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BEST Bistro

2012 BEST Bistro
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Salts

Cambridge

Chef Gabriel Bremer’s menu is blissfully free of the buzzwords of the moment. That’s because he knows what he does, and he does it consistently well. Witness a frothy dollop of foam atop an amuse-bouche of creamy squash soup, or… read more»

2012 BEST Bistro, West
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Lumiere

Newton

Chef Michael Leviton’s ode to fresh, light, locally sourced cuisine is an elegant yet casual boîte perfect for toasting birthdays and promotions, or even just a night away from the kids. The vaguely French menu focuses less on a specific… read more»

2011 BEST Bistro, West

Aquitaine

Dedham

Though the restaurant is in a strip mall, its interior is all dark wood, banquettes, and candlelit conversation—the Left Bank, via Route 9. After enjoying dishes like filet au poivre, blissfully heavy on the cognac crème, it’s easy to forget… read more»

2011 BEST Bistro, Martha's Vineyard

Park Corner Bistro

Oak Bluffs

With unfussy décor and a menu to match, Park Corner and its reasonably priced small plates are a welcome outlier in Oak Bluffs. Pair the Brie-and-apple tart or pan-seared tuna salad with a selection from the outstanding drink list, and… read more»

2011 BEST Bistro, Cape Cod

The Brewster Fish House

Brewster

It’s as classic as a bistro gets: petite and boasting seasonal fare, lots of wines by the glass, and genial service. The menu is seafood-oriented, and a plate of the crisp oysters with sea urchin and basil oil, chased by… read more»

2011 BEST Bistro

Bleu

Mashpee

The Cape does fried seafood really, really well. Beyond that; dining in the area can be hit-or-miss. Loire Valley expat Frederic Feufeu reels it in with authentic French bistro fare the likes of which the Cape has never seen: cassoulet… read more»

2007 BEST Bistro, South

Bia Bistro

Cohasset Village

That contented sigh that comes with shucking off the 9-to-5 suit in favor of jeans and a tee? It’s the same one you might hear any night at this four-year-old bistro, as diners relax into its placid charms. Dusky red… read more»

2006 BEST Bistro, South
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Sintra

Braintree

Suburban folk looking for a city-style meal will find all they crave at Sintra. The design is stylishly minimalist; the crowd full of gastronomic adventurers who’ve come for chef Brian Jenkins’s sophisticated blend of Portuguese and Spanish cuisines—fisherman’s stew with… read more»

2003 BEST Bistro, South

Square Cafe

Hingham

What may be the South Shore’s most fetching dining room (white tablecloths, cherry hardwood floors, plaid banquettes, soothing antique prints) now sports an equally alluring menu. Chef Andrea Schnell, an alumna of Duxbury’s Windsor House, whips up newfangled, delectable New… read more»

2003 BEST Bistro

Salts

Cambridge

From the second the linen hits your lap to the last spoonful of velvety chocolate dessert soup, Salts is a downright lovely experience. Before that soup, though, comes everything else: the warm, chewy, promptly delivered potato bread, the educated and… read more»