Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

2013 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence
Hungry Mother

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 southern cuisine on polished wooden tables topped with mason-jar water… 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. Roast chicken with parsnip, broccoli, walnut, and ricotta. This may… 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 over time, from the stunning prix-fixe menus to the staffers… read more»

2012 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

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»

2011 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence
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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 at Rialto, chef Jody Adams has quietly, unfailingly delivered food… read more»

2009 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence
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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 launched it to the national stage. Now, even as O… read more»

2008 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence
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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 New York City, he shined a klieg light on just… read more»

2007 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence
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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. The food, however, is indisputably modern. Chef Peter Platt’s credentials… 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 black truffle tartine; people-watchers get a chance to see the… 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 potatoes, and Swiss chard. Feast on a nine-course chef’s tasting… read more»