Restaurant Reviews

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Restaurant Review: The Backroom at Moody’s

Joshua Smith’s mastery of all things cured and meaty is again on display, but an exhaustive, overly ambitious menu detracts from the greatness.

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Restaurant Review: Select Oyster Bar

Michael Serpa’s seafood eatery steps up the Back Bay’s dining game.

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Restaurant Review: Townsman

Matt Jennings’s buzzy new downtown restaurant has ambition to spare. Now all it needs is a little more focus.

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Restaurant Review: Centre Street Café

With a new Italian menu and an overhauled space, a Jamaica Plain stalwart becomes a neighborhood favorite yet again.

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Restaurant Review: Café ArtScience

This just might be Boston’s next great French restaurant.

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First Bite: River Bar

One of the few indie restaurants in Somerville’s rapidly developing Assembly Row complex boasts fun, creative bar snacks—and an atmosphere to match.

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Restaurant Review: Vialé

With rich Italian fare and craft cocktails, the Vialé team hopes to fill the big shoes left by Rendezvous in Central Square.

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Restaurant Review: Comedor

Newton’s lively, Chilean-influenced bar/restaurant has plenty of unusual items to draw diners—but can it keep them coming back?

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Restaurant Review: Fairsted Kitchen

When Mediterranean-leaning cuisine meets grandmother-chic décor, a cozy, friendly, and mostly cohesive neighborhood restaurant emerges.

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Restaurant Review: Bastille Kitchen in Fort Point

Mistral’s Seth Greenberg strikes again with a Fort Point brasserie that’s a stunning, ambitious, and often uneven ride.

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First Bite: Liquid Art House

It’s all about appearances at this Back Bay restaurant-gallery hybrid.

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Restaurant Review: Commonwealth in Cambridge

While chef Nookie Postal’s Kendall Square venture has sincerity in spades, it sometimes gets lost in the farm-to-table shuffle.

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Restaurant Review: Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston

Corby Kummer bids Hamersley’s a proper farewell by taking stock of the bistro’s unprecedented success.

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Restaurant Review: La Brasa in Somerville

At La Brasa, chef Daniel Bojorquez cooks whatever he feels like. The result? A menu that’s as exciting as it is inconsistent.

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Restaurant Review: Row 34 in Boston

At Island Creek Oyster’s new sibling, the fish is always fresh—and the simplest preparations show it off the best.