Best Restaurants in Downtown Cross/FiDi

January 10, 2017
by Zagat Staff

The best spots to dine out in Downtown Cross/Financial District.

Sam LaGrassa's
Sandwich · Downtown · $
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.3

“Dieters beware” : the corned beef, pastrami and other “outstanding” sandwiches are “enormous” “enough for two people” at this “cozy” Downtown takeout, maybe the “closest thing Boston has to a New York deli” ; open for weekday lunches only, it’s “always packed” , so consider ordering ahead for pickup.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Steakhouse · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

“Sizzling” steaks “so tender you could cut them with a fork” are delivered by an “impeccable” staff at this “classy” Downtown Crossing steakhouse chain branch where “expense accounts” rule; the “beautiful” space inhabits the old Boston city hall and is divided into multiple “intimate” dining rooms (including one in an old bank vault), which makes for a “charming” experience.
Legal Crossing
Seafood · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

This “pricey but worth it” Downtown entry is a “refreshing change” from the Boston-based Legal Sea Foods chain, incorporating Asian flair into its “excellent” , “interesting” seafood menu; the “lovely ambiance” of shiny black brick and leather banquettes plus “attentive” service that’s “willing to accommodate your schedule” bait post-theater diners and after-work suits.
jm Curley
Bar · Downtown · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

American comfort eats are “fantastic all around” at this “fun” , “hip little spot” Downtown, where the “gourmet junk food” includes “edgy” yet “elevated” items such as caramel-and-bacon-flavored popcorn and sloppy, “amazing” burgers; craft beers and “superb” , “inspired” cocktails are delivered by a “friendly” staff in a “watering hole” of a setting; P.S. “go early” to score a seat, or make a reservation at Bogie’s Place, its discreet rear steakhouse.
Chilean · Downtown · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.9

“Awesome” Chilean sandwiches – stuffed with meats or veggies, steamed green beans, tomatoes, Muenster cheese and avocado spread – are the draw at this weekdays-only Downtown Crossing joint; it’s counter-serve and looks “like any fast-food, quick-lunch place” , but crowds can “get totally jammed up” during peak midday hours, despite the efforts of the “efficient staff.”