Abe & Louie’s
A classic American steakhouse, this elegant Back Bay eatery complements its prime Delmonico’s and New York strips with an extensive wine list. INSIDER TIP: If there’s one must-order, it’s Abe & Louie’s signature side of fresh creamed corn with bacon.
793 Boylston St.
Restaurateur Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli’s charming West End restaurant, which offers a gorgeous view of the city’s waterfront, recently promoted executive sous-chef Brian Paszko to chef de cuisine. Featuring local ingredients and Mediterranean-influenced dishes, the versatile menu includes a raw bar, charcuterie plates and favorites like the Spanish octopus.
50 Lovejoy Wharf
Fine dining heritage meets French cafe fare at this Daniel Boulud bistro and wine bar. Slip into a comfy booth or watch Boylston Street go by from a table by the windows. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the restaurant accommodates each guest and has special events happening inside the hotel year-round.
776 Boylston St.
This coastal Italian restaurant, tucked away into a warm and inviting space in Boston’s supertrendy Ink Block building, brings sophistication and refinement to classic Italian dishes.
360 Harrison Ave.
From the people who brought you Deuxave and dbar, this spacious, upscale bistro is well-deserving of its various accolades. The menu is full of quality cuts, ranging from a classic prime steak to a host of rarely celebrated options. No matter what you order, though, you can be sure the meat will be tender and the ingredients local.
1375 Washington St.
Craigie on Main
Chef Tony Maws cooks up a French-inspired menu using the best local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Be sure to check out some of the restaurant’s weekly events and specials taking you on a food and drink adventure. INSIDER TIP: Order the Craigie on Main burger, one of the best burgers in the city.
853 Main St., Cambridge
The best views in this spacious, relaxed dining room are at the chef’s table, in the heart of the action in the kitchen, which specializes in hearty, high-end Northern Italian fare such as beef steaks, veal chops and fresh handmade pastas.
75 Arlington St.
Fox & the Knife
Italian food gets a modern twist at chef Karen Akunowicz’s Fox & the Knife. With an emphasis on community and good company,the restaurant creates a welcoming atmosphere to pair perfectly with warm, savory Italian dishes. Try tigelle, a bread dish hard to come by stateside, and the tortelli di pastinaca, a spin on a classic dish from Modena, tortelli di zucca.
28 West Broadway
Grill 23 & Bar
It’s good to be grand! Grill 23 was named by Wine Spectator the 2017 Grand Award winner, one of only 89 restaurants in the world to hold the distinction! This local, family-owned steakhouse has been open for more than 30 years—a place with food of the highest quality and superior service.
161 Berkeley St.
Authentic Japanese cuisine is served right in Boston at chef Youji Iwakura’s Kamakura. Enjoy this luxurious three-level restaurant as you dine on exquisite bigeye tuna from Boston or delectable Ora king salmon from New Zealand.
150 State St.
Legal Sea Foods
Upscale casual dining meets fresh seafood at Legal Sea Foods, owned by James Beard Award winner Roger Berkowitz. The chain may be famous for its New England clam chowder, but the group’s concept restaurants such as the Asian-influenced Legal Crossing or the coastal Italian-style Legal Oysteria offer innovative spins on seafood entrees.
270 Northern Ave.
558 Washington St.
10 City Square, Charlestown
Mystique Asian Restaurant & Bar
Located inside the monumental Encore Boston Harbor, this high-class restaurant will elevate your taste buds to new levels. Chef Anthony Micari cooks up praiseworthy Pan-Asian cuisine. If you’re salivating for sushi, then don’t worry; sushi chef Tony Mai is serving up an extensive collection of rolls. Dine in the lap of luxury with a panoramic view of Mystic River or out on the only outdoor dining terrace on the Encore property.
1 Broadway, Everett
No. 9 Park
The regionally inspired Italian and French dishes at No. 9 Park have been charming locals and tourists for years. INSIDER TIP: Ask to be seated in the intimate leather and velvet banquettes in the back dining room.
9 Park St.
Outlook Kitchen and Bar
This American restaurant on the waterfront finds inspiration from Boston with its seasonal variations, locally sourced food and a new outlook on everything else. The bar menu has handmade craft cocktails, draft beer, a wisely chosen wine menu and in-house sodas as well.
70 Sleeper St.
The Oyster Club
Famed chef Chris Parsons of Catch and Steel & Rye brings his next big restaurant right to Park Plaza with The Oyster Club, an eatery serving up dishes that scream quintessential Boston. Parsons puts his own spin on classics such as the lobster roll, chowders and other iconic New England fare. On a sunny day, be sure to lounge out on the patio while sipping from a selection of foodfriendly wines, ciders and cocktails. Of course, the raw bar serves up local New England oysters.
79 Park Plaza, Boston
This restaruant was the first in Boston to reinterpret traditional Japanese flavors and ingredients with a modern touch. Their contemporary and creative izakaya aims to surprise and delight. O Ya’s Grand Omakase is legendary for good reason: The 20-course meal is a spellbinding representation of the team’s delicious work.
9 East St.
A trattoria and modern-hip hybrid, Pammy’s blends the new and old of Italian dining with housemade pasta and a cool design of white ceramic and fireplace decor. The restaurant offers an array of menu highlights, including the shrimp bucatini, and on the drink menu, a selection of fine wines and after-dinner drinks.
928 Massachusetts Ave.
This restaurant is known for having one of largest tinned seafood collections in New England, and for its exquisite seafood dishes, like lobster and waffles and sea urchin prepared by chef Kyle McClelland. Curated wines, beer and spirits make up the cocktail menu, solidifying a delicious experience with some of New England’s best seafood.
281 Dartmouth St.
Modeled after the traditional meyhanes of Turkey, Sarma offers a large selection of small, seasonal plates designed to be shared.
249 Pearl St., Somerville
Take a glance at Serafina’s menu before heading to the restaurant since every dish looks delicious, from the Tartufo Nero pizza with robiola, fontina, truffle cheese and black truffle to the veal scaloppine al limone served with fresh broccolini and rosemary roasted potatoes.
10 High St.
The cocktail menu offers inventive libations like the Amaro di Cocco (a twist on a Pina Colada and a Negroni) and has a few “secret” Tiki offerings. Chef Colin Lynch’s menu, with dishes like dan dan wontons, a scallion pancake that comes with an optional king crab dip (order it!) and Filipino BBQ ribs, is playful and, above all, delicious. INSIDER TIP: Purchase tickets to No Relation, the hidden nine-seat sushi restaurant within Shore Leave.
11 William E Mullins Way
Smith & Wollensky
While the popular location at The Castle at Park Plaza has closed its doors, Smith & Wollensky is now open for business in Wellesley. This Medford-based, fine-dining steakhouse serves up classics like a bone-in sirloin and prime ribeye.
294 Congress St.
583 Washington St., Wellesley
Sorellina’s contemporary take on ItalianMediterranean produces dishes like gnocchi with Maine lobster. INSIDER TIP: The round table in the front windows, which seats up to seven, provides a spectacular view of Copley Square.
1 Huntington Ave.
Chefs Michael Lombardi and Kevin O’Donnell created Boston’s first Venetian-style bacaro and wine bar specializing in small bites, homemade pasta and risotto, but they also add a more modern interpretation to traditional Venetian food.
569 Columbus Ave.
Stephanie’s on Newbury
The sophisticated New England-style comfort food starts off with a tuna tartare or classic mac and cheese and crescendoes with buttery Atlantic salmon.
190 Newbury St.
STRIP by Strega
This buzzy spot is an ubermodern trifecta of exceptional cuisine, creative cocktails and upscale nightlife. Nosh on bone-in prime Delmonico 28-ounce steak with house truffle butter or the zuppa di pesce with shrimp, scallops, lobster and littleneck clams.
64 Arlington St.
South End favorite Toro’s Barcelona-style tapas are made better by the space’s open windows, which bring the outdoors in. Dine on Spanish dishes like gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) and the restaurant’s legendary corn.
1704 Washington St.
Located inside The Eliot Hotel, this izakaya from Ken Oringer and Tony Messina serves small plates with big flavors like the Kalbi Braised Oxtail with rice cakes and the wagyu beef dumplings. Don’t miss the restaurant’s popular late-night menu, served Fridays and Saturdays.
370 Commonwealth Ave.
This modern reinterpretation of the supper club features a cosmopolitan menu that offers guests shared dishes that weave in flavors of the Far East, Middle East, Mediterranean and Europe.
2 Winter Place
Boston can never get enough of the Japanese epicurean world. The newest entry, Zuma, pretty much answers all of our desires. The worldrenowned restaurant just opened its first establishment in Back Bay at One Dalton, a Four Seasons property. Chef Rainer Becker serves up dishes such as the maguro no tataki (seared tuna with chile daikon and ponzu sauce) and the ise ebi no oven yaki (1 ½ pounds of roasted Boston lobster with shiso butter sauce). Don’t forget to grab a drink at the bar, where you’ll find award-winning heritage cocktails and premium sakes.
One Dalton St., Boston