Boston Top 25 Restaurants: December 2015

Unlike some of our other cities, Boston’s Top 25 ranking is never predictable when it comes to the No. 1 restaurant. While a few establishments, like Liquid Art House and Bronwyn, have seen the top spot multiple times, Boston diners always seem to be talking about a broader rotation of hot spots each month. Pulling December data from the Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), this month’s ranking is no different, with Loyal Nine, a Cambridge restaurant that made the list for the first time in October, coming in at No. 1.

Loyal Nine was recently named one of Boston’s “50 Best New Restaurants” by The Boston Globe. The restaurant’s daily menu changes depending on availability of locally sourced ingredients (but check out some of their mainstays here). Loyal Nine includes a local raw bar, craft cocktails, grower/producer wines, and New England fare. The restaurant also highlights different “guest” coffee roasters regularly, and offers dinner Tuesday thru Sunday and brunch on Sundays.

This month shows a lot of new action in the Top 5. Aside from Loyal Nine, last month’s No. 10 placer, Puritan & Company, steals the No. 2 spot from Alden & Harlow, now bumped to No. 6. Giulia, once a frontrunner, jumps back onto the list at No. 4, and Spoke Wine Bar joins the Top 25 ranking for the very first time, sitting pretty at No. 3. 

In fact, there were a lot of new restaurants making the Top 25 this month in Boston. Shout-outs to BISq, Moody’s Delicatessen & Provision, Select Oyster Bar, Casa B, KO Catering and Pies, The Gallows, and Erbaluce. We also welcome Bel Ari and Row 34 back to the list.

Porkhead terrine, jalepeño-pickled celery, fried onions and shrimp mayo on a sweet roll at Loyal Nine | Instagram @loyalninecafe

Porkhead terrine, jalepeño-pickled celery, fried onions and shrimp mayo on a sweet roll at Loyal Nine | Instagram @loyalninecafe

Torched bay scallops crudo: honeycrisp apple, kimchi, smoked matsutake at Spoke Wine Bar | Instagram @spokewinebar

Torched bay scallops crudo: honeycrisp apple, kimchi, smoked matsutake at Spoke Wine Bar | Instagram @spokewinebar

Fluke & squid ceviche at Puritan & Company | Instagram @detroitmcc  

Fluke & squid ceviche at Puritan & Company | Instagram @detroitmcc
 

Wild boar pappardelle at Giulia | Instagram @kdexperience

Wild boar pappardelle at Giulia | Instagram @kdexperience

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Loyal Nine 175.45  
2 Puritan & Company 174.92  
3 Spoke Wine Bar 174.53  
4 Giulia 174.16  
5 Liquid Art House 174.15  
6 Alden & Harlow 173.89  
7 Craigie On Main 173.63  
8 BISq 173.54  
9 Shojo 173.37 Play Video
10 Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions 173.37  
11 Brewer's Fork 172.85  
12 Select Oyster Bar 172.58  
13 Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar 172.33  
14 Casa B 172.14  
15 Bel Ari 171.59  
16 KO Catering and Pies 171.46  
17 La Brasa 171.29  
18 Bastille Kitchen 171.03  
19 The Gallows 170.95  
20 Myers+Chang 170.77  
21 Anchovies Bar & Kitchen 170.51  
22 Harvest 170.25  
23 Bibim 169.99  
24 Erbaluce 169.87  
25 Row 34 169.81