by Susan E Johnston - 23 Reviews - 3 List
Back Bay delivers restaurants that are true gastronomic gems--and in environs that run from sparkling subterranean lounges to stunning sky-high dining rooms. There's a variety of culinary styles at Back Bay restaurants--Spanish, New England, French Provencal and more--all channeling the sophisticated, upscale vibe for which the Back Bay is famous.
(Photo: Susan Johnston)
Updated: June 23, 2010
The chef's minimalist approach at Vlora highlights the distinctive Greek, Albanian and southern Italian menu, like couscous and shrimp or watermelon topped with feta and balsamic vinegar. Tiny twinkling lights illuminate the chic, elegant space as couples linger over bottles of wine and young professionals share appetizers at the bar.
Perched 52 stories above street level, Top of the Hub boasts breathtaking 360-degree views and modern classics like braised lamb shank or potato portobello Napoleon. Nightly jazz in the lounge adds ambiance to one of the classiest Back Bay restaurants--the kind of place you?d take someone you desperately want to impress.
Stephanie's prime location on Newbury Street attracts tourists and locals alike. Classics such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf and macaroni and cheese are elevated to culinary heights. During warm weather, its patio (along with the promise of a refreshing cocktail like a Flirtini or pomegranate Manhattan) entices many a passerby.
Bikes suspended from the ceiling lend a whimsical touch to this French-Provencal restaurant. Dishes like handcrafted potato gnocchi and pancetta-wrapped rabbit loin draw their inspiration from both fresh local ingredients and French culinary tradition. Business travelers and well-heeled locals enjoy simple, sublime cuisine paired with an adventurous array of wines.
Tapeo's exposed brick, rustic tin-work and spice-laden aromas virtually transport diners from Boston to Spain. An extensive menu of hot and cold tapas--paired with potent sangria--gives patrons a rich sensory experience that's meant to be shared. Tapeo also offers $5 tapas at the bar Sunday through Friday.