Blue Pointe Bistro - Weymouth (Review)
The SO and I decided to give Blue Pointe Bistro on Route 53 in Weymouth Landing a try for lunch over the weekend. We started with an order of their crispy calamari -- the name is somewhat of a misnomer, as the calamari's crispiness was reduced by the lemon vinagrette it was tossed in. Nonetheless, it was very light and a wonderful beginning to the meal. I opted for their special of the day for the main course -- grilled turkey tips, served over basmati pilaf. It wasn't earth-shattering, but certainly not terrible either. The SO fared better with their chopped salad, which was accompanied by a hearty portion of grilled chicken. The star of that show was the highly addictive roasted red pepper dressing. Prices are very inexpensive -- nothing on the lunch menu exceeded $10. The atmosphere is modern (could fit right into the South End) and service was prompt and attentive. We'll definitely return for dinner -- where entrees top out with a $21 lamb shank...
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There are a lot of little things wrong with the Blue Pointe Bistro, luckily most of them have nothing to do with the food. In general, it seems to suffer from serious confusion about what sort of restaurant it wants to be. It's part sports bar, part South End Bistro, part funky Davis Square diner; the mash-up is unsettling. The rear dining room has the potential to be the most chic, intimate room on the South Shore. As it is, it's a cold, sorta sterile and oddly amateurish environment. There are no tablecloths, the enormous metal framed windows have no draperies and just make you feel exposed to the street. The monochrome beige walls are dotted with a couple of pieces of really unappealing, badly arranged and mismatched blue-tinted artwork. I've seen more sophisticated decor in local sub shops. I've never seen a room that could be so easily transformed by a single visit from a restaurant designer or just a few well placed pieces of fabric. And while they're at it they should redo the menu, which was pitifully short on critical details about each dish. If you want a minimalist menu, then the wait staff has to be able to fill in the blanks, which means someone has got to take the time to train them. Our waitress was a nice girl but I think I probably knew more about what was on the menu than she did. She had to retreat to the kitchen to ask what kind of sausage was in the entree special, and then again to find out what kind of cheese choices were available for the signature Blue Pointe Burger. (Sadly, the choices were Cheddar, Provolone, and American...yawn!! I mean, c'mon guys...it's Blue Pointe...how about Bleu Cheese, or maybe Boursin?) The waitress recommended the Hob Nob Pinot Noir for it's ability to go well "with everything" despite having never tasted it herself. Neither had she ever tasted the roasted pumpkin ravioli appetizer (which as it turned out was excellent.) She also checked in far too often to ask how everything was. I want a waiter to be responsive and knowledgeable, not to interrupt every three minutes. She even came over to ask how our drinks were fer chrissakes! That's another thing, Blue Pointe has a decent bottled beer selection but only two - count 'em two - draft selections: Sam Adams and Coors Light! Again, is this fine dining or a burger joint with a liquor license? At least the food was good but plagued by dumb mistakes. My tasty potato-crusted salmon (sadly, farm-raised and colorless) was served on a bed of rice, with a side of roasted sweet potatoes. By my count that's three starches on the same plate and not a hint of green vegetable. We left Blue Pointe with the uneasy sense that this was a case of unrealized potential. To survive, this place needs to quickly bring in some consultants. The thing is..it would be an easy fix.
I just had to reply to Hinghamguy because his review is unfair. I've been going to the Blue Pointe Bistro for some time now. It's got its small problems, yes, but the food is excellent. I have yet to have anything there that isn't exquisite. As much as the above gentleman complained about the food (especially the burger) it's amazing. The burger is best on the south shore if you ask me, who cares if it doesn't have bleu cheese. If you get a chance, try one of the nightly specials. The chef is never ceases to amaze me with the specials. I recently had a pork chop with some kind of mango or pineapple glaze,mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach. It's amazing. And I'm not a big pork chop eater either. As far as the decor, yes it could be better. I personally would have table clothes on the tables, but it really doesn't bother me enough to write a complaint about it. The bar area is great with a great selection of bottled beers, decent wine selection and what seems like an ever changing draft selection (and yes there is only two, but do you really care?). As far as the service complaints that hinghamguy suggested above, I can agree to an extent. I go to Blue Pointe Bistro about 2 or 3 times a month as it is close to home. The problem with the service is that you never know what you're going to get. I've been at times where I have had impecable service. The girl has always been spot on and I am always looking for her as my waitress when I go. I have also been where I've had service like hinghamguy stated. No knowledge of anything on the menu or drinks that they serve or generally what is going on all together! I'd tell you to ask for one waitress, but I don't know her name. And I think the owner only hires Blondes so theres no way of even describing her, but if you get her-she's great! The advice I can leave about the Blue Pointe Bistro is to not let one bad experience with a specific waitress take away from the goodness of the food. If I had done that I would have missed out on some excellent food, close to home. A safe way to make sure you get great service is sit at the bar. It's small and quaint and the bartenders are great. I usually go on Fridays and the bartender has never been anything less than awesome. Good size Martinis too! The Coffee Matrini is dangerously good. So to sum it up, go to the Blue Pointe Bistro and give it a shot for yourself. The food is amazing and for the most part the service is great.
So far I've only been to Blue Pointe for brunch. So far, I've enjoyed my brunches there. I liked their merguez hash and their roasted veggie and goat cheese omlette. I also like that they have a bar so that you can get a mimosa or bloody mary with brunch (after noon).
Blue Pointe Bistro
61 Washington St, Weymouth, MA 02188