Best Lunch in Boston

2015 Best Lunch, Kids



Fort Point Italian restaurant Pastoral gets points for a prime location (blocks from the Boston Children’s Museum) and an excellent parking situation (get a $5 validation for the nearby Farnsworth…Read More

2011 Best Lunch

Hot Dog Annie’s


It’s hard to place the exact ingredients that make up the house signature sauce—an addictive barbecue-onion mixture that has led generations to this off-the-beaten-track hot dog stand with its siren…Read More

2008 Best Lunch

La Voile


Shame on us Americans, keeping lunch penned up in cubicles and break rooms, starved of any real pleasure. The midday meal is entitled to some dignity, as French import La…Read More

2008 Best Lunch, On the Go



Why any working stiff would settle for a sack of flavorless fast food when Chacarero now has two downtown locations is beyond comprehension. The freshly baked bread alone makes these…Read More

2007 Best Lunch, Martha's Vineyard

Slice of Life

Oak Bluffs

Though some of us may wish otherwise, island eating is not, in fact, limited to fried sea-things. Set back from the fray of Oak Bluffs’ main street, Slice of Life…Read More

2007 Best Lunch, Cape Cod

The Beacon Room


Vacationers can play it two ways as they settle into this welcoming, wood-filled space for a midday meal: fuel up for an afternoon of high-impact romping in the sand, or…Read More

2007 Best Lunch, Berkshires

Great Barrington Bagel Company

Great Barrington

The best bagels north of New York come in a dozen flavors at Marvin and Judy Lieberman’s indoor-outdoor bagelry. There are also 17 spreads made in-house—including not just staples like…Read More

2007 Best Lunch, Nantucket

Something Natural


Gigantic sandwich? Or gigantic cookie? Such are the tough choices at Something Natural, an out-of-the-way eatery with a fiercely loyal following. Meals can be brown-bagged for the beach or enjoyed…Read More

2006 Best Lunch, Nantucket



Its name may sound utilitarian, but don’t be fooled. This homey café makes the most tempting sandwiches on the island, like the aptly named Turkey Terrific: Thick, home-baked wheat bread…Read More

2006 Best Lunch, Martha's Vineyard

Art Cliff Diner

Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard

The ArtCliff is no theme diner. This place is the real thing: Cupcakes and pies sit temptingly under glass; 1940s ads for $1.25 boiled dinners and 15-cent chocolate pudding decorate…Read More

2006 Best Lunch, Cape Cod

Blue Willow Fine Foods and Bakery


Save the formal service and immaculate silverware for your power lunches in the city. On the Cape, you want to grab something fast and friendly—and then head right back outside….Read More

2006 Best Lunch, Berkshires

Jonathan’s Casual Cuisine


It’s a rare country cafe that has cross-demographic appeal. Somehow, the Source pulls it off. Maybe the vegan bacon and organic tofu are the common draw, though we suspect it’s…Read More

2000 Best Lunch, Business

Brasserie Jo


Not only is the airy, spacious feel of this Alsatian bistro a great atmosphere in which to conduct business, but the lunch menu is a treat. Any appetite can be…Read More

1999 Best Lunch, Business



A genuine Brahmin throwback from the setting to the food, Locke-Ober is an enclave of mahogany and red velvet. A quiet place to talk, it boasts an attentive but unintrusive…Read More

1998 Best Lunch, Casual

Claremont Cafe


Who says good restaurants have to be fancy? Fine, fresh ingredients and a smart, eclectic, carefully thought-out menu are the secrets to what is basically a terrific neighborhood joint. Reasonably…Read More

1998 Best Lunch, Elegant

Cafe Louis


We thought we had lost this place after Michael Schlow split. But it’s back with a vengeance. The folks from Providence’s Al Forno have moved in and spruced up. You’ll…Read More

1996 Best Lunch, Deal in the Square

Bombay Club


During the week, sample a lavish southern Indian feast featuring at least eight courses, plus raitas and chutneys—all for $5.95. On Saturday and Sunday, there are 14 courses to pick…Read More

1993 Best Lunch

Cafe Louis


Elegant and satisfying—just what we’d expect from a cafe in Louis, Boston…Read More

1992 Best Lunch, Business, Downtown



Good food, fancy-schmancy marble and brass decor, and tables far enough apart that nobody knows your business…Read More

1991 Best Lunch

Museum of Fine Arts


With its museum-quality decor, sophisticated food, and parking that’s a cinch, what more could anyone want? The MFA is unbeatable…Read More

1988 Best Lunch, Undiscovered

The Ritz Bar


You didn’t know the bar served lunch? Good. Let it be our little secret…Read More

1988 Best Lunch

Oca Nera


Jolly, noisy, molto bene. The Best news from Beacon Hill in a long time comes from the sign of the black swan…Read More

1986 Best Lunch, Romantic

Another Season


This Beacon Hill haven is quiet and elegant without being pretentious, and the food is first-rate…Read More

1985 Best Lunch, Shopping



A classy lunch spot half a block from Downtown Crossing, but a great escape nonetheless…Read More

1984 Best Lunch, Business



1981 Best Lunch, Cambridge

La Groceria


For some reason or other, this place feels just about perfect for what it’s trying to be: a no-frills, family-run, unpretentiously middle-class Italian bistro…Read More

1980 Best Lunch, Civilized



Classic Russian cuisine amid the best modern-art exhibits in the city. Dinner is both pricey and erratic, though…Read More

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