DIN­ING

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ABE & LOUIE’S

A clas­sic Amer­i­can steak­house, this el­e­gant Back Bay eatery com­ple­ments its prime Del­moni­cos and New York Strips with an ex­ten­sive wine list.

IN­SIDER TIP: If there’s one must-or­der, it’s Abe & Louie’s sig­na­ture side of fresh creamed corn with ba­con. 793 Boyl­ston St., 617-536-6300; abe­and­louies.com

ALDEN & HARLOW

Alden & Harlow serves cre­ative and thought­fully sourced New Amer­i­can food. Ask for the Se­cret Burger— in­gre­di­ents in­clude eight ounces of House Creek­stone beef, a home­made roll, and “faith.” 40 Brat­tle St., Cam­bridge, 617-864-2100; alden­har­low.com

B&G OYS­TER BAR

This is Boston’s mod­ern take on the clas­sic oys­ter bar. Grab a bar stool and watch the chef shuck your meal in front of you—or, or­der B&G’s famed Maine lobster roll to go. 550 Tre­mont St., 617-423-0550; band­goys­ters.com

BANYAN BAR + REFUGE

This mod­ern, open-con­cept Asian gas­tropub sports a “chef’s counter” fea­tur­ing a view of the kitchen action, while large win­dows be­hind pro­vide an ex­pan­sive view of the pic­turesque South End. Menu must-have: roasted cau­li­flower with a toasted co­conut sauce and yel­low-curry raisin com­pote. 553 Tre­mont St., 617-556-4211; banyan­boston.com

BAR BOULUD

Fine-din­ing her­itage meets French café fare at this Daniel Boulud bistro and wine bar. Slip into a comfy booth or watch Boyl­ston Street go by from a table by the win­dows. 776 Boyl­ston St., 617-535-8800; bar­boulud.com/boston

BAR MEZZANA

This coastal Ital­ian restau­rant, tucked away into a warm and invit­ing space in Boston’s su­per-trendy Ink Block, brings so­phis­ti­ca­tion and re­fine­ment to clas­sic Ital­ian dishes. 360 Har­ri­son Ave., 617-530-1770; barmez­zana.com

BASTILLE KITCHEN

Bistro cui­sine meets its mod­ern twist at this beloved French restau­rant, which fea­tures a beau­ti­ful, long quartz bar.

IN­SIDER TIP: The best steak frites in town! 49 Melcher St., 617-556-8000; bastillek­itchen.net

THE BEEHIVE

An un­der­ground “bo­hemian bistro,” The Beehive spe­cial­izes in rustic com­fort foods in­fused with Amer­i­can, Euro­pean, Mediter­ranean, and Mid­dle Eastern in­flu­ences.

IN­SIDER TIP: To ac­tu­ally take ad­van­tage of the bo­hemian vibe, stop in for din­ner Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, when it’s (sig­nif­i­cantly!) less crowded than on week­ends. 541 Tre­mont St., 617-423-0069; bee­hive­boston.com

BISTRO DU MIDI

Provençal cui­sine goes mod­ern at this French-Mediter­ranean eatery. Tuck into the “bouil­l­abaisse du midi” at the cor­ner round­table with a view of the Pub­lic Gar­den. 272 Boyl­ston St., 617-426-7878; bistro­du­midi.com

THE BUTCHER SHOP

Bar­bara Lynch’s trib­ute to old-world Euro­pean boucheries, this wine bar and butcher shop’s meat-heavy menu changes daily. 552 Tre­mont St., 617423-4800; the­butch­er­shop­boston.com

BUTTERMILK & BOURBON

South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity makes its way to the Back Bay thanks to chef Ja­son San­tos, of­fer­ing a cozy at­mos­phere and a mod­ern take on tra­di­tional New Or­leans dishes with menu items in­clud­ing Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Beignets. 160 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617-266-1122; but­ter­milk­bour­bon.com

CAFÉ ARTSCIENCE

En­joy the avante-garde French fare by the soar­ing win­dows that look out onto in­dus­trial-chic Ken­dall Square, or ex­pe­ri­ence the bar—and its sci­en­tific cock­tails!—that make this fu­tur­is­tic restau­rant fa­mous. 650 E. Ken­dall St., Cam­bridge, 857-999-2193; cafeartscience.com

CAFE ESCADRILLE

Clas­sic dishes—Chateaubriand, rack of lamb—abound at this old-world el­e­gant Burling­ton main­stay.

IN­SIDER TIP: Make sure to tap into the wine ex­per­tise—the restau­rant is known for its highly re­garded som­me­lier team. 26 Cam­bridge St., Burling­ton, 781-2731916; cafeescadrille.com

COM­MIT­TEE

This Mediter­ranean hot spot lo­cated in the Sea­port is in­spired by the “cuzeri” found through­out Greece. Com­mit­tee is known for its tapas in­clud­ing the Tzatziki Trio and Shrimp Sko­rko, its Tiki in­spired cock­tails, and eclec­tic dé­cor with a penny-tiled bath­room floor and pipe chan­de­liers. 50 North­ern Ave., 617-737-5051; com­mit­tee­boston.com

COPPA

Fea­tur­ing Ital­ian small plates, wood­fired piz­zas, and home­made pas­tas and char­cu­terie, this mod­ern enoteca de­liv­ers the ro­mana goods. 253 Shaw­mut Ave., 617-391-0902; cop­pa­boston.com

CRU NAN­TUCKET

Vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike can never ever get enough of CRU, the Mecca of all things ACK. Perched on a wa­ter­side dock, the eatery of­fers both plushy out­door space, in­te­rior glam­our and a ri­val-less raw bar.

IN­SIDER TIP: Book the cor­ner­side, couch table and or­der the Grand Cru plateau for the full Cru, panoramic view, and culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence. One Straight Wharf, Nan­tucket, 508-228927; crunan­tucket.com

DANTE

Fresh Ital­ian cui­sine meets an ex­ten­sive and Ital­ian-heavy wine list at this el­e­gant restau­rant and patio with panoramic views of the Charles River and Boston sky­line. 40 Ed­win H. Land Blvd., Cam­bridge, 617-497-4200; restau­rant­dante.com

DAVIO’S

The best views in this spa­cious, re­laxed din­ing room full of white table­cloths are at the chef’s table, in the heart of the action in the kitchen, which spe­cial­izes in hearty, high-end North­ern Ital­ian fare such as beef steaks, veal chops, and fresh hand­made pas­tas. 75 Ar­ling­ton St., 617-357-4810; davios.com

DEL FRISCO’S

This es­tab­lished steak house in the Sea­port Dis­trict has a lot to of­fer with an as­sort­ment of steak and seafood, a sleek mod­ern am­biance, and beau­ti­ful har­bor views. In­sider tip: There is a Prix-Fixe menu avail­able ev­ery

Sun­day. 250 North­ern Ave., 617-9511368; del­friscos.com

DEUXAVE

The French-in­flu­enced fare is served in an op­u­lent yet rustic Back Bay din­ing room that fea­tures Alice in Won­der­land– like wing­back chairs and a cozy fire­place. 371 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617-517-5915; deuxave.com

DORETTA TAVERNA

Ex­pe­ri­ence the sim­ple, ap­proach­able, fresh, bold fla­vors of Greek cui­sine. Any­thing with lamb is rec­om­mended.

IN­SIDER TIP: The walls sur­round­ing Table 303, which is tucked pri­vately away in a cor­ner (talk about power lunch per­fec­tion), fea­tures works by lo­cal artist Adri­enne Schlow, wife of chef-owner Michael Schlow. 79 Park Plz., 617-422-0008; doret­ta­boston.com

EASTERN STAN­DARD

This neigh­bor­hood brasserie serves cre­ative twists on clas­sic French fare and shakes up top-level craft cock­tails.

IN­SIDER TIP: The bar’s once-sig­na­ture whiskey smash hasn’t been on the menu for sev­eral years, but cus­tomers still ask for it—you can, too. 528 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617-532-9100; east­ern­stan­dard­boston.com

EATALY BOSTON

The fa­mous Ital­ian mar­ket­place run by celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bas­tianich, and restau­ra­teur Joe Bas­tianich fea­tures restau­rants, gro­ceries, and a cook­ing school to give food lovers the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence au­then­tic Ital­ian cui­sine. 800 Boyl­ston St., Pru­den­tial Cen­ter, 617-807-7300; eataly.com

GASLIGHT BRASSERIE

Get the gold-stan­dard Gal­lic treat­ment at Gaslight, lo­cated in the artsy sec­tion of the South End. Try the clas­sics, such as steak frites with sauce béar­naise or maitre d’ho­tel but­ter. 560 Har­ri­son Ave., 617-422-0224; gaslight560.com

GRILL 23 & BAR

Af­ter en­joy­ing Grill 23’s all-nat­u­ral prime beef steaks or fresh, cre­ative seafood pre­sen­ta­tions, in­dulge in a post-pran­dial puff cour­tesy of the restau­rant’s pre­mium ci­gar ser­vice, the first-ever in Boston. 161 Berke­ley St., 617-542-2255; grill23.com

HALEY.HENRY

Lo­cated in the heart of Down­town Cross­ing, chef-owner Haley Fortier wants peo­ple to have a good time at her wine bar. En­joy this unique wine ex­pe­ri­ence with a se­lec­tion of 40–50 wines to be paired with Euro­pean in­spired small plates such as tinned fish and ce­viche. 45 Province St., 617-208-6000; ha­ley­henry.com

IL MOLO

This el­e­gant seafood spot lo­cated in the North End of­fers Ital­ian in­spired cre­ations by chef Pino Maf­feo and will give din­ers an un­der­wa­ter feel with the shell-like blue tiles and aquatic styled art­work and decor. 326 Com­mer­cial St., 857-277-1895; il­molo­boston.com

IS­LAND CREEK OYS­TER BAR

The menu at this Amer­i­can seafood restau­rant changes daily, fea­tur­ing the likes of lobster-roe noo­dles with braised short rib, grilled lobster, and oys­ter mush­rooms. 500 Com­mon­wealth Ave., 617-532-5300; is­land­creekoys­ter­bar.com

JULIET

Juliet is a place for the Union Square com­mu­nity to in­ter­act through de­li­cious food with a Mediter­ranean flare and good hos­pi­tal­ity thanks to Josh Lewin and Ka­t­rina Jaza­y­eri. Com­muter-friendly menus, as well as leisurely stay-in op­tions has Juliet’s be­ing a des­ti­na­tion for just about any­body. IN­SIDER TIP: Juliet of­fers a Prix-Fixe Menu for lunch from 11 am–3 pm. 257 Wash­ing­ton St, Somerville, 617-718-0958; juli­et­somerville.com

KAVA NEO-TAVERNA

Im­ported wines and Greek small plates take the stage at this South End neigh­bor­hood hot spot. 315 Shaw­mut Ave., 617-356-1100; ka­va­neo­tav­erna.com

LA BRASA

La Brasa’s cui­sine draws on chef Daniel Bo­jorquez’s cul­tural in­flu­ences as well as the makeup of the restau­rant’s East Somerville neigh­bor­hood—Mex­i­can, Peru­vian, and Mid­dle Eastern. 124 Broad­way, Somerville, 617-764-1412; labrasa­somerville.com

LA MORRA

This tra­di­tional North­ern Ital­ian kitchen spe­cial­izes in home­made pas­tas, with gluten-free avail­able on re­quest.

IN­SIDER TIP: The tagli­atelle bolog­nese is Tom Brady’s fa­vorite. 48 Boyl­ston St., Brook­line, 617-739-0007; lam­orra.com

LA VOILE

The au­then­tic dé­cor at La Voile is a Fran­cophile’s dream: Ev­ery­thing from the zinc bar to the wooden wine fridge and vin­tage chan­de­liers are im­ported from France. 261 New­bury St., 617-587-4200; lavoile­boston.net

LIT­TLE DONKEY

Take a trip around the world with Ken Oringer and Jamie Bis­son­nette’s glob­ally in­spired small plates. 505 Mas­sachusetts Ave., Cam­bridge, 617-945-1008; lit­tle­don­key­bos.com

MEN­TON

At culi­nary star Bar­bara Lynch’s fine din­ing ode to Italy and France, ask to sit at the Gold Bar, a smaller, more in­ti­mate set­ting than the main din­ing room. 354 Congress St., 617-737-0099; men­ton­boston.com

MIDA

Cel­e­brat­ing Ital­ian culi­nary tra­di­tions in the South End, chef Dou­glass Wil­liams is com­mit­ted to bring­ing high qual­ity in­gre­di­ents to life through “cre­ativ­ity, cu­rios­ity and skill” in his dishes in­clud­ing the Arancini, Ri­cotta Gnoc­chi, and Caponata Toast. 782 Tre­mont St., 617-936-3490; mida­boston.com

MISTRAL

Lo­cated in the South End, lo­cals’ fa­vorite Mistral has been pro­vid­ing clas­sic French-Mediter­ranean fare in a ca­su­ally el­e­gant set­ting for nearly 20 years. 223 Colum­bus Ave., 617-8679300; mis­tral­bistro.com

MOOO RESTAU­RANT

This mod­ern steak­house boasts a

for­mi­da­ble wine cel­lar. Come thirsty!

15 Bea­con St., 617-670-2515; mooorestau­rant.com

NEPTUNE OYS­TER

Neptune serves sim­ple Amer­i­can seafood in a cozy, in­ti­mate set­ting. Try the Maine hot lobster roll, served with fresh-cut french fries. 63 Salem St., 617-742-3474; nep­tu­neoys­ter.com

NO. 9 PARK

The re­gion­ally in­spired Ital­ian and French dishes at No. 9 Park have been charm­ing lo­cals and tourists for years.

IN­SIDER TIP: Ask to be seated in the in­ti­mate leather-and-vel­vet ban­quettes in the back din­ing room. 9 Park St., 617-423-4800; no9­park.com

O YA

O Ya was the first in Boston to rein­ter­pret tra­di­tional Ja­panese fla­vors and in­gre­di­ents with a mod­ern touch. Their con­tem­po­rary and cre­ative iza­kaya aims to sur­prise and de­light. 9 East St., 617-654-9900; o-ya.restau­rant

OAK LONG BAR + KITCHEN

OAK comes alive at night to the hum of spir­ited con­ver­sa­tion as guests gather around the cop­per-top bar to dive into salt-and-vine­gar fries and smoked blue­fish toast. 138 St. James Ave., 617-585-7222; oak­long­bark­itchen.com

OCEAN HOUSE

The Re­lais & Chateau rank­ing is the first mas­sive clue that Watch Hill’s Ocean House is no or­di­nary sum­mer re­sort. State-of-the-art lux­ury suites, cook­ing classes, wine tast­ings and spank­ing new Mercedes Benz road­sters on hand for guests are just some of the posh pick­ings at this Rhode Is­land mas­ter­piece. 1 Bluff Ave., Westerly, RI, 401-584-7000; ocean­houseri.com

OCEAN PRIME

Ocean Prime fea­tures clas­sic steak house and seafood fare crafted with a mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for in­gre­di­ents. En­joy the im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. 140 Sea­port Blvd., 617-6701345; ocean-prime.com

OFF­SITE CA­TER­ING

An im­promptu mar­tini cock­tail party? 100 peo­ple? At your pad? TONIGHT?!!! No prob­lem. Off­SITE Ca­ter­ing has your back. The Bos­ton­based party event com­pany can pro­duce, de­sign and staff up the soiree of your dreams, so you—bon vi­vant that you are—can greet your guests oh-so-coolly… mar­tini in hand. getoff­site.com

OISHII

In the South End, high-con­cept sushi is art­fully ar­ranged and com­posed of the sea’s fresh­est bounty. 1166 Wash­ing­ton St., 617-482-8868; oishi­i­boston.com

NEBO CUCINA & ENOTECA

Sis­ters Carla and Chris­tine Pal­lotta serve up an au­then­tic Ital­ian menu that cap­tures the “true essence” of din­ing in an Ital­ian home with dishes in­clud­ing Zuc­chini Lasagna and Pa­pardelle Alla Bolog­nese, and dé­cor that pays homage to a tra­di­tional Ital­ian neigh­bor­hood. 520 At­lantic Ave., 617-723-06326; ne­borestau­rant.com

OSTRA

New Eng­land seafood is given a Mediter­ranean touch at this clas­sic restau­rant known for its salt-crust branzino for two. 1 Charles St. S., 617-421-1200; os­tra­boston.com

PABU BOSTON

Chef Michael Mina and Chef Ken Tom­i­naga are serv­ing up a mod­ern take on Iza­kaya-style din­ing at Pabu lo­cated on the sec­ond floor of the lux­u­ri­ous and up­scale Mil­len­nium Tower. With tra­di­tional yet chic Ja­panese decor, and a menu with award-win­ning sushi and sashimi, the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is un­like any other.

IN­SIDER TIP: Pabu has a pri­vate din­ing room, which is the per­fect set­ting to cel­e­brate a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or host a pri­vate event. 3 Franklin St., 857-3277228; michaelmina.net

PARSNIP RESTAU­RANT & LOUNGE

This stylish, two-story restau­rant serves in­gre­di­ent-driven, Euro­pean in­flu­enced fare—think “borscht salad,” quail roulade, and cod polon­aise. 91 Winthrop St., Cam­bridge, 617-714-3206; parsniprestau­rant.com

PORTO

Chef Jody Adams is an ex­pert when it comes to Mediter­ranean in­spired cui­sine. Her menu at Porto is largely fo­cused on seafood with out­stand­ing sea­sonal dishes in­clud­ing the Striped Bass a la Plan­cha caught fresh in New Eng­land. Ring Rd., 617-536-1234; porto-boston.com

PRECINCT KITCHEN & BAR

Tried-and-true New Eng­land sta­ples hold pride of place in this for­mer po­lice head­quar­ters on Berke­ley Street.

IN­SIDER TIP: A happy hour spe­cial on oys­ters is of­fered ev­ery­day. 154 Berke­ley St., 617-532-3827; precinc­tk­itchenand­bar.com

PUBLICO STREET BISTRO & GAR­DEN

With the name mean­ing “for the pub­lic good,” Publico prides it­self on let­ting the cus­tomers ex­plore fla­vors from Europe, South and North Amer­ica. The sim­ple plates of­fered are made with lo­cal goods from New Eng­land farms, and should be a go-to for any­one look­ing to in­dulge in a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra. 11 Dorch­ester St., 617-622-5700; pub­li­co­boston.com

ROW 34

Row 34 is an ap­proach­able and con­vivial neigh­bor­hood restau­rant and bar that cel­e­brates New Eng­land’s rich seafood tra­di­tions. IN­SIDER TIP:

When din­ner ser­vice is packed, the stand­ing-only rails around in­dus­trial wood pil­lars are an easy place to en­joy drinks and snacks. 383 Congress St., 617-553-5900; row34.com

RUKA

Lo­cated in the God­frey Ho­tel, culi­nary di­rec­tor and chef Tom Berry is serv­ing up a Peru­vian menu that in­cor­po­rates Nikkei and Chifa cuisines with stand­outs in­clud­ing color­ful Green Noo­dles, Lima-style Fried Cala­mari with leche de ti­gre gar­lic but­ter, Hal­ibut Ce­viche, and a vi­brant and stylish scene that can’t be missed. 505 Wash­ing­ton St., 617-2660102; rukaresto­bar.com

SCAMPO

Chef Ly­dia Shire’s Ital­ian-in­spired cui­sine draws on fla­vors from the Mediter­ranean and Mid­dle East.

IN­SIDER TIP: Cre­ate the ul­ti­mate pri­vate event with the help of party co­or­di­na­tor Carah McLaugh­lin. 15 Charles St., 617-536-2100; scam­po­boston.com

SMITH & WOLLENSKY

Nes­tled into The Cas­tle at Park Plaza, this fine din­ing steak house serves up clas­sics like a bone-in sir­loin and prime rib eye. If you’re look­ing for bonus fun, ask for a be­hind-the-scenes tour of the cas­tle. 101 Ar­ling­ton St., 617-423-1112; smithand­wol­len­sky.com/boston-back-bay

SORELLINA

Sorellina’s con­tem­po­rary take on Ital­ian-Mediter­ranean pro­duces dishes like gnoc­chi with Maine lobster.

IN­SIDER TIP: The round table in the front win­dows, which seats up to seven, pro­vides a spec­tac­u­lar view of Co­p­ley Square. 1 Hunt­ing­ton Ave., 617-4124600; sorel­lina­boston.com

SPORTELLO

Take ad­van­tage of the kitchen-fac­ing counter seat­ing at this mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic diner. 348 Congress St., 617-737-1234; sportel­lo­boston.com

SRV

Chef’s Michael Lom­bardi and Kevin O’Don­nell cre­ated Boston’s first Vene­tian-style Bac­aro and wine bar spe­cial­iz­ing in small bites, home­made pasta, and risotto, ad­ding a more mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion to tra­di­tional Vene­tian food. 569 Colum­bus Ave., 617-536-9500; srv­boston.com

STEPHANIE’S ON NEW­BURY

The so­phis­ti­cated New Eng­land-style com­fort food starts off with a tuna tartare or clas­sic mac and cheese and crescen­does with but­tery At­lantic sal­mon. 190 New­bury St., 617-2360990; stepha­nies­restau­rant­group.com

STRIP BY STREGA

Mod­ern steak house STRIP by Strega is a high-en­ergy, uber-mod­ern tri­fecta of ex­cep­tional cui­sine, cre­ative cock­tails, and up­scale nightlife. 64 Ar­ling­ton St., 617-456-5300; strip­bystrega.com

SWEET CHEEKS Q

Mouth­wa­ter­ing, her­itage breed pulled pork and prime brisket make this bar­be­cue joint a Fen­way foodie fa­vorite. 1381 Boyl­ston St., 617-2661300; sweetcheeksq.com

TAPESTRY

Lo­cated in the Fen­way neigh­bor­hood, Tapestry is known for be­ing a du­al­con­cept restau­rant with a menu cu­rated by hus­band and wife duo Meghann Ward and Kevin Walsh. The Expo Kitchen of­fers items such as oys­ters and Neapoli­tan-style pizza, while the Club Room has a trop­i­cal vibe and fea­tures mod­ern Amer­i­can dishes.69 Kil­marnock St., 617-421-4470; tapestry. restau­rant

TIGER MAMA

Tiger Mama is a Boston fa­vorite for vi­brant South­east Asian cui­sine—the Sin­ga­pore street noo­dles are a great in­tro­duc­tion to the menu. 1363 Boyl­ston St., 617-425-6262; tiger­mam­a­boston.com

TORO

South End fa­vorite Toro’s Barcelonastyle tapas are made bet­ter by the space’s open win­dows, which bring the out­doors in. 1704 Wash­ing­ton St., 617-536-4300; toro-restau­rant.com

TRADE

In­no­va­tive Mediter­ranean fare is served up in a lively, high-ceilinged space at this Wa­ter­front restau­rant. 540 At­lantic Ave., 617-451-1234; trade-boston.com

YVONNE’S

This mod­ern rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the sup­per club fea­tures a cos­mopoli­tan menu that of­fers guests shared dishes that weave in fla­vors of the Far East, Mid­dle East, Mediter­ranean, and Europe. 2 Win­ter Pl., 617-267-0047; yvon­nes­boston.com

Ah, cham­pagne and oys­ters. Cru on Nan­tucket of­fers guests an un­par­al­leled way to en­joy the small luxuries in life.

What’s blue, yel­low, and fab­u­lous all over? The ca­banas at Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI.

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