Boston >Food & Dining > Number 9 Park
9 Park St, Boston, MA | Directions 0210842.357619 -71.062792
Monday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Beacon Hill
Underwhelming – We were hoping for so much more. Stayed in the city to celebrate my husband's birthday and couldn't get a reservation at No. 9 for 4 on a Tuesday until 8:30 so we ditched our friends and went solo at 6:45 pm. The place was busy, and while I told them we were having a special night, ended up at a booth next to the busy kitchen and heavy foot traffic. Sat there for 20 minutes waiting to be served, even though I had told them ahead of time we were doing the tasting, so by the time the first course came we were dying for a drink. Dressed up thinking it was a suit /dressy environment only to have the table next to us in blue jeans and fleece jackets which took our experience down a notch. Ordered the tasting with wine, and were underwhelmed. Food was VERY small portions on huge plates. Expected mid range wines at $60/pp, but found out later (Google) that retail bottle price was $10.99, $15.99 and $19.99...we could have ordered a $120 bottle and had a nicer time. Food was not memorable and we left after 2 hours, hungry and annoyed. Boston has so many options for fine dining, next time we'll go elsewhere.
Excellent experience – Christmas lunch at No 9 Park is a different and over all pleasant experience. Costly yes but tasty as well. The service is exceptional, clearly heads and shoulders about the standard fare. We reserved for lunch and received a confirmation call the day before, another nice touch. The decor is muted, smooth and soothing, noise levels even with a full dining room are unobtrusive. The lunch menu is diverse and inviting, choices are tough but the staff is helpful. Wine advice from the wait staff is intelligent and expert. The opportunity to test taste a wine selection is another service point. One comment only, the on line menu and the actual menu differed so call ahead if you're expecting a particular dish.
Overall a great experience and hopefully the start of a Christmas tradition.
Super slow service but ok food. – I've been in Boston about 18 months and had heard various opinions about No 9 Park so thought I'd check them out on a 3rd date (my date was raving about the place as well). We were there on a Thursday night - I'd tried for a table at 7:30 but was told they were fully booked but could do 8:45 instead. We got there and the place was pretty busy. We were seated in a couple of minutes, given a couple of menus and then ignored for the next 20 mins so we didn't get round to ordering cocktails and just dived straight into the menu. The food is pretty good although the portions are fairly small. It's quite rich though so even though you don't get that much it still seems to fill you up. I sense the place is trying to be very high end because of the location but it doesn't quite manage to pull it off. The service is polite enough but grindingly slow - we waited about an hour between appetizers and our entrees arriving which is just too long. Also the cheeseboard had about 15 cheeses on it which is fine but when the waiter is giving you a 60 second biography on each cheese it's going to take a quarter of an hour just to order some cheese so you get the picture. We left the restaurant at 11:30 having arrived at 8:45 (and this is a Thursday). I've eaten in quite a few similar places cost-wise in London and New York and the experience here was nowhere near as good. Basically they need about twice the number of staff who, to their credit, were very friendly and plenty busy all evening.
Dissapointment on the Park – I was dissapointed overall as I had high expectations for this restaurant since I heard that it was very good. The food in general was good. The atmosphere was somewhat cold but comfortable. The wait staff was friendly but slightly pushy as on multiple occasions asked if we wanted to order drinks and wine even after ordering one round and letting them know that we were all set. The real reason that I would not go back was that just as we were leaving the restaurant I was shocked to see a large - roachy looking - creature walking through the main dining room away from the kitchen! Maybe it knew something we didn't?
Looks can be dec – On a whim my wife (who is from Spain) and I (Hungarian) decided to walk over to No.9 from MGH where she works on a Thursday afternoon for lunch. We were received with much fan fair by the Hostess who took our coats and seated us promptly at a comfortable tabel. We were a bit undecisive and so went for the menu. Having been all over Europe and the US for both work and business we had an a priory expectation of what a menu should be. We had a very nice endive salad which was followed by a lobster bisque. This is where everything went south! We have had lobster bisque before at several locations in Boston and were surprised to receive what we did. A large bowl with an amount of soup such that we could barely submerge our spoon underneath the liquid to eat. We actually had to START by tipping the bowl so we could ladle the soup! Unbelievable. Worse, I joked about this to the waiter by saying that had I known that the volume of soup I receievd would be less than the glass of wine, for the price, I would have chosen more wine...he did nothing! The dessert was nice, but after a $100 lunch we left hungary and had a snack later in the day. We are no chefs, rather a scientist and a business person, but the meal can best be described as all carb, no protein AND it took nearly 20 minutes to get the soup after the endive salad. Never knew restaurants made soup from scracth for each meal?
If you have alot of money and are on a diet and want to feel important in a fancy place then by all means make a reservation, but we do not plan on it any time soon!
Delivering the Worst – This is a place where the staff has read their reviews and they believe it. Their manifest attitude is 'we are grand, you are not' It's well suited for those poor souls who crave reflected glory and are willing to suffer for it. The bar is crowded with wannabees who could never expect to be treated well and No 9 Park does not disappoint. A fetid air of superiority permeates this place. It is tolerated by patrons who truly do not know better.
Not trying very hard any more – What was one of Boston's best is simply not anymore. Despite reservation, waited for a considerable amount of time with no apology, no effort to give us somewhere to stand - just in the way. Had a very early reservation as it was all that was available (noted at res time that it was for a Birthday), so there were virtually no diners in the restaurant. Despite this - brought to the end of the back room and seated at a strip table (mext table 10" away). When we asked if we could have a corner table, were told condescendingly, that those are requested... well shame on us. A fine Happy Birthday... Finally, begrudgingly we were seated. There was a definite snotty attitude, except for the busboys, water pourers, etc., who were lovely, and seemed to be the only employees who smiled, cared or 'got it' that they weren't doing us a favor by waiting on us. Cold host (an oxymoron in this case) and overall feeling from staff (again except bus staff,; water Poureres, bread givers, clearers, who were nice), otherwise not comforting at all. The food was overall okay, with some almost bright lights...no raves here. The fish wrapped in bacon was ice cold and portions were miniscule all around. For the price, a poor value both in quantity and quality and atmosphere. No 9 Park did not rock our world at all; so many better restaurants in Boston. Seems to be resting on some old laurels. For starters, lose the snotty attitude... You are a restaurant for goodness sakes!!!!!
An off night? – I eat here once a month, and usually, the meals are phenomenal but tonight was not great. Our wine list didn't have any pages -- no big deal, but when I asked for another wine list, the waiter looked at me pointedly and replied, "That IS the wine list."
We started with the prune stuffed gnocchi (yum as usual) and squab (delicious). My husbands pork was tasty, but my roasted pheasant was served cold. I wouldve asked for it to be heated but no one came to inquire about our meal. The cheese course was wonderful, but afterwards, we were handed the bill without anyone asking if we'd like coffee (we did). It was as if they were in a hurry for us to leave, even though the place wasnt crowded.
Since my past experiences have been excellent, Id definitely eat here again. Maybe just not on a Monday night.
Unparalleled cuisine in Boston – Simply fabulous. My wife and I went here for my 32nd birthday the other night, and we were simply blown away by the quality, service, wine list, basically everything.
We started with a half dozen local oysters, which impressed with freshness and flavor. I second the review of the prune stuffed gnocchi with foie gras --- that was simply fantastic. My wife started with the White Bean Bouillon, and that was similarly exquisite. The Pekin Duck Breast was delicious, if served ever so slightly too cool on a cold winter night, while the Colorado Lamb was just right.
We had Roederer champagne by the glass to start and then a delicious 2002 Cristom (Willamette Valley) Pinot Noir. Again, the latter was a little too chilly due to the weather outside, but it opened up nicely. They provided a decanter for attaining full bloom, a nice touch.
An excellent place. Enjoy!
An excellent menu – The prune stuffed gnocchi with fois gras is probably my favorite entreé (yes, you can have it as an entreé!) in all of Boston. The tasting menus are outstanding and the wine pairing superb. I never have enough room for dessert but can never resist ordering... and I always manage to finish!
We've enjoyed the café side as well for a more casual atmosphere.
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