Chef Mary Dumont’s first restaurant of her own lights up downtown’s Ames Hotel, bringing a worship of local fruits-of-the-earth that extends to her on-site hydroponic garden. Fresh herbs, microgreens and edible flowers adorn her exactingly plated compositions of elegant new American cuisine, while executive pastry chef Robert Gonzalez creates miniature abstract artworks for dessert. Lots of restaurateurs mouth the mantra of farm-to-table sourcing; Cultivar lives it, and wraps that rustic philosophy with a burnished urbanity.
1 Court St., Boston • (617) 979-8203
2014 Winner: Alden & Harlow
After years as a mercenary chef, Michael Scelfo finally added “owner” to his title, and his overdue solo debut is a smash...
- 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
- (617) 864-2100
2015 Winner: Townsman
Homecoming king Matt Jennings shuttered Providence’s fabled Farmstead Inc. to open this newcomer in his native Hub, and we couldn’t be happier to have him back…...
- 120 Kingston St., Boston
- (617) 993-0750
2016 Winner: Yvonne's
For jaded Bostonians, a restaurant with nightclub-chic good looks engenders a sinking feeling: “Here be mediocre food and drink.”...
- 2 Winter Place, Boston
- (617) 267-0047
2017 Winner: Little Donkey
At their two previous collaborations, Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer had to stay in specific small-plates lanes: Italian at Coppa, Spanish at Toro...
- 505 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
- (617) 945-1008