Best Restaurant Service in Boston

Where to find top-notch staff
June 16, 2015
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by Zagat Staff

When you're looking for dinner with a side of star treatment, head to one of these spots, our top restaurants in Boston for service.

IL Capriccio
Italian · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Even Boston’s pasta-heavy "North End has a thing or two to learn" from this "quaint" , decades-old Waltham "gem" , where "creative" , "consistently excellent" Northern Italian cuisine is complemented by a "well-chosen, fairly priced" wine list; an "extraordinarily welcoming" atmosphere and "on-the-mark" service "add to the pleasure" – plus it’s "less expensive than having to travel to Italy."
The Capital Grille
Seafood · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

This "consistent" steakhouse chain "lives up to high standards" with "juicy" , "epic" steaks and "attentive" , "understated but friendly" service offered amid "elegant decor" that suggests "a men’s club on steroids" ; true, it’s "big meat for big wallets" , but also one of the "best spots in town for an expense account."
The Capital Grille
Seafood · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

This "consistent" steakhouse chain "lives up to high standards" with "juicy" , "epic" steaks and "attentive" , "understated but friendly" service offered amid "elegant decor" that suggests "a men’s club on steroids" ; true, it’s "big meat for big wallets" , but also one of the "best spots in town for an expense account."
Cafe Mangal
Middle Eastern · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"A taste of Turkey in the heart of Wellesley" comes via this "exceptional" Mediterranean, which transforms from a salad and sandwich–focused lunch choice to a "cozy" , "charming" dinner destination offering "exotic, delicate" dishes "made with great care" ; everything is "beautifully served" by "attentive" staffers, and the BYOB policy helps keep prices down.
Abe & Louie's
Steakhouse · Back Bay · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

"Get in touch with your inner carnivore" by carving into "tender and flavorful" "Flintstone-sized" cuts at this "classic" Back Bay steakhouse, a long-standing "workhorse of beef and brown liquor" ; the "on-point" service and "clubby, comfortable" environs speak of "old money" , and you’ll need plenty to meet the "high-end prices" , which are ultimately "so worth it."
Menton
French · Seaport District · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

"The theater of a perfectly crafted restaurant unfolds" at Barbara Lynch’s "fabulous" French-Italian in the Seaport District’s Fort Point, thanks to an "impeccable" team that "accommodates individual preferences" and provides an "educational experience" throughout each course; the "over-the-top" experience in the "romantic" , "formal" space is a "wallet emptier" , but it’s "worth the obscene amount" to be treated like "an oligarch for the night."
Mooo Restaurant
Breakfast · Beacon Hill · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Chef Jamie Mammano’s Beacon Hill offering is "a cut above the ordinary steakhouse" , with "to-die-for" beef and "superb cocktails" served by a "wonderful" staff that "knows the menu" in a "beautiful" contemporary space inside the "cool" XV Hotel; you’ll need to carve out some funds for the "special-occasion" dinner prices, but guests find lunch a "great way" to experience things "without breaking the bank."
The Capital Grille
Seafood · Back Bay · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

This "consistent" steakhouse chain "lives up to high standards" with "juicy" , "epic" steaks and "attentive" , "understated but friendly" service offered amid "elegant decor" that suggests "a men’s club on steroids" ; true, it’s "big meat for big wallets" , but also one of the "best spots in town for an expense account."
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Steakhouse · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"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.
Giulia
Italian · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

"Fabulous" homemade pasta steals the show at this Porter Square Italian, where fans praise the "great care" evident in "exquisite" , "thoughtfully prepared" plates with "precise flavors" and seasonings that work in "symphonic harmony" ; "unpretentious, attentive" service enhances the "comfortable, stylish" oak and brick–filled space – that is, "if you can get in" ; P.S. the pasta prep space is repurposed as a chef’s table at night.
Mistral
French · Back Bay · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

This "fail-safe" Back Bay bistro helped "start a modern era" of high-end dining in Boston and continues to "wow taste buds" with its "diverse" menu of "beautiful" French-Mediterranean creations and "deep" wine list; add in "elegant surroundings" , a "busy" bar and "gracious" , "refined" service that strives to treat each guest "like a king" , and it’s an "enchanting" "evening to savor" (just bring the "corporate card" ).