Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

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 unwieldy Marblehead intersection. Helmed by chef Barry Edelman, formerly of… 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 list rivals those you might see in Boston. The food… 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 worshipped Ceia’s steak frites: a mouth-watering hunk of tenderloin coated… read more »

2009 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North
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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 Jamie Mammano of Mistral, Teatro, and Sorellina fame is the… read more »

2008 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North
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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 served with foie gras butter and sautéed brussels sprouts, are… 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 include pan-seared duck breast with lemon pappardelle, fava beans, and… 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 famed Maison Robert. The American desserts, such as peanut butter… read more »

2005 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Glory

Andover

There’s something to be said for a menu that riffs on both European and Asian culinary traditions, and that something is: delicious! Glory serves dishes you’ll remember long afterward, such as tuna tempura—crisp on the outside, cool on the inside—with… read more »

2004 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Red Rock Bistro & Bar

Swampscott

The sweeping view of the Boston skyline is nice (especially at sunset), but when it comes down to the matter at hand, Red Rock delivers the delicious goods: great food. Chef Allen Bohnert sticks to a primarily seafood menu with… read more »

2003 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Glory

Andover

We openly mourned when chef Corinna Mozo left her South End restaurant, Truc, more than a year ago, but were quickly consoled when we learned that she had landed at Glory in Andover. Here, Mozo has created a Mediterranean-influenced menu… read more »