Two anticipated openings—and one spectacular revival— have Boston’s food scene buzzing.
The French revelation: Boston-beloved Aquitaine melds two French classics with its coq au vin tartine, a lunchtime fave.
Attention, food lovers: It’s time to welcome three electrifying additions to Boston’s restaurant landscape—one new eatery, Bar Mezzana; one city debut, for suburban fave La Casa de Pedro; and the rebirth of a longtime local favorite, Aquitaine. All are fresh out of the kitchen, offering up top-tier dishes, chichi drinks lists, and atmospheres mixing cool with class—and raising the Boston dining scene bar.
A protégé of star restaurateur Barbara Lynch, the Italian-inspired chef Colin Lynch (no relation) opened his first restaurant in June. Seating 141 indoors and 35 al fresco, the Midcentury Modern, Mediterranean-styled space offers simplicity in its décor but reality show–worthy action in its open kitchen. House specialties include handmade pastas, seafood crudos, and fried rabbit. “I’m glad we waited to open up the restaurant,” says Lynch. “I got to see every part of the business through my years, and it was well worth the wait. There’s going to be a lot of energy in the room.” And much of Boston will be there to see. 360 Harrison Ave., 617-530-1770
Bar Mezzana, whose Medi-inspired interiors set the stage for fried rabbit.
Enter as a friend, but leave as family at La Casa de Pedro. After 20 years in Watertown, Chef Pedro Alarcón is opening a second location in Boston’s Seaport District, inviting more guests to join the familia. Alarcón makes a point to infuse his abundant hospitality into the atmosphere and his Venezuelan upbringing into the authentic, Spanish-tinged cuisine, which boasts standout offerings like a marinated grilled rack of lamb and the best Cuban mojito of your life. With the new space featuring a patio and outdoor bar, live music, late-night service, and an adjacent take-out café, it’s no wonder so many Bostonians are calling this restaurant home. Alarcón’s motto? “Mi casa es su casa.” What else for a tried-and-true host? 505 Congress St., 617-923-8025
As of mid-June, one of Boston’s favorite French restaurants is up and running following four months of renovations, including a new private dining room and outdoor patio as well as a relocated and expanded bar. Keeping with the elegant and understated spirit of its signature steak frites, the menu features simple seasonal specialties, such as lemon sole meunière and a hearty salad of shaved Brussels sprouts and kale topped with poached egg—plus, for a sweet finish, a Grand Marnier souffl é. Most importantly, it’s not just about the food but the care and heart that goes into it, according to owner Seth Woods. “I’m all about simplicity and technique in a world where everyone is trying to create something new,” he says. “I like basic but bold, by striving to achieve that last 5 percent. That’s what makes it great.” 569 Tremont St., 617-424-8577