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May 2, 2010 07:39 PM

What are the top five restaurants in Boston proper?

I go to Vegas a lot, and one of the main reasons I go is the fantastic restaurants. Now, I may not be able to find a restaurant with a 3 story wine tower (actually I've never eaten at Aureole but you get my point) but I'm certain there are world class, top-tier restaurants in Boston, I'm just not sure what they are. To give the question some context, one of the best meals I've ever had was at L'Ataliere, both for the experience and the food. My last trip out I got to try Alex (really amazing), Carnevino and Delmonico's (both fantastic). Actually, basically anything at the Wynn or the Palazzo seems to be a winner in my book.
So, forgetting cuisine style (French, Italian, Chinese, seafood, doesn't matter which) and your favorite little neighborhood restaurant, what are the top five restaurants in Boston proper (I'm not driving to Worcester) for food, atmosphere, service, the whole show?

Oh, and I'm sure they're nice, but anything that's part fo a chain is immediately disqualified.


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    1. Menton, Clio, l'Espalier, O Ya, Meritage, Troquet, Craigie on Main (in Cambridge)

      I'm not necessarily endorsing any of these, but I think this is the list you are asking for.

      O Ya
      9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

      140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Meritage Restaurant
      70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

      354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

      1. I volunteer the Chilton Club, the Union Club, and the new Locke-Obers. I still mourn the loss of Buzzy's on Storrow Drive, and Genji on Newberry St.
        Concerning the first 2 recos, one would need a host.

        3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

        1. Boston restaurants lack the zazzle of the high-end Vegas joints, so unless you're all about the food, you may be disappointed. It's worth pointing out that many high-end Vegas restaurants are effectively chain restaurants, part of larger restaurant empires in which the celebrity chef on the marquee is rarely if ever there. The chef/owners actually cook at most of our top places.

          1. L'Espalier seems like the most serious contender for your wallet in Boston. It answers both the luxurious setting and high-end food experience you seem to crave.


            774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199