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BEST French Restaurant

2017 BEST French Restaurant



Frenchie food is all the rage again, folks, so here’s a primer for restaurateurs mulling a Gallic dalliance. Start with a cellar full of undersung Rhônes and Burgundies, plus Bordeaux with a little age. You’ll want sophisticated riffs on Parisian… read more»

2016 BEST French Restaurant



At Joséphine, executive chef Alex Falconer crafts Gallic works of art: seared scallops with crispy pork belly and a tuft of enoki mushrooms; duck confit nestled over a blood-orange gastrique and tuiles of lotus root; and tuna tartare crowned with… read more»

2015 BEST French Restaurant

La Voile


Maybe it was the plush red banquettes and gold ceiling fans that sold us on this subterranean Newbury Street bistro. Or maybe it was the friendly Parisian server, or the crisp bonsoir we received when walking through the door. More… read more»

2014 BEST French Restaurant



When it comes to French food in this town, there’s a mode for every mood, whether you’re looking for a bistro-standard croque-monsieur or a meticulously plated, multicourse extravaganza. Deuxave’s wunderkind chef, Christopher Coombs, cherry-picks from both styles, deftly weaving what… read more»

2013 BEST French Restaurant



There’s no shortage of French technique in Boston, but few restaurants can effectively transport you to Paris for the night. Aquitaine, in the lovely old St. Cloud building (master architect Nathaniel J. Bradlee’s 1869 homage to the French flat), feels… read more»

2009 BEST French Restaurant, Affordable



Among the numerous suitors vying for our affections in this category, it’s the South End phenom Gaslight that’s romanced us best. The booming brasserie gets the vintage Parisian accents exactly right, and serves up skillfully swizzled cocktails and well-executed bistro… read more»

2009 BEST French Restaurant



Ever since L’Espalier shed its homey brownstone for the aseptic Mandarin hotel complex last year, the Franco-frontrunner has struggled to recapture the magic, leaving the field wide open for numerous worthy rivals. Buckets of beurre into testing, we narrowed our… read more»

2008 BEST French Restaurant



While the intimacy of the old Gloucester Street townhouse will be missed, L’Espalier has reinvigorated its kitchen in preparation for a move to tony new digs near the Mandarin Oriental. Now celebrating its 30th year, the restaurant continues to display… read more»

2007 BEST French Restaurant

Hamersley’s Bistro


Two decades after opening its doors, Hamersley’s turns out the same straightforwardly delicious French bistro food that made it, along with chef-owner Gordon Hamersley, a national sensation. You can play it safe and order the justly celebrated roast chicken, but… read more»

2007 BEST French Restaurant, Affordable

Petit Robert Bistro


Tuck into homemade pates, rich onion and leek soups, sardine sandwiches, and solid meat and seafood options. Sugar-bomb desserts cap off a feast made for the sans le sou foodie. read more»