Editors’ Choice (Tie)
Dal Maré, the new dining hot spot in Beverly Farms, is, in a word, divine. With a sophisticated yet comfortable setting, a well-curated cocktail and wine list, and a classic American menu that is perfectly balanced among pastas, seafood, and steaks, you’ll want to make this one of your go-tos. Owned by Steve Martin and his wife, 25-year restaurant veteran, Marla Ciampa-Martin, Dal Maré recently took over Cygnet Restaurant and executed a complete redesign and menu makeover, rendering a space that is quickly becoming a local favorite.
24 West St., Beverly Farms; 978-922-9221; dalmarerestaurant.com
Stella’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Stella’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is one of Salem’s hottest new dining destinations and a not-to-miss dining spot on the North Shore. The creation of Peter Mikedis, Stella’s offers a serious wine list that is paired with an eclectic menu that offers something for everyone. Don’t miss its hip patio this August—with the vibe of a trendy New York eatery you’ll want to linger with friends.
94 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-594-8960, stellaswinebar.com
Ledger is leading the pack in terms of a stellar culinary experience. A progressive New England restaurant by chef/ owner Matt O’Neil, whose menu is inspired by regional cuisine and colonial cooking techniques, is housed within one of the city’s grandest buildings, a historical space dating back to 1818 that until recently was home to the second-oldest incorporated savings bank in the United States. Ledger’s executive chef Daniel Gursha creates an array of elevated culinary dishes while pastry chef Michelle Boland and pastry sous chef Clairemarie Bergstrom design sophisticated spins on traditional desserts. A not-to-miss dining experience. Trust us!
125 Washington St., Salem, 978-594-1908.