Massachusetts is swimming in restaurants that deserve to be your favorite haunts, but there are definitely a few spots that you absolutely need to add to your dining roster. In honor of the new year, we’ve put together a best-of-the-best list of the most fantastic restaurants that we’ve highlighted in 2016 for your 2017 dining pleasure.
These are the 10 places that you definitely need to try in 2017.
1. Gould's Sugar House, Shelburne Falls
You've never tasted anything like the fresh, homemade maple syrup at Gould's Sugar House. This family-owned sugaring operation taps the syrup from their own trees and serves it over delicious breakfast offerings. They also have a full maple gift shop, complete with tasty homemade pickles and jams. Gould’s Sugar House is located at 570 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne Falls. The sugar house is open seasonally in the fall and spring.
2. The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant
It's hard not to be mesmerized by the stunning view at this restaurant on the water. The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant is housed in a centuries-old mill and offers waterfall views, amazing homestyle cooking and delectable pecan rolls. The 1761 Old Mill Restaurant is located at 69 State Road East, Westminster
3. Steaming Tender, Palmer
The Steaming Tender restaurant dishes out traditional New England dishes inside an authentic, restored, 19th-century Romanesque train station. You can marvel at classic railroad memorabilia while munching on delicious fare like their Monte Cristo sandwich and decadent steak.
4. The Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield
You can attend a colonial feast, complete with slow-cooked meat, fresh apple pie and a cauldron of homemade chowder at this incredible country inn. The Salem Cross Inn is a historic lodging house that offers an amazing dining experience alongside its tasty, traditional fare. This restaurant is located at 260 West Main Street, West Brookfield.
5. Alden & Harlow
Alden & Harlow is a newcomer to the Massachusetts dining scene, but they're making big waves. Proving that Massachusetts restaurants are world-class, Conde Nast named Alden & Harlow one of the best restaurants in the world in their 2016 rankings. You'll want to stop by to try their delicious secret burger.
6. The Castle Restaurant, Leicester
Could you imagine a more enchanting setting for a romantic meal than inside a massive, stone castle? This restaurant in Leicester has been serving fantastical fare in an amazing location for decades. Sit outside overlooking the real moat, or enjoy a delicious steak dinner in their fairytale dining room. The Castle Restaurant is located at 230 Main Street, Leicester.
7. Hangar B, Chatham
Get some of the thrill of travel without shelling out for a ticket. This restaurant is situated in the Chatham airport, and offers jaw-dropping views of the runway. Plus, their breakfast and lunch fare is pretty fantastic. Hangar B is located at 240 George Ryder Road in Chatham.
8. Shepard, Cambridge
The popular food site Eater named this restaurant on its list of the 21 best new restaurants in America in 2016. It serves creative American cuisine with plenty of French influence. You can watch your food being cooked in their indoor grilling and wood fire oven. Shepard is located at 1 Shepard Street, Cambridge.
9. Union Oyster House, Boston
Head to the oldest restaurant in Massachusetts for some of the most scrumptious seafood in town. This place has been a gathering place for founding fathers, artists and famous Bostonians for centuries. It's a little pricey, but well-worth the indulgence. The Union Oyster House is located at 41 Union Street, Boston.
10. John Andrew's Farmhouse Restaurant, South Egremont
We profiled this spot because of its remote location, and the John Andrews Restaurant is definitely is worth the drive to South Egremont. Featuring an idyllic, pastoral setting and amazing, thoughtfully crafted menu items, this place is a hidden gem in the woods. John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant is located at 224 Hillsdale Road, South Egremont
We’re sure that 2017 will bring so many more amazing and memorable dining experiences. What are a few of the best Massachusetts places you ate this year? If you’re interested in more of the best, check out our round-up of the
18 places you absolutely must go in Massachusetts in 2017.