Restaurants in Massachusetts
Massachusetts restaurants serve up a diverse culinary adventure, and the cuisines vary depending on the region. Coastal restaurants in Massachusetts usually specialize in seafood, while the Berkshires favor French and American cuisine. Every region benefits from the bounty of its rural farmlands. Some of the best restaurants in Massachusetts are taking note.
Situated on Back Bay, Deuxave is a favorite for American and French cuisine. Diners will be happy to find an extensive wine list and sumptuous desserts – try the Chocolate Silk Ribbon. Straight Wharf’s waterfront location is appropriate for this award winning seafood restaurant (voted one of the Best Seafood Restaurants in USA by Travel and Leisure, 2012). Take a stroll along the wharf and browse the shops after dinner to complete the evening. Located in the Theater District, Troquet is an upscale French bistro that’s perfect for a romantic dinner or a bite after the show. It boasts an extensive wine list and a great view of the Common. Mistral offers French-Mediterranean cuisine classics like Dover sole and duck with cherries. Provencal décor and a gorgeous brunch served on Sunday help to make this one of the most popular Massachusetts restaurants.
Adjacent to sister restaurant Clio in Back Bay’s Eliot Hotel, this celebrated sashimi bar offers inventive Japanese fare from James Beard Award-winner Ken Oringer and acclaimed chef Chris Gould.
Since opening in 1983, this Back Bay icon has been consistently ranked among the best steakhouses in New England.
A weathered gray shingle diner, popular with the summer crowd that waits for the housemade doughnuts, gets equally high marks for its plain Yankee pancakes. Since this is New England, you can choose flapjacks made with tart cranberries and fresh blueberries.
Just beyond the T Station in Kenmore Square sits Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, an American brasserie that specializes in expertly crafted cocktails.
With 18 tables in a Cape Cod cottage, the Nauset Beach Club Restaurant in East Orleans is a tough reservation to score. Don’t miss the northern Italian trattoria’s risotto of the day—green peas and fontina cheese one night, wild boar with funghi the next.
Serving contemporary American cuisine, Lineage in Coolidge Corner serves seasonal salads, pastas, and fish dishes. Grilled Scottish salmon usually makes the menu, as do lobster tacos, which are spiked with Sriracha and served with avocado mousse and mango salsa.
Located in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Rialto showcases the regionally inspired Italian cuisine of James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams.
Well-heeled locals come here for jazz, rosé champagne, and the freshest raw oysters around (only $1.25 apiece at happy hour).
Handmade pastas and fresh, seasonal ingredients headline the fare at this authentic North End trattoria.
Townsend Lobster & Seafood owner, Chris Townsend, runs lobster-catching tours on his fishing boat.
In a former blacksmith’s shop in Centerville, Four Seas Ice Cream is the place for Kennedy sightings.
You have to hand it to Jeff and Kelli Nace, owners of this minuscule, retro-themed gem in the North End-they don't shy away from florid descriptions.
Go for Kobe beef burgers with Parmesan fries.
Straight out of the North End of Boston, the restaurant is a red-sauce restaurant in a hard-to-find office complex courtyard.
In a tiny cottage with trompe l’oeil rugs painted on the floor, the Brewster Fish House is always packed at dinner; locals know to come during the day.