Desfina offers excellent home-style cuisine in a family-owned restaurant setting. Their grilled fish is excellent and, for example, their cheeses are very good. They are not a high-end restaurant, but they offer very good quality for a reasonable price, with friendly setting.
I'd like specifically to review the bar of the hotel. It offers a nice selection of drinks and a good selection of pub-style fare and desserts, and it is in a unique location with a view to the harbor, and a nice walk around East Boston.
Sophia's offers greek ethnic specialties. However, I think that many such items are probably covered sufficiently by other businesses (for example there is a very good selection of greek cheeses and olives at Market Basket) for more reasonable prices, that are also a lot closer to Boston/E. Boston residents.
Muqueca has excellent Brazilian seafood dishes, and is quite inexpensive. Their sit-in space is small, and there is no liquor license. In my view, this is offset by their cuisine.
Oliveira??s offers a buffet menu and features a grill buffet where you order your meat from the grill. They offer a variety of salads, pasta, potatoes/yucca, fish and cooked meats, and several desserts in addition to the grill. Has a beer license, nice sit-in space and is quite inexpensive.
The light horse is one of my favorite pubs in & around the NYC area. In the summer it has a nice open space and in winter a nice homey look. The food is great pub fare with some very nice simple salads, and they have some quite unusual beers (eg Kelpie).
Small family-run restaurant has very nice service and serves hearty and very tasty Colombian cuisine for less than $20. I personally like well cooked meat anytime over raw steaks and the plates come with rice & crisp plantain.
Has a small sit-in space (no alcohol license).