Round Up: Marathon Weekend in Back Bay

Coming down to the finish line to watch the Marathon?

Here’s where to eat, what to do, and how to give back this Marathon Weekend.

Where to Eat

Artisan Bistro
10 Avery Street

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, whether you’re running Boston or cheering on the 30,000 people from all over the world coming to conquer the 26.2 miles.  Artisan Bistro is offering a Runner’s Choice breakfast menu from Saturday – Tuesday featuring delicious, nutrient packed specials to get your day off right.  Offerings include a chocolate-banana smoothie with whey protein powder, vanilla, cocoa, and banana, a six egg omelette (made with cage-free eggs, wild mushrooms, herbs, baby kale, and goat cheese), served with all-natural turkey bacon and fresh fruit, and whole wheat pancakes, made with chia, flax, hemp, local honey, and fresh ricotta.

View the menu here.

B3 – Back Bay Beats
160 Massachusetts Avenue

It’s a prix-fixe feast at Back Bay Beats this Marathon weekend.  With runners in mind, the menu is protein and carb heavy with nutrient dense options like whole wheat spaghetti, deviled eggs, and sweet potatoes.

View B3’s menus here.

Bar Boulud
776 Boylston Street

Take your post-race celebrations over to Bar Boulud for dinner and drinks overlooking Boylston Street.  Their wine cellar, dedicated to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône Valley and extending to the U.S., Italy, Spain, and beyond, offers the perfect pairing for any meal.  Boston Back Bay’s favorite starters are the gougères, deliciously buttery choux pastry with gruyère and espelette, and escargot with mushrooms, puff pastry, almonds, and garlic butter.  The bistro classics offered are phenomenal: coq au vin (red wine braised chicken, bacon lardon, mushroom, gemelli pasta, and pearl onions), moules frites with garlic, white wine, cream, shallots, and leeks, and duck breast with pomme lyonnaise and brussels sprout.  Looking for something different?  Try the lobster risotto with saffron, mushroom, and kale and grilled branzino with crushed fingerling potatoes, broccoli rabe, and gremolata.

View the menu here.

Brasserie JO
120 Huntington Avenue

It’s all about the carbs all weekend long at Brasserie JO.  Feed those legs with their Marathon Menu, featuring seven special dishes — including a gluten free options.  Pasta not your thing?  Opt for the cauliflower risotto with Basque pepper, spinach and scallops.  Want 26.2 miles of pure pasta strength?  We have our eye on the pappardelle with shrimp, citrus, bleu cheese, pine nuts, and neurre noisette.

View the Marathon menu here.

City Table & City Bar
65 Exeter Street

It’s specials all weekend long at City Table and City Bar, both at The Lenox.  Friday –  Sunday, both spots are offering Marathon Pasta Specials — Boston Back Bay has our eye on the linguine alle vongole with fresh linguine, littleneck clams, lemon, chilies, chives at City Table.  Then, Marathon Monday, stop in for a special menu starting at 11 am.  Both City Table and City Bar are offering tasty, shareable snacks (soft pretzels,  homemade potato chips, and steak tacos, anyone?) as well as entrees like steak frites and grilled Faroe Island salmon.

View City Table’s menu here and City Bar’s here.

75 Arlington Street

Running is hard work but, hey, so is cheering.  Fuel up on Davio’s handmade pastas (available in appetizer AND dinner portions) like rigatoni with homemade sausage, roasted peppers, broccoli rabe, and burrata and hand-rolled potato gnocchi with organic mushrooms, basil, white truffle oil.  There’s also Maine lobster risotto with asparagus, fresh herbs, and lobster cream.  Don’t forget about the carni, with ten delectable options for meat eaters, including an eleven ounce braised beef short rib.

View the menu here.

955 Boylston Street

Not only does Dillon’s have one of the best viewing spots in town on it’s patio, but it’s menu is a fan favorite, with something for every palate.  Going with a group of friends?  Try wings for the table, a Power Bowl with mixed greens, quinoa, avocado, cucumber, toasted sunflower seed, red onion, cherry tomato, and champagne vinaigrette for that friend barre-going, healthy eating pal and a lobster roll for yourself — because you deserve it.

View the menu here.

Grill 23 & Bar
162 Berkeley Street

Opening early on Marathon Monday (at noon!) with a Marathon menu featuring lunch and dinner specials.  Head in early for a cup of chowder and beef burger with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and house sauce or an oyster po’boy with remoulade and romaine.  For dinner, try the Colorado leg of lamb with celery root, apples, and vanilla or (and?) steak frites, a prime flat iron with parmesan and herb fries.  Don’t forget to look for the “Best of the Best”: three premium cuts of beef, including a ten-ounce American Kobe beef cap steak.

View the menu here.

M.J. O’Connor’s
27 Columbus Avenue

Marathon Monday at M.J.’s means a special menu with ALL of your favorite comfort foods.  Stop in for a cup of Hall of Fame Chowder (a Boston Harborfest three-time winner for best clam chowder), some beer-battered chicken tenders, or a reuben — and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

View the menu here.

Oak Long Bar + Kitchen
138 Saint Avenue

After the race, stop into Oak Long Bar for their special Finish Line Burger with full of bacon + wagyu brisket.  Wash it down with a Sam Adams 26.2 Brew or a Singlecut Miles Marathon Session IPA on draft.  Not a beer drinker?  Check out their wine and cocktails list — Boston Back Bay loves their seasonal cocktails like the Iron Tusk and Catie’s Cooler.

View the menu here.

Post 390
406 Stuart Street

Meet Post 390 at the Finish Line and dive into their special Marathon Monday menu.  Available all day (11:30 am – 11 pm), enjoy shareables like brick oven pizzas, sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken, and tater tot poutine.  Want something all to yourself?  (We don’t blame you.)  Go for a craft sandwich like The Full Parcel Burger, an all natural painted hills beef burger with bacon, sharp Vermont cheddar, iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato, red onion, ketchup, mayo, dijon, and b & b pickles.  Looking to celebrate?  Order a sea food tower – you won’t regret it.

View the menu here.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
154 Berkeley Street

Precinct is pulling out all the stops for Marathon runners and spectators.  Stop in on Sunday night for special pasta dishes and complimentary to-go bags and on Monday for your pre-Marathon fuel (they start serving at 5 am!).  They even have you covered for post-Marathon celebrations with Sam Adams Boston 26.2 Brew on tap.

View the menus here.

710 Boylston Street

Just steps from the Finish Line, Solas is offering a special menu in honor of Marathon Monday.

370 Commonwealth Avenue

Monday’s a day to celebrate, even if you’re not a Marathon fan: Uni is open for lunch service. From 11:30am – 2:00pm, Chef Tony Messina is offering specials such as foie gras bratwurst and scallion pancake pizza.  Or, stick with their eminently Instagram-able sushi and sashimi.

View the menus here.


Hub on the Run: Marathon Weekend Edition w/Achilles!
Boston Marathon adidas Runbase
April 14, 9:30 – 10:30 am

In town for marathon weekend? Join Runcase for a relaxed 45 to 60 minute run around Boston! They’ll show you all the best and most historic sights in the best city in America.  Arrive by 9:30 am or 10:30 am ready to run, sightsee, and have fun.

Marathon Weekend run tours will be guided by local volunteers from Achilles Boston, a non-profit that partners able-bodied guide runners with athletes with disabilities. Runbase is homebase for Achilles’ weekly adaptive group runs, held every Saturday at 10am.

More information here.

One Boston Day at Oak Long Bar + Kitchen
April 15, all day
138 Saint James Avenue

During One Boston Day, OAK will be donating$1.22 per check to Community Servings and to commemorate the 122nd Boston Marathon. Community Servings is a local non-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout MA to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.  So stop in, treat yourself, and give back!

Rally with 45
Hurricane’s at the Garden, 150 Canal Street
April 15, 5-8 pm

Join Pedro Martinez for an epic night at an incredible Sports Bar and Entertainment Venue in the heart of Boston, as we rally for the Pedro Martinez Foundation Boston Marathon team! We will rev up for the Boston Marathon by having a great time for an amazing cause! All proceeds go to the Pedro Martinez Foundation, which holistically educates and supports underserved children and families in Latin America and the United States. This is sure to be an unforgettable evening!!! Don’t miss your chance for delicious food and drinks, Dj Cabeza providing music all night, swag, VIP Area with full dinner and swag bags, dancing, and much more!

Tickets here.

Porto’s Marathon Monday Party
April 16, 11 am – 6 pm

Featuring $1 Island Creek Oysters with shucking boat on the patio, Boozy Sno-Cones, and a frozen rose bar and cocktails — as well as an outdoor bar and patio — Porto’s Marathon Party is the best of both worlds: just steps from the Finish Line but free from the jostling of the crowds.

Visit Porto on Ring Road.

Heather Abbott Foundation Boston Marathon Watch Party
Bar Boulud, 776 Boylston Street
April 16, 11 am – 4 pm

Join HAF and friends to watch Team Limb-it-less and your favorite runners cross the finish line at the 122nd Boston Marathon. This year HAF will occupy the restaurant section of Bar Boulud, serving light fare with a cash bar, in and out access and one of the best views on Boylston Street.

Tickets are $100 each.  Amputees and children under 12 will receive free admission at the door.
Tickets here.

Marathon Monday at the Mandarin
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 776 Boylston Street
April 16, 12:30 – 6:30 pm

Marathon Monday at the Mandarin is an annual one-of-a-kind event on the first Monday in April in support of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and their Race for Rehab Boston Marathon team. Join the team for spectacular views of the race, food, cash bar activities for all ages, entertainment and much more.

Tickets are $75 for adults, $15 for children 7 – 15 years old, and free for children 6 and under.
Tickets here.