DiningWithDon1
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  • Review Count
    6
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    October 4, 2014
  • Last Review
    January 15, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3.5
 
 
DiningWithDon1's Reviews
 
You are cordially invited to join us for an evening or afternoon of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you’ll experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business luncheon or dinner, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private dining event. Our event planning staff has extensive experience and the ideal materials to work with—a capital setting, distinctive food and unmatched service. Located on Route 9, east of the Atrium Mall. <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Another Over the top Steakhouse
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/15/2014
 2008
Dined on 11/15/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"I am not a steak-house guy. Never have been. So I generally do not review (nor, go that often) to these type of places. I live in the Boston burbs, so if I am not in the city and I have a need to visit a steak house, we dine at the Chestnut Hill Capital Grille. I can't tell you if this steak is better than the other usual suspects. Suffice to say it is very good. I like this location because it is smaller than the norm; has a homey-type feel about it, I've been to it 3x in the past 1/2 year. The most recent visit was only my wife and I, for the first time, at their bar. We enjoyed that experience very much; perhaps better than in the dining room. We shared an app (calamari, meh), a salad (tasty) and I had the burger, she had sirloin sliders. The drinks were great! Wine was fine! I think this is where, for me, this place (and, others like it) belong: at the bar, casually. Like I said, I am not a steak house guy.
You know the drill: dinner for 4 is about $500.00, or, for many, much more. When you are in the mood to splurge and you feel it needs to be beef (yes, they have other stuff) than this (type) place will do just fine."
Dined on 11/15/2014
 2008
Special Features: special occasion
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Maurice Daaboul and family’s Byblos is the Boston area’s premier eatery since 1996 for authentic, homemade Lebanese cuisine. Located in the heart of Norwood, Massachusetts, Byblos offers all the best features of Lebanese dining, including a large hall where feasts are laid out in traditional Lebanese Maza style to the tune of live Arabic music and oriental belly dancing. At Byblos we pride ourselves on bringing freshness, authenticity and service to our valued customers.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Bubbling About Byblos
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2008
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I have been a fan since the restaurant opened in a much smaller venue in So Norwood too many years ago!. Menu highlights: lamb chops (one of the best values in Greater Boston), Mjadra, Holumi appetizer, Kibee Naya (always fresh, Fri & Sat only), cabbage rolls. The desserts are kind of one-note, but very tasty. I am not a fan of their tomato-sauce dishes, although many might find them comfort foodish. The room is kind of pretentious, and large. It deflects sound well, it isn't noisy....until the belly dancing which starts around 8 pm on Fri & Sat. If that's your thing, enjoy. If not, go early. But, GO! This is one of the better Lebanese places in all of Massachusetts. The wine list has many Lebanese selections to try for those looking for that similar wine/food regionality."
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list
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Located in Boston's historic North End, Aria Trattoria features a mix of modern and old world Italian cuisine while paying homage to Massimo family roots from abruzzi influences. The menu is built on a foundation of simple, fresh pastas and antipasti, as well as a healthy dose of grilled meats, fish, and poultry dishes. Well-loved favorites like limoncello marinated shrimp, Cavetelli con Agnello, and massimo's grandmother's Porchetta <br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Aria Is Alright
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2008
Dined on 11/02/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Everything was good. But nothing knocked our socks off. Best offering: the Braised Pork Shank. It was as it should be: falling off of the bone, good. Least favorite, house special pork chop -- basically a pork roast, not interesting at all.
The staff was very friendly and attentive.
Wine list was strongly Italian (as it should be) but over priced. I read other reviews before going and perhaps this was an off night but nothing really showed a lot of technique. I'm still looking for a creative and inventive Boston North End restaurant...and the search continues!
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Dined on 11/02/2014
 2008
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The Parkside Rotisserie and Bar is a Manhattan-style bistro centrally located in the heart of Rhode Island"s capital city, Providence. One of the best restaurants in Providence since 1994. Serving lunch and dinner daily, the Parkside is surely a fantastic choice anytime. The Parkside offers a wide array of upbeat foods ranging from spicy crab cakes to grilled tenderloin and portobello salad. There are also several innovative pasta dishes as well as the Parkside's signature rotisserie meat items and daily specials. The Parkside's unique atmosphere is accented by an open kitchen where guests can enjoy watching our talented culinary staff prepare all of the enticing entrees found on the menu. Join us at the Parkside for a relaxing dining experience that is "casual elegance."
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Perfectly Parkside
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2008
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Every dish in the large menu that we had was made to perfection. Chef's decisions of accompaniment to the protein were smart and flavorful. Portions were bigger-than-average. Prices were moderate. Room was a tad noisy, but some like that. Service was first rate. Lots of choices; big menu! Varied wine list, many price levels. Our first visit to this downtown Providence joint; a pleasant surprise. Highlights: Steak Tartar app was seasoned especially well & served creatively with hand-cut waffle fries. The Peking Duck was a stretch from the real thing but tasty! Maybe a little too much work as it is DIY. All in all: Worthy to return."
Dined on 11/01/2014
 2008
Special Features: notable wine list
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 Truffles Grille &amp; Wine Bar
Truffles Grille & Wine Bar
Fine wine, creative food...Truffles is an exciting addition to the Metro West dining scene. This upscale bistro style eatery showcases a winning combination of New American cuisine, a sophisticated wine list and a stylish, intimate and charming ambience. Chef & Co-owner Anna Wallach presents a wonderful Eclectic and frequently changing menu that focuses on fresh local ingredients and seasonal influences. To complement the food, Truffles has compiled an attention drawing wine list with numerous offerings by the glass and has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in four consecutive years.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2008
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
The food is the thing
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2008
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I'll get this out of the way from the start: the food was very good, very much to out liking. I have no hesitation recommending this Italian restaurant based on their food. The tomato sauces varied, some were deeply roasted others sweet...good depth of flavor. Pastas were home-made, my dish of rigatoni with veal and cream was a big hit. Glasses of wine can be purchased in 2 serving sizes, a nice touch when pairing courses. OK, here are the misses: The place was freezing! We asked about it and were told that because the kitchen is open the place gets hot...so they crank the air..the server said it was always a problem. the tables are small weren't adjusted and kept tilting. Many apps are shareable but the server never advised us of that."
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2008
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