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Geoffrey's is BACK!!! In Roslindale Village!!!

I saw an ad for them in The Dig and I was so happy and surprised!! They're in Roslindale Village on Washington Street apparently. I was hoping they'd resurface. Has anyone been?? They opened on April 23rd the ad said. They're going to do brunch on weekends too. Woo hoo. That was always a fun thing to go to. Anyhow, I'd love to hear if anyone has gone and how it was.

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  1. i just heard about this earlier this week...i don't think they've opened yet, but don't quote me on that! i am SO HAPPY that Salute is gone (the place they're taking over); that was hands-down the worst Roslindale dining experience i've ever had. so what's the scoop on Geoffrey's? sounds like it's good?!

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    1. re: alyssap99

      I used to go when it was in the Back Bay, but before that (before I moved back to Boston), it was in the South End, in two different locations if I'm not mistaken. I remember something like they weren't allowed to renew their lease or something and they ended up finding the place in the Back Bay (where BarLola is now). Then I think the owners got in a fight and one of them (not Michael) stayed and operated the Dartmouth Cafe and Michael, not sure what he was doing. Michael, one of the previous owners and the life partner of the late Geoffrey, is running this one in Roslindale w/ another guy. I remember Michael from when I used to go to the Back Bay location and he used to talk to us and was gracious all the time to us. I'm just glad they're back and can't wait to go!!! It was always a fun place to go.

      1. re: BackBayGirl

        I should also note that it was a place that had it's haters and lovers. Everytime I personally went, I had a good meal, but I think some people who went said otherwise. Maybe I lucked out, but who knows. I did enjoy it there.

      2. re: alyssap99

        I only went once but it was a disappointing experience at Salute. Never went to the Back Bay Geoffrey's but am psyched to see it come to Roslindale.

      3. oh, I used to go to the south end location all the time, back when i was a wee teenager! i LOVED it. i used to always get some big cakey dessert, too (anyone know where they got their cakes from, if they made then in house...?)

        Then I went once to the back bay location after the south end closed and it just wasn't the same. lifeless, basement-y. I hope roslindale suits them well. I remember the original geoffrey's so fondly.

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        1. re: linz

          I also have fond memories of the Geoffrey's on Tremont St in the South End, now Mela. . .I can almost conjure up some of the tried and true dishes they served there. It was a regular meeting spot for me and lots of friends and neighbors. The 2nd Comm Ave location was definitely disappointing if you were hoping for the South End incantation. Roslindale diners are in luck with a great neighborhood place if Geoffrey's is returning to its culinary/service standards.

          1. re: linz

            Geoffreys got at least some of their cakes from Sweet Endings in Watertown, The bakery has since burned down and the owner movered to Vermont

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          2. walked by this morning--signs on the window indicate that it is indeed now open--that was a FAST turnover! i'll try it soon and report back!

            1. That's so funny--we were on Washington Street in Roslindale last night and as we were driving toward JP, we started talking about Geoffrey's and whether they were ever going to re-open in another spot. We probably drove right past the new location as we were talking about it.

              As Buck Murdock said in Airplane, Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes....

              1. We went for dinner last night. We haven't been to any previous incarnation of this restaurant so I can't compare quality but overall, we had a decent meal at an excellent price. I had the 'amazing steak tips' (their name on the menu, ~$13) which were quite good with a side of decent mashed potatoes and grilled zuchini. I don't eat zuchini and I was told they had nothing to substitute so my wife ate the zuchini and told me it was good.
                My wife had the quiche and tomato basil soup combo. The soup was excellent and but the quiche (spinach tomato I think) was nothing special. The portions were quite large and the service was attentive - clearly still learning but everyone was trying hard.
                The desert menu ($6 each) looked excellent so we decided to each get one instead of sharing. I had the 'worlds best carrot cake' which was nothing special unfortunately and my wife had the white chocolate rasberry cheesecake which was also nothing special. The desert portions are enormous and are currently living in my fridge for an afternoon snack.

                The place was nicely lit and comfortable with 2 dining rooms, one with a bar and TVs as well as a nice looking (it was cold and rainy last night) fenced in patio with a bunch of tables. Surprisingly busy for a restaurant that just opened - when finished around 730, the first dining room and bar were full with 2 tables used in the back dining room.

                The brunch menu looked pretty standard but is open for brunch 8-4? Sat and Sun so we might try it soon. Hopefully they will continue to improve, we'll be back. We'll probably go elsewhere for desert next time though.
                Jon

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                1. re: drboom

                  Nice report! Roslindale must be full of very hungry people, judging from the portion sizes at most places there. I have to wonder what menu-writers are thinking when they use phrases like 'the world's best" and "amazing". It's the same kind of bad idea as naming your place "Mom's" (which to my mind would indicate that they specialize in canned-soup casseroles and overcooked vegetables).

                  Does the new Geoffrey's have a full liquor license? I assume they took over Salute's, but I never got over there.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    yes, full liquor license. i am excited to try it though i'm always a bit leery to go to places when they first open. this report is really encouraging. salute was pretty horrible so you didn't miss much!