Who Didn’t Make Our Best New Restaurants List

There’s always 2016.

Three of the most highly anticipated restaurant debuts, helmed by some of the East Coast’s best talent, stumbled out of the gate. Whether plagued by hubris, unfamiliar terrain, or lack of focus, these high-profile chefs left us wanting. Thankfully, there’s always 2016.

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Über-talented chef and overall gastronomic sponge Matt Jennings muddied his New England-revival concept with trendy influences from outside the region. We wish he’d sharpen his sights.

not on boston best restaurants list

Bar Boulud

Global heavy-hitter Daniel Boulud seems to have walked away from his Boston outpost far too soon. The result: muted food and inconsistent service. Monsieur Boulud, please finish what you started.

not on boston best restaurants list


Dave Becker halfheartedly jumped on the eastern Mediterranean bandwagon, with predictably lackluster results. Amateurish service and a disturbingly loud dining room don’t help, either.


Photographs by David Salafia (jennings, becker); PRNewsFoto/The Dalmore/ap (boulud)

Check out all of our Best New Restaurants 2015 coverage.

  • Matthew Jennings

    Unnecessary, tabloid journalism. Sad, actually. I thought my beloved hometown magazine to have more taste than to publish something like this.
    Oh well. I’ll be over here on Kingston Street, cooking “muddied” cuisine if any of you want to try it- from the best ingredients I can source, with a team that is second to none and who is as passionate, engaged and dynamic as they come…and we will keep pushing. Because, well, you know- “there’s always 2016.”

  • Julie Cappellano

    It’s not enough that you left these places off the list, you feel that you have to specifically call them out in addition? This article is mean-spirited, rude and completely unnecessary.