Best of Boston

BEST Service

2013 BEST Service

O Ya

Boston

Rare is the restaurant that offers a $285 tasting menu and plays Vanilla Ice in the dining room. But the unobtrusive environs here—paired with the bites of exquisite sashimi, of course—are precisely what make this restaurant a jewel. The front-of-house… read more»

2012 BEST Service
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Bistro du Midi

Boston

Any restaurant can decrumb your table or change your silverware 500 times during a meal. True service is something else entirely, and no one does it better than Bistro du Midi. We stumbled in on a rainy night after getting… read more»

2011 BEST Service

Menton

Boston

So many spots that boast great service smother you with attention, inserting themselves into your dinner conversation at every turn. Not Menton, where service isn’t so much about delivering as it is about mind-reading—knowing the precise moment to whisk away… read more»

2008 BEST Service

Pigalle

Boston

The fourth member of our party was late. Family-emergency late. Should’ve-canceled late. An hour into our reservation, we approached GM (and co-owner) Kerri Foley: We didn’t know how much longer our friend would be. Did we need to move? No,… read more»

2007 BEST Service

Mistral

Boston

Perhaps the reason Mistral’s service is so superior is because the majority of the staff have been on board since the place opened 10 years ago. Or maybe it’s that the menu hasn’t changed all that much, which means servers… read more»

1996 BEST Service, Department Store

Bloomingdale’s

Chestnut Hill

Hell-o-o-o! Can anybody help me? Where is everybody? The hardest thing to find in a department store these days is a salesperson. And even when you find one, too often they’re clueless in helping match you with your quest. Not… read more»

1994 BEST Service

Miltons

In this era, when time is more pressing than ever, the ambience of Miltons revolves around service, service, and more service. You could buy a suit here in record time. read more»

1989 BEST Service

The Ritz Café, Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Boston

With Joe, the maître d’, and Carlos, everybody’s favorite waiter, the Ritz Café gives you a good clue about what it’s like to be Prince Charles or Lady Di. read more»

1984 BEST Service, Yuppie

Waggie Walk Dog Walking Service

Boston

Ten bucks an hour and your retriever will sleep all night. read more»

1978 BEST Service

Nino Todesco

The former maitre d’ of the Ritz dining room has been at Maison Robert taking good care of his numerous devotees for the past couple of years. Now, he’s going to have a place of his own, and though we’re… read more»