Call in advance for a table at Chez Jean-Pierre, a family-owned eatery that draws a regular crowd of well-heeled locals with its Continental fare. Popular dishes include the in-shell caviar with scrambled eggs ($34) and profiteroles au chocolat ($10), and the wine cellar has 4,500 bottles to choose from.
Stop for lunch at the Norton Museum’s Café 1451, worthy of a detour even if you’re not already there for the Matisses, Miros, and Frank Stellas. Start with an escabeche of wahoo ($10), a local fish with a delicate texture and clean taste, before moving on to a hearty beef bourguignonne ($18) made with short ribs or a curried chicken salad that’s nicely balanced by green apple slices ($13).
Opt for the five-course tasting menu (starting at $75) at Michelle Bernstein's, where you’ll choose from a list of fresh ingredients like the seafood catch of the day, and let the James Beard Award–winning chef decide the rest. Go with a 2007 Il Bruciato ($62) from the eighteen-page list or opt for the sommelier’s pairings for an additional $40.