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The 10 Restaurants That Defined Boston Dining in 2022


In a strong year for dining, what were the absolute standouts?  We asked our contributors to the Resy Hit List to share their top 10 dining experiences from this year in their city — restaurants and meals that left an impression, and helped to define the state of American dining right now. Please welcome back our Best of The Hit List. (You can find other cities’ top picks here.)

In 2022, it felt as if the industry had truly begun to move past the pandemic and the preceding years of uncertainty. We saw splashy, much-awaited openings in the form of Faccia a Faccia, La Royal, and Tenderoni’s, and saw bars old and new roar to life from Wink & Nod to Shore Leave to Next Door Speakeasy & Raw Bar.

As tempting as the year’s newness was, it was also a time to appreciate existing restaurants that have been around the block and emerged better than ever, like Sarma and Mahaniyom. Together the new and established painted a picture of how dynamic Boston dining has become. So here we go — 10 restaurants that defined dining for us, in a year we won’t soon forget.