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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Boston Metro North

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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!


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4.8
4.8 (151)
$31 to $50
American
Swampscott
About the restaurant
G Bar & Kitchen in Swampscott provides a beautiful interior with dark, rich wood flooring, bright red chairs situated along the bar, and pale colored chairs, tables and booths along the opposite walls. Big windows let in plenty of sunshine to help increase the brightness and inviting atmosphere of the interior whereas friendly staff members make you feel like an honored guest at G Bar & Kitchen. Upon first glance at the menu, you will notice plenty of delicious options like the shrimp chow fun and gnocchi. You also have stuffed acorn squash, lamb rack, duck, haddock, veal chop and a N.Y strip to name a few. There is an option for just about every flavor preference so you are sure to leave feeling satisfied and yearning to come back for more when you visit G Bar & Kitchen.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was great…food, beverages! Franny was great !
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4.8
4.8 (54)
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Marblehead
About the restaurant
Here at the Mai Tai Lounge we offer high-quality cuisine and service. There is no limit to the type of dishes that are served. Using the freshest ingredients available we offer dishes like our Filet Mignon, Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Pad Thai, Farfalle with Wild Mushroom, and many other dishes.
The Mai Tai Lounge offers the finest handcrafted cocktails hands-down, drinks like our Snapchat Worthy, Best Mistake Ever, and the Yacht Club. Not to mention our list of eight differently designed Mai Tais.
The restaurant has been designed to provide a high level of comfort and an overall relaxing ambience. The Mai Tai team is excited to welcome you to come sit down, relax and focus on family, friends, and the present moment.

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Angie
Dined 6 days ago
Everything about this place was awesome the people, ambiance, food and the service 10/10… will be going back
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4.7
4.7 (1354)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Andover
About the restaurant
Meaning “The Finest” In Italian, La Fina Provides A Modern, Sleek And Sexy Space, Taking Cues From An European Art Deco Design. La Fina’s Sophistication In Decor Offsets Its’ Smart Revamp Of The Conventional Steakhouse. With A Menu Built Around Subtle Twists That Never Skimp On Luxury, La Fina’s Meat And Seafood Program Balances European And South Beach Influences. No High-Minded Rules Or Stuffy Service Here — Just Contemporary Fine Dining With A Distinct Twist.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
LaFina Is ALWAYS fabulous! It’s a 5* experience every time
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4.7
4.7 (15)
$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.
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4.6
4.6 (218)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Burlington
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

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MillerT
Dined 2 days ago
Service was disjointed, food can out in no particular order. Salad after meat and so on. Food quality and quantity were more than ample. Tables with burner in middle can be a squeeze for you feet, with little or no leg room. Despite these will be back because of overall food quality.
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4.5
4.5 (1480)
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Newburyport
About the restaurant
BRINE, known for fresh oysters, crudo, and prime cut chops, is Caswell Restaurant Group’s second foray into the eclectic and innately New England dining scene of Newburyport, MA. Proprietor Nancy Batista-Caswell’s appreciation of the local harvest and her affinity for European classics results in a restaurant devoted to flavorful seafood—ceviche, crudo, sashimi, and beyond—and butcher chops, with a healthy dose of Spanish and Italian influences throughout the menu. The main attractions at BRINE are backed up by soups, salads, Po-Boys, and “off the page” daily specials to provide plenty of variety.

This neighborhood hangout welcomes all and leaves pretension at the door. The low-key design and elevated standards of service allow the food to speak for itself, and Manager Gissele Tache and her staff are always on hand to recommend an adventurous catch, a fine bottle of wine, or a sweet after-dinner treat.

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Lark
Dined 4 days ago
Always creative and tasty options available at Brine. Wait staff is well informed on menu and are able to answer questions about any items. Never disappointed with food or service.
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4.5
4.5 (2298)
$31 to $50
American
Burlington
About the restaurant
Important dining information:

Restaurant Hours are as follows (kitchen closes an hour prior to restaurant close):
Monday-Thursday: Lunch 11-4, Dinner 4-10
Friday-Saturday: Lunch 11-4, Dinner 4-11
Sunday: Brunch 10-2, Dinner 2-10

Reservations do not guarantee any type of table, though we will do our best to accommodate any requests.

We have a 10 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running later than 10 minutes after your reservation time.

We may contact you about this reservation, so please ensure your email and phone number are up to date.

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RachelK
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
The food and service were fabulous. We all enjoyed our night
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4.5
4.5 (582)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Peabody
About the restaurant
From our famous focaccia and dipping oil, to our legendary pizza, salads, and sandwiches, we offer something for everyone at Not Your Average Joe's. Come in for fan favorites like our Mustard Crusted Chicken or Steak Tips, stay for the extended list of wines, craft beer, and crafted cocktails. We serve an extensive gluten free menu, happy hour, weekend brunch, and have full-service lunch and dinner 7 days a week in the dining room or bar area.

Not Your Average Joe's Peabody is a family-style restaurant that offers a bar area, main dining room, and wide array of seating options from high tops to booths to community tables. Our restaurant sits in the beautiful Northshore Mall near Sears, Legal Sea Foods, and the Sears Auto Center. Located just off Yankee Division Highway, it has easy access to Lahey Medical Center Peabody, the Salem Country Club, Bishop Fenwick High School, Endicott Square Shopping Center and more.

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Mememevip
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Wonderful waitress and my burger was prepared perfect.
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4.3
4.3 (1979)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Burlington
About the restaurant
Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar offers a menu inspired by American cuisine. Its menu is stylish, contemporary and includes fresh oysters, gourmet pizzas, rice bowls and a variety of burgers.

During a daily Happy Hour at Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar, diners can also enjoy both drink and appetizer specials. Along with an array of beers, its menu includes wines and a wide selection of specialty cocktails.

You'll further enjoy a casual and pub-like experience at Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar. Its décor includes an open kitchen, bench seating and a separate bar area with mounted flat screen televisions all around for watching sporting events.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food was excellent; service was friendly and prompt.
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4.3
4.3 (244)
$30 and under
Indian
Burlington
About the restaurant
At The Treasury, we use freshest ingredients with time-honored scratch preparation. Enter a world of regional Indian cooking where we celebrate the culinary traditions from all over India. Treasurys menu is designed by Celebrity Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi and our chefs prepare everything in house. All items are made from freshest ingredients sourced from local reputed vendors delivered to us daily.
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Jwalin
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
Really good drinks and food, good ambience
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