South End Culture

There is lots to do in Boston’s historic South End!

The South End is the destination for art-buffs, fashionistas and foodies! The South End is packed with great cafes and restaurants, shops and boutiques, art galleries and studios. It is a center of culture. Like Greewich Village in New York City, it boasts gaslit streets and beautiful Victorian brick-row-houses which make the National Register of Historic Places and has been featured in the New York Times

Below are just some of The South End’s many hot spots:

Restaurants and Eateries

Tremont Street – Boston’s Restaurant Row

Restaurant Row is near CAJ House
Below are links to just a few of the great offerings near CAJ House:

B&G Oysters
Elegant modern take on an oyster bar.  Excellent wine list and check their site for $1 Oyster nights. Map

Bee Hive
Bohemian eatery and bar located in the Boston Center for the Arts complex. Live music, art, cocktails and delicious food, every day. 541 Tremont. Map

Butcher Shop
Neighborhood wine bar & full service artisinal butcher shop. Lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 552 Tremont, at the corner of Waltham St.  Map

Banyan Boston
MODERN ASIAN GASTROPUB. This is the site of world famous Hamersleys Restaurant now retired. The piazza and outdoor seating convey unbeatable Boston adorability and Italian flavor. 553 Tremont. Map

Salsa dancing, drinks, lunch, dinner, tapas and their famous – and affordable – Sunday Brunch. 439 Tremont St. Map

Affordable upscale italian fare, like Pizza, pasta and salads, topped off with interesting ice cream desserts. 513 Tremont St.  Map

Barcelona Wine and Dining Bar
This is THE HAPPENING place in the South End! The Tapas bar is filled with wonderful breads, sangrias and camarones and full of in people of the city. Young, hip crowd. A must. 525 Tremont.  Map

Tremont 647
American cuisine with global influences. Menu changes frequently, to take advantage of that which is freshest in the market. 647 Tremont. Map

Shawmut Avenue & Washington Street – Extending Restaurant Row

An intimate enoteca tucked on a quiet street in The South End. Italian small plates made with local, sustainable ingredients.      253 Shawmut Ave. Map

Flour Bakery & Cafe
Stop in for mouth watering pasteries at this South End Bakery. 1595 Washington St, near Blackstone Square. Map

Orinoco Kitchen
Venezuelan cuisine and South American wines. 477 Shawmut Ave. Map

South End Buttery
Cafe and Restaurant. Open day and night. 314 Shawmut (at Union Plaza). Map

The Barcelona-style tapas restaurant of James Beard Award-winning chef, Ken Oringer. 1704 Washington Street, just off Mass Ave. Map

More Restaurants Close to CAJ House in The South End

Aquitaine         Upscale, urban atmosphere features an incredible renovated bar with lit from behind, see-through shelves: a marvel at night viewed from street. Many imaginative drinks. Large menu with plenty of Steak Au Poivre, and main an endive salad which bites and encourages more courses. A five minute walk from CAJ House. Map

Shuns Kitchen
South End’s original Sushi place! A neighborhood find. New owners not as great as JAE himself (he now retired to North Adams) but the MAKI is SUPERB! Try the Red Sox maki! The famous lunch box with sushi is gone :-( can you believe it used to be $12?. Map

Modern Japanese sushi at just minutes from CAJ House at the edge of Back Bay. Just a 15 minute walk from Hotel 140. Head north on Clarendon, left on Stuart, and left again to 131 Dartmouth St. Map

Fire and Ice
Anything you want, cooked on a huge Mongolian-style grill! From burgers to stir fry to pasta. Just a 10 minute walk from CAJ House. Head north on Clarendon, right on St. James and left to 205 Berkeley Street. Map

Grill 23 and Bar
Awarded Best of Boston (Steakhouse) by the Improper Bostonian for 6 years running, and winner of Boston’s Best award for Best Upscale SteakRachael Ray’ named them #1 steakhouse in the Northeast, and they’re in Boston Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants. A ten minute walk from CAJ House, head south on Clarendon, left on Trinity, and another left to 161 Berkeley St. Map

Mistral Restaurant
Uncomplicated French cuisine, highlighted with the season’s finest ingredients. Just a few minutes walk from CAJ House. South on Clarendon, left on Stanhope, follow onto Cahners Pl, and left to 223 Columbus Avenue. Map

Post 390
The latest concept from Kenneth Himmel offers refined American Classic and is housed in an historic Post Office annex just steps from CAJ House. The downstairs offers upscale takes on tavern dishes like burgers, fries and classic sandwiches. Map

Skipjacks Seafood Emporium
High quality seafood dishes at affordable prices. Menu is complemented by an award winning wine list emphasizing American vintages, many wines by the glass. Two minutes walk from CAJ House, just north of the John Hancock building on Clarendon St. Map

Art Galleries

The South End has a lively artistic scene providing cultural experience to art buyers, lovers and browsers alike.

Boston Center for the Arts/The Cyclorama
This historic South End campus is home to several art galleries and hundreds of working artist’s studios. Located just minutes from CAJ House locations, at the corner of Clarendon and Tremont. Map

SoWa Open Market
An unique open-air art & design market open on Sundays from May through October “South of Washington Street (or SOWA)” on Harrison Avenue. Map

Other Art Galleries in the South End.