Standout Qualities: The balancing act between sophisticated and rustic is something L’Andana has perfected—and it comes straight from executive chef/owner Jamie Mammano, who admits he is a stickler about “everything,” from hot plates to the look of each dish as it comes out of the kitchen. The day-to-day operations of the kitchen are run by executive chef Nick Panagos. A chef inspects each plate before it is served, ensuring the dishes consistently meet Mammano’s exacting standards. The result is an impeccable dining experience.
86 Cambridge St., Burlington, 781-270-0100, Landanagrill.com
Standout Qualities: Located in the newly renovated Hilton Boston/Woburn, the ultra-modern restaurant has an open kitchen concept that creates the feeling of dining in an urban European setting. A life-sized sculpture of a bull made of scrap metal greets diners. Matadora’s patio, complete with firepits and lounge sofas, flows seamlessly to the central bar inside that features high-top leather banquettes. The dining room has rolling communal tables and stools, and a chef’s counter overlooks the open kitchen and grill.
2 Forbes Rd., Woburn, 781-932-0999, matadorarestaurant.com