Dining in Back Bay

Boston Back Bay offers some of the finest dining experiences in the Boston area. If French cuisine appeals to your palate, L'Espalier and Mistral are two of the best restaurants in Back Bay and in the city. In 2011, L'Espalier was named one of Gayot Guide's top 40 restaurants in the United States. Located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel complex, L'Espalier is expensive but the ambience and quality of the food prepared more than make the cost of the final check worthwhile. L'Espalier serves classical French cuisine with attention placed on using only the freshest locally grown produce and meats. L'Espalier's restaurant patrons can choose from one of the three prix fixe menus, the three course pre fixe menu, the seasonal degustation menu or the chef's tasting journey menu. Their main course options of pan-roasted East Coast halibut and Vermont rabbit are excellent and highly recommended.

Located right next door to Back Bay Station, Mistral features French Mediterranean cuisine that has consistently won it Best of Boston restaurant awards. Particularly recommended is the restaurant's tuna tartar and the osso bucco. The high ceilings and arched floor to ceiling windows that encircle Mistral's candlelit dining rooms create an elegant and warm dining ambience. In addition, the waiter service at the restaurant is attentive and combined with the fantastic food and ambience create an extremely pleasurable dining experience. In addition to their dinner service, brunch at Mistral is also very popular. Recommended brunch dishes include homemade jelly donuts filled with natural fruit preserves, eggs benedict with slices of black truffle, and the challah french toast.

In addition to fine French dining, Back Bay offers excellent Italian food. Sorellina, located in Copley Square, the luxury shopping complex, offers high end contemporary Italian Mediterranean cuisine. The dining room at Sorellina is expansive and the glow of the back wall mural and the floor to ceiling windows create an ambience of casual sophistication. Sorellina is the perfect place for a dinner date with a significant other or a girls night out. Recommended dishes from the dinner menu at Sorellina include the ribeye steak with a gorgonzola baked potato and red wine braised cipollini sauce, the fettucine with truffles, and the salmon tartare. In addition to the food, Sorellina's wine list is comprised of some hidden gems from Italy as well as an international selection, creating an opportunity for the casual drinker and connoisseur to explore.