Wine Lover's Guide

From a chic wine bar to a restaurant with a fine wine list, we've popped the cork on the best chardonnays and merlots in Boston.

Updated: May 07, 2004

Restaurants with Great Wine Lists


Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar

415 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

The area's preeminent all-Spanish wine list includes plenty of rich Riojas, plus award-winning Sangria that's guaranteed "to make you forget."


Hamersley's Bistro

553 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

Fiona Hamersley's nationally acclaimed wine list encourages experimentation, as many varieties are available by the half-bottle and glass.


Meritage

70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

Housed in an encyclopedia-like book, Meritage's epic wine list includes many of the Boston Wine Festival's past and present participants.


Maxwell's

148 E Central St, Natick, MA 01760

Stylish suburban eatery impresses with a well-chosen, thoroughly international wine list.


Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

French wine fans head to this Central Square bistro for a list that incorporates wines from France's finest small producers.


Wine Bars


Vinalia Restaurant, Lounge & Wine Bar--CLOSED

34 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110

Vinalia's wine bar holds affordable weekly tastings on Wednesdays at 6pm--$15 for three glasses of wine, plus appetizers.


Radius

8 High St, Boston, MA 02110

Nudge aside the Financial District's power brokers and visit Radius's stylish bar to sample from its nationally recognized wine list.


Butcher Shop

552 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118

The South End's top date spot pairs a handsome wine bar with gourmet, house-cured meats.


Troquet

140 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Troquet's attractive wine bar pours dozens of varieties in two-ounce increments--ideal for those new to the wine scene.


Shay's Pub & Wine Bar

58 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Check out the bar's various wines on tap (yes, tap), then head to the sun-splashed patio for some primo people-watching.