Rest. Week overall
i was just looking at one of the many comments ragging on Rest. Week and wondered how people felt about their experiences this summer. I went to four places and had two great, one very good and one good meal. From top to bottom, I'd say it was probably Marco, Sibling Rivalry, Olive's and Davio's. Davio's was good but nothing overly special and Olive's was yummy but the place itself was enough to drive you a little insane. So maybe I'm just lucky or have the least discerning taste, but Rest. Week is just fine in my book.
Joanie- I agree: Bistro 5 in Medford had great food (peach risotto!) and the wine pairing was tasty but the service was wicked awful (would have easily upsold an additional bottle of wine if just asked; also on a Friday night it only offered the RW menu, which was a good thing for this restaurant). Hit Gargoyles twice: ok my DCs all had RW meals and raved (ongoing for the rest of the month, the salmon was amazing)...I just ordered off the menu and loved everything (RW is hard for us vege/pescetarians).
I was out and about and hit up a few places by chance. I really enjoyed the food at Dante, though the service (at the bar) was absolutely horrendous, particularly for a room that was not even near 1/2 capacity. They only offered the RW menu (though you could order a la carte) and I thought the servings were very generous.
I stopped in to Sorrellina but decided to pass after a poor experience at the bar, so went over to Domani. Saw there that the portions were huge, so opted to just order a pizza a la carte. Great service at the bar, too.
I've had really good experiences in the past at Harvest, La Morra, Via Matta, Bistro 5, Union. Not such great experience at Radius (but that was probably 3 years ago) and a terrible experience at Umbria (2 years ago). I think RW can be a hit, but you need to pick and choose and take it for what it is.
Had a great experience at Union last week. Menu was limited but very tasty. Great Scallops and a grilled plum salad. Service was really outstanding despite the fact that we were a large party (9), we ordered only from the RW menu items and we lingered for quite a while. Would definitely go back. My only quibble is with their wine list which is extensive but pretty limited in the under $50.00 range. Great looking space too btw.
My RW was pretty tasty overall. It started with a fabulous lunch at KO Prime-they really aimed to impress(pic of the thai basil panna cotta). I was very amused when we got the itemized check-$6.69 for a steak! Service and food were both impeccable and I will definitely head back there soon to try that marrow butter!
Aura was next and while I wasn't at all impressed with the meal, the service was very good and we had quite a large(and finicky) group. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it or go back again, but I can't say that it was terrible-others in the group(of 15!) seemed to really enjoy their meals.
Sibling Rivalry rounded out my RW experience. They offered a very extensive menu and a group of six was able to order completely different combinations. I tried a lot of the food and it was all pretty tasty-the Halibut dish was exceptional and I was experiencing entree envy as my duck was overcooked. With so many great South End options, I may not go back anytime soon, but for a RW girls night out, it was perfect.
I only did a couple lunches this time around and had a very good overall experience (details at: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/431647). Lunch at Harvest didn't blow my mind by any means but the oysters (ordered off regular menu), service and cocktail were extremely good.
Om hit a grand slam. Great service and wonderful food. I left very eager to return for lunch again soon.