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.
Find no-fuss seafood with marina views at Pickering Wharf. At this dockside grill, the New England clam chowder is made with applewood-smoked bacon.
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.
Known for its fresh, simply prepared dishes like baked cod, fried prawns, and steamed mussels.
Salts, located in Cambridge along the edge of the MIT campus, offers French-inspired American cuisine under the supervision of co-owners Gabriel Bremer and Analia Verolo, who proudly note on their menu that much of the produce comes from their own farm in New Hampshire.
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.
A sophisticated South End standout, Union Bar and Grille combines inventive New American cuisine from executive chef Seth Woods and chef de cuisine Keenan Langlois with a rustic-chic interior designed by Peter Niemitz.
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.
This spot is indeed shaped like a cardboard clam box—try the creamy, delicious clam chowder.