Best of Boston

1999 Best Ethnic Restaurant, New


When it moved into Elephant Walk’s old Union Square location, Rauxa had sizable shoes to fill—and lived up to the challenge. Step down into the stark cavern for a sampling of delicious wines (including cava), fresh bread, olives, and impeccable entrees. If you thought tapas and sangria were all Spain had to offer, this new Catalan-style restaurant will change your mind.

70 Union Square, Somerville, 617-623-9939,