Jetset Boston: 7 Restaurants + 4 Bars You’ll LOVE

Oysters, lobster rolls, tasty Italian hotspots and Irish pubs. Here’s where you need to go in Boston!

1. L’Espalier

$$$$, The Shops at Prudential Center,  774 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02199 (map, website)
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Located in the fashionable Back Bay neighborhood, L’Espalier is a modern New England-French restaurant owned by chef Frank McClelland. Known for as a popular place for marriage proposals and celebrity sightings, L’Espalier is loved for its locally grown produced but prepared in the classically French approach. Pan-roasted East Coast halibut, Vermont rabbit, Maine seaweed and smoked bone marrow are all examples of infusing French influences with New England ingredients. Many also reserve a spot at L’Espalier for its monthly Sunday tea tastings.

2. No. 9 Park

$$$, 9 Park St, Boston, MA 02108 (map, website)
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As a huge fan of chef Barbara Lynch, I love recommending travelers to her restaurants in Boston. One must not miss No. 9 Park as the game-changing chef takes you on a journey across Italy graced with a dash of French elegance. On the menu, prune-stuff gnocchi with foie gras is the perfect example of Lynch’s brand of sophistication yet deliciously inviting. Finding a good Italian restaurant in Boston won’t be too hard since Italians make up the second largest ancestry group in the city. But one this refined in a relaxed setting is a must-eat.

3. Coppa

$$, 253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (map, website)
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If you want more Italian, restauranteurs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s Coppa is hip and delectable. Its intimacy makes sipping on a glass of wine a furthermore charming experience. Get your hands on its pizzas (Ossa di Maiale – pig’s bones and tails with mostarda glaze) with a side of divine charcuterie. Be daring with your pasta choices and go for Spaghetti alla Carbonara (egg pasta with pancetta, sea urchin and farm egg.) Definitely don’t miss: Bone Marrow Pizza (white pizza, bone marrow, roasted beef heart and fresh horseradish.) 100% #FoodPornWorthy.

4. Grill 23 & Bar

$$$, 161 Berkeley St. Boston, MA 02116 (map, website)
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You want the best steakhouse in Boston? Grill 23 & Bar is worth the hype. Located in Back Bay, Grill 23 serves up fantastic surf ‘n’ turf classics, but most importantly, every piece of steak is cooked with a team who knows how to do it well. Executive chef Jay Murray focuses on preparing meat grown sustainably, so no worries on hormone-grown animals. From 8 oz. twin filets to 18 oz. 100 day aged prime ribeye, beef lovers will leave the restaurant extremely happy.

5. Sweet Cheeks

$$, Fenway Triangle Trilogy, 1381 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02215 (map, website)
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Located next to Fenway and owned by Top Chef alum Tiffani Faison, Sweet Cheeks convinces even non-BBQ lovers to get their hands dirty. Natural pulled-chicken sandwiches, Berkshire pork belly give travelers a yummy eye opening experience to American BBQ – and it’s the real deal. Let’s not ignore the fried-chicken tray and the broccoli casserole.

6. Neptune Oyster

$$$, 63 Salem St. Boston, MA 02113 (map, website)
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Boston, a very oyster-happy city. Ask anyone, it’s a hassle to get a seat at Neptune. Be prepared to sip on apero cocktails somewhere else first then wait for Neptune to call your phone to let you know that your bar seat is ready. But it’s worth the wait and THE Bostonian seafood experience. Union Oyster House is a historical joint, but Neptune Oysters does both raw and cooked seafood fantastically well with flavors shaped from all parts of the world.

7. James Hook & Co

$, 15 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02110 (map, website)
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You simply can’t come to Boston without trying a local lobster roll. For more than 80 years, James Hook & Co has been serving what many consider the best lobster rolls in the city. A huge amount of lobster mix with mayo, celery wrapped with a perfect hot-dog bun. Don’t doubt it, every bite is mouthwatering.

8. Drink

348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (map, website)
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Drink is probably my favorite bar in Boston, because it’s simply…awesome. Without a drink menu, all you need is to tell the bartender what you like, and get ready to taste something amazing within minutes. The cocktail bar attracts a hip crowd who likes their alcohol and is ready to mingle. As winner of Best Cocktail Bar at 2013 Spirited Awards, Drink is another chef Barbara Lynch’s innovative concept you will come back for.

9. Meadhall

4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 (map, website)

Meadhall has got quite an impressive spread in Kendall Square. There are 110 different types of beers on tap. The crafty selections are not only seasonal but each beer has a great name clutching onto your taste bud. Whatever you want for the night: pale, light, nutty, dark, fruity, coffee, dry, rich, heavy-duty, cider…you’ll be thankful this list keeps going on and on.

10. The Plough & Stars

912 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 (map, website)
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Sipping on a brew at an Irish Pub is a must-do in Boston and The Plough & Stars is where you can get your fill of local Cambridge history while getting your brew on pints at a time. Back in 1969, the bar was opened and named after the Irish playwright Sean O’Casey’s play. Today, it’s a hot music venue and a happening late night joint.

11. Harpoon Brewery

306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 (map, website)

“Good Beers for Everyone” is Harpoon’s motto. As the oldest and biggest brewery in the state of MA, Harpoon is famous for its beer tour. If you have a little time in a day and want to get your beer on early, visiting Harpoon Brewery is a can’t-miss activity. Beer tasting has never been this “wicked.”

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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