Some restaurants can be on the pricey side, but the food is worth every penny.
162 Columbus Ave., Boston
The focus is on modern Italian cuisine at this romantic, refined restaurant. Entrees include a satisfying beef tenderloin served in a red wine demi-glace reduction and Prince Edward Island mussels served in a fragrant broth of lemon, white wine, butter and cherry tomatoes.
354 Congress St., Boston
This elegant space in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood has a luxuriously modern decor. The offerings change frequently as world-renowned chef Barbara Lynch likes to work with what’s in season.
178 E. Pasquiset Trail, Charlestown, R.I.
A culinary destination that’s as memorable as it is filling, the Nordic Lodge offers over 100 items in its all-you-can-eat Viking Buffet, including lobster, Alaskan crab, filet mignon and desserts like cheesecake, brownies and Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
1 Charles St. S., Boston
This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is definitely worth your dining dollar. It’s a combination of simplicity and extravagance with high ceilings, dark floors, brightly colored decor and a luxurious seafood menu.
101 Arlington St. and 294 Congress St., Boston
One of the premier high-end steakhouses in Boston features an elegant dining room, a state-of-the-art dry-aging room and an open kitchen where the finest aged cuts are grilled just right. Splurge for the signature dessert: a 6-inch-tall chocolate cake.
1 Huntington Ave., Boston
If you’re looking for an unbelievable meal at a special-occasion kind of place, this is the reservation to make. Opulent ways to start your meal include pillowy potato gnocchi topped with Maine lobster or super juicy American wagyu beef meatballs.
100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, Mass.
Steakhouses don’t get any bigger, flashier, or more fantastic than this. Everything on the menu – including a giant seafood tower to the insanely tender 14-ounce bone-in filet mignon – is worth the splurge.
14 North St., Hingham, Mass.
While this place certainly looks fancy – with its exposed brick walls and lofty ceilings – the menu works whether you want to go casual or all out with a high-end steak.
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