These 15 restaurants bring the culinary experience to a whole new level with their perfectly curated ambience. Whether you’re more interested in the food or the pictures for your Insta story, well — we won’t judge either way!
1. Contessa, Back Bay
This is one of the only restaurants in Boston to get iconic rooftop views, indoors! And not to mention the interior itself is just swoon-worthy! From luscious blush velvet furniture to an abundance of greenery, Contessa is simply divine.
3 Newbury St
2. Terra, Back Bay (inside Eataly)
Dining at Terra is like dining in a garden. Privacy is created with plants and the skylights make us want to stay there all day. Not to mention, the food is fantastic too, and one of absolute favorite restaurants in Back Bay!
800 Boylston St
3. Bootleg Special, South End
This elegantly decorated South End Southern spot features a dimly lit interior, suave chandeliers and plush carved seating. It’s very classy to say the least.
400 Tremont St.
4. Mastro’s Ocean Club, Seaport
Overlooking the Boston Harbor, Mastro’s Ocean Club in Seaport puts the fine in fine dining. Between the view, the food, and the service, you’ll be swaying to the perfect harmony of the sweet ambiance. No wonder some Bostonians say they could eat here forever.
25 Fan Pier Blvd.
5. Frenchie, South End
This South End standout brings Paris to Boston. The main dining area screams Parisian glamour and tucked in the back is an adorable greenhouse to enjoy year-round! It’s extra cozy after a fresh snow coats the glass walls.
560 Tremont St.
6. Mariel, Downtown
Visit the seductive tropical oasis inside Mariel and you’ll be lovestruck by the grand interior featuring rattan seating, plush velvet couches, gold hardware, exquisite artwork and tall palm trees. The Cuban restaurant is heavily inspired by the beautiful and bold colors used on Cuban architecture.
10 Post Office Sq.
7. Ladyfinger’s Tea Lounge, Newburyport
If you like pink, you will love the Ladyfinger’s Tea Lounge at the Garrison Inn. Everything is pink, pink, pink! While the service and food are great, people travel here solely for photoshoots-so that should give you an idea of how madly wonderful the interior is. While it’s one hour north of Boston, put your pinkies up and head on over, it is certainly worth the trip!
11 Brown Sq, Newburyport, MA 01950
8. Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel, Seaport
As the name suggests, Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel promises a view to remember. Voted as one of the best date night spots in America, this Seaport restaurant overlooks the entirety of downtown from the penthouse floor. These killer views are enjoyable all year round, as Lookout provides clear, heated igloos to dine inside when the weather’s cold.
70 Sleeper St.
9. Aquitaine, South End
Transport yourself to a traditional Parisian bistro when you step inside the doors of Aquitaine in Shawmut. With classic French dishes like escargot and Steak Frites, your tastebuds will be as delighted as your eyes in this classy yet casual restaurant. The intricate black-and-white floor tiling gives off that classic bistro vibe.
569 Tremont St.
10. Citrus & Salt, Back Bay
Mexican eatery Citrus & Salt was made for taking Instagram photos, from their over-the-top vibrant dishes to their dazzling decor. Tropical flowers, show-stopping murals, and strings upon strings of fairy lights will enchant you just as much as their photogenic menu.
142 Berkeley St.
11. Yvonne’s, Downtown
Yvonne’s, one of our favorite speakeasies in Boston, is tucked away inside a dark stairwell in Downtown Crossing. Inside, you’ll find a delightfully dark and refined supper club accented with marble & mahogany wood all around. The atmosphere is key here—with cow-hide chairs and candlelit tables, you’ll feel perfectly at ease to knock back some of your favorites in secrecy.
2 Winter Place.
12. Roxanne’s, Beacon Hill
This eclectic Beacon Hill spot delivers multiple photo-op spots and gorgeous presentation to match, all in one venue. Flamingo and floral-print wallpaper line the perimeters of this cozy-chic spot, and with neon signs and velvet lined booths, you’ll be sure to snap an iconic Insta story here. Oh, and the bathrooms have perfect mirror-selfie lighting!
6 Beacon St.
13. Coquette, Seaport
Coquette, Seaport’s hottest French restaurant, is a whimsical dream of decadent decor and down-to-earth vibes. Dining chairs are swathed in velvet, art nouveau murals decorate the walls, and bright-red Murano glass chandeliers glimmer from the ceiling as you dine. Think of it as a more low-key version of Versailles—perfect for a fun and flirty date night.
450 Summer St.
14. Hojoko, Fenway
Hojoko is one of our favorite ramen spots in Boston, and they also step it up when it comes to a fun and energetic atmosphere. Both the inside and outside of this Japanese tavern are decorated in vibrant murals, blending together a Japanese visual style and American graffiti. There’s plenty of good food and good vibes to go around!
1271 Boylston St.