- Casa B, Union Square. It helps for an iconic dining room when a restaurant is run by former architects. The modish decor at this fresh take on tapas is simultaneously futuristic, homey a
- Empire Garden, Chinatown. This sprawling, atrium-like dim sum hall - pictured here all gussied up for a wedding - is unlike any other dining space in Boston. Chandeliers and murals belie the building's history as a theater.
- Caffe Vittoria, North End. Most restaurants in this neighborhood scream that scene in Lady and the Tramp, but not here. If this dessert, coffee and cocktails destination were a movie, it might be Hugo, with its gleaming
- Island Creek Oyster Bar, Kenmore Square. Like the overall concept here, this interior brings together the smartness of a hot, urban restaurant with the textured appeal o
- Dali, Somerville. This is probably the most hands-down enchanting restaurant space in all the Boston area, assuming you're kind of into fantasy. Classic Spanish tapas elements like salt co
- South Street Diner, Downtown. One of Boston's very few 24-hour restaurants, this space was originally the Blue Diner, which opened in 1947, and it certainly looks the part wit
- Locke-Ober, Downtown Crossing. Step back into the 1800's as you enter one of Boston's oldest restaurants, decked out with imported French mirrors, artisan-carved mahogany, oak paneling
- Algiers Coffee House, Harvard Square. Sure Algiers lost some of its legendary ambience when smoking indoors was outlawed here, but the cafe and restaurant still packs more character in its pinky than most restaurants do in their whole flo
- UpStairs on the Square, Harvard Square. Go ahead, fall down the rabbit hole. There's the more casual but still colorful The Monday Club Bar downstairs, and then the total
- Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, Back Bay. After more than $20 million in renovations, The Fairmont Copley Plaza recently debuted this new take on the space that was formerly the Oak
- Top of the Hub, Back Bay. Acrophobic diners might want to avoid the tables along the windows in this 52nd floor restaurant in the Prudential Center. The dining room is handsome in
- BOND, Financial District. The Langham Hotel bar and restaurant was once the members' court of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which opened in this space back in 1922. BOND came along just two years ago, but kept some of the original f
Presenting Boston's 12 most iconic restaurant dining rooms, in no particular order. Each of these spaces is an utter original that brings something unique to the local restaurant scene, whether it's an upscale restaurant in a former bank, like BOND, or a neon-lit late-night throwback, like the South Street Diner. There are dining rooms that evoke a fantastical version of Spain, a North African hookah parlor, and the Boston of yesteryear. Was your favorite not included? By all means, leave a comment. Otherwise, click through the gallery for images and captions and enjoy the visual feast.
· Algiers Coffee House, Harvard Square.
· BOND, Financial Disctrict.
· Caffe Vittoria, North End.
· Casa B, Union Square.
· Dali, Somerville.
· Empire Garden, Chinatown.
· Island Creek Oyster Bar, Kenmore Square.
· Locke-Ober, Downtown Crossing.
· Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, Back Bay.
· South Street Diner, Downtown.
· Top of the Hub, Back Bay.
· Upstairs on the Square, Harvard Square.
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