Years ago, when I visited Lisbon, Portugal, we stopped at the Time Out Market. Although we didn’t spend much time there, I was so impressed with the rows of delicious food stalls that lined the halls. In addition to the individual booths, there were so many large tables, that I knew it would be a great place to sample some delicious food.
Recently, Time Out has expanded, and opened a brand new Time Out Boston location. This food hall features 15 different food counters from some of the top chefs in Boston. The Time Out Market Boston opened in June 2019, and is already a popular location.
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Review of the New Time Out Boston Food Hall
If you are considering visiting the Time Out Market Boston, it’s important to know that this isn’t a food court. You won’t find chain restaurants here, and it’s not fast food. Prices aren’t cheap, but the food is great quality from some of the best local chefs.
Location of Time Out Boston Food Hall
The Time Out Market in Boston is located in the historic Landmark Center building. It’s near Fenway Park, the Longfellow hospital district, and Kenmore Square.
In addition to the food hall, the Landmark Center features a movie theater, REI, Bed Bath and Beyond, Staples, Blick, and more.
If you are planning to take public transportation to the Time Out market, you’ll want to take the T to the Fenway Station. There are other options, including the Kenmore Square stop, but that may involve more walking.
Parking is also available in the area. There’s a parking garage right at the Landmark Center at 401 Park Drive. You’ll want to get your parking validated so that you can get the discounted rates.
There’s also street parking available, but that, of course, is based on availability. If you don’t like to carry change with you, the meters work on the ParkBoston app.
Keep in mind that with a location near Fenway Park, this whole area can be extremely busy on Red Sox game days. Parking may be difficult and more expensive during this time.
Food at the Time Out Market in Boston
Regardless of your food tastes, you will definitely find something delicious at the Time Out Market in Boston. Here are some of the highlights:
Monti: This quick-service pizza place, from local celebrity chef Michael Schlow, features plain margarita and more adventurous pizza. If you are visiting with kids, this is a great option. My son absolutely loved his pizza.
Saltie Girl: If you are visiting Boston, you can’t leave without trying some delicious seafood. Saltie Girl offers lots of options, including a lobster roll and the octopus empanadas pictured above.
Craigie Burger: Get what is considered the best burger in Boston at this booth, from Chef Tony Maws, owner of Craigie on Main.
Michael Schlow’s: My daughter loves the pasta at Alta Strada restaurant, so she was eager to try something from Michael Schlow’s. Here, you can try traditional pasta dishes and well as several appetizers.
Union Square Donuts: Looking for a sweet treat? Try one of the unique donuts flavors at this booth, including Vietnamese Coffee donuts.
GoGo Ya: This booth, from the famous O Ya sushi in Boston, offers crispy nori tacos and sushi bento bowls. My husband got the bento bowl and I got the tacos, and they were our favorites among everything else we sampled at the Time Out market.
Gelato & Chill: This gelato stand features a variety of flavors of gelato as well as a rotating selection of sorbets.
George Howell Coffee: Offering coffee and pastries all day long.
Tasting Counter: From Chef Peter Ungár, this booth offers modern cuisine.
Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe Chicken and Dumplings: We didn’t get any food here this time, but everything coming out of the kitchen looked absolutely delicious.
Bisq: Offers charcuterie plates and sandwiches for a lighter meal.
The Bar: there are several bars within the Time Out food hall. Drinks have to be purchased at the bar, where you’ll find beer, wine, and inventive cocktails. There are also pitchers filled with cold ice water if you’d rather not get a drink.
Seating at the Time Out Market in Boston
Seating is open at the Time Out market, and you’ll find large wooden tables located throughout the hall. Reservations aren’t accepted or required, and seating is first come, first served.
In season, there’s also an outdoor patio that is perfect for an al fresco meal. On the Saturday that we visited, we opted to sit outside. There’s limited shade and no umbrellas, but it is a nice area.
In the future, Trillium Brewery will be opening a beer garden within the lawn area of the market. During our visit, the Red Sox were hosting an outdoor event with tvs, a VR experience, a batting cage, and a pitching accuracy game.
Tips for Visiting the Time Out Boston Food Hall
I’d recommend walking around the hall first to decide what to get. The four of us all wanted different things, so we split up into two groups and ordered.
Each location will give you a buzzer that will go off when the food is ready. These buzzers do not work in the outdoor patio area, so you’ll need to stay inside.
The Time Out Boston Food Call is cashless. You’ll need to use a credit card to make a purchase at any of the booths.
Parking meters are generally available for up to 2 hours, which was plenty of time for us to explore the food hall, eat, get dessert, and walk around outside.
The market is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, not every booth offers breakfast, so check out the website before leaving to make sure there’s a good option for your breakfast.
Hotels Near the Time Out Market in Boston
Any of the hotels near Fenway Park would also be convenient. These include the following:
You can learn more about the Time Out Boston market on their website.