Boston >Food & Dining > Davio's
75 Arlington St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.350607 -71.070109
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
Simply fantastic food – For an upscale evening, a special occasion or just something different, this is your ticket. The classic Italian Steak House has all of the traditional meats, sides and apps you can think of, but it also offers a nice twist on a few fronts. The Philly Cheese Steak spring rolls are simply out of this world and the Eggplant Parmesan side is also fantastic Don't skip the mac-n-cheese and definitely think about springing for the Kobe Beef steak. 10 oz. of phenomenal food! If you are looking for a nice steak dinner, look no further. If steak isn't your thing, there are plenty of non-meat dishes and a host of Italian entrees as well. In my view, this is better than S&W and Grill 23, although the ambiance is different at all three. For something different, sit at the kitchen bar in Davios, and watch the magic unfold before your eyes.
Consistantly Great Meal – We eat at Davio's 2-3 times a year and always have a good experience. The dining room is beautiful and there is a certain buzz that adds to the meal. It reminds me of a NYC restaurant; in fact the last time we saw Derek Jeter and a bunch of his Yankee teammates.
Our waiters have always been friendly and we trust their suggestions. We typically start with a cocktail and an appetizer or two. My husband usually orders a steak while I tend to gravitate towards healthier fare. The menu is varied with plenty of options so it never feels as though one of us compromised.
Although they have a sizable wine list we are not wine drinkers so I cannot comment on the quality. Deserts are another story; they are a real treat and worth the calories!! When the weather is poor, having parking in the building is a big plus. When the weather is better, we tend to spend the afternoon shopping around Copley Place and Newbury Street before making the short walk over.
Best Italian in Boston – My wife and I bring all of our out-of-town guests to Davio's. Without a doubt the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff in the City.
The restaurant is beautiful, the menu is creative with something for every taste, you can park in the building, and it's next to the better hotels and the theater district.
Do yourself a favor, skip the traffic and the hype in the North End and give Davio's your business.
overall excellent experience – All in all excellent well prepared food and service. However the steak is slightly below a premium steakhouse and the Italian dishes lack a little panache. Our service started a little rough with being ignored in favor of a very large party but after a word to the manager things improved dramatically. There are few "buys" on the wine list - but Boston restaurants regularly jack wine prices way beyond the normal mark-up. One find - the Cain Meritage only 2x retail and excellent!
Great food, great atmoshere – Went to Davios with a group of 8. When I originally heard we were going to an italian steakhouse I felt they would do one thing well but not the other. This wasn't the case. The Italian style meals were excellent and the steaks were excellent. Very nice place, upscale, steakhouse type atmosphere, great service, great wine list, expensive but you get what you pay for in terms of quality and service. My only negative was that we were a party of 8 and the table was very crowded. I looked around the room to see if we could get a better table when they we were seated and it didn't appear we could do any better. I would definately recommend however if you are a large party, speak with the manager before and make sure your table meets your needs.
Italian steakhouse pleases the Back Bay's high rollers with a classy atmosphere and high-end menu. – The Scene
With its handsome, high-ceilinged dining room (complete with massive columns, 18-foot windows and a huge open kitchen), Davio's lays claim to having one of the city's most striking restaurant interiors. The welcoming bar area's couches and booths offer a comfy place for an after-work drink, as well as a good vantage point for spotting celebs. (The restaurant is a favorite of visiting athletes.) Attentive servers stay active while traversing the 9,000 square-foot room.
Davio's menu offers a most sophisticated take on Italian and steakhouse classics. While house favorites like a grilled porterhouse veal chop or lobster risotto with fresh asparagus impress gourmands, fussier diners can opt for divinely rich mac-and-cheese with white truffle oil or the bar menu's steak burgers and thin-crust pizzas. Sinful tiramisu and lemon panna cotta with caramelized pineapples make for delicious dessert options.
Overall, pretty good – I recently went to Davio's with my boyfriend and his parents for his birthday. I made a reservation through OpenTable and we were seated immediately. (Actually, we arrived late, and called the restaurant, who graciously agreed to hold our table for 15 minutes until we made it there. ) The service was solicitous (almost a bit too much) but informative and attentive. Our waiter made excellent suggestions with regard to a nice wine to try, but forgot our sides completely and didn't seem too interested in checking up on us when a larger party arrived shortly after we did. The food itself was well done - high scale without being intimidating. I had the filet, which was excellent; my boyfriend had the r@ck of lamb and loved it; his mother had the jumbo shrimp and his stepdad had the sirloin - both were thrilled. Dessert was basically a warm apple crustado with vanilla ice cream that underwhelmed. For a tab that came to over $300, it was a mixed bag. I'd probably try the new Ruth's Chris Steakhouse before I went back to Davio's, simply for comparison purposes.
stuck up waiters – We were a party of around 10 people. Everyone ordered a meal except for one person who ordered a salad. The waiter encouraged him to order a dish but he explained that he didn't have a huge appetite. The waiter gave him a very arrogant look and left. All the dishes came except for the salad. My friend, wanting to see just how arrogant the server was, never requested the salad because he wanted to see how long it would take the waiter to realize he was the only one at the table without a plate in front of him. The waiter by but never brought the salad. Meanwhile, the salad mysteriously appeared on the bill. When we explained that the salad had never come the waiter smirked and said that he would make it right away. When we said we no longer wanted the salad since we were ready to leave, he made it anyways with the same arrogant smirk. I can't say that with service like that, I would want to go back.
DISGUSTING PASTA DISHES!! – 4 PEOPLE 4 DIFFERENT PASTA DISHES AND EVERY SINGLE ONE WAS WORSE THAN THE OTHER ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE...NO TASTE WHAT SO EVERAND VERY UNDER COOKED PASTA TASTED LIKE CARDBOARD...THANKFULLY THE DESSERT WERE EXCELLANT AND THE SERVICE WAS GREAT..BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT GO NEAR THE PASTA MENU!!!
Good Reliable Spot – Not romantic, more business like in ambience, the food is good if you are looking for a hearty steak or "man's sized meal".
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