Eats & Seats for Marathon Monday in Boston


Race day is on its way! Whether you’re looking for a prime spot for carbo-loading ahead of time or patio seats for watching and cheering-on the runners, some of your favorite restaurants are rolling out Marathon Monday specials — heaping bowls of pasta for the night before or croque monsieurs and bubbles day-of — to help you get into the spirit of the day. Consult the collection below to find the one that suits your Marathon Monday game plan. 

Be sure to get a seat at Bambara‘s pre-race all-you-can-eat-pasta evening on Sunday, October 10th from 5:00-9:00pm. For $26 per person, you can fuel up with housemade pastas like bucatini (with puttanesca sauce, braised greens and pecorino) and fusilli (with herb infused parmesan cream, roasted mixed mushrooms and sourdough crumbs). Don’t worry if you have specific running needs, both dishes can be made with marinara, butter or EVOO sauces and you can add proteins (like rustic meatballs) for an additional fee. With a belly full of pasta, you’ll be prepped and ready to walk, jog or run for miles (26.2 to be exact).

Grand Tour
This elegantly cozy spot right on Newbury St. is the ideal race day destination just steps from the finish line. Chef Michael Serpa and team are serving up a special Marathon Monday menu consisting of a three-course lunch, two bevvies and prime race-watching spots for $100 per person. Grab your tickets online here or call 857.277.0800 with any Q’s. 

Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Get your carbo-load on at Precinct Kitchen + Bar, the Loews Boston Hotel’s ground-floor restaurant, with a selection of new pasta specials available all week long to help you crush your best times on race day. And to help runners on the day, the team are handing out complimentary breakfast bags to go in the morning (which include snacks and water) along with a special treat for after the race to celebrate their milestone achievement. Whether you need some pasta support, a morning pick-me-up or an after race celebration this Boston-centric eatery is the place to go.

Have a French inspired brunch at Rochambeau while you watch the waves of runners to roll on through. Brunch begins at 10:00am at the Back Bay spot (right on Boylston Street) and it’s first come first serve, so make sure to get there early and get the perfect spot to cheer on all the athletes. Dig into ricotta pancakes, croque monsieur and duck confit hash and raise a glass of bubbles to the runners. For more information call 617.247.0400.  

Make Sonsie your Marathon Monday destination and you can be close-but-not-too close to all the race day hustle and bustle. The longstanding Newbury Street hang will be open at 8:00am serving top-notch internationally-inspired plates. Slurp down oysters on the half shell, bananas foster French toast or start the morning off with a freshly made pizza. French doors open onto s spacious sidewalk cafe with some cover from chilly morning air. Seating is first come first serve on the morning so make your way over bright and early to get the perfect perch. Call 617.351.2500 with any Q’s.

Sweet Cheeks Q
The team at Sweet Cheeks Q will be opening a bit early on Marathon Monday (at 4:00pm) so if you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite (running or cheering) just make a beeline for Tiffani Faison‘s award-winning Boylston Street bbq join to enjoy all your faves (biscuits, ribs, mac & cheese and more) as well as day-of specials like Salt-n-Pepper Potato Nachos with your choice of pulled pork, pulled chicken, burnt ends, brisket or pork belly, bbq beans, jack, cheddar, sour cream, jalapeños and scallions on salt and pepper potatoes ($18).

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