Best Bistro in Boston

2012 Best Bistro, West

Lumiere

Newton

Chef Michael Leviton’s ode to fresh, light, locally sourced cuisine is an elegant yet casual boîte perfect for toasting birthdays and promotions, or even just a night away from the…Read More

2012 Best Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

Chef Gabriel Bremer’s menu is blissfully free of the buzzwords of the moment. That’s because he knows what he does, and he does it consistently well. Witness a frothy dollop…Read More

2011 Best Bistro, West

Aquitaine

Dedham

Though the restaurant is in a strip mall, its interior is all dark wood, banquettes, and candlelit conversation—the Left Bank, via Route 9. After enjoying dishes like filet au poivre,…Read More

2011 Best Bistro, Martha's Vineyard

Park Corner Bistro

Oak Bluffs

With unfussy décor and a menu to match, Park Corner and its reasonably priced small plates are a welcome outlier in Oak Bluffs. Pair the Brie-and-apple tart or pan-seared tuna…Read More

2011 Best Bistro

Bleu

Mashpee

The Cape does fried seafood really, really well. Beyond that; dining in the area can be hit-or-miss. Loire Valley expat Frederic Feufeu reels it in with authentic French bistro fare…Read More

2011 Best Bistro, Cape Cod

The Brewster Fish House

Brewster

It’s as classic as a bistro gets: petite and boasting seasonal fare, lots of wines by the glass, and genial service. The menu is seafood-oriented, and a plate of the…Read More

2011 Best Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

“Quaint,” “romantic,” and “personal” describe many a bistro around here. But underrated Salts takes those attributes to a new level, due partly to its inn-in-the-French-countryside polish, but owing mostly to…Read More

2007 Best Bistro, South

Bia Bistro

Cohasset Village

That contented sigh that comes with shucking off the 9-to-5 suit in favor of jeans and a tee? It’s the same one you might hear any night at this four-year-old…Read More

2006 Best Bistro, South

Sintra

Braintree

Suburban folk looking for a city-style meal will find all they crave at Sintra. The design is stylishly minimalist; the crowd full of gastronomic adventurers who’ve come for chef Brian…Read More

2003 Best Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

From the second the linen hits your lap to the last spoonful of velvety chocolate dessert soup, Salts is a downright lovely experience. Before that soup, though, comes everything else:…Read More

2003 Best Bistro, South

Square Cafe

Hingham

What may be the South Shore’s most fetching dining room (white tablecloths, cherry hardwood floors, plaid banquettes, soothing antique prints) now sports an equally alluring menu. Chef Andrea Schnell, an…Read More

2001 Best Bistro, West

Fava

Needham

You’ll find this rustic little eatery still packed at 9:30 p.m., when the rest of suburbia has settled in for the night. And no wonder: with spot-on, welcoming service and…Read More

2001 Best Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

In a fiercely competitive category, Salts takes the cake for its extraordinary Eastern European-accented appetizers (chive pierogies with sweet Maine lobster, smoked paprika-fired gypsy bundles); its friendly, informed waitstaff; and…Read More

2000 Best Bistro

Chez Henri

Cambridge

“French with a Cuban twist” is how chef/owner Paul O’Connell describes his Cambridge eatery. We say twist away, especially if that means more Cuban sandwiches (pork three ways, cornichon cheese…Read More

1999 Best Bistro, French

Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro

Boston

Even if the food wasn’t great (which it is), Les Zyg would lure diners with its low-key atmosphere: light jazz playing background to friendly conversation, exposed-brick walls hung with vintage…Read More

1998 Best Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

Salts is a great little bistro, the kind of place you want to have in your neighborhood. It says welcome, have a seat, relax, and —most of all— have some…Read More

1997 Best Bistro, French

Les Zygomates

Boston

What might have seemed cutting-edge a couple years ago, now feels downright cozy. “Les Zyg,” once the urban pioneer of the Leather District, continues to out-do its newer neighbors with…Read More

1996 Best Bistro, French

Cafe Celador

Cambridge

A charming little neighborhood find, where chef Patrick Noe parlays his Perpignan roots into an authentic, inventive melange of the sunny cuisine of southern France, fresh ingredients, and a modern…Read More

1996 Best Bistro, Suburban

Pomme Frite

Chestnut Hill

We’ve always loved the frites—especially the sweet potato wedges with the peanut dipping sauce—but the new Belgian spin on the menu—plus the all-you-can-eat mussels on Monday nights makes this several…Read More

1995 Best Bistro

Les Zygomates

Boston

When Cossack soldiers, roaming the streets of occupied Paris in 1815, wanted drinks in a hurry, they’d snap, “Bistro, bistro!” (quick, quick). Given the circumstances, you can be sure the…Read More

1993 Best Bistro

Hamersley’s Bistro

Boston

Gordon and Fiona Hamersley pioneered the bistro-style restaurant in Boston. Many others have followed, but no one has topped them yet…Read More

1989 Best Bistro

Hamersley’s Bistro

Boston

Gordon Hamersley keeps turning out wonderful dishes five nights a week for the movers and wannabe shakers about town. And on Sunday nights, when sous-chef Jody Adams takes control, Hamersley’s…Read More

1985 Best Bistro

Back Bay Bistro

Boston

Frank Bell has made this bistro—with its outstanding wine list—one of the most attractive in town…Read More

1983 Best Bistro, Upscale

29 Newbury St.

Boston

Latest refuge for the young “glitterati” who can afford to drink and eat here…Read More

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