Restaurants

The best places to eat in Boston—reviewed anonymously by experts




Fine dining in Boston

Journeyman

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Hidden deep within the recesses of Somerville’s Union Square, Journeyman is a culinary experience unlike anything else you’ll find in the Boston area. Serious diners seek out the industrially outfitted space for inventive, multi-course prix fixe tasting menus built

  1. 9 Sanborn Court, (at Union Square)
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Marliave

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Though the current iteration is only five years old, the Marliave has occupied its back-alley location since 1885. The top floor offers white tablecloth dining, but more casual imbibers can grab a bar stool or large booth in the main bar area. One or two of selections

  1. 10 Bosworth Street, (at Province Street)
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Petit Robert Bistro

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Simplicity isn't simple: Boston's dearth of authentique French bistros is proof enough of that. Or was, until Maître Cuisiner de France Jacky Robert came along and made it all look supremely easy. Comfy, unfussy and affordable, his townhouse kitchen is reacquainting

  1. 468 Commonwealth Avenue, (at Charlesgate West)
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Flour Bakery & Café

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Some years back, Flour put this then-desolate stretch of Washington Street on the culinary map—and X still marks Joanne Chang's sweet spot for baked-treasure hunters. Pastel hues and a chalkboard menu make this place as cute as a cupcake—or any of the other goodies

  1. 1595 Washington Street, at Rutland Street
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Silvertone Bar & Grill

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Forward-thinking in its backward-looking ways, subterranean Silvertone was a local pioneer of the trend for classic cocktails and American comfort food—and the long wagon train of regulars it immediately formed remains firmly hitched. The owners' good-natured

  1. 69 Bromfield Street, (at Tremont Street)
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Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Neighborhood is all about the experience. Somerville natives know you will wait, but also that there will be free coffee and muffins for those in line. (Plan on arriving before 9am or after 2:30pm if you don't want to wait.) A local gem for nearly 30 years, this

  1. 25 Bow Street, (at Walnut Street)
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