Boston, Massachusetts is one of the oldest cities in the United States of America. With its historic landmarks, beauty and wealth, there are many upscale restaurants great for a special occasion.
The finest restaurants have exceptional atmosphere, service and food. They can also be pricey, but it may just be worth the cost.
Here are the 20 most expensive restaurants in Boston.
20. Fogo de Chao - $70 per person
Bostonians have been in love with Fogo de Chao since it opened in 1979 in Copley Square. The Churrasca, or authentic Brazilian steakhouse, offers high quality fire roasted meats for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
The finest steaks, lamb, seafood and other meat is cooked and carved right at your table. A Market Table and Feijoada Bar are offered with an amazing presentation of entrees and sides. Lunch selections cost between $15 and $40. Dinner is a bit more expensive.
Dry aged bone-in ribeye is $58. Sea Bass is $43. Other choices include Fogo de Chao's signature sirloin, lamb, filet mignon and salmon. Sides include fresh soup and salad as well as the traditional Feijoada Bar, black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yucca flour.
The restaurant also offers private dining for up to 130 guests.
19. Bar Mezzana - $80 per person
Bar Mezzana was opened in 2016 by Chef Colin Lynch and his wife Heather who runs the restaurant's wine program with Ryan Lotz. The coastal Italian restaurant is located in Boston's South End neighborhood.
The menu features a family style Piatti Della Famglia ($52 a person), Berkshire Pork Chop ($28), Chicken with heirloom tomato, panzanella, currants and scallions ($27) and Maine halibut ($27). A variety of pasta is available ($17 to 32). Fresh fish selections are offered daily. There are also other á la carte options including appetizers and sides.
18. Uni - $80 per person
While it was known as Clio for when it opened in 1997, the restaurant in the Back Bay's Eliot Hotel is now known as Uni. It is ranked high in Boston Magazine's Top 50 Boston restaurants.
The contemporary Asian cuisine themed restaurant is run by Chefs Ken Oringe and Tony Messina. The menu includes many traditional Asian dishes including cold and hot plates, hand rolls, sushi, sashimi and Nngiri.
The price for a sushi roll, sushimi or Nngiri is between $9 and $30. Caviar is available for $125. Omakose is available for $140. The Toro and Lobster is a favorite and is $45.
17. Menton - $80 per person
Menton is one of Boston's leading French restaurant located in the historic Four Points neighborhood. The restaurant opened in 2010, and the kitchen is run by Chef Barbara Lynch. A chef's table offers panoramic views of Boston and the open kitchen.
It seats up to 12 guests. There is also banquette seating and two private dining rooms. Menton is Boston's only "Relais & Chãteau". There are only 500 members throughout 60 countries. Zaget has named Menton Best French Restaurant and Best Wine.
The Executive Wine Director is Cat Silirie. The menu includes a "Chef's Whim" selection which changes daily and an á la carte menu. This menu includes appetizers, salads, sides and dessert as well as pasta choices ($26-$30), striped bass ($38), halibut ($40) and duck breast ($45).
16. Grill 23 & Bar - $90 per person
Grill 23 & Bar was opened by Kenneth Himmel in 1993 and has continued to serve Boston fine steak on Berkley Street in the Back Bay area of the city. The restaurant has been awarded by Wine Spectator's and Best of Boston.
You can get a 2 ounce Wagyau Grade A5 steak for $52. Other choices on the á la carte menu include a 24 ounce Porterhouse ($63), Twin filets ($64), Lobster ($72) and 10 ounce swordfish ($36). Sides include crab cakes, New England clam chowder, roasted asparagus, a loaded baked potato and creamed spinach.
These run between $12 and $20. Grill 23 is also noted for its appetizer, dessert, wine and cocktail menus.
15. The Palm - $90 per person
The Palm originally opened in New York City in 1926. It was owned by Pio Bozzi and John Gazi and is still owned by their families today. The elegant upscale restaurant opened in Boston at Copley Place, but relocated to the lobby of the Four Season's Hotel in 2013.
The setting in Boston's Financial District offers beautiful views of the city. The menu at The Palm is á la carte and features several beef and seafood items.
Beef options include prime bone-in ribeye ($59), 12 ounce filet mignon ($56), 18 ounce New York strip steak ($55) and lamb chop ($52). Seafood selections include Sea Bass ($48), Atlantic salmon filet ($40), crab cakes ($34) and Nova Scotia Lobster.
14. Sorellina - $90 per person
Sorellina is located in Boston's Copley Square. It is one of five Boston hotels owned by Chef Jamie Mammano and the Columbis Hospitality Group. Sorellina serves Italian regional fare.
Pasta choices include Gnocchi ($28), Maccheroncelli ($39) and Linguini with tiger prawns ($37). Seafood includes scallops ($43), salmon ($42) and halibut with lobster ($45). Main entrees include ribeye ($48), filet mignon ($46), lamb chops ($59), veal Milanese ($48) and roasted chicken ($37). Sorellina also has a wine list with several unique Italian selections.
13. Mistral Bistro - $90 per person
Mistral Bistro was one of Chef Jamie Mammano and the Columbus Hospitality Group's first Boston upscale restaurants to open. Mistral opened in the South End of Boston in 1997.
The restaurant serves French Mediterranean cuisine. Minstral's á la carte menu includes appetizers, sides, desserts and thin crust pizzas. Some of the highlights from the menu's entrees includes grilled beef tenderloin ($44), roasted duck ($38), Dover sole ($60), rack of Colorado lamb ($58) and linguine ($25). Mistral is decorated in the style of Provence. There is a bar and private dining area.
12. Asta - $95 per person
Alex Crabb, the owner of L'Espalier, opened Asta in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood in the fall of 2010. The restaurant takes after the concept of another Alex Crabb restaurant, Copenhagen's Noma. Asta offers three unique prix-fixe tasting menus. These include a 3 course, a 5 course and an 8 course menu. These menus change daily. The lighter 3 course menu is available for $45. The mid-sized 5 course tasting menu is $70, and the larger 8 course tasting menu is $95 with extras available. Items on the menus may include bass head, roasted chicken, seared fois gras, black bass, rabbit confit, burdock soup, kohlarabi, hakurei turnips, pea fritter, corn with fresh cheese, and quail with strawberry, spigarello. Each item is paired with a unique wine.
11. The Table at Season to Taste - $99
The Table at Season to Taste is an eclectic French style restaurant located in Cambridge and offers a tasting menu for $99. The restaurant's chef, Carl Dooley opened The Table in 2016.
This is another prix-fixe tasting menu option with an open kitchen concept. Up to 20 guests sit at the counter and sample a variety of small plates that change daily. The cost for the 5 course meal is $98.. Options may include striped bass ceviche, curried chicken, roasted lamb and tongue cod ravioli, sashimi and a variety of appetizer, salad and desserts.
10. Meritage Restaurant - $100 per person
The Meritage Restaurant was completely renovated in 2015. The elegant Boston Harbor Hotel restaurant is well known for its many selections of wine and unique pairings with the menu.
Chef Daniel Bruce founded the Boston Wine Festival in 1989 and believes strongly in the concept of "Vineyard to Table". Meritage features az unique 6 course Vineyard to Table tasting menu which includes selections like sweet pea bisque, king salmon, duck breast, hanger steak, Apenzeller cheese and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake ($100 per person).
Small plates are available. Large Plates on the menu include Maine Lobster ($48), Atlantic halibut ($36), short rib ($38), prime rib ($42) and Colorado lamb chop ($41).
9. Craigie On Main - $110 per person
Chef Tony Maws opened Cambrige's Craigie On Main in 2003. The award winning French rustic style restaurant has been one of the finest places to dine in the Boston area ever since. Craigie On Main has been awarded by Boston Magazine and Food and Wine as Best of Boston in 2019 and Best Chef. The restaurant features a 4 course Chef's Whim tasting menu ($84) and, recently, á la carte options from the bar menu.
The tasting menu changes regularly and may feature items like monkfish, hanger steak, pork loin, pig's head, Essex clams and pate.
8. Ostra - $120 per person
Ostra is another of Boston's upscale restaurants owned by Chef Jamie Mammano and the Columbus Hospitality Group. The Executive Chef is Mitchell Randall. The Mediterranean seafood restaurant is located in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.
It features several options from the raw bar including fresh oysters and clams as well as salmon, yellowfin tuna and sea bass tartare. A variety of caviar is priced between $70 and $170. The á la carte menu features appetizers, sides and entrees.
Entrees include roasted monkfish ($41), grilled king salmon ($52), paella ($49), grilled filet mignon ($55), 48 day dry aged ribeye ($63) and salt crusted Branzino ($92).
7. The Capital Grille - $120 per person
The Capital Grille is an upscale steakhouse chain that now has locations in 20 states. The first was in Washington DC, and the Boston location opened in 1997. The restaurant chain is owned by Darden Restaurants an features an á la carte menu that includes typical steakhouse fare but with some of the finest quality of dry aged beef, fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients.
The Capital Grille also has a world class wine list. Located in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, The Capital Grille's menu includes appetizers, soups, salads and sides. Entrees include a 10 ounce bone-in Wagyu New York Strip steak ($90), a 32 ounce dry aged porterhouse steak ($78), Veal Tomahawke ($60), Sea Bass ($49) and Maine Lobster.
6. No. 9 Park - $125 per person
No. 9 Park is Chef Barbara Lynch's flagship restaurant located in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood overlooking the city. She opened the Italian and French regional style restaurant in 1998. It has been named one the top Boston Restaurants by Boston Magazine and also features wines chosen by award winning wine director, Cat Silirie, also the wine director at Menton.
A 7 course Chef's tasting menu is available for $125. An á la carte menu is also available. This includes a raw bar, small plates, large plates and dessert. Entrees include Giannone Farms chicken ($39), duck ($45), grilled Bavette steak ($45), bluefin tuna (41) and halibut ($43).
5. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - $160 per person
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is a high end steakhouse chain with locations in 15 American cities. Boston's is located in the Seaport District of the city at Liberty Wharf. The restaurant features an elegant patio overlooking the waterfront.
This classic yet modern steakhouse is run by Executive Chef Rob DiTinno. This Del Frisco location opened last summer. The wine cellar features over 12,500 bottles. The á la carte's steak selections include Wagyu steaks including the Japanese ($70), the Australian ($60), bone-in ribeye ($68) and 12 ounce filet mignon ($68).
Seafood selections include salmon ($39), sea bass ($49), tuna ($45 and crab cakes ($43). There is also a Chef's tasting menu available for $160. For a delicious and less expensive experience at Del Frisco, lunch is a bit less pricey and there is a bar menu.
4. O Ya - $185 per person
Tim and Nancy Cushman opened the Japanese omakase style restaurant, O Ya, in Boston's downtown Leather District in 2007. They also have O Ya's in New York City and Mexico.
Diners can order sushi, sushimi and Japanese small plates á la carte or order one of 2 expensive but unique tasting menus. The 17 tasting menu is $185 per person while the 21 course tasting menu is $285 per person. O Ya also has a variety of sake available anywhere from $33 to $1,000 a bottle.
3. Tasting Counter - $210
Another Boston area restaurant with the tasting menu concept is Tasting Counter located in Summerville. Tasting Counter was opened by Peter and Ginhee Ungàr in 2015 in Somerville. This upscale restaurant offers unique lunch and dinner prix-fixe tasting menus Wednesday through Saturday.
Lunch includes 3 courses ($70). There are 2 dinner seatings for up to 20 guests each. Dinner includes 9 courses ($210) and lasts about 2 hours. Guests are able to sit at the counter and converse with the chefs as they prepare several samples of classic French cuisine paired with wine.
The menu includes a variety of exotic small bite appetizers, entrees and desserts. Entree options may include fluke, pheasant, venison, moonfish, sea urchin and sea bass.
2. Mooo Restaurant - $215 per person
Mooo Restaurant is another Boston restaurant owned by Chef Jamie Mammano and the Columbia Hospitality Group. Mooo is located next to the boutique style XV Beacon HIll luxury hotel. Mooo is a classic steakhouse but very upscale.
It's as well known for its steak as its award winning Sunday Brunch. Entrees include Japanese A5 Wagyu sirloin ($185), 16 ounce dry aged sirloin ($85), porterhouse ($60) and bone-in filet mignon ($58). Caviar is available for $100. Mooo has a unique private dining area, The Wine Cellar.
1. Rare - $250 per person
Rare is one of several dining options at the five star Encore Hotel and Casino resort located in Boston Harbor which opened this summer. Rare is Boston's most expensive restaurant. Craft beers served at Rare cost between $9 and $17. Several of the world's leading chefs man the kitchen at Rare. Rare is a steakhouse but in a very elegant setting.
The restaurant is the only one in New England to use certified Kobe beef. Beef is from Japan's Hyogo prefecture. The A5 Kobe Ribeye costs $220 for 4 ounces. They also offer a 4 ounce A5 strip steak for $160 and a 10 ounce dry aged New York strip steak for $98. Other items on the menu include Surf & Turf ($140), lamb (62), veal ($59), scallops ($44), organic chicken ($38) and Lobster Roll with black truffle oil and caviar ($68).
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