Best Restaurant, General Excellence in Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 9 Park

Boston

The name really ought to be No. 10, because chef Barbara Lynch’s Beacon Hill institution offers perfection every time. Foodies find inspired pairings of seasonal delicacies like cardoon gratin with…Read More

2005 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

Boston

It should be called No. 1. Barbara Lynch’s spot tops our list as the best in the city for inspired, seasonal cuisine like bacon-wrapped trout with pickled ramps, baby red…Read More

2004 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Clio

Boston

For those times in life when you have been very, very good, there’s Clio—proof that fine dining doesn’t have to be stuffy, and luxury doesn’t have to be predictable. Credit…Read More

2003 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

Boston

It’s one thing for a restaurant to generate buzz during its first year in business. It’s quite another to be the talk of the town after five years. But talk…Read More

2002 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Radius

Boston

The circle is a fitting symbol for a restaurant like Radius. This sleek, stylish Financial District hot spot is a dining experience so complete and so completely perfect, that coming…Read More

2001 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Clio

Boston

After four years of flirting with bestowing this award on Clio, we’re finally at the swooning point. What makes Clio the best? To begin with, there’s chef Ken Oringer’s cuisine,…Read More

2000 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

Boston

Chef Barbara Lynch strikes just the right chord with her Beacon Hill restaurant, which is elegant and haute without any pretension. The ambiance: The music is low and sultry (Billie…Read More

1996 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

L’Espalier

Boston

Chef/owner Frank McClelland’s food is as delicious as it is beautiful. With its old-world service, opulent decor, and creative cuisine, dinner at L’Espalier makes any occasion special…Read More

1995 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Hamersley’s Bistro

Boston

Simple, sophisticated, and sublime food served in a setting that’s simultaneously elegant and relaxed. Bostonians’ palates have finally caught up with chef Gordon Hamersley’s less-is-more cuisine. His food is both…Read More

1983 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Panache

Cambridge

Chef Bruce Frankel continues to turn out excellent meals of a quality exceeded regularly only by L’Espalier…Read More

1982 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

L’Espalier

Boston

It’s moved into more-spacious digs on Newbury Street, but maintained both its ambience and its superb French cuisine…Read More

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