Massachusetts

Restaurants in Massachusetts

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.

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

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.

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.

Known for his French cuisine at Pigalle, Boston chef Marc Orfaly now transports North End diners to Rome at Marco. Inside the second-story trattoria, a working fireplace welcomes guests into the dining room, which features exposed brick walls and antique wood beams across the ceiling.

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Adjacent to sister restaurant Clio in Back Bay’s Eliot Hotel, this celebrated sashimi bar offers inventive Japanese fare from James Beard Award-winner Ken Oringer and acclaimed chef Chris Gould.

Since opening in 1983, this Back Bay icon has been consistently ranked among the best steakhouses in New England.

A weathered gray shingle diner, popular with the summer crowd that waits for the housemade doughnuts, gets equally high marks for its plain Yankee pancakes. Since this is New England, you can choose flapjacks made with tart cranberries and fresh blueberries.

Just beyond the T Station in Kenmore Square sits Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, an American brasserie that specializes in expertly crafted cocktails.