Where Chefs Eat in Boston

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Restaurants:Asta, Coppa, o ya
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Modern European, Italian, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Back Bay, South End, Leather District

Asta

$$$$·Modern European·
Back Bay
59 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
“Asta is a very creative tasting menu restaurant. While not in Cambridge where I live, it's just over the bridge and I feel lucky whenever I can get there.” – Jason Bond
91% recommended
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Coppa

$$$$·Italian·
South End
840 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“If money is no object I'll pay for flights as well.” – Erick Harcey
96% recommended
Italian in Boston

o ya

$$$$·Japanese·
Leather District
1,112 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
“Incredible sushi and Japanese small plates, extremely creative, lovely decor and service.” – Joanne Chang
86% recommended
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Eastern Standard

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
4,295 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Special Occasion
“It's sturdy, elegant, and dependable. I love ending a long day with a dozen oysters and a roasted chicken in the perfectly dark, always energetic bar.” – Katrina Jazayeri
91% recommended
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Sorellina

$$$$·Italian·
Back Bay
4,174 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
“The service is impeccable, it’s the most beautiful and elegant dining room in town, the food is always great and it’s always busy.” – Joanne Chang
92% recommended
Special Occasion in Boston

No. 9 Park

$$$$·European·
Beacon Hill
3,036 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
“Well, it's just my favorite place around! When money is no object, saunter your way out of the bar room and into the carpetted dining room, order the wine, have all the courses, aRead more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in Boston

BISq

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
211 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“BISq is a wine bar that really knows how to be a neighborhood spot. Warm, friendly, knowledgeable service. If you want to learn something about wine here, you can. If you don't feRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Boston / New England

Craigie on Main

$$$$·French·
Cambridge
3,820 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
“Cozy, dog-friendly pub with exposed brick and wooden beams, fire places, good cask ales, hospitable staff and good food.” – Niall Keating
90% recommended
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Loyal Nine

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
608 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
“Loyal Nine for terrific coffee.” – Tony Maws
89% recommended
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Grill 23 & Bar

$$$$·Steak·
Back Bay
6,451 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
“Best steak in town, a terrific wine list and attentive and professional (but not overbearing) service.” – Tony Maws
95% recommended
Steak in Boston / New England

Clover Food Lab

$$$$·American·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
“It's one of those rare places where you won't realize it's vegetarian because the food is so good. Great menu and probably good for you too.” – Jason Bond
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Area Four Cambridge

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
556 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
“Straightforward, well done food from wood-burning ovens. It must be as satisfying to cook as it is to eat. I love this place.” – Jason Bond
100% recommended
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Bondir Cambridge

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cambridge
830 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Joshua Lewin from Juliet
95% recommended
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Giulia Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Cambridge
1,165 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Recommended by Chef Joshua Lewin from Juliet
97% recommended
Italian in Boston / New England