Best of Boston

2005 Best Casual Restaurant, North

Red Rock Bistro & Bar

At first it’s easy to overlook the Red Rock’s first-class food in favor of the sweeping sea and city skyline views. But one nibble of owners Paul and Louise Petersiel’s properly prepared fare will have you back at the table and concentrating on your plate. Grilled pizzas, seared scallops, and a thoughtful wine selection round things out at this comfortable, kick-back-and-relax ocean-side bistro.

141 Humphrey St., Swampscott, 781-595-1414,