Restaurants in Massachusetts
The neon-lit exterior of the Lobster Pot, in Provincetown, makes it an often-photographed spot. Order the lobster as God intended it—steamed, with drawn butter on the side.
To watch the sunset with a glass of wine in hand, head to the Chart Room Restaurant, a simple seafood haunt in a marina in Cataumet, where crowds gather on the lawn to toast the spectacle.
The creation of famed Boston chef Barbara Lynch, known for such establishments as No. 9 Park and Sportello, B&G Oysters has become the go-to destination for seafood in Boston’s South End.
Located in the Garage, a small Harvard Square mall, this quick-service eatery is known for its authentic and affordable Vietnamese cuisine. The dining area is a simple, no-frills space, although it does have ample seating and funnel-shaped lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Wrap up your day with a seafood dinner with an ocean vista at the casual restaurant, where the menu naturally includes scampi, fried whole belly clams, and scallops plucked from the water outside.
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.
Located in the Back Bay’s Eliot Hotel, this renowned French restaurant is helmed by acclaimed chef Kenneth Oringer, previously of San Francisco’s Silks at the Mandarin Oriental.
Grab a lunch of gourmet grilled sandwiches.
Abba, in Orleans, is widely touted as the Cape’s best restaurant. Israeli-born chef Erez Pinhas dips into his heritage for dishes like falafel in a tahini-amba sauce, then spins the globe to Asia; his shrimp-and-lobster pad thai has a cultlike following.
The breakfast joint serves delicious pancakes in a cheerfull atmosphere.