chuckmac07
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  • Review Count
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  • First Review
    June 3, 2014
  • Last Review
    September 28, 2014
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Tico, Michael Schlow's award-winning venture, located at 222 Berkely St (corner of St James) is casual, fun, inviting, energized and energizing. The restaurant has a personal, somewhat eclectic, "found" feel, with lots of reclaimed wood and unusual pieces. Perfect for friends that want to share cool cocktails, plates of tasty, sometimes spicy food, while listening to great music, in a fast, uncomplicated restaurant that provides knowledgeable, quick, playful service.<br />The restaurant has an open kitchen with 6 stools right on the counter to watch all the action. It also boasts a large bar, dining room for 100, a chef's table, and a lush outdoor courtyard that features a fireplace, dining for 50, as well as some "soft" seating near the fire if guests wish to be outside for a drink or snack.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
decent lunch at a decent price
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/26/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/26/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"nothing special, nothing wrong. interesting Mexican-influenced menu, executed like any corner bar might do. bar-like setting. again, nothing wrong, but nothing memorable."
Dined on 9/26/2014
 2005
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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
consistently very good
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/15/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/15/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"nice bread, terrific salads & creative, fresh pasta dishes made for another very good experience."
Dined on 9/15/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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***PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE FOR OUR 17 SEAT CHEF'S COUNTER ONLY*** <br> Located in a 100-year-old fire station in Boston’s historic Leather District, o ya offers contemporary Japanese dining in a comfortable setting. The intimate 37-seat dining room consists of ten tables and a 17-seat chef’s counter, where guests can watch the chefs preparing the dishes. <br> Chef Owner Tim Cushman offers an Omakase, or Chef’s tasting menu, for $150 and an extensive a la carte menu of creative nigiri, sashimi, vegetable, wagyu beef, kurobuta pork and poulet rouge chicken dishes. O ya also offers an extensive premium sake list. Average dining time is approximately 2-3 hours. <br> CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event that you need to cancel or modify your reservation, please do so 24 hours prior to your reservation to avoid a $75 per person charge. <br> If you have any specific dietary or time restrictions, please let us know when making your reservation.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
worth every penny
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"sushi as both art and a theatrical experience. menu, preparation, taste, service & setting all 5 stars. spectacular."
Dined on 9/13/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Manhattan sophistication meets comfort at Lexington Brass, a 110-seat neighborhood eatery located on the ground level of the luxury Hersha Group hotel, Hyatt 48Lex. A fresh, locally sourced menu by Executive Chef Chris Leahy features traditional American cuisine, while the social setting, sensible prices and gracious service foster a sense of familiarity among patrons, making Lexington Brass both a Midtown destination and a neighborhood staple.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
nice lunch but understaffed
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/11/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/11/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"clean modern setting, good food (salmon & salads), but slow, iffy service."
Dined on 9/11/2014
 2005
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Stella is a fantastic new Italian restaurant in Boston's hip SoWa neighborhood. Chef Evan Deluty is considered one of New England's most talented chefs. Evan and Candice Deluty celebrate the grand opening of their third restaurant, Stella.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
still our favorite in South End
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"great setting, perfect bar, the best arugula salad anywhere, and wonderful pasta & fish selection. modern Italian done to perfection."
Dined on 9/06/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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Fine American cuisine served in a fabulously converted barn. The White Barn Inn Restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star and Relais Gourmand property with four course Prix Fixe Menu at $109 per person, and subject to availability, a nine course Prix Fixe menu at $165 per person, both featuring the finest fresh local ingredients. <br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
everything great but the food...
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/04/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/04/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"service was superb and setting is gorgeous, but food was inconsistent, especially given the very high prices. terrific salad and scallop/corn apps were followed up with nicely-prepared but fishy-tasting haddock and dull, lifeless halibut (it almost seemed like part of the recipe had been forgotten). then desserts, which are included in price fixe menu, were left largely uneaten, as both (cheesecake and blueberry souffle) were odd-tasting, bland and oddly textured. the Inn is great, the setting is beautiful and the service was attentive and unhurried, but we came for the food and it was uneven and disappointing. i'm just not sure this is the restaurant it used to be strictly from a food standpoint."
Dined on 9/04/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Co-Owners Brian Piccini and Executive Chef Christopher Coombs are proud of their award winning Restaurant & Bar, Deuxave in the Back Bay. The inspiration behind the restaurant’s American Nouveau Cuisine is seasonality, with a focus on working with the finest farms and purveyors, sourcing out the freshest, local ingredients and amplifying their magnificence. The cuisine is strongly rooted in the nouvelle techniques of contemporary French cuisine, married with the splendor of American ingredients in a refined, but casual setting. Deuxave’s (pronounced doo-ave) name plays homage to its location at the corners of Commonwealth Ave and Massachusetts Ave.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Top 3 in Boston
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/27/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/27/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"except for a "fishy" taste to the white fish in the Fruits de la Mer entree, a perfect meal. bread, wine, salads, halibut (perfect!) and chocolate dessert all spectacular. we are fans!"
Dined on 8/27/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Alberto's Ristorante was established in 1984 at which time, Northern Italian cuisine and fresh homemade pasta were introduced to Cape Cod for the first time. Since then, we have continued this tradition of all fresh ingredients and in-house preparation of every course from the soups to the desserts.<br /><br />Our reputation for casual elegance arises from our emphasis on decor, service, the pride we take in food preparation, and our affordability. Over the years, we have received rave reviews from food critics from the Cape Cod Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Cape Cod Life Magazine, Fodor's, AAA, and New York Times critic James Beard for "...exquisite Northern Italian cuisine". Our lounge is the perfect setting for a before dinner cocktail, an after dinner espresso, or an even more casual meal. .
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
incredibly mediocre
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/20/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/20/2014
 2005
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"tired setting, lifeless servers and dull, unimaginative food. Hyannis is not exactly a food Mecca, but there are WAY better choices in town."
Dined on 8/20/2014
 2005
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Nestled like a hidden jewel in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Massimo's warmly lit brick and stone grotto walls, fresh flowers and oil paintings of magnificent Italian landscapes transports guests to Florence, Rome and Venice. Guests relax in a richly appointed atmosphere beneath mahogany-beamed ceilings and private parties unwind in their own intimate dining room. Ristorante Massimo offers authentic dishes from all regions of Italy. From innovative concepts to timeless Italian favorites, our executive chef creates each dish with a distinctive, refined touch as found in some of the worlds most celebrated restaurants. Thoroughly unforgettable, unbelievable satisfying. **limited dining room availability offered online**
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
VERY good upscale Italian food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"it's in a basement so it's a bit dark/dreary, but more than makes up for the setting with attentive, stellar service and terrific food choices & execution. scallops, pasta & apps were all excellent. a very strong choice in Portsmouth & the best Italian on the Seacoast region."
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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On Newbury Street it’s a legend. Now it’s time for Stephanie’s to stake its claim in the South End. Stephi’s on Tremont is set to open this winter, in the coveted former home of The Garden of Eden on Tremont at Union Park. This second Steph’s will feature many of the same elements that have made the Back Bay location a landmark: Floor-to-ceiling windows, a substantial patio and, of course, prime corner real estate will make for outstanding people watching in one of the city’s most fabulous neighborhoods. Always a favorite for its comfortable, somewhat residential décor and service, Stephanie’s is a go-to for lunch, brunch and dinner…in the summer and the winter…for an afternoon drink or a blow-out celebration. A sophisticated comfort menu inspired by the original (and even including some of the classics) will be served in the bar & lounge, the dining room and a private dining room for special events. Stephanie’s feels like home, but better. Now come home to the South End!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
I really wanna like this place, but
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"they just can't seem to get 'the food thing' right. really nice atmosphere, attentive servers and some great food, but not all great food. this is my 3rd time at Stephi's and to coin a phrase: it's always something. for my prior 2 dinners, great halibut but drenched in a thick buttery sauce that killed the dish. in this case for lunch, terrific salad and Irish soda bread plus fresh chicken salad with sliced nuts and capers, but then they wreck it by drowning it in mayonaisse. so an otherwise 5-star experience is ruined by the need to - once again - drench an entree in sauce/mayo. as i said, i really wanna like this place: great decor and service and they're right around the corner, but..."
Dined on 7/02/2014
 2005
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