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.