Boston >Food & Dining > Dartmouth Cafe
160 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.351464 -71.078728
Neighborhoods: Back Bay East, Back Bay
don't waste your time – I had a bad feeling about the place from the start, but since my date had made reservations and I didn't want to seem too picky, I went along with it. The food arrived ridiculously late and was tasteless and cold. Our waitress was incredibly pushy. After telling me that the beer I wanted was out (on two attempts), I gave up and asked for a coke. She told me that a coke was a far cry from an alcoholic beverage. How rude!
Cozy, comfortable bar and bistro keeps a mostly Back Bay crowd coming back with delicious drinks and hearty Italian cuisine. – In Short
Located a block north of bustling Newbury Street, this bistro's tiny but welcoming bar is a popular happy hour hangout with those that call the neighborhood home. The dining room gives guests the feel of an authentic Italian trattoria, due to its tight quarters and warm colors. Its outdoor patio offers a street-level view of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Two-sided menu showcases classic Italian fare such as zuppa di mussels and rigatoni with homemade ragu.
Where did Geoffrey's go – I went to Dartmouth Cafe with a friend for drinks and an appetizer thinking it would be just like the old Geoffrey's. I was in for a surprise. The bar was pathetic. They didn't have the ingredients to make any type of martini other than your standard vodka or gin martini. They didn't have any flavoured vodkas either. As for the bruschetta we ordered, I was shocked to see the bread they used was Wonder Bread and that the mozzarella cheese wasn't fresh, and took almost an hour to come to the table. Oh, and did I mention that the kitchen closed at 8PM. Unless somebody can convince me otherwise, I won't be coming here ever again.
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