1. Craigie on Main – 853 Main St. Cambridge, Massachusetts
Bringing true meaning to the phrase ‘melt in your mouth’, Chef Tony Maw’s creations are as unique as they are exquisite. Enjoying “The Craigie Experience”, a six or eight-course meal, is the best way to sample the variety of the menu – otherwise, good luck choosing from the fantastic options.
2. Neptune Oyster – 63 Salem St. Boston, Massachusetts
When you make Food & Wine’s list of America’s Best Oyster Bars, you know that your oyster quality is strong. Specializing in east coast oysters, they offer 9 varieties daily and only source from the freshest vendors. Sorry, I have to stop typing, I’m salivating on the keyboard.
3. No. 9 Park – 9 Park St. Boston, Massachusetts
A blended menu of both French and Italian inspired dishes, Chef Barbara Lynch aims to keep it simple and let the flavors speak for themselves. The intimate atmosphere makes it a wonderful date spot.
4. La Brasa – 124 Broadway, Somerville, Massachusetts
Having just opened in the spring of 2014, La Brasa is quickly climbing to the top of the Boston culinary scene, even being ranked among the 25 Best New Restaurants by Boston Magazine. Good luck walking by after you catch the smell of the wood-fired ovens inside, producing top tier South American influenced cuisine.
5. O Ya – 9 East St Pl. Boston, Massachusetts
Premium sushi in Boston. Lead by award winning Chef Tim Cushman, O Ya has a reputation of putting out delicious omakase which is absolutely next level.
6. Ostra Boston – 1 Charles St S. Boston, Massachusetts
Fresh seafood with a Mediterranean twist, the dishes coming out of the Ostra kitchen are as much art as they are fine dining. I would like to recommend some dishes here, but inserting the entire menu would take up too much space.
7. Sycamore – 755 Beacon St. Newton, Massachusetts
A menu that changes with the seasons, this bistro features a lengthy drink list and good selection of local craft beers that compliment the hearty meals they offer. Dinner is as much a meal as it is an experience.
8. Steel & Rye – 95 Eliot St. Milton, Massachusetts
This place is where the cool kids hang out. The interior design is worth the trip alone. But now that you’re there, try one of the old faithful crowd pleasers and wash it down with an expertly crafted cocktail.
9. jm Curley – 21 Temple Pl. Boston, Massachusetts
I’m almost afraid to write anything, and if you have ever dined here you’ll know what I mean. The rules for patrons are very strict but in reality very appropriate, and when the food is held to the same standard it makes for some of the best late night eats in Boston. Looking to escape the younger crowd? Try Bogie’s Place, the adults only dining space inside.
10. Brewer’s Fork – 7 Moulton St. Charlestown, Massachusetts
Pizza and beer, but not like that stuff you order at 3 a.m. The Brewer’s Fork uses a wood-fired oven to serve a wide variety of fresh pizza that compliments their extensive craft brew list. Oh, and they show the Pats games.
Bonus: Fenway Park
Ok, for most of Boston this is probably the best place to grab a bite. There is no better feeling than pulling on that lucky Red Sox jersey and heading to the park for a hot dog and a couple of pints. Don’t forget your ‘encouraging’ sign for the Yankees.