chuckmac07
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    May 5, 2014
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    August 29, 2014
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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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For over three decades the Ashworth by the Sea on Hampton Beach, New Hampshire has enjoyed a reputation as one of the best fine dining establishments in New England.<br /><br />In May, 2010 we created a new, original restaurant at the landmark hotel by the sea. Breakers at the Ashworth is set in the historic Ashworth by the Sea Hotel established in 1912. In a sophisticated yet casual setting with amazing views of Hampton Beach, Ashworth by the Sea celebrates the new, contemporary look of the Breakers Restaurant and Bar in Hampton Beach, NH. Oversized windows provide spectacular ocean views, a granite-topped bar and raised stone hearth fireplace, wood flooring, custom millwork and new furniture, textiles and lighting contribute to an inviting, casual atmosphere. The bar completely wraps around what was once two separate and distinct rooms, creating one expansive space. The Breakers Restaurant now accommodates more people and the popular dance floor has been enlarged.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
remember: it's Hampton Beach...
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"in a town with arguably the crappiest restaurants on the planet, where fried dough and 97 flavors of soft serve reign, the Breakers is arguably the best of what's there. nice menu variety, but maybe too much, as even the "healthy" choices (haddock, baked potato & green beans) are served swimming in butter & bland seasonings. very friendly servers and hot pretzel bites that are very good (just avoid the dipping sauces). but given where it is, probably the best overall option in town."
Dined on 7/01/2014
 2005
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Tucked away on quiet South Street, just steps from South Station and the financial district, Les Zygomates boasts a French bistro motif and menu, and extensive wine list for your dining pleasure. A full bar is also available, as is a bar menu for lighter bites in one of our two bar areas. Live jazz is featured Tuesday through Saturday nights for both bar and dinner guests.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
a solid lunch choice in Boston
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/24/2014
 2005
Dined on 6/24/2014
 2005
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
"very good food, attentive service by servers who 'get' that it's lunch time and many people have schedules and a varied menu make this a good lunch alternative in the Financial District/Seaport area"
Dined on 6/24/2014
 2005
Special Features: great for lunch
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For over three decades the Ashworth by the Sea on Hampton Beach, New Hampshire has enjoyed a reputation as one of the best fine dining establishments in New England.<br /><br />In May, 2010 we created a new, original restaurant at the landmark hotel by the sea. Breakers at the Ashworth is set in the historic Ashworth by the Sea Hotel established in 1912. In a sophisticated yet casual setting with amazing views of Hampton Beach, Ashworth by the Sea celebrates the new, contemporary look of the Breakers Restaurant and Bar in Hampton Beach, NH. Oversized windows provide spectacular ocean views, a granite-topped bar and raised stone hearth fireplace, wood flooring, custom millwork and new furniture, textiles and lighting contribute to an inviting, casual atmosphere. The bar completely wraps around what was once two separate and distinct rooms, creating one expansive space. The Breakers Restaurant now accommodates more people and the popular dance floor has been enlarged.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
good food; great service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/05/2014
 2005
Dined on 6/05/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"our 2nd pre-concert dinner here. good, simple food and non-descript decor, but once again friendly, attentive, responsive service made the difference."
Dined on 6/05/2014
 2005
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Lidia Bastianich & her son Joe's Theater District mainstay. Best known for the $22.95 pasta tasting menu & the great selections on the $25 Italian wine list. Loved by locals & out of towners alike, Becco has been serving consistently delicious regional Italian cuisine since 1993. Located on the famed Restaurant Row in NYC's Theatre District, Becco is open for lunch & dinner seven days a week. Enjoy signature dishes, like the Osso Bucco, as well as the bounty of fresh seasonal preparations. The Reserve Wine list has many of Italy's best known producers, as well as some more eclectic wine makers. A knowledgeable staffer will be on hand to help you make a great choice. With 18 years on restaurant row, great food & great service help make Becco the right choice time & time again.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
solid pre-theater choice
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/02/2014
 2005
Dined on 6/02/2014
 2005
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
"very good traditional Italian restaurant. nice selection, friendly service, cozy setting."
Dined on 6/02/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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CAFÉ BOULUD features a French-American menu inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud's four culinary muses: la tradition, classic French cuisine; la saison, seasonal delicacies; le potager, the vegetable garden; and le voyage, the flavors of world cuisines. <br /><br />In addition to dinner seven nights, we feature a $37 two-course prix-fixe lunch six days a week, and brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is both a neighborhood gem and a destination for food lovers in search of casually elegant dining. Two private dining rooms seating 18 guest each are available for your private entertaining needs, and may be combined to accommodate 40.<br /><br />The restaurant's adjacent BAR PLEIADES serves inventive cocktails and a luxurious bar menu from 3 pm onwards.<br /><br />DANIEL • DB Bistro Moderne •Boulud Sud• Bar Boulud • DBGB Kitchen & Bar
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
just about perfect
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/01/2014
 2005
Dined on 6/01/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"other than the bartender with a smug/cocky demeanor, a perfect evening. spectacular food preparation, creative menu, great wine list, attentive service and a nice setting made for one of the best dinners we've had anywhere. a wonderful evening."
Dined on 6/01/2014
 2005
Special Features: special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod is a unique establishment partnering Wink & Nod's fully scratch craft cocktail program with Chef Josh Lewin's Bread & Salt crafting innovative takes on globally inspired cuisine and culture aiming to give our guests the best of both worlds. Here you will find creative bar snacks, exciting appetizers, and unique dishes like Bread & Salt's signature hand rolled pasta with foraged mushrooms, curry leaf oil and heirloom basils. Our bar is fully stocked with fine and rare spirits, ranging from house infused vodkas and cordials, a well consisting of all local distillers, and $100 cocktail using saffron infused ingredients imported from France exclusively for Wink & Nod. Our dynamic dining room offers casual seating at and around the bar, a quiet fine dining setting, as well as a luxurious lounge area to enjoy your drinks and late-night menu served until <br /><br />We are 21+<br /><br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
an odd experience...
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/28/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/28/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"on the plus side: nicely-prepared food, interesting menu & a chef who took the time to come out and ask us how we were doing
on the challenging side: a personality-less greeter, a menu oriented toasted red meat & fat, a dark/lounge-like setting and furniture, no coffee or tea (they can't boil water for tea?!) and most bizarre: a server who visited us every 3 minutes, who kept telling us everything is delicious & hand made (it was), who kept re-arranging our table layout and who basically hovered & intruded throughout the dinner
i voted "no" above, but this place is new so hopefully they'll work out the kinks, get new staff or better train the current team, and keep the food quality, because it WAS very good."
Dined on 5/28/2014
 2005
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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