Island Creek Oyster Bar – Burlington

300 District Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
781-761-6500

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Island Creek Oyster Bar Burlington

If anyone knows how New England seafood is really done, it's Island Creek Oyster Bar. The Burlington counterpart boasts its shellfish acumen with an open display raw bar, full of dayboat lobsters, littlenecks, and hand-harvested razor clams you can stop to admire- before you dig in.

Lincoln Tavern

425 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
617-765-8636

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Lincoln Tavern

Claim a couple seats at the end of Lincoln Tavern's back bar for a sneak peek at the kitchen happenings and a direct line of sight to the wood-fired pizza oven. You'll get the first glance at fresh-off-the-stone flatbreads, from the paddle to the plate, and a glimpse at the back-of-house busyness.

Loyal Nine

660 Cambridge Street
East Cambridge, MA 02141
617-945-2576

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Loyal Nine

The kitchen-side seats at Loyal Nine offer a look behind the proverbial curtain. Book your front and center spot to take in the show from the first apps to the the grand finale (aka dessert).

Menton

354 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
617-737-0099

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Menton

The chef’s table at Menton provides guests with a “best of both worlds” experience, ideal for those who crave the excitement of the kitchen, but in a quieter, more private space. A long glass wall separates the 12-seat table from the kitchen, so diners can watch as their tasting menu orders evolve.

Novara

556 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186
617-696-8400

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Novara

With its large roll down projection screen (a homage to the building's original home as the State Theater), and sizable display kitchen cooking up modern Italian eats, Milton's Novara is two dining experiences in one.

o ya

9 East Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-654-9900

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O Ya

Want to see what it takes to make award-winning (like, the award-winning-est) sushi? Secure a spot at the counter at Tim Cushman's O Ya, which tops just about every best-of list there is, to watch it all come together one plate at a time.

Oak + Rowan

319 A Street Fort Point
Boston, MA 02210
857-284-7742

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Oak + Rowan

Foraging seafood dishes, steak, and an array of crudo down at Fort Point's Oak + Rowan is a craft so artful you'll want to peer over your banquet into the kitchen to catch a glimpse of the action.

Pastoral

345 Congress Street
Fort Point, Boston, MA 02210
617-345-0005

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Pastoral

Pastoral's spacious chef's table gives diners a clear line of sight to the open kitchen and its prized pizza oven. From the comfortable digs, guests can take in the sights, sounds (and smells) of the pizza-making process as they tuck in to chef Todd Winer's menu.

Puritan & Company

1166 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-615-6195

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Puritan & Co.

The chef's counter at Puritan & Company gives four lucky diners a one-of-a-kind seat at Will Gilson's rustic and charming Inman Square eatery. The exclusive spot affords guests a close look at the chefs in action and a cornerside seat to the culinary hub-bub.

Row 34 – Boston

383 Congress Street
Fort Point, MA 02210
617-553-5900

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Row 34

Pull up a chair at Row 34 for a first-hand look at the chefs and shuckers. A place at the wrap-around counter gives you a good glimpse of the seafood preparations (and the bar taps) as you dine on the house specialties with pint in hand.

Season to Taste

2447 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
617-945-9535

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The Table at Season to Taste

Any of the twenty seats at Cambridge's intimate The Table offers a good gander at the open-concept kitchen where chef Carl Dooley and team whip up the evening's prix fixe menus and snacks. Guests can scooch in at a couple of dedicated counter seats for a firsthand look at the process.

Sportello

348 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
617-737-1234

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Sportello

Sportello's open concept means every table has a good view of the chefs in action, but guests can get even closer to the kitchen with central, diner-style seating. The double U-shaped counters bring together back and front of house for a unique dinner from start to finish.

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