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BEST Davis Square Restaurant

2013 BEST Davis Square Restaurant

Five Horses Tavern

Somerville

This friendly gastropub is all about the beer—37 on tap, plus 130 bottles in the display fridge. The eclectic mix of snacks and larger plates (Kentucky-fried Cornish game hen, anyone?), meanwhile, are just as satisfying. What to Order: The “Pato… read more»

2012 BEST Davis Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Five Horses Tavern

Somerville

Davis Square has seen its share of exciting openings this year, but we continue to adore this tavern’s eccentric fare. The Kentucky-fried Cornish game hen comes with jalapeño-spiked mashed potatoes; the “lobstah” pizza is topped with pork belly and grilled… read more»

2011 BEST Davis Square Restaurant, Casual

Foundry on Elm

Somerville

Davis gained two terrific new spots in 2010: the pizza-and-pasta-focused Posto, and the brasserie-inspired Foundry. Both roll out top-notch food and drink in a chilled-out atmosphere, and bolster the area’s buzz by being packed most nights of the week. But… read more»

2010 BEST Davis Square Restaurant, Neighborhood
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The Burren

Somerville

When it comes to evaluating a neighborhood pub, there’s only one criterion: You want to hang out there every day. For 14 years, the Burren has been meeting this requirement for hundreds of regulars. They don’t return again and again… read more»

2009 BEST Davis Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Gargoyles on the Square

Somerville

Visiting Gargoyles only on date night (yes, the lighting flatters; true, the velvet cascades) is like eating oysters only to boost your mojo. Both should be enjoyed, and often, on their own merits—nooky prospects be damned. Wash away the workday… read more»

2005 BEST Davis Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Gargoyles on the Square

Somerville

Ten years ago, skeptics wondered whether an upscale American bistro like Gargoyles could succeed in Davis Square. Judging from the crowds of patrons, the answer is yes. For more-affordable eats, though, bypass the dining room, grab a seat (if you… read more»

2004 BEST Davis Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Gargoyles on the Square

Somerville

Neither plain nor pretentious, this enchanting and candlelit treasure is a lesson in presenting good food with muted sophistication. Dishes including grilled salmon with tomato-tarragon butter or black-pepper pappardelle with chicken confit, fennel, and spinach, are as warm and agreeable… read more»

2003 BEST Davis Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Gargoyles on the Square

Somerville

Despite the name, hardly any Goth influence exists at this intimate Davis Square hangout. In fact, the bar and adjacent dining room are welcoming digs with floor-to-ceiling café windows and walls painted in earthy browns and reds, more sophisticated and… read more»