Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

2009 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

O Ya

Boston

It’s been two years since chef Tim Cushman’s refined sushi operation made a stealth entrance onto the scene, gradually picking up buzz until being ‘discovered’ by gobsmacked foodies whose praise launched it to the national stage. Now, even as O… read more»

2008 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

O Ya

Boston

We Bostonians didn’t need Frank Bruni to tell us that O Ya is extraordinary. But when the New York Times food critic named it the best new U.S. restaurant outside New York City, he shined a klieg light on just… read more»

2007 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

The Old Inn on the Green

New Marlborough

This renovated B&B began as an 18th-century stagecoach stop, and to this day there are no electric lights in the dining rooms—only a sea of candles and an open hearth. The food, however, is indisputably modern. Chef Peter Platt’s credentials… read more»

2006 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

Boston

The name really ought to be No. 10, because chef Barbara Lynch’s Beacon Hill institution offers perfection every time. Foodies find inspired pairings of seasonal delicacies like cardoon gratin with black truffle tartine; people-watchers get a chance to see the… read more»

2005 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

Boston

It should be called No. 1. Barbara Lynch’s spot tops our list as the best in the city for inspired, seasonal cuisine like bacon-wrapped trout with pickled ramps, baby red potatoes, and Swiss chard. Feast on a nine-course chef’s tasting… read more»

2004 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

Clio

Boston

For those times in life when you have been very, very good, there’s Clio—proof that fine dining doesn’t have to be stuffy, and luxury doesn’t have to be predictable. Credit goes foremost to chef Ken Oringer, who flies in his… read more»

2003 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

Boston

It’s one thing for a restaurant to generate buzz during its first year in business. It’s quite another to be the talk of the town after five years. But talk this town does, about chef/owner Barbara Lynch’s No. 9 Park,… read more»

2002 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

Radius

Boston

The circle is a fitting symbol for a restaurant like Radius. This sleek, stylish Financial District hot spot is a dining experience so complete and so completely perfect, that coming to the end of a meal only makes you want… read more»

2001 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

Clio

Boston

After four years of flirting with bestowing this award on Clio, we’re finally at the swooning point. What makes Clio the best? To begin with, there’s chef Ken Oringer’s cuisine, marked by provocative flavors and Franco-Asian techniques. Then there’s the… read more»

2000 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

Boston

Chef Barbara Lynch strikes just the right chord with her Beacon Hill restaurant, which is elegant and haute without any pretension. The ambiance: The music is low and sultry (Billie Holiday is often spinning); the bar is swanky yet small;… read more»