Best of Boston

BEST Group Dining

2006 BEST Group Dining

Eastern Standard


At this spacious, boisterous Kenmore Square brasserie, groups can reserve a round table, slide into a cushy leather booth, or pull together a few tall tables at the bar to enjoy a casual feast. Brisk service, a well-stocked raw bar,… read more»

2005 BEST Group Dining



For 11 years Rialto has delivered Mediterranean food as awe-inspiring as the Venetian bridge for which it’s named. But chef Jody Adams’s dazzling cuisine isn’t the only thing that draws groups here for special occasions: The room, with windows overlooking… read more»

2005 BEST Group Dining, Affordable

Jasper White’s Summer Shack


Fasten your plastic bib, roll up your sleeves, and park your party at one of the long picnic tables inside Jasper White’s Cambridge clam shack, where the meal itself is the evening’s entertainment. Dunking steamed clams into warm butter, cracking… read more»

2004 BEST Group Dining



It wasn’t long ago that even parties of two were forced to wait in the long line that formed nightly outside Olives. These days, with a new reservations policy, getting in is a snap; even large groups can be accommodated—at… read more»

2004 BEST Group Dining, Affordable

Peking Tom’s Longtang Lounge


It may sound tacky on paper, but in person, Peking Tom’s is deliciously campy and cool. With colorfully ironic splashes of Asian pop culture, delightful retro tinges, and plenty of room for lounging, this hidden Downtown Crossing destination with its… read more»

2003 BEST Group Dining, Affordable

Pho Republique


It’s not often you can slink up to a hostess with 15 of your closest friends and expect that you’ll be quickly seated—let alone get a drink and some nibblies without a side of attitude. Pho Republique may in fact… read more»

2003 BEST Group Dining, Upscale



Mistral is the kind of restaurant where it doesn’t even matter if the occasion is special—you feel special just being there. Which is why when dining with a group for an important client dinner, anniversary celebration, or just a Saturday… read more»

2002 BEST Group Dining

Pho Republique


Even in the dead of winter, this South End French-Vietnamese restaurant is as steamy as a night in Saigon. With its red-tinted walls, decorations imported straight from Southeast Asia, and sexy cocktails cheekily served in bamboo-etched tumblers under paper umbrellas,… read more»

2001 BEST Group Dining

Mamma Maria


Valet parking and reservations? In the North End? Absolutely, at this house of refined and authentic Italian cooking tucked away in North Square. Better still, it’s perfect for large parties, thanks to well-timed service and tables spaced just far enough… read more»

2000 BEST Group Dining



For more than 30 years, Casablanca restaurant has been the canteen of choice for Cambridge’s smart set when they dine en masse. The reason for its success: An inviting bar with plenty of by-the-glass wine choices, an expertly prepared yet… read more»