Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

2017 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Island Creek Oyster Bar


Burlington makes gains as a veritable dining destination with an outpost of the wildly, deservedly successful Island Creek Oyster Bar. While it’s hard to pass up the lobster roll, served warm and buttered, an always-changing selection of fresh local catch… read more»

2016 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

The Bancroft


With dark wood banquettes wrapped in cowhide, a 3,000-deep wine list, and James Beard Award winner Mario Capone in the kitchen, this Burlington steakhouse left no flourish unexecuted in its quest to impress. But it’s the spotless service that makes… read more»

2015 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North



With a stunning Carrara-marble bar along one wall and exposed wood beams and brick all around, this sleek Newburyport spot from the team behind nearby Ceia manages to be both a local hangout and a destination. Chef Justin Shoults’s extravagant… read more»

2014 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

5 Corners Kitchen


What do you get when you combine lovingly prepared French cuisine and a distinctly New England sensibility? That would be 5 Corners Kitchen, the stylish bistro named for a certain unwieldy Marblehead intersection. Helmed by chef Barry Edelman, formerly of… read more»

2012 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, North

Ceia Kitchen and Bar


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



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



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



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


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



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»