Variety Spices Up Downtown Boston's Deliciously Diverse Dining Scene

Literally the heart of the city, Downtown Boston is central to everything. From here you can walk in any direction and easily make your way to most Boston neighborhoods. But don't leave to eat, because this area, teeming with redevelopment, is constantly adding to their list of great restaurants. Skirting Beacon Hill and the Theater District, you'll be hard pressed not to find someplace you'll want to dine. An excellent mix of upscale eateries like No. 9 Park, Bristol Lounge and Ruth's Chris and a solid selection of more casual (and affordable) spots like Silvertone, jm Curley and Petit Robert Central anchor this bustling area. Drawing diners from various walks of life, including students attending neighboring colleges (Suffolk and Emerson call Downtown their home), tourists strolling the sites, workers who commute to the city daily, and residents who call these streets their home, the eateries are as diverse as the population they serve. 

Make it a point to sample a few because the Downtown restaurants on this list are spots locals return to time and again for another bite of their favorite meal. For some that's the mac n' cheese at Silvertone while others indulge in Sunday brunch at Bristol Lounge and some will only eat orchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe at Teatro

Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen
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SIP Wine Bar and Kitchen offers diners a different take on both menu items and bar selections. On their menu you'll find a mix of Asian inspired items and American offerings that may not seem like a typical menu marriage, but at SIP the sushi...  Read More



Ruth's Chris is a national chain famous for their steaks that come to you sizzling form their oven and topped with a dollop of butter that makes each bite extra special. Ruth's Chris offers diners a classic steak house experience in an...  Read More



Blu offers downtown folks a contemporary place for a great meal, and its airy setting in the Sports Club affords great city views through the huge windows that flank their walls. The menu boasts standards with a creative flair. Serving lunch and...  Read More



Mooo is famous for its giant selection and Kobe beef as well as their collection of appealing appetizers like steamed PEI mussels and beef sirloin carpaccio for patrons to enjoy before digging into a tantalizing filet mignon, rib eye or NY...  Read More



This Beacon Hill dining room quickly became a favorite with the State House crowd. Chef Barbara Lynch continually updates and tweaks the menu, which emphasizes fresh ingredients and places particular focus on regional Italian and French...  Read More



Inside the Four Seasons Hotel you'll find this gem of a spot; Bristol Lounge is an upscale hangout in the downtown area where you can dine in the pristine dining room overlooking the Public Garden or enjoy a more casual bite in their bar area....  Read More

JM Curley
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When a restaurant lists their rules and those rules include, "the customer is NOT always right, and don't be a douchbag", you know you're in a true Boston spot. jm Curley's is that kind of place, where you won't find anything fancy, but you'll...  Read More



Petit Robert is as close to home-style French as you can get. Locals who have lived in France find memories of family meals in their food. Loving the Escargots, as much as the Chicken Coq au Vin with Buttered Noodles; claiming them as good as...  Read More



The small scale setting has seen many famous faces for a reason- they serve good food in a spot that gets attention, but not too much. Enjoy a romantic evening with someone special sipping one of their craft cocktails or a nice glass of wine...  Read More



On Bromfield Street, a small, almost hidden entryway leads you down the stairs and into the dark den that is Silvertone's. Serving comfort food at low prices is what Silvertone's has done well for more than a decade. A meal of buffalo wings...  Read More


Meet Jessica Polizzotti

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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