Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

2014 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar

Medfield

You won’t find any, ahem, exotic game on the menu at this Medfield gem—the theme is (perhaps wisely) limited to the décor. What you will find is beautifully crafted bistro fare from Brendan Pelley, an alum of Clio and Tryst… read more»

2013 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

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, West
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Il Casale

Belmont

This converted firehouse now sports all the trappings of a rustic Italian ristorante, including thick wood tables, exposed brick, and soft lighting. And the food is just as appealing: Notable dishes include gnocchi enrobed in fontina cream sauce and walnut… read more»

2012 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

La Campania

Waltham

From the pizza loaded with sweet figs, rich duck confit, and salty Gorgonzola to the agnolotti stuffed with tender pork cheek, the divine Neopolitan cuisine here tastes like it was made with nothing but amore. Just make sure you savor… read more»

2009 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West
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Tomasso Trattoria

Southborough

Owners Tom and Mary Prince are not only gracious hosts, they’re also obsessive about their food: beautifully executed Italian fare that features light-as-air Neapolitan-style pizza crusts, hand-cut tagliatelle and pappardelle, and homemade sauces (we’re talking ‘roast-our-own-tomatoes’ homemade). The Italian-heavy wine… read more»

2008 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West
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Blue Ginger

583 Washington St.

Though, as it happens, lots of perfectly useful words rhyme with his name, we decided against opening this item with an ode to Ming Tsai. Not that he hasn’t earned it: Over the past 10 years, while hosting a TV… read more»

2005 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Blue Ginger

Wellesley

True, Ming Tsai is part of America’s elite cadre of celebrity chefs. His cookware, cookbooks, and PBS cooking shows are ubiquitous—all for good reason. He and sous-chef Jonathan Taylor lead a crackerjack team at Blue Ginger, where the garlic—black pepper… read more»

2004 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Blue Ginger

Wellesley

Ming Tsai is everywhere. He’s on his own PBS cooking show Simply Ming, his two cookbooks are in bookstores, and his cookware line is at Target. So how good could Blue Ginger, the restaurant that catapulted Tsai to fame, still… read more»

2003 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Lumiere

Newton

Like moths to a flame. That’s how we’re drawn to Michael and Jill Leviton’s extraordinary Newton restaurant, Lumière. The couple’s recipe for refined simplicity and excellent service starts with the crisp, white-on-white tones of the dining room, tempered with warm-hued… read more»

2002 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Le Soir

Newton Highlands

Sophisticated city dining has hit Newton—hard—in the form of this beautiful bistro. Chef-owner and Ritz-Carlton Dining Room alumnus Mark Allen has nailed everything modern French eating ought to be; his menu is refined (minus any stuffiness) and delicious (minus any… read more»