This is the top new restaurant in Boston, according to a new ranking

Venison with berries and house cured ham from Café Du Pays.
Venison with berries and house cured ham from Café Du Pays. –Facebook

Perhaps this will be enough to appease Boston’s poutine critics.

According to a new ranking released Sunday by Boston magazine, the area’s best new restaurant isn’t Italian, seafood, or any of the signature cuisines for which the city is known.

It’s French-Canadian.

Café du Pays, the homey Québecois restaurant that opened this past July off Kendall Square, took the No. 1 spot in Boston‘s list of the area’s 25 best new dining spots. The top five is rounded out by Eataly Boston’s Terra; the eye-catching, plant-centric Cultivar; the fast-casual ramen spot Ruckus; and Cambridge’s white-tablecloth Benedetto.


Boston says Café du Pays is ultimately the top newcomer to the city’s restaurant scene for its “snacking-friendly roster of French-Canadian fare that’s already as dreamy as Justin Trudeau.”

In the former Hunger Mother space, the team behind nearby State Park and Mamaleh’s offers a food and drink menu that “comfortably straddles the high- and low-brow,” the magazine wrote in a separate post. Highlights include fried artichokes, charcuterie, and deer with huckleberries.

“This is a rich regional cuisine from close to home, yet it’s rarely highlighted here. It deserves to be,” The Boston Globe wrote in a recent review, which recommended the artichokes, meat pies, deer, rabbit, and duck.

And lest the meat-averse be deterred, vegan and plant-based options have been “seamlessly integrated” into the menu, according to Boston. Other reasons to check out the new spots include their “sustainable ethos,” “obsessively curated background music,” and “unexpected glassware.”

And also, according to Boston, their poutine is “flawless.”

Check out Boston magazine’s complete ranking of new restaurants here.


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