Best of Boston

Best Casual Restaurant

2018 Best Casual Restaurant, West

Ronsky’s

Chestnut Hill
Last year, this Santoni shoebox–size, Italian-inspired café went from pop-up to permanent fixture at upscale shopping mall the Street, in Chestnut Hill. James Beard Award–winning [...] read more»
2018 Best Casual Restaurant, South

The Fat Cat

Quincy
You’ll need to loosen your belt a few notches to try all the new entries to Quincy’s expanding restaurant scene, but the decade-old Fat Cat [...] read more»
2017 Best Casual Restaurant, West

the Rail Trail Flatbread Co.

Hudson
Opened by three young entrepreneurs in 2012, this area hot spot almost single-handedly revitalized Hudson's now-booming Main Street, and the fire is still burning bright [...] read more»
2017 Best Casual Restaurant, South

Station Eight

Marshfield
A place where you can linger over a cocktail and a steak on date night, and sate the kids with flatbreads and burgers on a [...] read more»
2017 Best Casual Restaurant, North

Superfine Food

Manchester-by-the-Sea
Fans of West Bridge mourned when the Kendall Square favorite closed, but chef Matthew Gaudet has returned triumphant some 30 miles north with Superfine Food, [...] read more»
2016 Best Casual Restaurant, South

The Fat Cat

Quincy
Neil Kiley’s friendly spot is a true local hangout, with regulars bellying up to the long bar or sitting in the narrow dining area night [...] read more»
2016 Best Casual Restaurant, West

Saltbox Kitchen

Concord
West Concord used to be known for a 5 & 10. Now it’s a culinary haven, with sunny Saltbox Kitchen leading the pack. Run by Ben Elliott [...] read more»
2016 Best Casual Restaurant, North

No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits

Amesbury
Editor's Note, June 30, 2 p.m.: After our 2016 Best of Boston issue was published in print and online, No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits shared [...] read more»
2015 Best Casual Restaurant, North

C. K. Pearl

Essex
Patrick Shea, son of the couple behind Essex icon Shea's Riverside, has New England seafood in his blood. So much so, in fact, that he [...] read more»
2015 Best Casual Restaurant, West

Sweet Basil

Needham
It's the scent that hits you first: sweet, pungent garlic, mixed with basil and white wine as it hits the pan. After that, it's the [...] read more»
2015 Best Casual Restaurant, South

The New World Tavern

Plymouth
Clio and Uni alum Johnny Sheehan has taken his talents south, to a funky tavern in downtown Plymouth. Here, friends catch up over spicy Sichuan [...] read more»
2007 Best Casual Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

The Newes from America

Edgartown
We're channeling Frances Rivera here to deliver our special report: The best burgers and beers are at the Newes. This 'Colonial vintage' pub has creaky [...] read more»
2006 Best Casual Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

Jimmy’s Pasta

Oak Bluffs
Do not order your own entrée here—the portions are enormous. Not in the mood to share? Well, don't say we didn't warn you. Heavy on [...] read more»
2006 Best Casual Restaurant, Nantucket

Sconset Café

Siasconset
Hidden away on the eastern end of the island, the Sconset Café isn't fancy and serves no alcohol (has a BYOB setup), but it's got [...] read more»