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.
Trendy Euro crowd.
Formerly the site of the Charles Street Jail, this renowned Beacon Hill restaurant sits inside The Liberty Hotel.
Order the fried lobster tail at Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, in Eastham—a hit since it opened in 1976.
Before you head to the beach, pick up lobster rolls to go from Nickerson’s Fish & Lobsters in Chatham.
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.
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.
Grab a lunch of gourmet grilled sandwiches.
The renovations at the iconic restaurant set some locals grumbling that it now resembles a gallery in New York City. But the food is still top-notch: check out the oysters with leeks, pancetta, Pernod, and cream, on the Mediterranean-influenced tapas menu.
The Naked Oyster goes one step farther in its focus on fresh and local: The restaurant has its own oyster beds in the harbor.
A chic oasis in the heart of Boston, Blu has made a name for itself with its flavorful, deceptively simple dishes and sophisticated décor. Executive Chef Kathleen Smith, who joined the restaurant in 2005, has created a menu that artfully showcases fresh produce and ingredients.