Best of Boston

BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

2017 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

O Ya


Some say Tim and Nancy Cushman’s first restaurant hasn’t changed much in the decade since it opened, and they’re right: Night after night, sushi chefs labor over the same truffle-oil-finished hamachi with banana pepper and gold-leaf-kissed onsen eggs that they… read more»

2016 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence

Alden & Harlow


Whether we’re looking for a place to entertain out-of-towners or just an impromptu night out on the town, Alden & Harlow has become our default dining destination. Even after two years, classics like chicken-fried rabbit, roasted carrots over romesco sauce,… read more»

2015 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence



Every time the kitchen changes hands at Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s tiny South End enoteca, we hold our breath. First it was Bissonnette handing over the reins to the talented Meghann Ward; this year marked Ward passing the torch… read more»

2014 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence



In a city with no shortage of "industrial-chic" small-plates spots, it’s refreshing to find a restaurant that marches to its own beat. Prixe fixe and prix fixe only is the beat at this small collaboration between chef Alex Crabb and… read more»

2013 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence
Hungry Mother

Hungry Mother


It’s hard to find a place in Boston that better exemplifies the national shift toward casual fine dining than this Kendall Square darling, which serves its inspired, refined take on southern cuisine on polished wooden tables topped with mason-jar water… read more»

2013 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence



Chef Tim Maslow has transformed his father’s tiny Watertown sandwich shop into a temple to the bounty of New England—and the world. Delicate bluefish with sweet carrot and creamy labne. Roast chicken with parsnip, broccoli, walnut, and ricotta. This may… read more»

2012 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence



Barbara Lynch’s haute-cuisine mecca was an instant sensation when it opened in 2010. The parade of tiny, striking dishes! The feather-light glassware! The prices! And the place has only improved over time, from the stunning prix-fixe menus to the staffers… read more»

2011 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence



If there’s anything we’ve learned from fine dining’s shift toward farm-to-table cooking, it’s that the integrity of one’s cuisine is just as important as high-end ingredients and elegant presentations. And at Rialto, chef Jody Adams has quietly, unfailingly delivered food… read more»

2011 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Il Casale


The rustic ambiance of chef Dante de Magistris’s ode to homestyle Italian cooking belies the refined dining experience here. Service is warm and knowledgeable—and the food ethereal, from the tangy tomato bread pudding to the gnocchi with a basil-pistachio pesto… read more»

2011 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

Straight Wharf Restaurant


The Straight Wharf remains one of Nantucket’s toughest reservations. Perhaps guests know that the celebrity contingent (regulars include Brian Williams) might be on hand. But we’re guessing it has more to do with the food—standouts like halibut chowder sprinkled with… read more»