Runners and spectators are invited to celebrate the 122nd annual Boston Marathon with dining deals across The Hub. Boston’s top chefs are dishing up carbo-loading pasta specials and protein-packed dishes to fuel up for race day.
Chef Nick Dixon invites runners (and hungry spectators) to carbo-load for the big day with bottomless pasta specials at Capo. Fuel up for the big day on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday April 15 with your choice of four bottomless pasta specials, ranging from $16 – $23/per person. Capo’s lineup of fresh pasta specials includes their signature rigatoni bolognese with classic meat ragu and spaghetti & meatballs which can also be served family styles for groups of any size. Capo’s expansive dining room is the perfect spot to share a meal with your marathon team or your crowd of spectators.
Bottomless Marathon Carbo-Loading Specials:
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Available for individuals or family style
Capo is located at 443 West Broadway, South Boston. Bottomless pasta specials are priced per person (from $16 – $23) and include a bottomless portion of one pasta style. For reservations and details please visit caposouthboston.com. Bottomless pasta specials are available on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.
CHOPPS American Bar & Grill
Chopps American Bar and Grill’s Marathon Weekend Menu packs in the energy and delicious flavors for your race with mouthwatering dishes. Executive chef Stefano Zimei, an avid runner and cyclist, designed this menu to fuel runners throughout their 26.2-mile journey to the finish list. Fill up on protein with the rigatoni bolognese, featuring short ribs and tomato cream sauce, or opt for the four-cheese baked pasta made with CHOPPS’ house-made pesto. If pasta sounds like too much, Zimei suggests the lighter rice noodle dish complete with wild mushrooms, carrots, bok choy, bean sprouts, and ginger nam pla sauce. Diners who are running the big race will receive 15-percent off their food bill if they show their bib to the wait staff.
CHOPPS American Bar and Grill is located at One Burlington Mall Road, in Burlington MA. To make a reservation, please call 781-221-6643 or visit choppsamericanbarandgrill.com for more information.
CHOPPS’ rice noodles
There is no better spot to hit before the big race than Restaurant DANTE. Whether you’re fueling up for the marathon or simply love pasta, look no further than the ultimate carbo-loading destination. On Sunday, April 15, guests can fuel up with bottomless pasta from 5-8 p.m. as chef Dante de Magistris serves up selections including tomato basil (tufoli pasta, San Marzano (D.O.P.), basil, Parmigiana-Reggiano), aglio e plio (spaghetti, pine nuts, raisins), and zucchine (fusilli pasta, cherry tomatoes, pecorino romano).
DANTE is located at 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Unlimited pasta offerings are $18 with the option of additional protein for an extra cost. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 617-497-4200. For more information, please visit restaurantdante.com.
DANTE’s Aglio e Olio
Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge
Grab your race bibs for this year’s Boston Marathon and head on over to Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge for pre-marathon bites and dining deals. From Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, Boston Marathon participants can enjoy complimentary appetizers once picking up their race bibs. The team at Empire will offer guests one appetizer by simply presenting your bib to the wait staff. Marathon contestants can choose from the following fan-favorite appetizers:
Steamed Edamame, white miso ailoi
Avocado Nigiri, sesame seeds, sweet soy, green yusu kosho soy
Scallion Pancake, crispy & flaky, sesame dressing, sriracha sour cream, edamame hummus
Corn Rangoons, hand folded, sweet corn roasted in the husk, popped corn, crumbled cotija, red papaya duck sauce
Hawaiian Style Poke, diced tuna & Hamachi, sweet onion, bean sprout, macadamia nuts, Sentosa dressing
Chop Stick Chicken Teriyaki, green apple teriyaki, side of sambal chili
Beef Teppanyaki, kalbi marinade, crushed cashews, cashew sauce
Crispy Shrimp Shu Mai, sweet and spicy mustard
Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge is located at 1 Marina Park Drive. For more information or for reservations, please call 617-295-0001 or visit empireboston.com.
Explorateur Café, Restaurant & Bar
Fuel up for the Boston Marathon and cave into your carb cravings at Explorateur Café, Restaurant and Bar. During the week leading up to Marathon Monday, guests are invited to devour Explorateur’s pasta perfections, including an enticing pasta special of Gulf shrimp pappardelle (ras el hanout, Calabrian chilies, Meyer lemons). Other pasta options include a lighter dish of spaghetti & tomatoes (heirloom cherry tomatoes, champagne, garlic, olive oil, parsley), or, a more traditional Italian fare, pappardelle bolognese (beef, pork, ricotta, cured egg yolk). Finish your meal on a sweet note with a delicious assortment of pastries and a fresh cup of coffee, where every $1 from each coffee will be donated to the One Fund on the day of the big race.
Explorateur is located at 186 Tremont St. in Boston. For more information, call 617-466-6600 or visit explorateur.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
The entire city of Boston is welcomed to join the beloved Grill 23 & Bar to cheer on the 2018 Boston Marathon runners with decadent eats from Executive Chef Brian Kevorkian. Doors to Boston’s award-winning steakhouse open early at 12 p.m. for a day of celebration. Guests can dine on delights such as Grill 23’s legendary 100-day aged prime ribeye, grilled swordfish, and pan-seared loch halibut. Take a seat at the bar and sip on a specialty cocktails to ring in spring such as the peach old fashioned (bulleit rye, house peach syrup, house bitters, orange spritz) or the Death & Taxes (cigar infused Woodford Reserve bourbon, peach syrup, lemon juice, fernet franca rinse). Join the festivities close to the finish line in Back Bay at Grill 23.
Grill 23 & Bar is located at 161 Berkeley St. in Boston’s Back Bay. The restaurant will be open from noon-10:30 p.m. on April 16. To book a reservation or for more information, call 617-542-2255
Grill 23’s 100-day aged prime ribeye
Guests, friends, and, families are invited to celebrate the renowned Boston Marathon with the team at Post 390. Executive chef Nick Deutmeyer has specially prepared an exquisite Marathon Monday menu, sure to delight race day cravings. Choose from any of the impressive raw bar options such as the seafood tower and wild white shrimp cocktail, specialty brick-oven pizza or snacks such as the mezze board (salt-roasted cashew hummus, honey wheat cracker bread, chili & citrus olives, marinated mushrooms, chilled garden vegetables) to share amongst guests. Guests can also choose from the fresh salad selections, such as the Tavern Steak Salad (brandt farm bavette, baby watercress, shaved radish & red onion, marinated mushrooms, horseradish vinaigrette) or a heartier bite of The Full Parcel Burger (all-natural painted hills beef, sharp Vermont cheddar, iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato, red onion, ketchup, mayo, Dijon, bread & butter pickles). The Post 390 Marathon Monday menu will be available on Monday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Post 390 is located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood at 406 Stuart Street on the corner of Clarendon Street. Reservations are available and walk-ins welcome. For more information, please call 617-399-0015 or visit post390restaurant.com.
Post 390’s The Full Parcel Burger
Red Lantern Boston
Red Lantern Boston celebrates everyone running the marathon and foodies alike with carbo-loading noodle specials from April 9 – April 15. Guests can sink their taste buds into dishes including yuzu miso tuna udon (flash grilled and glazed tuna, udon noodles, garlic, pea pods, onions, black garlic-sesame drizzle), chicken chow mein (crispy thin egg noodle “cake” tender chicken, snow peas, carrots, classic white sauce), and stir-fried XO noodles (dry fried thin egg noodles, scallion, bean sprouts, shrimp, Jian’s XO sauce). Wash down your meal with Red Lantern’s cocktail special, The Finish Line (Bacardi Coconut, ginger liquor, fresh coconut water (Thai coconut), lime agave, fresh mint, lime and ginger).
Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge is located 39 Stanhope St. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit redlanternboston.com or call 617-262-3900.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
75 Arlington Street, Boston
Before the race, indulge in the incredible selection of handmade pastas at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse such as their potato gnocchi with mushrooms and white truffle oil, penne with Applewood smoked chicken, sundried tomato, walnuts and cream, or their famous Tagliatelle Bolognese. All pastas are available as appetizers and can be prepared gluten-free if requested.
Hand-rolled potato gnocchi, organic mushrooms, basil, white truffle oil ($24)
Tagliatelle Bolognese of braised veal, beef, pork and tomato sauce ($27)
All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Buffet at TAMO LOFT at the Seaport Hotel
Sunday, April 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m., $24/pp
1 Seaport Lane, Boston
Head to TAMO LOFT at the Seaport Hotel on Sunday, April 15th between 6pm and 8pm and feast on a delicious buffet featuring Caesar salad, freshly baked breads and a variety of fresh pastas including pappardelle pasta with Bolognese sauce, wild mushroom and cheese lasagna, Gemelli pasta primavera and a gluten-free penne pasta. Reservations recommended by calling TAMO at 617.385.4304. Buffet is $24 per person, plus tax and service.
Pappardelle pasta with Bolognese sauce
Gluten-free penne pasta
Grab & Go Breakfast in TAMO Bistro + Bar
Marathon Monday, April 16, 5:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m., $10/pp
1 Seaport Lane, Boston
Fuel up the morning before the marathon at TAMO Bar + Bistro at the Seaport Hotel and choose from a selection of hearty oatmeal or fresh bagels, a banana and juice, coffee or tea. Breakfast can be pre-ordered by calling In-Room Dining at 617.385.4305. Grab & Go Breakfast is $10 per person, plus tax and service.
Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca
Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, 617-421-4466
To kick off a weekend full of carbo-loading, Babbo will be hosting a Pre-Marathon Pasta Party on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. The seated dinner will cost $60 per person and will include wine paired with each course. Seats can be reserved by calling (617) 421-4466.
The menu will include:
First Course: Frittata di Pasta with Arugula Salad, Three-Year Parmigiano Reggiano, aceto tradizionale
Second Course: Tagliatelle alla Primavera with Spring Verdure, Pecorino Romano
Third Course: Spinach Cannelloni with Braised Veal, Bechamel
Fourth course: Lemon Sorbetto and Creme Fraiche Gelato
Continuing the carbo-loading craze throughout the weekend, Babbo will be offering a generously sized, protein-packed Spaghetti & Meatballs Marathon Special for only $12 from Friday, April 13th to Sunday, April 15th, in addition to its variety of regularly available pastas.
40 West 3rd St., Boston
Hours: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Executive Chef Steve Brocone is hosting a Pasta Dinner at Coppersmith for those running the marathon as well as guests just looking to carbo load before the big day. Specials will include fettuccine aglio e olio, ricotta stuffed manicotti with Grandma’s red sauce and penne with sweet fennel sausage, red pepper, and broccolini. Pasta dinner specials will be available in addition to the regular menu. Reservations are highly recommended.
MET Back Bay
279 Dartmouth Street, Boston
Hours: Special dinner from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Sunday; Marathon Monday Brunch 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Both runners and spectators can fuel up for Marathon Monday at MET Back Bay. Carbo-load on Sunday, April 15 from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. with carb-heavy specials including bucatini carbonara and meatballs with salumi meatballs, chili flakes, pecorino, and garlic bread or the 26.2 Burger, a protein-packed burger with almond crusted goat cheese, fried kale, and a Greek yogurt cream on pita bread. On Monday, April 16, spectators can enjoy a special Marathon brunch just steps away from the finish line from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.
500 Harrison Ave., Boston
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Cinquecento has been serving contemporary Italian fare since opening in 2012. The menu features a wide variety of pasta options for those looking to carbo-load before the marathon. It is located a short walk from the finish line and its classic Roman trattoria environment makes it a great option for fueling up before the big race.
98 Salem St., Boston
Hours: 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
In the heart of Boston’s North End, Terramia has been serving up Italian classics for nearly 25 years. Their menu features countless pasta options perfect for carbo-loading before the race.
93 Salem St., Boston
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Just doors down from Terramia, this popular Italian restaurant serves authentic southern Italian cuisine. Fuel up for the race with a wide variety of authentic wood-fired flatbreads or one of their many pasta options for lunch or dinner.
Hours: Varied by location
With many locations surrounding the Boston area, 110 Grill is a perfect place to stop to carbo-load before the commute to Boston for race day. Featuring contemporary American cuisine in a casual atmosphere, 110 Grill offers a variety of flatbreads, pastas, large format entrees with a menu that is available 100% gluten-free.
Tuscan Kitchen Seaport
64 Seaport Blvd., Boston, 617-303-7300, tuscanbrands.com/Kitchen/Seaport
Tuscan Kitchen Seaport is offering an amazing deal for all marathon runners. ALL weekend long (April 14-16), marathon runners who show their registration (the marathon app is acceptable) will receive a complimentary meal of some of Joe Faro’s favorite pasta dishes that include:
Grilled Organic Chicken Breast / Roasted Broccolini
Classic Braised Sauce of Beef, Veal & Pork, Parmiggiano Reggiano
San Marzano Tomato, Basil Pesto, Garlic Spinach