No. 9 Park is a classic, upscale dining destination in Beacon Hill offering French and Italian inspired dishes and an extensive list of European wines. Set in an elegant townhouse with an intimate interior, No. 9’s menu showcases an artful blend of simple and flavorful dishes from the refined mind of Chef Barbara Lynch. Start off with an appetizer like the scallop crudo before moving onto an entrée like sweet corn ravioli or prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie gras. If you’re craving meat, don’t miss the duet of Rohan duck or the slow roasted pork belly. Guests rave about the decadent cheesecakes, like the white chocolate or raspberry.
Address & telephone number: 9 Park Street, Boston, MA; 617-742-999
‘Never trust a round pizza’ is the motto for Figs’ owner and celeb chef Todd English, who prides his spot on serving up inventive free form, thin crust gourmet pizzas. Topped with a variety of fresh ingredients and baked in wood-fired ovens to bubbling perfection, pizzas like the Fig & Prosciutto (baked on a crisp, rosemary crust with fig and balsamic jam, gorgonzola and prosciutto) or the Spicy Chicken Sausage (chicken sausage, herbed ricotta cheese, balsamic onions and tomato sauce) are can’t-miss menu items. Figs’ pastas are also handmade fresh and can be made gluten-free. Try the ‘Old School’ Tuscan Bolognese (tagliatelle, fontina burro fusso and parmesan) or the Handcrafted Basil Gnocchi (parmesan burro fusso, roasted tomato sauce and basil).
Address & telephone number: 42 Charles Street, Boston, MA; 617-742-3447
Expect traditional Tuscan cuisine in this neighborhood staple restaurant, nestled among antique shops, boutiques and cafes along Beacon Hill’s famous Charles Street. Toscano brings together rare seasonal and imported ingredients in its dishes, like flavorful olive oil, handmade pastas, imported cheeses, housemade sausages, wild mushrooms and fresh vine-ripened tomatoes. Pizzas are crisped to perfection in their stone oven, and meats are grilled and enhanced with oak, hickory and maple. Pairing a wine with your meal will be easy. Toscano boasts a temperature-controlled wine room with over 1,000 bottles, with distinguished wines such as Montellocino of Brunello, Chianti and Chianti Riserva.
Address & telephone number: 47 Charles Street, Boston, MA; 617-723-4090
Inside this quaint and rustic space, guests can enjoy a variety of simple, contemporary American dishes served up in a dark, cozy room decorated with warm bronze-hued lights, making you feel right at home. With entrees from Nantucket Seafood Stew (with gulf shrimp, scallops and hand cut salmon, swordfish, halibut and sea bass with garden vegetables and bliss potatoes) to the Porterhouse Pork Chop (char-grilled pork chop with shallot mashed potatoes, garden vegetables and an apple brandy sauce), 75 Chestnut has something for every palate. End your meal with one of the signature desserts like The 75 Sinful Chocolate Trilogy (a sampling of warm chocolate bread pudding, Swiss chocolate and almond soup, and a bittersweet chocolate crème brûlée).
Address & telephone number: 75 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA; 617-227-3675
A cozy spot filled with antiques and an open kitchen, Tatte serves breakfast, lunch and baked treats to die for. Tatte founder Tzurit Or is a self-trained pastry chef from Israel who says her passion comes from sharing the treats of her childhood with a wider audience. For a savory breakfast, try the Shakshuka (a traditional North African dish with bell peppers, tomatoes, and topped with poached eggs and feta cheese in a pan with toasted housemade challah bread) or the Vegetable Tart Tatin (with cherry tomatoes, caramelized onion). If you’re looking for something sweet, there are plenty of pastries and breads, and don’t forget to stop in for lunch, Tatte also boasts a lengthy salad and sandwich list.
Address & telephone number: 70 Charles Street, Boston, MA; 617-227-3524
Lala Rokh serves traditional, distinctive Mediterranean dishes in a romantic and modern space that’s decorated wall-to-wall with vibrant Persian tapestries and artwork. Combining meats, grains, herbs, fruits, vegetables and spices to make home-style dishes, Lala Rokh’s menu is truly authentic, with popular classic dishes like Morgh Polow (a saffron-seared dark chicken meat in light tomato sauce with rice) or the Ghormeh Sabz (a lamb medallion served with red beans, lime and aromatic spices).
Address & telephone number: 97 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA; 617-720-5511
This subterranean hideaway boasts refined, contemporary Italian cooking, an extensive wine list and a nightly prix fixe option. Sitting on the backside of Beacon Hill, Grotto gives off an intimate and cozy vibe that’s hard to find anywhere nearby. For pasta dishes, there’s everything from Fra Diavolo (linguine with butter poached lobster and a spicy tomato sauce) and Pettini (ravioli with pan-roasted diver scallops, leeks, wild mushrooms and arugula) to classics like the Parmigiano (ziti with chicken, tomatoes and mozzarella). Don’t forget to round out the meal with ‘un dolce’ like the Cioccolato (a melting chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream) or the Budino (banana bread pudding, caramel ice cream and spiced walnuts).
Address & telephone number: 37 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA; 617-227-3434