Run by Chef Jamie Mammano, this French Mediterranean-inspired dining option will be sure to satisfy even the most hard to please palate. Chef Mammano prides himself on using what’s in season to create his ever-changing seasonal menu. The decor complements the food, with high ceilings and warm lighting. Not in the mood for a full-course meal? Take a seat at the bar and let the bartenders entertain you with the creative cocktails they create. If you are a raw seafood fan, do not leave Mistral without trying the tuna tartare. Rumor has it that Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots, pops in every so often just to satisfy his craving for the famous appetizer. Business casual or dressy will make you feel at home. Reservations, especially on weekends, are recommended.
You cannot visit Boston, the birthplace of Legal Sea Foods, without having at least one meal at one of its many locations throughout Boston. Known for its chowder and other fresh, local seafood selections, visitors and Bostonians alike come to “Legals,” as it is called, for a great meal and some “chowda.” Most recently, Legals introduced its Seaport location called “Legal Harborside.” With views of the Boston Harbor, this 20,000-square-foot property has a first-floor casual menu and oyster bar, second floor for private and fine dining and third-floor bar with a retractable roof and walls for drinks and cocktails outside when it’s warm. Very open and bright, this is not for someone looking for a quiet, cozy dining experience. Anything goes for attire in any of the Legal Sea Foods locations.
Looking for an intimate dinner with candlelight in a historic townhouse on Beacon Hill? No. 9 Park is your place. With its elegant setting composed of antique-style chandeliers and original wood floors, the menu is Italian- and French-inspired. Run by James Beard Award winner Barbara Lynch, Boston foodies widely consider No. 9 Park the best food in the city. If you cannot get a reservation, try to sit at the bar and have dinner there, as it is a great place to sit and watch the Beacon Hillers and local executives come in and out. Business casual attire is recommended, although history has shown to lean more on the side of business.