Restaurants in Boston

Seafood, in particular lobster and clam chowders, are popular for new diners to the city.The restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over US$60)
Moderate (US$20 to US$60)
Cheap (up to US$20)
These prices are for a three-course meal and half a bottle of house wine or equivalent. They do not include tax or service.

Restaurant meals in Boston are subject to a state sales tax of 6.25%, which is normally added to the bill at the end. If a service charge (usually 15 to 20%) is not added to the bill, a tip of 15 to 20% is customary.

Taranta

Price: Expensive

The award-winning Taranta features southern Italian food and centuries-old family recipes. Italian antiques accent the comfortably rustic setting. The service is charming and the quality of food high. Dinner options, on the seasonally changing menu, might be pan-seared tuna served over braised leeks with a sauce of sweet roasted peppers, capers and rocoto (spicy red pepper), rack of lamb or pappardelle pasta with wild mushrooms and porcini. Cooking classes are also offered. It's not on the menu, but ask for the house speciality, spaghetti with sea urchin.

Address: 210 Hanover Street, North End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 720 0052.

L'Espalier

Price: Expensive

In an atmosphere of opulent refinement, diners are cosseted in three intimate dining areas within a grand 1880s townhouse. The food, considered by many to be the best in town, is French with a New England accent: beef tenderloin with morels; tomato fondue and rosemary polenta; foie gras torchon with Muscat gelée, pickled cherries and pistachio nuts; and halibut with ginger and lychees. There are also frequent wine tastings. No lunch. Closed Sundays.

Address: 774 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 262 3023.

Tremont 647

Price: Expensive

Talented young chef Andy Husbands creates adventurous American cuisine in this delightful small bistro where intensely flavoursome dishes abound. Grilling is handled particularly well (with rubbed spices providing crusts). Andy's seasonal menu might include grilled clam and crab gnocchi. Even the starters are creative - the corn soup with lobster oil and candied bacon is a case in point. Don't miss the 'almost famous just made donuts' for dessert. There are special events nights (tapas, harpoon beer diner or Polynesian) one Monday a month. Brunch Saturdays and Sundays (pyjamas encouraged), dinner daily. No lunch.

Address: 647 Tremont Street, South End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 266 4600.

The Helmand

Price: Moderate

This Afghani restaurant has won numerous plaudits. Enjoy outstanding flatbreads, grilled lamb marinated in wonderful spices, beef meatballs and sauteed seabass amongst others in an atmospheric homely setting that includes a crackling fire and luxurious rugs.

Address: 143 First Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 492 4646.

The Barking Crab

Price: Moderate

For a waterfront picnic, it is hard to beat this establishment's steamed clams by the bucket, its award-winning clam chowder or the lobster awash in melted butter. Both the food and the setting are unpretentious, although there are yuppie touches ('crab burgers', the music). While there is plenty more on the menu, seafood stars. It is fresh, plentiful and perfectly prepared. There is also a terrific range of local microbrews and a hearty Sunday brunch. Reservations suggested during the summer months. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Address: 88 Sleeper Street, Harborside/Financial District, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 426 2722.

The Elephant Walk

Price: Moderate

A cosy bar, wood tables, buttercup and burnt orange walls, and lots of elephants accent this casual, but sometimes less than quiet, favourite. Friendly service comes with the Cambodian, French and vegetarian cuisine. Prices are extremely reasonable for sophisticated dishes like Cambodian Amok Royal, a custard-like spicy mixture of seafood and Khmer seasonings steamed in a banana leaf cup; Alaskan black cod with mushroom-soy marinade and ginger coconut sauce; or peppercorn-encrusted filet de boeuf with a wine beef jus and red grapes. There is a good wine list and this place is justifiably popular. Reservations recommended for dinner (but not accepted Friday and Saturday).

Address: 900 Beacon Street, Kenmore Square, Fenway, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 247 1500.

Dorado Tacos & Cemitas

Price: Cheap

This Mexican is head and shoulders above the rest, thanks to its extensive menu and quality of food. Order wonderful rice plates, made-to-order chorizo, steak, and fish tacos. The place always seems to be busy - that's definitely a good sign - but the staff continue to be warm and friendly.

Address: 401 Harvard Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 566 2100.

Peach Farm

Price: Cheap

Chinatown has a sprawling selection of restaurants to choose from, but the best for authentic Chinese is Peach Farm. Popular among locals, Peach Farm is a small restaurant in the middle of Chinatown. Enjoy the tastes and smells scallion pancakes and wonton soup with patient and attentive service that can't be topped. To sweeten the deal, it's open until 0300, making it a great stop after a late night on the town, or if you can't shake that sweet and sour craving. Chinatown is a thriving neighbourhood with shops and bakeries and extremely good deals, a definite must see.

Address: 4 Tyler Street, Chinatown, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 482 1116.

Betty's Wok & Noodle Diner

Price: Cheap

Tasty Asian-Latino fusion food is served fast in a vaguely 1950s-diner-gone-posh setting near Boston University. The signature shredded cucumber and seaweed with wasabi vinaigrette should not be missed, nor should the 'Juan-tons' (beef won-ton with Cuban chilli-citrus dip) or the spicy shrimp rangoons with ginger, red chilli-jamarama and Chinese mustard. The choices of noodles, sauces, meats and vegetables offer endless possibilities. There are also bargain daily specials and hefty sandwiches.

Address: 250 Huntington Avenue, Kenmore Square, Fenway, Massachusetts, United States
Telephone: (617) 424 1950.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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