Best of Boston

Best Restaurant, General Excellence

2017 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

O Ya

Some say Tim and Nancy Cushman's first restaurant hasn't changed much in the decade since it opened, and they're right: Night after night, sushi chefs [...] read more»
2016 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Alden & Harlow

Whether we’re looking for a place to entertain out-of-towners or just an impromptu night out on the town, Alden & Harlow has become our default [...] read more»
2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence


Every time the kitchen changes hands at Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer's tiny South End enoteca, we hold our breath. First it was Bissonnette handing [...] read more»
2014 Best Restaurant, General Excellence


In a city with no shortage of "industrial-chic" small-plates spots, it’s refreshing to find a restaurant that marches to its own beat. Prixe fixe and [...] read more»
Hungry Mother
2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

Hungry Mother

It's hard to find a place in Boston that better exemplifies the national shift toward casual fine dining than this Kendall Square darling, which serves [...] read more»
2013 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Restaurant, General Excellence, West


Chef Tim Maslow has transformed his father's tiny Watertown sandwich shop into a temple to the bounty of New England—and the world. Delicate bluefish with [...] read more»
2011 Best Restaurant, General Excellence


If there's anything we've learned from fine dining's shift toward farm-to-table cooking, it's that the integrity of one's cuisine is just as important as high-end [...] read more»
2011 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, West

Il Casale

The rustic ambiance of chef Dante de Magistris's ode to homestyle Italian cooking belies the refined dining experience here. Service is warm and knowledgeable—and the [...] read more»
2011 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket

Straight Wharf Restaurant

The Straight Wharf remains one of Nantucket's toughest reservations. Perhaps guests know that the celebrity contingent (regulars include Brian Williams) might be on hand. But [...] read more»
2009 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

O Ya

It's been two years since chef Tim Cushman's refined sushi operation made a stealth entrance onto the scene, gradually picking up buzz until being 'discovered' [...] read more»
2008 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

O Ya

We Bostonians didn't need Frank Bruni to tell us that O Ya is extraordinary. But when the New York Times food critic named it the [...] read more»
2007 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

The Old Inn on the Green

New Marlborough
This renovated B&B began as an 18th-century stagecoach stop, and to this day there are no electric lights in the dining rooms—only a sea of [...] read more»
2006 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

The name really ought to be No. 10, because chef Barbara Lynch's Beacon Hill institution offers perfection every time. Foodies find inspired pairings of seasonal [...] read more»
2005 Best Restaurant, General Excellence

No. 9 Park

It should be called No. 1. Barbara Lynch's spot tops our list as the best in the city for inspired, seasonal cuisine like bacon-wrapped trout [...] read more»
2004 Best Restaurant, General Excellence


For those times in life when you have been very, very good, there's Clio—proof that fine dining doesn't have to be stuffy, and luxury doesn't [...] read more»