Massachusetts

Restaurants in Massachusetts

A venerable, family-owned restaurant since 1958, the Galley—where untold numbers of Nantucketers have celebrated their anniversary dinners—got a chic new facelift for its own 50th anniversary this summer.

The Wall of Fame at Moby Dick’s is covered with framed photos of patrons who bought Moby Wear in the gift shop and then sent a picture of themselves wearing the apparel in various U.S. cities.

Although the dining room itself-set in a former sea captain’s house-could use a facelift, the food delivers. Try the seared sea scallops with scallion pancake, napa cabbage, grilled peaches, and smoked bacon.

Try to get a table overlooking the sandy beach at the Ocean House Restaurant, in Dennisport, and go deep into the land of fusion. (Roasted black cod with edamame ravioli and miso-truffle broth, anyone?)

The heart of New England cuisine is seafood, and this restaurant keeps the lobsters alive in their multiple hundred-gallon tanks until they’re ordered.

Latin and Caribbean background beats set the tone at this rum-centric cocktail lounge in the InterContinental Boston hotel.

Set on the Wellfleet town pier, Mac's is a local takeout institution.

Although it has zero atmosphere, Harwichport’s Talk of the Town Café, wedged between a CVS and a hardware store in a strip mall, sells the best cup of chowder on Cape Cod.

The town of Essex on the West Side of Cape Ann is famous for fried whole-belly clams. Shabby-chic Woodman’s claims to have invented the treat in 1916.

The Wauwinet’s stately waterside restaurant is the island’s most elegant, and well worth the shuttle-boat ride over from Straight Wharf.

Stodgy but beloved, this temple of tradition has undergone some gentle updates since chef Lydia Shire took over in 2001. Sure, dishes like “JFK’s lobster stew,” Dover sole, and baked Alaska remain as they have for decades.

Situated in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, The Metropolitan Club is a classic steakhouse updated with an eclectic New American menu (although the steak is still tops) and a trendy bar area where younger patrons gather around the fireplace with handmade cocktails.