westender
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  • Review Count
    10
  • Helpfulness Votes
    1
  • First Review
    October 5, 2014
  • Last Review
    January 10, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    4
 
 
westender's Reviews
 
Post 390 puts a contemporary twist on seasonally inspired dishes that reflect Chef Eric Brennan’s passion for fresh ingredients and unforgettable flavors. <br />On the first floor is the Tavern: a casual but sophisticated menu and atmosphere, with a 25-seat bar and high top and banquette seating area, warmed by a beautiful four-sided fireplace. A massive wrought iron staircase connects the energy of the first floor with the Dining Room on the second floor. <br />Here, guests can have a more refined dining experience, and enjoy our large, open kitchen, wine displays, two private dining rooms, additional fireside dining and views of landmarks like Copley Place, Trinity Church and the Hancock Tower. <br />Located in the Clarendon Building, on the corner of Clarendon and Stuart Streets at the site of the former Back Bay Post Office Annex, Post 390 is perfectly situated within walking distance of the South End and Back Bay neighborhoods.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/08/2015
 2009
Dined on 1/08/2015
 2009
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
"We chose Post this time because the weather was freezing and the restaurant is right across the street from the Lyric Stage. Perfect! And Post is a really nice restaurant. A large bar area on the first floor and a more formal dining room on the second. Each space has its own menu, but you can choose from either. There is space for intimate dinners and for group gatherings in a very convenient location. The food and service were very good on Thursday, just as they have always been. Post is always a good choice!"
Dined on 1/08/2015
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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In search of a sun soaked patio, a truly unique dining experience or just an engaging place to socialize, the Granary Tavern on the Greenway is the answer. A place where rustic and modern elements meld seamlessly to create a casually-stylish environment. Located at the end of Milk Street, the newest addition to the Glynn Hospitality Group portfolio of restaurants and iconic hotspots is certain to impress. Making its home in the Charles Bulfinch designed building constructed in 1816, this 250 seat restaurant has two floors, two bars, exposed kitchen, patio, and panoramic al fresco style windows. The informal and welcoming atmosphere is reaffirmed with the gastronomic offerings. Locavore"s will relish the fact there is an emphasis on Slow Food principles, fresh seafood, farmer's market produce and dynamic presentations. There is a focus on healthy preparations and locally sourced ingredients; simple comfort food concepts enhanced by contemporary accompaniments.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice Surprise on the Greenway
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/02/2015
 2009
Dined on 1/02/2015
 2009
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
"We were very pleased with our visit. Decided to try something new, and we had see the Granary many times as we drove along the Greenway. It is very nice. Several seating areas on the first floor and downstairs, a bar, booths, high-tops and small tables. A good mix of young professionals, older locals and tourists. There are a few flat-screen TVs, but this is not a noisy 'sports bar'. It is comfortable and the food is yummy. An interesting menu and not too large. We had the BBQ pork nachos, which are enough for 3 or 4, then the Heirloom Salad and the Wild Boar Linguini. All delicious. And our server, Yaz, was wonderful, helpful and attentive. Can't wait to return for the outside dining!"
Dined on 1/02/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Just like the architecture associated with the surrounding neighborhoods; Brownstone is a classic, stylish but casually elegant wine and martini bar.From young professionals sipping classic martini&quot;s to couples enjoying new American dishes and sampling the latest grape and craft beer. Brownstone is a quaint little retreat that transitions into a happening late night hot spot.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Check for special functions first!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/11/2014
 2009
Dined on 12/11/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"We dined before the theatre. Had been before, wanted to see new menu. Forgot it was the holiday season and their might be office parties. There were two. Young and LOUD. The host was pleasant and engaging. The food was quite good. A small menu. Many 'comfort' and 'bar' items. It was just TOO LOUD for any actual conversation.
We will just check first the next time!"
Dined on 12/11/2014
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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Conveniently located in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel adjacent to the Theater District, the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Bay Village and the South End, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant maintains a stellar reputation for uncompromising value and quality. Whether meeting for lunch, dinner, drinks or after theater dining, McCormick & Schmick's is the ultimate choice for family, friends, visitors and business associates.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great for private dining!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2009
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"We went to celebrate our 18th anniversary. I mentioned this when I made the reservation and asked to sit in one of the private areas they call 'snugs'. They seated us there and our menus had 'Happy Anniversary' on the top! Our server never rushed us and gave us plenty of privacy. Our fish entrees were both really good. We splurged on dessert, and the molten chocolate cake was an anniversary present from the restaurant. Overall, it was a lovely evening!"
Dined on 11/21/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
What a lovely evening!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/09/2014
 2009
Dined on 11/09/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We were in Tucson for a couple of weeks and wanted to catch up with an old friend. Wildflower was an easy choice. We all love it and it is convenient to all of us. We sat outside on a lovely mild evening. Our server was just the right kind of attentive, and also patient as 2 of us were early so sat with a glass of wine waiting for the other person. We just ordered entrees, and all 3 disappeared quickly. The beer battered fish and chips was amazing. The salmon was cooked perfectly. The short ribs ravioli in truffle cream sauce was SO satisfying.
Wildflower is always on our list when we visit the area!"
Dined on 11/09/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Legal Crossing is an urban neighborhood restaurant inspired by the vibrancy of Downtown Crossing, then and now. It's a cross between all of the Legal Sea Foods concepts, evolved into a new, singular experience.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great option in Downtown Crossing
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/30/2014
 2009
Dined on 10/30/2014
 2009
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
"We dined with friends before the ballet. Service was good, flexible when we asked for a table away from the register, patient when our friends were delayed, and attentive when we told them of the 7:30 curtain. We all really enjoyed our meals, all fish - trout, salmon and swordfish. There is a nice wine list, by the glass, by the bottle and even some half bottles. No time for dessert even though a couple tempted us. Next time!"
Dined on 10/30/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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Lumiere is a casually elegant, upscale neighborhood bistro featuring modern-French cuisine, an extensive wine list as well as a full bar. We also offer a semi-private dining room that can comfortably accommodate up to 30 guests.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A very enjoyable evening
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/29/2014
 2009
Dined on 10/29/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Lumiere is wonderful. We tried Lumiere soon after it opened, 16 years ago, and were very impressed, but for some reason we did not visit again until last night. It is still amazing, everything - décor, service, FOOD! We had the best swordfish ever, and our friends agreed that their choices were the best. We will not wait another 15 years to return!"
Dined on 10/29/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
0points
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Conveniently located in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel adjacent to the Theater District, the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Bay Village and the South End, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant maintains a stellar reputation for uncompromising value and quality. Whether meeting for lunch, dinner, drinks or after theater dining, McCormick & Schmick's is the ultimate choice for family, friends, visitors and business associates.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A nice surprise!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/24/2014
 2009
Dined on 10/24/2014
 2009
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 chose S&W for dinner before a show in the Theatre District. Not too far at all. We were very impressed with the friendly greeting when we arrived, and the handsome décor, with many small semi-private tables (for 6 max) were a great surprise. Made dinner cozy and muted the noise from other diners and the overall music. All 4 of us ordered just a main course - crusted flounder, tilapia (2) and trout. All plates were cleaned!
Our pleasant server did not forget us, even though we were a bit secluded. We even had time to share a lovely crème brulee before leaving for the show! We plan to return.
"
Dined on 10/24/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Internationally renowned chef Jean Joho presents Brasserie Jo, Boston's only authentic French Brasserie. Joho's extensive menu features simply prepared light offerings, entrees and desserts that incorporate Alsace and other regional French influences.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice pre-symphony dinner!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2009
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2009
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
"This restaurant is always dependable. It is a lovely space with a nice bar and several different seating areas so you do not feel crowded. The service is prompt and knowledgeable, and the kitchen is amazingly fast at creating very tasty dishes! We love the crusty French baguette, served in a paper bag and one of us loves the wasabi-marinated carrot strips. We had time before the concert so splurged on the chocolate mousse. One order is easily enough to share. SO GOOD!"
Dined on 10/21/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
0points
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Quattro Ristorante, Grille & Pizzeria, is restaurateur Frank DePasquale’s forth restaurant in the North End, hence the name which means 4 in Italian. Quattro is also located on the 4 major corners of the North End, Boston’s Famous Italian Neighborhood. Inspired by Italy’s passion for high quality foods prepared with fresh ingredients, Quattro brings delicious foods from simple locally grown ingredients. Frank DePasquale does something few restaurateurs have every tried, melding a full service restaurant that serves wine, beer and cordials with a kitchen equipped with a rotisserie, a char broiler and an authentic Neapolitan brick style pizza oven. Quality has been the only focus and the essential ingredient at Quattro, from the ingredients to the preparation of the food to the service. Quattro’s unique menu appeals to a wide variety of people by touching on all categories, fresh meats, seafood, pork and poultry prepared right in front of your eyes on our custom built rotisserie.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
A fun dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2009
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The restaurant was not too busy at 6:30 on a Friday, but it filled up quickly. Friendly efficient servers handled the crowds, quickly moving between the packed tables. When one person did not like the usual olive bread, the server brought plain bread with a smile. The food was good. There are small plates on the menu, but we chose 2 entrees. We enjoyed the pasta dish and the shrimp and scallop skewer. The two entrees went well with a nice glass of red wine. A nice choice in the North End!"
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, late-night find
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