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The 15 Best American Restaurants Near Melrose

Updated: August 22, 2022

Looking for Melrose’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Melrose.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Liberty Bell Roast Beef and Seafood

American, $, MelroseAmerican, $Melrose, Melrose Highlands
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Rising Eagle Publick House

American, MelroseAmericanMelrose, Downtown
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Tasting Counter

New American, $$$$, SomervilleNew American, $$$$Somerville, Spring Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • TimeOut, 2021

    The best fine dining restaurants in Boston

    TimeOut, 2021
  • Eater, 2022

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    Eater, 2022

Field & Vine

American, $$$, SomervilleAmerican, $$$Somerville, Union Square
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Infatuation

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    Infatuation
  • Eater, 2022

    Where to Find Greater Boston’s Most Romantic Restaurants

    Eater, 2022

Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

American, $$, SomervilleAmerican, $$Somerville, Davis Square
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, 2022

    2022 Best American Restaurants in Boston Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, 2022
  • TimeOut, 2020

    The best fried chicken in Boston

    TimeOut, 2020

Trina's Starlite Lounge

American, $$, SomervilleAmerican, $$Somerville, Union Square
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2015

    Take a Meat Break With These 16 Veggie Burgers

    Eater, 2015
  • TimeOut, 2020

    The best fried chicken in Boston

    TimeOut, 2020

Highland Kitchen

American, $$, SomervilleAmerican, $$Somerville, Central Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2015

    Take a Meat Break With These 16 Veggie Burgers

    Eater, 2015
  • USA Today

    Great Restaurants Make a Home in the Close Knit Neighborhood of Somerville

    USA Today

Avenue Kitchen + Bar

American, $$, SomervilleAmerican, $$Somerville, Ball Square
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Jim's Market

American, $, MedfordAmerican, $Medford
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

The Square Deli

American, $, EverettAmerican, $Everett
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Billy's Famous Roast Beef & Seafood

American, $, WakefieldAmerican, $Wakefield, Greenwood
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Mystic Station

American, $$, MaldenAmerican, $$Malden, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Mike's Place

American, $, SaugusAmerican, $Saugus
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

J and J Restaurant & Takeout

Portuguese, $$, SomervillePortuguese, $$Somerville, Union Square
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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NU Kitchen

American, $$, SomervilleAmerican, $$Somerville, Union Square
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

How did these spots get chosen?

Finding the best American restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We pored over ratings for 15185 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in Melrose and 1052 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Eater, USA Today and Infatuation had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. These top contenders have appeared in Eater - Where to Find Greater Boston’s Most Romantic Restaurants, USA Today - Great Restaurants Make a Home in the Close Knit Neighborhood of Somerville and Infatuation - Where To Eat And Drink In Southie. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. These ten options are sure to delight.

FAQ

Ernie's Lunch, My Diner, and Liberty Bell Roast Beef and Seafood are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in Melrose.

Bobby C's Ristorante is the highest-rated upscale American restaurant in Melrose.

Ernie's Lunch, My Diner, and Liberty Bell Roast Beef and Seafood are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Melrose.

Melrose Diner and Bobby C's Ristorante are the highest-rated American restaurants for a date night in Melrose.

Ernie's Lunch, My Diner, and Liberty Bell Roast Beef and Seafood are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Melrose.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Kentucky 75 with fried chicken

    When considering how to best enjoy your fried chicken, we would highlight how well a glass of Kentucky 75 complements the dish as it cuts the fat of the fried skin.


  • The perfect complement to shellfish


    Experts often pair 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.

Fun facts

  • A classic meal

    If you take a trip to pecan pie, then the well-known, tasty pecan pie should be on your radar! It is a local classic.

  • An order for 12burgers of burger?

    Takeru Kobayashi took the world-record for eating the most burger by having 12 in one sitting in 2014.

  • A must-visit festival in Chicago

    Perhaps you want to try something new out, have you considered a Chicago Hot Dog Festival? Give it some thought. Every year in Chicago, Illinois, thousands of people attend the festival, adding to the appeal of the already charming city.

Parking tips

Parking has always been a challenge in Melrose. 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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