Sometimes it’s nice to avoid making decisions — and even nicer when the people who are making the decisions are doing so with the express purpose of making sure customers are well-fed. Below, find 13 prime spots in and around Boston that deliver course after course of splurge-worthy dishes — no thinking required on your part.Read More
10 Terrific Tasting Menus Around Boston
Buckle in for the ride at these fine establishments
Nightshade Noodle Bar
Venture to Lynn to experience chef Rachel Miller’s acclaimed Vietnamese French cuisine at Nightshade Noodle Bar. With a variety of different tasting menu options, there’s a dining experience for every price point and hunger level. The five-course tasting menu, only available on Sundays, comes out to $75. Those who want to go all out can opt for the 21-course tasting menu for $260. The menu changes frequently, but keep an eye out for the chilled Portuguese percebes (gooseneck barnacles) and the rich, bite-sized bone marrow banh mi if available.
Settle into the chef’s counter at this intimate, 24-seat restaurant in North Cambridge for a dinner spotlighting New England’s finest seasonal ingredients, orchestrated by chef and owner Erin Miller. The five-course tasting menu is $140 per person. Make sure to book this one in advance: there are only four seats at the counter available per night.
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Located in the former longtime T.W. Food space and run by T.W. alums Conor Dennehy and Danielle Ayer, Talulla has a five-course tasting menu as well as à la carte offerings. Splurge on the five-course tasting menu ($85) with dishes like bay scallop crudo, duck prosciutto on toast, and venison loin. Ayer’s expert wine pairings are an additional $55.
Subterranean Cambridge gem Forage offers a four-course wine dinner tasting menu on Tuesdays, and as the name suggests, it’s all about local and seasonal sourcing with dishes built around a wine program. The $105 tasting menu comes complete with wine pairings for those interested in dipping their toes into the restaurant’s natural wine list. Or, check out the $65 tasting menu — with an optional wine pairing add-on — any other night of the week.
One of Boston’s ultimate spots for omakase, O Ya serves dish after dish of immaculately plated sushi. Prepare for 20 courses for $295 per person (not including beverage, tax, or gratuity), with an optional beverage pairing for an additional $160.
Buzzy Mooncusser boasts a creative prix fixe menu ($115) that changes on a monthly basis, highlighting New England’s freshest produce. Dinner kicks off with a few appetizers, and then diners can choose between two dishes for each of the three remaining courses. Order a bottle from the impressive wine list, or for a more varied experience, indulge in the optional wine pairing for $55.
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Asta doesn’t have an a la carte menu, but the seven-course tasting menu for $120 (plus extras at additional cost) should keep you occupied. The optional beverage pairing comes in at $70. As with many of the tasting menus on this map, diners won’t know the exact dishes ahead of time, but sample dishes have included monkfish with curry pickled mussels and rare matsutake mushrooms with cabbage and rice porridge.
The newest high-end omakase in town, 311 is led by chef Weifa Chen, an alum of Michelin-starred Masa in Manhattan, and wife and co-owner Carrie Ko. The pair have debuted an ambitious 18-course, $250 dinner featuring rigorously sourced seafood inside a studio-sized space located on the bottom floor of a South End brownstone. Reservations are hard to come by, but keep an eye out for available bookings here.
Owner and chef Shi Mei describes Lenox Sophia as a “casual fine-dining establishment,” where diners take part in a five-course tasting menu that feels like it might be staged in Mei’s own home kitchen. For $99 apiece, diners can choose to go down an omnivore or vegetarian path with dishes like parsnip with green apple and puffed rice, and butter beans and pork belly (or mushrooms). Oh, and it’s BYOB.
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Brassica Kitchen + Cafe
Brassica Kitchen + Cafe offers a tasting menu, which they call “The Ride” at night, which varies in price, and you can choose an optional beverage pairing. Like with most tasting menus, dishes will change depending on the availability of local ingredients but expect to eat playful dishes like brown butter lo mein with mushrooms and black vinegar and koji risotto with parmesan and parmesan shoyu.