Restaurant Reviews

emerald lounge in boston

First Sip: Emerald Lounge in Boston

The cocktails at Emerald Lounge fall flat. We’ll be following the yellow brick road elsewhere.

strip-t's in watertown

Restaurant Review: Strip-T’s in Watertown

A Watertown diner is now serving the most exciting food around.

Restaurant Review: Clio

A review of Ken Oringer’s flagship restaurant Clio in Boston after a major revamp.

Rosa Mexicano

First Bite: Rosa Mexicano

It’s tacos with a side of glitz at this big-box newcomer.

Photo by Michael Piazza

Small Bite: Otto Pizza Coolidge Corner

This spacious new Brookline pizza joint serves creative pies with unexpected toppings.

Dancing shishito peppers.

Restaurant Review: Moksa

Variety is the spice of life, except when it makes for an inconsistent dining experience.

plate of food

Small Bite at Tonic

Tonic aims to bring a touch of class to Forest Hills, but badly needs front-of-the-house help.

fish dish

First Bite at Nix’s Mate

This revamped hotel restaurant aims high, but misses the mark.

Steamed pork buns

Small Bite: China King

A new Chinatown restaurant has a scant eight tables and a few tasty dishes.

Pickled vegetables and olives

Restaurant Review: Sam’s at Louis

Despite its couture digs, Sam’s offers food that’s fun, friendly, and familiar.


First Bite: Gem

This Downtown Crossing debut aims for glitz, but ends up lackluster.

First Printer

Small Bite at First Printer

The Harvard Square restaurant has a great old-school tavern feel, curiously Cajun food, and a bit of an identity crisis.

Wharf 88

Restaurant Review: 88 Wharf

A Milton restaurant gets a menu makeover from a Brookline chef. It’s delightful, some of the time.

mare restaurant

First Bite at Mare

A North End standard gets reinvented as an oyster bar. Let’s hope the makeover continues.

Casa B

First Bite at Casa B

A new tapas spot adds Latin and Caribbean flavor to Union Square.