Bergamot is one of 50 Best Restaurants.

1. Bergamot

8.6
New American Restaurant · 118 Beacon St (at Washington St.), Somerville, MA

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

8.9
Gastropub · South End · 552 Tremont St (Waltham St), Boston, MA

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

9.2
Italian Restaurant · South End · 253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA

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
New American Restaurant · 853 Main St (Bishop Allen), Cambridge, MA

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

9.2
American Restaurant · Kenmore · 528 Commonwealth Ave (at Kenmore Square), Boston, MA

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

7.2
New American Restaurant · Kendall Square · 350 3rd St (at Potter), Cambridge, MA

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

New American Restaurant · 51 Lincoln St, Newton Highlands, MA

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
Gastropub · South End · 1395 Washington St (at Union Park St), Boston, MA

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

French Restaurant · South End · 553 Tremont St (at Clarendon St), Boston, MA

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

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

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

8.4
Italian Restaurant · Belmont Center · 50 Leonard St, Belmont, MA

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

9.5
Seafood Restaurant · Kenmore · 500 Commonwealth Ave (at Kenmore St), Boston, MA

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

8.6
Italian Restaurant · Brookline Village · 48 Boylston St (Washington St), Brookline, MA

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

8.7
Italian Restaurant · 86 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA

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
French Restaurant · Prudential - St. Botolph · 774 Boylston St, Boston, MA

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

7.4
French Restaurant · West Newton · 1293 Washington St (Waltham St), Newton, MA

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

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

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

8.6
French Restaurant · Seaport District · 354 Congress St, Boston, MA

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....

8.2
Steakhouse · Beacon Hill · 15 Beacon St (btwn Bowdoin & Somerset), Boston, MA

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
Chinese Restaurant · South End · 1145 Washington St (at E Berkeley St), Boston, MA

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
Seafood Restaurant · North End · 63 Salem St (at Morton St), Boston, MA

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

8.9
French Restaurant · Beacon Hill · 9 Park St (at Beacon St.), Boston, MA

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
Japanese Restaurant · South End · 1166 Washington St (E. Berkeley St.), Boston, MA

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

9.3
Mediterranean Restaurant · Inman Square · 134 Hampshire St (btwn Elm & Norfolk), Cambridge, MA

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

9.0
Wine Bar · Davis Square · 187 Elm St (at Windom St), Somerville, MA

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

8.9
Italian Restaurant · North End · 24 Fleet St (btwn Hanover & North), Boston, MA

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

New American Restaurant · 502 Massachusetts Ave (Brookline St), Cambridge, MA

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

8.6
Italian Restaurant · Harvard Square · 1 Bennett St (at Eliot St.), Cambridge, MA

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

8.7
New American Restaurant · 80 Thoreau St, Concord, MA

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

French Restaurant · 798 Main St (btw Windsor & Cherry), Cambridge, MA

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
Italian Restaurant · West End · 215 Charles St, Boston, MA

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

9.2
Italian Restaurant · Prudential - St. Botolph · 1 Huntington Ave (at Dartmouth St), Boston, MA

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

8.9
Italian Restaurant · Seaport District · 348 Congress St, Boston, MA

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
American Restaurant · West Cambridge · 377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA

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

7.7
New American Restaurant · West Cambridge · 5 Craigie Cir (Concord Ave.), Cambridge, MA

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

8.1
New American Restaurant · Jamaica Hills - Pond · 597 Centre St (Pond St.), Jamaica Plain, MA

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
Tapas Restaurant · South End · 1704 Washington St (at Massachusetts Ave), Boston, MA

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

7.7
French Restaurant · Beacon Hill · 140 Boylston St (Charles Street), Boston, MA

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

8.5
Italian Restaurant · 92 Central St, Wellesley, MA

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

9.0
American Restaurant · Harvard Square · 44 Brattle St (at Story St), Cambridge, MA

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

9.2
French Restaurant · Beacon Hill · 272 Boylston St (btw Arlington & Hadassah), Boston, MA

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

8.5
New American Restaurant · Inman Square · 279A Broadway (at Elm St), Cambridge, MA

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

9.0
Sushi Restaurant · Downtown Boston · 9 East St (at East Pl), Boston, MA

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

7.0
Japanese Restaurant · Back Bay West · 370 Commonwealth Ave (at Massachusetts Ave), Boston, MA

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
Asian Restaurant · 583 Washington St (at Church St), Wellesley, MA

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

7.7
French Restaurant · Back Bay West · 370 Commonwealth Ave (at Eliot Hotel), Boston, MA

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

7.3
Chinese Restaurant · Inman Square · 1128 Cambridge St (btw Prospect & Columbia), Cambridge, MA

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

8.6
Steakhouse · Back Bay East · 161 Berkeley St (at Stuart St.), Boston, MA

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

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

7.2
American Restaurant · East Cambridge · 40 Edwin H Land Blvd (Royal Sonesta Hotel), Cambridge, MA

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.