Best Back Bay Restaurant in Boston


The Salty Pig


While this place is known—and rightfully so—for its wood-fired pizzas and charcuterie, newcomer chef Kevin O’Donnell also turns out elegant interpretations of classic Italian dishes. What to Order: The burrata;…Read More

2012 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Met Back Bay


In a sea of nondescript restaurants catering to shoppers and office workers, Met Back Bay consistently impresses with its comfort-food-with-a-twist fare (think: rotisserie jerk chicken and head-on trout with shaved…Read More

2011 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Casual

Met Back Bay


The first downtown outpost of the suburban Met chain provides a something-for-everyone experience with an expansive menu, excellent drinks, and just a bit of sparkle. The kitchen doesn’t break many…Read More

2010 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Trident Cafe


For all its beauty and history, the Back Bay struggles to maintain a true neighborhood feel. Its commercial district caters to tourists and students; on weekends, Newbury Street seems a…Read More

2009 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Parish Cafe


This perpetually crowded spot sits comfortably at the top of the Boylston bar heap, an elevation earned by its killer sandwich list—a sort of gastronomic group project showcasing recipes from…Read More

2006 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Quick Bite



The reborn Wrap’s salads, smoothies, and easy-to-eat custom burritos are always a winning recipe…Read More

2005 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Parish Café and Bar


Where else in the city can you sample creations—okay, they’re just sandwiches, but still—from top local chefs, all off one menu? The inventive combinations include a Vietnamese grilled-chicken sandwich with…Read More

2004 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Stephanie’s on Newbury


When browsing the shops on Newbury Street leaves you peckish, pop into this Back Bay mainstay, still serving reliably tasty dressed-up comfort food after 10 years in business. Snag a…Read More

2003 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood



Ever since Europe found itself firmly on Dubya’s bad side (and the dollar took a nosedive), the idea of traveling overseas for a café-and-culture fix has grown a little less…Read More

2002 Best Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood



Fans of this American bistro mourned the day when its owners moved from the original South End location. But Geoffrey’s new, larger location in the Back Bay (complete with an…Read More

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