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BEST Back Bay Restaurant

2012 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Met Back Bay


In a sea of nondescript restaurants catering to shoppers and office workers, Met Back Bay consistently impresses with its comfort-food-with-a-twist fare (think: rotisserie jerk chicken and head-on trout with shaved zucchini). Then there’s the ham-and-cheese bar, where a multitude of… read more»

2011 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Casual

Met Back Bay


The first downtown outpost of the suburban Met chain provides a something-for-everyone experience with an expansive menu, excellent drinks, and just a bit of sparkle. The kitchen doesn’t break many rules, gastronomically speaking, but delivers basics—clam chowder, mac and cheese—done… read more»

2010 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Trident Cafe


For all its beauty and history, the Back Bay struggles to maintain a true neighborhood feel. Its commercial district caters to tourists and students; on weekends, Newbury Street seems a bit too much like an outdoor mall. Amid the clamor… read more»

2009 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Parish Cafe


This perpetually crowded spot sits comfortably at the top of the Boylston bar heap, an elevation earned by its killer sandwich list—a sort of gastronomic group project showcasing recipes from Ming Tsai, Susan Regis, and similarly revered local chefs—and a… read more»

2006 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Quick Bite



The reborn Wrap’s salads, smoothies, and easy-to-eat custom burritos are always a winning recipe. read more»

2005 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Parish Café and Bar


Where else in the city can you sample creations—okay, they’re just sandwiches, but still—from top local chefs, all off one menu? The inventive combinations include a Vietnamese grilled-chicken sandwich with mint-and-coriander mayonnaise, created by Clio’s Ken Oringer. read more»

2004 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood

Stephanie’s on Newbury


When browsing the shops on Newbury Street leaves you peckish, pop into this Back Bay mainstay, still serving reliably tasty dressed-up comfort food after 10 years in business. Snag a seat at a sidewalk table and watch the world amble… read more»

2003 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood



Ever since Europe found itself firmly on Dubya’s bad side (and the dollar took a nosedive), the idea of traveling overseas for a café-and-culture fix has grown a little less appealing. No matter. With its continental feel and sidewalk-side tables… read more»

2002 BEST Back Bay Restaurant, Neighborhood



Fans of this American bistro mourned the day when its owners moved from the original South End location. But Geoffrey’s new, larger location in the Back Bay (complete with an outdoor patio for enjoying the view along the Commonwealth Avenue… read more»