Restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Streetcar Suburbs

Tres Gatos

This small space is not only a tapas bar, but also a bookstore and music store. It all feels like you are eating, browsing books and listening to music in somebody's living room, but that somebody is a gracious, fun…
Tapas in South End & Chinatown

Toro

True to its Spanish spirit, Toro is bursting with energy, from the open kitchen to the lively bar to the communal butcher-block tables. The menu features simple but sublime tapas – grilled chilies with sea salt, cor…
European in Beacon Hill & Boston Common

No 9 Park

This swanky place has been around for years, but it still tops many fine-dining lists. Chef-owner Barbara Lynch has been lauded by food and wine magazines for her delectable French and Italian culinary masterpieces …
Tapas in Cambridge

Little Donkey

Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette's latest culinary venture, this high-ceilinged but cozy brick-walled bistro serves tapas with an international twist. Take raw bar offerings like oysters and ceviche to great height…
French in Charlestown

Navy Yard Bistro & Wine Bar

Dark and romantic, this hideaway is tucked into an off-street pedestrian walkway, allowing for comfortable outdoor seating in summer months. Inside, the cozy, carved-wood interior is an ideal date destination – perf…
French in South End & Chinatown

Bistro du Midi

The upstairs dining room is exquisite, but the downstairs cafe exudes warmth and camaraderie, inviting casual callers to linger over wine and snacks. In either setting, the Provençal fare is artfully presented and d…
French in Back Bay

L’Espalier

This tried-and-true favorite remains the crème de la crème of Boston’s culinary scene, thanks to impeccable service and a variety of prix-fixe and tasting menus. The offerings change daily, but usually include a deg…
Modern French in Cambridge

Café ArtScience

Before David Edwards was a restaurateur, he was an MIT professor and an inventor, dreaming up novelties such as Wikipearl (edible food wrapper) and oPhone (an aroma gadget). Now he's channeling his energies into the…
French in Back Bay

Deuxave

At the corner of Mass Ave and Comm Ave (get it?) this is a highly lauded addition to Boston’s dining scene. It's all very elegant, with chandeliers, dark wood furniture and big picture windows overlooking the two av…
French in South End & Chinatown

Gaslight, Brasserie du Coin

Gaslight is the friendly and affordable ‘brasserie on the corner’ that we all wish we had in our own neighborhood. Mosaic tiles, wood-beam ceilings and cozy booths set up the comfortable, convivial atmosphere, which…