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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Boston Metro North

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Eddie V's - Burlington restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2044)
$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
BOSNYCFOODIEvip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent meal as always. Had a friend visiting from California and needed to ensure he had a wonderful steak restaurant experience. Everything came out perfectly as always. Highly recommend Eddie V's in Burlington!
A photo of Paradiso Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (492)
$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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GailD
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Food was delicious, service was amazing. Staff went above/beyond to make sure we had a great dining experience. Will definitely return
A photo of Pellana Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3936)
$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."
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MarkS
Dined 2 days ago
Great food / great service (David was our server he did a fantastic job along w/ the other staff/ never had to ask for anything/ they watch very carefully) Lobster mashed potatoes!!! Wow so good Veal chop excellent too along w/ scallops & lobster risotto excellent Bring your wallet though lol Great place Will surely go back!!!
A photo of Mooo BURLINGTON restaurant
4.7
4.7 (763)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Burlington
About the restaurant
Discover an unparalleled dining experience at Mooo. Burlington, the latest addition to the Columbus Hospitality Group. Our modern steakhouse offers a warm and sophisticated atmosphere that is perfect for any occasion. From intimate dinners to larger gatherings, our three private dining spaces - The Napa, The Bordeaux, and The Fireside - provide a unique and elegant setting with natural light and custom wood trim. Our Bordeaux and Fireside rooms also offer AV capabilities, making them ideal for corporate events and presentations.
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adblaq
Dined 4 days ago
We enjoyed a date night here on a random Wednesday night - it was surprisingly busy! We ordered filet mignon and ribeye and both were great. We also got the truffle fries and caesar salad as sides, as well as the Panna cotta. My husband ordered a pesr martini, not on the menu, and they were able to make it for him. We loved the ambiance, and had excellent service.
A photo of 1606 Restaurant and Oyster Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1599)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Our server was such a sweet and attentive girl. As always such an enjoyable lunch. The ambiance cannot be beat.
A photo of La Fina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1355)
$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 3 days ago
I absolutely loved La Fina restaurant. We went there to celebrate our anniversary and the service was phenomenal. We had the Delmonico steak and the sea scallops and it was so good. Even the whipped mashed potatoes were natural and didn’t have that box texture of mashed potatoes. In terms of price, it certainly was on the higher side but you do get what you pay for. I highly recommend La Fina for whatever occasion you choose to celebrate.
A photo of Angelina's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (187)
$31 to $50
Italian
Tewksbury
About the restaurant
Welcome to Angelina's Italian Restaurant!
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LilyG
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Food is very good and service is excellent. A bit noisy though.
A photo of Post 1917 Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (84)
$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 5 days ago
We recently had the pleasure of dining at Post 1917, and it was nothing short of exceptional. The steak was perfectly cooked, bursting with flavor, and the ambiance was elegant and welcoming. What truly set the evening apart was our server, Abby. She went above and beyond to ensure we had an unforgettable experience, offering expert menu recommendations and providing attentive, friendly service throughout the night. Abby's dedication and warmth made our meal even more enjoyable. I highly recommend Post 1917 for anyone seeking a top-notch steakhouse experience.
A photo of Post restaurant
4.6
4.6 (126)
$30 and under
American
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Even though Post is a new name for most of us, it has been an important part of South Hamilton history since 1924. The historic building at 16 Bay Rd. was home to the South Hamilton Post Office, and a place for residents to send and pick up letters. In response to the Great Depression, and a drop in the postage rate (from three cents to 2 cents), the Postmaster added more opportunities for residents to pick up their mail. At Post, which at the time was known as “the brick block building”, letters were piled on a table, and a bell was rung to let residents know that they could come and retrieve their mail. Keeping with that tradition, guests of Post will have an opportunity to “Ring the Bell”, which signifies that they have bought a beer for our hard working kitchen and waitstaff. Whether you are coming in to dine with family and friends, grabbing a drink and an appetizer, or picking up takeout on the way home, Post is here for you – rain or shine.
Top review
LiamD
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
First time visiting the post had a great experience server was awesome. Food was great. Will definitely be going back.
A photo of Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe restaurant
4.4
4.4 (718)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Swampscott
About the restaurant
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe is perched on Black Will's Cliff, on Greater Boston's North Shore. The Athanas family restaurants are known for excellent seafood and American cuisine.

We do not accept reservations for The Tavern or deck.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
A Perfect Seaside Dining Experience My recent visit to Hawthorne By the Sea in Swampscott was nothing short of exceptional. From the moment we arrived, we were captivated by the stunning ocean views and the welcoming ambiance of the restaurant. Our meal began with the Fried Clam appetizer, and it set the tone for an unforgettable dining experience. The whole belly clams were cooked to perfection—crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, bursting with flavor. It was easily the best fried clams I've ever had. For the main course, I opted for the Bake Stuffed Lobster, and it did not disappoint. The lobster was fresh and succulent, filled with a savory stuffing that complemented the natural sweetness of the lobster meat beautifully. It was a generous portion, expertly prepared, and truly delicious. One of the standout features of our meal was the amazing popovers. These warm, fluffy delights were a wonderful surprise and added a special touch to our dining experience. They were perfectly baked and paired wonderfully with the rest of our meal. Overall, our dining experience at Hawthorne By the Sea was outstanding. The quality of the food, the impeccable service, and the breathtaking views made for a memorable evening. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a top-notch seafood dining experience.
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