Boston, a city renowned for its rich history and vibrant culture, is also a gastronomic paradise for food enthusiasts. Among its diverse culinary offerings, the city's Michelin star restaurants stand out, offering an unparalleled dining experience. These prestigious establishments, recognized by one of the world's most respected restaurant rating systems, serve a variety of cuisines, from traditional New England fare to innovative global fusion. Each restaurant, with its unique ambiance and meticulously crafted menu, promises a memorable culinary journey. This article will guide you through the best Michelin star restaurants in Boston, helping you discover the city's culinary gems.
Upmarket choice for Italian cuisine with unique touches in a quiet, intimate atmosphere.
The food is good, but the service is really phenomenal. Christine at the bar, was the most thoughtful, friendly, accommodating server! I couldn't make a decision on wine- she suggested the wine flight- and it was the perfect solution. I had the butternut squash ravioli- it tasted very fresh. Huge ravioli with pistachios, oil and squash garnish. I feel a lot of people would really enjoy it, it just wasn't my jam that day. I then had the watermelon, cucumber, feta salad which was dope. Watermelon and feta just melted in my mouth. I met two people next to me who were really going hard- nice bottle of wine, in a gorgeous decanter. They devoured primi and secondi. And having chatted with them, they were both super satisfied. So, even though I had a little mismatch on food, I'm still giving 5 stars.
5 / 5
I really enjoyed my dinner at Basile. We went for date night. Our reservation was for 6 pm on a Saturday night. We got there a few minutes early, gave our name, and were seated right away. Our waiter came right over and took our drink order. He was very pleasant and attentive the whole dinner. I thought the service was great. I loved the atmosphere. It was pretty quiet despite being mostly full, with light instrumental music playing in the background and a live saxophonist. The decor was modern and elegant. Sheer panels drape from the ceiling, providing some dramatic effect and romance. The kitchen is semi open to the dining room, and staff hover attentively. I loved that the overall dinner wasn't rushed. Drinks and bread were brought and enjoyed before our dinner came. Both dishes were aestheticly pleasing. My partner got the cioppino, and I got the Indian fusion massala ravioli. He raved about his dish. I did like mine as well, although I felt it could've used a little more spiciness. We enjoyed another drink and then ordered the dessert platter, which, if you have a sweet tooth, is a MUST. I highly recommend the amaretto espresso as well. This restaurant was pricier than I could usually afford, but the experience of a quiet, enjoyable date night was worth it.
5 / 5
Totally worth every penny and a must visit Italian restaurant! The Food experience is too rich and out of the world. We celebrated our anniversary here; tried their crab ravioli, lobster tail risotto, scallops and wines. One of the best experiences overall and recommend to try it out at least once.
5 / 5
The bread comes out warm and oil for it is awesome. Calamari was good but the batter really took away from the flavor I thought it was too thick. The lamb chops for dinner very very good as well as the seafood dish. Overall had a great experience on their outdoor patio along Columbus Avenue.
5 / 5
Where do I start running late to our reservation due to getting lost in the city. We get to the restaurant and almost aren't able to sit because of the kitchen closing and then Sergio came to the rescue. He understood our situation being from out of town and sat us and we were able to order and enjoy. The ambiance table setting plate setting wine selection and food section were all amazing. A wonderful place for parties events eating alone and having a romantic dinner. The staff is more than helpful and enjoy and enjoy helping you with your dining experience. I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone that would like some fine Italian dining with an authentic feel. Thank you Eva and I believe Sergio (manager) for the great time and experience and amazing night!
5 / 5
Outpost of the upscale steakhouse chain offers classic American fare & a clubby, refined setting.
Top Notch between the food and the service. Our sirloin and ribeye steaks were cooked to perfection. Potatoes were amazing along with the asparagus. The manager Kevin gave us a complimentary calamari while we waited for our table to open up. Great guy, amazing with the guest, great personality. It’s people like him the reason we come back. Our server Nicholas was amazing as well! We were celebrating an anniversary they gave us a little sampler dessert dish. So cute! We will be back soon.
5 / 5
Wow, what an experience. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is some of the BEST I’ve ever had. For a pricey restaurant, you get what you are paying for. The bone in rib eye (68$) was incredible, and my buddy got the roasted chicken breast and risotto ($38) which was also fantastic. The service is great and even the bread basket was awesome. Absolutely recommend this place for a special occasion!
5 / 5
Always love this place, the service is always impeccable, the food quality is always consistent, the ambiance is so luxurious and cozy. Best of all it’s value for money! We had Lobster Bisque, Garden Salad, Steak, and Grilled Salmon. The have a lunch does oak menu and it’s really good value. I was celebrating my birthday and they really made me feel special from the moment I stepped into the restaurant. Our table were decorated with glitters, and the also gave me a birthday desert which happened to be my favorites Crème Brûlée Cheese Cake and Chocolate Lava cake. Highly recommended5/5
5 / 5
Brothers bachelor party dinner. Solid steaks. A5, gorgonzola dry aged strip, coffee rubbed bone in ribeye, surf and turf. Mushrooms, cream corn, asparagus, double cut smoked bacon, lobster bisque, oysters, wedges. Some awesome cocktails too. Great dinner.
5 / 5
Fantastic ambiance and service. Appetizers were varied. The meal sides were improperly cooked, the asparagus was still extremely crunchy. Otherwise everything was fantastic.
4 / 5
Chic bilevel hotel eatery with dark wood accents serving sashimi, sushi & unique Asian street food.
The bar was a little tight for seating, but otherwise what a MAGICAL experience! Holy cow! Cannot possibly recommend enough the Madai - sea bream, the toro fatty tuna with aged soy and caviar, and the barracuda with blueberry and pomegranate. Also, we went out on a limb a bit with the fried chicken Bao buns and WOW - I haven’t had fried chicken that well-prepared in ages! It came out hot, crispy and even, and the Thai basil added lovely flavor in every bite. Thanks for a wonderful dinner.
5 / 5
I’ve already made another reservation! It took us a minute to order since we had to look up some of the ingredients, but everything we did end up ordering was incredible. We ordered the chutoro (medium fatty tuna) again because it was so good.
5 / 5
First time in Boston, and shockingly the food here has been really bad. But Uni is an exception. Amazing food. Loved it. I wouldn't call it a traditional sushi restaurant, but they do have sashimi and nigiri. The miso eggplant was amazing along with the fried chicken bao bun.
5 / 5
Wowww loved sitting outside. My date had the Emotional Detachment which was robust and balanced, full flavored of love. I had the salted Nonalcoholic cocktail and I ordered a second one I was so in love with it. Everything we had was special. The pasta and mushroom dish was my favorite. I love foie gras, had it with the spicy tuna, it did not disappoint. Brussels 10/10. Veggie roll. 💯 Tofu was nice too. David our server was sweet.
5 / 5
I loved eating at Uni! The vibe was really cool and the seating outside was wonderful. The food was a 8.5/10, super creative while still being delicious. They had some basic dishes like the Brussel sprouts but hit the mark great. For the more creative dishes like the crab fried rice they managed to combine a bunch of flavors that you wouldnt think taste good together. They made it work though! The pineapple and crab with the rice was great, the cherry, lemon, and hamachi were a great combo. And the scorpionfish had a similar thing going on too. The fried chicken bao buns were something I had never seen done but they did it great. Dessert was served creatively, as you can see with the white chocolate mousse, however, i wouldnt get the mochi again. 8.8/10
5 / 5
Celebration place crafting modern French & American meals in chic quarters with a fireplace & bar.
I would expect the Lobster Gnocchi Fricassee to be less saucy and more lightweight and refreshing. Duck confit is really crispy But it the dressing on the vegetables is too vinegary and it would be much better to just leave them undressed. Tagliatelle is really good and meets all the expectations. Service is great. They helped us split things in different plates since we told them we were gonna share.
3 / 5
Food We didn’t like the main course selection, so we went full on with the appetisers, and they were fantastic. We even repeated the duck liver. Everything else The ambiance was classy and romantic. The service was superb. I honestly was surprised how empty the restaurant was.
5 / 5
Food was incredible and valet parking a plus. However, it was so warm inside that I was sweating and it made it harder to enjoy my meal. That being said, the dessert was the most complex and delicious I have had in a long time! Lastly, leave yourself time. We sat about 6:30 and didn't leave til 8:15.
4 / 5
For as many years as I have been living and eating out in Boston, for some reason it took me a long time to make my way to Deuxave, despite it being high on my want-to-go list for a long while. I did finally make it for an anniversary dinner and I had a good meal and experience, but I couldn't help but say after: "this didn't wow me." Maybe I went in with expectations that were too high to be met, but I don't think so. Overall everything was good; the food was tasty, the service was as expected and the décor and atmosphere was nice. However, for a restaurant that is on most "must go-to" lists for Boston, it felt very expected. Honestly it deserves 4.5 stars, but I can't do that with google, so we're left with 4. I would definitely go back, but I can't help but think there would be several other places I would go back to first.
4 / 5
I just went to Deuxave last night and sat at the bar. All I ate was the duet of prime beef which is carpaccio and tartare on one plate. I was in heaven. Service was excellent and the space is always lovely. But last year I went for a full meal and here’s what I had to say about that. I began my Hall of Famer dining adventure at a restaurant I knew I liked, Deuxave. At least I liked it four or five years ago when I was last there. Named because it is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue (known locally as Mass Ave and Comm Ave), hence “two” in French gets you “deux” and “two avenues” becomes “Deuxave.” Deuxave has beautiful decor with dark tones, a gas fireplace, and large widows looking out onto Mass Ave. To the right of the entrance is a small bar area and to the left is the main dining room with a couple of alcoves making for romantic nooks in the elegant room. The service is attentive and friendly, a modern take on formal service. The menu, like the name, is mostly French, with dishes like foie gras, duck confit, and Dover sole. The host commented to the table next to outs that the restaurant was “built on the back of the duck breast.” It has been on the menu from the beginning and will likely always be there. If you need to splurge, they offer Osetra caviar at $120 an ounce or white truffle pasta for $139. There’s really no way not to splurge here though. I started with 9-Hour French Onion Soup, a slight adaptation of Julia Child’s recipe. You can watch it being made and see some shots of the outside of the restaurant in this video. This was actually the first French onion soup I have ever tried, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. It certainly was rich and decadent. It is hard to believe you could fill up on beef broth and onions, but it was a very filling soup. If you are wondering why I hadn’t tried French onion soup before, when I was a kid I worked in a restaurant called the 11 Mile House. I was a dishwasher and busboy. I still remember throwing out the leftover French onion soup at the end of the night. It always looked terrible to me. It was probably good, but back then the thought of all those onions, and that soup had huge pieces of onions, made me queazy. I never got over that until dinner at Deuxave. After the soup, my wife and I shared the Joues de Veau, a tender braised veal cheek served over perfect creamy polenta and garnished with a foie stuffed fig. This was my favorite dish of the night. Even though it was small in size it was exceeding rich and full of flavor. The veal was seasoned wonderfully, and the polenta was amazing. The only drawback was that like the soup, the richness of the veal made it incredibly filling. The two of them together had me wondering if I would get through my main course. For that, I had chicken. It might not be the most exciting sounding dish on the menu, but anything served with spätzle and cabbage gets my attention. And the dish was finished off with shaved black truffles, so even their chicken is extra decadent. The meat itself was excellent, tender and moist with a beautiful crisp skin. I particularly enjoyed the chicken thigh crepinette, again very decadent. At this point, I was done. Dessert sounded delicious but was not even possible. In addition to the wonderful food, we also enjoyed a few good drinks. I started the night with a Zenzero Amaro, a delicious gin cocktail blended with ginger, amaro, and lime. Wines by the glass were a step up from the ordinary, including a nice Pinot Noir and a very enjoyable Gamay. The waiter was happy to suggest pairings for the courses and did a solid job with his selections. If you are celebrating a special event or just want to splurge, I think Deuxave should be on your short list. The environment is beautiful, the service is good, and the food is incredible.
5 / 5
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Lines form for the raw bar & warm, buttered lobster rolls at this tiny, high-end oyster bar.
You need to know we almost came back for a second visit :o The oyster selection from the raw bar had good variety from the east coast - briny, sweet and all that. Majority being medium size. We ranked all the east coast ones and had a few 8s, 9s and 10/10s. Pricing was also very fair, all under $4ea at the time. Side note, the cocktail sauce and mignonette tasted amazing. We tried the warm lobster roll instead of the cold and it was exactly as imagined.. savoury, buttered lobster exploding out the warm toasted bun with minimal seasonings. Good balance between claw vs tail/other meat. Delicious fries as a side (which we prefer over chips from other places). Advice: ask your server their favs on the oyster menu and it’ll likely be your favs too (same happened at other restaurants). Expect a line, but it moves quickly and this place is well worth the wait. Seems ridiculous to visit the same restaurant twice in one weekend trip to Boston but we had such a great experience that we seriously considered it. A must dining experience for anyone visiting the city.
5 / 5
This is a restaurant to try as a tourist. As a local...pretty much not recommended. Service was great. Sadly, food hadn't lived up to the expectations. Clam chowder was tasty, but lacked the clams and had slightly undercooked potatos. It is also quite thin, and not thick as one might expect. Seafood is fine. As long as seafood is sourced well, it isn't hard to make the raw bar shine. However, the downside we had was the tuna poke dish we ordered. It was super fishy. Thankfully, the server was attentive and helpful in removing the said order of the final bill. Just with the long 1.25 hr wait, I had expected greater. Just fell a bit short in expectation and quite underwhelming.
3 / 5
The Legendary Neptunes did not disappoint. Fresh raw bar and their lobster rolls are fantastic. Piles of buttered lobster chunks on their roll, generous portion of their crispy fries. Ordered a few dozen of their raw oyster selection. The line and wait time was long but definitely worth the wait. Try to get there before opening to get a place in line. On busier days, expect a 1-3 hour wait time as space inside is very limited. We shared a table with another group and had a fantastic time.
5 / 5
Waited an hour to get in, and the inside is quite small and crowded so a lot of the tables are shared. The clam chowder was good, but the lobster roll (warm with butter) made the wait worth it. Scallops were good too, but for my taste the pancetta was a bit overwhelming. There was a line up when we left just after 9pm (they close at 10pm)
4 / 5
Jennifer Luther Thomas
We were visiting from LA and came here for the oysters. They had a great selection, and all were delicious. On top of a whole bunch of oysters, we also got the Scallop Crudo and a few raw clams, which were also fantastic. The wait of course is a different story. We got there at 10:30 AM on a Sunday (they open at 11:00 AM) and there were already about 12 people ahead of us. We were able to get seated right as they opened since they have room for about 35-40 people in there, but if you miss that first seating it might be a while. I would suggest anyone that wants to try it to do what we did. The 30 minute wait before opening wasn't too bad at all and absolutely worth it.
5 / 5
Acclaimed, inventive sushi, Japanese small plates & tasting menus crafted in elegant surrounds.
Great, knowledgeable server added to the experience. Better not to arrive too hungry, you get one bite of food every 8 minutes on average (we had 22 items in just over 3 hours). - In fact, the people sitting next to us mentioned they were here for the experience but were planning to get another dinner afterwards! Dishes ranged from interesting to delicious to just OK. Not fish forward, but the sauces were all complex and every dish had a wide variety of textures. I sometimes found myself wishing i could try the main ingredients without all the distractions, but I think the complex sauces are their specialty.
3 / 5
One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in my life. O ya offers an exceptional rotating menu with fresh fish and items from across the globe. The sake complimented every meal perfectly and the food was simply amazing. My uncle who doesn’t even like fish loved this omakase.
5 / 5
O YA is an exceptional restaurant that offers a unique and unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant’s ambiance is elegant and sophisticated, and the food is absolutely outstanding. The dishes are beautifully presented, and the flavors are perfectly balanced, making each bite a tantalizing experience for your taste buds. But what really sets O YA apart is the outstanding service provided by their servers, and in particular, the amazing server Jessica. Jessica is a true professional, and her knowledge of the menu and the sake is truly impressive. She is attentive, friendly, and goes out of her way to ensure that your dining experience is nothing short of perfect. She is a true asset to the restaurant, and we highly recommend that you request her as your server when you dine at O YA. Overall, we highly recommend O YA for anyone looking for an exceptional dining experience in Boston. The food, ambiance, and service are all outstanding, and the restaurant is truly a gem in the heart of the city.
5 / 5
Not worth the hype. Probably better idea to book a flight to NYC for good Omakase. Good service. Food is very heavy on seasoning. Feels very Americanized - all you taste is the sauce and seasoning but not the food itself. The chef tried too hard on the seasoning I finished roughly 8 glasses of drinks. There are too many repetitive items on the menu: I don't need black truffle/salmon/Maine Uni >3 times in one meal.
2 / 5
No longer worth the money. This used to be by far our favorite restaurant in Boston. But ever since they switched from an à la cart menu to a strict prixe fixe menu, it went downhill noticeably. We were there tonight – a party of six. The food was just OK. But what really made things terrible, was that the time between servings was outrageously long. Average was 15 minutes in between servings, and I actually started timing it. Bear in mind that each serving is just one small piece of sushi per person. So when you have to wait 15 or more minutes between those servings, you spend most of your time being quite hungry and bored. When at one point my timer showed that 26 minutes have elapsed from the last time we received a serving, I called the manager and explained that at this price point they need to do far better, because this is no longer a pleasant dining experience. He simply shrugged me off. I would say that we spent 95% of our time just sitting around, waiting for the next serving to arrive - and the entire experience start to finish took almost 4 hours. At $500 per person this is no longer a restaurant worthy of our business. We have been patrons here for over 10 years but we are not coming back
1 / 5
Small, stylish spot from Chef Ken Oringer serves up celebrated tapas, cocktails & Spanish wines.
Even the rain did not dampen the experience we had at Toro! Exceptional service was still regardless of the skies opening up, the dedicated staff did not skip a bit. The food? Fresh and flavorful is an understatement (only due to my limited vocabulary). I mean Phoebe, Bonnie, the back end runners bringing the food did were impeccable with their delivery. Our guest we hosted declared Fridays as “Toro Fridays”. Thank you for such a joyful and unpretentious joint! Clearly THE food is your focus.
5 / 5
Spoons & Fo-Kx
The food is SUPER delicious! !! If you also love Spanish flavours, this is something that you couldn’t miss! And the service is SUPER good!! The server is SUPER friendly and energetic. They initiatively offer something that can make your experience better. They check if you need anything all the time. There is always people helping even they are full house! The only drawback is that they are toooooo popular for a reason and make a reservation at least two weeks in advance to secure your place.
5 / 5
Fantastic place for tapas. Great service and ambiance. The portions for the tapas are a little smaller than expected and pricey are the main things I can dock this restaurant for. The charcuterie board, bacalao, beef cheeks, and anchovies were great. Don’t forget the paella.
4 / 5
Great food and service. Were able to cater to shrimp allergies with the paella (not too many restaurants do that, so it is appreciated!) Service was great. Everyone was very attentive and checked on us frequently. Water was refilled very quickly. Minus one star as it was a loud atmosphere but not a bad thing. Depends on the person.
4 / 5
If you're looking for incredible tapas, look no further! Toro offers a great selection of dishes. Each item we ordered was well seasoned, beautifully presented and delicious. We also ordered the paella to and would strongly recommend it- it might have been our favorite dish of the night!
5 / 5