westender
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  • Review Count
    12
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  • First Review
    August 19, 2014
  • Last Review
    November 23, 2014
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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 35 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
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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.
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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
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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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29 Newbury is a trendy Cafe and sophisticated restaurant. The inventive, upscale cuisine offers many options at moderate prices. 29 Newbury is definitely a romantic spot for a quiet dinner. Please note that 29 Newbury does not accept reservations for the patio.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
An early dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/25/2014
 2009
Dined on 9/25/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We visited early on a Thursday, before the evening really began. We were going to sit outside, but cool weather moved us in.
The small bar was full, all engaged in lively conversation. We were seated inside immediately. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. The server was knowledgeable about the wines, offering alternatives when our first choice was not available. We shared a Caesar salad and the steak tips special. The kitchen split the entrée for us, and the tips were done just as ordered.
All in all, a nice early dinner in a great location."
Dined on 9/25/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Nationally acclaimed Italian cuisine served in five elegant dining rooms within an historic 1830 brick townhouse overlooking America's oldest public square - North Square - in the heart of Boston's North End neighborhood.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Lovely dinner in the North End
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/17/2014
 2009
Dined on 9/17/2014
 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
"Not the usual Italian restaurant. Mamma Maria's is located off Hanover Street with windows looking out on historic North Square. Many small dining rooms in a lovely old townhouse that feels like a private club. The menu is high-end Italian, changing daily based on what is available in the markets, and the service matches that quality. Our Mission fig & gorgonzola appetizer was wonderful. Main courses were scallops, lovely and sweet, and a ravioli with corn and mushrooms. Both excellent. No room for desserts, though."
Dined on 9/17/2014
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium. Our restaurant couldn’t be more convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels. We think a visit to Boston must include a meal at Legal Sea Foods. <br /> <br />We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Hosting friends from Alaska
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2009
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our friends from Alaska brought salmon they caught at their fishing camp, but wanted to sample east coast seafood. We chose Legal's of course, and decided to try the Long Wharf location. Bustling at 6PM, excellent server handled all of our requests with ease. The basic fish entrees were excellent, the vegetarian box a little less so. The one real disappointment was the 'crispy' calamari appetizer. It was quite bland, and we looked in vain for the 'crispy-ness'. Other than that, it was a good time!"
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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