See how the sausage is made – almost literally – at these kitchen-side seats where you can watch the culinary goings-on while you eat. From intimate little tables for two that put you right in the middle of the action to first-come, first-served counters, you can see cookers, shuckers, ceviche-makers and sushi rollers doing their thing. Scroll on for 40+ spots where you can dine with a view.
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.
660 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 617-945-2576
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.
Myers + Chang
1145 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118 617-542-5200
Craving a dinner experience with your order of dumplings? Settle in at the cozy Myers + Chang counter for a bit of back-of-house flair—flaming woks, if you're lucky—as the kitchen team churns out pan-Asian plates and dumplings by the dozen.
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.
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
Outlook at the Envoy gives diners a different, well, outlook with tables by the kitchen. Back of house is brought into the dining room and guests can book a seat by the glass-walled cooking area for a close-up look at the culinary happenings.
310 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139 617-945-9290
Ask one of the hosts at PAGU to seat you at their kitchen counter, where you can watch the sous chef torch your black cod and stir up your midnight ramen- you may even catch Chef Tracy Chang slicing up sumptuous cuts of jamon iberico, and if you're lucky, she'll offer you a sliver.
345 Congress Street Fort Point, Boston, MA 02210 617-345-0005
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
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
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.