Best of Boston

2002 Best Brookline Restaurant, Neighborhood

Washington Square Tavern

Here’s a tavern in the truest—and best—sense of the world: a homey magnet for folks from many walks of life, with good comfort food and plenty of drink. The Washington Square hits all the right marks on all the scales: high on quality and atmosphere, but low on pretense. Hang at the long wooden bar or the communal tables to chat with everyone from pierced college kids to nuclear families, or slide into one of the dark corner booths with your better half for a dinner for two.

714 Washington St., Washington Square, Brookline, 617-232-8989,