Best of Boston

BEST New Restaurant, West

2013 BEST New Restaurant, West


Newton Centre

The western ‘burbs were abuzz this year with several hot new openings, but none as significant as the lovely Sycamore, in Newton Centre. Here, co-chefs David Punch and Lydia Reichert are serving up top-notch bistro food—a spring-bean cassoulet, suckling-pig confit—in… read more»

2012 BEST New Restaurant, West

80 Thoreau


City dwellers happily hop the Fitchburg line to the Concord Depot train station and head directly upstairs to the impeccable 80 Thoreau, where chef Carolyn Johnson (formerly of Rialto) cooks up some of the most consistently well-executed farm-to-table fare around,… read more»

2009 BEST New Restaurant, West

Il Casale


Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: City chef heads to the ‘burbs, ditches fine dining for comfort fare, and watches culture-starved locals pour in. Original or not, we’re smitten with Il Casale, which opened this spring in Belmont’s… read more»

2007 BEST New Restaurant, West

51 Lincoln

Newton Highlands

Make sure you get the watermelon steak with confit tomatoes. Or no, wait: You’ve gotta taste the romaine salad with made-to-order croutons—the greatest thing to happen to the caesar since anchovies. In fact, nearly everything—starting with the appetizer of a… read more»

2003 BEST New Restaurant, West

Ariadne Restaurant & Bar


It’s not the easy parking or the sexy and refined décor that makes Ariadne our favorite newcomer—but those things help. Shimmering floor-to-ceiling raw-silk curtains in earthy tones of sage and wheat, candles that glow inside alabaster holders, crystal-accented light fixtures,… read more»

2002 BEST New Restaurant, West

New Ginza


The folks at Ginza in Chinatown and Brookline have brought high-quality Japanese food one step closer to the suburbs with a new Watertown location. The ultrafresh sushi and sashimi make us weak in the knees, but if you’re still reluctant… read more»

2001 BEST New Restaurant, West

Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar


A hip lounge and a cozy dining room with live weekly jazz and a great, affordably priced wine list, plus a menu packed with creative dishes and healthy options—what’s not to like? Zebra’s offers fresh, clean salads, and veggie appetizers… read more»