Boston's Best Restaurants for Fine Dining

Smith & Wollensky in Fort point Boston
Smith & Wollensky in Fort point Boston | © Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism / Flickr

Freelance Writer

Boston is brimming with delicious restaurants. From the North End to the Seaport to Back Bay, there are a lot of eateries serving a variety of cuisines for those looking to try some top-tier dishes. Plan a date night, make a reservation, and enjoy a fancy night out at one of these highly esteemed restaurants.

1. L'Espalier

Restaurant with Rooms, French, American

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L’Espalier is an elegant French restaurant located on Boylston Street. The restaurant serves fixed-price meals in a five-course, eight-course, or Chef’s Table menu. Each menu is chosen by Chef McClelland for the day and centers around modern French cuisine with a focus on artistry and New England ingredients. Take Chef McClelland’s Tasting Journey to taste a variety of lavish dishes including those with caviar and truffles.

2. Mooo Restaurant

Restaurant, Bar, Steakhouse, American

Mooo Restaurant is a high-end steakhouse located in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Make a reservation and try out their fresh seafood dishes, the Creekstone Farms pepper-crusted prime sirloin au poivre, or one of their impressive filet mignons. You can also have a private dining experience in their sophisticated wine cellar. As you’d expect, Mooo’s wine list is top-notch, with over 325 labels from all over the world.

3. Meritage Restaurant

Restaurant, North American, American, Vegetarian

Rowes Wharf
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Meritage Restaurant pairs fine wines with delicious meals. Chef Daniel Bruce sources unique ingredients and flavors from vineyards around the globe for his vineyard-to-table concept. The restaurant is located at Rowe’s Wharf and offers stunning views of the harbor, making it a perfect destination for a romantic dinner. Enjoy wine that complements your seafood, duck, or tenderloin entrées, all cooked with olive oil sourced from a different vineyard each month.

4. Smith and Wollensky

Restaurant, Steakhouse, Seafood, American

Smith & Wollensky in Fort point Boston
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Smith and Wollensky has three locations in Boston, but its Atlantic Wharf location offers visitors gorgeous views of the water. Enjoy dry-aged steaks complemented with award-winning wine, or try some of the restaurant’s fresh seafood dishes such as the salmon steak. If you’re looking for something unique, try the BBQ yellowfin tuna. Smith and Wollensky is on the high end of fine dining, but the restaurant does offer a range of prices for a special night out.

5. Menton

Restaurant, French, Italian

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Menton is a French and Italian hybrid restaurant in downtown Boston. Barbara Lynch is a renowned chef not only in Boston but also across the country. She has opened several restaurants in the city, including No. 9 Park and Drink, a restaurant focused on the cocktail. Menton has received numerous awards for its delicious food – its combination of French and Italian cuisines. Try the ravioli with scallops and pancetta or the Rohan™ duck.

6. Neptune Oyster

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Soup

Neptune Oyster always has a line forming on the sidewalk before it even opens. This high-end raw bar is known for its delicious seafood and warm buttered lobster rolls. Try the striped bass or the roasted Icelandic char, or enjoy the raw bar with a glass of cold white wine.

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