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The Chateau going in where Naked Fish was in Westboro? [moved from Boston board]

Westy Aug 23, 2007 08:17 AM

I hear the Naked fish is gone, and a new French place going in. Anyone familiar with the owners/track record?

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    Bluebell RE: Westy Aug 23, 2007 08:22 AM

    Chateau is not a French place, unless it's not part of the small chain that exists in MA. It's family Italian, and there's one in Waltham, and used to be one in Arlington. I think there may be a few others. They serve red sauce Italian; certainly better than Olive Garden, but not gourmet by any means.

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      Blumie RE: Westy Aug 23, 2007 08:55 AM

      Sounds like one bad restaurant is replacing another.

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        MABMAQ RE: Blumie Aug 23, 2007 09:05 AM

        The chateau is a wannabe 99. I used to get dragged to the Waltham location and be subjected to the "Gold Room". It was almost as bad as the Cottage Crest on Trapelo Road. Blue hair central !

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          LStaff RE: MABMAQ Aug 23, 2007 01:55 PM

          I always regret getting dragged into the Waltham location for work/going away lunches. I try to stick with basice parms over pasta, but rarely can finish more than a few bites. I don't think anyone could make red sauce any blander - must be to satisfy the blue hairs that frequent this joint. Next time I have to go, I think I'll try the fried seafood - its fried, how bad can it be.

          Mario's in Lexington on the other hand is like comfort food to me - I even requested their veal parm for my birthday dinner this year and it was very satisfying.

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          CapeCodGuy RE: Blumie Aug 23, 2007 09:17 AM

          Actually..it's quite good for what it is...red sauce Italian homestyle cooking. The menu's broad and reasonable. The veal parm sandwich with fries or O-rings is terrific at lunch and only cost about 7-8 bucks. It's a huge step above Olive Garden and puts 99 to shame (which isn't hard to do). Even the fried seafood is pretty good.

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            Blumie RE: CapeCodGuy Aug 23, 2007 09:24 AM

            Put me squarely in the "The Chateau sucks" camp (at least based on a couple of experiences at the Waltham location). I'd rather go to the 99.

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              chcogal RE: Blumie Aug 26, 2007 05:41 PM

              Indifferent staff, only thing that was tasty was overcooked green beans in an olive oil sauce.

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              lar3ry RE: CapeCodGuy Aug 27, 2007 06:19 AM

              The Chateau's web site says they are opening soon in Westborough.

              My only Chateau experience is the one in Andover/Lawrence (Exit 45 off I-93 just north of I-495).


              Some quick thoughts:

              Buffalo Wings - Interestingly, they manage to get the "Buffalo" taste without being messy, putting the breading OUTSIDE the Buffalo sauce. In the end, I've decided I like this.

              Red Sauce + Pasta - Decent, considering that it's a mini-chain. My only complaint is that they tend to slather too much of it (about a cup of sauce on a small side plate of pasta is overkill; I always ask for "not too much sauce" on my sides, and they still pile on too much sauce!).

              Garlic bread -- you might be tempted to pass on the garlic bread because the fresh bread they give for free is excellent. You'd be making the wrong decision! They take the same fresh bread, add garlic, and (if you order it parmesan style) and generous helping of cheese to make something memorable.

              My wife's favorite dish: Eggplant Milano from the appetizers menu. Basically similar to an Eggplant Rolatini (sp?), which my wife adores. She orders that and the fried ravioli for her main meal, and adds a side salad.

              Their non-Italian dishes such as their prime rib on Friday and Saturday evenings are usually prepared nicely. "Medium-Well" usually comes out... well, "Medium Well."

              The lounge is large and lively, and that tends to be where my wife and I dine, since it's difficult for them to find "tables and not booths" in the main dining room. Lots of LCD TVs showing sports or Keno.

              Parking lot is large, but you may find yourself taking a long walk to get into the restaurant on busy nights (which is about every night).

              I'd rate the place between 2 1/2 and 3 stars.

              Chateau Restaurant
              131 River Rd, Andover, MA 01810

          2. ChinaCat RE: Westy Aug 23, 2007 02:01 PM

            I saw the sign, and wondered if that was the same Chateau as in Waltham.

            Oh joy...route 9 Westboro/Southborough really needed more Italian places. Zitis, Bertuccis, Il Forno, Arturos, Tomaso's definitely weren't enough. All we're really missing is the Olive Garden.

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              trufflehound RE: ChinaCat Aug 23, 2007 03:31 PM

              Be careful what you ask for. Applebee's is empty.

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                Lilibet RE: trufflehound Aug 24, 2007 08:22 AM

                Too bad they didn't reopen it again as The Red Barn...we could use some good night life in the area. Saw some really good garage bands there... eons ago.;-)

                BTW - went to the "new" Chateau in Norton with friends not too long ago... can't say I was impressed. All the old good ITAM places with homemade pizza are long gone.. like Marconi's in Ashland.

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                  trufflehound RE: Lilibet Aug 24, 2007 03:22 PM

                  FWIW, the Corner Pub in Ashland uses Marconi's pizza recipe. Everything else is chef Sysco's recipe.

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                    foodperv RE: trufflehound Aug 24, 2007 06:54 PM

                    there is a chateau as well on rt 93n up at exit 45

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                      Lilibet RE: trufflehound Aug 24, 2007 06:59 PM

                      Thanks TH...

                      My Dad worked at Marconi's for years as a bartender... he would come home past midnight with slices of all the unclaimed pizza's (I would wait up for him :-)).... the crust was unbelievable.

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                      chcogal RE: Lilibet Aug 26, 2007 01:08 PM

                      I think that it was The Yellow Barn.

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                        Westy RE: Lilibet Aug 27, 2007 06:48 AM

                        Marconi's!!!! The memories come flooding back. Great food (if I recall correctly, I was probably 7 the last time I ate there). I loved their minestrone.

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                          RiceRulz RE: Westy Sep 26, 2007 06:54 PM

                          It was the Red Barn. They used to have a recorded message saying what bands were playing and that there was a dress code. If I remember correctly, part of it said " No jeans, that means" for some reason that has stuck in my head for about 30 years...

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