10 Dine Out Boston Reservations to Make Right NowBy Scott Kearnan | March 5, 2014 By Scott Kearnan | March 5, 2014
In case you missed it, there will be no Restaurant Week in Boston this year. Well, not exactly.
The dining event formerly known as Restaurant Week has been rebranded as Dine Out Boston. Running March 16-21 and March 23-28, the new name comes with a new approach: rather than force the estimated 188 participating restaurants to abide by the same fixed price ($38) for a three-course dinner menu, Dine Out Boston will offer newfound flexibility. Each spot can choose its price tag ($28, $33 or $38 for dinner; $15, $20 or $25 for lunch) and set its own number of courses. The idea is partly designed to spread reservations over a mix of low-, mid- and high-priced restaurants, rather than encourage all diners to simply rush for the best deal. But let's be honest: great deals is sort of the point, guys.
So we decided to identify the spots that seem to be offering some of the best bang for your dining buck this year. Our method: first, we surveyed local restaurants with the highest price points, based on our Zagat Surveys. We compared it to the growing list of Dine Out Boston participants. To encourage a more boutique dining experience, we tossed out those spots with multiple locations. (Sorry, Capital Grille.) And finally, we narrowed it down to spots that are offering dinner service during the week (no lunch-only spots). Here's the result: a top-10 guide to must-try spots with great deals in store.