Davio’s – Boston

75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-357-4810

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Davio's Boston

Pull up a chair along the line—Davio's chef's counter faces right into the kitchen to give you an up close look at the inner workings of the Italian eatery. Gnocchi, spring rolls, arancini: it's all prepped and plated before your eyes when you settle in to a chef-side seat.

Davio’s – Chestnut Hill

55 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617-738-4810

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Davio's Chestnut Hill

At the Chestnut Hill outpost of Davio's, the Italian kitchen is integral to the dining experience. Guests can step right up to the bustling back of house and have a seat overlooking the cookery at the bordering chef's counter.

Davio’s – Lynnfield

1250 Market Street
Lynnfield, MA 01940
781-944-4810

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Davio's - Lynnfield

Owner Steve DeFillipo recreates Davio's swanky Northern Italian steakhouse vibe in his hometown of Lynnfield. Skip the trip into the city and take in all the action (and spring rolls!) from the elegant chef's counter that runs in front of the kitchen at this suburban outpost.

Empire

1 Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210
617-295-0001

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Empire

Enjoy dinner and a show at Empire. If you play your cards right, you can snag one of the seats at the sushi bar to watch the talented team slice and roll the freshest seafood into an array of traditional and inventive takes on maki and nagiri.

The Farmhouse

970 Great Plain Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
781-449-6200

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The Farmhouse

The four-seat chef’s counter at the farmhouse in Needham was originally intended for a tasting-menu-only perch but due to popular demand, the seats are available every night serving the regular menu which, coincidentally, you'll be watching them cook.

Fin Point Oyster Bar & Grill

89 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02110
617-348-1234

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Fin Point Oyster Bar & Grill

Watch oysters and clams get shucked at Fin Point Oyster Bar, whose stone raw bar has spots for eight. Flickering candles and cozy recessed lighting make this spot a swanky yet intimate place-to-be.

Giulia

1682 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-441-2800

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Giulia

At Giulia, you can enjoy handmade pasta at a reclaimed white oak table—the very surface on which, just hours earlier, the signature carbs were crafted from scratch. When you dine at the pasta table, which the folks at Giulia call the “heart and soul” of their restaurant, you’ll be served a family-style tasting menu featuring seasonal dishes and—of course—Chef Michael Pagliarini’s custom pasta.

Hojoko

1271 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
617-670-0507

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Hojoko

Sit down at the Hojoko sushi counter for a rock n' roll (emphasis on roll) dining experience at the Verb Hotel. A place at the long bar offers a first-look at (and taste of) the evening's fresh sashimi and sushi plates from the Japanese izakaya.

The Hourly Oyster House

15 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-765-2342

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The Hourly Oyster House

If you didn't make it in time to reserve your seat at the Hourly's marble-topped raw bar, nab one of the elevated communal tables adjacent to try and sneak a peek at the shuckers expertly handling island creek, cape cod bay, and wellfleet oysters.

il Casale Lexington

1727 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
781-538-5846

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il Casale Lexington

The kitchen is the heart of the Italian home and it's no different at il Casale Lexington where rasied rustic barnwood tables give guests a look at the back-of-house happenings. Hand-painted tiles from southern Italy provide a border but keep the kitchen open and airy (with a touch of the Amalfi coast).

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.

Ledger

125 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970
978-594-1908

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Ledger

The wood-fired grill at the heart of Ledger's large open kitchen chars its rustic charm into its local fish, meat, and supper offerings (think: wood fired mushrooms, brussels sprouts, and lamb shank), pairing perfectly with rums, sherries, and house-made shrubs that pays respect to Salem pubs of old.

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