Restaurants in Massachusetts
Inspired by the 1920’s and 30’s, this eclectic restaurant combines a whimsical bohemian style with old Hollywood glamour. The museum-like interior contains 19th-century stained glass; photographs of famed pinup girl Dita von Teese; Henri G.
A few blocks from MASS MoCa, the Gramercy Bistro specializes in Berkshires-grown, organic ingredients; the white bean cassoulet with garlic sausage is a standout.
Located in Jamaica Plain, Ten Tables sources its ingredients from local purveyors and builds its modern American cuisine around seasonal produce. Menu mainstays are an ever-changing charcuterie plate, as well as house-made pastas such as pappardelle with braised rabbit.
Hunting for the entrance to this unpretentious French restaurant—it’s hidden in the basement of an apartment building, a 10-minute walk from Harvard Square—is part of the fun. Once you've taken a seat among the red banquettes and vintage French posters, though, the real delight begins.
Inspired by the south of France, this widely acclaimed bistro specializes in simple, authentic French-Mediterranean fare.
Owned and operated by chef Michael Schlow, Alta Strada is the more casual sister restaurant to his formal downtown eatery, Via Matta.
If you want to see what Nantucket was like before the new glam crowds started pouring in, head to this 1847 former guesthouse.
The first stateside location of British noodle chain Wagamama can be found at Faneuil Hall inside the Quincy Market Building. The award-winning noodle restaurant serves up healthy Asian-inspired fare in a simple, low-key setting.
Chef Patricia Yeo cut her teeth working alongside Bobby Flay before turning her attention to Southeast Asian cuisine, and, eventually, to Om Restaurant in Harvard Square.
An alum of New York City’s Aureole, chef Carlos Montoya turns out Frenchified American classics at this romantic Victorian town house—a favorite of the Obamas.
Middle Eastern flavors are the focus of this West Cambridge bakery and café, which specializes in pastries and mezze, or savory small plates. Sofra also sells stuffed flatbreads, shawarma wraps, and several breakfast items including olive oil granola and spiced Persian donuts.
Set in the basement of a Victorian house, Provincetown’s Front Street is owned by Donna Aliperti and Kathleen Cotter, who can usually be seen in the kitchen making dishes like pan-seared salmon with Swiss chard dumplings, white bean coulis, and sage.