Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

2016 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Artistry on the Green

Lexington

This hideaway within the Inn at Hastings Park combines proper New England ambiance with inventive, locally sourced food. Lunch and dinner bring dressed-up takes on buckwheat crêpes and rich tagliatelle with Parmesan, but brunch is the restaurant’s secret weapon: Don’t… read more»

2015 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Sycamore

Newton Centre

This neighborhood favorite may be the kind of place where passersby tap the window to greet friends and family inside, but it also draws diners from far beyond Newton Centre thanks to chefs David Punch and Lydia Reichert. Rich sweet-potato… read more»

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

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»

2008 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

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»

2006 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

The Metropolitan Club

Chestnut Hill

A model steakhouse offers classic dishes, great wine, and flawless service. A modern steakhouse, like the Metropolitan Club, does it with style. Here you’ll find the usuals bolstered by new wave add-ons like smoky tomato soup served with an adorable… 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»