Gift cards are such an easy way to give the food lover on your list the perfect gift (they don’t have to fit and no one ever returns them). And if you play your cards right — you can get a little something for yourself, too. Here’s a bunch of Boston area restaurants that are offering gift card deals, discounts and bonuses to jump start your holiday shopping.
ON-GOING GIFT CARD DEALS
If you’ve got some steak-loving South Shore folks on your shopping list, scoop up some gift cards to Alba. With locations in Quincy and Hanover, the popular pair of restaurants is making it especially worth your while with a Buy $250, Get $50/Buy $500, Get $100 deal. Stop in between now and Christmas Eve so you don’t miss out.
Alpine Restaurant Group
Share the love this holiday season with a gift card from the Alpine Restaurant Group, redeemable at Painted Burro Somerville, Waltham and Harvard Square, Posto, Burro Bar Brookline and South End. For every $100 worth of gift cards purchased, you will receive a $20 bonus gift certificate to treat yourself to a feast of tacos, pizza or heaping plates of pasta. Purchase in person at any of the restaurants, or online here before January 1st to get this sweet bonus.
Treat someone special to delicious Italian food and drink at Bar Enza in Harvard Square. For every $100 in gift cards you purchase, you’ll receive an extra $20 card to use as you see fit. The bonus deal is available until December 26th so give them a ring at 617.661.5050 for details or swing by the Charles Hotel to load up.
Big Heart Hospitality
It’s not too late to stuff your stockings with a gift card from Big Heart Hospitality, redeemable at Sweet Cheeks, Fool’s Errand and Tenderoni’s. Grab a $100 gift card and receive a $10 card for yourself in return. Bonus cards, valid for dine-in only, can be used at Dive Bar and Bubble Bath but are not available for purchased at the High Street Place outposts. The offer is valid online and in-person, so pop over to Fenway between November 24th and December 31st to stock up.
Give the gift of Capo and give the gift of great food, crafted cocktails and more this holiday season! For every $50 gift card purchased in-house, you can unwrap an extra $10 gift card for yourself. Get over to South Boston to grab a bunch (and maybe get a snack while you’re there) before December 31st to get in on this tasty deal.
If you’ve (still) got fans of Italian food on your shopping list (and who doesn’t, really?) a gift card to Davio’s might be just the thing. They’re valid at all locations (Back Bay, Braintree, Chestnut Hill, Foxborough, Lynnfield and Seaport) and during December, you’ll receive a free $50 gift card (no cash value) for every $500 gift card purchase. Order online or in person at the Davio’s of your choice.
The more the merrier this holiday season — the Grafton Group is offering an extra 10% on gift card purchases of $100, and an additional 20% on purchases of $500 or more. Just purchase cards online here from Black Friday ’til New Year’s and they’ll be delivered via mail, email or text. Your giftee will be able to redeem their card at any of the restaurants in the Grafton family (State Street Provisions, Grafton Street Pub & Grill, The Hourly and Russell House Tavern).
Celebrate your friends and family with a gift card to The Lexington in Cambridge Crossing. From December 1st ’til December 31st, for each $100 gift card you purchase, they’ll send you a $20 bonus card to spend on yourself in the month of January. Cards for The Lexington are also good at Cafe Beatrice and Geppetto — so it’s a win/win/win. Order online here and then keep an eye on the mail for your bonus cards so can start the new year off with treats from this trio of Cambridge Crossing spots.
Looking for a last minute gift to wrap up your holiday shopping? Look no further than Liberty Tavern in Quincy, where for every $100 in gift cards purchased through December 24, 2023, you’ll receive a $20 bonus card, which can be used from December 26th, 2023 until February 29th, 2024 (not valid for alcohol and cannot be combined with other offers). This offer is valid in store only, so get a move on and get over to Quincy before Christmas Eve to get your gifting squared away for the season.
From Black Friday right on through ’til the end of the year, the team at Lincoln rewards gift givers with an extra treat. For every $50 gift card purchased in-person, you’ll receive a $10 gift card for yourself. Make for the West Broadway spot in South Boston by December 31st and get all your holiday shopping done while you enjoy a meal of whimsical all-American fare.
Myers + Chang
Myers + Chang is offering special promo on physical gift cards (not digital gift certificates) sold in-house or via their online store. From Black Friday through the end of the year, for every $200 in gift cards purchased, you’ll get a $25 bonus card, and for every $500 in gift cards, you’ll get a $75 bonus card! It’s a win-win for all parties involved.
New City Microcreamery
Stock up on gift cards to New City Microcreamery and get a sweet little extra for your troubles. For every $25 you spend, you’ll get a bonus $5 gift card. They make great stocking stuffers, they’re perfect for holiday swaps, and they’re great to have on hand as a last minute gift (so much better than that peach candle). The promo is available in-restaurant (Hudson, Cambridge & Sudbury) and online – if you purchase yours online just drop them an email to reserve your bonus card.
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar
The holiday season is already under way at Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar where you can snag yourself a little extra treat. For every $50 in gift cards purchased, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card and for every $100 in gift cards purchased, you’ll receive a $20 bonus card. The deal is valid on in-store purchases only and bonus cards are not valid on special events (like functions or wine dinners). Get the deets and the deal by calling 617.254.0044 or head over to Brighton to buy your cards.
Rail Trail Flatbread
You can give the gift of flatbread and get a little ‘za for yourself thanks to your friends at Rail Trail Flatbread. For every $50 spent on gift cards, you’ll get an additional $10 gift card of your very own. This promo is available in-restaurant (Hudson or Milford) and online – if you purchase yours online just drop them an email to reserve your bonus card.
Seafood lovers, it’s time to replenish your stash of gift cards to Row 34 so 2024 (and beyond) can be full of freshly shucked oysters and lobster rolls. Just pop on over to their online shop between Friday, November 24th and the end of the year to place your order and get 20% off with the promo code GCHOLIDAY23. Gift cards can be redeemed at any Row 34 – Boston, Burlington, Portsmouth or Cambridge.
Scampo is keeping you in mind this holiday season, so you can treat a friend or a loved one to a Scampo gift card while also treating yourself. From December 1st through the 31st, Lydia Shire‘s Beacon Hill restaurant is throwing in a $20.00 gift card (to be used in the new year) for every $100.00 spent on gift cards. Buy yours through their website to complete all your gift-getting in one place.
You can treat a fan of comfort food to a special night out at Sloane’s. For every $100 gift card purchase, the folks at the Allston restaurant will add on an extra $25. Available on in-person and online purchases, this deal is good through the Christmas so you can get your holiday shopping done in the blink of an eye.
South End Buttery
Now through the end of December, buy a $100 gift card to The Buttery for that someone special on your list and get a $20 gift card for yourself! Order online and use promo code GCBUTTERY20 at checkout.
The Smoke Shop
Give the gift of BBQ with a gift card to The Smoke Shop. The expert pitmasters are running a special 20% discount on gift cards valued between $100 and $300. Order yours online here and use the code GCHoliday20 at checkout to receive the bonus. The deal lasts through December 31st, so stock up on gift cards for all the ‘que-loving carnivores in your life.
Give someone to a mini trip to Greece by way of Trade, where you can save 20% on gift card gift card purchases of $75 or more. The bonus is available on in-person and online sales before December 31st (use the promo code GCHOLIDAY23 for online purchases). Discounted gift cards are valid for use at Trade Boston beginning January 1, 2024 and cannot be used for private events or combined with other offers.
Give the gift of great food, drink and good old fashioned hospitality with gift cards from Tresca. The beloved North End spot will toss in a $20 bonus gift card with your $100 gift card purchase, so you can rest assured your gift won’t get returned. Place your order(s) online here or swing by Hanover Street to pick yours up in person.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday deals
All Day Hospitality
The folks at All Day Hospitality Group (which includes North and West End faves like Tony & Elaine’s, Bodega Canal, Ciao Roma and Ward 8) is doing a gift card promo from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Just enter the code GCFRIDAY23 at check-out to get 25% off of any gift card purchase.
COJE, the team behind stylish spots like Caveau, Cocorico, Coquette, Lolita, Mariel, Ruka, Underground and Yvonne’s, is offering special promotions on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Black Friday shoppers who buy a $100 gift card (in person at any of the restaurants) will get a complimentary $20 gift card as an extra treat while Cyber Monday gift getters who buy a $100 gift card online here will get 20% off with the code GCCOJE20. Cards are redeemable across all concepts so scoop up a bunch and treat your friends to some fun nights out.
If you’ve got fans of Italian food on your shopping list, a gift card to Davio’s will be just the thing. They’re valid at all locations (Back Bay, Braintree, Chestnut Hill, Foxborough, Lynnfield and Seaport) and on Cyber Monday, you’ll get a 10% discount. The offer is valid from 12:00am until 11:59 on Monday, November 27th on online purchases only with the code CYBER.
Himmel Hospitality Group
The Himmel Hospitality Group, which includes heavy hitters like The Banks, Bistro du Midi, Grill 23 & Bar and Harvest is giving away bonus $25 gift cards for every $100 spent towards physical gift cards purchased online on Cyber Monday (that’s Monday, November 27th, just fyi). Cards are valid across the group. Click. Buy. Give. Eat. You got this.
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen is serving up a holiday gift card deal from Tuesday, November 21st through Monday, November 27th. When you buy a $100 e-gift card, you’ll receive an additional $30 bonus card, redeemable between Friday, January 24th and Tuesday, April 30th, 2024. Snap ’em up online here to brighten the day of a food-lover you love.
Pop in to Rochambeau on Black Friday (maybe on your way to do some shopping at the Pru or after a stop at the Apple store). When you purchase a $100 gift card, you’ll get an extra petite treat: a $25 bonus card. If you can’t make it to the Back Bay on Black Friday, you can still get the deal online here (but then you’d miss your chance to enjoy tasty French fare).
The Stones Common House & Kitchen
Treat someone you know to dinner at The Stones Common House & Kitchen and get rewarded for your effort. Stoneham’s go-to for casual American fare is running a Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday special: a free $10 gift card for every $50 in gift cards purchased. The deal is available for in-store purchases only so drop by between Friday, November 24th and Monday, November 27th to get the deal.
Give the gift of a mini tropical staycation with a gift card to Wusong Road. For every $100 gift card purchased the week of Black Friday, they’ll give you a $20 gift card so you (and your giftee, of course) can enjoy tiki drinks and pupu platters right in the heart of Harvard Square. Give the restaurant a ring at 617.528.9125 for more info and keep an eye on their Insta for add-ons and extras.