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  • Review Count
    10
  • Helpfulness Votes
    1
  • First Review
    January 2, 2014
  • Last Review
    April 14, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    3.8
 
 
westender's Reviews
 
At The Merchant, we make almost all our fare from scratch. Executive chef Matt Foley previously worked at both Craigie on Main in Cambridge and Sycamore in Newton. The Merchant is a big space that served for more than a century as a leather store. We've brought in high-top tables near the windows ... a 40-foot bar on one side of the room … and more formal dining spots on the opposite side. We have a semi-private dining room in back, and another dining room downstairs. For our menu, Chef Foley cures and smokes all the meat in house. Our burger is top-notch, as are other dishes like steak and eggs, sweetbread nuggets, and “rustic” desserts. The Merchant serves salads, sandwiches ($10-$12), and more for the lunch rush. And for dinner, we are a full-service brasserie (with most entrees ranging from $20-$24). The bar has 36 beers on tap, many of them locally brewed, plus a full selection of craft cocktails to serve our patrons, especially the after-work crowd.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Tried the 'new kid'
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We tried this new place on a Saturday at 5:30, early because we had 8PM tix. It was quiet when we arrived, the bar with it's 4 TVs, each showing a different sport, was active. The tables started to fill up around 6:30. Handsome solid décor, friendly staff, but still some new-kid bumps. Computer problem when we checked in, tippy table, too-friendly waiter, long wait for dessert. BUT, the food was excellent, they warmed the bread at our request, and they comped the late dessert. Nice new place in the Downtown neighborhood."
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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Sullivan’s is a vibrant neighborhood American Steakhouse featuring the finest steaks & seafood, hand shaken martinis, & live music. We offer comfortable fine dining in a lively atmosphere. From the moment you step inside our lounge for drinks, appetizers or dinner, you will feel the energy and excitement provided by our professional team. Sullivan’s serves the finest Midwestern hand selected steaks aged a minimum of 28 days, simply seasoned and broiled at 1,200 degrees, fresh seafood, a wide selection of cravable appetizers, soups, salads and side dishes. Our desserts are house-made daily. Our Wine Spectators "Award of Excellence" wine list offers an array of selections from around the world. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, we look forward to quickly becoming your favorite local steakhouse.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice place to celebrate
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We have celebrated a birthday here for the past 3 years and enjoy it every time. This year, the service was as great as always, and we both enjoyed the prix fixe menu. Sensible portions and tasty food. The large staff were all in constant motion, serving, anticipating customers requests, clearing and resetting tables that were always full. A good place for a special occasion!"
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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Southern Art combines a hip, urban eatery with classic Southern charm, offering Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant features an artisan ham bar and vintage pie table along with the sophisticated bar and lounge area, Bourbon Bar.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Lovely dining in Buckhead
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/02/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/02/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We wanted a 'southern' dining experience for our first visit to Atlanta. We found Southern Art and liked the look of the menu. The décor is interesting and comfortable. We liked the service, southern-friendly paired with familiarity and ease with the food and the wine offerings. We shared the signature buttermilk fried chicken, which was yummy (we HAD to eat the skin this time). The bowl of soup was large and tasty. The only small problem was dessert. The pecan pie filling was great, but the crust was tough. We did tell the server who promised to tell the pastry chef. A small problem in an otherwise lovely meal. It was a very nice evening!"
Dined on 03/02/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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Wildflower sets the standard for innovative New American Cuisine featuring updated American classics with European and Asian influences. The menu changes often to take advantage of the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Wildflower has been named as one of Tuscon's Top 5 restaurants in the 2005 Tuscon Lifestyle Culinary awards; it is listed as one of Tuscon's top 10 restaurants in the Zagat Guide and has earned the 2004 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its unique wine list. With over 80 wines by the bottle and 25 by the glass, Wildflower's wine list offers an excellent range of options for both the experienced wine connoisseur and the novice. The relaxed contemporary atmosphere of Wildflower’s dining room with its sunlit ceiling and inviting blue plush booths are reflected in the intimate lounge area and the lush, intimate climate controlled covered patio.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A lovely dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/25/2014
 2010
Dined on 02/25/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We visit Tucson several times a year from Boston, and we always try to dine at least once at Wildflower. We love the fun décor and the opportunity to sit outside, even when it is chilly, kept warm by the many heat lamps. We love the seasonal menu - just enough choices, not overwhelming, and we usually want to try everything!
The salad with butterleaf lettuce, figs, goat cheese and almonds was a wonderful starter, and the chicken curry dish ended up being two meals! Our other entrée was Spinach Pappardelle with Roasted Chicken. Yummy! For dessert, we shared a luscious key lime tart. It disappeared too quickly!
This is a great place to dine!"
Dined on 02/25/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Da Vinci Ristorante is renowned and highly recognized in Boston's stylish restaurant scene, bringing wonderful flavor and ambiance to the South End/Back Bay area since 2007.<br /><br />The sophisticated interior is warm and welcoming and the staff extends that feeling to each and every patron. The recently redesigned and modernized space features a comfortable full service bar.<br /><br />Chef Peppino's menu reflects a blend of modern and classic Italian cuisine from his training in Europe's Italian restaurants. It features an array of beautifully presented Antipasti and Entrees, and the chef's homemade pastas are made fresh every day as is the bread and all desserts. <br /><br />Great emphasis is also placed on accommodating guests with dietary, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan restrictions to ensure that each and every guest has an unforgettable experience from start to finish.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Guys Night Out
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/10/2014
 2010
Dined on 02/10/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The guys wanted to get together in the Back Bay, so we suggested Da Vinci. We love it and always recommend it to our friends. It was new to 3 of the 4 people, and they were pleasantly surprised. Everyone enjoyed the food, and they lingered over drinks after dinner. A good evening in a comfortable environment."
Dined on 02/10/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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Intimate Italian dining in the North End. Large open front overlooking all the action on Hanover St, the main street in the North End. Marble tables, brick walls, large Black and White photos of the family in Sicily. This is truly like taking a trip to an Italian restaurant in a little Italian village. The menu offers a combination of the styles of the Chef / Owner's family, and modern inspiration and applications. We are always striving to keep our food fresh, flavorful and true to our culinary traditions.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Always a Pleasure!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/04/2014
 2010
Dined on 02/04/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We loved this place when it was Damiano's, and we love it as Carmelina's. Damian, the owner, has kept many of the wonderful small plates from the earlier menu and added delicious new full-sized pastas and entrees. It is fun to explore all sections of the menu!"
Dined on 02/04/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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Lucca has become one of the most talked about restaurants in Boston. Zagat survey names them, 'Best New Italian Restaurant' and they won a coveted Best of Boston award for their elegant and lively bar. Whether you join them for a relaxing dining experience or a little later for cocktails and to sample their late night menu, you will be won over by Lucca's elegant charm and warm ambiance.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice neighborhood dining
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/24/2014
 2010
Dined on 01/24/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We returned to Lucca after a long absence to have dinner with a friend and to meet her new friend. Friendly greeting at the door, good service and the food was also good. The server allowed us to take our time ordering which was nice. The restaurant was not too busy when we arrived at 7, but was buzzing by 8. A handsome comfortable space with a good wine list. Very nice evening."
Dined on 01/24/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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'Local...Fresh...Authentic. Those three adjectives aptly describe Pasta E Pomodoro, which boasts the North End's finest Italian food. All we can say is, "Believe it!" This eatery is awesome, and it's got the lunch, dinner and takeout traffic to prove it. Crazy about veal and chicken cooked with classic Italian bravado? You'll be rendered speechless by Pomodoro's Veal a la Toscana, Chicken Cacciatore, and Veal or Chicken Parmigiana. Is fresh seafood your fave? If so, this eatery's Seafood Alfredo, Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Baked Stuffed Haddock will make Pomodoro your new favorite haunt. And if you've a passion for pasta, the chef prepares Penne con Pollo, Lasagna di Giorno and the house specialty - Pasta Pomodoro - with such artistry, you may never again want to eat pasta anywhere else.' - idine.com
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice neighborhood find!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/20/2014
 2010
Dined on 01/20/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We passed this restaurant many times and finally decided to try it. We went on a Monday evening at the end of a 3 day weekend, so things were pretty quiet. It is a small place, quite charming. Three people were at the small bar and there were couples at two other tables. The owner was doing it all that evening, hosting, serving, cooking, but if he was stressed, he did not show it. He was friendly and helpful. The service was at a good pace, and our meal was nice. The 2 of us shared an appetizer, a salad and an entrée. That with a couple of glasses of wine was enough and satisfying.
We will return."
Dined on 01/20/2014
 2010
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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Welcome to The Melting Pot. We offer a truly unique dining experience created by the art of fondue. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, a long overdue date night, or celebrating with a group, The Melting Pot Restaurant is perfect for any occasion. Tailor your visit with a four-course dining experience including cheese fondue, salad, entree and dessert. Or, come by for cheese fondue paired with that perfect glass of wine from our extensive selection. That's not to say, we haven't had more than a few stop by to satisfy that chocolate craving after a movie. Make reservations today, and see what people are talking about.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Something Different
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/16/2014
 2010
Dined on 01/16/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had not had fondue in probably 30 years, so thought it might be fun to try The Melting Pot. There are other things on the menu, but really, if you go to a place with a heating element in the middle of the table, why wouldn't you order fondue? We each had a salad, and we shared the class fondue. The salads were not large, but good. The fondue was created right in front of us by our very pleasant server. She definitely knew her business and was very willing to discuss what she was doing any why. It was a pleasant meal and something different.
We were dining before the theatre, and our server was very good about watching the clock for us."
Dined on 01/16/2014
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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Welcome to Grotto, a 25 rated Zagat restaurant serving Italian cuisine in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. We will bring back old world charm with a rustic setting, featuring cuisine rated by Phantom Gourmet as Best New Italian (2004), and Gourmet Greatness (2005).
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Revisiting a great old favorite
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2010
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We frequented Grotto often in its early years, but not as often lately. No reason other than there are a lot of new places to try in the city! We decided to return for New Year's and were so happy we did. It is still as warm and charming as ever, and we were delighted to see it bustling when we arrived for our 7:30 reservation. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, and we were reminded how much we enjoyed the menu. For starters, the spinach goat cheese salad was yummy as was the pasta with sausage, peas and mushrooms. For entrees, we loved the short rib gnocchi and the diver scallops "ravioli", but took some home so we had room for the molten chocolate cake! The pace was just right, we did not feel rushed, it was a lovely evening!"
Dined on 12/31/2013
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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