The 50 Best Restaurants 2009

Ranked like you’ve never seen restaurants ranked before.

Next Bests?

Too new to have been widely reviewed yet, the following spots should have this year’s top 50 watching their backs.

Bina Osteria

The upscale Italian upstart from the Bin 26 folks serves a smoky, salty quail —roasted in hay and paired with foie gras bread pudding—that might already be the dish of the year.

581 Washington St., Boston, 617-956-0888,


Charles Draghi’s Bay Village restaurant revives the style he premiered at the late, lamented Marcuccio’s, with vibrant flavors coaxed from fresh herbs and hearty meats, including wild boar.

69 Church St., Boston, 617-426-6969,


Barbara Lynch’s retro lunch counter serves high-minded food like strozzapreti with braised rabbit and salt-roasted pork shoulder with porcini mushrooms.

348 Congress St., Boston, 617-737-1234,



  • Anonymous

    just go have dinner – don't try to impress everyone with your bad usage of "BIG" words

  • F

    just go have dinner – stop trying to impress us
    with your BAD usage of what you think are BIG words

  • Anonymous
  • Kaitie

    Why are there so many places listed here that have closed within the last year? Without even an asterisk noting that they are no longer open? This is misleading to people who don’t follow the Boston food scene closely.

  • Jamie

    Duly Noted. We just made the adjustments on the 2009 version. The latest issue on newsstands (January), has the 2010 Best Restaurants feature, Where to Eat Now