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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 - Mediterranean

Baraka Cafe

80 ½ Pearl St, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-868-3951

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Where else in Cambridge can you get lemonade with a touch of rose petal? Head to Baraka Café for North African food with French influences. A specialty vegetarian platter boasts a variety of expertly prepared vegetables, including eggplant and carrots. Entrees range from roasted eggplant to Algerian crepes filled with vegetable stew. The charming interior features warm-toned walls trimmed in blue and lined with photographs of North African peoples.
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Blue Room

1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-494-9034

Description: CAMBRIDGE. The creative kitchen staff at ever-popular Blue Room rarely fails to impress. This is especially so on Sundays, when the restaurant puts on a buffet brunch that promises delights like Moroccan spiced chicken, fried pork chicharrones, octopus salad and Persian rice pudding. As to the setting, this atmospheric restaurant sports weathered brick walls, rough ceiling timbers and an open kitchen. Displays of original artwork, rotated seasonally, give the space further charm. Nice wine list and outdoor dining during summer months.
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Central Kitchen

567 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-491-5599

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Neighbors in the vicinity of Central Kitchen love being able to pop in anytime for great, rustic food. CK's consistently excellent appetizers and entrees have a Mediterranean sensibility but also include a handful of New American and Spanish items. Starters include tasty plates of olives, breads, and mushrooms, and entrees feature marinated and grilled seafood, meat, and vegetable creations. The dessert list offers special treats too. Copper-topped tables and a blackboard wall behind the bar make for interesting interior accents.
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Hamersley's Bistro

553 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 617-423-2700

Description: SOUTH END. Head to Hamersley's for a charming French bistro experience serving both French and New American cuisine. Here you'll find that chef Gordon Hamersley really knows how to please a crowd with specialty dishes that include such favorites as seared tuna and portobello mushroom, Atlantic salmon cooked in crab broth, and veal cutlet stuffed with proscuitto and fontina. The wine list is quite varied, offering something for every taste. The decor is understated elegance.
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Jasmine Bistro

412 Market St, Brighton, MA 02135 617-789-4676

Description: BRIGHTON. This Brighton area restaurant has a diverse menu with entrees that feature Middle Eastern, Hungarian, and French roots. The dishes consist of both meat and vegetables, but the common denominators to all the offerings are the savory spices that infuse each entree. The chefs aren't heavy handed with their spices, but neither are they afraid of them! A nice wine list features a variety of Hungarian and Australian wines. The interior decor is just about as eclectic as the menu-Middle Eastern fabrics, a tropical fish tank, and contemporary lighting all mix together to provide the distinct feel that is Jasmine.
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Lala Rokh

97 Mt. Vernon St, Boston, MA 02108 617-720-5511

Description: BEACON HILL. Regulars rave about the superb Persian and Middle Eastern dishes that come from this Beacon Hill kitchen. An array of spices and herbs combine with fresh beef, poultry, grains, and vegetables to create wonderful, savory entrees. Artwork adorns the walls, making for an upscale, casual atmosphere. The knowledgeable, attentive waitstaff also contribute to a pleasant dining experience.
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Maurizio's

364 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113 617-367-1123

Description: NORTH END. The chef-owner at this North End favorite really knows his stuff as he consistently puts out excellent Sardinian fare that's delicious and lovely in presentation. The restaurant has two levels featuring small dining rooms on each. Both areas are quiet and exude a very romantic feel. Artwork by local painters adorns the walls and is available for purchase. The wait staff is very pleasant and knowledgeable, seeking to make your visit a very enjoyable one. To get started, try the bruschetta, and then order the three cheese ravioli.
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Mistral

223 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116 617-867-9300

Description: SOUTH END. Sophisticated Mistral attracts well-heeled patrons looking to combine the perfect social scene and elegant dining. More popular dishes include grilled salmon with fennel, steamed mussels, and delicious pizzas personalized to fit your taste. As to the space, the spirit of Provence pervades, complementing the high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and hand-made pottery with earthy stucco, weathered wood and stone elements.
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Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-661-0505

Description: CAMBRIDGE. A favorite among the Inman Square crowd, this Mediterranean restaurant boasts an innovative menu and pleasant wait staff. Entrees derive their inspiration from Turkey, North Africa, and Greece and include Armenian bean and walnut pate, tile roasted Halibut, grilled lamb steak with Turkish spices, and baked Alaska for dessert. The list goes on and on, and you're certain to encounter a variety of dishes you've never had the pleasure to experience. Reserve a table in their outdoor patio if you can.
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Paolo's Trattoria

251 Main St, Charlestown, MA 02129 617-242-7229

Description: CHARLESTOWN. Northern Italian cooking is at its best at this Charlestown eatery, which also offers dishes with a Mediterranean twist. The menu emphasizes crisp, wood-fired pizzas and traditional treats like risotto, antipasto, and pork tenderloin. Desserts don't disappoint either, as you'll see with the rich chocolate mousse. Paolo's waitstaff are helpful and cheery, making dining a pleasurable experience.
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Prezza

24 Fleet St, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-1577

Description: NORTH END. This restaurant is named for a town in the Abruzzi region of Italy, the homeplace of the chef/owner's grandmother. The menu at this Italian dining room holds treasures you're sure to appreciate-roasted halibut, leg of lamb, corn ravioli, and more. The Prezza staff outdo themselves as they knowledgeably present menu options and assist with wine selections. The dessert menu is a must-do; in fact, some call the desserts works of art!
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Rendezvous

502 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 617-576-1900

Description: CAMBRIDGE. Delectable culinary creations draw patrons to this neighborhood dining room. Tasty bites like oysters on the half shell and halibut ceviche with avocado, lime, chilies and cilantro, hint at Mediterranean influences, evident throughout the meal. Select an intriguing main course, such as Swiss chard dolmas with bulgur, golden raisins, baby beets and toasted pine nut sauce. For dessert, warm chocolate cake is served with hazelnut pralines and cinnamon crème. A bar, vibrantly decorated in red, adds visual appeal to the unadorned dining room.
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Sorellina

1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116 617-412-4600

Description: BACK BAY. It's not unusual to spot celebs at this trendy Italian dining room, where the sophisticated bunch comes to see and be seen. The food, while pricey, is superb. Ornate Mediterannean style starters, specialty pastas and exquisite meat and fish dishes make quite a lasting impression, as does the wine list, with 26 varieties available by the glass.
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Sultan's Kitchen

116 State St, Boston, MA 02109 617-570-9009

Description: FINANCIAL DISTRICT. Sultan's Kitchen delivers fresh, healthful dishes that celebrate the cuisine of the Mediterranean world, especially that of Turkey. Owner Özcan Ozan has pulled in loyal lunch crowds since 1981, thanks to tasty traditional offerings like kofte (lamb) and adana (chicken) kebab sandwiches, dolmades, and hummus. The Greek salad is a favorite of lighter eaters, and vegetarian dishes and take-out are available as well.
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