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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Boston Metro North

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Boston Metro North? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Babe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (14)
$30 and under
American
Salem
About the restaurant
Welcome to your friend neighborhood bar and sandwich shop. Tucked away on Lafayette Park, just a block from the downtown and seaport neighborhoods of Salem, MA, The Babe is the perfect place to rendezvous after work for a cocktail, grab a bite with friends, or get together for a late night celebration. We take pride in our scratch kitchen with a menu inspired by Northeast sandwich culture and cuisine; touching on fan favorites from Philly to NY, and of course, Boston! Our menu includes specialties like house-ground cheese burgers, loaded Italian subs with freshly sliced salumi, crispy and cheesy mozzarella pockets, crispy wings, and more. The dining room and bar have a casual but intimate feel with high ceilings, updated vintage architectural features, and warm deco-lighting. The Babe also features live performances several nights a week as well as a cozy backyard patio in the warm weather season. Parties larger than 10 guests should contact the restaurant directly for booking
Top review
NolaR
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Loved it here! Great food, lovely patio out back ... a hidden gem. Seems like it would be fun for families or a night out with a group. We had two couples and enjoyed a relaxing meal with time to chit chat and kind service.
A photo of Post 1917 Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (60)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Reading
About the restaurant
A steakhouse: city vibe, local heart. Our menu is hand selected to feature locally and ethically sourced ingredients. Our head chef and owner Jason Carron has revolutionized the New England restaurant community for two decades. With his acute attention to detail, Carron has helped struggling restaurants find their purpose and passion, restoring their place in the industry. Having given hope to hundreds of restaurants over the years, Carron is opening his first steakhouse this spring, bringing that same level of attention to his own restaurant. Every ingredient is well thought out to innovate the plate with not only something aesthetically pleasing, but more importantly delicious. His farm to table approach, ensures the highest level of ingredients go into every meal you enjoy.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Service was excellent, food was excellent. Had a good time will be back for sure !
A photo of 1606 Restaurant and Oyster Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1568)
$31 to $50
American
Gloucester
About the restaurant
Voted Best of North Shore Magazine Editors' and Readers' Choice "Best Waterview Dining" and Editors' and Readers' Choice "Best AlFresco Dining".

Delicious cuisine with ocean views. Located on the second-floor, our restaurant and bar offers an oceanfront dining deck showcasing New England coastal dining at its best. Celebrate delicious Modern American cuisine with fresh local ingredients by our Chef and his culinary team. The tasteful décor, seaside vistas and comfortable atmosphere provide a dining experience unlike any other in the area. Relax and unwind in cozy elegance at the oceanfront bar, by the fireplace or out by the firepit on the deck, or dine on our fresh catch at our new oyster bar. With a plenty of seats to encourage community gatherings, enjoy a light-hearted take on the region’s culinary delights.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Items were Expensive ….but nice view of the ocean. Staff was friendly.
A photo of Paradiso Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (487)
$30 and under
Italian
Swampscott
About the restaurant
Paradiso Ristorante is a family-friendly restaurant located across from the Swampscott train station. Small kitchen with big flavors.
Executive Chef Benedetto Carenza from Avellino, Italy prepares Italian cuisine that will make you want to lick your plate. All menu items are cooked to order. Quality is our number one priority. Enjoy the ambiance of our “soon” newly renovated lounge and dining room. The casual atmosphere of our lounge offers 6 flat screen TVs, along with our dining room, outdoor heated patio and outdoor tent.
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LC1234vip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The service was great. The food was delicious. Nice place for a date night.
A photo of Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3678)
$30 and under
American
Salisbury
About the restaurant
Dazzling the senses with fresh interpretations of classic American cuisine in a beach chic setting – this is Seaglass, North of Boston’s premiere oceanfront dining destination. Located on the shores of the Atlantic, guests enjoy lunch and dinner daily with unmatched panoramic views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows while seated at tables literally over the ocean. Simply spectacular, Seaglass is the ideal spot to linger for lunch with friends or business associates or to savor an elegant evening with dinner and cocktails. Popular seafood selections include Maine Lobster Stew, Pan Seared Scallop Risotto, Seafood Casserole, Baked Haddock and Chef's Daily Fresh Catch special. Steaks, Short Ribs and Pan Roasted Chicken round out Seaglass' diverse menu. Come to the beach and discover award-winning Seaglass!

Weekly happenings: Sunday Brunch & Vibes 10AM-2PM, Raw Bar Wednesdays 4-8PM (bar & lounge), and Acoustic Live Music on Thursdays 6PM-8PM. Private dining available for up to 20 guests.
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Debt
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Service was excellent. The view never disappoints. The food was good and the cocktails were excellent.
A photo of Eddie V's - Burlington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2016)
$50 and over
Seafood
Burlington
About the restaurant
Eddie V's Prime Seafood is a luxury dining destination known for the seafood flown in from pristine waters around the world, as well as its premium hand-carved steaks. Dishes are artistically prepared and feature an ever-changing array of seasonal seafood, along with critically acclaimed prime center-cut steaks broiled to perfection. The restaurant's award-wining wine list, which has been recognized by Wine Spectator, has more than 300 wines curated by Eddie V's very own Advanced Sommelier. In the V Lounge, guests can sip classic and creative cocktails, and enjoy signature appetizers against a backdrop of live music trios.
Top review
JamesWhite
Dined 5 days ago
Possibly one of the best meals of my life, and I’ve eaten at a lot great restaurants.
A photo of The Capital Grille - Burlington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5853)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Burlington
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was our anniversary and they were wonderful giving us free dessert and placed hearts and a card on table.
A photo of Toscana Bar Italiano restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1242)
$30 and under
Italian
Beverly
About the restaurant
When the techniques of old world Italian cuisine meets the style and sophistication of modern dining. An intimate dining experience with a menu that ranges from shareable appetizers and small plates to Chef's authentic Italian specials. Well known for stylish cocktails including our famous Espresso Martini, and sophisticated wine program.

Igloo dining is now available during the winter months!
Top review
MichaelF
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Food was amazing. Our party kept changing our minds on what to order based on each plate that left the kitchen.
A photo of Grazie Italian Restaurant at Four Oaks Country Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (701)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Lowell
About the restaurant
Grazie Italian Restaurant serves the most authentic Italian cuisine this side of Tuscany! We feature a beautiful open kitchen, an amazing wood-fired pizza oven, and use only the freshest ingredients available. You'll be transported to Italy with Executive Chef Oscar Figueroa's incredible dishes while enjoying gorgeous views of the Merrimack Valley. Our beautiful stone patio overlooks the Four Oaks Country Club championship golf course and is the perfect place to savor a cocktail with a friend while you view our amazing sunsets. Reservations may be made for the dining room. Our patio is seated first come, first serve.

Book your next special event In the beautiful Grand Oaks Ballroom or our new Diamond Ballroom. We can host from 35 up to 200 guests.
Top review
LeSevip
Dined 4 days ago
Great Patio - nice area to sit out on a beautiful day! Restaurant is well appointed - both inside and out! Service exceptional - all very pleasant and helpful! Appetizers and Entrees delicious! Good selection of Wines and creative Cocktails to choose from - interesting Sangria that was wonderful! Terrific spot - Highly recommend!
A photo of Pellana Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3912)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Peabody
About the restaurant
We serve the finest Prime Grade Steaks and Chops as well as the freshest seafood that arrives daily and is simply prepared to express its true flavor. Our award winning wine list is a shining example of our caliber of restaurant. It boasts over 400 bottles of the finest varietals from The United States, Italy, France, Germany, South America & beyond. Come join us for an intimate dinner, a gathering of friends & family or a nightcap at the bar. We’ll show you why so many call us the North Shore’s best "Boston Experience."
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Awesome service, food was amazing, and the ambiance was very nice
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