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295 Franklin St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211042.357073 -71.052821
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
UMBRIA PRIME, Frank DePasquale’s steakhouse, is situated in the heart of Boston’s Financial District just steps away from the waterfront.
This classic steakhouse features exclusively corn and grass-fed, 35-day dry-aged prime CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF that's seared and finished in a 1,200 degree brick oven leaving the perfect char. Besides the beef, there's an extensive menu of other items that include inventive appetizers, artisan Umbrian pastas, fresh seafood, chops and hearty side dishes. For a finale, we offer an assortment of exquisite homemade desserts. Come, taste and find out why UMBRIA PRIME has already taken its place among America's finest steakhouses. (617) 892-4254
Fresh pasta, upscale menu and atmosphere – Pretty good food, and eager, but erratic, service. Warm atmosphere; brick walls, open kitchen, cozy and modern. Poor wine selection for less than $50/bottle; lots of interesting stuff over $50. Call me cheap, I guess. However, we got tasty wines by-the-glass. Appetizer of Bufalo Mozzarella lacked any basil, and "summer tomatos" were gassed. "House-cured" proscuitto was good, but also lacked the featured goodies (I couldn't find any speck or guaranciale!). I had anticipated the Pappardelle with Mushrooms, and it was very satisfying...fresh pasta and hearty mushrooms. Not only was the quail garnish unnecassary, but it did not add anything to the dish. Also, the menu said "shaved truffles", and I could not detect any. The waiter seemed to rush us to order (the house was only half full on a Saturday night), and then the food came out too quickly. They serve a white bean dip with the bread that is fantastic! but we couldn't enjoy it because the waiter removed the bread when he brought the apps. He had recommended the spaghetti with stuffed lobster to my wife, and when she ordered it, he said they had run out. To compound his error, he said that the couple next to us had ordered the last two, but we noticed later they they did not. We may be tourists, but we aren't stupid. She had instead the lobster ravioli, which she said was OK, but not exciting. The waiter redeemed himself in my wife's eyes when he brought us complimentary Limoncellos after dinner. Desserts were OK, molten chocolate cake with "hazelnut" gelato/mousse but it was peanuts. Lemoncello cake. Tasty.
Fantastic dinner in the financial district – My boyfriend and I recently went to Umbria and had a fabulous time. The food was really amazing. I started with the seafood trio and was impressed that the squid was cooked perfectly - very tender. A lot of chefs tend to overcook it so it gets tough. My boyfriend had the spinach soup which was nice and creamy with a really nice olive oil drizzled on top. For the main course I had the osso bucco which was falling apart tender and had an intense flavor. I know that it had been slowed cooked for hours to get that concentration of flavor. We received some help from the staff in picking out several wines along the way. They suggested wines at different prices points each time we asked for help - which I really appreciated, and everything we drank paired very nicely with the food. One thing you should definitely try if you go, is one of the digistivos. They are a really nice ending to a large meal and, I think, somewhat unique here in Boston.
unadulterated rudeness from hostess and waiter -- poor service all around – A girl friend and I went to this place after work last night for a couple of drinks and some appetizers. From the moment we walked in we received nothing but rudeness. The hostess was snotty and after we asked her if we could sit out by the bar, she immediately asked if we had a reservation. When we said we didn't (and also noticed that no one else was in the place, aside from the five people sitting at the bar), she made a big point to look at her computer to see if we could sit there. Once it was deemed "okay" to sit there, she even acted miffed that we declined her offer to check our coats for us.
Then there was the waiter. Once he saw that we 1) weren't wearing suits (even though we had come directly from working in the Financial District and still had our dressy work clothes on -- the fact we weren't donning suits evidently made us less in his eyes) and 2) didn't look like we were from Old Money, his attitude definitely took a turn (and these two assumptions were later confirmed when the three couples sat down beside us who were wearing suits and looked like they were loaded because he fawned all over them).
He took our drink orders and actually made a face when I ordered a vodka gimlet. We decided to order two prosciutto appetizers on the menu (I'm copying this from their menu to make a point later on) -- 1) the Involtini di Speck Tirolese, which was imported smoked prosciutto rolls; and 2) Prosciutti di Cantina & Scamorza, which was Berkshire and black boar prosciutto. My friend asked for "Two of each of the prosciutto appetizers."
Instead, he brought back two of #2. My friend pointed it out to him and then he started to argue with her and said there was only one prosciutto dish on the menu and brought it over to prove it. My friend pointed out the other dish and he tried to tell her she was pronouncing "prosciutto" wrong. He finally got the order right but not until he made a great point of making it seem my friend was wrong.
Don't waste your time or money – I can't agree more with the other reviews posted here. The service was very unprofessional for the price point of the restaurant. We had a large group with a price fixed menu. The waitress couldn't even tell us what was included or what the price was - she had to keep running to her manager for every question. The fixed menu gave us no choice for appetizer - everyone was forced to get the exact same thing and the entrees were way overcooked. Of course my expectations were high when the entrees of salmon or steak were roughly $35 -$40 each if you subtracted the appetizer and dessert individual prices from our fixed price. The bread pudding was awful, over cooked and tasteless. Then when we left the hostess couldn't find our coats and after several failed attempts I suggested that I go to the coat room to find them. When we go there she snapped "there in the corner - those are the coats for your table" and walked out as if it was my fault she couldn't find our coats.
Boston's Authentic Italian Dining Experience – With all the gossip surrounding the departure of Marisa Iocco's guiding hand at Frank De Pasquale's finest restaurant, one might be a little concerned about the quality of the food. Put all doubts aside. New Executive Chef Gianni Caruso is ready for the big time. The food is phenomenal; from the hand-made pasta to the fat, juicy steaks and the only poached salmon I would ever consider eating, the food is way ahead of any competition. The service is also excellent although some of the servers, fresh off the boat from Italy, have pretty strong accents--but isn't that part of the the charm? The dolci, too, were delicious. The closest thing to cannoli I've had in Sicly are available at Umbria. A well-conceived and priced wine list is another bonus. And it all goes on in one of the city's prettiest dining rooms offering a delightful note of rustic charm.
Definitely wont be recommending this restaurant – The menu was to fussy for me. The bread on the table was stale and the tables are too close together. You dont get a whole lot on your plate for the huge price. My husband had a seafood pasta dish that tasted too "fishy" which made us suspect it was not fresh seafood but it was one of the "so-called" specials for the evening. We also had an expensive appetizer that consisted of barely one serving! No one even bothered to ask why we barely touched our meals either...RUDE!
RUDE Staff, Terrible Service.. DON'T GO HERE!! – I booked a table in advance for 15 on Saturday. I called multiple times to ensure everything would be ready. Upon arrival, the door men were very rude. These Chums have Napolean sydrome working the door in Boston. We came there to spend money and have a good time but these boys gave us a first and lasting impression of what a bad place Umbria is. The rudeness continued with that woman taking tickets at the door. I wondered why such a miserable lady wasnt in bed sleeping.. She was awful!! When I went to get to our table I learned that it wasnt ready and that the staff wasnt even told about it. Nobody was expecting us like they had promised. We had to wait 30 minutes. When the table was finally put together, it was in a different room than I requested. Moral of this story: UMBRIA SUCKS!
Rude Staff – I have been to Unbria twice - once for my company's holiday party and once for a friend's birthday party. While I found the food to be very bland, the worst part of my experience was in dealing with the staff. I was yelled at by one of the security guards and then - after I asked to speak with a manager - the manager was also very rude. If service or food are important to you - I would not recommend Umbria for a private party.
The Nightclub is a Smokin' HOT Joint!! – My girlfriends & I had a scandalously good time at Umbria's nightclub! Stimulate on Friday night is the place to get your groove on. We started out on the 4th floor dancing to techno, but it was the irresistible hip-hop & reggaeton beats on the 3rd floor that had us shakin' it down. We rocked the dance floor with cute guys until closing time! Abundant banquets & sofas were available for lounging. But seriously, we danced so hard to the blistering beats, there wasn't much time for sitting. I'll be back with even more of my ladies fo' sho'!!
Dissapointing – My colleague and I ate here for lunch. We ordered the margherita pizza, and I ordered the gorgonzola/pear salad. The pizza was tasty, yet much too greasy. The salad was bland. The biggest dissapointment were the prices. They charge $3 for one small soft drink, and then although they take it away automatically to re-fill, they charged us for the re-fill. What a poor policy! We will not be going back.
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