Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

2003 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park


It’s one thing for a restaurant to generate buzz during its first year in business. It’s quite another to be the talk of the town after five years. But talk this town does, about chef/owner Barbara Lynch’s No. 9 Park,… read more»

2002 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence



The circle is a fitting symbol for a restaurant like Radius. This sleek, stylish Financial District hot spot is a dining experience so complete and so completely perfect, that coming to the end of a meal only makes you want… read more»

2001 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence



After four years of flirting with bestowing this award on Clio, we’re finally at the swooning point. What makes Clio the best? To begin with, there’s chef Ken Oringer’s cuisine, marked by provocative flavors and Franco-Asian techniques. Then there’s the… read more»

2000 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park


Chef Barbara Lynch strikes just the right chord with her Beacon Hill restaurant, which is elegant and haute without any pretension. The ambiance: The music is low and sultry (Billie Holiday is often spinning); the bar is swanky yet small;… read more»

1996 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence



Chef/owner Frank McClelland’s food is as delicious as it is beautiful. With its old-world service, opulent decor, and creative cuisine, dinner at L’Espalier makes any occasion special. read more»

1995 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

Hamersley’s Bistro


Simple, sophisticated, and sublime food served in a setting that’s simultaneously elegant and relaxed. Bostonians’ palates have finally caught up with chef Gordon Hamersley’s less-is-more cuisine. His food is both timeless and timely. Regulars know that this year’s James Beard… read more»

1992 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

Tie: Biba, Hamersley’s Bistro, Jasper’s


Nobody does it better than these three. read more»

1992 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Suburban



Many Boston restaurateurs should be happy Saporito’s is this far from town. They couldn’t stand the competition. read more»

1991 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

Tie: Jasper’s, Hamersley’s Bistro, Biba


This is the city’s troika of superstar restaurants. Special kudos to Jasper White, winner of the 1990 James Beard Award from America’ Best Chef: Northeast. read more»

1987 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Expensive

Le Marquis de Lafayette


Tres French, tres bon, tres expensive. read more»