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Culinary escapes: The best chef's tables in Boston

Posted by Melanie Nayer  August 5, 2013 08:10 AM

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4322702450_82eaa92788_z.jpgDining out shouldn't be a complicated scenario. Make a reservation, walk-in, be seated, enjoy a meal. But oftentimes, we find ourselves longing for something a little more creative in the culinary space - and we're not just talking about the food.

There's a place and time when dining out should be an event, and when you need something special, the chef's at some of Boston's best restaurant have just the answer: their tables. Otherwise known as, the best seats in the house.

The chef's table is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at what's happening in the kitchen at your favorite restaurant. It's an inside look at food preparation, sous chef creativity, and insight into how a star-rated kitchen runs – often flawlessly – at the busiest times of the day.

Forbes Travel Guide rounded up a few of the best chef's tables in Boston, including the smallest chef’s table and a few that are sure to make you think you’ll qualify for culinary school:

Blantyre: Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Blantyre in Lenox is a haven of luxury in the Berkshires, just a two-hour drive from Boston. Here you’ll find the smallest chef’s table we’ve come across, and one of the most romantic. Blantyre’s cozy corner in the kitchen is great for those guests who want a more relaxed, albeit intimate, dinner experience. Read more.

Menton: Menton opened in Boston only a couple of years ago, but has since been the talk of town, most recently for its Five-Star award. While the adornments and ambiance of the dining room are sure to please anyone who dines here, it’s the chef’s table that has us salivating. Located in the back of the kitchen and behind a glass wall, it seats 12 and provides an unrivaled vantage point from which to see all the kitchen happenings. Read more.

Asana: We love the atmosphere of Mandarin Oriental, Boston‘s Asana restaurant (pictured), but if you want something a little more secluded for you and nine of your closest friends, the chef’s table won’t disappoint. The private room sits in the back of the restaurant behind the wood-paneled wall separating the kitchen from the rest of the dining room. Read more.

L’Espalier: One of Boston’s staple fine-dining restaurants, L’Espalier has it all: great vistas, top-notch menus and a wine list that rivals just about anything you’ll find in the city. And then there’s the chef’s table. The chef’s table has only one seating per night and accommodates only up to four people. Read more.

Readers: What's your favorite chef's table in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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