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Restaurants in Boston’s Back Bay

Do You Have a Favorite Back Bay Restaurant?

Besides having a favorite restaurant you may have a favorite Boston NEIGHBORHOOD to eat in, but we won’t get into that debate here. There are so many good eats to choose from it’s hard to narrow it down. We created the ultimate Back Bay Restaurants List from the top listings in:

Related: Back Bay’s Nightlife

Boston’s Top Back Bay Restaurants in Alphabetical Order

Click on the restaurant names to go to their websites.

Abe & Louie’s

Fine Dining/Reservation Recommended
793 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-6300
Cuisine: Steak, American
Cost: Average
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Asta

Fine Dining
47 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 585-9575
Cuisine: French
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol

Atlantic Fish Company

Fine Dining/Bar
761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-4000
Cuisine: Seafood
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Bistro du Midi

Fine Dining
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-7878
Cuisine: French
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Known For Inviting atmosphere, Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol,Outdoor Seating

Capital Grille, The

Fine Dining
900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 262-8900
Cuisine: Steak/American
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Old-school steak house, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Area Available

Casa Romero

Casual Dining/Bar
30 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 536-4341
Cuisine: Mexican
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Delivery, Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Da Vinci Ristorante

Fine Dining
162 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 650-0007
Cuisine: Italian
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Gluten Free Options, Private Dining Area Available

Davio’s

Fine Dining, Bar
75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 357-4810
Cuisine: Steak, Italian
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Kid Friendly, Gluten Free Options

Deuxave

Fine Dining
371 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 517-5915
Cuisine: American, French
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Notable Wine List

Dig Inn

Quick Bites
557 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 904-3711
Cuisine: American
Cost: Average is $25 for two people
Highlights: Breakfast, Takeout, Brunch, WiFi, Outdoor seating

Grill 23 & Bar

Fine Dining, Bar
161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 542-2255
Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Area Available

Kings Boston

Casual Dining, Bar
50 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-2695
Cuisine: American, Bar Food
Cost: Average is $25 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Full Bar Available, Live Music, Wifi, Vegan Options, Kid Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Craft Beer, Gastro Pub, Serves Cocktails

Legal Sea Foods

100 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-7775
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Cost: Average is $150 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Area Available,Gluten Free Options, Kid Friendly

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

Casual Dining/Bar
271 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 369-5609
Cuisine: Mexican
Cost: Average is $40 to for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol

Mistral

Fine Dining
223 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 867-9300
Cuisine: French
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Wine, Private Dining Area Available

Ostra

Fine Dining, Bar
1 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 421-1200
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Live Music, Raw Food

Parish Cafe

Casual Dining/Bar
361 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-4777
Cuisine: American
Cost: Average is $25 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Piattini

Casual Dining/Wine Cafe
226 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-2020
Cuisine: Italian
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Takeout Available

Select Oyster Bar

Fine Dining
50 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA 02115
(857) 239-8064
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating

Sonsie

Casual Dining/Café/Reservations Recommended
327 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 351-2500
Cuisine: American, Cafe
Cost: Average is 440 for two people
Highlights: Breakfast, Gluten Free Options

Sorellina

Fine Dining, Bar
1 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 412-4600
Cuisine: Italian
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Area Available

Stephanie’s on Newbury

Fine Dining/Bar
190 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-0690
Cuisine: New American
Cost: Average is $40 for two people
Highlights: Breakfast, Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol

Top of the Hub

Fine Dining/Bar
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199

Cuisine: New American, Seafood
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Wine and Beer, City View, Private Dining Area Available

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Café/Casual Dining
338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-8688
Cuisine: American/Cafe
Cost: Average is $25 for two people
Highlights: Breakfast, Takeout Available, Serves Alcohol, Live Entertainment, Private Dining Area Available

Uni

Fine Dining
370a Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
Cost: Average is $70 for two people
Highlights: Takeout, Serves alcohol

What is your favorite Back Bay Restaurant?

Let us know and we’ll add it to out list.

The Boston Dining Scene 2017

Boston Dining is Trending in 2017

According to Tasting Table:

For anyone who’s eaten one too many meals at Legal Sea Foods or Bertucci’s (not that there’s anything wrong with that), the restaurant scene in Boston these days may feel unrecognizable. From Ana Sortun’s empire spreading out in Cambridge to all-day gem Juliet in Somerville to Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s new hot spot, Little Donkey, Boston’s dining scene is thriving. All eyes may have been on Washington, D.C. and L.A. in 2016, but food lovers would be wise to watch Beantown next.

Travel and Leisure also Agrees:

…Beyond the brownstones, Boston is far from conservative, especially when it comes to food. With more than 50 institutions of higher education, this is, after all, a place that runs on youth and new ideas. And right now the Boston area has flavors you won’t find anywhere else in the U.S.: some of the most inventive Japanese food in the country; James Beard Award–winning charcuterie; and eastern Mediterranean food of a refinement that draws chefs from around the land to study it. The best part? These restaurants are all in the hands of chefs who have helped one another grow and fostered kitchens where people rise though the ranks. That’s just how Boston rolls.

Boston Dining Options

So many to choose from…

Boston Eater suggests 38 restaurants to try. Here’s what they have to say:

This elite group of 38 must-try restaurants is meant to cover the city of Boston and a little bit beyond while spanning multiple cuisines and price points, collectively satisfying all of your restaurant needs.

What is your favorite Boston Restaurant?

Are you a regular at a local restaurant or bar? Are you from out of town and have a “must eat at” place when you visit? Pleas share your recommendations. We’re always looking for new places to try.

Cheers to 2017!!!

13 Boston Breweries: Cheers!

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If you are looking for a delicious craft beer and great atmosphere (hey, that rhymed!) look no further. We have the ultimate list of Boston Breweries. Cheers!

Note: Some of these breweries are located a bit outside of Boston, but they are worth the adventure!

Related: Summer Events in Boston

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Boston Brew Tours has fostered relationships with the Boston area’s best breweries. You can tour breweries ranging from nano-breweries to regional large scale breweries.

We want to hear from you…

What is your favorite Boston Brewery?

Boston’s Beacon Hill Neighborhood

What makes Beacon Hill one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston?

We are going to explore this great area of Boston and find out. Be sure to visit Beacon Hill, or stay in this neighborhood the next time you visit.

Related: Short-term apartment rentals in Beacon Hill

Historic Beacon Hill

A walk through Beacon Hill is like a walk back in time with its Federal-style rowhouses, narrow, gaslit streets and brick sidewalks. The name, “Beacon Hill” is derived from the location of a former beacon atop the highest point in central Boston.

The area, approximately one-half to three quarters of a mile square, is bounded by Cambridge Street on the north, Somerset Street on the east, Beacon Street on the south, and Storrow Drive on the west.

In 1955 Beacon Hill was made the Historic Beacon Hill District and it was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1962.

The neighborhood consists of three sections:

  • South slope
  • Flat of the Hill
  • North slope

State House in Beacon HillThe Massachusetts State House is located on Beacon Street and is the home of the Commonwealth’s government. This building has a magnificent gilded dome and is pen to the public. Free tours are offered Monday through Friday between 10am and 3:30pm (reservation is requested.)

The Boston Common is a popular park enjoyed by residents and tourists. It is located just across from the State House.

The Charles Street Meeting House in Beacon Hill is a historic church that was built in 1807. This building was the site for many famous speeches by Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth. Currently is being used for commercial purposes.

The Nichols House Museum was built in 1805 and renovated in 1830 and is perfect example of a  four-story row house decorated in original furnishings. It was built by architect Charles Bulfinch and gets its name from Rose Standish Nichols, who lived in the house between 1885 and 1960.

Beacon Hill Shopping

Beacon Hill’s main drag, Charles Street, is the best place to start your shopping experience. Many antique stores, unique boutiques, and things you can’t find at big box stores.

Beacon Hill Dining

Some well established anchor restaurants in this area include The Paramount, Tatte Bakery & Cafe, and Ristorante Toscano. But you will find hidden gems, the perfect cup of coffee, breakfast and more.

Related: OpenTable Beacon Hill Restaurants

As you can see, a visit to Boston isn’t complete without a stop in Beacon Hill. There are so many things to do and historical sites it is definitely worthwhile.

Boston’s Amazing Back Bay

Boston’s Back Bay is chock full of amazing architecture, restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and more. Today, along with neighboring Beacon Hill, it is one of Boston’s two most expensive residential neighborhoods.

Learn more about this popular area of Boston and why you should visit!

Back Bay Architecture

Victorian Brownstones. The rows and rows of Victorian brownstone homes are considered one of the best preserved examples of 19th-century urban design in the United States. These regal sentries make the Back Bay famous, and create the vision most people imagine Boston to be.

Boston Public back bay boson libraryLibrary. An architecture marvel in its own right, the Library stands tall on the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston Streets. According to its website, the Boston Public Library has a collection of over 23.7 million items, which makes it one of the largest (and the first) municipal public library systems in the United States.

 

 

Back bay hancock tower200 Clarendon. Previously known as the John Hancock Tower, it is the tallest building in Boston and all of New England. The tower was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the firm I. M. Pei & Partners and was completed in 1976. The next year the American Institute of Architects presented the firm with a National Honor Award for the building.

 

 

 

 

Prudential Tower. This is the second tallest building in Boston and is also known as the Prudential Building or, as locals call it, “The Pru.” It has a 50th-floor observation deck, called the Skywalk Observatory, which is currently the highest observation deck in New England that is open to the public. Definitely worth the elevator trip up!

skywalk observatory back bay

Newbury StreetBack Bay Shopping

Back Bay has one of THE BEST shopping districts in Boston. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are lined with unique shops. Keep your eyes open because you may spot a celebrity shopping on these picturesque streets.

Most famous perhaps is Newbury Street, with its numerous chic boutiques and galleries it is a must for anyone new to Boston.

Back Bay Dining

Since Back Bay is one of the most expensive places in Boston, there are many fine dining experiences to splurge on. But the more thrifty traveler can take heart and find reasonable options as well.

Cheap Restaurants in Back Bay

Best Fine Dining in Back Bay

Cafes in Back Bay

Bars in Back Bay

Back Bay Accommodations

The best way to see Boston is to live like a Bostonian. Short-term Apartment rentals are extremely popular in this area and with so many of them nestled in this historical neighborhood you can’t go wrong. In this high-rent district you get more bang for your buck in a furnished apartment. 

Check out these Boston short-term rental options and experience the Back Bay like a local.

Best Places to Eat in Boston

Foodies, take notice! As you know, there are sooooooo many wonderful places to eat in Boston and we can’t possibly list them all here. But we think you’ll like the ones we included from a great place for breakfast to a unique nightcap and all your culinary needs in between! Check ’em out!

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Greater Boston’s best breakfast spots from the Boston Globe. Red velvet pancakes & pastrami Benedict. From homey to haute, here is where to go for the most important meal of the day.

Boston City Voter. You voted, here are the results for the best breakfast places town. The A List!

US Today’s 10 Best List. Boston’s Best Breakfast: Where to Curb Your Morning Cravings

Best Places for Lunch in Boston

10 Best. Top Picks for Lunch in Boston.

Independent Traveler. Top 8 Spots for Lunch in Boston

Open Table. Diners’ top choices for the 10 Best places to Lunch in Boston

swan boats at boston commonBest Places to Picnic in Boston

Best Picnic Spots in Boston

Hidden Boston. Places near Boston to eat Outdoors.

The Knurd. The 8 Best Picnic Spots in Boston

Best Places for Dinner in Boston

Trip Advisor. The 10 Best Restaurants in Boston

5 Boston Seaport Restaurants to Try

Open Table. Best Downtown Boston Restaurants

desserts in bostonBest Desserts in Boston

Taste Trekkers. My Top 5 Desserts in Boston

Trip Advisor. Best Desserts in Boston

Zagat. Best Bakeries in Boston

Best Bars in Boston

DrinkBoston.com’s Best Bars in Boston.

10 Rooftop Bars in Boston

The Guardian. Top 10 Bars and Pubs in Boston

There you have it! We are pretty sure you can find SOMETHING on one of these lists that you’ll LOVE!

Many of our short term apartment rentals are very close to these top eating picks. When you need a place to stay in Boston, stay with Maverick Empire.

Boston’s Back Bay to Welcome New Concept Restaurant!

304_Stuart_St.0Boston’s Back Bay will soon welcome a new concept restaurant. The team behind 80 Thoreau in Concord is excited to be coming to Boston. The trio consists of Ian Calhoun, Vincent Vela, and chef Carolyn Johnson.

This exciting new venture will be located in the unique, triangular building at 304 Stuart Street. The team will occupy all three floors with takeout and counter service on the ground level.  The main kitchen will be on the middle level with seating on the third floor.

80 Thoreau in Concord enjoys rave reviews for “progressive fine dining” and a menu focused on seasonal fare. The atmosphere is “worthy of an epicurean outing yet comfortable enough for a casual dinner.”  Expect the same hospitality and attention to culinary detail at their Back Bay concept.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE “80 Thoreau Team Has a New Concept Coming to Back Bay”  written by Jacqueline Cain for Boston.Eater.com

What type of fare would you like to see offered from this new concept restaurant?  Tell us below!

Boston Knows Whiskey!

Boston offers a tremendous variety of whiskey AND unique bars with loads of atmosphere.  ENJOY!

Wikipedia describes whiskey as: a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Various grains (which may be malted) are used for different varieties, including barley, corn (maize), rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak. 

City Bar ScotchVARIETY & ATMOSPHERE ABOUND!  

For a variety of whiskey try Citizen Public House which offers a stamp card for club members to keep track of the more than 200 whiskeys offered or Hops N Scotch which boasts more than 50 different scotches, bourbons, ryes, whiskeys, and cognacs.

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For a truly unique atmosphere try Stanza Dei Sigari Cigar Bar which offers an old-fashioned vibe or Saloon in Davis Square with its pre-prohibition aesthetics.

See More Featured Whiskey Bars! 

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36 Hours in Boston- Your Weekend Guide!

Boston is the “little big town that offers a lively mix of cultural experiences plus an exploding food scene!”

You’re Weekend of Fun is HERE!

History Buff? Couture Shopper? Foodie? Sports Fanatic? BOSTON HAS YOU COVERED!

The New York Times Travel Contributor, 

Get Energized! Start the day on the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, winding your way through Revolutionary-era sites.

Find that Perfect Outfit! Shop the designer and funky boutiques in the Back Bay.

36 hours in Boston 3A Night Out! Tons of restaurants for every taste and live music featuring Jazz, Alternative and Indie Bands.

By Land & Sea! Ride the ferry to the Boston Harbor Islands, and grab a bite at a scenic waterfront cafe.  

Finish Strong! Grab the trolley to Fenway Park for a behind-the-scenes guided tour- then stop in a local pub for a pint!

READ MORE GREAT SUGGESTIONS!

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What did YOU discover in 36 hours- add your favorites in the comments!