Best of Boston

BEST New Restaurant

2001 BEST New Restaurant, North

The Franklin Cape Ann

Gloucester

A touch of the South End opened in Gloucester last fall, and it’s been packed ever since. And no wonder. You could become addicted to the meatloaf, and can make an evening out of a couple of appetizers, a few… read more»

2001 BEST New Restaurant, West

Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar

Medfield

A hip lounge and a cozy dining room with live weekly jazz and a great, affordably priced wine list, plus a menu packed with creative dishes and healthy options—what’s not to like? Zebra’s offers fresh, clean salads, and veggie appetizers… read more»

2000 BEST New Restaurant

Sage

Boston

Tucked into a storefront on Prince Street, year-old Sage is the kind of restaurant we love to honor. Why? Because it shines on the short list of quality restaurants in the North End. Because it only has 28 seats, guaranteeing… read more»

1999 BEST New Restaurant

Michael Leviton, Lumiere

West Newton

When Lumiere opened this spring in the culinary hinterland of Newton, unlike most new restaurants, which require an initial shakeout period, it became an instant hit. The reason was simple: The husband-and-wife team of Michael and Jill Leviton didn’t miss… read more»

1998 BEST New Restaurant, Suburban

Blue Ginger

Wellesley

Asian-influences fusion cuisine has made it to the suburbs. This time around, it is being done with intelligence, restraint, and style, in this case by Ming Tsai, a Yale-educated, French-trained Chinese chef who was a pacesetter in San Francisco and… read more»

1997 BEST New Restaurant

Clio

Boston

The cool taupe walls with pure white trim make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a late-model Bentley. This is the type of place to come when a relationship sours (you’ll make up) or a distant relative comes to… read more»

1997 BEST New Restaurant, Scene

Mistral

Boston

This beautiful space—with its soaring vaulted ceilings, off-kilter, oversize chandeliers, rattan seats, and sandstone walls—is the place to be seen these days. The big, comfy seating areas in the front are the perfect place to hang out with a few… read more»

1993 BEST New Restaurant, Neighborhood

Uva

Brighton

We’ve always loved the Nauset Beach Club, on the Cape, which is owned by Campbells’ parents, so we were very happy to see the kids come to Boston. read more»

1993 BEST New Restaurant

Anago Bistro

Cambridge

We were sorry to see Bruce Frankel’s 798 Main close, but Anago is a more than worthy successor, thanks to chef Bob Claderone and maitress d’ Susan Finegold. read more»

1992 BEST New Restaurant

The Blue Room

Cambridge

Spicy, imaginative, and affordable. More! More! read more»