Best of Boston

BEST New Restaurant

2007 BEST New Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

The Sweet Life Café

Oak Bluffs

This year French-American husband-and-wife team Pierre and Susan Guerin revamped the menu and ratcheted up the service at their Oak Bluffs café, effecting a vast improvement on what was already a pretty sweet place. Vegetarians enthuse over the meaty wild… read more»

2007 BEST New Restaurant

O Ya

Boston

Calling a restaurant “very New York” may not be a politically correct compliment in these parts. And yet, the label fits. With its sleek design, sake sommelier, and mind-blowing food (we’ve heard at least one diner, upon sampling the foie… read more»

2006 BEST New Restaurant, South
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Fifty-Three South

Norwell

Restaurants get made over more often than Ashlee Simpson. But the new incarnation of 53 South is more about-face than facelift. The eatery has moved to snazzier, red-walled digs in an old Pizza Hut and dramatically overhauled its menu, swapping… read more»

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Rendezvous

Cambridge

Thinking different can be risky in the restaurant world. Steve Johnson’s Rendezvous has bucked every convention and still succeeded. His takeover of a defunct Burger King in Central Squar—not the most auspicious location—has bolstered the neighborhood’s culinary credentials. And his… read more»

2006 BEST New Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard
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Detente

Edgartown

Husband and wife Kevin and Suzanna Crowell’s dream was to open a restaurant that offered impeccable food in an easygoing setting. And they’ve achieved just that at Détente. Each of the 12 menu items is seasonal (sweet heirloom melon with… read more»

2005 BEST New Restaurant, South

Rustic Kitchen

Hingham

Yes, it’s in a shopping plaza (albeit an upscale one). And yes, it’s technically a chain. But step inside and such details fade away. The gold-ceilinged trattoria is packed nightly with yuppies lounging around on ample outdoor seating, schmoozing at… read more»

2005 BEST New Restaurant, West

Tomasso Trattoria

Southborough

First-time owners Tom and Mary Prince have assembled an A-team at their debut Italian restaurant: general manager Lorenzo Savona (formerly of Les Zygomates), chef Tony Bettencourt (UpStairs on the Square), and pastry chef Mary Bergin (Spago). The combination tastes even… read more»

2005 BEST New Restaurant, Berkshires

Chez Nous

Lee

In his newly renovated restaurant, chef Franck Tessier serves extraordinary French cuisine including goat cheese—and—portobello timbale, scallops with saffron risotto, and chicken fricassée. Guests sit in one of three tasteful dining rooms, and pastry chef (and Tessier’s wife) Rachel Portnoy… read more»

2005 BEST New Restaurant

Umbria

Boston

Does Boston need another Italian restaurant? If it’s Umbria, the answer is a resounding yes. Chef Marisa Iocco is turning out flavorful cuisine from Italy’s bucolic central region, which means straightforward grilled, slow-braised, or brick oven-roasted food. It also means… read more»

2004 BEST New Restaurant, North

Catch

Winchester

The most refreshing thing Catch has to offer is what it lacks. Pretense, for instance. Also thankfully missing is a menu full of confit of this and froth of that. But Catch has what counts: fresh, local ingredients served in… read more»