Boston’s Back Bay Neighborhood is home to the city’s best shopping experience on Newbury Street, borders America’s oldest & most historic public park (The Boston Common) & is home to unforgettable views of the Charles River along the Esplanade river-walk. Historic brownstones as well as many academic institutions line the streets of Boston’s go-to area for the cities finest & most romantic dining experiences. With views of the Boston sky-line, shoppers bustling up & down busy city streets & candle-lit décor, the creative plates offered up by the cities best chefs are always the stars of the night. But, what are some of the best restaurants in Back Bay?
Top of the Hub
Address:800 Boylston Street Prudential Tower, Floor 52 Boston, Ma 02199
Food type: New England/American
The Top of the Hub Restaurant & Lounge is Boston’s most unique dining experience. Enjoy modern takes on New England favorites while overlooking the city of Boston & its many surrounding neighborhoods. Located on the top story of The Prudential Tower, guests can take in a panoramic view of Boston while being served locally sourced seafood & oysters & selections from an extensive wine list. With selections like the 19 oz. Brandt Prime aged Ribe-eye (which takes nearly 3 months to prepare) or Georges Bank Seared Scallops paired with sweet corn & green garlic jus, the savory eats are just as breathtaking as the view.
Address: 1 Huntington Avenue Boston, Ma 02166
Food type: Regional Italian- Mediterranean
Award-winning, legendary Chef Jamie Mammano (Four Seasons/ Mistral) heads the kitchen of Sorellina. Sourcing meat & vegetables from various local & international farms to obtain the best ingredients, his team not only pays homage to the Italian cultural community in Boston both past & present, Sorellina is also the concierge into this rich local culture. Italian cuisine infused with global ingredients & flavors, the traditionally prepared Crudo with Japenese Hamachi & Persian cucumbers or the 8 oz. Filet Mignon with beech mushroom ragu are sure to please the most serious & most elegant diners alike.
Stephanie’s on Newbury
Address: 190 Newbury St. Boston, Ma 02116
Food type: Rustic New England Fare
Stephanie’s on Newbury is the perfect spot for patio dining morning, noon or night in Boston’s Back Bay. For a quick respite during an afternoon of shopping or the perfect night out to celebrate a special occasion, the vast menu celebrates hearty New England classics & elegant light fare alike. The casual spaciousness of the inside is matched by ornate décor & invites diners to watch the city hurry by. Perfected takes on New England Martini’s matched with menu favorites like the Garden Panzanella Salad or the Asian Brick Chicken served with a sweet and savory ginger scallion soy sauce, Stephanie’s on Newbury accommodates all food fashions.
OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
Address: 138 St James Ave on Copley Square Boston, Ma 02116
Food type: Farm to Table Modern American
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen offers the ultimate modern New England metropolitan experience in the heart of Copley Square Boston. Attracting the most serious diners locally & from around the world, guests come back for the finest wines & cocktails Boston offers. Whether it’s a hearth-roasted lobster or CYO Cured meats & cheese boards to please a variety of appetites, OAK Long Bar is the preferred place of business-people & romantic occasions, complete with a lounge area & a variety of seating options in this spacious century old dining room.
Lucca Back Bay
Address: 116 Huntington Ave Boston, Ma 02116
Food type:Regional Italian
Chef Anthony Mazzotta heads the second iteration of Lucca where classic Italian cuisine and an energetic late night menu & lounge can make a special night out in Boston, an unforgettable occasion. Elegant patio seating & a dining room with a full bar & marble pillars strikes a tone to let the seasonally (& regionally) rotating fresh Italian plates shine. Offerings like roasted lamb matched with cranberry-fennel mostrada & buttered basil-lobster tagliatelle, diners searching for the Back Bay’s best Italian offerings or to start (or cap) a night out in Boston’s most exciting neighborhood, Lucca is the best bet.
Address: 774 Boylston St. Boston, Ma 02199
Food type: Modern New England-French prix-fixe
A Back Bay stand-out, Chef & Proprietor Frank McClelland, offers an ever-changing menu with serious thought into wine-pairings. The ingredient driven local cuisine crafted by a James Beard Award winner & New Hampshire native is always the focus served in a simple, refined atmosphere. Science & art combine into incomparable five or eight course menu options with accommodations for vegetarians as well while The Chef’s Tasting Menu is a highly sought after Boston culinary gem.
Address:223 Columbus Avenue Boston, Ma 02116
Food type: French-Mediterranean
One of the leaders of Boston Fine Dining restaurants, Mistral has been a creative mainstay of the Boston foodie scene for its convenient, hip location, ingredient driven cuisine & expert preparation under executive chef Jamie Mammano. Since 1997, Mistral has paved the way for restaurateurs & a new wave of diners to celebrate the variety of cultures & cuisines the Boston area has to offer. Menu choices as opulent as Half ‘Whole’ Roasted Duck paired with Dried Wisconsin Cherry Gastrique or Classic Escargot with Semolina Toast. Mistral pays homage to & spices up Boston’s many diverse cultures into beautifully prepared fresh fare.
Address: 271 Dartmouth St. Boston, Ma 02116
Food type: Modern Authentic Mexican
Lolita artfully serves up fine tequila & intricately crafted new takes of Mexican classics in a lounge atmosphere decked in gothic-art décor. For a late night tequila spot with delicious small plates featuring Spicy Tune Chilandrinas or a taco menu prepared with creativity & depth for carnivores & vegetarians alike. First opening doors in the Back Bay in 2010, Lolita is now one of the late night lounge leaders in this newly emerging market since opening a larger, second version of the restaurant in Fort Point neighborhood last fall.
Address:Ring Road Boston, Ma 02199
Food type: Mediterranean Port to Table
Chef Jody Adams brings freshness & new flavors to the Back Bay with Porto, a Mediterranean inspired fine-dining local favorite. With a firm focus on local seafood (the name Porto is derived from ‘Port’) Porto is a newcomer to the Back Bay. Opening in the summer of 2016 the kitchen team seeks to open up all of the flavors of the Mediterranean with dishes from regions as various as Italy, France & North Africa. With a daily selection of fresh New England Oysters as well as options on small plates ranging shrimp saganaki, to Hiramasa Ceviche.
Address: 406 Stuart St.Boston, Ma 02116
Food type: Farm to Table Modern
Post 390 is an exciting bi-level restaurant in the heart of Downtown Boston. From the exciting views of shoppers walking down Stuart St. to the sleek, upscale atmosphere Post 390 is in walking distance of Copley Square & many of the best hotels Boston has to offer. Dishes like Venison Tartare with Quail Yolks or Croquettas de Jamon paired with Vermont Alpine Fondue are beautifully presented with a smile so that the bold, fresh flavors satisfy local diners & business professionals looking for a thrilling dining experience.