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10 Best Deals During Dine Out Boston

By Zagat Staff
August 12, 2014

Dine Out Boston is back. The series formerly known as Boston Restaurant Week returns from August 17-22 and August 24-29, continuing its revised, rebranded approach. Restaurants now choose their own number of prix fixe courses based on three price tiers: $15, $20 or $25 for lunch and $28, $33 or $38 for dinner. If you know where to look, you can find some solid deals — so here's a starting point. We cross-referenced Dine Out Boston participants with Zagat-surveyed restaurants, then sorted by their average-cost ratings. (And because this is Dine Out Boston, emphasis added, we cut out chains unless they are Hub-based.) If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, these 10 should be a solid start to consider. As for scoring reservations? You're on your own on that front. 

  • Sorellina

    This chic, stylish and contemporary Italian spot looks as good as it tastes. (In fact, it took Top Decor honors in our 2014 Boston Restaurants Survey.) It looks as expensive as it is too. So enjoy the design and dishes at a considerable discount this week. 

    1 Huntington Ave.; 617-412-4600

  • Grill 23 & Bar

    The iconic Back Bay steakhouse has long been a nightly dinner favorite for the Brahmin set, and a special-occasions-style indulgence for others. This week: let them eat steak. 

    161 Berkeley St.; 617-542-2255

  • Mooo....

    The swank and modern steakhouse in the XV Beacon Hotel clearly shows a sense of humor with its name. But the food is definitely no joke, and neither are the price tags. While you can, go wild. 

    15 Beacon St.; 617-670-2515

  • Mistral

    Mooo... is part of the Columbus Hospitality Group, which launched with Mistral in 1997. This South End (or Back Bay, depending on who you ask) stalwart still offers one of the top (and top-priced) dinners in the city, so now's a good time to enjoy at comparatively Clinton-era prices. 

    223 Columbus Ave.; 617-867-9300

  • Meritage

    Chef Daniel Bruce's fabulous New American at the Boston Harbor Hotel gets our nod as one of the city's Best Hotel Restaurants. But you don't need to check in to check out a romantic, waterfront dining room that offers pure culinary class.  

    70 Rowes Wharf; 617-439-3995

  • Abe & Louie's

    The perennially popular Back Bay steakhouse is the rare kind of place that locals and tourists agree earns its accolades — and warrants its price tag. A chance to dine at a discount is welcome, but while you're there, make a point to sign up for one of Boston's Best Dining Rewards Programs, to keep your belly full and pockets fat all year long. 

    793 Boylston St.; 617-536-6300

  • Photo by: Jacki Morisi

    Rialto

    Chef Jody Adams' contemporary Italian can do no wrong. It's one of our favorite places to dine in Harvard Square, and frankly, throughout Cambridge and Boston. With Rialto celebrating its 20th year, this is a perfect time to indulge with this grand dame of Boston's restaurant scene. 

    1 Bennett St., Cambridge; 617-661-5050

  • The Hungry I

    Its whimsical, cloistered courtyard makes this Beacon Hill hideaway one of the Best Places for Outdoor Dining. But the fab French cuisine is worth taking inside or out — just be sure to make reservations, as both small spaces fill up fast. 

    71 1/2 Charles St.; 617-227-3524
     

  • Mamma Maria

    A truly top-notch Italian in a neighborhood riddled with pretenders, Mamma Maria brings fine dining to the red-sauce-slathered landscape of North End restaurants. It's also the 'hood's only four-diamond-rated eatery. 

    3 North Sq.; 617-523-0077

  • Erbaluce

    And speaking of Italian, we endorse any excuse to get to Erbaluce, chef Charles Draghi's intimate and elegant restaurant in quaint Bay Village. Quietly yet consistently excellent, it's a standout that trades hype for heart — and is all the better for it. 

    69 Church St.; 617-426-6969

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Places Mentioned

Sorellina

Italian • Back Bay

Food28 Decor28 Service28 Cost$71
 
 
 
Grill 23 & Bar

Steakhouse • Bay Village

Food27 Decor25 Service26 Cost$67
 
 
 
Mistral

Mediterranean • Back Bay

Food28 Decor27 Service26 Cost$66
 
 
 
Rialto Restaurant

Italian • Cambridge

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$58
 
 
 
Abe & Louie's

Steakhouse • Back Bay

Food27 Decor25 Service26 Cost$61
 
 
 
Mooo Restaurant

Steakhouse • Beacon Hill

Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$66
 
 
 
Mamma Maria

Italian • North End

Food27 Decor24 Service24 Cost$54
 
 
 
The Hungry I

French • Beacon Hill

Food24 Decor23 Service22 Cost$57
 
 
 
Meritage Restaurant

American • Waterfront

Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$63
 
 
 
Erbaluce

Italian • Bay Village

Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$54
 
 
 
 
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