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Myers + Chang

Asian 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Myers + Chang is a cheerfully slick, inexpensive Pan-Asian diner --- in short, just what the South End needed. — Gayot

This super-hip Asian spot blends Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines, which means delicious dumplings, spicy stir­-fries and oodles of noodles. — Lonely Planet

Try to come here with a group and explore the menu, which incorporates flavors and dishes from all over Asia. — Frommer's

This colorful eatery boasts an indie diner vibe and a soundtrack ranging from The Beach Boys to Jimi Hendrix. The kitchen takes inspiration from China, Taiwan and Thailand—preparations... — Where

The menu may read adventurous, but it never disappoints. The nasi goreng alone will have you coming back for more. — On the Grid

Neptune Oyster

Seafood 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This modern North End destination hails the pearls of the ocean. Shellfish makes a big splash on the menu, which offers a different special for each night of the week and fresh fish for... — Where

Opened in 2004, Neptune Oyster is a delightful paradox—at once exemplary and exceptional. — Time Out

From shrimp cocktail to crudo staples of sockeye salmon, hamachi ceviche and day boat scallops, the menu is synonymous with an eye-poppingly bold, lip-smackingly rich repertoire. — Gayot

Raising the (oyster) bar to new heights. — Bon Appétit

Great oysters, of course, and the most amazing lobster roll --worth every penny. — Not For Tourists

Toro

International 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Superstar chef Ken Oringer delivers dozens of tantalizing tapas for gregarious urban hippies and festive parties. — BlackBook

Owner Ken Oringer and Executive Chef Jamie Bissonnette take the bull by the horns at this Barcelona-style place for small plates. The menu is affordable and focuses on some 40 traditional... — Where

Fun, fresh take on tapas. — Not For Tourists

The name is a bilingual pun of the Spanish for “bull” and the Japanese for bluefin tuna belly sashimi – no surprise, given the chef-owner’s love of Spanish tapas and Japanese sushi. — DK Eyewitness

A hip and lively tapas bar brimming with sassafras mojitos... and inventive tapas plates such as the octopus ceviche. — Rough Guide

Oleana

International 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu focuses on Middle Eastern dishes and locally sourced ingredients: Vermont lamb with Turkish spices, whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers, and wild salmon in grape leaves. — Travel + Leisure

To experience what farm-to-table really means, come to Oleana during the growing season. — Concierge

Meze: $4-$14 Main courses: $24-$28 Desserts: $12-$14. — Boston Globe

With three restaurants (including Sofra in Cambridge and Sarma in Somerville), and a cookbook to her name, chef-owner Ana Sortun is one of the city's culinary treasures. — Fodor's

Foodies sing the praises of this Mediterranean masterpiece in Inman Sq. Ana Sortun’s exotic yet still accessible cuisine evokes Greece, Morocco and Turkey. — Lonely Planet

No. 9 Park

French 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Well-loved Boston landmark with serene green walls and plates busy with southern French and Italian entrees ranging from day boat scallops with rock shrimp. — Rough Guide

The menu showcases French- and Italian-influenced dishes such as the signature prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie gras and Vin Santo sauce, an inspired salty-sweet combination. — Travel + Leisure

Located steps from the State House on a cozy street at the edge of Beacon Hill and Downtown, No. 9 Park is the original outpost of Boston culinary titan Barbara Lynch. Continually praised... — Where

Boston favorite Lydia Shire’s French and Italian inspired dishes are the type people want to talk about having to anyone who’ll listen after they’ve been. — BlackBook

Sports stars, state politicians, and hard-charging business people frequent this upscale room near the State House for bold American bistro food. — DK Eyewitness

O Ya

Japanese 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bite for bite, this self-styled Japanese tavern is arguably serving the most expensive food in the city. — Time Out

The portions are petite and the sushi prices sky high, but patrons swoon over O Ya’s exquisite fare such as wild bluefin tuna tataki and roasted beet sashimi. — Rough Guide

Dining critics from the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine have all named this tiny, improvisational sushi spot among the best in the country. — Fodor's

When chef Tim Cushman and his wife, Nancy, opened this Japanese restaurant in 2008 it got a little bit of fanfare. — BlackBook

At this small, luxe sushi bar, you can order the exquisite pieces of nigiri...a la carte, or commit to a procession of artful bites with the full omakase tasting menu. — Tasting Table

Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers

Burgers 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Burgers are the name of the game at Mr. Bartley'€™s. Across from hallowed Harvard Yard, this famed burgermeister has been grilling burgers and whipping up thick frappes for decades. — Gayot

Some sandwiches have humorous names linked to a celebrity or politician, but most importantly, the prices are right, the food is fresh, and it fills you up. — DK Eyewitness

Great burgers and incomparable onion rings make Bartley's a perennial favorite with a cross-section of Cambridge. — Frommer's

A must-visit in Cambridge. Boston’s best burgers, washed down with raspberry lime rickeys. — Rough Guide

It's been around since the 1960s, and many famous faces have enjoyed the tasty patties at Mr. Bartley's—Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Jackie Onassis numbering among past patrons. — Time Out

L'Espalier

French 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

New England-French cuisine from James Beard Award winning chef Frank McClelland bowls over the competition. — BlackBook

"Modern" twists on the "classics" result in New French–New English prix fixe dinners so "superb", you'll "want to lick the plate". — Zagat

Known for serving haute French-New England cuisine since 1978, the arrival of Chef Frank McClelland in 1988 has brought L’Espalier unrivaled accolades. — Travel + Leisure

Chef/proprietor Frank McClelland'€™s French-inspired New American cuisine is exquisitely built from impeccable local ingredients. — Gayot

The dishes are made up of seasonal, French-influenced, traditional New England recipes like butter-poached Maine lobster with braised pork belly and corn off the cob. — Forbes Travel Guide

Craigie on Main

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Tony Maws’ much talked about eatery features sustainable, organic and locally farmed ingredients cooked with French technique. Adventurous diners must check out the nightly “Chef’s... — Where

Chef/owner Tony Maws entices diners with his prix-fixe menu at this rustic neighborhood restaurant in Central Square. — Gayot

A short walk from Central Square, Craigie on Main serves French-American cuisine with a focus on local ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking. — Travel + Leisure

Scuffed-up hard wood floors, an open kitchen with an enormous staff worrying over the details, and a proper bar area give this long time favorite its new, rustic pantry feel. — BlackBook

A culinary dream-team, this French-inspired favourite, known for its “refined rusticity”, rotates seasonal plates like grilled Spanish octopus... and confit-roasted pig’s head to share. — Rough Guide

Union Oyster House

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Billed as the nation's oldest continuously operating eatery, this 1826 Faneuil Hall "culinary museum" is a "must-go" for "out-of-towners" seeking "legit" "chowda". — Zagat

The Union Oyster House serves tasty, traditional New England fare to visitors following the adjacent Freedom Trail and savvy locals. — Frommer's

Apart from Boston scrod, the best bet by far is the raw bar. Savor the differences in oysters from various waters of the world. — DK Eyewitness

Daniel Webster dined here. Steaks and seafoods are served in atmospheric rooms with creaky floors, low ceilings, and wooden booths. — Insight Guides

Stick with the historic wooden raw bar, where affable shuckers will ply you with Blue Points and cherrystones—best paired, of course, with a pint or two. — Time Out

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Experienced restaurateur, oyster farmer" and co-owner Skip Bennett offers "outstanding" bivalves from his own beds and other "fresh-as-can-be", "delicious" seafood. — Zagat

Seafood lovers should stop in at this lively spot for a meal. Chef Jeremy Sewall's menu changes daily, offering the freshest catch the sea has to offer as well as a few signature... — Where

Boston has gone nutty for oysters, and among the many local favorites are the ones harvested by Island Creek Oysters in the South Shore seaside town of Duxbury. — Concierge

Island Creek has united 'farmer, chef and diner in one space' – and what a space it is. Lobster roe noodles topped with braised short ribs and grilled lobster lives up to the hype. — Lonely Planet

Briny-sweet Island Creek oysters factor big into the menu at this seafood stalwart, of course, but a dozen of them on the half-shell provide the mere starting point for an excellent... — Tasting Table

Sweet Cheeks Q

Barbecue 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Tiffani Faison’s comfortable, casual barbecue restaurant might just be the best place for Southern cooking in Boston. The chef-owner serves up trays of brisket, pulled chicken, short-rib... — Where

The stars at Sweet Cheeks are head chef Tiffani Faison, daughter of the South, and “Tootsie,” the two-ton-plus smoker that makes the BBQ smoke so fine. — Travel + Leisure

"Former Top Chef contestant–turned–BBQer extraordinaire" Tiffani Faison dishes out "scrumptious", "smoky" meats and "tempting" sides. — Zagat

Sloppy and smoky BBQ. Can be ordered by the pound. — Not For Tourists

If you’re famished by the time you reach this BBQ joint on the outskirts of Kenmore Square, you’re in luck. — Time Out

Grotto

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Grotto's subterranean dining room is a cozy retreat, with contemporary art on the exposed-brick walls and busy servers bustling around the small, crowded space. — Frommer's

Tucked into a basement on the back side of Beacon Hill, this cozy, cavelike place lives up to its name. — Lonely Planet

Tucked below street level at the point where Beacon Hill meets the West End and Government Center, Grotto is a tiny and charming restaurant with big flavor. The inventive hearty Italian... — Where

Good value Italian in a Beacon Hill basement. — Not For Tourists

Grotto feels like a well-kept secret: The ambience is a bit rough; the dishes sometimes a little unbalanced, but the soul of the cooking and attention to details give spirit to an evening out. — Boston Globe

Redbones Barbecue

Barbecue 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Regulars still flock to Redbones for its versatile and authentic menu of slow-cooked specialties. — Gayot

Geographically, this raucous restaurant is in Somerville, but in spirit it's on a Southern back road. — Frommer's

Don't dig on swine? Then come spin the beer wheel. — Not For Tourists

Laid-back biker bar meets Southern barbecue at this casual restaurant that plates hush puppies, fried catfish fingers, succotash, pulled pork, Memphis ribs and sliced brisket. The line... — Where

Somerville classic renowned for southern style bbq and beer selection. Clientele seems to love three things: ribs, beer and their bicycles, always stacked out front. — BlackBook

Henrietta's Table

Vegan and Vegetarian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An upscale Cracker Barrel (in a good way). — Not For Tourists

When you’re in the mood to splurge on brunch, Henrietta’s Table is the place to do it. — Time Out

"Flavorful, elegantly presented" New England–style "farm-to-fork" fare beckons at this "delightful" "staple" where "attentive" staffers patrol a "convivial" "country"-chic space. — Zagat

Chef-owner Peter Davis's passion for working with small area farms... is evident in his fresh, honest, wholesome New England-style dishes, like red flannel hash. — Fodor's

In a spacious setting with a Crate & Barrel-meets-New England farmhouse feel, Henrietta's Table transcends its hotel-restaurant reputation. — Gayot

Sportello

Italian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Excellent modern Italian. Nice alternative to the North End. — Not For Tourists

Chef-owner Barbara Lynch has "finely tuned and well-oiled" this Seaport District "interpretation" of a diner to turn out "phenomenal" pastas and other "creative", "upscale" Italian dishes. — Zagat

Boston super chef Barbara Lynch (No.9 Park, the Butcher Shop) has done it again with this simple yet sumptuous modern interpretation of a lunch counter. — Rough Guide

Sportello belies its minimalist design with market-fresh fare like deep bowls of truffled gnocci with peas and plates of spicy smoked pork with roasted onions and farro. — Fodor's

Sportello looks like a space age diner, all white and shiny, with U-shaped counters and stools. — Boston Globe

Menton

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Plush details—from French linens to Austrian crystal—and attentive service will make you feel utterly pampered. — Time Out

Capitalizing on previous successes running the gamut from a causal oyster eatery to a cocktail bar, Lynch returns to the fine-dining roots she perfected at No. 9 Park with Menton. — Forbes Travel Guide

Owner-chef Barbara Lynch, one of the most respected culinary figures in the city, has made Menton a hot, if expensive, dining destination. — Gayot

Barbara Lynch's French-inflected fine dining destination. — Not For Tourists

There are lots of nice restaurants in Boston, but not many where you feel like you actually have to dress up to walk in the door. — BlackBook

Peach Farm Restaurant

Chinese 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Head over to the live fish tank in this Chinatown hideout, make your selection and the chefs will prepare it any way you like. — Gayot

Judging from the "lines out the door", diners seeking "delicious" Chinese food... aren't deterred by the "cramped quarters" of this late-night basement hideaway in Chinatown. — Zagat

This casual eatery in Chinatown often has lines extending out the front door thanks to its extensive menu of authentic, inexpensive Cantonese cuisine. — Travel + Leisure

A Chinatown seafood standby with unfashionable digs but fresh seafood fare that you’ll see swimming in tanks moments before it arrives on your plate. — Rough Guide

Family-style Cantonese. Cool seafood tanks. — Not For Tourists

B & G Oysters

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Barbara Lynch delivers fabulous bivalves" at this "hip" South End "classic", but her "lobsta rolls" and other "classy" seafood picks are "fantastic" too. — Zagat

If you can manage to get a table at this tiny pearlescent restaurant, you’re in luck. The oysters (from $2.50 each) are simply the best Boston has to offer. — Rough Guide

Designed to imitate the inside of an oyster shell, the iridescent bar glows with silvery, candlelighted tiles and a sophisticated crowd. — Fodor's

Great on any evening of the week, Barbara Lynch’s low-key but modern neighborhood oyster bar is casual yet elegant and seats about 40 people around its centrally located kitchen and raw... — Where

Chef/owner Barbara Lynch's South End hot spot attracts le tout Boston for excellent lobster rolls and, of course, bivalves, shucked to order and washed down with Prosecco. — Concierge

Ten Tables

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Owner Krista Kranyak and crew graft a bit of Gallic sophistication onto ingredients both homemade and locally sourced, then nudge them into wonderfully eclectic forms. — Gayot

The menu is mind-expanding—a fusion of cuisines that ranges from pastas and house-made sausages to Portuguese fish stew to chorizo-stuffed Giannone chicken. — Concierge

"Small but mighty" is the motto of this "delightful" pair in Harvard Square and Jamaica Plain, where the "fabulous" seasonal European–New American menu "isn't large". — Zagat

True to its name, this gem has only 10 tables. The emphasis here is on simplicity – appropriate for a restaurant that specializes in traditional cooking techniques. — Lonely Planet

This inviting date spot was designed to feel like an intimate dinner party – there really are only ten tables – although they’ve recently added a low-lit bar. — Rough Guide

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