Best of Boston

BEST New Restaurant

2001 BEST New Restaurant



We knew it would come to this. After seducing us with her sultry Mediterranean cooking at Casablanca, Ana Sortun has opened her own place, the eponymous Oleana. And what a place it is. A dining room so comfortable you’ll have… read more»

2000 BEST New Restaurant



Tucked into a storefront on Prince Street, year-old Sage is the kind of restaurant we love to honor. Why? Because it shines on the short list of quality restaurants in the North End. Because it only has 28 seats, guaranteeing… read more»

1999 BEST New Restaurant

Michael Leviton, Lumiere

West Newton

When Lumiere opened this spring in the culinary hinterland of Newton, unlike most new restaurants, which require an initial shakeout period, it became an instant hit. The reason was simple: The husband-and-wife team of Michael and Jill Leviton didn’t miss… read more»

1998 BEST New Restaurant, Suburban

Blue Ginger


Asian-influences fusion cuisine has made it to the suburbs. This time around, it is being done with intelligence, restraint, and style, in this case by Ming Tsai, a Yale-educated, French-trained Chinese chef who was a pacesetter in San Francisco and… read more»

1997 BEST New Restaurant



The cool taupe walls with pure white trim make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a late-model Bentley. This is the type of place to come when a relationship sours (you’ll make up) or a distant relative comes to… read more»

1997 BEST New Restaurant, Scene



This beautiful space—with its soaring vaulted ceilings, off-kilter, oversize chandeliers, rattan seats, and sandstone walls—is the place to be seen these days. The big, comfy seating areas in the front are the perfect place to hang out with a few… read more»

1993 BEST New Restaurant

Anago Bistro


We were sorry to see Bruce Frankel’s 798 Main close, but Anago is a more than worthy successor, thanks to chef Bob Claderone and maitress d’ Susan Finegold. read more»

1993 BEST New Restaurant, Neighborhood



We’ve always loved the Nauset Beach Club, on the Cape, which is owned by Campbells’ parents, so we were very happy to see the kids come to Boston. read more»

1992 BEST New Restaurant

The Blue Room


Spicy, imaginative, and affordable. More! More! read more»

1992 BEST New Restaurant, Suburban

Caffe Bella


The people of Randolph probably deserve a great restaurant, but we would rather have Caffe Bella next door to our offices at Horticultural Hall. read more»