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.
Serving some of the freshest seafood in Boston, East Ocean City uses the highest quality ingredients to prepare authentic, affordable dishes.
Comfort food (apple-cinnamon crêpes) is served outdoors near the dock in Edgartown (breakfasts are popular).
Constructed with wood salvaged from shipwrecks, the structure is built right over the water. Have a drink on the deck, with the water lapping under your feet, then order the boiled scallops from the no-frills menu.
Consider a jacket and tie for an evening at Twenty-Eight Atlantic, in Chatham’s Wequassett Resort, where dishes range from black-truffle risotto to Chatham day-boat scallops with peekytoe crab, mâche, and a lemon-tarragon emulsion.
Chef Christian Thornton, a Bay Area émigré, treats his certified organic restaurant as his culinary playground. Case in point: he cooks local oysters in a wok.
Reasonably priced New American cuisine and inventive cocktails make West Side Lounge a popular choice for both Sunday brunch and late night dining.
Northern Italian fare with an extensive wine list.
Housed in a former bank in Union Square, this community-minded café is known for its well-crafted Intelligentsia coffee drinks, gourmet soups and sandwiches, and environmentally friendly practices, which include recycling.
The vibe at this always-packed Cambridge spot is boisterous and casual, but there’s serious food—and an ambitious mix of cuisines—being served up here.
A great spot for clams on the half shell and to watch the sunset.
For a pre-theater dinner or an affordable lunch buffet, Bostonians head to Mantra, a French-Indian fusion restaurant located between the theater district and Downtown Crossing.
Try the halibut with creamed artichokes at this restaurant, in Siasconset, the island's easternmost point.
Pick up fixings for a beach picnic at this unassuming joint, where East Coast luminaries (think John Kerry in swim trunks) come for oversize sprout, veggie, and avocado sandwiches.