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Here Are Boston's Best Hotel Restaurants

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Hotel restaurants often get a bad rap. That's understandable -- for many hotels, the need to pump food into tourists and business travelers and get them out the door far outweighs the need to actually feed them a good meal in the process. In concurrence with Curbed's Hotels Week 2013, Eater has assembled this list of hotel restaurants that not only would be a decent find for a visitor to stumble upon, but are worth visits from locals as well.
-Drew Starr


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Henrietta's Table / Rialto

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1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-5005
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Next time you're staring down a chafing dish full of rubber eggs, ask yourself why you didn't stay at the Charles Hotel, where Henrietta's Table offers perhaps the best breakfast - hotel or otherwise - in Harvard Square. The Charles also features legend Jody Adams's Rialto, where she has been serving seasonal Italian food to visitors and locals alike for nearly twenty years.

2. Dante

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40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 497-4200
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Good hotel restaurants are rare. Good water-view restaurants are even more rare. Dante de Magistris manages to fit both inside his modern Italian restaurant in the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. The recently renovated riverside patio has its own bar.

3. Scampo

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215 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 241-1150
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Once a prison, the Liberty Hotel is home to Boston culinary matriarch Lydia Shire's Scampo. Andrew Holden, general manager of Hotel Commonwealth's Eastern Standard, knows a bit about hotel restaurants. He says Shire's "spaghetti with cracklings and hot peppers and the fresh mozzarella with Alaskan king crab, avocado and mustard oil come to mind as some of the best dishes served in a hotel restaurant."

4. Beacon Hill Bistro

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25 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-1133
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At the Beacon Hill Inn's eponymous restaurant, chef Josh Lewin often uses foraged ingredients to execute his refined bistro menu for both tourists staying in the boutique inn and the local Brahmin alike. Diners may be forgiven for forgetting BHB is in a hotel, Lewin says he does as well, sometimes. Keep an eye out for unusual special menus - BHB just completed a week long Swedish prix fixe.

5. Mooo

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15 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 670-2515
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It's a hotel restaurant. It has a ridiculous name that reminds diners their food once had vocal cords. Even with those two strikes against it at every plate appearance, this steakhouse inside luxe boutique hotel XV Beacon manages to get on base regularly and very frequently hit it out of the park. Great steaks and better than chain steakhouse sides make it a bit easier for the expense report crowd to justify heavy-hitter dishes like six ounces of Wagyu sirloin for $145.

6. Meritage

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70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
A restaurant in the gorgeous Boston Harbor Hotel that also has a wall full of intimate tables overlooking the sea probably doesn't need good food to fill the dining room. That doesn't stop chef Daniel Bruce, founder of the Boston Wine Festival, from putting out a menu designed for the most serious oenophiles. Each dish - available as a large or small plate - is listed on the menu by what style of wine they would best go with.

7. Market by Jean Georges

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100 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 310-6790
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Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's outpost in the tragicomically hip W hotel may feature a menu that's been "relaxed" for the Boston market, but before taking offense, consider this: Todd English has opened restaurants at W Hotels in New York. Relaxed or no, the menu is competently executed, the service is pristine, and no one has ever tried to sell a Jean-Georges oyster.

8. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

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138 Saint James Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 585-7222
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The Fairmont Copley Plaza was the home of the famous Oak Room. However, the owners saw the writing on the wall (that the owners of Locke Ober did not) - a grand old room is simply not enough to run a successful restaurant today. Gone is the chateaubriand for two, some of the dark woods have been painted white, and a more modern menu is in place, but the majestic space remains. And it remains busy.

9. Sólás

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710 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 933-4803
The Lenox Hotel is a well-appointed, historic hotel, which seems an odd pairing for an Irish pub. Unassuming Solas itself may seem an odd inclusion on this list, even though the affordable pub food is certainly good, and the service is fast and friendly. It's the fact that Solas manages to do that on a street where most of the other eating and tippling options are either high end restaurants or bro bars that warrants it spot on this list.

10.  Asana

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776 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 535-8800
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Harvard kids were crushed when Rachel Klein left OM in Harvard Square in 2007. She resurfaced at the Seaport Hotel in the early days of that area's building boom, but it wasn't until she took over the helm as executive chef for the Mandarin Oriental's restaurants in 2012 that she showed up back on the culinary radar in force. Her menus rescued a flagging program in the super-luxury hotel. Good thing Harvard kids usually do pretty well for themselves - Klein's New England inspired food comes at the Mandarin Oriental price premium.

11. Clio / Uni

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370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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In 1997, in the newly remodeled Eliot hotel, Ken Oringer opened his flagship modern French restaurant, Clio. Five years later, it was joined by sister establishment Uni, a small high-end sushi (and now also ramen) restaurant that gets multiple weekly deliveries of fish from Japan. Today, both restaurants' patrons - be they visiting dignitaries staying upstairs or culinary legends touring Boston's best restaurants - may have their meals enhanced by drinks from self-declared mad scientist, bartender Todd Maul.

12. ICOB / Eastern Standard

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500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 532-5300
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Garrett Harker's Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard have more than an owner and a Hotel Commonwealth address in common. They also share executive chef Jeremy Sewall, bar manager Jackson Cannon, and pastry chef Lauren Kroesser. One specializes in seafood (guess which), the other as a modern bistro. Both, by force of geography, are a peculiar mix of destination restaurant, local watering hole, and high volume Red Sox bar. More than just above average hotel restaurants, they are two of the most influential establishments in Boston, with alumni running bar programs and kitchens all over town.

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1. Henrietta's Table / Rialto

1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Next time you're staring down a chafing dish full of rubber eggs, ask yourself why you didn't stay at the Charles Hotel, where Henrietta's Table offers perhaps the best breakfast - hotel or otherwise - in Harvard Square. The Charles also features legend Jody Adams's Rialto, where she has been serving seasonal Italian food to visitors and locals alike for nearly twenty years.
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Dante

40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142
Good hotel restaurants are rare. Good water-view restaurants are even more rare. Dante de Magistris manages to fit both inside his modern Italian restaurant in the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. The recently renovated riverside patio has its own bar.
40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142

3. Scampo

215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
Once a prison, the Liberty Hotel is home to Boston culinary matriarch Lydia Shire's Scampo. Andrew Holden, general manager of Hotel Commonwealth's Eastern Standard, knows a bit about hotel restaurants. He says Shire's "spaghetti with cracklings and hot peppers and the fresh mozzarella with Alaskan king crab, avocado and mustard oil come to mind as some of the best dishes served in a hotel restaurant."
215 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

4. Beacon Hill Bistro

25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
At the Beacon Hill Inn's eponymous restaurant, chef Josh Lewin often uses foraged ingredients to execute his refined bistro menu for both tourists staying in the boutique inn and the local Brahmin alike. Diners may be forgiven for forgetting BHB is in a hotel, Lewin says he does as well, sometimes. Keep an eye out for unusual special menus - BHB just completed a week long Swedish prix fixe.
25 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

5. Mooo

15 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
It's a hotel restaurant. It has a ridiculous name that reminds diners their food once had vocal cords. Even with those two strikes against it at every plate appearance, this steakhouse inside luxe boutique hotel XV Beacon manages to get on base regularly and very frequently hit it out of the park. Great steaks and better than chain steakhouse sides make it a bit easier for the expense report crowd to justify heavy-hitter dishes like six ounces of Wagyu sirloin for $145.
15 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108

6. Meritage

70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
A restaurant in the gorgeous Boston Harbor Hotel that also has a wall full of intimate tables overlooking the sea probably doesn't need good food to fill the dining room. That doesn't stop chef Daniel Bruce, founder of the Boston Wine Festival, from putting out a menu designed for the most serious oenophiles. Each dish - available as a large or small plate - is listed on the menu by what style of wine they would best go with.
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

7. Market by Jean Georges

100 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's outpost in the tragicomically hip W hotel may feature a menu that's been "relaxed" for the Boston market, but before taking offense, consider this: Todd English has opened restaurants at W Hotels in New York. Relaxed or no, the menu is competently executed, the service is pristine, and no one has ever tried to sell a Jean-Georges oyster.
100 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

8. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
The Fairmont Copley Plaza was the home of the famous Oak Room. However, the owners saw the writing on the wall (that the owners of Locke Ober did not) - a grand old room is simply not enough to run a successful restaurant today. Gone is the chateaubriand for two, some of the dark woods have been painted white, and a more modern menu is in place, but the majestic space remains. And it remains busy.
138 Saint James Ave
Boston, MA 02116

9. Sólás

710 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
The Lenox Hotel is a well-appointed, historic hotel, which seems an odd pairing for an Irish pub. Unassuming Solas itself may seem an odd inclusion on this list, even though the affordable pub food is certainly good, and the service is fast and friendly. It's the fact that Solas manages to do that on a street where most of the other eating and tippling options are either high end restaurants or bro bars that warrants it spot on this list.
710 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

10.  Asana

776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
Harvard kids were crushed when Rachel Klein left OM in Harvard Square in 2007. She resurfaced at the Seaport Hotel in the early days of that area's building boom, but it wasn't until she took over the helm as executive chef for the Mandarin Oriental's restaurants in 2012 that she showed up back on the culinary radar in force. Her menus rescued a flagging program in the super-luxury hotel. Good thing Harvard kids usually do pretty well for themselves - Klein's New England inspired food comes at the Mandarin Oriental price premium.
776 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199

11. Clio / Uni

370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
In 1997, in the newly remodeled Eliot hotel, Ken Oringer opened his flagship modern French restaurant, Clio. Five years later, it was joined by sister establishment Uni, a small high-end sushi (and now also ramen) restaurant that gets multiple weekly deliveries of fish from Japan. Today, both restaurants' patrons - be they visiting dignitaries staying upstairs or culinary legends touring Boston's best restaurants - may have their meals enhanced by drinks from self-declared mad scientist, bartender Todd Maul.
370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

12. ICOB / Eastern Standard

500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Garrett Harker's Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard have more than an owner and a Hotel Commonwealth address in common. They also share executive chef Jeremy Sewall, bar manager Jackson Cannon, and pastry chef Lauren Kroesser. One specializes in seafood (guess which), the other as a modern bistro. Both, by force of geography, are a peculiar mix of destination restaurant, local watering hole, and high volume Red Sox bar. More than just above average hotel restaurants, they are two of the most influential establishments in Boston, with alumni running bar programs and kitchens all over town.
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02115

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