Best of Boston

2012 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, South

The Scarlet Oak Tavern

With its classically elegant dining room and steak-and-seafood-packed menu, the Scarlet Oak plays the part of a swanky suburban establishment. But don’t expect the usual tepid filet mignon and gluey mashed potatoes. Every dish, from the spicy tuna tartare and perfectly cooked rib-eye to the oven-fired blue-crab-and-sharp-cheddar dip, is meticulously prepared and delicious.

1217 Main St., Hingham, 781-749-8200,