Best of Boston

2012 Best Bistro, West


Chef Michael Leviton’s ode to fresh, light, locally sourced cuisine is an elegant yet casual boîte perfect for toasting birthdays and promotions, or even just a night away from the kids. The vaguely French menu focuses less on a specific style of cuisine than the food’s provenance, which translates to vibrant dishes like flaky Maine halibut served with roasted artichokes and a citrusy salsa verde, or juicy Crystal Valley roast chicken perfumed with preserved lemon and mint—the kind of fare that turns an ordinary day into a celebration.

1293 Washington St., Newton, 617-244-9199,