Best Restaurant, General Excellence in Boston

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Cape Cod

C Salt Wine Bar & Grille

Falmouth

In the land of beach bars and clam shacks, C Salt is a breath of fresh (salt) air. This tiny house looks more like a ski chalet than an oyster…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Steel & Rye

Milton

All of Milton (and a good chunk of Boston) flock to chef Chris Parsons’s sprawling fiefdom in a former car showroom and ambulance garage. They come for creative craft cocktails…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Sycamore

Newton Centre

This neighborhood favorite may be the kind of place where passersby tap the window to greet friends and family inside, but it also draws diners from far beyond Newton Centre…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Coppa

Boston

Every time the kitchen changes hands at Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s tiny South End enoteca, we hold our breath. First it was Bissonnette handing over the reins to the…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

The Proprietors Bar & Table

Nantucket

Sourced primarily from small, local farms, the globally inspired, mostly shareable plates here delight with unexpected pairings, such as tuna crudo served with black bean crema, pickled green mango, and…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Brine

Newburyport

With a stunning Carrara-marble bar along one wall and exposed wood beams and brick all around, this sleek Newburyport spot from the team behind nearby Ceia manages to be both…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Martha's Vineyard

State Road

West Tisbury

Spend at least one evening of your Vineyard getaway at this cozy island favorite known for unpretentious, locally sourced dishes, but be sure to reserve in advance. The place is…Read More

2014 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Steel & Rye

Milton

A restaurant is only as good as its service, and at this hot spot helmed by chef Chris Parsons, that service is impeccable, from the gratis valet parking to the…Read More

2014 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

Ventuno

Nantucket

Because we eat with our eyes first, the food at this charming, Italian-inspired spot is as visually arresting as it is delicious: house-made ricotta tortelloni di maggio accented by fava…Read More

2014 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Martha's Vineyard

State Road

West Tisbury

It’s easy to stack your menu with local produce and meats and declare yourself a farm-to-table restaurant—but to rise above today’s sustainable pack, you have to present those expertly sourced…Read More

2014 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar

Medfield

You won’t find any, ahem, exotic game on the menu at this Medfield gem—the theme is (perhaps wisely) limited to the décor. What you will find is beautifully crafted bistro…Read More

2014 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Asta

Boston

In a city with no shortage of "industrial-chic" small-plates spots, it’s refreshing to find a restaurant that marches to its own beat. Prixe fixe and prix fixe only is the…Read More

2014 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Cape Cod

Vers

Chatham

This Chatham spot, which operates out of two spaces in the Orpheum Theater, is a chameleon of sorts: In the morning, the downstairs restaurant and patisserie turns out sausage-flecked ”…Read More

2014 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North

5 Corners Kitchen

Marblehead

What do you get when you combine lovingly prepared French cuisine and a distinctly New England sensibility? That would be 5 Corners Kitchen, the stylish bistro named for a certain…Read More

2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Hungry Mother

Cambridge

It’s hard to find a place in Boston that better exemplifies the national shift toward casual fine dining than this Kendall Square darling, which serves its inspired, refined take on…Read More

2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Cape Cod

Fin

Dennis

The food at Fin is subtle at first, but soon shows its adventurous side. Take the chowder. It’s a go-to order at any restaurant on the Cape, but Fin uses…Read More

2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Tosca

Hingham

Tosca, designed to feel like a Tuscan villa on Hingham Harbor, has been rolling out some of the South Shore’s best food for nearly two decades. And guess what? It’s…Read More

2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

American Seasons

Nantucket

Yes, the much-crowed-about charcuterie board—loaded with no fewer than 15 pâtes, sausages, rillettes, and accompaniments—is really that good. But do save room for the other standout dishes on the often-southern-leaning…Read More

2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Martha's Vineyard

Detente

Edgartown

You can’t see the ocean from Detente, but once you taste the food here, you won’t care about the landlocked location. Don’t miss the “boarchetta,” a creative take on porchetta…Read More

2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Strip-T’s

Watertown

Chef Tim Maslow has transformed his father’s tiny Watertown sandwich shop into a temple to the bounty of New England—and the world. Delicate bluefish with sweet carrot and creamy labne….Read More

2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North

5 Corners Kitchen

Marblehead

This French-inspired restaurant is not what you’d expect to find in a quaint seaside town. The feel is trendy but unpretentious; the space is open and airy; and the wine…Read More

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Ceia Kitchen and Bar

Newburyport

We appreciated the doting service. We marveled at the kitchen’s inventive-ness (e.g., the vegan-friendly dish whipped up for our dining companion). We admired the exposed-brick dining room. But we absolutely…Read More

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

The Scarlet Oak Tavern

Hingham

With its classically elegant dining room and steak-and-seafood-packed menu, the Scarlet Oak plays the part of a swanky suburban establishment. But don’t expect the usual tepid filet mignon and gluey…Read More

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

Straight Wharf

Nantucket

A gorgeous waterfront location, impeccable service, creative New England fare from chef Gabriel Frasca—Straight Wharf has it all. Particularly notable are the signature clam bake—buttery lobster and chorizo over sweet…Read More

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, West

La Campania

Waltham

From the pizza loaded with sweet figs, rich duck confit, and salty Gorgonzola to the agnolotti stuffed with tender pork cheek, the divine Neopolitan cuisine here tastes like it was…Read More

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Martha's Vineyard

State Road

West Tisbury

Rustic-cool State Road reflects the woodsy, Berkshires kind of vibe that defines West Tisbury. Yet chef Jackson Kenworth’s excellent dishes—pancetta-wrapped bluefish, milk-braised pork stracci, Menemsha lobster spaghetti—have the sophistication of…Read More

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Il Casale

Belmont

This converted firehouse now sports all the trappings of a rustic Italian ristorante, including thick wood tables, exposed brick, and soft lighting. And the food is just as appealing: Notable…Read More

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Menton

Boston

Barbara Lynch’s haute-cuisine mecca was an instant sensation when it opened in 2010. The parade of tiny, striking dishes! The feather-light glassware! The prices! And the place has only improved…Read More

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Cape Cod

PB Boulangerie

South Wellfleet

At this convivial South Wellfleet gem, chef Philippe Rispoli—a native of France—turns out superb French dishes (the spit-roasted chicken is not to be missed). Add in the top-notch cocktails, fresh-baked…Read More

2011 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

Boston

Chalk it up to the anticipation of an unforgettable meal, the warm reception proffered at the host stand, or maybe just the impact of that briskly shaken craft cocktail in…Read More

2011 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Tosca

Hingham

Chef Kevin Long’s body of work spans Hingham, Boston, and Foxwoods. But it’s at Tosca, where he started in 1995 and met longtime collaborator Brian Hennebury, that his cooking really…Read More

2011 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Martha's Vineyard

Détente

Edgartown

It may not have an ocean view, but who cares? At Détente, all eyes should be on the food. The innovative chefs craft dishes like a refreshing peach-and-taleggio salad, a…Read More

2011 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Rialto

Cambridge

If there’s anything we’ve learned from fine dining’s shift toward farm-to-table cooking, it’s that the integrity of one’s cuisine is just as important as high-end ingredients and elegant presentations. And…Read More

2009 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North

L’Andana

Burlington

Everything about Italian specialist L’Andana (which this magazine named the Best New Restaurant of 2008) is so generously proportioned that it might seem excessive. That’s fine by us, considering that…Read More

2009 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Caffe Tosca

Hingham

At a time when half-empty restaurants bring gloomy headlines to mind, the irrepressibly buoyant Tosca banishes them. For over a decade its destination-dining status has been as assured as its…Read More

2009 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Tomasso Trattoria

Southborough

Owners Tom and Mary Prince are not only gracious hosts, they’re also obsessive about their food: beautifully executed Italian fare that features light-as-air Neapolitan-style pizza crusts, hand-cut tagliatelle and pappardelle,…Read More

2009 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

O Ya

Boston

It’s been two years since chef Tim Cushman’s refined sushi operation made a stealth entrance onto the scene, gradually picking up buzz until being ‘discovered’ by gobsmacked foodies whose praise…Read More

2008 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Soma

Beverly

Thanks to new chef Seth Fernald, who hails from the dearly departed Federalist, it’s easy to attain euphoria at Soma. Menu standards like ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ a crisp-skinned duck breast…Read More

2008 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Square Café

Hingham

Suburban restaurants often thrive precisely because they’re away from the city: A captive audience takes what it can get. Square Café by contrast, could compete fiercely in any Boston neighborhood….Read More

2008 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Blue Ginger

583 Washington St.

Though, as it happens, lots of perfectly useful words rhyme with his name, we decided against opening this item with an ode to Ming Tsai. Not that he hasn’t earned…Read More

2008 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

L’Espalier

Boston

While the intimacy of the old Gloucester Street townhouse will be missed, L’Espalier has reinvigorated its kitchen in preparation for a move to tony new digs near the Mandarin Oriental….Read More

2008 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

O Ya

Boston

We Bostonians didn’t need Frank Bruni to tell us that O Ya is extraordinary. But when the New York Times food critic named it the best new U.S. restaurant outside…Read More

2007 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Evenfall

Haverhill

Food lovers are advised to use the buddy system at Evenfall: You’ll definitely need someone to shore up your self-control in the face of chef Scott Pelletier’s seductive creations, which…Read More

2007 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

Straight Wharf

Nantucket

With new partners Gabriel Frasca, Amanda Lydon, and Scott Fraley at the helm, this popular haunt has evolved into Nantucket’s finest, offering sophisticated turns on simple foods. The seasonal menu…Read More

2007 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Caffe Tosca

Hingham

Why do we bestow this award, year after year, on Tosca? Simple: No other restaurant in the area manages to be so many things to so many diners, and with…Read More

2007 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Cape Cod

Abbicci

Yarmouth Port

At first, we were hopelessly distracted by the eye candy, as Abbicci’s exotic-looking French and Peruvian servers floated by sensuously to a soft instrumental soundtrack. Once the food arrived, though,…Read More

2007 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Berkshires

The Old Inn on the Green

New Marlborough

This renovated B-and-B began as an 18th-century stagecoach stop, and to this day there are no electric lights in the dining rooms—only a sea of candles and an open hearth….Read More

2007 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Martha's Vineyard

Détente

Edgartown

Certain allowances should be made for island restaurants, as it’s not easy for offshore chefs to get the most au courant ingredients or experienced staff. But Détente’s Kevin and Suzanna…Read More

2007 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

The Old Inn on the Green

New Marlborough

This renovated B&B began as an 18th-century stagecoach stop, and to this day there are no electric lights in the dining rooms—only a sea of candles and an open hearth….Read More

2006 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Duckworth’s Bistrot

Gloucester

Before setting up shop in Gloucester, star chef Ken Duckworth gained invaluable training turning out classics like creamy wild mushroom soup and succulent Dover sole in Paris and at Boston’s…Read More

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