French Acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud operates this Frenchinspired bistro and wine bar at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Chef de Cuisine Michael Denk runs the kitchen, offering traditional Parisian bistro fare. B, L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., 617.535.8800.
DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE
Italian Grand and sophisticated, this restaurant is amenable to dates, business dinners, or even a simple glass of wine at the bar. Lengthy menu features regional dishes from northern Italy, as well as grilled meat a la carte. Gluten-free menu available. L (M-F), D (daily). 75 Arlington St., 617.357.4810. $$$$; 236 Patriot Place, Foxboro 508.339.4810.
Health Food Super popular fresh juice bar at Back Bay Station. B,L,D (daily). 145 Dartmouth St., 617.418.9879.
LOLITA COCINA & TEQUILA BAR
Mexican Mexican restaurant is the sister of the popular Yvonne’s. Award-winning margaritas. Menu items include pork belly carnitas, blackened mahi mahi tacos and grilled street corn. Allyou-can-eat taco Mondays ($9). D (daily). 271 Dartmouth St., 617.369.5609.
Pan-Asian This foxy Asianstyle restaurant and lounge off the Back Bay’s beaten track has some pretty amazing food. Try Chef Kevin Long’s duck buns (think slowcooked hoisin barbecue duck with pickles stuffed into taco-shaped, fluffy, steamed bread), as well as the Singapore street noodles, the spicy tuna tempura roll and, frankly, the martinis. Excellent gluten-free offerings availa- ble. D (daily). 39 Stanhope St., 617.262.3900. $$$
Seafood Chef Kyle McClelland’s talents run from fried lobster and waffles to conserved sardines on Nordic rye. The menu itself includes smoked fish, crudo, cocktails, sandwiches and entrees. L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), brunch (Sa-Su). 281 Dartmouth St., 617.267.0691.
TAPEO RESTAURANT & TAPAS BAR
Small Plates-Tapas Colorful tiles and a Spanish vibe set the tone for a sensuous and authentic dining experience. Menu features tapas frias y calientes, and we suggest visiting with an empty stomach because selecting only a few of these delicious small plates will be a challenge! Innovative main dishes and hot stone grilling are great for heartier appetites or to share with a few people. L (Sa-Su), D (daily). 266 Newbury St., 617.267.4799. $-$$$
TOP OF THE HUB
American Expect modern, eclectic takes on regional New England cuisine with a focus on seafood. Top of the Hub also stands 52 stories above the city, so diners get a stunning view. Two wine cellars are the winners of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Dancing and live music in the lounge. L (M-Sa), D (daily), brunch (Su). Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., 617.536.1775. $$$