Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South

2014 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Steel & Rye

Milton

A restaurant is only as good as its service, and at this hot spot helmed by chef Chris Parsons, that service is impeccable, from the gratis valet parking to the warm waitstaff, who happily point diners to their favorite house-made… read more»

2013 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Tosca

Hingham

Tosca, designed to feel like a Tuscan villa on Hingham Harbor, has been rolling out some of the South Shore’s best food for nearly two decades. And guess what? It’s still tops. It’s tempting to stick to the pizzas and… read more»

2012 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South
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The Scarlet Oak Tavern

Hingham

With its classically elegant dining room and steak-and-seafood-packed menu, the Scarlet Oak plays the part of a swanky suburban establishment. But don’t expect the usual tepid filet mignon and gluey mashed potatoes. Every dish, from the spicy tuna tartare and… read more»

2011 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Tosca

Hingham

Chef Kevin Long’s body of work spans Hingham, Boston, and Foxwoods. But it’s at Tosca, where he started in 1995 and met longtime collaborator Brian Hennebury, that his cooking really shines. Hand-rolled pastas team up with superfresh seafood and hearty… read more»

2009 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South
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Caffe Tosca

Hingham

At a time when half-empty restaurants bring gloomy headlines to mind, the irrepressibly buoyant Tosca banishes them. For over a decade its destination-dining status has been as assured as its casually elegant northern-Italian food, as throngs of patrons thrill to… read more»

2008 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South
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Square Café

Hingham

Suburban restaurants often thrive precisely because they’re away from the city: A captive audience takes what it can get. Square Café by contrast, could compete fiercely in any Boston neighborhood. This New American eatery radiates a laid-back confidence born of… read more»

2006 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South
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Caffe Tosca

Hingham

Euro’ is not a pejorative term when applied to Tosca, the area’s paragon of service, atmosphere, and Mediterranean cuisine. Inside the converted granary, which is highlighted by flickering candles, exposed brick, and an open kitchen, you’ll find an impressive, creative… read more»

2005 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Sintra Restaurant

Braintree

This minimalist Braintree bistro offers some of the freshest flavors this side of the Azores. With dishes such as pan-roasted monkfish with snap pea—saffron risotto, chef Brian Jenkins (formerly of Blu and Fava) melds Portuguese cuisine with clever touches of… read more»

2004 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Tosca

Hingham

Let the foodies subsist on a diet of trendy newcomers. Ten years after it opened, Tosca is still the go-to classic for superb dining in the area. How so? With a string of serious chefs (from Ken Oringer years ago… read more»

2003 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, South

Tosca

Hingham

Yes, Tosca always wins in this category. And, yes, it’s always packed. Here’s why: butter-warmed local lobster tails with broccoli shoots. Duck breast roasted with rosemary potatoes and apple sausage. And a porcini and asparagus pizza—laced with a robust truffle… read more»