Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

2012 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Ceia Kitchen and Bar

Newburyport

We appreciated the doting service. We marveled at the kitchen’s inventive-ness (e.g., the vegan-friendly dish whipped up for our dining companion). We admired the exposed-brick dining room. But we absolutely worshipped Ceia’s steak frites: a mouth-watering hunk of tenderloin coated… read more»

2009 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North
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L’Andana

Burlington

Everything about Italian specialist L’Andana (which this magazine named the Best New Restaurant of 2008) is so generously proportioned that it might seem excessive. That’s fine by us, considering that Jamie Mammano of Mistral, Teatro, and Sorellina fame is the… read more»

2008 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North
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Soma

Beverly

Thanks to new chef Seth Fernald, who hails from the dearly departed Federalist, it’s easy to attain euphoria at Soma. Menu standards like ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’ a crisp-skinned duck breast served with foie gras butter and sautéed brussels sprouts, are… read more»

2007 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Evenfall

Haverhill

Food lovers are advised to use the buddy system at Evenfall: You’ll definitely need someone to shore up your self-control in the face of chef Scott Pelletier’s seductive creations, which include pan-seared duck breast with lemon pappardelle, fava beans, and… read more»

2006 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Duckworth’s Bistrot

Gloucester

Before setting up shop in Gloucester, star chef Ken Duckworth gained invaluable training turning out classics like creamy wild mushroom soup and succulent Dover sole in Paris and at Boston’s famed Maison Robert. The American desserts, such as peanut butter… read more»

2005 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Glory

Andover

There’s something to be said for a menu that riffs on both European and Asian culinary traditions, and that something is: delicious! Glory serves dishes you’ll remember long afterward, such as tuna tempura—crisp on the outside, cool on the inside—with… read more»

2004 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Red Rock Bistro & Bar

Swampscott

The sweeping view of the Boston skyline is nice (especially at sunset), but when it comes down to the matter at hand, Red Rock delivers the delicious goods: great food. Chef Allen Bohnert sticks to a primarily seafood menu with… read more»

2003 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Glory

Andover

We openly mourned when chef Corinna Mozo left her South End restaurant, Truc, more than a year ago, but were quickly consoled when we learned that she had landed at Glory in Andover. Here, Mozo has created a Mediterranean-influenced menu… read more»

2002 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Yanks

Beverly Farms

Take a large chunk of gracious coastal reserve, add a pinch of metropolitan aesthetic, and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle with plenty of local ingredients (inventive dishes such as the crab spring rolls with shaved fennel and cherry tomato salad), smooth and… read more»

2001 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Yanks

Beverly Farms

Yanks may have blond walls, blond lighting, and a blond clinetele, but it is far from bland. The French country pâté is truly dense, an order of moist salmon comes ensconced in puffed potato, and the quail sits in a… read more»