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Boston's 9 Best Hotel Restaurants

By Scott Kearnan | July 9, 2014 By Scott Kearnan  |  July 9, 2014

Planning a summer vacation to Boston? Or just want an excuse to throw yourself a "stay-cation" at home? A hotel's dining options are at least as important as pillow firmness and water pressure, if you ask us. So we did our best to settle on some of the best hotel restaurants around the city, taking note of which offer room-service options and special food-and-lodging packages and host exciting events you'll want to check out when you check in. 

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  • Eastern Standard at Hotel Commonwealth

    Guests at the Hotel Commonwealth enjoy a triumvirate of related restaurants: the seafood-focused Island Creek Oyster Bar, acclaimed cocktail den The Hawthorne and Eastern Standard, an American brasserie that is now the eldest of the siblings. European inflections on seasonal New England favorites, and a top-shelf beverage program, have turned it into a modern Kenmore Square stalwart.

    Offers room service? You bet. Eastern Standard handles all in-room dining for the hotel. 

    Special packages: Rates start at $399 for a Fenway Spirit package that includes accommodations in a room that overlooks the park, a ballpark tour and breakfast for two at Eastern Standard, among other bells and whistles. 

    528 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-532-9100

     

  • MC Spiedo at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

    Renaissance-inspired, historic Italian cooking is the concept behind this newcomer from Top Chef Masters alums Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier. Every dish in the swank spot has a story, like Leonardo's Salad, composed of ingredients from a shopping list found in da Vinci's notebook. We also love this baked lasagna: handmade egg pasta layered with ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, toasted pine nuts, golden raisins and a rich slow-cooked ragout of beef and pork.  

    Offers room service? Not from its full menu, but Spiedo's daily-changing pizzas and burrata are both available for in-room dining. 

    Check-in dates: Be sure to stay all weekend. Last month, MC Spiedo kicked off a Supper Club, Sunday family-style dinners that features three-course wine-paired dinners for $65. Next up: a porchetta-based "main feast" on Sunday, July 13, with accompaniments like tagliatelle Bolognese and pancetta-braised lentils. 

    606 Congress St.; 617-476-5606
     

  • Mooo... at XV Beacon

    Cheeky name aside, chef Jamie Mammano's funky (and pricey) Beacon Hill restaurant is one sophisticated steakhouse. Besides the perfectly prepared cuts, a standout element is the regal "Wine Cellar," a dramatic private dining room.  

    Offers room service? Yes, you can cattle-call the steakhouse's plates to your accommodations. 

    Special packages: Rates start at $380 for the "Be Boutique Breakfast," an overnight that includes a $50 credit for breakfast at Mooo...

    15 Beacon St.; 617-670-2515
     

  • Rialto at The Charles Hotel

    We'd also recommend pulling up a seat at Henrietta's Table, where seasonal New England cuisine shines. But chef Jody Adams' 20-year-running Italian isn't just an excellent hotel restaurant; it's one of the best in the Boston area, period. The unflagging Harvard Square staple is always changing its regional Italian focus, beguiling as anew every few months. (Note to visitors: Harvard Square is actually in Cambridge.) 

    Offers room service? Nope. But really, is the elevator ride too long a commute for this? 

    Check-in dates: The Outdoor Dining Series on Rialto's terrace features a different theme each month. On Thursday, July 17, that's "Gill to Fin: Striped Bass," a festive three-course dinner with beverage pairings for $75. Advance tickets here

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

  • Miel at InterContinental Boston

    It doesn't thump its chest, but the Provençal fare at this harborside brasserie is top-notch. Of course, if you do want buzz, they've got it; Miel is French for "honey," and the hotel's rooftop apiary of tens of thousands of bees supplies the delightful, sticky stuff for the restaurant. (And for other hotel needs, like sweet spa treatments.) 

    Offers room service? Oui, oui. 

    Special packages: Rates start at $360 for the kid-friendly "Children's Museum Package," which includes tickets to a museum and a trolley tour, a special stuffed animal and a free children's menu meal at Miel.   

    510 Atlantic Ave.; 617-217-5151
     

  • Scampo at The Liberty Hotel 

    Star chef Lydia Shire is a grand dame of the Boston dining scene, and her arresting Italian at The Liberty Hotel is Exhibit A as to why. Her whimsical, contemporary plates score extra edginess by association with the property, a trendy hotel-slash-nightspot in the former Charles Street Jail. 

    Offers room service? No need to call Domino's. Shire's beloved lobster pizza is available for in-room delivery. 

    Check-in dates: One of the hotel's most popular event series is "Fashionably Late" Thursdays, each installment filled with music and models that don duds from local designers. Scampo is the perfect place to dine before catching the catwalk action. 

    215 Charles St.; 617-536-2100
     

  • Clio at The Eliot Hotel

    The modern French at Ken Oringer's restaurant in the Eliot is in a league of its own. And it's in good company; the hotel is also home to his intimate sashimi bar Uni.

    Offers room service? Yes. You may hereby dine on roasted skate wing in your pajamas. 

    Special packages: Rates start at $395 for the "A Touch of Paris In Boston" package, which includes dinner for two and breakfast for two at Clio alongside the overnight accommodations. 

    370A Commonwealth Ave.; 617-536-7200
     

  • Meritage at Boston Harbor Hotel

    When it comes to hotel restaurants, it seems that chef Daniel Bruce can do no wrong. Not only is he the toque behind this classy and romantic New American on the waterfront, he also guides the culinary for the newly opened Chopps American Bar and Grill at the Boston Marriott Burlington. 

    Offers room service? Not officially. But the restaurant tells us that the in-room dining menu is prepared in the same kitchen, so special requests can sometimes be accommodated. 

    Special packages: A luxurious "Gourmet Getaway" package includes a five-course, wine-paired dinner for two at Meritage, breakfast for two at Rowes Wharf Sea Grill, and several other tasty treats. 

    70 Rowes Wharf; 617-439-3995
     

  • Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

    This boutique property in Beacon Hill has a fabulous, cozy restaurant that serves as its own destination — and seemingly, a training ground for top Hub talent. (Past bistro toques have included Jason Bond, now of his own Bondir restaurants, and 30 Under 30 honoree Josh Lewin.) Even if you're not checking in, check out the regional New England cuisine from current chef Lucas Sousa, formerly of Vidalia in Washington, DC.

    Offers room service? Yes, with a bonus. Guests are allowed the exclusive opportunity to enjoy their bistro dinner on the hotel's rooftop patio overlooking picturesque Charles Street.

    Special packages: A summer "Staycation" package offers a moderately priced sort-of-getaway: rates start at $285 and include breakfast in the Bistro. 

    25 Charles St.; 617-723-7575

Places Mentioned

Meritage Restaurant

AmericanWaterfront
Food26 Decor26 Service26 Cost$93

Rowes Wharf Sea Grille

SeafoodWaterfront
Food23 Decor23 Service22 Cost$52

Henrietta's Table

New EnglandCambridge
Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$39

Rialto Restaurant

ItalianCambridge
Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$64

MC Spiedo

ItalianSeaport District
Food15 Decor19 Service19 Cost$56

Eastern Standard

BarFenway/Kenmore
Atmo.27 Decor26 Service25 Cost 

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Oyster BarFenway/Kenmore
Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$49

The Hawthorne

BarFenway/Kenmore
Atmo.26 Decor26 Service25 CostM

Mooo Restaurant

SteakhouseBeacon Hill
Food27 Decor24 Service26 Cost$70
Food24 Decor23 Service22 Cost$50

Scampo

ItalianWest End
Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$63

Clio

FrenchBack Bay
Food26 Decor26 Service26 Cost$106

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