Since 1999, this little bistro has been serving beautiful food, from seared sea scallops with succotash salad to lamb with ratatouille and tapenade jus. The service is good, the atmosphere is upscale but not stuffy, and the prices are reasonable.
1293 Washington St., Newton. 617-244-9199. lumiererestaurant.com
Pictured: Chef and restaurateur Michael Leviton demonstrated how to sear a steak.