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xperteater Mar 22, 2007 05:38 AM

the new location in dedham opens friday night? any opinions?

  1. ScubaSteve Mar 22, 2007 05:58 AM

    been a few times to Salem. cocktails and oysters are always top notch but most other menu items have been hit/miss for me. the outside deck (Salem) is sweet in the summah.

    1. hotoynoodle Mar 22, 2007 06:27 AM

      i used to live in salem and tried that location a few times. agree with scubasteve about the oysters. that's it. winelist is mediocre, food badly executed (although fried oysters were decent) and service from ok to awful. it always bothered me, because i wanted to like it. owner was very nice, very accomodating and they spent a fortune renovating it from the hole it had been.

      worth trying, because their intentions always seemed good!

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        Pegmeister Mar 22, 2007 07:09 AM

        Obviously the waterfront is a big part of the draw but I've actually had some very pleasant experiences at Finz. They were very accommodating when I wanted a baked stuffed lobster during the lunch hour even though it wasn't on the menu, and I enjoy the buffalo calarmari, but the service can be spotty. The first time I went in the waitress was so rude that I left without ordering.

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          kparke30 Mar 22, 2007 07:52 AM

          Big group of us going after work next Thursday - will report back as I'm eager to see how it is.

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            Gio Mar 22, 2007 10:21 AM

            My family of foodies consider Finz in Salem to be just ordinary. Pleaseant, nice view, adequate and friendly service...but still ordinary food. OTOH: I really liked their oysters last time we went.

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              drbangha Jun 23, 2008 06:43 AM

              Four of us were in Salem yesterday and wanted a couple drinks and a snack. We arrived at around 4PM. The place was probably 1/10th full. Asked to sit outside, but this was against the policy as I had advised we were not eating a full dinner (this was my big mistake; I should have just asked to be seated outside and left it at that). I asked if an exception to the policy might be made given the place was basically empty and we had out of town guests; this was impossible. We graciously accepted our lot and asked to sit near the window. This too was impossible, but a "special exception" was made to permit us to sit at the high tables with sort of a crappy view. Absent the "special exception" I guess my wife and 70 year old inlaws would have been expected to saddle up to the bar or something. We were dressed nicely, were polite and pleasant, and spent close to a hundred dollars in about an hour. Oysters were delicious, calamari was not bad, and service after this train wreck was pretty good, but this was my second and last trip to Finz.

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                ScubaSteve Jun 24, 2008 07:11 AM

                with the place as (not) full, or even close i would of walked. unless they were fully reserved at 5pm this was poor customer service.

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        bee Mar 22, 2007 02:37 PM

        Have been to the Salem one only for a rehearsal dinner -- it was very good for a large dinner (had salmon and a good salad and something in the molten choco cake range I think) like that. It had a large function room upstairs and was all just . . .fine. But a function dinner isn't much to go by.

        1. idreamofrivers Mar 23, 2007 07:11 AM

          You eat at Finz for the atmosphere, for the buffalo calamari and the oysters. Aside from that, you go to Grapevine for a good pricier meal and to Ye Olde Spot for the best pub grub I've ever had. As for dedham, no se.

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            ShelT54 Apr 1, 2007 07:50 AM

            Just had cocktails, clams and chowder at the bar last week. Service was eager and friendly, clams were tiny (even for littlenecks) and chowder undistinguished. Prices are high, not sure I'd rush back.

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              phatchris Apr 1, 2007 10:39 AM

              definately the buffalo calamari with blue cheese drizzle and the stoli oysters.

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              julesgp187 Apr 3, 2007 05:52 AM

              Just wondering how Finz was - am considering it for a Friday evening meal with my family - a celebratory thing.

              Any more feedback? Thanks!!

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                chowfamily Jan 28, 2008 03:54 PM

                I went there for the first time Friday night, shared raw oysters, and was tempted to order more.

                When I asked about the main courses I was told that the fried oysters were from the same origin as the fresh, and they were delicious. Nice crisp fry on the outside, and plump oysters on the inside.

                DH had the mahi mahi with what he described as a barbacue sauce, but he loved it.

                MIL wanted to try this place and had the soup and salmon, and was less taken with her food, although it looked very good.

                We shared an apple walnut dessert with ice cream. It was was delicious.

                Service was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly.

                We are in this area with some regularity and it was nice to enjoy this place.

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                  grillemneatem Jun 24, 2008 02:16 PM

                  I have been here several times, although not recently, but this place has never dissapointed. Probably the best seafood in the immediate area.

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                  BeverlyCY Jun 24, 2008 02:44 PM

                  I've been a couple of times to the Dedham Finz for lunch and I've had some pretty decent meals. I had the tuna and scallops on a skewer which was perfectly cooked but could have used a tad more spice and I really enjoyed the grilled salmon which was flawlessly executed which rarely happens at lunch.
                  There's such a dearth of good seafood in the Dedham area I'm glad this place is here.

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                    keencook1 Jun 26, 2008 07:47 AM

                    Have been to the Dedham Finz several times. Have never been disappointed. I would rate it very good, not great.

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