Nothing pairs better with tasty fare than a great atmosphere.
15 Third Ave., Burlington, Mass.
A two-tiered steak-serving emporium, The Bancroft serves choice cuts in an enormous space with multiple spots to drink and dine. From a charming library lounge to a glass-enclosed wine wall, every room has a distinct feel.
321 Arsenal St., Watertown, Mass.
This wood fire restaurant is housed in an old military arsenal dating back to the Civil War. The dining room retains much of the building’s original elements, with a 40-foot ceiling and plenty of exposed brick and steel.
3000 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston, R.I.
Located inside a historical 1891 stone chapel, the Chapel Grille has atmosphere galore, with a long onyx bar, a 55-seat raised dining room and masterful use of glass, wood and fire elements.
Bedford, N.H., and Salem, N.H.
Upscale comfort food with a New American twist takes center stage here, served in an airy dining room complete with soaring ceilings, wooden beams and local art. No expanse was spared, right down to the custom-made $20,000 copper door at each location.
860 West Central St., Franklin, Mass.
This upscale Italian eatery is set inside a mill dating back to 1883. There’s a beautiful patio for eating al fresco, a cozy dining room with high ceilings and dim lighting, and pool tables where you can relax after feasting on hearty fettuccini Bolognese and fluffy tiramisu.
223 Columbus Ave., Boston
You’ll find an upscale but approachable French-Mediterranean menu at this elegant South End restaurant. The atmosphere is just as tasteful, with high ceilings, natural light and a sleek bar where customers come to see and be seen.
556 Adams St., Milton, Mass.
Set in a beautifully transformed old movie theater, this upscale Italian spot is a feast for the eyes, featuring retro touches like a massive screen and flowing curtains.
64 Arlington St., Boston
Located in the luxurious Boston Park Plaza in the Back Bay, Strip is a stunner. Sexy dim lighting, an active bar and dramatic architecture provide the perfect setting for dry-aged sirloin and indulgent lobster dishes.
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