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BEST Neighborhood Restaurant

2017 BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Fenway/Kenmore



What happens when you mix a tropics-inspired lounge with an upscale pizzeria? In this case, a neighborhood go-to. Grab a pie straight from the wood-fired oven, or stop by the Club Room for the $1 oyster deals. read more»

Downtown Crossing BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Downtown Crossing



DTX’s dining landscape may be changing, but stalwart Silvertone remains one of Boston’s most dependable industry hangouts. Find comfort-food bliss in the form of Cajun chicken tacos, bacon mac ’n’ cheese, and garlicky steak tips. read more»

Harvard Square BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Harvard Square



Tucked down an alley, the Cambridge location of this Venezuelan-inspired eatery keeps it simple: The succinct beer and wine lists are well curated, the meats masterfully grilled, and the arepas as authentic as they come north of Maracaibo. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Roxbury

Merengue Restaurant & Catering


Merely stepping inside this Dominican restaurant’s tropical-hued interior is enough to banish all thoughts of dreary New England weather. Tuck into a platter of tostones, and the illusion is complete. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Allston



There’s a reason the crowd at this izakaya always spills onto the street. The sashimi’s so fresh it tastes like it swam onto your plate, the beef yakitori crackles with charred flavor, and the ramen portions are more than generous. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Inman Square

East Coast Grill


The resurrected East Coast Grill is once again serving up its famed spicy seafood and kitschily garnished cocktails, while adding a few new tricks from the current ownership (the same folks behind Highland Kitchen). read more»

Fields Corner BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Fields Corner

Coco Leaf


Now there’s even more reason to save room for dessert. With O Ya alum Somath Om in the kitchen, this airy caf̩ whips up such Instagrammable delights as rainbow-colored Vietnamese ch̬ drinks and matcha cream puffs. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Jamaica Plain

Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

Jamaica Plain

A bustling coffeehouse that doubles as an intimate bistro, this spot can satisfy even the most singular of culinary cravings, morning (egg and cheese on house-made brioche), noon (kimchi grilled cheese), or night (the five-course tasting menu). read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Coolidge Corner

Bottega Fiorentina


This cozy deli’s been slinging authentic Florentine cuisine for more than two decades, long before the fast-casual trend. Made-to-order pastas cooked with fresh ingredients (try the linguine amatriciana) make it the best lunch spot on the C Line. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Restaurant, Kendall Square

Area Four


This highbrow pizzeria may have a few new outposts, but it was here where Cambridge’s technorati first learned to love those perfectly charred and chewy pies. For brunch, try the hangover-slaying “Hot Mess” in a screaming-hot skillet. read more»