leni
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  • Review Count
    18
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  • First Review
    May 5, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 25, 2014
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Redeye Grill is an updated classic American restaurant. The warm tones, polished nickel and leather, along with our original Red Grooms artwork creates a sophisticated, timeless and comfortable atmosphere.<br />Red's Lounge at Redeye Grill features an 88-foot mural by the world-renowned artist Red Grooms. Hear live music nightly and enjoy a cocktail designed by mixologist Brian Van Flandern.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Pleasant evening at Red Eye Grill
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/23/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/23/2014
 2003
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
"A most pleasant experience. White table cloths, an assorted menu, good wine choice by the glass and even half bottles. Matzo ball soup in a miso broth was excellent as was the halibut. The server had great personality and was helpful re dietary needs. Being next door to Carnegie Hall makes it a good pre-theater venue. A most pleasant evening!"
Dined on 8/23/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
+2points
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Offering seasonally focused, contemporary American seafood, where only the finest and freshest seafood is highlighted. Guests will be enchanted by the superb selection of raw bar favorites and delicious appetizers which include East & West Coast Oysters, Chilled Lobster, and expertly seasoned Yellowfin Tuna Tartare. Entrée selections are sure to delight, with succulent Alaskan King Crab Legs, elegant Herb Basted Black Bass and the menu wouldn't be complete without the addition of SFG's Surf & Turf - tender filet mignon and buttery steamed lobster.<br />The sleek interior, with tile floors, shimmering blue lighting, and mirrored accents give the space a modern edge while the Main Dining Room takes cues from a classic steakhouse with dark wood floors, wainscoting, and a roaring marble fireplace. SFG boasts not one but two private dining options for more intimate events. The Sea Fire Grill lends the perfect balance to refined cuisine, chic décor, and impeccable service. <br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Seafire Grill is a winner!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"WOW! We thought we would like the restaurant from the write up in Zagat but we had no idea how much we would like it. Every bite was one to savor. The three of us ordered fish, each different, and each superb. The side of creamed spinach was the best ever - and I am a tough critic of creamed spinach. Breads were excellent as was the accompanying spread of marscapone, herbs and more. Wait staff were appropriately attentive but not hovering. This is a real gem!"
Dined on 8/22/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
0points
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Over the years together, Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder have perfected their own modern take on Austrian cuisine - one which combines traditional techniques, contemporary innovations, and updates to some of their favorite childhood dishes. The team behind the prestigious private catering group, Elderberry Catering, chefs Ban and Frauneder, together with a small group of investors, have opened Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, their first venture open to the public. Their goal is to provide elegant home-cooking in a sleek but welcoming setting.<br /><br />The chefs at Seasonal pride themselves on maintaining the utmost quality in their cuisine, and therefore, consistent with its name, the kitchen uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The visual presentation of each plate is the final step in the process, and the chefs have ensured that the look of each plate matches the refinement of the food itself and the décor, creating an unforgettable dining experience.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Elegant Austrian
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/21/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/21/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This restaurant has earned it's Michelin star. It is excellent! The food is authentically Austrian, and the service is superb. The Wiener schnitzel rivals my mother's and the side dishes are perfect. the wine list is extensive and well conceived. The waiters were available when any addition was needed, but did not "hang around." We visit on every trip to NYC and will be back again."
Dined on 8/21/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
+1point
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Ovations, an open-air restaurant overlooking the Meadow at Wolf Trap, offers pre-event buffet dining. Reservations are requested and recommended.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ovations hits the spot
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"If you are not going to picnic and you are going to Wolf Trap then you want to go, for dinner, to Ovations. It is all buffet with a very wide assortment to fit all tastes and desires. The chef will work with you if you are plagued with allergies. Food is fresh and loaded with flavor. Spent dishes are immediately replaced so that the serving line is always looking fresh. One sits in an open air fancy tent with a view of the lawns and picnicers. Go and enjoy!"
Dined on 8/15/2014
 2003
Special Features: good for groups, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Blue Duck Tavern, a contemporary neighborhood restaurant, invites its guests to gather and celebrate in good taste with a menu focusing on the freshest ingredients available from local purveyors and artisans. The menu notes every farm where the main ingredient for the dish was raised before its journey to the table. Dishes are genuine, time-honored and traditional -- slow roasting in wood embers, braising, preserving and smoking techniques bring the true flavors of America's great, simple and wholesome foods to the Blue Duck Tavern. <br /><br />The restaurant has an elegant residential feel through the open staff pantry and kitchen, wood-burning oven and the showpiece Molteni range.<br /><br />*Please note that for diners bringing in wine, a $35 corkage fee (per 750 ml bottle of wine), with a limit of two bottles, will be charged.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Blue Duck is Special
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"It was our 51st wedding anniversary! I wanted somewhere special but not too over the top. We had been to Blue Duck for pre theater dinner, but it was always rushed. This was a long leisurely dinner and was superb! I got a scallop appetizer which is not to be missed - a ceviche and thin smoked slices of scallop with micro greens and superb vinaigrette. My husband had a lettuce wedge which was made with a leaf lettuce - he loved it. My duck breast was super and his bison steak exceptional. Food is served with attention to flavor - and a bit of whimsy. YUMM. And if you like good wines, Blue Duck will not disappoint. Broad selection at (relatively) reasonable prices. We look forward to a return visit."
Dined on 8/17/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
0points
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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
Time to visit Mama Maria
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/10/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/10/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The menu was a delight for the senses - I only wish I had had a larger appetite and could have eaten more!! The lobster ravioli served as both an appetizer or main dish was heavenly. The taste of the lobster was present in every bite and the mushrooms served with the dish were superb. Also superb was the Halibut with lobster mushrooms. YUMM! the wine list was well conceived. Our server, however, was anything but knowledgeable concerning the wines and offered no assistance from anyone that was knowledgeable. A somewhat minor glitch in an otherwise excellent and delicious evening."
Dined on 8/10/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Eat out and feel at home! Chef Tony Maws - winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northeast - combines French-inspired “nose -to-tail refined rusticity” with ”no exceptions” local, seasonal, & organic or natural ingredients. Enjoy the bar (Food & Wine’s ”Top 100 in US”), ”Our Sunday Best Brunch”, and Tasting Menus …Thanks to GQ for naming us #2 (!) in 10 Best New US Restaurants, Food Network for “Best Breakfast in MA”, Boston Magazine for 2010 “Best Bigtime Chef” and Boston Globe for one of ”The 10 Most Influential Restaurants” of the decade. We are the third most popular restaurant in Boston, says Zagat and one of the Top 100 Wine Restaurants in the US, says Wine Enthusiast!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Creative Craigie!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/09/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/09/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Utterly awesome! The food is outstanding in every way. I wanted to savor every morsel and was so very sorry when I had cleaned my plate; I wished I could lick it. My only complaint was that there were so many tasty things on the menu, it was hard to choose. The wine list was reasonably priced and excellent. The restaurant is a bit noisy, but it was a Saturday and they were BUSY! It was not so loud you had to shout to be heard. I can't wait to find a reason to come back"
Dined on 8/09/2014
 2003
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Blue Ginger, located in Wellesley, is Ming Tsai's award-winning flagship restaurant. This feng-shui inspired space offers three distinct dining options. There's the informal Lounge serving Asian tapas in a more casual setting. No reservations are required in the Lounge. The main dining room features an open kitchen for you to experience mastery at work. The menu features Ming's signature East-West cuisine, including his famous Miso-Sake Marinated Sablefish and Black Pepper Lobster. And lastly, there are three private dining rooms for larger groups or functions wanting to be enjoyed away from the crowd.<br /><br />"Blue Ginger is unusual, not only because of the food or the room, but because it's a neighborhood restaurant of a type not found too often in the Boston area...those of us who live farther away will just have to travel now that the secret is out." --The Boston Globe <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Blue Ginger Soars
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/06/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/06/2014
 2003
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The food was outstanding!! I had always wanted to go to Blue Ginger and the visit did not disappoint my expectations. The food was outstanding - creative, flavorful, beautiful and just plain yummy. Our server was excellent -with good knowledge of both food and wine. They have fun creative cocktails as well. I can't wait to return."
Dined on 8/06/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
If you are looking for a unique place to go for brunch, lunch, or dinner, Brasserie Monte Carlo is the place to go. Stepping into the restaurant, one can not help but notice the beautiful mural (designed by Dianne Hoppman) that takes up the whole right wall, and the rustic decor that helps add warmth to the room. Sonny Abraham owner/chef of Brasserie Monte Carlo has been in the restaurant business since 1985. Sonny has done a wonderful job of staffing his restaurant with only the best. He personally completed his culinary training in Lausanne, Switzerland and his matre d' worked at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. It is truly a team effort at Brasserie Monte Carlo, at times you may even see Sonny waiting on a table to help his staff out, or helping in the kitchen or even providing wine service. Sonny's goal is to bring the taste of Washington's well known restaurants to downtown Bethesda but for a fraction of the cost maintaining quality, value and service.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good food at Brasserie Monte Carlo
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/01/2014
 2003
Dined on 8/01/2014
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Monte Carlo is a wonderful staple! the food is predictable and good. Service is knowledgeable and the restaurant is seldom overly noisy. we have been to group parties when the entire restaurant was taken which was superb and we have been to a quiet lunch. Both to be savored. They do fish particularly well, though escargot is not to be missed. Most enjoyable."
Dined on 8/01/2014
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
 
Oakville Grille and Wine Bar serves American cuisine in a California inspired atmosphere. Enjoy innovative cuisine and a wonderful wine selection.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Oakville is A-OK
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2003
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2003
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Oakville is in a pleasant strip shopping center with upscale shops. It fits right in. The restaurant is pretty with white table cloths and a rose on every table. The food is well flavored and creative. I had a delicious grilled mushroom salad! My colleague had a salad with salmon which he said was very good. We did not have wine, but there are MANY wines available by the glass and the selections are broad and good. Bread are freshly made and creative as well. Tables are well spaced so it is easy to talk."
Dined on 7/30/2014
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, notable wine list
0points
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