best soup restaurants in Boston

Boston is a city for food enthusiasts! And during the chilly winter months, the city unveils a plethora of local spots for those in search of the perfect bowl of soup. Whether you find yourself in the Back Bay, Charlestown, East Boston, or Dorchester, each Boston neighborhood boasts its own delectable array of soups. Here are nine of our favorite soup spots in the city!

Saltie Girl :: Back Bay

No guide to soup in Boston is complete without a chowder! The clam chowder at Saltie Girl is a step above the rest — it includes bacon and fried clams (yes, please!). This spot provides a trendy and fun atmosphere with excellent service. Their delightfully tasty menu also includes a lobster butternut bisque to warm up during the cold months — or to enjoy while dining outdoors on their lovely outdoor patio. 

Bartaco :: Seaport and Brookline

Bartaco offers a lively and laid-back ambience for savoring some of the finest Mexican soups available in the city. Their chicken tortilla soup — with corn and roasted poblanos — is a must-try classic. Or, delight your tastebuds with a steaming bowl of their pork posole — a rich Mexican stew simmered with guajillo chilis, hominy, and garlic.

Lulu Green :: South Boston

Lulu Green is dedicated to fostering a healthy community while providing delicious food throughout the day. Their lemony lentil soup, complete with surprises like kale, Yukon Gold potatoes, tahini, and suma, is a neighborhood favorite. And don’t miss their (seasonal) creamy butternut squash soup featuring local maple syrup!

Cafe Landwer :: Brighton, Back Bay, and Fenway

For a fast-casual dining experience that seamlessly integrates foods from many cultures, head to Cafe Landwer. Their ever-changing soup options are deliciously made with quality ingredients. Our current favorites are the hearty lentil soup and the pumpkin soup with root veggies and chickpeas. We love Cafe Landwer’s delicious, globally inspired menu! 

Angela’s Cafe :: East Boston

Angela’s is the go-to Mexican restaurant for so many Bostonians — its authentic, homemade Mexican cuisine is hard to beat! For soup lovers, Angela’s menu boasts enticing options like sopa Azteca, a tortilla soup with queso fresco and avocado, and sopa de pozole, a robust hominy white corn soup featuring an array of traditional spices.

Soup Shack :: Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and Cambridge

The ultimate Boston destination for pho, Soup Shack is the place to go for generous portions of rich pho, comforting ramen, and delicious Thai noodles. Soup Shack has something for everyone!

Cafe Polonia :: South Boston

For two decades and counting, Cafe Polonia has been serving South Boston with robust flavors of hearty Polish comfort food. Their exceptionally tasty soup offerings include borscht (beet soup) and pickle soup — a testament to the cafe’s commitment to delivering the authentic tastes of Poland. The atmosphere will transport you to a cozy Polish countryside perfect for sipping soup and relaxing. 

DOT Cafe:: Dorchester

A local gem, DOT Cafe in Dorchester has been serving up neighborhood family home cooking for years. The quaint neighborhood cafe offers an American and Vietnamese menu with local favorites like udon noodle soup (banh canh) and rice soup (chao).

Sorelle Bakery & Cafe :: Charlestown, Seaport, and Atlantic Wharf

Sorelle Bakery & Cafe is a great spot to take a break in the day and enjoy some coffee or tea and a cup of soup. The chicken noodle is divine and goes perfectly with any of their baked goods! 

Empty Bowls Fundraiser :: Roslindale

Indulge your taste buds and rally for a cause at the Empty Bowls Fundraiser on March 24, 2024, where delicious soups from Boston’s finest restaurants are highlighted in support of the Roslindale/Hyde Park Neighborhood Food Action Collaborative. Create Studios in Roslindale crafts stunning bowls for the event, and participants receive a beautiful piece of art while enjoying soup from local restaurants — all in the spirit of giving back to the community.

Torry Katsiroubas Stamm
Torry grew up in Needham where she currently lives with her husband and three children. Torry earned her BA in Communications from Boston College and her MBA from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Torry returns to UMASS Boston every year as a guest lecturer and enjoys being back on campus to work with students. Torry is the 4th generation co‐owner of her family food distribution business, Katsiroubas Bros. Torry took the helm of her family business alongside her brother Ted after their father Nick passed away from ALS in 2013 in honor of whom she founded the Nick Katsiroubas Foundation. The mission of the Nick Katsiroubas Foundation is to continue her father’s legacy of giving with its current mission to support food insecurity in the community. In 2022, Torry Co-Founded, Morrissey Market a local co-packer for various grocery and food as medicine programs. Torry is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs, especially women and students, to start small businesses and bring products to market. Torry serves on the Massachusetts Food Policy Council and also on the Advisory Board for the Beth Israel Hospital in Needham. Torry enjoys spending time outdoors with her family - and taking time for herself to practice yoga, meditate and write. Torry never leaves home without a good book in her bag!


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