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Myers + Chang

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

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

Distinctive interpretations of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai dishes like mu la lat wraps (lemongrass pork meatballs, lettuce and Thai basil) and a pork stir-fry with yellow chives. — Travel + Leisure

Pink and orange dragon decals cover the windows of this all-day Chinese café, where Joanne Chang (of Flour fame) has returned to her familial cooking roots. — Fodor's

Like any enfant terrible, chef Joanna Chang had her dessert first: At bakery and café Flour, she seduced Boston with sticky buns and homemade "Oreos." Her follow-up is this kitschy Asian... — Concierge

"Creative", "beautifully prepared" small plates fuse the "essence of home-cooked Chinese" with "unique" Southeast Asian "flair". — Zagat

Neptune Oyster

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

Snazzy little raw bar filled with fans who swear by the fantastic shucked shellfish and best-in-town lobster rolls (served hot with butter or cold with mayo). — Rough Guide

Here is the great seafood restaurant people are always looking for in Boston. — Boston Globe

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

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

The retro interior offers a convivial – if crowded – setting, with an excellent option for solo diners at the marble bar. — Lonely Planet

Oleana

International 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

If you can, secure a table here on the blissful, wisteria-laden patio, where you can linger over Mediterranean-fused lamb steak with fava-bean moussaka. — Rough Guide

Top-notch Mediterranean. Patio seating in warm weather. — Not For Tourists

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

Toro

International 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located in the heart of the South End, Ken Oringer’s Toro specializes in Spanish pinxtos (snacks) and tapas. — Travel + Leisure

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

Small plates such as grilled corn with aioli and cotija cheese are hefty enough to make a meal out of a few, or you can share the regular or vegetarian paella with a group. — Fodor's

Ken Oringer's smash take on a tapería is an atmospheric spot. — Time Out

Fun, fresh take on tapas. — Not For Tourists

No. 9 Park

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

Consistently rated among Boston's best. — Not For Tourists

Classic refinement from the chef who started it all. — Bon Appétit

The stellar cuisine at Chef Barbara Lynch's first restaurant continues to draw plenty of well-deserved attention from its place in the shadow of the State House's golden dome. — Fodor's

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

The French/Italian-based cuisine? Rarely less than luscious, for all its elegance—especially the finely wrought pastas. — Time Out

O Ya

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

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

On a side street in the gritty Leather District, O Ya's location is as unconventional as its tantalizingly novel sushi menu. — Concierge

Located in a century-old fire station, Tim Cushman’s upscale O Ya is Boston’s coolest place for modern Japanese cuisine — Where

Maximum, however, is the only way to explain its impact---and the serious buzz has yet to let up. — Gayot

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

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

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

Packed with small tables and hungry college students, this burger joint has been a Harvard Sq institution for more than 50 years. — Lonely Planet

Since 1960, this Harvard Square institution has been a favorite of students, professors and anyone looking for a tasty bite — Where

A Harvard landmark since 1960, this no-frills burger joint isn’t glamorous but has been widely touted as the best burgers in the country. — Travel + Leisure

L'Espalier

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

Having moved from its storied, romantic townhouse, this Back Bay bastion of New England-French high cuisine now serves in modern digs adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental hotel. — Boston Globe

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

One of Boston's best. If you want the experience and have the cash , spend it here. — Not For Tourists

One of Boston’s premier restaurants enjoys a stylish perch next to the luxe Mandarin Oriental Hotel. — DK Eyewitness

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

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 — Where

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

This soulful, white-cloth restaurant is the project of chef-owner Tony Maws, one of Boston's landmark chefs. — Fodor's

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

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

Union Oyster House

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

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

If ever there were a place for Yankee hunkering, this is it. Do yours with a bowl of New England clam chowder, or an icy platter of their namesakes, freshly shucked. — Condé Nast Traveler

Simple seafood dishes (grilled, broiled or fried) like sea scallops, filet of sole or Boston scrod that should be paired up with a side of Boston baked beans. — Gayot

Established in 1826, this is Boston's oldest continuing restaurant. If you like, you can have oysters on the half shell at the ground-floor raw bar. — Fodor's

Oldest restaurant in America, saddle up to oyster bar. — Not For Tourists

Island Creek Oyster Bar

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

This chic seafood shack is set up curbside at Kenmore Square, and their eponymous bivalve is this raw bar’s specialty. — Travel + Leisure

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 sea-themed meal — Tasting Table

Island Creek oysters are to local raw-bar crawlers what a pint of Guinness is to a thirsty Irishman: the go-to choice that is eminently satisfying. — Time Out

Seafood lovers should stop in at this lively spot for a meal — Where

"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

Sweet Cheeks Q

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

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

Fun, casual, noisy and supremely tasty, Sweet Cheeks consistently ranks among Boston's best barbecue places. — Lonely Planet

Red Sox fans, foodies, and Fenway residents flock to this meat lover's mecca, where Texas-style BBQ is the name of the game. — Fodor's

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

Tiffani Faison’s comfortable, casual barbecue restaurant might just be the best place for Southern cooking in Boston — Where

Grotto

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A "well-kept Beacon Hill secret", this "lovely" "must" delivers "gorgeous" Italian dishes from a "romantic", "hidden" subterranean space overseen by a "delightful, informative" staff. — Zagat

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

Northern Italian creations with bold flavors are what you will discover at this intimate subterranean dining room. — Gayot

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

Romance is on the menu at this brick-walled, subterranean Italian spot that’s close to Government Center. — Rough Guide

Redbones Barbecue

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

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

A variety of American barbecue is represented in huge portions, accompanied by delectable sides such as collard greens and Cajun “dirty rice”. — Rough Guide

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

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 — Where

Even as Boston’s smokehouse scene grows, this Davis Square joint still offers some of “the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi”. — Zagat

Henrietta's Table

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

One of the few restaurants in Cambridge serving classic New England fare. — Rough Guide

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

Before it was a cliché, "sophisticated comfort food" was a great idea, and Henrietta's Table does it exactly right. — Frommer's

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

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

Menton

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

Barbara Lynch's latest Italian-meets-French eatery, named for a French town near Italy's border, has two luxurious, prix-fixe menus. — Fodor's

Diners only have two menu options: a four-course prix-fixe and a seven-course chef’s tasting menu. — Where

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

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

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

B & G Oysters

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

A side venture of the famed chef of No. 9 Park, this subterranean spot for mollusk lovers consists of a marble bar surrounded by stools. — DK Eyewitness

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

At this sleek, subterranean restaurant, servers describe briny bivalves with the same reverence sommeliers have for wine. — Michelin Guide

B&G is an upscale modern oyster bar with a casual neighborhood vibe by local restauranteur Chef Barbara Lynch. — On the Grid

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

On any given night, the lucky few who score reservations at this diminutive bistro have front-row seats for the show put on by the crew in the open kitchen. — Time Out

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

Located in Jamaica Plain, Ten Tables sources its ingredients from local purveyors and builds its modern American cuisine around seasonal produce. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

Row 34

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

The highlight of this brother restaurant to Island Creek Oyster Bar is the raw bar selection. — Travel + Leisure

Made a big splash in the Sea Port area reeling customers in with its homage to all things seafood, served raw, cured, smoked, cooked, and as ceviche. — Fodor's

This “sleek” Fort Point sibling to Island Creek Oyster Bar “hits all the right notes” with “fresh”, “crisp”, “beautifully prepared” seafood. — Zagat

Though not quite the workingman’s oyster bar it claims to be, he always-packed restaurant is more than worth the splurge. — Time Out

Set in a sharp, post-industrial space, the place offers a dozen types of raw oysters and clams, alongside an amazing selection of craft beers. — Lonely Planet

Eastern Standard

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

Brasseries are designed to be big, bold, and serve hearty fare throughout the day. Eastern Standard does this, and makes some fine classic fare such as steak frites and veal schnitzel. — Boston Globe

A relaxed bistro serving up fairly fancy, pre-Red Sox game fare. — Rough Guide

At the Hotel Commonwealth with lip-smackingly good drinks. — Not For Tourists

For some it evokes the Gare du Nord, for others New York's Balthazar—but among them all, this big, bustling American brasserie is a smash hit, accessible in every sense of the word. — Time Out

Proprietor Garrett Harker’s open dining room is loud, but that’s only fitting for this convivial atmosphere — Where

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