Restaurants in Massachusetts

With its own oyster farm in Duxbury, Massachusetts, the Island Creek Oyster Bar is primed to bring briny flavors to Kenmore Square every night of the week.

Tucking into this tiny garden of sashimi delights is the perfect way to spend an hour or three in downtown Boston. As you watch the sushi chefs prepare specialities such as sesame chicken-skin nigiri and squid-ink soba noodles, you’ll probably want to order one of their paired sake flights.

At Krista Kranyak’s modest masterpiece, Ten Tables, it’s possible just to belly up to the bar and take in a few of their small bites, but I’d recommend making a reservation and trying their fishermen’s stew or peppercorn-rubbed hangar steak.

Chef Christopher Coombs and sommelier Jason Irving continue to shine as one of the Back Bay’s leading duets, bringing together thoughtful wine pairings from France and Italy with items such as corn and polenta agnolotti and spiced Long Island duck breast.

Toro is one of the shining stars in Chef Ken Oringer's restaurant galaxy, and this South End outpost is arguably the best place in Boston to share tapas with friends. Two dozen tapas are on offer here, and an entire corner of the menu is dedicated to their best ham permutations.

Barbara Lynch continues to oversee one of the city’s most well-regarded tasting menus at No. 9 Park, where the dim lighting serves as a fine backdrop for the low, hushed conversation (usually about what’s on the plate or going on at the nearby State House).

The stars at Sweet Cheeks are head chef Tiffani Faison, daughter of the South, and “Tootsie,” the two-ton-plus smoker that makes the BBQ smoke so fine.

Boston’s brasserie scene is defined by this expansive, always-bustling institution in Kenmore Square. The long bar is the place to nest and you’re having the moules Provençale and the signature shellfish platter, perfect for sharing with friends and strangers.

Named after Boston’s most celebrated mayor and noted man of the people, this Ladder District eateryis known for its stellar starters, which include sweet potato hash, cast-iron mac & cheese, and therather decadent Curley’s Cracka Jack popcorn snack (complete with prize inside).

Owner Jeff Nance holds court over this tiny North End oyster bar, where bivalves are king. Try the daily special (top honors to Sunday’s lobster roll tacos) and move on to their ever-rotating gallery of entrees.

Oz has come to East Boston with this tiny eatery that serves up a selection of meat-centric pies (what else?) full of braised lamb shank, curried vegetables, and other suitable stuffings.

Neatly tucked into Boston’s Chinatown, this conclave of contemporary Japanese cuisine is dominated by a well-curated clutch of shareable plates.

Ostra brings on the detailed design with horseshoe crab-emblazoned dinner plates, wonderfully high ceilings, and a main dining room dominated by grey and silver tones. Their signature dish is the salt-crusted branzino, which is prepared table-side with an old-fashioned grandeur.

Try the New England Little Neck Clams, peppered with vine-ripened tomatoes and lathered with champagne butter at White Elephant's harborside restaurant.