The Salty Pig

130 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-6200

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The Salty Pig

Pop up to the wood-topped bar at The Salty Pig, where you can watch house made meats and small batch cheeses assemble to form mix-and-match personalized charcuterie.

Sapore

606 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
617-476-5606

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Sapore

Sapore, the signature restaurant within the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, boasts a handful of seats that look straight into the kitchen. Reserve one to see where all the culinary magic (read: breakfast, lunch and dinner) happens.

Scampo

215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-536-2100

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Scampo

Scampo makes room at the mozzarella bar for hungry guests in search of a little something extra. Diners at the orange stool-lined bar can partake of chef Lydia Shire's Italian-inspired menu as they're treated to an insider's look at the culinary pros as they whip up pasta, pizza, antipasti and more.

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.

Steel & Rye

95 Eliot Street
Milton, MA 02186
617-690-2787

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Steel & Rye

Operating out Lower Mills, Steel & Rye is home to heirloom veggies, grains, pastured meats, hand-gathered seafood, and two prime first-come-first-serve spots overlooking the kitchen where these ingredients can be seen all coming together.

Sulmona

608 Main Street
Cambridge, 02139
617-714-4995

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Sulmona

Call ahead to book Sulmona's ten-seat chef table, adjacent to the restaurant's kitchen and high powered oven, which churns out porchetta, pizza, and other delicious Italian eats.

Sumiao Hunan Kitchen

270 Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
617-945-0907

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Sumiao Hunan Kitchen

Let Sumaio Hunan Kitchen re-imagine your experience with Chinese fare with elevated, yet traditional dishes in its bright and airy dining room, which gives way to the kitchen preparing pork belly, street noodles, and lava fish.

The Table at Season to Taste

2447 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
617-871-9468

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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.

Tapestry

69 Kilmarnock Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-421-4470

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Tapestry

Tapestry's airy expo kitchen may have a wall of windows looking out to the Fenway but it's the chairs along the chef's counter that offer the best view. Seating wraps around two sides of the central kitchen so you can see the cooks at work, even as you enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Tico

222 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-351-0400

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Tico

Get up close and personal with the chefs at Tico, where you can catch all the action from the six seats at the crudo bar. You can watch them prep and plate an array of seasonal ceviches for your own (or someone else's, even) dining pleasure.

Uni

370 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-536-7200

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Uni

With a reservation at the sushi counter, the genre-pushing plates at Uni are constructed before your very eyes. Sit back and sip a sake as the skilled chefs put together nigri, sashimi, maki and more—or opt for the omakase to put yourself fully at the chef's whim.

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