Dine Out Downtown

Posted March 4, 2017 by Dan Miller in Eat & Drink
Bostonia Public House Wild Boar Ragu. Photo courtesy of Bostonia Public House

The cold season is still lingering – sort of – at this point in the year, so we’re standing by to break out the shorts and plan that trip to the Cape. We’ll have to deal with the days and weeks dragging on for just a bit longer, but that’s exactly where Dine Out Boston comes in handy.

The event, formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston, occurs twice annually, and while many Bostonians usually jump at the opportunity to participate in the summer series held in August, it’s this wintry version that is getting more people excited this year. Urbanites who have been missing out on great meals prepared by the talented chefs of the city now have a lot more reasons to get out of the house.

Hundreds of establishments are participating in Dine Out Boston, so there is definitely a lot to digest. You’ll have to dedicate some time to navigating their website to get exactly what you’re looking for. But to get you started, here are a few recommendations for great Dine Out restaurants located in and around the downtown area.

Bostonia Public House : 131 State Street, Boston, MA 02110

Bostonia, which pays homage to the traditional idea of pubs as meeting places, has put together a prix fixe dinner menu in preparation for Dine Out that is a perfect balance of rustic and modern, much like the décor inside.

Starters include a choice of brown butter ricotta gnudi or an Ahi tuna poke. The entrees take it a step further with wild boar ragu and braised chicken legs accompanied by some deliciously charred Brussels sprouts. All within a space designed by HGTV’s Taniya Nayak.

Central Bistro : 34 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110

Set in a relaxed atmosphere perfect for after-work gatherings, Central Bistro invites Boston residents to try their tempting menu that celebrates New England ingredients and marries it with French-style cuisine. It begins with clam chowder and sautéed shrimp and progresses with creamed corn scallops and short ribs. Save room for the delectable mousse au chocolat at the end or you’ll regret it.

Central Bistro is one of many participating restaurants that offers both a lunch and dinner options, so make sure to check both out menus.

Les Zygomates : 129 South Street, Boston, MA 02111

For the Francophiles out there who are always in the mood for tasty French dishes, look no further than Les Zygomates. A simple, but elegant, menu will provide a wonderful setting for a dinner night out with the one you love. Prix fixe menu options include steamed P.E.I. mussels in a tomato and garlic broth and confit de canard.

Oceanaire : 40 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108

Enter the palatial Oceanaire and understand exactly why so many downtown denizens love spending their evenings at this institution located near the old State House.

For their prix fixe menu, Oceanaire is sticking with the communal theme shared by the other restaurants here and sticking to what they know best: seafood. The first course has the choice of calamari and clam chowder, while the second sees a Maine-inspired House Smoked Bay of Fundy Salmon dish. Oceanaire also has a lunch menu available during Dine Out week.

Dine Out Boston, March 5-10 & 12-17, is a city-wide event brought to you by the Greater Boston Conventions and Visitors Bureau that brings together a collection of Boston’s best restaurants to offer special prix fixe lunch or dinner menus. It’s organized over the course of two weeks, split into segments by a break in-between to make way for the busy Saturday crowds. Visit https://www.bostonusa.com/dine-out-boston/ for more details.