50 Best Restaurants
Bergamot is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

1. Bergamot

8.7
118 Beacon St (at Washington St.), Somerville, MA
New American Restaurant · 45 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: That Somerville is now a hot dining destination is due, in large part, to Keith Pooler. In his kitchen at Bergamot, the chef takes the ubiquitous farm-to-table theme and runs with it. Read more.

2. The Butcher Shop

9.1
552 Tremont St (Waltham St), Boston, MA
Gastropub · South End · 63 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: When chef Barbara Lynch opened this South End boîte, she proved that slabs of fat-streaked, air-cured meats and stylish Bostonians make an excellent, if unlikely, pairing. Check the stellar wine list. Read more.

Coppa is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

3. Coppa

9.4
253 Shawmut Ave (at Milford St), Boston, MA
Italian Restaurant · South End · 130 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Is it worth an hour wait? Put it this way: We’d stand in the February cold for the whipped lardo crostini. We’d get pelted with hail for the cavatelli with chicken sausage. Read more.

Craigie on Main is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

4. Craigie on Main

9.1
853 Main St (Bishop Allen), Cambridge, MA
New American Restaurant · 130 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Few chefs do both upscale and low-key fare as well as Craigie’s Tony Maws. Nor do many offer them side by side, as he does at his Cambridge restaurant. Read more.

Eastern Standard is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

5. Eastern Standard

9.3
528 Commonwealth Ave (at Kenmore Square), Boston, MA
American Restaurant · Kenmore · 270 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: This Kenmore Square stalwart is a lot of things to a lot of people. It excels on all fronts — which is why we can’t stay away for very long. Don't miss the steak frites. Read more.

EVOO is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

6. EVOO

7.1
350 3rd St (at Potter), Cambridge, MA
New American Restaurant · Kendall Square · 23 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Peter McCarthy was doing farm-to-table before practically anyone else, and his “Home Grown” menu, annotated with a list of the producers, is still an example of local sourcing done right. Read more.

7. 51 Lincoln

51 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands, MA
New American Restaurant · 2 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: A rooftop garden. Colorful paintings by the chef. A globe-spanning menu. No, it’s not the latest city restaurant — it’s 51 Lincoln, the tiny Newton eatery. Read more.

The Gallows is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

8. The Gallows

9.0
1395 Washington St (at Union Park St), Boston, MA
Gastropub · South End · 151 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: The folks behind the gastropub understand that people go out for fun, but when it comes time for more-serious eats, they don’t mess around. Try their wedge salad and Fluffernutter dessert. Read more.

Hamersley's Bistro is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

9. Hamersley's Bistro

553 Tremont St (at Clarendon St), Boston, MA
French Restaurant · South End · 42 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: If newer spots are like overdyed designer denim, Hamersley’s is the classic pair of jeans you cannot do without. Great for date nights. Read more.

Hungry Mother is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

10. Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave (at Bristol St), Cambridge, MA
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · 96 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Shrimp and grits. Boiled peanuts. The menu might sound like it’ll more warm your soul than blow your mind. But blow your mind, it will. Read more.

il Casale Cucina Italiana and Bar is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

11. il Casale Cucina Italiana and Bar

8.6
50 Leonard St, Belmont, MA
Italian Restaurant · Belmont Center · 16 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Like any good Italian grandson, chef Dante de Magistris gives all the credit to his nonna. But only de Magistris could make them somehow elegant and unfussy, rich and restrained. Good for groups. Read more.

Island Creek Oyster Bar is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

12. Island Creek Oyster Bar

9.6
500 Commonwealth Ave (at Kenmore St), Boston, MA
Seafood Restaurant · Kenmore · 258 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Duxbury’s Island Creek Oysters are so ubiquitous locally, we’ve come to consider them the gold standard. (Sorry, Wellfleets.) Read on for ordering tips. Read more.

La Morra is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

13. La Morra

8.4
48 Boylston St (Washington St), Brookline, MA
Italian Restaurant · Brookline Village · 26 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Thank heavens it was only two months after a fire that La Morra was cranking out tagliatelle anew. Start with a handful of cicchetti, such as fried olives, before tucking in to the bigger plates. Read more.

L'Andana is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

14. L'Andana

9.0
86 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA
Italian Restaurant · 18 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Getting out of the city can do wonders for clearing the mind — and, in the case of L’Andana, filling the belly. The wood-grilled steaks are pure, elemental pleasure. Read more.

L'Espalier is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

15. L'Espalier

9.0
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA
French Restaurant · Prudential - St. Botolph · 41 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Our testers are constantly on the lookout for signs they’ve been noticed—too many “gifts” from the chef; a suspiciously good table. At L’Espalier, though, we can never tell. Read on for why. Read more.

Lumière is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

16. Lumière

8.0
1293 Washington St (Waltham St), Newton, MA
French Restaurant · West Newton · 17 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Finding a restaurant not hawking locavore fare these days is tough, but at Lumière it’s no gimmick. Read more.

Market by Jean Georges is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

17. Market by Jean Georges

100 Stuart St (in W Hotel), Boston, MA
New American Restaurant · Downtown Boston · 24 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Yes, it’s Market by Jean-Georges, as in superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But it’s not just celeb-chef good, it’s good good. Don't miss the five-course “Market” menu. Read more.

Menton is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

18. Menton

8.9
354 Congress St, Boston, MA
French Restaurant · Seaport District · 40 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: What hasn’t already been said about the highest of high-end Boston restaurants? Just go. Go for the experience of being waited on hand, foot, and glass. Read more.

Mooo.... is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

19. Mooo....

8.4
15 Beacon St (btwn Bowdoin & Somerset), Boston, MA
Steakhouse · Beacon Hill · 66 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Warm rolls in a cast-iron pan. Steaks with bone-marrow butter. These details make Mooo not just an excellent steakhouse, but also a lovely place to dine. Especially check out the wine list, too. Read more.

Myers + Chang is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

20. Myers + Chang

9.3
1145 Washington St (at E Berkeley St), Boston, MA
Chinese Restaurant · South End · 182 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Chef Joanne Chang’s people-pleasing tendencies extend to Asian fare at this funky diner, where the vibrant décor and über-cheerful staff combine to make even Tuesday nights feel festive. Read more.

Neptune Oyster is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

21. Neptune Oyster

9.3
63 Salem St (at Morton St), Boston, MA
Seafood Restaurant · North End · 285 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: You’ve waited patiently for those hot fried clams, that butter-drizzled lobster roll, that flaky grilled whole branzino. You deserve that scallop ceviche. Read more.

No. 9 Park is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

22. No. 9 Park

9.1
9 Park St (at Beacon St.), Boston, MA
French Restaurant · Beacon Hill · 52 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Every now and then, grownups need to be romanced. They need to feel giddy, and special, and starry-eyed. And there’s no surer path to that feeling than a date at No. 9. Read on for what to order. Read more.

Oishii Boston is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

23. Oishii Boston

9.2
1166 Washington St (E. Berkeley St.), Boston, MA
Japanese Restaurant · South End · 70 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: The hard part is finding your way into this barely marked sushi destination. The rest is easy. We head straight for the specialty rolls. Read more.

Oleana is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

24. Oleana

9.4
134 Hampshire St (btwn Elm & Norfolk), Cambridge, MA
Mediterranean Restaurant · Inman Square · 97 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: If it were up to us, we’d craft our entire meal here out of the first courses; they’re just that satisfying. Read more.

Posto is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

25. Posto

9.1
187 Elm St (at Windom St), Somerville, MA
Wine Bar · Davis Square · 84 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: They say man cannot live by bread alone, but for Posto’s bruschetta, we’d be willing to try. Read more.

Prezza is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

26. Prezza

9.0
24 Fleet St (btwn Hanover & North), Boston, MA
Italian Restaurant · North End · 29 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Chef Anthony Caturano is a guy’s guy. He’s a big-game hunter, a fisherman, a carnivore to the core. So it’s no surprise that some of Prezza’s best stuff comes from the wood grill. Read more.

Rendezvous in Central Square is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

27. Rendezvous in Central Square

502 Massachusetts Ave (Brookline St), Cambridge, MA
New American Restaurant · 31 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Long before the skinny-jeans crowd claimed Central Square, chef Steve Johnson made it a cool spot to dine. Read more.

Rialto is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

28. Rialto

7.9
1 Bennett St (at Eliot St.), Cambridge, MA
Italian Restaurant · Harvard Square · 34 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Poor Charles Hotel. How many people pass through its lobby nightly, ignoring its staffers’ smiles and glazing over its décor? Blame Rialto: The second-floor restaurant has such pull. Read more.

80 Thoreau is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

29. 80 Thoreau

8.8
80 Thoreau St, Concord, MA
New American Restaurant · 29 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: It’s hard not to be annoyed when great local chefs decamp to other locales. So we’re ecstatic that when Carolyn Johnson left Rialto, she stayed within our sphere. Read more.

Salts Restaurant is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

30. Salts Restaurant

798 Main St (btw Windsor & Cherry), Cambridge, MA
French Restaurant · 13 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Salts has an atmosphere of such genuine warmth that it’s the destination for special-occasion dinners. Ultracool platings make for dishes that delight you even before they hit your lips. Read more.

Scampo at The Liberty Hotel is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

31. Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

8.9
215 Charles St, Boston, MA
Italian Restaurant · West End · 58 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: There’s no theme to Lydia Shire’s Liberty Hotel restaurant, other than “tasty.” Read more.

Sorellina is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

32. Sorellina

9.1
1 Huntington Ave (at Dartmouth St), Boston, MA
Italian Restaurant · Prudential - St. Botolph · 45 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: When a restaurant’s culinary substance matches its style, as Jamie Mammano’s eatery manages, that’s a beautiful thing. Read more.

Sportello is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

33. Sportello

8.8
348 Congress St, Boston, MA
Italian Restaurant · Seaport District · 100 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: It isn’t for everyone. You sit next to strangers, it's bright and noisy, but those are the reasons we luuuuurrve Sportello. It’s quirky. Read more.

T.W. Food is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

34. T.W. Food

9.0
377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA
American Restaurant · West Cambridge · 27 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: The chef’s impeccable technique turns simple dishes like a soft-scrambled egg with trumpet mushrooms into something you’ll dream about for days. Read more.

Ten Tables is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

35. Ten Tables

5 Craigie Cir (Concord Ave.), Cambridge, MA
New American Restaurant · West Cambridge · 30 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: With food that capitalizes on the season’s bounty, chef David Punch reels in a cross section of Cambridge. Arrive a few minutes early to share a snack or two. Read more.

Ten Tables is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

36. Ten Tables

8.2
597 Centre St (Pond St.), Jamaica Plain, MA
New American Restaurant · Jamaica Hills - Pond · 35 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: There’s a reason owner Krista Kranyak was able to open two more Ten Tables locations after this one: It’s the kind of smashingly successful indie restaurant that everyone wants in the neighborhood. Read more.

Toro is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

37. Toro

9.3
1704 Washington St (at Massachusetts Ave), Boston, MA
Tapas Restaurant · South End · 228 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Show up about 40 minutes before you want to eat, because unless it’s 5:30 on a Monday, you’re going to wait. Luckily, that’s just enough time to order and drink one of Toro’s excellent cocktails. Read more.

Troquet is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

38. Troquet

7.8
140 Boylston St (Charles Street), Boston, MA
French Restaurant · Beacon Hill · 18 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: There are restaurants for food lovers who like wine, and there are places for those who have a deep love for small-batch burgundies, and want something lovely to eat with them. Troquet is the latter. Read more.

Alta Strada is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

39. Alta Strada

8.3
92 Central St, Wellesley, MA
Italian Restaurant · 14 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Chef Michael Schlow isn’t exactly a quiet-suburbs kind of restaurateur; the guy’s got an eatery at Foxwoods, for Pete’s sake. But Alta Strada is amore on a plate. Read on for what to order. Read more.

Harvest is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

40. Harvest

8.8
44 Brattle St (at Story St), Cambridge, MA
American Restaurant · Harvard Square · 38 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Harvest has a problem. We can never decide when to go: enjoy the dinner? Sunday brunch? If only every conundrum were this tasty… Read more.

Bistro du Midi is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

41. Bistro du Midi

9.0
272 Boylston St (btw Arlington & Hadassah), Boston, MA
French Restaurant · Beacon Hill · 54 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: There are few restaurants in Boston our staffers recommend to friends more frequently than Provence-inspired Bistro du Midi. In its favor: location, vibe, versatility, and of course, the food. Read more.

Bondir is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

42. Bondir

8.7
279A Broadway (at Elm St), Cambridge, MA
New American Restaurant · Inman Square · 35 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Jason Bond doesn’t proclaim anything, so when you go to his petite, year-old restaurant, the experience will catch you off-guard. Read more.

O Ya is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

43. O Ya

8.9
9 East St (at East Pl), Boston, MA
Sushi Restaurant · Downtown Boston · 60 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Sitting at the chef’s counter, you should be mesmerized by what they serve. Read more.

UNI Sashimi Bar is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

44. UNI Sashimi Bar

7.9
370 Commonwealth Ave (at Massachusetts Ave), Boston, MA
Japanese Restaurant · Back Bay West · 41 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Despite being part of the popular Ken Oringer restaurant club, this tiny sashimi bar in the Eliot Hotel still feels like a secret. Read more.

Blue Ginger is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

45. Blue Ginger

8.6
583 Washington St (at Church St), Wellesley, MA
Asian Restaurant · 34 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: It’s been 13 years since this French-Asian spot opened, but a meal here still delights. Get the garlic–black pepper lobster with lemongrass fried rice. Read more.

Clio is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

46. Clio

7.5
370 Commonwealth Ave (at Eliot Hotel), Boston, MA
French Restaurant · Back Bay West · 35 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Ken Oringer is a tinkerer—one of just a handful of local chefs to toy with techniques like spherification—which makes for some intriguing plates. Great for date nights and business meetings. Read more.

East By Northeast is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

47. East By Northeast

1128 Cambridge St (btw Prospect & Columbia), Cambridge, MA
Chinese Restaurant · Inman Square · 28 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: The name says it all: This tiny Inman Square spot cooks up Chinese-style dishes with New England ingredients, to delicious effect. Read more.

Grill 23 & Bar is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

48. Grill 23 & Bar

8.9
161 Berkeley St (at Stuart St.), Boston, MA
Steakhouse · Back Bay East · 71 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: Like most steakhouses, Grill 23 is full of mahogany, martinis, and expensive suits. Unlike at most steakhouses, the food is actually worth the ridiculous prices. Read more.

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

49. Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

8.9
1310 Boylston St (at Jersey St.), Boston, MA
Seafood Restaurant · Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood · 105 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: The raw bar here is one of the city’s best, the drink list superb. Perfect spot for cocktails and group gatherings. Read more.

Dante is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

50. Dante

6.9
40 Edwin H Land Blvd (Royal Sonesta Hotel), Cambridge, MA
American Restaurant · East Cambridge · 37 tips and reviews

Boston MagazineBoston Magazine: When you finish dinner, you won’t want to return to that neon-lit madness outside. But leave you must. Otherwise, how can you come back? Read more.