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BEST French Restaurant

2006 BEST French Restaurant

Craigie On Main

Cambridge

French food can be oh-so fussy. Unless Tony Maws is behind the stove. Maws passes on clichéd classics in favor of unusual ingredients that make each dish sing: Duck tongue decorates a smoked potato purée, fava leaves brighten a curry-poached… read more»

2006 BEST French Restaurant, West

Lumiere

Newton

The sparks are still flying at seven-year-old Lumiere, hometown boy Michael Leviton’s utterly unsuburban Newton bistro. In the glow of copper-colored lamps, urbane, informed diners settle in for clean and always creative dishes made from the finest local ingredients. The… read more»

2005 BEST French Restaurant, West

Lumière

West Newton

Michael Leviton never buries his ingredients in ego, as some other chefs occasionally do. He always steers clear of fabulizing food. At Lumière, the appetizers, entrées—buttery sautéed haddock, for example—and desserts are all to die for. A well-researched wine list,… read more»

2005 BEST French Restaurant

Craigie Street Bistrot

Cambridge

The image of a French chef wandering a farmers’ market to determine what’s for dinner might seem a quaint and continental fantasy. Not so for Craigie Street’s Tony Maws, who makes daily pilgrimages to local purveyors before designing a menu… read more»

2005 BEST French Restaurant, Affordable

Pierrot Bistrot Fran

Boston

It may be, as the book contends, that French Women Don’t Get Fat. But that’s only because they don’t have Pierre Sosnitsky feeding them. At the Maison Robert alumnus’s 11-month-old Beacon Hill bistro, the house pâté is rich, the beef… read more»

2004 BEST French Restaurant

Sel de la Terre

Boston

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2004 BEST French Restaurant, Affordable

Craigie Street Bistrot

Cambridge

Hidden in the quiet, tweedy folds of residential Cambridge, this neighborhood restaurant is part exquisite cuisine, part delicious local fare, and all parts homage to true French bistro culture. Entering the intimate, family-owned spot, with its cozy furniture and warm… read more»

2003 BEST French Restaurant

Sel de la Terre

Boston

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2000 BEST French Restaurant

L’Espalier

Boston

Putting his own stamp on fusion fare, chef Frank McClelland has managed to combine the best of French culinary techniques with local New England ingredients to stunning effect. McClelland’s legendary degustation menus are worth the splurge: When we get a… read more»

1999 BEST French Restaurant

Maison Robert

Boston

We liked this Boston institution even before its recent renovation, but it’s great to see it at the top of its game. Redecorating its Old City Hall surroundings hasn’t hurt, but the real draw is Maison Robert’s innovative cuisine. Among… read more»