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One of Boston’s Top 50 restaurants

Boston Magazine named Beacon Hill Bistro one of Boston’s Top 50 restaurants with the following praise:

“When we heard that long-time chef Jason Bond would be departing the restaurant this fall, we crossed our fingers and hoped his brand of French bistro cooking with a seasonal take would survive him. Thankfully, Matthew Molloy (formerly of Lumière) has made the transition seamless.”

The Boston Globe’s Bar Code

“Charles Street is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city. Tourists come from around the world to breathe in its rarified brahmin air; locals avail themselves of the bounty of high-end boutiques so precious you could snap them in half in your hands. Gliding down the gaslit, cobblestone streets framed by handsome, historic brick buildings decked out this time of year in holiday luminescence, it’s easy to imagine yourself playing a part in some idealized Capraesque vision of city life. Minus all the traffic and cabs blasting their horns, that is.

There’s also a wealth of dining options to choose from here, cozy Italian bistros and pizza shops in particular. Bars not so much, unless you’re partial to the quintessential dive bona fides of the Beacon Hill Pub, or the slouching collegiate charm of the Sevens. Perhaps it’s that dearth of bar real estate that made the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro such a welcome respite when we ducked in on a glacial December evening. The dry blast of warmth from the fireplace didn’t hurt either. Coupled with the flush on our cheeks and the smell in the air, the fire made us feel like we were coming home for a family holiday gathering, except no one criticized what we were wearing or pestered us about getting married.”

Devra First of The Boston Globe wrote

Thanks for the sense memories — 2009’s roster of memorable dishes.” Her words follow:

It’s Thanksgiving, time to reflect on the things for which we are grateful: family and friends, good fortune, and – of course – good food. Here are some of the dishes I was most thankful for in 2009. (All things must pass, even the delicious: Call before you head out if your heart is set on a certain selection.)

Steak frites at Beacon Hill Bistro I love this bistro’s bistro for its duality: Both innovative and traditional fare excel here, and I can’t decide which side of chef Jason Bond’s cooking I prefer. His steak frites was just about perfect, from the first whiff as the plate approached to the last slender, golden McDonaldian fry. (For those who must have a chewy cut, abstain. This was a tender strip steak, topped with herb butter.) I could just as easily choose a different dish: a vegetable herb broth with raviolini that was served in the spring. It sounds spare, but the broth was round and lush, the pasta stuffed with bracing green nettles and light ricotta. It couldn’t have been more different from the steak frites, but it was every bit as wonderful.

From the three star Boston Globe review from April 15th of this year…

“How does a kid growing up in a family of ranchers in the mountains of Wyoming wind up with the soul of a French chef? Through some sort of Dalai Lama-esque reincarnation, perhaps. This is what seems to have happened to Jason Bond of Beacon Hill Bistro. Paul Bocuse is happily still alive, or I might pinpoint him as the one – Bond’s comfort with embracing tradition or poking holes in it, his market-driven cooking and grasp of technique, seem inherited from “the grumpy pope of French cuisine,” as Alain Ducasse once described Bocuse in Time magazine.”

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“Although the food can easily compete with some of Boston’s culinary giants, the reasonable prices and relaxed atmosphere make the BHHB a weekly dining destination. The menu changes often to accommodate seasonal offerings and Chef Bond uses local ingredients whenever possible. Even if Beacon Hill isn’t your neighborhood, you should claim its bistro as your own.”

Boston Magazine – “The Protein Hall of Fame”

“According to Beacon Hill Bistro’s Jason Bond, it takes more than a perfectly calibrated oven and a judicious sprinkle of salt to turn out reliably crisp-skinned roasted birds. ‘Every chef’s secret is goose fat or duck fat… they use it in everything. I rub the skins of my chickens and turkeys in duck fat. It gives you a really great crispy skin.’ Bond renders the fat himself, but a good butcher, like Savenor’s or John Dewar, may offer it for sale by the pound.”

Indagare Travel Guide

“Visitors who want to pretend they live in Beacon Hill should check into this charming hotel, on the bustling corner of Charles Street… In warmer weather, the hotel’s much coveted private roof deck is perfect for a cappuccino and the Herald, and the bustling first-floor brasserie an excellent choice for lunch or dinner.”