30 Under 30 Boston: The Restaurants

By Zagat Staff | December 9, 2013 By Zagat Staff  |  December 9, 2013
Photo by: Michael Piazza

You've checked out our list of 2013 young culinary talent, now find out where you see them in action. The slideshow below is a companion to our latest 30 Under 30 list, and a collection of some of Boston's most interesting places to eat and drink. 

  • Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

    "You get what you pay for" at this "comfy" and "well-maintained" small boutique hotel with "warm" service and a "great location" in Boston's toniest neighborhood; rooms feature "peaceful and tasteful" decor and are equipped with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, and an on-site bistro and "beautiful roof terrace" add to the appeal.

    25 Charles Street; 617-723-7575

  • BoMA Restaurant

    This midpriced New American in the South End offers a menu that emphasizes local seafood but runs the gamut from light fare to burgers, pizza and tacos; simple, casual yet refined digs (exposed brick, wood tables, pendant lights) make it a likely neighborhood draw for creative cocktails or a glass of wine followed by dinner.

    1415 Washington Street; 617-536-2662

  • Bondir Concord

    Food: 27
    Decor: 24
    Service: 25
    Cost: $58

    You'll "relish every morsel" of "genius" chef-owner Jason Bond's "inspiring combinations" of "elegant", daily changing farm-to-table fare at this expensive Central Square New American; "impeccable" staffers oversee a "cute" space filled with "warmth and buzz", and while the "intimate" size means "reservations are a must", it's "well worth the trouble."

    279A Broadway; 617-661-0009


    Dubbed New England's first crudo-and-chops joint, this midpriced Newburyport spot doles out simple and elegant ‘sea-and-land' cuisine, including raw and cooked fish and a short list of prime cuts; the intimate space features a Carrera-marble-and-chrome bar and industrial decor and is a hip complement to its equally trendy sibling up the street, Ceia Kitchen & Bar.

    25 State St., Newburyport; 978-358-8479

  • Bronwyn Somerville

    Husband and wife Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann – of T.W. Food – are behind this German–Eastern European arrival in Somerville's hopping Union Square; the casual ‘mountain tavern' vibe is abetted by a menu highlighting a slew of housemade wursts as well as regional beers and wines (also served in the outdoor beer garden), all reasonably priced.

    255 Washington St., Somerville; 617-776-9900

  • City Table

    Food: 23
    Decor: 22
    Service: 23
    Cost: $35

    "Hidden" away "right in the Lenox Hotel", this moderately priced Back Bay New American delivers "delicious food" in a "dark", "comfortable" setting; night owls flock here for the "strong" cocktails, poured by bartenders who "always seem to know" what they're craving.

    65 Exeter St.; 617-933-4800

  • Craigie On Main

    Food: 28
    Decor: 24
    Service: 26
    Cost: $72

    "Always on its A-game", this "high-end" Central Square French earns "high accolades" for its "consistently stunning", "artistic", locavore-leaning cuisine from "meticulous" "genius" (and "snout-to-tail" "pioneer") Tony Maws; an "informed, passionate" staff works the "bustling" scene, and while "it'll cost you dearly", it's worth all your "bank account will permit."

    853 Main St., Cambridge; 617-497-5511

  • Deuxave

    Food: 26
    Decor: 25
    Service: 25
    Cost: $62

    "Savor the experience as well as the food" at this "memorable" Back Bay "occasion restaurant" where Chris Coombs' (Dbar, Boston Chops) "exquisite", nouvelle French–inflected cuisine to "linger over" is "beautifully served" in a "sexy" space with a "cool bar"; it runs "expensive", but "your date will be very impressed", so most consider it "worth the money."

    371 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-517-5915

  • Hungry Mother

    Food: 27
    Decor: 23
    Service: 25
    Cost: $46

    Chef Barry Maiden "adds an elegant flourish to down-home" but "incredible" Virginian cooking at this "ah-mazing", "pricey" American in Kendall Square; if you can get in (it's "always super-booked"), "well-versed" staffers "make you feel at home" in the "charming", "cozy" space while proffering a "wonderful" selection of "fun" tipples.

    233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge; 617-499-0090

  • jm Curley

    Food: 23
    Decor: 21
    Service: 23
    Cost: $31

    "Eccentric" American comfort eats that'll "make your head spin" (like popcorn that comes in "new, interesting flavors" nearly every day) join a "thoughtful" list of brews, boozy shakes and classier tipples at this midpriced Downtown Crossing venue; despite what some call "run-of-the-mill" trappings, it's an "awesome place for a late-night snack" (till 2 AM) thanks in part to the "friendly" service; P.S. the speakeasy-style Bogie's Place steak joint in the back offers a fancier alternative to burgers and, unlike JM Curley, it's rezzies only.

    21 Temple Place; 617-338-5333

  • L'Espalier

    Food: 28
    Decor: 27
    Service: 27
    Cost: $97

    Chef-owner Frank McClelland "continues to excel" at this "magical" Back Bay "foodie's dream", where "modern" twists on the "classics" result in New French–New English prix fixe dinners so "superb", you'll "want to lick the plate"; with "top-drawer" wines to sip and "impeccable" service from a "gracious" staff, "you could spend hours" in the "elegant", "romantic" environs – but prepare to pay "special-splurge" prices for the privilege; P.S. lunch has à la carte options in addition to tasting menus.

    774 Boylston St.; 617-262-3023

  • Neptune Oyster

    Food: 28
    Decor: 23
    Service: 24
    Cost: $43

    Although it's a "mecca for oyster lovers", this "fabulous" North End "seafood place you always dreamed of" earns its No. 1 ranking for Food because "every single thing on the menu" is "unbelievable", from the "warm, butter-smothered" lobster rolls "worth dying for" to johnnycakes "wisely touted by insiders"; "if you can get in the door" (with no reservations, lines "form shortly after it opens"), expect "expensive" tabs – but also count on an "intimate" ambiance, with "professional" staffers catering to a "jovial crowd."

    63 Salem St.; 617-742-3474

  • No. 9 Park

    Food: 28
    Decor: 26
    Service: 27
    Cost: $79

    "Genius" chef Barbara Lynch "sets a high bar" at her "chic", "polished" Beacon Hill flagship, where "innovative" twists and "subtle" "depth of flavor" distinguish "impeccably prepared" French-Italian fare that's paired with "fantastic" wines and cocktails by "sublime" servers who "really know their stuff"; no, "it ain't cheap", but "smitten" foodies don't mind "breaking the bank" for such a "spectacular" experience.

    9 Park St.; 617-742-9991

  • Post 390

    Food: 25
    Decor: 25
    Service: 22
    Cost: $41

    The "loud scene" at this "high-end" American "memory maker" in the Back Bay is all about "businesspeople" and the "cougar crowd" soaking up "posh", "urban" surroundings – complete with multiple fireplaces and views through floor-to-ceiling windows – while chowing down on Eric Brennan's "innovative", slightly "expensive" comfort food that makes "excellent use of local suppliers" (especially on the weekly changing ‘farm-to-post' prix fixe); service that's "never rushed" comes with the territory.

    406 Stuart St.; 617-399-0015

  • Rialto Restaurant

    Food: 25
    Decor: 24
    Service: 24
    Cost: $58

    Chef-owner Jody Adams is "always a step ahead" at her Harvard Square "classic", providing "incredible", sometimes "surprising" "high-end" Italian fare while also managing "outstanding" staffers whose moves are "like pageantry"; the "civilized setting" is another reason supporters deem it "well worth" the "splurge" prices.

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

  • Strip-T's

    Food: 26
    Decor: 15
    Service: 24
    Cost: $29

    Pay no mind to the "deceiving" name and "bare-bones", "hand-me-down style" at this "good-value" Watertown "dive" – the "panoply" of "unique" flavors in chef Tim Maslow's "inventive, challenging" American eats "will surprise and delight you"; it does get "crammed" sometimes, but service remains "friendly and fast."

    93 School St., Watertown; 617-923-4330

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

    This "beautiful and classy" outpost with a "well-situated" Downtown location boasts "stunning" rooms that feel more "modern" than others in the luxury chain (some overlook Boston Common), plus a "giant" Sports Club/LA gym, and a "comfortable" bistro/bar where you might consider "curling up for a nap at the fireplace"; the "pricey" spot is "well worth the cost" thanks to "knowledgeable" and "memorable" service that includes "doormen who remember your name", and fans insist the hotel is still "doing it right after all these years."

    10 Avery St.; 617-574-7100

Places Mentioned

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Bondir Restaurant

American Cambridge
Food25 Decor23 Service24 Cost$63
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BRINE Oyster • Crudo • Chops

American Newburyport
Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$56
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European Somerville
Food25 Decor22 Service24 Cost$40
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City Table

American Back Bay
Food20 Decor21 Service21 Cost$39
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Craigie On Main

French Cambridge
Food26 Decor22 Service24 Cost$90
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American Back Bay
Food27 Decor26 Service26 Cost$81
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jm Curley

American Downtown
Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$27
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French Back Bay
Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$106
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Neptune Oyster

Seafood North End
Food27 Decor19 Service22 Cost$49
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No.9 Park

French Beacon Hill
Food26 Decor24 Service26 Cost$86
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Post 390

American Back Bay
Food23 Decor23 Service21 Cost$49
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Rialto Restaurant

Italian Cambridge
Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$64
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Strip-T's Restaurant

American Watertown
Food25 Decor11 Service22 Cost$29

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