Treat yourself with two weeks of epicuriosity–and no post-dinner dishes–at Dine Out Boston Aug. 6 to 11 and 13 to 18.
Twice a year, dozens of the city’s top restaurants create prix-fixe, multi-course menus highlighting the best of their respective cuisines at a promotional price point. All you have to do is make a reservation on these dates and order from the special menu.
We compiled a list of some of the best participating locations for dinner, which includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for $38. Let the feasting begin.
Head over to the South End’s Boston Chops for some prime cuts of steak, pork and other carnivorous delights. Start off your three-course meal with fresh oysters, Caesar salad or oxtail croquettes paired with an Italian condiment called mostarda. Steak frites is the name of the game for entrees with 8-ounce prime steak skirt and 10-ounce bone-in pork chop on offer. End on a sweeter note with a toffee pudding, topped with butterscotch and fig, or a vanilla bean creme brulee.
1375 Washington St., Boston, bostonchops.com
One of the several fine dining experiences at The Liberty Hotel, CLINK. showcases its modern American cooking amongst the vestiges of the Charles Street Jail. The octopus croquette, including cucumber dill salad and chorizo vinaigrette, is a sure slam dunk and the bulgogi beef short rib is an excellent main for fans of the Korean staple. A Filipino bibingka rice cake and cherry ice cream will make you never want to leave.
215 Charles St., Boston, clinkboston.com
Taste a bit of Tuscany, now for a steal, at one of downtown's most notable Italian eateries. “Chef Peppino” has prepared a comprehensive Dine Out Boston menu which has several vegetarian and gluten-free options. Appetizers include staples like the Caprese salad as well as more the more adventurous “arancini” mozzarella-stuffed risotto balls. Try the masala ravioli, an homage to the chef’s Indian roots, for your main meal and finish with either gelato, mousse or tiramisu.
162 Columbus Ave., Boston, davinciboston.com
This Dorchester spot combines great food with vibrant nightlife as the dining room switches over to a club and lounge later on in the evening. Get going with a simple kale salad or tom yum-style Thai mussels followed by a orecchiette pasta with chicken sausage made in-house. The passionfruit cheesecake with an accompanying coulis can be paired with a specific wine, like all the dishes on the menu, with an $18 upgrade.
1236 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, dbarboston.com
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
This Mediterranean restaurant across the street from the Public Garden will make you say “opa” with each course of their tasty Greek fare. Munch on tzatziki, hummus and pita or a colorful “village salad” first and then select two smaller plates for dinner. The “Saganaki fondue” blends Santorini with Switzerland and the grilled octopus, lightly seasoned with onion and herbs, is sure to please seafood fans. “Greek inspired ice cream” is served for the last course with flavors like frappe and pistachio.
79 Park Plaza, Boston, dorettaboston.com
With names like the “Boston unCommon” and “Back Bay,” Haru is catering to the hearts and stomachs of the Beantown sushi cognoscente. Prepare your palate with a few salmon and yellowtail ceviche tacos, and then roll on over to the sushi and sashimi selections. Those not interested in nigiri can enjoy a chicken or salmon teriyaki. The chocolate miso brownie, topped with caramel sauce, sounds like the perfect way to round out your meal.
55 Huntington Ave., Boston, harusushi.com
Experience comfortable French dining at this nautically-themed brasserie on Newbury. Get right into la cuisine francaise with a foie gras amuse-bouche followed by the boeuf bourguignon, braised in red wine with carrots, mushrooms, onions and rice. Seafood dishes include a roasted cod as well as moules-frites.
261 Newbury St., Boston, lavoileboston.net
Oak + Rowan
Now bringing it all the way back home, quite literally, with Oak + Rowan’s New England-centric sustenance. Try an updated iteration on the classic clam chowder, made with pork and chip additions, as well as a beef tartare topped with a trio of vegetable garnishes and yogurt. The cod and smoked corn keeps the oceanic theme going into the main course, while the dolce de leche takes you south of the border.
321 A St., Boston, oakandrowan.com
Those looking to add a little extra surf to their surf and turf should take advantage of a Dine Out Boston 2017 dinner with Odyssey Cruises. After setting sail from Rowes Wharf, a traditional wedge salad is served as you begin to take in the Boston Harbor views. Salmon, chicken and short rib construct the entree list while the “Odyssey signature chocolate cake” will tantalize the taste buds. Coffee, tea and water are all complimentary while upgrade packages include benefits like alcoholic beverages and window table reservations.
60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, odysseycruises.com
Joining the ever-expanding list of eateries in the burgeoning Seaport, Rosa Mexicano has modern Latin choices representative of many different regions in Mexico. The Dine Out menu includes the lime soup, romaine wedge salad and shrimp and beef empanadas for appetizers. The “pescado primavera” should shine some light on your day with its pan-seared white fish and tomato gazpacho. An avocado ice cream, topped with chocolate sauce and tortilla chips, is one of the confectionary highlights in addition to the cinnamon and raspberry churros.
155 Seaport Blvd., Boston, rosamexicano.com
Smith & Wollensky
While this one isn’t technically on the Dine Out Boston list, Smith & Wollensky is upping the ante with a month-long surf and turf special at both their Atlantic Wharf and Back Bay locations. Diners can pay just $5 more and have their order of steak coupled with either a whole Maine lobster, steamed or broiled, or three jumbo shrimp grilled with a spicy lobster sauce. This offer extends for the whole month of August for lunch and dinner and starts at around $42.
294 Congress St. and 101 Arlington St., Boston, smithandwollensky.com
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille, with prime meats and decadent sides, is undoubtedly a champion of luxury dining and superior service. Salad marks the beginning course and prepares you for the entrees of beef, chicken or fish alongside mashed potatoes or french beans and heirloom tomatoes. Conclude your evening meal with the “flourless” chocolate espresso cake or a creme brulee.
900 Boylston St., Boston, thecapitalgrille.com