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."
Meritage Restaurant
Waterfront · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Chef Daniel Bruce's upscale New American destination at the Boston Harbor Hotel has undergone an extensive renovation, retaining the awe-inspiring harbor views but updating the waterfront environs with a more modern, stylish decor and a centerpiece wine bar where flights are poured from a 750-label collection. A tweaked menu concept stresses 'vineyard-to-table' dishes designed for pairing, and even features a monthly rotating olive oil used to prepare the fresh, delicate cuisine.
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.
No.9 Park
French · Beacon Hill · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Barbara Lynch "deserves sainthood" for her "consistently great" Beacon Hill "classic" , a "stellar" French-Italian "destination" where each "elegant" dish is "beautifully presented" and "served with style and grace" in "fancy but comfortable" surrounds; though tabs are "expensive" , "you get what you pay for" "all substance, not flash."
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" ).
Oleana
Middle Eastern · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.5

Chef Ana Sortun’s way with "exciting spices" yields "insanely good" Turkish and Eastern Mediterranean–inflected cuisine at this "legendary" Inman Square institution, where you really "can’t go wrong" choosing from the "spectacularly creative dishes" , though "knowledgeable" servers can always "steer you in the right direction" ; when the "weather cooperates" you can steer yourself to the "lovely patio" that, unlike the warmly decorated main dining room, doesn’t accept reservations.
Bristol Restaurant and Bar
Bar · Park Square · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"Cordial" yet "elegant" service and "gracious" surrounds affording "great views" of the Public Garden greet guests of this "classy" establishment in the Park Square Four Seasons as they dine on "totally reliable" , "luxurious" American dinners and more casual fare from the bar menu (including a famous burger); of course, for the privilege of "eating fancy" , you’ll have to pony up "big bucks."
O Ya
Japanese · Leather District · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.5

Each "utterly amazing" plate is presented as "a work of art" at chef Tim Cushman’s "exceptional" Leather District izakaya, a sushi lover’s "dream come true" (especially if splurging on a grand omakase tasting that feels like "a dining experience of a lifetime" ); dinner will "definitely cost you an arm and a fin" , but "attentive" service and a "discreet, relaxing" ambiance ensure that "if you can afford it" , it’s "worth every cent.
Deuxave
French · Back Bay · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Chef Chris Coombs (dbar, Boston Chops) appeals to "sophisticated palates" at this Back Bay pick "with panache" , focusing "unsurpassed attention to detail" on a "seasonally changing" menu of "exquisite" , "stylized" Nouveau French–American dishes; "exceptionally attentive" service and an "elegant" , "romantic" space with "windows exposed to brownstones all around" enhance the "rarified" air for those "willing to open their wallets."