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BEST French Restaurant

2014 BEST French Restaurant
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Deuxave

Boston

When it comes to French food in this town, there’s a mode for every mood, whether you’re looking for a bistro-standard croque-monsieur or a meticulously plated, multicourse extravaganza. Deuxave’s wunderkind chef, Christopher Coombs, cherry-picks from both styles, deftly weaving what… read more»

2013 BEST French Restaurant
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Aquitaine

Boston

There’s no shortage of French technique in Boston, but few restaurants can effectively transport you to Paris for the night. Aquitaine, in the lovely old St. Cloud building (master architect Nathaniel J. Bradlee’s 1869 homage to the French flat), feels… read more»

2009 BEST French Restaurant
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Clio

Boston

Ever since L’Espalier shed its homey brownstone for the aseptic Mandarin hotel complex last year, the Franco-frontrunner has struggled to recapture the magic, leaving the field wide open for numerous worthy rivals. Buckets of beurre into testing, we narrowed our… read more»

2009 BEST French Restaurant, Affordable
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Gaslight

Boston

Among the numerous suitors vying for our affections in this category, it’s the South End phenom Gaslight that’s romanced us best. The booming brasserie gets the vintage Parisian accents exactly right, and serves up skillfully swizzled cocktails and well-executed bistro… read more»

2008 BEST French Restaurant
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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. Now celebrating its 30th year, the restaurant continues to display… read more»

2007 BEST French Restaurant
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Hamersley’s Bistro

Boston

Two decades after opening its doors, Hamersley’s turns out the same straightforwardly delicious French bistro food that made it, along with chef-owner Gordon Hamersley, a national sensation. You can play it safe and order the justly celebrated roast chicken, but… read more»

2007 BEST French Restaurant, Affordable

Petit Robert Bistro

Boston

Tuck into homemade pates, rich onion and leek soups, sardine sandwiches, and solid meat and seafood options. Sugar-bomb desserts cap off a feast made for the sans le sou foodie. read more»

2007 BEST French Restaurant, Berkshires

Blantyre

Lenox

It’s easy to forget, in our world of PDAs and ADD, that drawn-out dining can be a thing of delight. Everything at this hotel restaurant, from its jacket-and-tie requirement and exacting service down to its immaculate china and crystal settings,… read more»

2006 BEST French Restaurant, Affordable
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Sandrine’s Bistro

Cambridge

The ambiance seems a touch suburban. But no matter: At Sandrine’s, all eyes are on chef Raymond Ost’s accessible French classics. Follow a salmon crepe starter with seared sea scallops and mashed potatoes piqued with sauerkraut or the house speciality,… read more»

2006 BEST French Restaurant

Craigie On Main

Cambridge

French food can be oh-so fussy. Unless Tony Maws is behind the stove. Maws passes on clichéd classics in favor of unusual ingredients that make each dish sing: Duck tongue decorates a smoked potato purée, fava leaves brighten a curry-poached… read more»