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Caviar-topped sushi — “legs and eggs” — at O Ya
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20 Splurge-Worthy Multi-Course Feasts Around Boston

From prix fixe meals to chef’s whim dinners, here’s where to go wild with the area’s best tasting menus that are worth the high price tag

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Caviar-topped sushi — “legs and eggs” — at O Ya
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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. Including a variety of pre-set tasting menus, omakase, and chef’s whim dinners, here are 20 prime spots in and around Boston that deliver course after course of splurge-worthy dishes — no thinking required on your part.

(If splurging isn’t quite your speed, here are some relatively affordable ways to enjoy some of Boston’s best high-end dining options.)

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The Table at Season to Taste

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Top Chef alum Carl Dooley’s creativity abounds at the Table at Season to Taste, which serves a tasting menu for $99, tax and gratuity included. The four-course extravaganza changes depending on availability of ingredients, and vegetarian menus are available upon request. Sample dishes include eggplant wontons in rabbit broth; roasted Rohan duck breast with huitlacoche; and a salad of shishito peppers and swordfish confit.

A large white dish with a small pile of pork belly
Pork belly gochujang, a previous dish at the Table at Season to Taste
The Table at Season to Taste/Official Site

Talulla

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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 seven-course tasting menu as well as a three-course prix fixe option. Splurge on the tasting menu ($95) with Ayer’s expert wine pairings (an additional $65), with dishes like smoked corn custard with seared scallops, duck breast with mole, and spaghetti with littleneck clams. If it fits your desires, dive into the raw bar and caviar menu, or add the optional foie gras course for $10.

Overhead view of carrots and greens delicately plated
Carrots at Talulla
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Tasting Counter

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Tasting Counter’s nine-course tasting menu is a complete mystery going in: Based around seasonal ingredients (at least half of which come from Massachusetts), each course is prepared and plated in front of diners, served with options of wine, beer, sake, or non-alcoholic beverages. Tasting Counter operates under a pre-paid ticket system, with gratuity and service fees baked into the price, which runs $225-$250 for dinner. There’s a $75-$85 lunch tasting menu, too, and a late-night three-course menu with wine pairings for $65. (The lunch and dinner prices vary depending on the day of the week, with peak days like Saturday on the higher end of the range.)

A restaurant interior features a sleek bar, white and light wood accents, shelves of wine, and small planters of herbs.
Tasting Counter
John Skibbee

Tanám serves more than a dinner — it delivers an experience and a story of Filipinx-American cuisine. Opt for a utensil-free kayaman feast ($70) on a Wednesday or Sunday (also a good choice for a messy and unconventional first date), or partake in one of chef Ellie Tiglao’s storytelling dinners ($90) on Friday or Saturday.

Components of a Filipino dish on a white plate: octopus, squid, poached heirloom tomato, crispy shallots, white rice. A squid ink adobo, not pictured, is poured tableside.
Adobo ng pusit at Tanám, before the addition of squid ink adobo, poured tableside (octopus, squid, poached heirloom tomato, crispy shallots, white rice)
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Owners Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri are always changing things up at Juliet. The Union Square restaurant — Eater Boston’s 2016 restaurant of the year — has a dining option for every taste, from brunch to a la carte dinner to its ticketed prix fixe menu with a revolving theme and optional beverage pairings. Pre-paid prix fixe dinner tickets go for $65 (gratuity included), and there are ticketed lunch options ($45) as well. Consult the restaurant’s website to learn about the current prix fixe menu “season,” such as Les Pommes Sauvages (most of October and November) or Juliet’s Steakhouse (most of December).

Wide angle looking between a row of tables towards a high white shelf with overhanging copper pans
Juliet
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Subterranean Cambridge gem Forage — in the longtime Ten Tables space, with a trio of Ten Tables alums at the helm — offers a variety of four-course tasting menus for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, and as the name suggests, it’s all about local and seasonal sourcing. The $55 ($45 for vegan/vegetarian) meal comes with optional beverage pairings ($28) and an extra cheese course, if you’re splurging (and really, why say no to more cheese?).

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Forage
Forage/Official Site

Cafe Sushi

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Cafe Sushi has a vast a la carte menu, but the talent of the restaurant’s chefs shows in the omakase menu, which features seafood selections of the day, depending on what’s seasonal and available at the time. The price fluctuates depending on the items served, but it will typically range from $95 to $115, and it’s very filling.

Six pieces of a sushi roll line a green rectangular plate
Cafe Sushi
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Bondir’s menu rotates, but there will always be house-made bread and optional wine pairings on the menu. Typically five courses, the dinner menu ($78) is dependent on local and seasonal ingredients, with dishes like wagyu beef strip loin, black currant sorbet, and a poached egg with baked beans and heirloom delicata squash.

Warm lighting covers a dining area with green wood paneling on one half of a wall, a two-seat table covered in a white tablecloth, and a small bar stand with wine bottles
Bondir
Bondir/Official Site

Craigie on Main

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A classic special occasion destination in Cambridge, Craigie on Main has a four-course menu ($85) that make a good showing of local ingredients and a French culinary sensibility. There’s also a chef’s whim option available on Sundays — four or six surprise courses for $45 or $57.

Two cooks work in the open kitchen at Craigie on Main in Cambridge, with a marble bar and high-top chairs in front of it and part of the dining room visible in the background.
Craigie on Main
Craigie on Main/Official Site

Kamakura

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Boston has a lot of high-end Japanese food (some of which is on this map) — but mostly in the sushi realm. Kamakura is a first for the city, showcasing Japan’s beautiful kaiseki cuisine in a many-course meal ($156) that dances through dishes like unagi chawanmushi; a crispy rice ball with salmon caviar and wasabi dashi; and scooped fresh tofu with miso sabayon and Maine uni. Those with significant dietary restrictions are advised to order a la carte or try the six-course omakase ($68) instead, as the kaiseki tasting menu can only be minimally altered to accommodate pescatarian diets or minor allergies.

A ball of rice sits in a blue and brown speckled bowl on a wooden tray, covered with dots of salmon roe and strips of seaweed
Crispy rice ball with salmon caviar at Kamakura
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No. 9 Park

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No. 9 Park, the flagship restaurant of Barbara Lynch’s group, has been open for over 20 years and brings Italian and French techniques to fine dining on Beacon Hill. The chef’s tasting menu changes biweekly, featuring six courses ($125), with optional supplements and cheese courses. There are sample menus available online, and those looking for a demi-splurge can select a few items off the a la carte menu instead of doing a full tasting.

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No. 9 Park
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Troquet on South

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Explore French sensibilities and wines at Troquet — which moved to a larger space a couple years ago — with chef Tyler Stout’s tasting menu. Leave the decisions to him, and delight in the unknown. Look out for the restaurant’s champagne cart, too.

A chicken dish, in a brown sauce and presented with asparagus and herbs, sits on a white plate
A chicken dish at Troquet on South
Troquet on South/Official Website

One of Boston’s ultimate spots for omakase, O Ya serves dish after dish of immaculately plated sushi. Prepare for 17 courses for $185 per person (not including tax and gratuity), with an optional beverage pairing for an additional $95, or go for the “grand omakase” — 20 courses, including some extra-special ingredients, for $285 (plus $150 for pairings). Owners Tim and Nancy Cushman also operate an O Ya in New York and recently added a third location in Mexico City; they also have several other non-O Ya restaurants in Boston and New York.

Several pieces of lobster sushi topped with caviar sit on a white plate.
Caviar-topped sushi — “legs and eggs” — at O Ya
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There are two options for tasting menus at Asta, which doesn’t have an a la carte menu: a five-course dinner for $85 and an eight-course option for $110, each with additional beverage pairings available. As with many of the tasting menus on this map, diners won’t know the exact dishes ahead of time, but sample dishes include mussels with salt cod foam, nectarines with chantilly cream, and eggplant with smoked green tomato.

A restaurant facade with large, reflective windows and a black sign outlined in red
Asta
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The omakase menu at Uni goes for $140, and it’s a journey, as one might expect from the minds of Tony Messina and Ken Oringer. There’s also a 10-piece nigiri option ($58), left to the masterful handling of the restaurant’s sushi chef, Akira Sugimoto.

A classy restaurant interior with gray walls and booths, a hardwood floor, and striking round light fixtures
Uni
Uni [Official Photo]

Whaling in Oklahoma

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The “all you can eat” menu at Whaling in Oklahoma is not quite a literal all-you-can-eat feast, but rather a “sampling of what we find special today,” where the “we” is chefs Tim Maslow and Matt Hummel, along with their team. Expect a blend of New England flavors and Japanese dishes and techniques.

Grilled chicken sits on a light blue plate with rough edges, alongside a small black and red bowl full of broth
Grilled local chicken with “funky” pepper condiment and a side of broth at Whaling in Oklahoma
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SRV’s “Arsenale” tasting menu — one of the best deals in town at $45 — takes diners on a tour of Venice-inspired cuisine, starting, of course, with Venice’s bar snacks, cicchetti, before diving into pasta and more.

A restaurant interior with a brick wall and red booths
SRV
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Laughing Monk Cafe

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Sit at the sushi bar for a 10-course omakase experience ($99 before taxes and fees). Chef Nick Korboon mans the sushi side of Laughing Monk Cafe (which also offers Thai food), preparing delicate courses featuring edible flowers, vegetables, and fish.

A single piece of geoduck sushi on a plate
Geoduck with Thai mignonette at Laughing Monk Cafe
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Ten Tables

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Two chef’s whim tasting menus at Jamaica Plain mainstay Ten Tables cater to omnivores ($49) or vegetarians ($39), with four courses and optional wine pairings ($25). The menus are a surprise, but the restaurant’s a la carte offerings include plenty of pasta (made in-house), a burger, hanger steak, and more.

A large white bowl with a flat rim is filled with small rolls of pasta topped with peas and other greens
Pasta at Ten Tables
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Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

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With a casual cafe operation during the day, Brassica Kitchen + Cafe offers two tasting menus for dinner, the “ride” for $45 and the “whole ride” for $75. Like with most tasting menus, dishes will change depending on availability of local ingredients, but expect to eat dishes like mountain yam cakes with roast duck conserva and maitake; crispy cod with linguine and clams; and risotto koji with cultured butter and “fancy parmesan.”

A light purple-tinted macaron leans up against a round chocolate dessert on a colorful plate
Brassica Kitchen dessert
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The Table at Season to Taste

A large white dish with a small pile of pork belly
Pork belly gochujang, a previous dish at the Table at Season to Taste
The Table at Season to Taste/Official Site

Top Chef alum Carl Dooley’s creativity abounds at the Table at Season to Taste, which serves a tasting menu for $99, tax and gratuity included. The four-course extravaganza changes depending on availability of ingredients, and vegetarian menus are available upon request. Sample dishes include eggplant wontons in rabbit broth; roasted Rohan duck breast with huitlacoche; and a salad of shishito peppers and swordfish confit.

A large white dish with a small pile of pork belly
Pork belly gochujang, a previous dish at the Table at Season to Taste
The Table at Season to Taste/Official Site

Talulla

Overhead view of carrots and greens delicately plated
Carrots at Talulla
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Located in the former longtime T.W. Food space and run by T.W. alums Conor Dennehy and Danielle Ayer, Talulla has a seven-course tasting menu as well as a three-course prix fixe option. Splurge on the tasting menu ($95) with Ayer’s expert wine pairings (an additional $65), with dishes like smoked corn custard with seared scallops, duck breast with mole, and spaghetti with littleneck clams. If it fits your desires, dive into the raw bar and caviar menu, or add the optional foie gras course for $10.

Overhead view of carrots and greens delicately plated
Carrots at Talulla
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Tasting Counter

A restaurant interior features a sleek bar, white and light wood accents, shelves of wine, and small planters of herbs.
Tasting Counter
John Skibbee

Tasting Counter’s nine-course tasting menu is a complete mystery going in: Based around seasonal ingredients (at least half of which come from Massachusetts), each course is prepared and plated in front of diners, served with options of wine, beer, sake, or non-alcoholic beverages. Tasting Counter operates under a pre-paid ticket system, with gratuity and service fees baked into the price, which runs $225-$250 for dinner. There’s a $75-$85 lunch tasting menu, too, and a late-night three-course menu with wine pairings for $65. (The lunch and dinner prices vary depending on the day of the week, with peak days like Saturday on the higher end of the range.)

A restaurant interior features a sleek bar, white and light wood accents, shelves of wine, and small planters of herbs.
Tasting Counter
John Skibbee

Tanám

Components of a Filipino dish on a white plate: octopus, squid, poached heirloom tomato, crispy shallots, white rice. A squid ink adobo, not pictured, is poured tableside.
Adobo ng pusit at Tanám, before the addition of squid ink adobo, poured tableside (octopus, squid, poached heirloom tomato, crispy shallots, white rice)
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Tanám serves more than a dinner — it delivers an experience and a story of Filipinx-American cuisine. Opt for a utensil-free kayaman feast ($70) on a Wednesday or Sunday (also a good choice for a messy and unconventional first date), or partake in one of chef Ellie Tiglao’s storytelling dinners ($90) on Friday or Saturday.

Components of a Filipino dish on a white plate: octopus, squid, poached heirloom tomato, crispy shallots, white rice. A squid ink adobo, not pictured, is poured tableside.
Adobo ng pusit at Tanám, before the addition of squid ink adobo, poured tableside (octopus, squid, poached heirloom tomato, crispy shallots, white rice)
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Juliet

Wide angle looking between a row of tables towards a high white shelf with overhanging copper pans
Juliet
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Owners Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri are always changing things up at Juliet. The Union Square restaurant — Eater Boston’s 2016 restaurant of the year — has a dining option for every taste, from brunch to a la carte dinner to its ticketed prix fixe menu with a revolving theme and optional beverage pairings. Pre-paid prix fixe dinner tickets go for $65 (gratuity included), and there are ticketed lunch options ($45) as well. Consult the restaurant’s website to learn about the current prix fixe menu “season,” such as Les Pommes Sauvages (most of October and November) or Juliet’s Steakhouse (most of December).

Wide angle looking between a row of tables towards a high white shelf with overhanging copper pans
Juliet
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Forage

A black-and-white interior photo of a small, empty restaurant
Forage
Forage/Official Site

Subterranean Cambridge gem Forage — in the longtime Ten Tables space, with a trio of Ten Tables alums at the helm — offers a variety of four-course tasting menus for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, and as the name suggests, it’s all about local and seasonal sourcing. The $55 ($45 for vegan/vegetarian) meal comes with optional beverage pairings ($28) and an extra cheese course, if you’re splurging (and really, why say no to more cheese?).

A black-and-white interior photo of a small, empty restaurant
Forage
Forage/Official Site

Cafe Sushi

Six pieces of a sushi roll line a green rectangular plate
Cafe Sushi
Korsha Wilson/Eater

Cafe Sushi has a vast a la carte menu, but the talent of the restaurant’s chefs shows in the omakase menu, which features seafood selections of the day, depending on what’s seasonal and available at the time. The price fluctuates depending on the items served, but it will typically range from $95 to $115, and it’s very filling.

Six pieces of a sushi roll line a green rectangular plate
Cafe Sushi
Korsha Wilson/Eater

Bondir

Warm lighting covers a dining area with green wood paneling on one half of a wall, a two-seat table covered in a white tablecloth, and a small bar stand with wine bottles
Bondir
Bondir/Official Site

Bondir’s menu rotates, but there will always be house-made bread and optional wine pairings on the menu. Typically five courses, the dinner menu ($78) is dependent on local and seasonal ingredients, with dishes like wagyu beef strip loin, black currant sorbet, and a poached egg with baked beans and heirloom delicata squash.