Planning a special date night in Boston? Are you looking for a fancy, tasty, and expensive meal? We got you covered! Here are some of the best tasting menus Boston and also in Cambridge and beyond. Also Tasting Menu Massachusetts! What are some highly rated tasting menu in Boston, MA?
Tasting Menus Boston and Beyond (In No Particular Order)
Puritan & Co. Chef’s Counter (Inman Square, Cambridge)
For a less pretentious tasting menu experience that feels homey and will be sure to please everyone, check out Puritan and Company. They often have multiple course menus around the holidays and seasonally, but call ahead to request their chef’s counter! Parking here can be a bit tough (believe us, we’ve been towed!) Afterwards, you can stroll down to Christina’s for some pints of homemade salted caramel ice cream to take home.
Kendall Square Progressive Dinner Food Tour (Kendall Square, Cambridge)
Our unique Kendall Square Progressive Dinner may not be a true tasting menu, but you’ll leave with a taste of the area as well as delicious eats and an interactive experience. Start with appetizers and drinks at one location, visit another for a main entree, and end with a yummy dessert experience. You won’t forget this yummy food walk, and a friendly guide will lead you through the whole evening. This delicious food tour is great for corporate groups and birthday celebrations, and you must have at least 6 guests in your party to book. Email us to inquire further!
Forage (Harvard Square, Cambridge)
We’ve been frequenting this location right outside of Harvard Square since it was Ten Tables. For $60/person you can have a two hour tasting menu. They offer omnivore, vegetarian, pescatarian, and vegan options which is really cool, especiall the vegetarian tasting menu boston, as we do something similar on the tour as we care deeply about food allergies and dietary restrictions and want to make sure everyone is as welcome as possible. And it’s very reasonably priced when you compare it to some others downtown. Add a wine and/or cheese pairing for additional fees. They also have an outdoor heated patio if you’re dining outside — relish in this wonderful neighborhood bistro.
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Juliet (Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Juliet used to be on our Union Square Somerville Food Tour which runs Saturdays year-round, and we sure hope now that they’ve expanded they come back! They are a very quirky and esoteric type of spot that excels at storytelling. Just subscribe to their wordy e-newsletter for a taste of what they offer, and you can see why their following is entertained. They list these tasting menus as “prix fixe menu boston” and take Resy reservations in advance for a limited number of guests at a certain seating time slot. We think you’ll enjoy the thought they put into their dishes which are centered around their origin, and you’ll find it quite tasty too!
SRV (South End, Boston, Massachusetts)
SRV means Serene Republic of Venice, and it is an Italian-focused neighborhood spot in the South End. They are a “bacaro” which is a typical Venetian tavern with some light to heavy bites and a selection of wines. Their tasting menu is also on the more reasonably priced side for around $65/guest including dessert. If you’re headed to the South End for some theater or shopping, make sure to add a reservation to SRV to your Boston day trip.
Brassica Kitchen (Jamaica Plain, Boston)
On our Jamaica Plain Chocolate Tour and JP Food Tour, we talk about Brassica Kitchen — one of our favorite restaurants in the area! But did you know they have an $85 tasting menu called “The Ride”? Their regular menu feels like Southern fusion and very high on the comfort food side — so their tasting menu should also have something for everyone in your party!
O Ya (Boston, Massachusetts)
For Boston’s most talked about tasting menu, visit O Ya which offers a nightly 20-course menu that’s $250 per guest plus tax and gratuity. If you give them 24 hours in advance warning, they can accommodate most food allergies and aversions — and you can reserve up to 60 days in advance, There’s a reason these folks won the James Beard award, so it may not be easy to get in. Beverage pairings are another $150 per guest. It is sure to be a memorable experience for all!
Tasting Counter (Union Square, Somerville, MA)
On our Union Square, Somerville Food Tour we explore some of the best dishes in the city! We also share our finds from local brewery Aeronaut and Boston’s brewing history. Inside of the Aeronaut building is Tasting Counter which offers a selection of natural wine and a delicious and unique tasting menu. Are you looking for the Tasting Counter Boston review? The cool thing is this experience is available for both lunch (3-course) and dinner (9-course) — so you could try it for lunch as well, which is less of a commitment both financially and time-wise! You’ll be able to see the chef prepare the dish as all guests sit at the counter together, and they also do accommodate dietary restrictions with advanced notice.
Asta (Back Bay, Boston, MA)
Are you a tasting menu aficionado? Are you the furthest thing from a picky eater? We love love love the tasting menus and creativity from Asta! They are very good at bringing out the flavors of their ingredients, based on French principles. Their menu changes frequently, so definitely explore further before you book your experience as it is creative but not a ton of food for $120+/guest. Beforehand, check out our Top Things To Do in Boston’s Back Bay.
Menton (Boston, MA)
Barbara Lynch’s spot in Fort Point is a delicious luxury anyways, but their $190/guest tasting menu is a classy treat for any patron — including caviar and a variety of proteins. You can also book a private 12-person party called the Chef’s Table which is right by the kitchen. So this is definitely a high-end experience in Boston and one of the most expensive meals in town. For a sophisticated foodie, it’s just the spot!
Talulla (Cambridge, MA)
We often recommend Talulla as a wonderful neighborhood place, and they also have a tasting menu that’s $85/guest. Be sure to check out the menu on their website beforehand to make sure that it’s your style! Their desserts always woo us, from maple ice cream to apple cake.
Night Shade Noodle Bar (Lynn, MA)
We’ve been eating delicious eats in Lynn for years (and admiring their cool art murals!) but Night Shade Noodle Bar is a welcome addition. About 25 minutes north of Boston, this hot spot has delicious tasting menus. They offer 7-14 courses in the menu, which varies from $50-160 plus extras. It’s recommended that you like the type of cuisine — it varies daily but typically includes Vietnamese cuisine, French-inspired seafood, and noodle dishes! A cool experience.
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So if you’re celebrating a fancy occasion or want to impress a group of friends with not your run of the mill dining experience, check out any of these and also our Kendall Square Progressive Dinner Food Tour, of course! Want to know more about dating in Boston? Check our our Boston Date Night Guide.
So that’s our round-up of our favorite tasting menus in Boston. What did we miss? Another good resource is Tasting Menu Boston reddit.