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9 Winning Wine Restaurants in Boston

Dine like a champion at these top Massachusetts spots
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With 56 Restaurant Award winners in the Boston metro area, the city offers no shortage of dining choices for wine lovers.

Posted: April 13, 2017

Updated: June 19, 2017

It’s no secret that you can find clam chowder and baked beans in Boston, but the city's dining scene offers so much more. The Massachusetts capital has emerged as a top destination for first-rate eating and drinking. Whatever brings you to historic Boston, these nine Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners will take your trip to the next level. To check out more food and wine destinations, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,500 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including our 56 Restaurant Award winners in the Boston metro area and the 85 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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Abe & Louie’s

793 Boylston St.
Telephone (617) 536-6300
Website www.abeandlouies.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Just two blocks before the iconic Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, runners will pass Abe & Louie’s, a Back Bay staple since 1965. Come for the prime aged Midwestern-style steaks and linger with the Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list. Managed by wine director Anthony Colandro, the 410-selection book offers plenty in the way of California Cabernet, with strong showings from France and Tuscany as well.


Bistro du Midi

272 Boylston St.
Telephone (617) 426-7878
Website www.bistrodumidi.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Also on Boylston Street, facing the Boston Public Garden, Best of Award of Excellence winner Bistro du Midi offers an escape to southern France. Chef Josue Louis’ menu infuses New England ingredients with Provençal flavors, presenting dishes like Berkshire pork chop with smoked jus, sirloin with vidalia beignet, and bucatini with baby octopus ragout. The meal isn’t complete without a bottle from head sommelier Todd Lipman’s 450-selection list, where the spotlight is on red and white Burgundy, as well as options from the Rhône, California and Italy.


Craigie on Main

853 Main St., Cambridge, Mass.
Telephone (617) 497-5511
Website www.craigieonmain.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Sunday
Best of Award of Excellence

Craigie On Main
Treat yourself to Old World wines and French cuisine at Craigie On Main.

Just across the Charles River, in Cambridge, enjoy a repast at Best of Award of Excellence winner Craigie on Main. The moderately priced, 800-selection wine list, overseen by Carl York and Olivia Moravec, is exclusively Old World, with strong showings in Burgundy and German Riesling. Chef and owner Tony Maws’ menu skews French, and though it changes daily, it might include dishes like olive oil–poached hake, butter-roasted cabbage with fingerling potatoes and labneh, and confit and roasted milk-fed pig’s head for two.


Deuxave

371 Commonwealth Ave.
Telephone (617) 517-5915
Website www.deuxave.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

A few blocks from the Charles River, just off the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Best of Award of Excellence winner Deuxave offers modern French cuisine with creative twists. Chef and owner Chris Coombs’ menu includes dishes like Scituate lobster with potato gnocchi, duck liver and rhubarb, spice-crusted ahi tuna with crispy Spanish octopus, and za’atar Colorado lamb loin with lamb bacon. Sommelier Jason Irving’s 565-selection list highlights bottles from Burgundy, California, Italy and Bordeaux. Enjoy it all in the restaurant’s elegant interior, which features floor-to-ceiling windows prime for people-watching on Commonwealth Avenue. And in warmer weather, opt for patio seating on the tree-lined promenade.


Grill 23 & Bar

161 Berkeley St.
Telephone (617) 542-2255
Website www.grill23.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Grill 23 & Bar
There’s no shortage of wine choices to pair with your steak at Grill 23 & Bar.

With nearly 2,000 selections, Back Bay steak house Grill 23 & Bar offers the most extensive wine list of any Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner in Boston. “How the program really separates itself is our vintages,” says wine director Brahm Callahan, whose list contains verticals of Caymus Special Selection back to 1976, Mondavi back to the late ’70s and Ridge back to 1983. Pair your steak with a bottle from California, France, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Burgundy, Champagne or Piedmont, all of which are well-represented.


Harvest

44 Brattle St., Cambridge, Mass.
Telephone (617) 868-2255
Website www.harvestcambridge.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Down a cobblestone pathway in Harvard Square, escape the hustle and bustle at Harvest in downtown Cambridge. Chef Tyler Kinnett’s contemporary New England menus change seasonally and highlight ingredients from over a dozen local purveyors, resulting in dishes like pork pâté en croute, Green Circle Farm chicken with ramps and spring peas, and Scituate lobster with chowder pie and Meyer lemon hollandaise. The moderately priced, Best of Award of Excellence–winning list is curated by wine director Stephanie Roth and presents 350 options, with a focus on France, California, Italy and Spain.


Lucca North End

226 Hanover St.
Telephone (617) 742-9200
Website www.luccaboston.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

There are countless restaurants for great pasta in Boston’s historic Little Italy, but few can match the wine program at Lucca North End. Managed by wine director Mauricio Ramos, the 500-selection list has earned a Restaurant Award since 2002, splitting its focus between bottles from Italy and California. Large groups might consider celebrating with one of more than 20 large-format bottles on the list, and those looking to sample a small taste of something special can opt for one of the choice Coravin pours. Chef Vanessa Leesam’s menu offers something for everyone, from homemade rigatoni with wild boar to filet mignon with a Montepulciano demi-glace to seared Georges Bay sea scallops over whipped green garlic potatoes.


Sorellina

1 Huntington Ave.
Telephone (617) 412-4600
Website www.sorellinaboston.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Sorellina
From its chic interior to its Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list, Sorellina is the epitome of style.

In the heart of marathon territory in Copley Square, treat yourself to contemporary Italian cuisine and a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list at Sorellina. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and warm lighting, the elegant space makes a memorable setting for a special-occasion dinner. On chef Marga Rafucci’s menu, choose from dishes like maccheroncelli with wagyu beef meatballs, gnocchi with Maine lobster, and halibut with ramp top cavatelli to pair with your pour from wine director William Rohlfing’s 440-selection list, which focuses on Piedmont, Tuscany, California, France and Italy.


Strega Waterfront

1 Marina Park Drive
Telephone (617) 345-3992
Website www.stregawaterfront.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

In the Seaport District, overlooking Boston Harbor, you’ll find Strega Waterfront by restaurateur Nick Varano. There, wine director Michael Campagnone’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning list boasts over 1,300 selections, championing bottles from California, Italy, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Oregon and France. On chef Salvatore Firicano’s menu, choose from Italian-inspired favorites like homemade pappardelle with wild mushrooms and black truffle, cheese tortellini with Parma ham in cream sauce, and braised short rib with fettuccini. If steak is more your style, check out Verano’s other Best of Award of Excellence winners in the area: Strega Prime Italian Steakhouse in Woburn and Strip by Strega in Back Bay.

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