24 Harvard St, Brookline, MA | Directions 0244542.333912 -71.118916
Daily, 11am - 11pm
Brookline Village not Greenwich Village – An overpriced hangout for brookline hipsters who think they are in New York. Hot , cramped and expensive. Service was inattentive at best . Pork milanese was so greasy, it was dripping. When i told the waiter at the bar that it was not good...he just shrugged and unceremoniously dumped it in the barrel. Reservations are a joke , and they try to send you next door to the Pub they own so you can run up a tab there while you wait and wait.. quite a gimmick.... worst of all...neither place takes a credit card.. Nothing like a cash business
I'm confused – After having some of the worst service experiences here we had vowed never to return. When we came back a year later, it was like stepping into a rosy Twilight Zone. The food - which I consider about the best in Boston for this type of creative fusion - was excellent as always. But that 1-star service suddenly shot up to 6 out of 5 stars. I can't explain it. Our baby was there crying and the much-maligned owner took the time to come out of the back and hold her, rocking her around the restaurant while we ate the delicious food (really, there is nothing bad on the menu). She gave her free baby yum-yums and gave us some free appetizers. Uhh... huh? So now, I have literally had the best and worst service in the Boston area at the same joint. Just bring your cash and be ready for an extreme experience, either way. Do not forget to order desert, the bread pudding and everything else is not to be missed.
Fabulous Dinner, great price – As Brookline Village residents we want to support our local business and we were delighted with Pomodoro. We arrived early enough (6:30pm) to be seated right away. We received prompt service and excellent guidance with the wine list. When we decided to share an entree they split it for us, which was a nice gesture. We had the roasted duckling with polenta and apples and it was probably one of the best entrees I have had in some time. The flavors were just perfect. We also shared the fig bread pudding and again it was delicious! We will go back as often as possible!
Have never been so manny times in the same restaurant... – I am in Brookline for 2 years now, have discovered this litlle restaurant Pomodoro. OMG, have been there almost every week back, never got sick of food....And i like to change places arownd, but this one is one of my favorites. Semi is awesome, so is Kyera... Wouldnt pay attention on the comment, theres a lot of negative people arownd, any time u would walk in it is packed!!!! Thats saying all !!!!!
Amazing! Couldn't stop thinking about this place! – This place was amazing. I went at a slightly after-rush hour (9pm) on a Saturday. The atmosphere was relaxed and efficient. We picked our seat (a leather booth by the window) and immediately were served with olives in oil (great for dipping the warm bread that arrived shortly thereafter). The water came in an old-fashioned glass pitcher and was infused with mint and lemon. The waitress was very good about keeping the water full for us, though the pitcher was on the table if she were ever to be lax about filling it, we could have done it.
The dinner was everything I would have asked for and then some. I couldn't finish my delicious Risotto and my friend's steak was equally as irresistible and large. We both ate and drooled over the leftovers throughout the next day.
This is really a great place, though I can see it being somewhere you would want to frequent only on the off hours. The biggest annoyance was having to run to an ATM for cash at a place where entrees run in the $20s, but there are many ATMs nearby, and the food is ENTIRELY worth it.
Frustrating! – They don't seem to have a reservations system -- though we called ahead to make reservations, it was ultimately clear that they don't actually write such things down. When we showed up, they were contrite about having just given away "our" table. Half an hour after our reservation time, after waiting in a cramped bar spot, they finally cleared a table for us. The service thereafter was inattentive, to say the least. Adding insult to injury - they disclosed at the end of the meal that, unlike every other decent restaurant in the world, they only take cash! Prompting a race across the street to the ATM. Once this place decides to run itself like a real business, I'd consider going back.
Don't know what those 1-starers are talking about – So, after reading numerous miserable reviews, I was a bit apprehensive about my choice of dinner plans, but figured to give it a shot. We arrived about 20 minutes early for a 8:45 Friday night reservation, and the place was PACKED. The bartender immediately waved us over and since all the seats were taken, set us up with two spots where we could stand. By the time I got back from hanging up my coat, we already had a plate of yummy bread and olive oil. Before we could even peruse the wine list, they had a table open for us. And after placing our orders, the entrees were on the table before we even got through a first glass of wine (chianti). Both pasta dishes were trememdous (linguini with clams and orrechiette with broccoli rabe and crispy sausage)-- plentiful, but not overwhelming. Not wanting to push our stomachs to the limit (or over it), we declined dessert and just asked for the check. When our waittress returned, however, she had two little pots of creme brulee for us. The perfect little tasting size, on the house, and quite possibly the best creme brulee I've had in my whole life (and that's saying a lot coming from me!!). Paid the check, in cash (the only drawback), and were headed out the door to smiles and goodbyes from the staff. I would give them six stars if I could!!
Great Food~~Great Service – After reading some of these reviews, I was hesitant to go Pomodoro in Brookline. BUT my husband and I were in the mood for Italian food...and we were going to be near Brookline Village..so in spite of the negative reviews of some, we decided to judge for ourselves. A bit reluctant but hopeful, we were NOT disappointed at all!! We were warmly greeted by our waiter Adam.given a choice of tables to pick from, immediately served water, and given oil and hot bread. Our drink order was delivered promptly. Adam readily offered descriptions and suggestions for entrees when we inquired .Our choice: the eggplant parmigiana and bolognese ~~both were generous portions and well seasoned with fresh ingredients and delicious! The atmosphere was relaxing and comfortable and our waiter could not have been more attentive~~pouring drinks when the water was low and removing dishes when appropriate to not rush us. I can not say enough positive comments~~and I know neither the owner or our waiter (other than inquiring his name as we left so I could try to pen a dismissal of the negative reviews I read)!! Try it for yourself!! We'll be back!
Great food ... SUCKY service – Again ... such a shame that the management and help bites! The food is very good and the ambiance is beautiful. Come on Pomodoro ... your BIG, fat EGO is ruining a good thing. Pull your heads our of your a** and get your "sh**" together. Read these reviews ... they just might teach you something about how people view their dining experience with you ...
Mickey Club, too – Food and neighborhood ambiance get the full five stars. But, as others have said, the service deserves negative marks. The previous poster about the Mickey M***e experience has a kindred spirit. I'll get to that in a moment. First a little background. The first time we went here 3 years ago, we were treated a little like second-class citizens, but we were charmed by the cozy atmosphere, nice wine, and excellent food. We began going there semi-frequently, and they began treating us like humans, going so far as to give us free desserts when a very annoying dinner party next to us got too rowdy. Peppered within those good times were a few moments where we felt like they would bark at us, "No Food for you!!!" But the good was so good that we kept coming back, and they seemed to sort of accept us into their club.
Then we saw a furry critter. It zoomed around the restaurant (which was empty at 5 o'clock) several times. The previous Mickey M***e poster had a nearly identical response that we had when we brought it to their attention. I even went out of my way to be considerate and understanding. I was just shocked at how angry and put off they seemed by me pointing out that a rodent was literally scurrying beside me and my wife's feet. "What do you want us to do about it? There's contruction" blablabla... WOW!
Having gone there around ten times in the past, and always ordered apps and drinks and tipped over 20% (in cash, due to that ridiculous no credit card policy), I expected a pleasant surprise in the bill to ease my loathing. Nope. Just a long, cold stare from the owner and the wait staff.
My wife and I have put up with a lot from this place. But this made us feel like trash, and the when that abused feeling didn't go away after a couple days, we resolved never to return. And have felt all the better since.
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