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  • Review Count
    6
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  • First Review
    June 23, 2014
  • Last Review
    September 17, 2014
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  • Average Rating
    3.8
 
 
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Sam"s is not about reinventing the wheel. It's more about finding four wheels that we wanted to drive around the Boston Waterfront. The local bounty of New England's farms and artisans; the simplicity of an American Diner; the endless and timeless appeal of the French Bistro menu; and the warmth and welcoming spirit of our home. <br /><br />Located above Louis Boston on Fan Pier, Sam's is a 45 seat restaurant that offers stunning views of the Boston skyline and waterfront. <br /><br />We are conveniently located next to the ICA and Boston Courthouse, and a short walk to the Boston Convention Center, World Trade Center, and Bank of America Pavilion.<br /><br />During the warmer months, seating is available on our 80 seat patio. Reservations are only offered for the inside dining room, but please feel free to call about our wait times for outdoor seating.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
The View Saves Sam's
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2008
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"A hidden gem right, smack on Boston's waterfront. This restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the stand alone Louis' clothing store. It is a neat looking, little bit of a throw-back/vintage, room. The room is small as are the tables (I couldn't imagine more than out 3 at the four-top we were eating at). It's a high rent district and the menu bears that out. The menu tries really hard, but the execution isn't as high end as the thought process. Everything was OK, nothing was bad but nothing was too impressive. However, the view is great and it is a nice place to take out-of-towners who will be impressed that you even know about it! That, itself, might be worth the price of admission!"
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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The Canadian Food and Wine Institute's state of the art facilities are nestled into 114 acres of abundant Niagara land. <br />Benchmark is the next evolution of the hands-on learning process. Students begin their careers in the culinary and hospitality industry at this unique teaching restaurant. <br />Benchmark has been created to offer local, fresh food options for college students, staff and the external community at affordable prices. <br /><br>Features of Benchmark include a focus on fresh, local and Canadian cuisine, an educational kitchen and food, wine and beer pairings. We welcome all students, staff and members of the community to experience Benchmark.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Worth the Trip, If You Can Find It
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 30/08/2014
 2008
Dined on 30/08/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"When visiting NOTL this restaurant is worth the 15-20 min ride to try. It is situated on the campus of Niagara College and is the restaurant of the college's Culinary Arts Dept. Aside from letting students showcase their culinary chops the wine and the beer are their own as well. The menu is aggressive and interesting. There are some hits and misses; I can't say everything served to our table of 4 was top notch but it is fun to see youngsters work magic in the kitchen and the menu's prices are well below other fine dining establishments in the area. If you are in the area (NOTL or the Falls) you shouldn't miss Benchmark. I'm giving this 5 stars because if you are a foodie you should support it and the value is outstanding."
Dined on 30/08/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Perhaps the best Place in the Area
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2008
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"If you're looking for a very good place to eat in the Greater Milford area you will not do any better than Truffles. The room is nice, the food has panache, the wine list is better than most. I wish the wait staff was as knowledgeable as the menu portends. That aside, I have nothing bad to say about a place that has a city feel in the 'burbs (at non-Boston prices)."
Dined on 8/19/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Since opening in May 2006, Treadwell has become one of Canada's most critically acclaimed restaurants. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Treadwell's "Farm-to-Table" philosophy allows Chef-Owner Stephen Treadwell to showcase the very best of seasonal produce from Niagara and Southwestern Ontario. The wine list, created by Sommelier-Owner James Treadwell, is often regarded as Canada's finest for Ontario wines. <br />Please check our Special Events page for a variety of unique events held at the restaurant. <br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Doesn't Quite Deliver
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 29/08/2014
 2008
Dined on 29/08/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"So the dinner sounds sensational. The folks pouring wine are extremely helpful and knowledgeable with regarding to pairing Canadian wine with the food choices. But the meals themselves were not as tasty or interesting as the menu would lead you to believe. By no means is it bad, it's just kind of a let down from the description. All four of us had a very nice meal but were left hoping for more flavor, better execution, more pop. And, it is expensive. However, the fellow from the bar who paired the wines really did an outstanding job - he knows his Canadian grape profile and how to marry it. Even so, I probably won't be back my next visit to NOTL."
Dined on 29/08/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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The first floor hull of Legal Harborside is a nod to Legal Sea Foods’ heritage, a fish market opened in 1950 in Inman Square, Cambridge that expanded in 1968 into a no-frills restaurant where guests sat on picnic tables. <br /><br />Here you'll enjoy a casual menu of seafood favorites with a twist as well as shareable plates, pastas and pizzas made to order in an open kitchen. Choose to eat at one of the picnic tables for an authentic throwback experience or grab a seat at the oyster bar and watch the shuckers at work (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). Opt instead for the large elliptical bar where both wine and local beers are on tap or request patio seating, along Boston's HarborWalk. Other highlights include a "catch and release" trout pond and a retail market, with a fish monger on site, that offers fresh seafood, takeout and grab and go. Named a “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire, 2011.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
By the seas, by the sea
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2008
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Solid citizen Legal Seafood is a good choice, especially the harborside location. if you are lucky enough to get waterside dining outside. Unfortunately, if there is a concert at the nearby Pavilion you will not be able to speak nor hear one another. But the food will be, good. Never great. For great go to the second floor and eat in their uber expensive gourmet room. For fun, go to the third floor and have small bites and cocktails in the lounge - with a great view. For good, the first floor is for you! Did I mention the view?"
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2008
Special Features: hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining
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Petit Robert Bistro Needham serves lunch, brunch and dinner every day of the year, offering authentic and simple French specialties such as Croques, Soupe à l’Onion Gratinée, Mussels Marinière, Escargots, Homemade Patés, Coq-au-Vin, Beef Bourguignon and Steak Frites.<br /><br />The ever changing, moderately priced menu showcases only the freshest and best seasonal dishes. We take pride in our made to order preparation of your meal using the finest meats, produce, and dairy from our New England and French suppliers.<br /><br />Petit Robert Bistro Needham offers a full-service bar. Our wine list offers a varied selection in price and style with labels primarily from France and California. Additionally, our exciting cocktails and beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes.<br /><br />The cozy ambiance, friendly service, and savory menu will transport you to an authentic French Bistro in Paris from a light lunch to a leisurely dinner. Bon Appetit! <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Petit Robert Is Back
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2008
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"A change of ownership was needed and after some early kinks have been worked out & I can safely recommend this suburban spot in Needham. Living 2 towns away this is my closest French option so I want this place to succeed and with the attentive owner watching things I am sure it will. Frankly, nothing was spectacular, but nothing was off either: steak n frittes was a very good portion and tasty. The duck also was well made. The vegetarian option was lacking but a nice try. The appetizer at $16.00, 2 very small sausages over ratatouille, was small. The room is narrow but nicely appointed, the staff very friendly and accommodating. A solid neighborhood joint; with a lively crowd at the small bar...al fresco option as well. Prices are fair."
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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