Best of Boston

2006 Best Group Dining

Eastern Standard

At this spacious, boisterous Kenmore Square brasserie, groups can reserve a round table, slide into a cushy leather booth, or pull together a few tall tables at the bar to enjoy a casual feast. Brisk service, a well-stocked raw bar, and a varied menu filled with small plates that range from salt cod fritters to fried calamari makes for easy sharing—whether you’re with simpatico diners or fussy friends who don’t share your enlightened palate.

528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-9100,