There are many fine restaurants in Back Bay to choose from, ranging from elegant upscale dining to business casual, to casual dress. You will find delicious food around every corner. You may be planning a dinner party for 125 guests in a fine dining space, or you might just need to pick up a heartwarming salad to refuel on the way home from your Saturday morning run (while still in full running gear). Here are five of the best restaurants to get you started and keep you running back for more.
1. Luke’s Lobster Back Bay: A lobster a day keeps the doctor away! The kitchen at Luke’s Lobster will keep you feeling great any day of the week with their signature lobster rolls. The restaurant is committed to only serving sustainable seafood. They work directly with fishermen to provide you with the finest lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls in the neighborhood. The environment is very casual, with outdoor seating available. They aptly refer to their restaurant as a “shack” but don’t let the humble structure keep you at bay. This is just what the doctor ordered!
2. Abe & Louie’s: This upscale classic American steakhouse has two locations, one in Boca Raton and the other right here in the Back Bay neighborhood. The steakhouse offers wagyu steaks from cattle raised in Queensland, Australia, and prime steaks from corn-fed cattle raised in the midwestern USA. The restaurant has received accolades from WineSpectator and Business Insider year after year. The restaurant offers fine-dining spaces for private and semi-private parties of 10 to 125 guests. The dress code is business casual.
3. Saltie Girl: How many times have you asked yourself, “where can I enjoy selecting my dinner from the largest curated tinned seafood collection in New England”? The answer is simple when you’re living in the Back Bay neighborhood. You simply need to walk over to 279 Dartmouth Street. Tinned selections of caviar, anchovies, sardines, octopus, mussels, trout, salmon, squid cockles, clams, mackerel, scallops, trout, baby eel, and tuna are served with artisanal bread, house churned butter, and piquillo pepper jam. And if your husband has something different in mind there is an equally impressive array of seafood choices on the menu including the always welcome fried lobster and waffles with spicy maple syrup, French burgundy snails with black garlic butter, or tantalizing selections from the raw bar. The dress code is casual.
4. Sweetgreen: There is nothing fancy at Sweetgreen, but the demand for a $10-$15 warm bowl or salad is high in the neighborhood. To meet the demand there are two locations in Back Bay! One at 659 Boylston Street, where you can sit down and rest your weary bones after the morning run, and one at 800 Boylston Street (Prudential Building) where you’ll have to take your salad to go and get back to work (as no seating is available at the Pru). If you just need a little pick-me-up, try the roasted sweet potatoes with hot honey mustard. Sweetgreen is a fast casual family of restaurants with a seasonal menu that rotates five times a year depending on the available local produce. Give me a salad!
5. Buttermilk & Bourbon: Sit down and enjoy a little southern hospitality in the Back Bay at Buttermilk & Bourbon. The innovative American menu draws inspiration from the south with tempting Sunday brunch offerings of pulled pork benedict (English muffin, crispy poached eggs, wilted greens, and tabasco hollandaise), buttermilk fried chicken thighs (served with cheddar-bourbon waffles and watermelon), wild mushroom hash (poached eggs, marinated peppers, bacon horseradish jam) and much, much more! Of course, the buttermilk fried chicken is on the dinner menu all week long, but don’t overlook the roasted oysters (with spinach, spicy bacon butter, and parmesan-potato crumbs). The dress code is business casual.