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2017 BEST New Restaurant

Little Donkey


Throwing all of the rules out the window doesn’t take talent, but getting away with it sure does. For their latest local hot spot, chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa) have created a thrilling whirlwind of flavors, textures,… read more»

2016 BEST New Restaurant



How to eviscerate the specter of the late, lamented Locke-Ober? Enlist the best up-and-coming talent, overhaul the three-piece-suited firmament, and don’t skimp on the razzle-dazzle. Yvonne’s is a self-styled supper club for a new era: Enjoy Will Thompson’s communal cut-glass… read more»

2016 BEST New Restaurant, South



Authentic Mexican food? In Braintree? At long last, yes. Owners Roberto Leon and Guadalupe Fuentes lovingly plate real-deal Jaliscan dishes such as hearty torta ahogada (a spicy pork and bean sandwich) and a hauntingly complex enchiladas mole with chicken. The… read more»

2016 BEST New Restaurant, West

True West


A jolly gastropub in sleepy Acton? It’s a reality thanks to True West, the new sister restaurant of New Hampshire’s 7th Settlement Brewery. The pub has revitalized West Acton village with solar-brewed craft beer and a fun, casual menu—crisp tater… read more»

2016 BEST New Restaurant, North

The Poynt


Don’t let the well-dressed crowds fool you: The Poynt is on the North Shore, not in the South End. Opened this fall by the owners of the successful Cottage restaurants in Wellesley and Chestnut Hill, the spot exudes a casual… read more»

2015 BEST New Restaurant

Select Oyster Bar


After seven years spent manning the tiny kitchen at Neptune Oyster, chef Michael Serpa stepped out on his own with another petite seafood spot. This one’s a passion project, with Serpa’s hands in everything from the quirky beverage selection (funky… read more»

2015 BEST New Restaurant, South

Galley Kitchen & Bar


When the Galley opened last year in Scituate Harbor, it bridged the gap between townie bars and white-tablecloth bistros. Locals have responded in droves, packing the stylishly weathered wooden tables for chef-owner Brian Houlihan’s smartly executed small plates—fried lobster with… read more»

2015 BEST New Restaurant, North

The Bancroft


At this shiny new steakhouse in Burlington’s 3rd Ave development, presentation is paramount—and often over the top. (For proof, look no further than the 3,000-plus-bottle wine collection, displayed on a catwalk above a glass-paneled dining room.) James Beard-nominated chef Mario… read more»

2015 BEST New Restaurant, West

The Backroom at Moody’s


You’ve heard the hype: Walls made of limestone reclaimed from a French abbey. A copper spit for roasting chicken and suckling pigs. A $400 glass of Screaming Eagle. But let’s be honest: You’re really here for the meat—every juicy, wood-fired,… read more»

2014 BEST New Restaurant

Alden & Harlow


When he took over the storied Casablanca space in Harvard Square, chef Michael Scelfo promised that for his first solo venture, he’d serve fare inspired by the dinners he makes for his family at home. We can’t help but wonder—is… read more»