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With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Restaurants
Guide - Restaurants - Chinese

Bernard's

55 Boylston St, The Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-738-3388

Description: WEST METRO. Bernard's is located in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center and offers a fine dining option for shoppers or those seeking out of the ordinary Asian cooking. The menu consists of Chinese cuisine with a modern flair as the chefs manage to turn out dishes that go beyond expectations of what Chinese food has been traditionally. Try the black bean shrimp. Occasionally, guests are treated to live music and temporary art shows. An outdoor dining area is available during the warmer months.
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Billy Tse

240 Commercial St, Boston, MA 02109 617-227-9990

Description: FINANCIAL DISTRICT. Billy Tse's has something for everyone with a menu that hails from China, Thailand, and Vietnam. All three cuisines can be found under one roof, and all three are done quite well. This spot is a good choice for quiet conversation, and the dining room is relaxing with large windows that face the street. Free valet parking is an extra bonus, and delivery is available on a limited basis.
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Changsho

1712 Massachusetts Ave, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-547-6565

Description: CAMBRIDGE. A nod to the grandeur of the Ming Dynasty, this Chinese restaurant between Harvard and Porter Squares is an eye-pleaser thanks its sharp, clean lines and temple-inspired elements. Changsho is far more than a pretty scene, though, and its meticulously-prepared regional dishes have bedazzled palates from all over the city. On Sundays, the buffet brunch is not to be missed ­ if for no other reason than sampling what may just be Cambridge's most delicious dim sum.
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Chau Chow City

83 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111 617-338-8158

Description: CHINATOWN. Chau Chow City is just the sort of place you'd expect to find in Chinatown, and its fine reputation is recognized by business types, in-the-know tourists, and neighborhood locals alike. The basic decor is completely overshadowed by traditional Chinese dishes of shrimp, pork, and chicken. Lobster dumplings and rice crepes packed with shrimp also draw raves. Plus, according to regulars, Chau Chow's dim sum can hold its own against anyone else's in the city.
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China Pearl

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111 617-426-4338

Description: CHINATOWN. Got a craving for dim sum? China Pearl offers some of Boston's best, and the kitchen consistently turns out scores of enticing goodies, like spareribs with black bean sauce, steamed shrimp dumplings, and baked buns with barbecued pork. The menu also offers Cantonese and Hong Kong-style dishes (braised duck, beef with oyster sauce, abalone and black mushrooms) along with a few "American" Chinese standbys. Prices are great, and regulars come back again and again.
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East Ocean City

25-29 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111 617-542-2504

Description: CHINATOWN. At this delicious restaurant, you'll feast on food so authentic that you may require help deciphering the menu! Exquisitely fresh seafood is the focus, popularized in such dishes as shrimp and lobster sashimi. Other delicious selections include soft shell crabs, mussels, and steamed fish. You can also have the talented chefs custom-make a dish for you after you've selected something from the live tank.
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Empire Garden

690 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111 617-482-8898

Description: CHINATOWN. Once a theater, the ornate building that houses this beloved Chinese eatery has seen its share of stars over the years. No doubt, Empire Garden is one of the brightest, thanks to its superb Cantonese dishes. The pre-lunch and Sunday brunch crowds find much to laud about the place's imperial dim sum.
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Golden Temple

1651 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 617-277-9722

Description: BROOKLINE. In the mood for Chinese? Make a trip to the Golden Temple where you'll find a pleasant wait staff serving up exceptional cuisine in a very exotic setting. The interior is lavishly decorated and the menus, drink and food, are quite lengthy. Seafood, chicken, vegetable, noodle, and beef options line the menu that incorporates both traditional and contemporary Chinese entrees. Items contain no MSG. Be prepared to pay for your visit here, but regulars say you'll be glad you did.
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Mary Chung

464 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-864-1991

Description: CAMBRIDGE. This Central Square Chinese restaurant's prices are as good as its entrees ­ and that's saying a lot! Spicy Mandarin-Szechuan eats are excellent and keep regulars coming back for more. The signature Peking ravioli is a favorite dish, as are the array of dishes fashioned around beef, chicken, duck, shrimp, and pork. You'll also find rice and noodle dishes and vegetarian options. Small, modest interior.
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New Jumbo Seafood

5 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111 617-542-2823

Description: CHINATOWN. Jumbo's keyword is "fresh," and the kitchen's ability to get seafood from tank to skillet in no time flat makes a noticeable difference in the quality of the cuisine. The Hong Kong-style menu boasts everything from standard favorites like shrimp to exotic dishes based around sea snails. Order fried calamari, or sample tofu with scallops, scallions, and black bean paste, and you're sure to walk away happy. Open late for folks seeking some Chinese for a midnight snack.
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New Shanghai

21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111 617-338-6688

Description: CHINATOWN. If you crave hot, spicy Szechuan-style cuisine, you'll be thrilled by Chinatown favorite, New Shanghai. Entrees make the most of fresh seafood and well-seasoned meats, and notable dishes include five-spice beef, Peking duck, Singapore noodles, and a great selection of dim sum. Daily specials highlight the chef's skills and provide pleasant diversions from the established menu.
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Peach Farm

4 Tyler St, at Beach St, Boston, MA 02111 617-482-3332

Description: CHINATOWN. This Chinatown restaurant dishes up heaping portions of Hong Kong-style seafood to folks who relish wonderful, well-spiced Asian cuisine. Interesting menu options include sesame-tossed jellyfish, jumbo crab spiced with ginger and scallions, braised chicken hot pot, and salted squid. The knowledgeable, friendly waitstaff contribute to a pleasant experience.
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Sichuan Garden

295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02446 617-734-1870

Description: BROOKLINE. Located on Washington Street in Brookline, the Sichuan Garden offers Szechuan food that packs a punch. For starters, try the jellyfish topped with scallion pesto or the steamed dumplings, and then order the General Tso's chicken, braised beef with Napa cabbage, mapo tofu, or smoked duck for your main course. The friendly smiles of the wait staff and the low prices make the food taste even better!
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Xinh Xinh

7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111 617-422-0501

Description: CHINATOWN. Make no mistake: It's the food that steals the headlines at this understated gem, hidden away amongst Chinatown's more high-profile restaurants. Delicious takes on Chinese soups and standards like lo mein share menu space with equally outstanding Vietnamese dishes like lemongrass chicken with vermicelli, beef stew or pho. Always friendly, the waitstaff fully embraces first-timers, hoping they depart with a deeper appreciation for the variety Chinatown offers and a new-found love of noodles. A final word: If you're on the look out for something different, try the avocado shake.
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