Best of Boston

Best New Restaurant

2003 Best New Restaurant

UpStairs on the Square and Via Matta

In replacing their much-loved UpStairs at the Pudding (some considered it the real institution of Harvard Square), Deborah Hughes and Mary-Catherine Deibel had big shoes [...] read more»
2002 Best New Restaurant, North


We'll just say it: The North Shore doesn't typically see many promising new restaurants opening. So Cilantro came as a pleasant surprise—authentic, hearty, and diverse [...] read more»
2002 Best New Restaurant, South

Bridgeman’s Restaurant

Not since Paragon Park shut down has Nantasket Beach seen such an attraction. Nearly every night, the locals line up for the energetic scene at [...] read more»
2002 Best New Restaurant, West

New Ginza

The folks at Ginza in Chinatown and Brookline have brought high-quality Japanese food one step closer to the suburbs with a new Watertown location. The [...] read more»
2002 Best New Restaurant


It's no wonder Food & Wine magazine chose Thomas John as one of the country's 10 best chefs this year. His sophisticated Indian-accented French cuisine [...] read more»
2001 Best New Restaurant, North

The Franklin Cape Ann

A touch of the South End opened in Gloucester last fall, and it's been packed ever since. And no wonder. You could become addicted to [...] read more»
2001 Best New Restaurant, West

Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar

A hip lounge and a cozy dining room with live weekly jazz and a great, affordably priced wine list, plus a menu packed with creative [...] read more»
2001 Best New Restaurant


We knew it would come to this. After seducing us with her sultry Mediterranean cooking at Casablanca, Ana Sortun has opened her own place, the [...] read more»
2000 Best New Restaurant


Tucked into a storefront on Prince Street, year-old Sage is the kind of restaurant we love to honor. Why? Because it shines on the short [...] read more»
1999 Best New Restaurant

Michael Leviton, Lumiere

West Newton
When Lumiere opened this spring in the culinary hinterland of Newton, unlike most new restaurants, which require an initial shakeout period, it became an instant [...] read more»
1998 Best New Restaurant, Suburban

Blue Ginger

Asian-influences fusion cuisine has made it to the suburbs. This time around, it is being done with intelligence, restraint, and style, in this case by [...] read more»
1997 Best New Restaurant


The cool taupe walls with pure white trim make you feel as if you've stepped into a late-model Bentley. This is the type of place [...] read more»
1997 Best New Restaurant, Scene


This beautiful space—with its soaring vaulted ceilings, off-kilter, oversize chandeliers, rattan seats, and sandstone walls—is the place to be seen these days. The big, comfy [...] read more»
1993 Best New Restaurant

Anago Bistro

We were sorry to see Bruce Frankel's 798 Main close, but Anago is a more than worthy successor, thanks to chef Bob Claderone and maitress [...] read more»
1993 Best New Restaurant, Neighborhood


We've always loved the Nauset Beach Club, on the Cape, which is owned by Campbells' parents, so we were very happy to see the kids [...] read more»