina, MarketStreet, 1150 Market Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940

Recommended by Anakaren Gonzalez Abdala

Discover the essence of Mexico in the heart of East Boston at one of my top picks for Mexican food. As a Mexican living in Boston for more than seven years, I’ve tried several Mexican restaurants, and La Hacienda doesn’t disappoint. This restaurant not only serves mouthwatering, authentic dishes but also offers generous portions at reasonable prices. It’s perfect for families with kids, as the staff is welcoming and accommodating. The ambiance is very casual, creating a relaxed atmosphere for lunch or dinner with your family or friends. Friday nights are especially vibrant with a live Mariachi band, providing an immersive Mexican experience, although it might be a bit too loud for little ones. For a memorable meal, indulge in the super fajitas combo with flour tortillas paired with a Mexican michelada or Margarita. If you prefer a non-alcoholic option, the Jamaica or Horchata aguas frescas are refreshing choices. Hope you enjoy it!

Address: 150 Meridian St #150, Boston, MA 02128

Recommended by Melissa Baldino

For over 20 years, this has been my favorite. The chef, Ana Sortun, is also amazing. The patio in the Spring and Summer is the best-kept secret in Cambridge. Reservations are a must. The sister bakery, Sofra, will be right across from the new campus and is also excellent. Her food represents the years she spent in Turkey, it is layered, interesting, and always well-executed.

Address: Oleana, 134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Recommended by Michael Kassatly 

This restaurant is not connected to my cultural heritage, but it’s my favorite restaurant in Boston. I love everything about Japanese food, and Oishii is a fantastic choice for a special occasion. My wife and I usually save this place for date night (the bill would be astronomically high if the kids came too:) 5 stars!

Address: Oishii, 1166 Washington St, Boston MA 02118

Recommended by Gabriella Horbaty-Byrd

It has nice Latin American food.

Address: Orinoco, 56 John F. Kennedy st. Cambridge 02138

Recommended by Sara Kagey

It is modern, middle eastern cuisine and delicious!

Address: Sarma, 249 Pearl St, Somerville, MA 02145

Recommended by Laura Schinn

Seoul Jangteo specializes in Korean food, specifically Korean versions of Chinese dishes. Jajangmyeon is our daughter’s favorite – a dish of thick noodles topped with a sauce of black bean paste, diced pork, and vegetables. Gganpung Shrimp (deep fried shrimp topped with spicy sauce) is delicious as well. These are Korean dishes that we never cook at home, so we enjoy eating them out. They also offer Korean classics, such as stone bowl bibimbap (mixed rice with meats/vegetables) if you’re looking for something more familiar.

Address: Seoul Jangteo, 151 Brighton Ave Boston, MA 02134

Recommended by Cathy Yao

We’re pleased to recommend this restaurant that connects so well to our cultural backgrounds. Coming from southern China, I was used to the milder tastes of Chaoshan cuisine which specializes in freshness and seafood, unlike my roommate from Sichuan, where the spice levels are legendary. Living in Singapore together, I’ve grown to love that signature Sichuan numb spiciness, from the panda’s hometown. We are so excited to have found this restaurant when moving to Boston from California, right in our new neighborhood in Newton Highland. I would definitely recommend Xiaolongbao, Pickled Fish and Spicy Chicken-La Zi Ji !

Address: Sichuan Gourmet House, 1203r Walnut St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Recommended by Tina Haarbusch

Address: Spice Delight 63 Concord Ave, Belmont

Recommended by Biki Takashima

Toraya holds a special place in our hearts and has been our go-to place for Japanese food ever since my husband and I were university students. As a Japanese-Honduran-French-German family, we do not have family in the United States, but their older location always made us feel welcome, and this newer location most definitely still feels like a piece of home away from home (they’ve also have had pretty much the same staff members over these 20 years). We highly recommend their Chirashi as well as their Omakase Sushi and Sashimi. They have great lunch and dinner menus as well as a takeout menu that is slightly different than their dine-in. Their side dishes have an element of nostalgia that reminds us of old-school Japanese home dishes. You cannot go wrong with whatever you decide to try. We highly recommend them for a dinner for two or the whole family. They get very busy on weekday lunches and weekend evenings, so it is best to plan to arrive early (around opening time).

Address: 795 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

Recommended by Skadi Gidionsen

It’s a pretty authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant, absolutely delicious. Try the Gambas or Patatas Bravas. Being German, it only connects to my cultural heritage in that the potatoes are delicious, and they have a really nice outside seating area :-). It’s well worth the trip, and if you like wine, they have an extensive Spanish wine list as well and will make great recommendations.

Address: Taberna de Haro, 999 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Recommended by Stephan Goericke

This is the place for fresh seafood and lobster for fair prices. Choose your living lobster, get it cooked and eat it there warm just buttered. Real seamen food. Yummy.

Address: The Lobster Stop, 723 Washington St, Quincy, MA 02169