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BEST Spanish Restaurant

2017 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

We already knew Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette could crank up the volume to 11 on outside-the-box tapas like foie gras a la plancha with rhubarb and burnt honey. This year, however, we were equally impressed with their command of… read more»

2016 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

It’s half past five, and Toro is already at capacity: the dining room rollicking, the bar stools long since staked out. Mind you, few restaurants in Spain would have opened so early, but that slight inauthenticity is unavoidable when you’ve… read more»

2014 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s beloved South End tapas joint may now have a gigantic sister spot in (gasp!) Manhattan, but the tiny original is still as solid as ever. Expertly rendered classics like tortilla española and patatas bravas get… read more»

2013 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

Here, crusty pan con tomate and aioli-smothered tortilla española mingle with refreshingly less-traditional small plates such as roasted bone marrow with radish-citrus salad and oxtail marmalade (pictured). It’s precisely this mix that has helped the tapas spot develop a cult… read more»

2011 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

Even diners who prefer their atmospheres serene are willing to brave the frenetic crowd here for one reason: the food. Simple tapas like tortilla espanola shine; the wine-braised short ribs are so rich they could almost double as dessert; and… read more»

2009 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

A place needs more than good sangria and jamn to qualify as a genuine tapas joint: It must also be a lively gathering spot, not one that’s empty by 11 p.m. Toro has one of the most reliably bustling late-night… read more»

2008 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

Tweaking tradition here and there (as anyone who’s had the hamburguesas de Kobe can attest), Ken Oringer’s tapas joint is nonetheless an exemplar of the form. The bistec de faldilla a la plancha, a tender skirt steak served with red… read more»

2007 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

Although the distinctly un-Spanish corn on the cob is one of the most popular orders at this glamorous shrine to tapas, Toro shows its true genius with more authentic fare, turning out perfect potato omelets, salt cod croquettes, and cured… read more»

2006 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Toro

Boston

The hype, for once, is justified: Ken Oringer’s achingly trendy taberna not only outclasses its Boston competition, but would stand proud among the top eateries in Barcelona. The tapas are inspired—gambas al ajillo arrive in a delicate cascabel chili sauc—and… read more»

2005 BEST Spanish Restaurant

Dal

Somerville

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