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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Greater Boston

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Greater Boston? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of North Street Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (411)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
North End
About the restaurant
Welcome to the North Street Grille.
Boston’s Best Brunch

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great place with great service. Such a welcoming breakfast spot.
A photo of Brighton Bodega restaurant
4.8
4.8 (73)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Brighton
About the restaurant
A full service restaurant with a focus on small plates and street food fare, along with craft spirit
Top review
Samiotissa
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
The menu changes here often and we have never been disappointed. The food is creative and flavorful. A favorite cocktail had disappeared from the menu, but the bartender made me one anyway!
A photo of Sycamore restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2662)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Newton
About the restaurant
Sycamore is a seasonally inspired, chef-owned neighborhood bistro in Newton Centre. Emphasizing locally sourced produce, fish and meat, our menu draws on classic European country food; rustic and wholesome. Our beverage program is designed to complement the cuisine. The wine list focuses on passionate small producers, our beers are by and large domestic craft selections and the cocktail list highlights classic drinks and sipping spirits.
Top review
GaryS
Dined 6 days ago
Reliable and yummy, with consistently great service from the entire staff!
A photo of dbar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1452)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dorchester
About the restaurant
dbar is a full service restaurant that seamlessly transforms into a nightclub and lounge as the night goes on. Formally an old school Irish pub filled with mahogany charm, dbar has been renovated into a hip chic hot spot. With warm glowing candles & long leather banquettes, dbar offers a casual and comfortable atmosphere that attracts clientele from Dorchester and surrounding areas. The unique and classy menu inspired by Executive Chef Christopher Coombs changes with the seasons and features the finest and freshest available ingredients throughout the New England area. Most of the menu takes a French twist, but also contains an assortment of comfort foods (such as our famous Veal & Pancetta Bolognaise) and old favorites (like our simple yet delicious Giannone Chicken Under a Brick.)
Top review
Melly
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Dbar is my favorite local restaurant. Food, drinks and service are always excellent. Highly recommended!
A photo of Urban Hearth restaurant
4.7
4.7 (598)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Farm-to-table dining in the comfort of our home: that is the unique experience you will find at Urban Hearth. Located in a cozy North Cambridge storefront, our intimate dining room, knowledgeable, friendly staff, and exquisitely crafted menu are the heart of our dinner service. Join us for a la carte or at our chef's counter where you'll have the pleasure of interacting with Chef Erin Miller while dining.

We share a story of culture, community, discovery and home. The globally-inspired, locally-sourced dishes we serve celebrate our rich and complex connection with food. The table is set, whether marking a special occasion or the end of a busy day, we look forward to sharing the evening with you. We welcome private event bookings for graduations, birthdays, weddings and more. To equalize the pay disparity between tipped staff & kitchen staff during our busy times, we add a 5% kitchen appreciation fee to each check. We require 24 hours notice for all cancellations.

Top review
BrandonA
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Incredible Flavors packed in creative dishes! You won’t regret eating here!
A photo of The Ocean House Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5756)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Dennis
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Ocean House, named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in America by OpenTable for 2023. Located on a pristine sand dune, our establishment offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, setting an unforgettable backdrop.

Our culinary philosophy blends the freshest New England seafood with Asian fusion inspiration, creating dishes that delight and inspire. Each meal is a testament to our commitment to culinary excellence.

Please note, due to dining room design and fairness, we cannot honor requests for window tables but are committed to providing an exceptional experience at every seat.

As a premium fine dining destination, our menu features a mix of classic favorites and bold new flavors, each prepared with meticulous attention. From succulent seafood to unique creations, every bite aims to impress.

We look forward to making your visit extraordinary, whether for a special occasion or a night of unparalleled dining.

Thank you for being our guest!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Great restaurant with great vibe and wonderful service . Prices have steadily risen over the years and now it is really in the splurge category for me but it is definitely high quality and a great way to celebrate a romantic night out.
A photo of Stars at Chatham Bars Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (547)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Chatham
About the restaurant
At Stars, enjoy stunning panoramic views of Chatham Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by the stunning views, our natural surroundings, and the bounty of our farm, we blend regional heritage into modern coastally inspired cuisine. Steeped in history, with Norman Rockwell’s “Spirit of America” hanging above the fireplace, STARS is an experience that will excite all the senses.

By reimagining classic dishes, we honor the legacy of our setting with a menu that embraces the inn’s past and bridges the gap of time.  With an award-winning wine list, genuine hospitality, and personalized service. We invite you to begin your mornings and end your evenings with Cape Cod’s premier dining experience. Breakfast is first-come, first serve. Dinner reservations are highly recommended.


Attire: Resort Evening Attire. For ladies, resort casual. Please no pool or beach attire. For gentlemen, long pants including jeans, collared shirt and proper footwear. Shorts are not

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It was a spectacular and cozy experience. From the ambiance and food… my family and I have eaten there many times. Always an amazing value! Can’t wait to return!
A photo of West End Johnnie's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (704)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Faneuil Hall
About the restaurant
Johnnie's is a collection of memories for all. Personally autographed pictures and genuine memorabilia of your favorite movie stars, politicians, athletes and musicians. Casual, upscale dining in a great location. Set on the side of the "Old West End" just blocks away from North Station, the TD Bank North Garden, historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. The decor consists of a combination of light and dark woods, copper, brass and luxurious leather with huge floor to ceiling windows that you must see to appreciate. The menu consists of contemporary American classics with various, multi-ethnic influences. We open at 5pm every Tuesday through Saturday for dinner,as well as our famous Reggae brunch from 11am to 4pm on Sundays. We are also open Mondays with Garden events and we do open early for afternoon games and concerts. For reservations of groups larger than 6, please call to check for availability.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
The food was amazing! Drinks were tasty! Our waiter was attentive and helpful with recommendations. Great atmosphere if you're heading to an event after dinner.
A photo of 80 Thoreau restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4350)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Concord
About the restaurant
80 Thoreau is a progressive fine dining restaurant set in the beautiful New England town of Concord, sourcing from local farms and offering genuine hospitality.
Top review
Jaynevip
Dined 4 days ago
Chef Scott is fantastic! Delicious, creative meal beautifully presented…delivered by our server Zachary! Thanks to Ian! Love 80 Thoreau…recommend!
A photo of Steel and Rye restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1664)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Milton
About the restaurant
Thank you for reserving a table at Steel & Rye!
PLEASE NOTE: FOR WEEKDAY LUNCH RESERVATIONS, STEEL & RYE OFFERS COUNTER SERVICE FROM OUR BAKERY BETWEEN 7:00 A.M. AND 4:00PM (Mondays until 2:30pm).

All reservations after 4pm for Dinner will be provided full table service and are for inside tables only. Outside tables are currently first come, first served and orders may be placed via QR code.

Top review
Bonniet
Dined 2 days ago
Good brunch choice. Recommend reservations. A bit noisy at times.
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