Best of Boston

Best French Restaurant

2019 Best French Restaurant

Bar Lyon

French cuisine is back, bébé, and who’d have guessed that Jamie Mammano, king of client-wowing wallet lighteners like Mistral and Ostra, would be the one [...] read more»
2018 Best French Restaurant


Chef Frank McClelland bristles when L’Espalier gets pigeonholed as French—and it is more haute New England meets Paris, when you think about it. Check the [...] read more»
2017 Best French Restaurant


Frenchie food is all the rage again, folks, so here's a primer for restaurateurs mulling a Gallic dalliance. Start with a cellar full of undersung [...] read more»
2016 Best French Restaurant


At Joséphine, executive chef Alex Falconer crafts Gallic works of art: seared scallops with crispy pork belly and a tuft of enoki mushrooms; duck confit [...] read more»
2015 Best French Restaurant

La Voile

Maybe it was the plush red banquettes and gold ceiling fans that sold us on this subterranean Newbury Street bistro. Or maybe it was the [...] read more»
2014 Best French Restaurant


When it comes to French food in this town, there’s a mode for every mood, whether you’re looking for a bistro-standard croque-monsieur or a meticulously [...] read more»
2013 Best French Restaurant


There's no shortage of French technique in Boston, but few restaurants can effectively transport you to Paris for the night. Aquitaine, in the lovely old [...] read more»
2009 Best French Restaurant, Affordable


Among the numerous suitors vying for our affections in this category, it's the South End phenom Gaslight that's romanced us best. The booming brasserie gets [...] read more»
2009 Best French Restaurant


Ever since L'Espalier shed its homey brownstone for the aseptic Mandarin hotel complex last year, the Franco-frontrunner has struggled to recapture the magic, leaving the [...] read more»
2008 Best French Restaurant


While the intimacy of the old Gloucester Street townhouse will be missed, L'Espalier has reinvigorated its kitchen in preparation for a move to tony new [...] read more»
2007 Best French Restaurant

Hamersley’s Bistro

Two decades after opening its doors, Hamersley's turns out the same straightforwardly delicious French bistro food that made it, along with chef-owner Gordon Hamersley, a [...] read more»
2007 Best French Restaurant, Affordable

Petit Robert Bistro

Tuck into homemade pates, rich onion and leek soups, sardine sandwiches, and solid meat and seafood options. Sugar-bomb desserts cap off a feast made for [...] read more»
2007 Best French Restaurant, Berkshires


It's easy to forget, in our world of PDAs and ADD, that drawn-out dining can be a thing of delight. Everything at this hotel restaurant, [...] read more»
2006 Best French Restaurant, Affordable

Sandrine’s Bistro

The ambiance seems a touch suburban. But no matter: At Sandrine's, all eyes are on chef Raymond Ost's accessible French classics. Follow a salmon crepe [...] read more»
2006 Best French Restaurant

Craigie On Main

French food can be oh-so fussy. Unless Tony Maws is behind the stove. Maws passes on clichéd classics in favor of unusual ingredients that make [...] read more»