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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Greater Boston

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Greater Boston? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Akame Nigiri and Sake restaurant
5 (80)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Located in Lexington’s Historical district Akame Nigiri and Sake offers an un-traditional Omakase experience. Akame Nigiri and Sake will be offering a 15 Course Omakase for $180 per person. The Omakase focuses on Japanese Seafood flown in directly from Toyosu fish market. While seated at our 6 seat Omakase Bar, guest will be able to enjoy a semi-private Omakase experience skillfully crafted by Chef Michael Monaco. Seating's will be held Thursday at 6:15, Friday and Saturday at 6:15pm and 8:30pm. All Allergies and food aversions must be communicated 72 hours in advance, so we have time to make adequate changes. Due to the nature of the meal touch sensitive Shellfish and Crustaceans Allergies cannot be accommodated.

Top review
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
My friend and I had a wonderful experience at Akame.
A photo of Mooncusser restaurant
4.8 (1354)
$50 and over
Back Bay
About the restaurant
Cancellation Policy: We ask that if you need to cancel your reservation, do so 24 hours in advance. Guests cancelling within 24 hrs of their reservation will be charged $50 per person.

Mooncusser serves a $115 multicourse menu from head chef Carl Dooley. Since opening in 2017, the restaurant has been awarded top honors by the New York Times, Boston Magazine and other publications.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Tasting menu was varied and all was excellent. The wine pairing is well done and not overly expensive.
A photo of PKL - Boston restaurant
4.8 (28)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
South Boston
About the restaurant
From shared plates like wagyu pigs in a blanket, roasted cauliflower, and zucchini and squash chips, to fan-favorite entrees like the PKL burger, hanger steak frites, and chicken sliders this venue offers it all.

Reservations through the OpenTable platform are for dining reservations only - pickleball court bookings can be made through our website www.playpkl.com !
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
The Pig Beach pop up had excellent food and I was super excited to try everything! No leftovers since we licked our plates clean! I would definitely go back to eat at PKL again even though I normally just play pickleball there.
A photo of Mai Tai Lounge restaurant
4.8 (52)
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
About the restaurant
Here at the Mai Tai Lounge we offer high-quality cuisine and service. There is no limit to the type of dishes that are served. Using the freshest ingredients available we offer dishes like our Filet Mignon, Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Pad Thai, Farfalle with Wild Mushroom, and many other dishes.
The Mai Tai Lounge offers the finest handcrafted cocktails hands-down, drinks like our Snapchat Worthy, Best Mistake Ever, and the Yacht Club. Not to mention our list of eight differently designed Mai Tais.
The restaurant has been designed to provide a high level of comfort and an overall relaxing ambience. The Mai Tai team is excited to welcome you to come sit down, relax and focus on family, friends, and the present moment.
Top review
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Wonderful experience! Can’t wait to return.
A photo of Oyster Bar by Puritan & Co. restaurant
4.7 (59)
$31 to $50
Oyster Bar
About the restaurant
Chef Will Gilson and the team behind Puritan & Company are thrilled to introduce you to Puritan Oyster Bar! We offer limited reservations, but always hold space for walk-ins! The space is a bit more casual than our sister restaurant, with a focus on fresh seafood and an incredible cocktail program.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Can’t beat 50% off fresh oysters before 6pm with a selection that changes daily. Tasty cocktails and excellent service!
A photo of Barca Restaurant restaurant
4.6 (64)
$30 and under
Fall River
About the restaurant
BarCa is defined as a fine dining restaurant: signature cuisine, served informally in a sophisticated environment. It aims to be an innovative space, not only with regard to the approaches it proposes, but also by simplifying and breaking some basic rules of the service, which is rigorous but relaxed.

For Luis Bettencourt, and Rosa Bettencourt there is only good cuisine and bad cuisine. Yours defines it as a cuisine of flavor: refined taste, perfect technique and excellent product. The basis of its gastronomic philosophy lies in its influences and references: travel around the world, passion for Africa, knowledge of traditional Portuguese cuisine, life in Portugal!
Top review
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Everything that we ordered was delicious. We had the bread and cheese, house red wine, filet mignon gnocchi (special), surf and turf, shrimp mozambique, BarCa seafood, tiramisu, flan, and rice pudding. Been to Portuguese restaurants in Tiverton, RI and New Bedford. BarCa is hands down the best!
A photo of Scholars Bar & Lounge restaurant
4.5 (237)
$30 and under
Downtown Crossing
About the restaurant
Located along the historic Freedom Trail, at the heart of Boston’s downtown area, is Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge. Boasting a stylish and vibrant interior, Scholars has established itself as the favored venue for locals and tourists alike. Patrons can savor a mouth-watering selection of food, inspired by regional classics and superbly complimented by our chef’s original approach, late into the night. An extensive selection of tasty cocktails, refreshing beers and fine wines are sure to satisfy any palate. We also serve Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm in addition to our all day menu. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm Scholars features some of Boston's best DJs playing classic hits.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 21, 2024
Went here for dinner and it was so good! We stayed for a few rounds of drinks when it turned into club night. Fun atmosphere! Gorgeous decor
A photo of Nine Tastes restaurant
4.4 (50)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Thailand is a tine exotic country in Southeast Asia. A mixture of hot spices, fresh herb, and pure heart combine to make the scintillating tastes of Thai cuisine. Each dish in our Thai restaurant is prepared uniquely for your preference, it can be intense spiciness or just a hint of hot taste. The various ingredients used will leave glorious different tastes in your mouth and a newfound partiality for the people.

Come experience the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia. Savor the delicious and tantalizing flavors of Thai cuisine in a fun and inviting atmosphere. From the traditional to the contemporary, our dishes will invigorate the senses and delight the soul.

Take a journey to Thailand through the food of “Nine Tastes”.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
I have visited previously and was excellent then as it is now. I will return.
A photo of Boqueria Seaport restaurant
4.3 (27)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Fort Point Channel
About the restaurant
An energetic Barcelona-style tapas restaurant and bar serving tapas all day, craft cocktails, Spanish wines, and late-night bar bites in the heart of Seaport.

Perfect for a shared meal of small plates, a memorable date, weekend brunch, and an intimate late-night scene hosted with Spanish hospitality!
Top review
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Second time here same waiter who remembered us ! Food here is great kinda bummed no octopus just sold out great night out love this spot
A photo of TableMation in the Performance Dining Room @ W Boston restaurant
3.4 (41)
$50 and over
Beacon Hill
About the restaurant
Step into the adventures of " Nya and Ned Save the World" a unique 3-D immersive, animated dining experience presented by TableMation @ W Boston including a delicious three- course meal. As you savor each course you will follow the adventures of Nya and Ned who prepare to conduct a cooking class before their plans are ruined. As the show progresses, so do the dishes, with ingredients mimicking what you are watching, making it feel like you are truly part of the story.

Shows run every Friday & Saturday at 7PM.
Price $120 per person
Optional Wine Pairing $40 per person
exclusive of tax and 20% gratuity

Reservations are released 60 days out.

Notes from our team
******Diners will be seated in groups of four. If your party is less than, or greater than four, you may be seated with other diners.*******
Please arrive 15 minutes early to your show time.
Ensure you have a correct contact number for reservation confirmation

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 25, 2024
Was a fun night. Food and service were great. Would definitely go back and do this again.
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