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BEST Porter Square Restaurant

2012 BEST Porter Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Christopher’s

Cambridge

On the desertlike stretch of Mass. Ave. that cuts through Porter Square, Christopher’s is a tiny oasis, its green umbrellas beckoning from the T station like palms in the sand. There are well-priced options like fish tacos and burgers with… read more»

2011 BEST Porter Square Restaurant, Casual

Christopher’s

Cambridge

This place draws neighborhood dwellers in search of a midweek bite or a Saturday evening glass of wine with their pizza. Owners and sisters Carla and Christine Pallotta have created a welcoming atmosphere for locals (they know ? or make… read more»

2005 BEST Porter Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Chez Henri

Cambridge

With its festive vibe, quaffable cocktails, and imaginative Franco-Latin fusion fare, Chez Henri is easy to love. For those who live within walking distance—or have a Cambridge parking pass—it’s also easy to visit regularly for the $39 prix fixe dinners… read more»

2004 BEST Porter Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

The West Side Lounge

Cambridge

Walk through the door of this swank eatery, and you can’t help but feel 10 times cooler than you really are. Subtle lighting, high-backed leather booths, and R&B playing just above the gentle hum of conversation—they call it ambiance, and… read more»

2003 BEST Porter Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

West Side Lounge

Cambridge

The stretch of Mass. Ave. between Harvard and Porter squares may teem with restaurants and bars, but it’s the laid-back-yet-sophisticated West Side Lounge that draws the locals. The main reason: chef Alex Jenkins’s dinner creations. Available at the bar or… read more»

2002 BEST Porter Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Frank’s Steak House

Cambridge

This isn’t the place where the suits go to celebrate closing a big deal, or the restaurant everybody talks about down at the club. It is, in fact, something much better: Boston’s oldest steakhouse and a Porter Square institution. Locals… read more»