Boston >Food & Dining > Meritage
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA | Directions 0211042.356189 -71.050371
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
Rude and Pompous Service, OK Food, Reservations Not Honored – Reservation made1 month in advance for a special occasion, requested a window table and a $50 occasion cake . Arrived, NO window table, was told a pompously and rudely "seating is first come first served" Ordered a $285 bottle of champage, it arrived warm, no apoligies from the staff, stuck it in an ice bucket. Special occasion cake never arrived. Requested more bread was told none left. Terrible rude service, extraordinary prices OK food One can not charge these kinds of prices and provide diner like service at all levels with medicre food.
Fantastic food! service! and wine! – This restaurant ranks among the best I've ever been to - and that includes several Michelin starred restaurants in France. Our food was excellent, both in it's remarkable flavor and innovative combinations. My husband's steak was delectable - rare on the inside and a slight crisp to the outside. His lemon sole was fresh, flavorful and cooked to perfection. When I tasted my grilled foie gras, I think I swooned! The only disappointment of the evening was the chocolate mousse bomb - but the deliciously soft, melt in your mouth semifreddo with strawberries drizzled with balsamic glaze more then made up for it! The wine pairings were wonderful and our server was as knowledgeable as any restaurant sommelier and very helpful. Water glasses filled as if by magic and plates disappeared almost as soon as the food did. It was a magical evening - we will definitely be back!
Meritage -- Rstaurant Week (Summer 2008) – Meritage is a sophisticated eatery nestled along Boston?s harbor serving fresh, seasonal fare perfectly paired with wine. It is known among locals as one of the finest restaurants in the city which explains its popularity during Restaurant Week. If you choose to visit during Restaurant Week, be prepared for service that is not quite up to snuff for Meritage and food that leaves you wondering why this restaurant is so famed given what you just tasted. Among Restaurant Week restaurants, it?s one of the better options, but compared to Meritage outside of Restaurant Week, it leaves much to be desired.
The pairing of an eclectic fusion menu with a prodigious wine list takes hotel dining to a new level. – Super-chic and overlooking the Boston Harbor, Meritage's long, rectangular dining room could double as a New York hot spot. Fortified, custom-made wine cases (holding more than 12,000 bottles, including almost 900 varieties) flank each end of the room. The menu reflects Chef Daniel Bruce's labor of love: Instead of pairing wines with food, he serves up eclectic, seasonal dishes matched to different wine characteristics. Seared sea scallops over Macomber turnip puree falls under the light white category, while prosciutto-wrapped venison loin with black lentils and smoky bacon goes well with spicy reds. Equally impressive is dessert, as five artsy tasting plates are offered (try the refreshing citrus plate).
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Why was I unimpressed? – As a pescetarian (a veggie who eats fish), I refuse to go to crappy seafood places and only expect the highest quality when I dine out. Meritage is definitely a beautiful restaurant (with its twinkly lights smiling down on you from the ceiling; the view; the ridiculously long wine list), but the food? Eh. Not so much. Maybe my tastebuds were off because I felt bad asking my date take me to such an expensive place, but really, my small plate ($16) of monkfish was microscopic...and a little tough to chew. I think the reason I ended up dissing my entree (the halibut, $32) was because I so love a similar rendition of the dish at Clio...which is cheaper, by the way. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy Mertiage at all...I did...but I think I could get a similar meal with slightly larger portions for less at other restaurants (yes, including Clio).
top notch staff, view, service, wine... but the food was not to taste – the restaurant decor was amongs tthe best of boston, the view was gorgeous, the staff is especially accomodating, the help w/ the menu is great, the wine list is fab. we ordered a bunch of small plates, which unfortunately not all was to taste or cooked as great can be. nonetheless, this is def a place to impress others.
great wine list; not good for kids though as the place is pretty stuffy. i went on a thursday night and it was empty. which was wierd, but the meal was good!
Great Restaurant Week Menu – My bf and I went to Meritage last night for the restaurant week menu and were soooo impressed. There were about 4 or 5 choices each for the appetizer, entre, and dessert, all from the normal menu. I had to ask the waitress if this was the prix fix menu, cause I couldn't believe it. I had the fried soft shell crab for starter, which was so good, i wanted that for my main meal, and my bf had the smoked salmon, which reminded him of home at christmas (he's french). Then arrived the filet mignon for him (couldn't believe THAT was on the menu; they didn't ask him how he wanted it cooked though) and then the raw tuna for me, funky, but delicious. Finally we ended with the cheese platter and a chocolate selection (loved the variety of both!). We weren't able to get a table by the window, but were seated against the wall a bit isolated, so we had our privacy. I would love to dine there again - at that price especially!
Unexpectedly one of the BEST dining experiences ever... – My family was in town for a long weekend so I had wanted to make reservations at a restaurant that had a nice view. We had already been to the Top of the Hub and so I had decided that a place with a water view would be nice. This restaurant was fantastic. The staff was very attentive, we were seated promptly. You can have the option of ordering small plates and large plates which is good for parties that have varying degrees of appetites. The waiter suggested that three small plates was the equivalent of one large plate. This is also great if you want to sample other dishes. I thought two small plates was an ample amount of food. In comparison to the other restaurants we ate at that weekend, Meritage was the best and wasn't nearly as expensive as some of the other trendier places we had tried. It's also quiet which allows you to have a nice conversation at dinner without yelling. Valet parking is free and there's a bar in the hotel that you can go to before or after dinner if you aren't quite ready to call it a night.
Excellent Service and a Great Wine List – Two of my friends and I went to the Meritage on a Wednesday early on in the night for one of my friends birthdays. We arrived ahead of reservationt time and were seated promptly(the restaurant was empty). The service was excellent, the wine list was superb and the food was wonderful. My friends beef was more well done than she had wanted but the immediately took it off the bill (she didn't want to send it back because it still tasted delicious). We had told them over the phone that it was our friends birthday and when the bill came they had taken one of the dessert plates off the bill as well. We also loved their unique menu set up to help you choose a wine that will compliment your meal perfectly. We will definitely be returning soon.
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