Boston >Food & Dining > 28 Degrees
1 Appleton St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.346640 -71.069502
Monday To Wednesday From 05:00 PM To 12:00 AM Thursday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 01:00 AM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: South End, Shawmut
Some good dishes but spoiled by poor hospitality – Had dinner with friends 2 weeks ago at 28 degrees. Some dishes are worth trying (e.g., raviolis with perfect peas, carpaccio) but the wine list is very shallow, with only a few choices in each category and mostly overpriced (e.g., a Marques de Caceres Rioja over $55??).
The worst part of the experience was to feel rushed by the wait staff and even kicked out of the table at the end of the meal after I had spent over $200. You can't pretend to be a classy place and kick people out just for the sake of making more money! And believe me, kicking us out began with wait staff cleaning our table while some guests were still eating or drinking, removing glasses etc, then a manager asking us to leave when my glass was not empty!
Bottomline: good place to go for a nice eat, and if you need to be out quickly. But don't go if you are hoping to have a long conversation over a dinner date or with good friends..
Options – Plenty of other good options in the South End -- try Sibling Rivalry or Masa for better alternatives.
What A Joke – The entire staff, especially the petty little manager, suffers from a shared delusion that this is some sort of VIP club. The only interesting thing about this place is the bathroom.
Good place that will be great if they sort out the service... – Boston's lounge scene has really not caught up with other major US cities- NYC, SF or Miami- tending to be overwhelmed by beer drinking trust fund frat boys, trashy sorority chicks, on the make Brazilian gay boys and a tendency to show sports on every major large screen. This lounge, bar and tapas style restaurant attempts to give the South End something an alien from Chelsea, SoHo or South Beach might feel at home in. B and I have tried it on a few nights now (mainly as people keep wanting to meet there for birthday drinks etc). Overall, the decor is beautiful- the bathrooms especially seem to be a feature. The lighting and furnishing are more innovative and luxurious then many Boston lounge bars. On a couple of nights the flat screens were showing sports but otherwise stuck to nice views of beaches and rainforests or artfully retro music videos. The drink menu is standard with some interesting cocktail suggestions- but badly let down by whoever is mixing the drinks- a Moscow mule was sickly sweet with hardly any acid- tasting like cheap ginger ale and some unrecognizable flavored vodka; a dirty martini tasted like it had been run past the Mother Abbot at a convent. The food by contrast is well proportioned and tasty, if a little predictable. While the host at the front desk was charming (and gorgeous) the bar staff were rude, brusque, and overinterested in hanging out with the coterie of screaming retail queens who seem to be a permanent fixture to the right of the bar; mooching free drinks and trying to attact the attention of the other permanent group of gay guys who look like slightly older, richer refugees from the dreadful Club Cafe on Columbus. It all makes great people watching. I was entranced with Donatella Versace's twin, drunk as a skunk, screeching about her hair raising gynecological issues to her dull eyed, presumably deaf, companion. Unfortunately, the poor cocktails and bad bar service means the Franklin Cafe has little to fear- for now.
Nice place to go with friends... – i went to 28 degrees for an early dinner last night with 4 other friends. it was 6pm on a thursday, so it was pretty empty. the waitress was very attentive, and so was the woman bussing the table. maybe a little too attentive. in the beginning, we thought this was a good thing because our water glasses were never empty. but later, they kept trying to take things away when we weren't even done.
food was good. it wasn't the best food in boston, but nothing stood out as bad or as something we shouldn't have ordered. drinks were excellent, as expected from a restaurant that named itself after a drink temperature. we ordered 1 salad, 1 fries, 2 other sides, 3 "main" dishes to all share, and 1 dessert. 5 girls, all very full. and the price was very doable at about $30 a person.
the setting was pretty cool. you can tell they were going for a very trendy look. and we were transfixed by the water in the ceiling over the bathroom. near the end of our time there, they played an alicia keyes performance on one of the curtain panels. very cool.
all in all, a very good place to start the night. it reminded my friends and i of ivy, but better. the setting looks aesthetically prettier, servers are more friendly, and they didn't try to rush us out after we were done.
New favorite place – Ok, so I've been here three times in the past month! In my experience there are two waiters...and one is a million times better than the other one.
The scene for dinner is a bit different than the later scene for drinks. Unfortunately, when we went for drinks we were seated in the room furthest back next to the door that people kept opening to go outside. Once we told our waiter he moved us right over to another table.
I've never experienced attitude here- from servers, doormen or hostesses.
As for the food, you must try the mac and cheese...and the gnocchi is some of the best I've had in Boston.
Fancy american tapas restaurant – Twenty-eight degrees is a modern restaurant and bar in South End, next door to Icarus and Masa. The cocktail list is very inventive and edgy. The tapas themselves are very good, and different on the fact that this is new American style cuisine. The fact that there is only a very limited number of full entrees is disapoointing though. Overall, tapas can get expensive if you're really hungry. However, if your point is more to go out to a bar and have something to nible on while enjoying your drink, 28 degrees is the place to go. Inside it's very nicely decorated, with subdued blue lightning. In the summer, 28 degrees has the best patio in Boston. Very unexpected, more like South Beach in Miami than in Boston. back inside again, 28 degrees has the absolute best bathrooms in Boston. We will definitely go back if not so much to quench our hunger, at list have a nie drink on the patio is weather permits, or at the bar, or in a booth. Nice place really !
Miami-esque atmosphere, great service – Went on a Wednesday night for the first time with a party of three. Host was friendly and promptly seated us outside, where we wanted to be. The patio is warm and inviting despite a less-than-perfect view of Berkeley St. Atmosphere inside and outside were very reminiscent of places I've been in Miami. Our waitress was knowledgeable and very friendly. Our water glasses were constantly refreshed and courses were brought promptly, even though there were only a few of us outside and inside was busy. Had the mini burgers, lobster sliders, penne, calamari, and brownie a la mode, and cocktails - all were great! We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will definitely return.
Wow, oh wow, is this place good! – Boston offers many sophisticated dining delights, but 28 degrees is by far the best! The space is elegant and stylish, great for romantic dates or classy parties. The food....oh, the food! The best in Boston! Sinful tapas-like dishes and scrumptious desserts. Perfectly matched with strong and tasty, refreshingly robust cocktails. All of which will leave you begging for more.
And if the food and drinks are not enough to keep you coming back, the service and staff certainly will. The congenial servers and bartenders are extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. The general manager is accommodating and very cordial.
In what seems same-old, dull Boston, 28 is a sleek and classy breath of fresh air.
South End bar and lounge provides area scenesters with a stylish place to snack and swill. – In Short
While the South End is considered one of the city's hippest neighborhood, it lacks an abundance of suitable nightlife options. 28 Degrees, with its swank interior and designer cocktails (Pomegranate Cosmo), fits the bill. The wildly eclectic menu contains upscale finger foods like Maine Lobster "sliders," avocado and steak tacos, and an Andouille sausage, tomato and oregano pizza.
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