Best of Boston

BEST Downtown Restaurant

2013 BEST Downtown Restaurant



This romantic hideaway is just far enough from Washington Street so you don’t feel trapped in the Downtown Crossing mosh pit. Bonus—dollar oysters and clams are offered from 4 to 6 p.m., and 9 to 10 p.m., daily. What to… read more»

2012 BEST Downtown Restaurant, Neighborhood

JM Curley


This neighborhood newbie provides a simple, low-lit space, daily specials, and a reliably hip soundtrack. Executive chef Sam Monsour’s burgers rock, and the laid-back ambiance makes eating (garlicky mussels with tasso ham) and drinking (plenty of craft beer and a… read more»

2011 BEST Downtown Restaurant, Casual

Silvertone Bar & Grill


While the Financial District has plenty of daytime activity, things slow way down come 5 p.m. But the locals don’t disappear ? they’re simply all at Silvertone. The deliciously low-key hangout serves just the kind of food you want on… read more»

2010 BEST Downtown Restaurant, Neighborhood

Les Zygomates


Happy-hour drinks, dinner dates, late-night cocktail sessions—all are equally good reasons to come to Les Zygomates, a perfect combination of wine bar, bistro, and jazz club. Its ambiance is wonderfully French, though (thank God) there are no overt Paris references… read more»

2005 BEST Downtown Restaurant, Neighborhood



What started out as buzz about Mistral chef Jamie Mammano’s perfect little Italian restaurant has risen to a dull roar. Be preapred to fight throngs of hipsters for a table. They’re here for the fantastic food—a to-die-for antipasto, the thinnest… read more»

2004 BEST Downtown Restaurant, Neighborhood

Silvertone Bar & Grill


The ridiculously delicious marinated steak tips (or any of the simple, classic comfort foods, for that matter) are reason alone to head to this Bromfield Street restaurant for lunch or dinner. But owners Josh and Katy Childs offer much more…. read more»

2003 BEST Downtown Restaurant, Neighborhood

Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro


It isn’t just suits that fill this low-key bistro when the quitting bell rings. Les Zygomates has carved out its place as the area’s most comfortable-but-stylish local hangout. Chef Ian Just’s prix fixe menu is one of the best deals… read more»