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The 15 Best American Restaurants Near Watertown

Updated: August 22, 2022

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best Watertown 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 Watertown.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Branch Line

American, $$$, WatertownAmerican, $$$Watertown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Ritcey East

American, $$, WatertownAmerican, $$Watertown
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Deluxe Town Diner

American, $$, WatertownAmerican, $$Watertown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Donohue's Bar and Grill

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

Wild Willy's Burgers

American, $$, WatertownAmerican, $$Watertown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Conley's Pub & Grille

American, $, WatertownAmerican, $Watertown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Halfway Cafe

American, $, WatertownAmerican, $Watertown, Bemis
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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Why is this list better than others?

Figuring out the best American restaurants can take awhile. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 15185 spots across Watertown, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 1052 lists and articles from the likes of Eater, Hoodline and Thrillist – applying our boam magic to sift through results. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat Around Cambridgeport and West Cambridge, Hoodline - Explore the 5 top spots in Cambridge's North Cambridge neighborhood and Thrillist - 18 Incredible Spots to Eat and Drink Outside in Boston Right Now. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

FAQ

Branch Line, Ritcey East, and Emilio's Homemade Italian Subs & Dinners are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in Watertown.

Branch Line, Ritcey East, and The Diner at 11 North Beacon are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Watertown.

Branch Line, Ritcey East, and Emilio's Homemade Italian Subs & Dinners are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Watertown.

The highest-rated American restaurants for delivery in Watertown are Branch Line, Deluxe Town Diner, and Donohue's Bar and Grill.

There are 17 American restaurants in Watertown.

Drink pairing tips

  • Margarita with your grilled burger

    A cocktail and some nice, tasty grilled burger - specifically a Margarita - go really well together. This drink will help bring out the most of the spicy and salty in your food, trust us!

  • Kentucky 75 with your 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 best drink pairing for shellfish

    Knowing what to pair with shellfish can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some white wine, particularly a glass of Chardonnay. This, strong and acidic, white wine balances the creamy shellfish.

Fun facts

  • A big appetite

    Are you a fan of chili con carne? The current record for eating the most chili con carne is 18 pounds in only 6! Do you love chili con carne enough to beat this record?

  • Celebrating a love for hamburger

    Looking for an excuse to have hamburgerfor breakfast, lunch, and dinner? International Hamburger Day, celebrated every May 28, is the perfect opportunity to indulge in as much hamburger as you can handle!

  • The traditional pecan pie

    If you love of pecan pie runs deep, why not plan a visit to The United States, the home of the original pecan pie? The locals are so proud of their pecan pie that it is widely recognized as one of the national dishes.

Parking in the area

Parking has always been a challenge in Watertown. 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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