Published on March 2, 2016

5 Back Bay Restaurants Bostonians Love

Looking to try a new restaurant near Back Bay? Here's a list of Back Bay Restaurants restaurants locals and critics love.

5 Back Bay Restaurants Bostonians Love

1. L'EspalierLLocated on Boylston Street, L'Espalier is an elegant and award-winning Back Bay restaurant. Chef/Owner Frank McClelland employs local, fresh ingredients in his sophisticated and modern French fare, offered on a prix fixe menu in four chic dining rooms that feature starburst chandeliers and plush seats. Along with the dishes, the seasonally influenced wine list and by-the-glass selections change almost daily to reflect the latest wine discoveries.

2. Select Oyster Bar

Select Oyster BarSelect Oyster Bar, Chef Michael Serpa's first solo venture, serves up coastal seafood cuisine with Mediterranean influences. The restaurant's elegant yet laidback atmosphere includes an outdoor heated patio and raw bar. A selection of craft beers and wines accompany a unique list of cocktails.

3. Liquid Art House

Liquid Art HouseLiquid Art House is an innovative and interactive gallery-restaurant hybrid that houses rotating art exhibitions, curated pop-ups and global cuisine and cocktails under one roof. Art-cuisine culinary pairings ensure that the artistic offerings will surprise alongside more classic menu mainstays. The unique Back Bay destination also includes a stylish lounge and an online platform, where all of its offerings are seamlessly integrated.

4. Grill 23

Grill 23Grill 23 is a bustling Back Bay steakhouse staple. The ornate two-story restaurant, which boasts grand marble pillars, gold railings and intricately molded ceilings, serves exclusively USDA Prime, humanely raised beef, along with dayboat seafood and local produce sourced from sustainable farms. The beverage program is extensive, with an expansive collection of scotch, flights of rare single malts and a vast wine list with 1,500 selections of many premium cult labels.

5. Red Lantern

Red LanternRed Lantern is a sophisticated Back Bay restaurant and lounge with Pan-Asian fare and an expansive list of wines, sakes and cocktails. The space features hundreds of small red hanging lanterns, strings of seashells from Vietnamese beaches and a communal dining table. An open kitchen — complete with a custom center wok station, oversized gold-leaf hood and 6-seat sushi counter — is the centerpiece of the room.

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