Best of Boston

2004 Best Restaurant Comeback


Mistral chef and owner Jamie Mammano and his staff have hit a new, super-hot stride. The food, service, and energy have never been better. Ever-popular menu items (the tuna tartare and grilled pizza, for example) are being made the same way, yet the flavors are brighter and fresher. The service, always top-notch, is now flawlessly gracious, confident, and friendly—a fine balance that takes time to master. And the patrons? Simply put, they’re hipper and sexier than ever.

223 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-867-9300,