1634 Beacon St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244542.337868 -71.142098
Monday To Friday From 11:00 AM To 02:30 PM Saturday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:30 PM Sunday To Tuesday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Thursday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Very enjoyable experience – I think the best thing about having dined here happen a month after being there when my girlfriend turned to me and said, ?I can still taste the flavors of our meal at the Fireplace.? I know now why there are people always in the restaurant whenever I pass by.
all around great restaurant. – This is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the food,decor,service and prices. I love the American wine list and the martinis as well. It is very creative and charming.The chicken rivals any in the city but I also love the variety of menu items and there are great daily specials.It is a must to visit!!!!
Nothing to write home about – The food's not bad, the service isn't bad, the decor is kind of interesting, the price isn't great. Why go?
Innovative...maybe five years ago. – Some friends and I went to the fireplace a few nights back. I've been wanting to try it for a long time now, as it looks so cozy inside. Much to my dismay, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. We were greeted by a hostess at the top of the stairs, far from the front door who waved us in her direction. It seemed rather abrupt. Since the rest of our party was not there, she invited us to have a drink at the desolate bar. Design-wise, the bar is too wide to promote a comfortable feeling. But that was nothing compared to the fact that there was not a bartender. The hostess doubled as a bartender and took forever to take our drink order and then make our rather uninspiring cocktails. (A manager just stood by) We were seated in the main dining room and had a nice view of the street and the other tables. The menu had stalwart items like roasted chicken, a pork chop on mashed potatoes, and some kind of seared fish, among other things. Each sounded good, but nothing was terribly innovative. I just feel like this place is stuck in the near past. Our corn chowder was good, but again, it was just that. It wasn't served piping hot, so that may have played a role in my opinion. The pork loin was flavorful and well-prepared, but putting it on plain mashed potatoes just did not inspire me. I really enjoyed the small ravioli filled with fresh peas (they must've been right out of the garden) very much, though it was confusing as to how they were to relate to the fish (I forget what kind). The desserts were incredible. I had a berry tart that was so sweet and full of berry goodness and mixed perfectly with the ice cream served alongside it.
Overall, we had a pleasant meal, but I wouldn't rush back. For the price, you can get more innovative food with fresher ingredients and a better overall experience. Why pay this much for reliable, but only typical nicer restaurant food?
Brookline's bastion of upscale comfort food features a warm, comfy atmosphere worthy of its name. – The Scene
The cornerstone of the Washington Square dining scene, the Fireplace attracts young couples and older families with award-winning "New England grill" cuisine and a comfortable bar environment. While there's only one fireplace (located on the lower level, facing the bar), it fills the entire establishment with pleasant scents of winters past and future. Friendly, knowledgeable waiters patrol the warm-toned dining room, delivering dishes from the open kitchen.
The kitchen draws repeat customers with stylish, nourishing comfort food that places local, seasonal ingredients in a starring role. After starting with a New England cod cake (it comes to life thanks to a zingy lemon-caper sauce), many diners move on to the kitchen's satisfying signature dish: A spit-roasted half chicken with smooth mashed potatoes, sage brown butter and watercress. The divine dessert menu includes tantalizing "dark and sticky" gingerbread.
Bland food, over-rated spot – I had heard good things about this place, but after two unimpressive meals, I can say with confidence that this place is over-rated. While the service was okay, the food was just bland and very overpriced -- any pretty good home cook can do much better. Very disappointed.
good eatin – I would definitely go back for the rotisserie chicken. It was a good value with little pretense and will fill the hungriest patron. However, the person I was eating with has twice ordered fish, the last time was sea bass, and was not impressed by the size or taste. I would recommend making a reservation, though they have tables in the bar area, the service is much slower.
Overpriced, poor customer service – The waitress forgot to mention the two things on the menu that they didn't have and only told us as we were ordering them. Would have been good to know since I picked the place for the options the menu offered. Then after getting our bread and drinks we were asked to move. Apparently the inexperienced hostess seated us at the wrong table. Food was mediocre. Mussels were small for the price and the chicken was something that I could make at home for a lot less (would have had the steak, but they didn't have steak on a Saturday night). Staff wears jeans that are too low and should not be worn when bending over tables (we didn't appreciate the rear view thrown in our faces when the table next to us was being cleared). No direct apology from the Manager was received (I don't even know if he knew); however, they did offer us free desert. Neither of us were interested in desert so we declined. We received no compensation (not even the drinks were taken off the bill). Will not go back to this restaurant and would advise my friends not to as well. There are plenty of other restaurants out there...
Horrible management and service!!! – We are from NYC and consider good service to be just as important as the quality of food, which was average at best--the sirloin was like one you could order at The Olive Garden; the "famous" chicken was presented as if the chef didn't quite know how to handle it, with the skin ripped off and haphazardly placed on a mound of mashed potatoes...The worst was the service. We legitimately asked for our dessert to be served with a Congratulations note on it and the waitstaff not only scoffed and openly laughed at us, but served our dessert sans message. When we spoke with the "manager" about this, all he did was reply (with a visible smirk) "It wasn't me, dude." Very professional indeed. Not to mention that the entire waitstaff sulked by their station as patrons finished their dinners--at 10:30 pm ON A SATURDAY NIGHT!!!
Wonderful and romantic experience! – I recently took my boyfriend here for his birthday. Made an early dinner reservation and enjoyed being seated in front of the beautiful fireplace. The service was friendly and accomodating and the food was fabulous. As the sun set, the servers came around and lit candles in the middle of the table and the fireplace was kept alive the entire time. It was really romantic and my boyfriend and I can't wait to go back!
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