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The 15 Best American Restaurants Near Arlington

Updated: August 22, 2022

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best Arlington restaurants for American cuisine. We researched top sites and incorporated millions of critic and user reviews to find the best American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Arlington.

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Town Tavern

American, $$, ArlingtonAmerican, $$Arlington
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Blue Ribbon BBQ

American, $$, ArlingtonAmerican, $$Arlington
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Menotomy Grill & Tavern

American, $$, ArlingtonAmerican, $$Arlington
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

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Puritan & Company

New American, $$$, CambridgeNew American, $$$Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Alden & Harlow

American, $$$, CambridgeAmerican, $$$Cambridge, West Cambridge
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Bisq

American, $$$, CambridgeAmerican, $$$Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Urban Hearth

New American, $$, CambridgeNew American, $$Cambridge, North Cambridge
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Waypoint

American, $$$, CambridgeAmerican, $$$Cambridge, Riverside
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Talulla

American, $$$, CambridgeAmerican, $$$Cambridge, West Cambridge
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
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Area Four

Pizza, $$, CambridgePizza, $$Cambridge, The Port - Area 4
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Veggie Galaxy

American, $$, CambridgeAmerican, $$Cambridge, Cambridgeport
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
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Branch Line

American, $$$, WatertownAmerican, $$$Watertown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Tasting Counter

New American, $$$$, SomervilleNew American, $$$$Somerville, Spring Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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The Smoke Shop BBQ - Kendall Square

American, $$, CambridgeAmerican, $$Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Vincent's

American, $$$, CambridgeAmerican, $$$Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
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How did we curate these results?

Figuring out the best American restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 15185 Arlington restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Arlington restaurant reviews, and 1052 lists and articles – looking closely at what Eater and TimeOut had to say – and applied our boam magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in East Cambridge, Eater - The 38 Essential Restaurants in Boston and TimeOut - The best fine dining restaurants in Boston. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Town Tavern, Blue Ribbon BBQ, and Tryst are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in Arlington.

Town Tavern, Blue Ribbon BBQ, and Tryst are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Arlington.

Town Tavern, Blue Ribbon BBQ, and Tryst are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Arlington.

Tryst is the highest-rated American restaurant for a date night in Arlington.

Tryst is the highest-rated upscale American restaurant in Arlington.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level match for shellfish

    Experts suggest pairing a shellfish with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.


  • The ultimate drink pairing for grilled burger


    Knowing what to pair with grilled burger can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Margarita. This, sweet, cocktail balances the spicy and salty grilled burger.

  • Pair Vieux Carre with heavy meat dish

    When considering how to best enjoy your heavy meat dish, we would highlight how well a glass of Vieux Carre complements the dish as it cuts through the heaviness of the dish.


Did you know?

  • Think you love crawfish

    How much crawfish could you finish in 120 minutes? Get out of Andrew Thevenet way because they ate 33 pounds.

  • A classic dish

    When in The United States it would be criminal not to try out the hamburger. GIve it a go so you can say you had the full experience.

  • The ideal pairing

    Surely you’ve tried lemonade with your hot dog? It’s a classic pairing.

Parking info

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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