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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.

Boston Public Library: Spend a few hours here

The 1st municipal public library in the U.S.

With a collection of over 23.7 million items you can practically hear book pages rustling as you walk up the steps.

The Boston Public Library, BPL, is a municipal public library system encompassing several locations. The Central Library is located in Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

It is also the Library for the Commonwealth which means that all adult residents of the commonwealth are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding.

The Boston Public Library is Free and Fun!

The architecture of the Central Boston Public Library is another great example of amazing buildings in Boston. Plus, the artwork housed inside is museum-worthy and FREE to enjoy.

Related: Enjoy Boston on a Budget

Public Tours

The Boston Public Library offers daily FREE public tours by trained volunteer guides.

Tours last approximately one hour and begin from the McKim Building vestibule, through the library’s Dartmouth Street entrance.

Private tours, Student Groups and a self-guided walking tour are also available.

Collections of Distinction

According to their website the Library’s Collections of Distinction represent the most outstanding, expansive, and renowned of the Boston Public Library’s physical collections.

Featured collections include:

Programs & Events

The Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and dozens of exhibitions each year. Find out more about these events, which are free to all.

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Boston’s Back Bay Nightlife

Boston’s Nightlife is as varied as its historical landmarks and beautiful parks. And it is not just for locals. College students, tourists, business travelers, hipsters, and regular people looking for a good time mingle together in some great places in Boston’s Back Bay. Take a look!

Related: Boston’s Amazing Back Bay

Back Bay Barsback bay nightlife

There are so many to choose from! But we’ve narrowed it down for you, so at least you have a starting point! These won’t disappoint.

Bukowski Tavern – 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115. Since 1998, Bukowski Tavern has been serving the best beer available from local, regional, and global breweries. They serve Americana-style cuisine in a casual setting. This bar is cash only!

The Corner Tavern – 421 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02115. There are a lot of tourist traps in Boston’s Back Bay. The Corner Tavern is not one of them. This place might be the last neighborhood Bar/Restaurant in the Back Bay. The crowd is a friendly mix of all types, local residents of all ages, plus a few students and staff from nearby Berklee College and MIT.

Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar – 271 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116. One of the trendiest spots in the city! Lolita’s specializes in Mexican food and unique tequila drinks. Tuesday is all you can eat tacos!

The Pour House – 907 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115. The Pour House Bar & Grill is a no frills establishment. Well known to Bostonians as an inexpensive watering hole for people who want to get down and have a good time. It specializes in great attitude, great pricing, and great portions.

Related: Boston Nightlife: Stay Safe and Have Fun!

Back Bay Live Music

Berkley Performance Center.  Showcasing more than 250 events each year, the BPC is one of the busiest theaters in Boston. Owned and operated by Berklee College of Music, the BPC hosts concerts by talented students, faculty & visiting artists, as well as concerts and events by outside promoters.

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. The BPO, founded by Benjamin Zander in 1979, features student, professional, and amateur musicians who present premier performances of top-notch classical music orchestrathat is accessible and enjoyable for both music aficionados and the casual listener. The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO), founded in 2012, is a world-class, tuition-free ensemble that inspires passionate music-making in young musicians aged 12 to 21 and follow a motto of “shaping future leaders through music.”

The Brahmin is a restaurant and lounge featuring a unique menu of small plates with live entertainment 5 + nights a week.

Back Bay Entertainmentback bay nightlife bowling

Kings. Features upscale, retro-inspired décor and executive-chef designed menus. They feature a 16 lane bowling alley, air hockey, skee ball, shuffle board, and several pool tables. With varied entertainment options, themed nights, and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, Kings sets itself apart as an unparalleled social scene for all occasions. Kings is open 7-days/week until 2am and is a 21+ facility after 6pm.

What do you like to do?

We’d love to hear about your favorite Back Bay spots to hang out. Let us know!

Shopping in Boston

Shopping in Boston is like no other place on earth. There are so many different areas in Boston that have their own unique shopping experience. No matter what you are looking for you can find it in Boston, and will be sure to have a good time and be entertained along the way.

Newberry StreetNewbury Street Shopping

The rich and famous shop here, so why shouldn’t you? You never know what hidden gem you will find along these eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and fabulous dining.  You may even spot a celebrity. The most “high-end boutiques” are located near the Boston Public Garden end of Newbury Street and is considered one of the most expensive streets in the world.

Related: Boston’s Amazing Back Bay

Harvard Square ShoppingHarvard Square

Harvard Square is famous for many things and it is so popular it even has it’s own website. According to the site, Harvard Square has been a home and a gathering place for authors, poets, publishers, printers, teachers students and booksellers. It also has excellent shopping. Harvard Square is indeed located near Harvard University and includes:

The Garage“, a renovated parking garage turned into a mini-shopping center and home to many merchants.

The Coop, Harvard University’s bookstore.

Out of Town News, located at the center of the square and which stocks newspapers, magazines, and other reading material from all around the world.

Prudential Center MallThe Prudential Center Mall & Copley Place

For an indoor shopping experience head over to this section of Boston and spend the whole day meandering in and out of shops, out of the elements. The two shopping centers are connected by a covered bridge and contain big name retailers that will provide everything you ever wanted while shopping in Boston.

Downtown Crossingdowtown crossing

Downtown Crossing is near Boston Common located at the intersection of Washington, Winter, and Summer Streets. Washington Street, from Temple Place to Franklin Street, is a pedestrian mall (no cars allowed) and at noon-time thousands of people cross Washington Street headed toward restaurants, stores, service businesses, or to the State House or City Hall. You can do as much people watching as you can do shopping here.

Faneuil Hall MarketplaceFaneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall is located near the waterfront and is considered Boston’s Government Center. It has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1743. The main complex is comprised of a South Building, central Quincy Market Building, and North Building. The shopping area was renovated in 1975 and has been used as a model in other cities for urban renewal projects.

The Quincy Market building is located In the center of this area and contains restaurants, bars, and push-cart vendors. There is a large food court located under the dome in the center of the building. You can also often find artists and entertainers in this area.

South End Open Market (SoWa)

SoWa is the creative center of Boston’s South End and is short for “South of Washington. ” USA Today named it the #2 Best Art District in the country.  You can find the SoWa Open Market and the SoWa Vintage Market there as well.

Related: Boston’s South End: Everything You Need to Know

More Shopping in Boston

No matter which Boston Neighborhoods are your favorite, you can find shopping and entertainment just about anywhere in the city. Have fun exploring!

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.