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3 Over-The-Top Dining Experiences in Boston

By Alexandra Hall | July 18, 2019 | Food & Drink



It kicks off with caviar, quickly moves into four ever-changing, seasonal courses punctuated by truffles and foie gras, swerves through a course of three sublime cheeses and winds down with mignardises and a meticulously composed dessert. And no, of course you don’t have to order all of the above luxury add-ons (including wine pairings), but we bet you’ll regret it if you don’t. 371 Commonwealth Ave., 617.517.5915,


Even with so many admirable and ambitious sushi dens popping up all over the city, O-Ya’s omakase still makes the heart pound with anticipation as each new, personalized course in its luxury-laden parade arrives. Maybe it’s a well-known foie gras nigiri one minute; maybe it’s wagyu with white truffle the next. Either way, this is one deliciously over-the-top experience that arguably has no top. 9 East St., S. Boston, 617.654.9900,


Head bartender Charles Coykendall has been quietly amassing a collection of amari from villages all over Italy since Benedetto opened in 2016. Reserve a tasting, and Coykendall will pour and talk you through five of his latest acquisitions, paired with small bites from chef Michael Pagliarini’s sfizi menu, all the while sharing vivid stories about the herbs, spices and history behind each small town’s signature creation. The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, 617.661.5050,

Photography by: PHOTO BY ANDY RYAN