PHOTOGRAPH by Doug Levy
A lot of restaurants on the North Shore have terrific food, but few match it with five-star service. From the complimentary valet parking to attentive waitstaff anticipating every whim, each guest feels like a VIP in this soaring space. And the food? Steaks are aged in-house to perfection; pasta, like the seashell-shaped conchiglioni in the delectable butter lobster dish, is made by hand; and many of the vegetables and herbs come from the restaurant’s ever-expanding kitchen garden. It just doesn’t get any fresher than that.
86 Cambridge St., Burlington, 781-270-0100, landanagrill.com
Agave Mexican Bistro
This intimate space transports guests to a cozy hacienda in Mexico. Of course, classic margaritas and an impressive list of tequilas for sipping are on offer.
50 State St., Newburyport, 978-499-0428, agavemexicanbistrodos.com