9 Winning Wine Restaurants in Boston

Dine like a champion at these top Massachusetts spots
9 Winning Wine Restaurants in Boston
With 52 Restaurant Award winners in the Boston metro area, the city offers no shortage of dining choices for wine lovers. (iStockPhoto)
Apr 13, 2017

Updated: Aug. 27, 2019

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 nearly 3,800 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including our 52 Restaurant Award winners in the Boston metro area and the 100 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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Grill 23 & Bar

161 Berkeley St., Boston, Mass.
Telephone (617) 542-2255
Website www.grill23.com
Open Dinner, daily
Grand Award

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

Grill 23 & Bar is the flagship wine program of Himmel Hospitality Group, which includes Boston Restaurant Award winners Post 390, Bistro du Midi, and another restaurant featured in this guide, Harvest. At the Grand Award–winning Back Bay steak house, wine director Brahm Callahan’s list contains verticals of Caymus Special Selection and Robert Mondavi back to the 1980s, and Ridge back to the late ‘70s. Pair your steak with a bottle from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Italy or Germany, all of which are well-represented.


Abe & Louie’s

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

Wine room at Abe & Louie’s
Abe & Louie’s
Abe & Louie’s houses a 4,500-bottle wine cellar.

Just two blocks before the iconic Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, runners will pass Abe & Louie’s, a neighborhood 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 Michael Hanley, the 380-selection book offers plenty in the way of California Cabernet, with strong showings from France and Italy as well.


Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

888 Boylston St., Boston, Mass.
Telephone (617) 259-1568
Website www.delfriscos.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

The bar and wine display at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Boston’s Back Bay is a treasure trove of benchmark wines.

With 2,105 selections, the Back Bay location of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse offers the most extensive wine list of any Restaurant Award winner in Boston. The chain’s other location in the city is close behind with 1,900 wine selections, and there are 14 additional Restaurant Award–winning outposts nationwide, including a Grand Award winner in New York. Chef Tindaro LoSurdo executes the signature steak-house menu in Boston’s Back Bay, complementing wine director Lauren Daddona’s program. The list excels in California, France (especially Bordeaux and Burgundy) and Italy, and it’s filled with stunning verticals from classic producers. Highlights include 16 vintages of Opus One, four verticals of Gaja and several verticals of Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild. The latter two are displayed in one of the restaurant’s five private dining rooms, called the Rothschild Room.


Deuxave

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

Dining room at Deuxave
Deuxave’s sophisticated dining room completes the experience.

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 pâté with red-onion marmalade and pickled ramps, and spiced Colorado lamb loin with lamb sausage. Wine director Nick Daddona’s 700-selection list highlights bottles from France (especially Burgundy and Bordeaux), Italy and California. 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.


Harvest

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

A fish dish at Harvest
Harvest
Refined seafood dishes are a staple on Harvest’s menu.

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, Giannone Farms chicken with spicy corn purée, and Georges Bank haddock with Calendar Island mussels. The moderately priced, Best of Award of Excellence–winning list is curated by Himmel Hospitality wine director Brahm Callahan and presents 350 options, with a focus on France (especially Burgundy), California, Italy and Spain.


Lucca North End

226 Hanover St., Boston, Mass.
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 Jennifer Glover, 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 two dozen large-format options on the list, and those looking to sample a small taste of something special can opt for one of the choice pours via Coravin. Chef Yoni Alcantara’s menu offers something for everyone, from house-made rigatoni with classic ragù to filet mignon finished with vincotto to seared Georges Bay sea scallops with roasted oyster mushrooms.


Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar

Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, Mass.
Telephone (617) 439-3995
Website www.meritagetherestaurant.com
Open Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Dining room at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar’s elegant dining room overlooks the Boston Harbor.

Wine is a cornerstone of the dining experience at upscale American eatery Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar. Opt for the “Vineyard to Table” tasting menu of six courses for $100 per person, with diverse international wine pairings for an additional $45. Or enjoy chef Daniel Bruce’s cuisine through the à-la-carte menu, and pair it with picks from wine director Ben Oram’s Best of Award of Excellence winning list. Among the 1,000 selections are standouts from France (especially Burgundy and Bordeaux), California and Italy, and more than three dozen wines by the glass, plus six different flights of three wines each.


Sorellina

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

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

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 space makes a memorable setting for a special-occasion dinner. On chef Marga Rafucci’s menu, choose from dishes like maccheroncelli with meatballs, gnocchi with Maine lobster, and halibut with lobster brodo to pair with wine director Daniel Routhier’s 500-selection list, which focuses on Italy (especially Piedmont and Tuscany) as well as California and France. The restaurant is part of Columbus Hospitality Group, which also includes Restaurant Award winners Mistral, Mooo, L'Andana Grill and Ostra.


Strega Waterfront

1 Marina Park Drive, Boston, Mass.
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. The Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list boasts 730 selections, championing bottles from California, Tuscany, Piedmont and France. On chef Salvatore Firicano’s menu, choose from Italian-inspired favorites like pappardelle with Bolognese, linguine and clams, and braised short rib with fettuccini. If steak is more your style, check out Varano’s other Best of Award of Excellence winner in the area, Strip by Strega.


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