Where to Eat in Framingham: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Karren Gelb

Framingham /ˈfreɪmɪŋˌhæm/ ( listen) is a city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Incorporated in 1700, it is located within Middlesex County and the MetroWest subregion of the Greater Boston metropolitan area. The city proper covers 25 square miles (65 km) with an estimated population of 68,318 in 2010, making it the 14th most populous municipality in Massachusetts. Residents voted in favor of adopting a charter to transition from a representative town meeting system to a mayor–council government in April 2017, and the municipality transitioned to city status on January 1, 2018.
Things to do in Framingham

1. Minado Restaurant

1282 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760-1511 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 21 - SGD 39 +1 508-647-0495
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 243 reviews

Minado Restaurant

Reviewed By DANIELLA107 - London, United Kingdom

I love this place. Though the sushi is good, i love this lace for all the food besides sushi that is available to you.
You can taste many things, like them and go again or don't like them, leave the plate and the server will take it away, quite quickly.
Salads, tempura of all vegetable, fish and chicken and beef. Teriyaki or other sauces.
Than the giosa and other fried small thing to bite on, three or four soups and my favorite are shell fish, the oysters. All these over dinner.
I think that lunch time no oysters.
Price in the evening is $33.95

2. The Oregon Club

117 Oregon Rd, Ashland, MA 01721-1012 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available American, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 508-875-9030
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

The Oregon Club

Reviewed By Coco T - Boston, Massachusetts

Cute patio and very nice surrounding. I've been there before and wanted to take my husband. The menu is great and can satisfy many tastes. Nice wine list. We have problem with couple of bottles (which waiter confirmed that they are corked) which they gladly changed it. Staff is just fantastic and helpful. Enjoyed very much our night out. But I think the chef is a bit heavy handed on salt. Everything was salty for average person. I like salty food but everything we ordered was border line salty. The quality and variety is great just a bit on salty side.

3. J&M Diner

50 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702-5361 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Diner, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 508-875-7811
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

J&M Diner

Breakfast & Brunch<br>We’re a family run diner that lost our business for over 20 years due to a fire. We are thrilled to be back in Framingham serving the people who make the world go ‘round. <br>Hours: 6:00am to 2:00pm daily <br>*Only closed on Christmas Day*

Reviewed By Wynonnaj - London

This is an awesome place. The restaurant had a fire several years ago and moved to a new location. The owners are hard working, friendly and service and food are excellent. The place is a gem. Love having unique place for breakfast. Food is excellent and servings very generous.

4. Stone's Public House

179 Main St, Ste 1, Ashland, MA 01721-3124 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 508-881-1778
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 169 reviews

Stone's Public House

Reviewed By Al M - Boston, Massachusetts

Not sure why but management changed look of bar. Covered up shelves and mirrors. Added to many TVs. Menu is still the same! Still great food. Hopefully management is receptive to feedback

5. Jack’s Abby

100 Clinton St, Framingham, MA 01702-6748 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 508-872-0900
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Jack’s Abby

Reviewed By Troy H - Fayetteville, North Carolina

Very open and spacious with lots of group seating, so large groups are easily accommodated. A very extensive beer menu. Lots of appetizers and meals to choose from. Had a hot pretzel and a Caesar salad. One person I was with ordered the cheese platter and it was extensive and I wished I had ordered it. Wasn't real hungry, but wanted to try some things. Both were very good and even had anchovies on the salad. Never had them before, but were good and weren't fishy. had a locally brewed ale that was really good. Reasonable prices and good selection and very festive environment.

6. Oga's Japanese Cuisine

915 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760-2056 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 508-653-4338
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Oga's Japanese Cuisine

Reviewed By John C - Palm City, Florida

Enjoyed a very nice evening with my son. He had recommended this spot as he resides nearby. Food & service was excellent. Sukiyaki was authentic; real ingredients, not westernized vegetables. Tofu, soba noodles, bamboo shoots, ?. Loved it, along with everything else.

7. Bella Costa Ristorante

147 Cochituate Rd, Framingham, MA 01701-7821 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 508-626-1726
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 241 reviews

Bella Costa Ristorante

Bella costa Ristorante has been a family operated business since 1986, warm personal service creates a comfortable, home-like atmosphere. The owner/chef and his staff serve you great food prepared with only the finest ingredients, top quality meats and seafood that is delivered fresh daily. We offer to cater any event at the location of your choice or in the perfect setting, our function room. whether you have a wedding reception, business party, baby shower, you can create your own menu from our generous menu offerings and we will attend to your every need we will make sure to make your celebration the one to remember. As a result of our quality food great prices and unsurpassed hospitality, we have received great reviews from local newspapers and the boston globe. Bella Costa has been voted "Best of the Best" for Framingham Best Italian Restaurant and #1 Dinning Excellence for 6 years running.

Reviewed By WhitneyWelles - Boston, Massachusetts

Years ago Paul was humble and happy to provide the best meal possible. Fast forward, and there is better decor and a better menu, However, I miss the Italian food. I had lunch with a family member and We both had scallop lunches. My scallops were undercooked and the other dish of scollops was overcooked. Clearly, consistency is an issue. This happened at the same lunch. Same dish. What happened?!?! I stopped going there years ago when the owners wife was gossiping fairly loud regarding other patrons. Waited years to return and sadly was not impressed. I’d give one less star but the decor was nice. Apprehensive to go for dinner as there are too many places in the area where a better meal is almost guaranteed.

8. Ashland Ale House

23 Pond St, Ashland, MA 01721-2054 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 508-861-7780
Excellent
33%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 120 reviews

Ashland Ale House

Reviewed By DelilahDew - Boston, Massachusetts

Fish and chips are so good.Not a french fry fan but really like them here. Interesting and ever changing menu. The seasonal dinner salads are a plus. We have enjoyed consistently good pub food and warm, welcoming servers on many occasions. Management is present and noticeable- always checking what is coming out of the kitchen. Inside is rather dark...very nice in winter but if you're looking for a sun filled open environment during the summer months this is not the place. Varies from moderately busy to very busy with a wait. At the end of a strip mall. Plenty of parking for this reason. Try AAH at least once...

9. Zaftig's

1298 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760-1501 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 508-653-4442
Excellent
34%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 205 reviews

Zaftig's

Reviewed By WINEandTRAVEL - Boston, Massachusetts

Picked up a couple of sandwiches for lunch to go. Our tuna salad sandwich and the corned beef on rye were very good... a nice choice over fast food options. Reliable deli... not many in the area,

10. Green Leaf Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant

62 Water St, Framingham, MA 01701-3480 Takeout Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 3 - SGD 22 +1 508-309-3009
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Green Leaf Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant

Reviewed By Anand S

We ordered
- Gobi Manchuri for starter
- Mediterranean Millet risotto
- zucchini noodle with tomato pesto
- poricini crusted tofu
Overall serving quantity was more than we could eat
Texture and contents were healthy
But taste was bland for Indian tongue

We had Ginger /Apple drink, which was good
Gobi manchri was tasty

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