Here, the best Boston restaurants and bars from pastry genius Joanne Chang’s mod Chinese diner to Ken Oringer’s Roman-style trattoria, Coppa. Plus: incredible foie gras dumplings, local oysters, and cannoli.
Barbara Lynch's chic oyster bar serves some of the most creative lobster dishes in this crustacean-mad city, such as the B.L.T. with lobster and the chive-and-celery-studded lobster roll.
Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
This is one of the few great places to eat near Fenway Park, featuring stellar seafood dishes and a raw bar that showcases super briny oysters from Island Creek Oysters. Another reason to go is the terrific cocktails made with house-infused spirits.
This casual brick-walled Spanish restaurant serves on-the-spot pinchos,(small snacks), paellas for two and mini hamburguesas (topped with smoked tomato, aioli and pickled red onion) alongside an all-Spanish-wine list.
This Back Bay restaurant offers superb antipasti (crispy meatballs with spicy tomato-basil sauce, crostini topped with house-made ricotta, sage and chile) and traditional pasta like fedelini (fine spaghetti) with tiny clams and cherry tomatoes.
This restaurant serves up innovative East-West dishes like foie gras shumai in shallot broth.The menu features small plates like shiitake-leek spring rolls and addictive bings, bacon cheeseburgers and traditional pork.
Craigie on Main
This inventive French-American restaurant in Cambridge is run by a hands-on chef who fanatical about every element in his food. He does his own butchering and sources almost all of his ingredients from local farms.
This is a super chic room in the semi-industrial Fort Point neighborhood. It’s a more luxurious outpost just two menu options: four or seven courses and a menu of delicate French-Italian food.
This restaurant serves an eastern-Mediterranean menu in a honey-colored dining room or on a foliage-covered patio. Dishes focus on unusual spices and sauces, like adding dukkah to a spicy carrot puree and za’atar.
This restaurant brilliantly combines Japanese training with New England flair. The result: a daily-changing menu of innovative dishes like chilled Maine lobster salad with creamy yuzu dressing, and hamachi tartare with ginger verjus sauce.
This Theater District restaurant embraces old-fashioned elegance and serves French dishes like duck liver mousse with vermouth-soaked mustard seeds. But in the bar area, the menu is influenced by flavors from around the globe.
This restaurant serves top-notch Italian including fantastic pastas.The opulent Financial District restaurant, whose dining room is adorned with grand white columns, is a favorite among the city’s business set.
This restaurant excels in regional Italian dishes like Ligurian seafood stew with local fish and fried anise bread. The high-ceilinged, industrial-looking space in the Waterfront District emphasizes globally inspired small plates and flatbreads.
This is a tiny jewel-box restaurant serving traditional sushi and sashimi and modern variations, like the raw fluke with jalapeño vinaigrette, rhubarb, and Thai basil. Global street food also slips into the menu like fish tacos with avocado cream.
This restaurant serves up daring nose-to-tail cooking that includes roasted beef heart and bone marrow on pizza. The restaurant's famous spaghetti carbonara is prepared with house-made pasta, smoked pancetta, a runny egg and sea urchin.
This little spot in East Cambridge uses French techniques to elevate Southern-style food like country ham biscuits and catfish with mustard brown butter. Even the graham crackers in the crust of the buttermilk pie are made from scratch.
Myers + Chang
Try the savory dishes at this eclectic diner-style South End spot, The menu is a mix of Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese and Thai dishes such as Asian-style short rib tacos, garlic-and-honey-glazed chicken wings, and tea-smoked duck salad.
There are 21 locations of this revered New England pizza chain, but purists still endure the long waits at the North End original, which has been serving brick oven pies since 1926.
In Harvard Square, Chez Henri has a smart-looking dining room, but the cozy bar is more fun, and also one of the city’s best for its well-made mojitos and other tropical drinks. Make sure to try the pressed Cuban sandwiches with slow-roasted pork.
There’s no actual drinks list at this subterranean bar instead you are provided with a custom drink mixed just for you according to your tastes. ,Highbrow bar snacks include candied bacon cashews and grilled pork ribs.
Flour Bakery + Cafe
This Cafe is famous for its rigorously made French pastry and overstuffed sandwiches And the kid at heart will love the upscale version of nostalgic junk foods, like homemade Pop-Tarts and Oreos.