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Starving on South Shore

Moved to Scituate recently after 20+ years living in Boston. Scituate is a beautiful place, but I am used to more and better food choices. What recommendations do people have for restaurants on the South Shore?

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  1. Saporito's in Hull is delicious. It's a tiny place that serves fantastic northern Italian. The wine selection is nice as well. It is very casual at the same time so its a great place to go for dinner or a special occasion. The only night you may need a reservation is a Saturday. They rated #1 in MA for N. Italian and #9 overall in MA.

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    1. re: cb6932

      Welcome to Chowhound- hope to hear more about your favorites.

      Who rated them #1? I'm always skeptical of ratings anyway- I prefer personal ratings from Chowhound members. Can you give some more specifics about what you like on their menu?

      1. re: Chris VR

        I love that the menu changes seasonally, so you can go year round and try new items. The cavatelli and rigatoni bolognese have been on the menu for 20 years for a reason. It is such a great place because you can have a 5 star meal w/o the pretentious air of some other restaurants. It is so laid back and welcoming. Zagat gave them #1 for Northern Italian and #9 overall in MAss.

        1. re: cb6932

          It's so wonderful that you get to experience their cuisine so often!
          Any other places you could recommend?

          1. re: galleygirl

            There is Square Cafe in Hingham Center, Cafe Bella in Randolph(a bit of a hike but worth it), Hola in Marshfield(tapas), Fuji in Quincy(sushi), Toast in Hull is the best for breakfast! I love food and try to go to as many places as possible. Do you have any recommendations for me?

            1. re: cb6932

              Sure, just click on my name, and you can see hundreds of posts I'vemade to CH over the years!

    2. I've lived in Scituate for years and couldn't agree more with your comments. Riva in the Harbor has great modern Italian food. The Barker Tavern, a lovely historical building, has excellent food and the small pub is good as well and fun. The Satuit Tavern is reliable for good seafood although it is totally lacking in ambiance. Father afield, Bridgeman's in Hull is excellent and a favorite and Mezza Mare is a good Italian place. In Hingham Tosca and Cafffe Tosca are excellent, The Snug is a fun Irish pub, and there is also a good Thai on North Street whose name I can't remember. In Cohasset Feng Shui is a very good Asian place and their lunch buffet is very popular. Trattoria San Pietro in Norwell is wonderful too.

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      1. re: taddybelle

        I'm approaching 10 years now in Scituate, and the choices are infinitely better than they used to be...agreed on all of the above except for the Barker & Mezza Mare...also want to add the new Scarlet Oak in Hingham, Cherrywood's on #53, as well as DeNiro's near the Hingham/Cohasset Line...I'll think of more...

        1. re: soshore

          Has Cherrywoods moved? The last time that I drove by their location on 53 in Norwell there was a "Space for Lease" sign in the window of their space.

          1. re: mangorita

            too bad...Cherrywood's was the last (only) bastion of southern cuisine on the South Shore that I know of...

        2. re: taddybelle

          I love Mezze Mare, too! I live in Braintree, and head to MM at least a few times a year...hmm..I think I'm due!

        3. Solstice in Kingston is excellent, as good as any place I've been in Boston. Sintra in Braintree is very good, reasonably priced for the upscale-ish place it is.

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          1. re: winedude

            I will second the Solstice rec. I love it there. From the food to the decor to the service it was all fantastic the five or so times I have been there.

            1. re: winedude

              I have never been wowed by Solstice, had an ice cold (as in frozen in the middle) crabcake once. Service that seems to think it is entitled and a general feel that it is a really "Hot" restuarant. The fact of the matter is it is basically good restaurant in an area with few choice and it is quite small so it seems busy with a handful of folks in the place.

              1. re: Winer

                Wow, I would describe that as the complete opposite of all of my experiences there. I have been there about five or so times now. There was always a laid back feel to the dining room, great service, and food that has always been fantastic. The bar area is usually hopping but the dining area, while close, always feels quiet and more easy going. Sorry to hear about your bad experience.

                1. re: TomH

                  I live a few miles away so I frequent the place at least monthly. It's my favorite restaurant in the area without question. I have to agree with TomH that the dinning room is reasonably quite except it can get a bit noisy on busy weekend nights when they open the additional back room. I've never felt the service to be anything close to Winers experience. The food has always been solid to excellent with an occasional wow so I think it stacks up well against any of the SS's top 5.

            2. Thanks everyone for your comments! Some I have tried, some not.

              I'll share a few of my own as well.

              Riva on Front Street in Scituate does have excellent Italian, and has 2 lovely rooms (depending on your preferences, or availability). The front dining room is very quaint, but crowded. In Winter they have a fireplace that adds nice ambiance. The rear dining room / bar is just that, a bar with some high tables. Same food, but a noisier and more boisterous room. In Season, this rooms opens up to be "open air" which is wonderful in the right weather. There is also outdoor seating, in season. You can eat at the Bar, which we like to do and have done here a few times.

              The Old Salt in Cohasset, next door to, and part of, Atlantica, has perhaps the prettiest spot on The South Shore. In Season Only, and weather permitting (ONLY outdoor seating) this place does a lovely job on creative Salads, and a short menu of updated seaside favorites such as lobster rolls. The dining "room" sits on a pier that extends out into Cohasset Harbor.

              Atlantica has a wonderful Brunch on Sundays, and a beautiful dining room with one of the prettiest views on The South Shore.

              Barker Tavern on Friday Nights for the Pub Menu is a very good "tavern" experience.

              Fung Shui on Rt 3A in Cohassett has added an excellent upscale Asian / Sushi restaurant to our local area.

              Arthur & Pats in Marshfield has the best breakfast food I have had. Proprieter Dee and her brother keep the menu fresh and interesting with constantly changing omlette ingredients, other specials and the best Lobster bisque you will ever have, period. Brants Rock Marshfield, only in Season (Closes October - April 15, roughly). The last Sunday of the season is always "wear your PJs", and people really do. And for you Aerosmith fans, Joey Kramer and other band member sightings are regular here

              The Satuit Tavern has excellent Fried Clams and seafood, otherwise I cannot understand all the cars in the parking lot! Shows how "in need" we are of better choices!

              The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset also a good choice and in season you can eat out on their porch.

              The Kam Man Marketplace in Quincy has added a bit of Chinatown to The South Shore

              For Pho (Vietnamese Soup)
              Pho Yuen Dong
              217 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169
              (617) 328-8831

              For Dim Sum
              China Pearl (same China Pearl as Chinatown)

              Kam Man market: a full-service asian market (like Supoer 88)

              For Thai
              Sween Lemons in Weymouth (rts 18 & 53) does a very good job and they couldn't be nicer.

              For Pizza
              Upper Crust in Hingham is the only Pizza I have found worth eating

              Cohasset and Duxbury have a lovely french bakery called French Memories

              Avoid:
              The Mill Wharf / Chester's
              TK O'Malley's
              Harbor House of Pizza
              Maria's Pizza

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              1. re: johnecampbell

                Excellent report, thank you. My parents moved to Cohasset about 20 years ago and I will echo those who say that things have improved considerably over that time although the choices are still too limited. Our regular spots are Saporito's and Bridgeman's in Hull (as well as Jake's in season for fried seafood), Tosca in Hingham and Bia in Cohasset.

                1. re: johnecampbell

                  I tried Atlantica for dinner last year and didn't like it at all. Lousy sides, average fish, forgetful service. What I remembered most was the nice view (but not much to see there after it gets dark) and the unpleasantly moldy smell in the dining area. Have never been for brunch.

                  Found the Barker Tavern to be really atmospheric but the food was pretty average. Red Lion Inn gets positives for offering German food, something Boston sorely lacks, and also being old-wood charming, though I liked the cuisine at the Student Prince in Springfield better.

                  Will second the positives on Riva.

                  1. re: bachslunch

                    my in-laws LOVE Atlantica, but as many times as I've gone there, I've always found it both average and overpriced...nice view though, nice folks who work there as well...
                    the real crime/loss in Cohasset is the Red Lion which goes through chefs and managers almost monthly...too bad, because the dining/pub area is both beautiful and historic...maybe some day they'll get their act together...
                    speaking of historic...can folks out there in Chow-land recommend the Sun Tavern in Duxbury? or is it PJ's-esque?

                    1. re: soshore

                      as far as the Sun Tavern goes, i am not a huge fan. i feel like they're overpriced and don't have that much of a selection. my family loves it, so i guess there must be something that draws them back again and again. i think it'd be worth a try though...

                      1. re: doley69

                        I agree, overpriced and pretty boring. Execution is fair. Perhaps a harsh statement, but I think the Sun Tavern's shine has come and gone.

                    2. re: bachslunch

                      I agree about dinner at Atlantica but they have the most wonderful cheeseburger on their pub menu; we sit at the bar or at a table in the lounge and it is a very pleasant evening with a nice crowd.

                  2. I enjoy the Snug in Hingham. Nice cozy little spot with great corned beef sandwiches, and decent potato salad. DiNero's is great for lunch because the prices are so much better and although you won't see it on the menu, you can still get a baked stuffed lobster. While, I wouldn't give them raves, I think Schooners is a pleasant spot for fried seafood, as is Jakes or the Hingham Lobster place.

                    1. Cohasset has two very good chef-owned restaurants right in the village. Bernard's, in the old railway station on Depot Court, has a diverse modern Mediterranean/eclectic menu. Bia Bistro, in an 18th Century house on Main Street, is owned by an Irish chef and his wife and is similarly eclectic.

                      Both of these restaurants are surprisingly overlooked on this board and in the local food press. Both offer a sophisticated menu, good value, interesting wine lists and skilled, friendly service.

                      Another restaurant that I did not notice below is the Square Cafe in Hingham. The latter has an asian-influenced menu in a lovely room on Main Street in Hingham Square. It is a restaurant that would be as comfortable on Tremont Street as it is in Hingham.

                      1. Square Cafe in Hingham has become one of my favorites. As noted, it has Asian-inspired food, and they offer fabulous appetizers, "small plates," as well as full dinners. I can never decide what to have -- although their calamari with mango and cashews is exceptional!

                        I also love Bridgemans, great italian, lovely setting, a pretty place to hang out. I'm an old Saporitos fan. The food is very good, but I don't think its what it used to be.

                        Altantica/Old Salt - go for the view, don't expect much from the food, other than the salads which are very good. It's only a step above bar food. Still, there isn't any other place I'd rather go ona gorgeous summer afternoon/evening. And be prepared to wait to sit at Old Salt.

                        I agree on the recommendations for Feng Sui -- only place around here (other than Quincy) where the sushi is actually good. If you want to drive to Quincy Fuji 1541 is also terrific.

                        For breakfast I love Toast in Hull, and Stars on Hingham Harbor. I don't care for the Snug although I know people who rave.

                        I think Upper Crust is only so/so. The best pizza around is from Weinberg's bakery in Hull, but only on Friday and Saturday nights. Otherwise, go to Cohasset Pizza House if you like think crust/NY style pies. Crow Point is also very good for greek style pizza, and I love their greek salads.

                        1. Since so many were so kind to respond with suggestions, I have compiled them all into a "South Shore Chowhound Guide" (listed alpha, by town), thanks everyone and enjoy!

                          Sintra (Braintree)
                          • Sintra in Braintree is very good, reasonably priced for the upscale-ish place it is.

                          Atlantica (Cohasset)
                          • Atlantica has a wonderful Brunch on Sundays, and a beautiful dining room with one of the prettiest views on The South Shore.
                          • I tried Atlantica for dinner last year and didn't like it at all. Lousy sides, average fish, forgetful service. What I remembered most was the nice view (but not much to see there after it gets dark) and the unpleasantly moldy smell in the dining area. Have never been for brunch.
                          • My in-laws LOVE Atlantica, but as many times as I've gone there, I've always found it both average and overpriced...nice view though, nice folks who work there as well...
                          I agree about dinner at Atlantica but they have the most wonderful cheeseburger on their pub menu; we sit at the bar or at a table in the lounge and it is a very pleasant evening with a nice crowd.

                          Bernard’s (Cohasset)
                          • Cohasset has two very good chef-owned restaurants right in the village. Bernard's, in the old railway station on Depot Court, has a diverse modern Mediterranean/eclectic menu.

                          Bia Bistro (Cohasset)
                          • Cohasset has two very good chef-owned restaurants right in the village. Bia Bistro, in an 18th Century house on Main Street, is owned by an Irish chef and his wife and is similarly eclectic.

                          Feng Shui (Cohasset)
                          • Feng Shui is a very good Asian place and their lunch buffet is very popular
                          • Fung Shui on Rt 3A in Cohasset has added an excellent upscale Asian / Sushi restaurant to our local area.
                          • I agree on the recommendations for Feng Sui -- only place around here (other than Quincy) where the sushi is actually good.

                          The Old Salt (Cohasset)
                          • The Old Salt in Cohasset, next door to, and part of, Atlantica, has perhaps the prettiest spot on The South Shore. In Season Only, and weather permitting (ONLY outdoor seating) this place does a lovely job on creative Salads, and a short menu of updated seaside favorites such as lobster rolls. The dining "room" sits on a pier that extends out into Cohasset Harbor.
                          • Altantica/Old Salt - go for the view, don't expect much from the food, other than the salads which are very good. It's only a step above bar food. Still, there isn't any other place I'd rather go on a gorgeous summer afternoon/evening. And be prepared to wait to sit at Old Salt.

                          The Red Lion Inn (Cohasset)
                          • The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset also a good choice and in season you can eat out on their porch.
                          • Red Lion Inn gets positives for offering German food, something Boston sorely lacks, and also being old-wood charming, though I liked the cuisine at the Student Prince in Springfield better.
                          • the real crime/loss in Cohasset is the Red Lion which goes through chefs and managers almost monthly...too bad, because the dining/pub area is both beautiful and historic...maybe someday they'll get their act together...

                          Stars (Hingham)
                          • For breakfast I love Toast in Hull, and Stars on Hingham Harbor.

                          Square Café (Hingham)
                          • Another restaurant that I did not notice below is the Square Cafe in Hingham. The latter has an asian-influenced menu in a lovely room on Main Street in Hingham Square. It is a restaurant that would be as comfortable on Tremont Street as it is in Hingham.
                          • Square Cafe in Hingham has become one of my favorites. As noted, it has Asian-inspired food, and they offer fabulous appetizers, "small plates," as well as full dinners. I can never decide what to have -- although their calamari with mango and cashews is exceptional!

                          The Snug (Hingham)
                          • The Snug is a fun Irish pub
                          • I enjoy the Snug in Hingham. Nice cozy little spot with great corned beef sandwiches, and decent potato salad.
                          • I don't care for the Snug although I know people who rave.

                          Tosca (Hingham)
                          • Tosca and Cafe Tosca are excellent,

                          Upper Crust (Hingham)
                          • Upper Crust in Hingham is the only Pizza I have found worth eating

                          Bridgeman’s (Hull)
                          • Bridgeman's in Hull is excellent
                          • I also love Bridgeman’s, great Italian, lovely setting, and a pretty place to hang out.

                          Saporito's (Hull)
                          • Saporito's in Hull is delicious. It's a tiny place that serves fantastic northern Italian. The wine selection is nice as well. It is very casual at the same time so it’s a great place to go for dinner or a special occasion. The only night you may need a reservation is a Saturday. They rated #1 in MA for N. Italian and #9 overall in MA.
                          • I love that the menu changes seasonally, so you can go year round and try new items. The cavatelli and rigatoni bolognese have been on the menu for 20 years for a reason. It is such a great place because you can have a 5 star meal w/o the pretentious air of some other restaurants. It is so laid back and welcoming. Zagat gave them #1 for Northern Italian and #9 overall in Mass
                          • I'm an old Saporitos fan. The food is very good, but I don't think it’s what it used to be.

                          Toast (Hull)
                          • Toast in Hull is the best for breakfast!
                          • For breakfast I love Toast in Hull, and Stars on Hingham Harbor. I don't care for the Snug although I know people who rave.

                          Arthur & Pats (Marshfield)
                          • Arthur & Pats in Marshfield has the best breakfast food I have had. Proprietor Dee and her brother keep the menu fresh and interesting with constantly changing omelet ingredients, other specials and the best Lobster bisque you will ever have, period. Brant Rock Marshfield, only in Season (Closes October - April 15, roughly). The last Sunday of the season is always "wear your PJs", and people really do. And for you Aerosmith fans, Joey Kramer and other band member sightings are regular here

                          Hola (Marshfield)

                          Trattoria San Pietro (Norwell)
                          • Trattoria San Pietro in Norwell is wonderful too.

                          Café Bella (Randolph)

                          Riva (Scituate)
                          • Riva in the Harbor has great modern Italian food.
                          • Riva on Front Street in Scituate does have excellent Italian, and has 2 lovely rooms (depending on your preferences, or availability). The front dining room is very quaint, but crowded. In Winter they have a fireplace that adds nice ambiance. The rear dining room / bar is just that, a bar with some high tables. Same food, but a noisier and more boisterous room. In Season, this room opens up to be "open air" which is wonderful in the right weather. There is also outdoor seating, in season. You can eat at the Bar, which we like to do and have done here a few times.
                          • I will second the positives on Riva.

                          The Barker Tavern (Scituate)
                          • The Barker Tavern, a lovely historical building, has excellent food and the small pub is good as well and fun.
                          • Barker Tavern on Friday Nights for the Pub Menu is a very good "tavern" experience.
                          • Found the Barker Tavern to be really atmospheric but the food was pretty average.

                          The Satuit Tavern (Scituate)
                          • The Satuit Tavern is reliable for good seafood although it is totally lacking in ambiance
                          • The Satuit Tavern has excellent Fried Clams and seafood, otherwise I cannot understand all the cars in the parking lot! Shows how "in need" we are of better choices!

                          Mezza Mare (
                          • Mezza Mare is a good Italian place
                          • I love Mezze Mare, too! I live in Braintree, and head to MM at least a few times a year...hmm..I think I'm due!

                          DeNiro's near the Hingham/Cohasset Line
                          • DiNero's is great for lunch because the prices are so much better and although you won't see it on the menu, you can still get a baked stuffed lobster.

                          Solstice (Kingston)
                          • Solstice in Kingston is excellent, as good as any place I've been in Boston
                          • I will second the Solstice rec. I love it there. From the food to the decor to the service it was all fantastic the five or so times I have been there.

                          Pho Yuen Dong (Quincy)
                          • Excellent Pho

                          China Pearl (Quincy)

                          Sweet Lemons (Weymouth & Abington)
                          • Sweet Lemons in Weymouth (rts 18 & 53) does a very good job and they couldn't be nicer.

                          Schooners
                          • While, I wouldn't give them raves, I think Schooners is a pleasant spot for fried seafood, as is Jakes or the Hingham Lobster place.

                          Jake’s
                          • While, I wouldn't give them raves, I think Schooners is a pleasant spot for fried seafood, as is Jakes or the Hingham Lobster place.

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                          1. re: johnecampbell

                            Thank you for a great list. You put a lot of work into it and it's appreciated.

                            1. re: johnecampbell

                              Yes, this list is awesome and so helpful. Also, for those in Abington/Rockland area, I have to include 999 Asian Bistro. Tiny and simple menu. But warm service and reliable food. I would recommend to stick with apps and entrees though and avoid sushi for lack of technique.

                              I'll echo raves on Fuji, Shabu, Square Cafe, Tosca, Hola, and Solstice.

                              I've heard shady reports about Cafe Bella accepting bribes from patrons to get bumped up the waiting list... ...honestly, I cannot personally vouch for the veracity of this claim, but even a wiff of such dishonorable conduct keeps me at bay.

                              1. re: globalgourmand

                                I'll second 999 in Rockland. The people that work there are fabulous. Their Pad Thai is the best around, much better than sweet lemons, and their basil fried rice is also very good. But the best thing on the menu are their homeade steamed pork dumplings.

                                1. re: globalgourmand

                                  If "accepting bribes from patrons to get bumped up the waiting list" cannot be vouched for, it seems a real shame and not quite fair (not that you are trying to be unfair) to treat the restaurant as if it were true, no?

                                  Even a shame to write of it at all, if it is not verified.

                                  I have been there several times over the years and never have seen such activity--and have always had a fabulous meal.

                                  Just the though of the place makes me want to run right over. sigh, still at work. Guess I ought to log off and get crackin'!

                                  1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                                    I don't know about bribery but I have witnessed different wait times for different customers (regulars getting seated right away while non-regulars wait, pretending those regulars were there for awhile) but it's their business and they can do what they want.
                                    Personally I think the food has become a bit tired and I don't care for the female bartender with the attitude.

                                    1. re: T.Clark

                                      Huh-when I was there last Fall, I had not been in a while, so the menu was new to me and delicious. We happened to sit at the bar for a quick dinner of a few apps before a show. The female bartender did have a certain edge, but I actually found her quite helpful--I was there earlier than DC and the bar was filling up. Bartender knew we would be ordering food and so put out our two set ups way early so as to sublty reserve my running behind DCs place. (I am no regular, having been there probably once per year over ten years). I found that a nice subtle touch at the time. However, I agree with--had I encountered attitude, I would not like it.

                                    2. re: SeaSide Tomato

                                      SeaSide, I understand your point and I have felt stuck in a quagmire about the issue. I'll try not to hijack this thread beyond a quick explanation.

                                      The only real way to know a rumor is true is to see it myself. However, I've heard enough reports to personally turn me away, great food or not. As T.Clark says, it IS their business and they CAN do what they want and my only real voice against that is to not ever go. A person like me would want to know and do the same, which is the second reason I said it. The first is to see if another could support the claim.

                                      I don't wish to spread false info, which is my reason for the disclaimer about veracity. Its meant to say: "either judge for yourself, or please verify/negate this claim."

                                      Honestly, I think you are right, I feel it is a bit unfair to treat it as if it is true, and that is where I feel stuck. If I really want to know, I have to go myself. My activist heart resists giving them a dime, my foodie heart assumes I can get better on the South Shore without seeing for myself or enduring the wait, and my curious and earnest heart still wants to know for sure.

                                2. Great recommendations! One restaurant I haven't seen in the posts is the vietnamese restaurant, La Dalat in Hull. I've enjoyed both their French-Vietnamese dishes as well as their sushi.

                                  1. I went to Shabu in Quincy for the first time last week and had a really good meal there. I'd recommend that to anyone in the area as a good hotpot option.

                                    1. I heard the Sun Tavern in Duxbury closed or is to close soon? True???

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                                        1. re: phonelady

                                          It's currently for sale. If you have 1.375 Mill then you can purchase it. Comes with 5 acres of land, easy highway access, in a desireable neighborhood, but it seems that people don't care to make their way out there too often. I went once under the newer management and wasn't happy with my experience at all.

                                        2. I'm just adding some places links for a purely selfish reason...so that this topic becomes more useful when viewed from my blackberry. ;)

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                                          Arthur & Pat's Restaurant
                                          239 Ocean St, Marshfield, MA 02050

                                          Caffe Bella
                                          19 Warren St, Randolph, MA 02368

                                          Little Q Hotpot Restaurant
                                          1585 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

                                          Pho Yuen Dong Vietnamese
                                          217 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA 02169

                                          Sweet Lemon 1
                                          828 Washington St, Weymouth, MA 02189

                                          Windy City Eats
                                          407A Middle St, Weymouth, MA 02189

                                          Sintra
                                          906 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184

                                          Bernard's
                                          107 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, MA 02025

                                          Bia Bistro
                                          35 S Main St, Cohasset, MA 02025

                                          Feng Shui
                                          380 Chief Justice Cushing # 21, Cohasset, MA

                                          Red Lion Inn Restaurant
                                          71 S Main St, Cohasset, MA 02025

                                          Square Cafe
                                          150 North St, Hingham, MA 02043

                                          Toast
                                          121 Nantasket Ave # 5, Hull, MA

                                          Snug
                                          114 North St, Hingham, MA 02043

                                          Tosca
                                          14 North Street, Hingham, MA 02043

                                          Upper Crust
                                          73 South St, Hingham, MA 02043

                                          Bridgemans Restaurant
                                          145 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045

                                          Saporito's Florence Club Cafe
                                          11 Rockland Cir, Hull, MA 02045

                                          Jake's Seafood Restaurant
                                          50 George Washington Blvd, Hull, MA 02045

                                          Dinero's Restaurant
                                          235 Hull St, Cohasset, MA 02025

                                          Hola
                                          1849 Ocean St Ste 11, Marshfield, MA 02050

                                          Trattoria San Pietro
                                          376 Washington St., Norwell, MA 02061

                                          Riva Restaurant
                                          116 Front St, Scituate, MA 02066

                                          Barker Tavern
                                          21 Barker Rd, Scituate, MA 02066

                                          Solstice
                                          63 Summer St, Kingston, MA 02364

                                          China Pearl
                                          237 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA

                                          Shabu
                                          397 Hancock St, Quincy, MA

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                                          1. re: mangorita

                                            I've never had a good meal at Bridgeman's. They can never seem to get the risotto right, the scallops have been BLAH and the steak overcoooked.

                                            1. re: Richard Hurts

                                              Bridgeman's is good, but they have been lowered a notch in my book when they failed to even apologize for the piece of plastic one us found in the pasta dish.

                                          2. Without question, Square Cafe in Hingham Center. Actually one of my top 5 restaurants anywhere. Have been there on multiple occasions, and the food and service have always been top-notch...They serve traditional fare, but spruce it up with their own creative touches (i.e. calamari with fresh grapefruit).

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                                            1. re: paulspalate

                                              I second Tosca in Hingham. Very nice, fun area and great waitstaff. We had a lovely dinner.

                                            2. Had late lunch yesterday for the first time at the Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham...what a lovely space. I ordered a cuban sandwich which sadly they were out of, but the burger I substituted was incredibly juicy and perfectly cooked and came with interesting sides of homemade pickles and slaw. Yum. I will absolutely be back. Thanks to all you South Shore hounds for the recommendation!

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                                              1. re: bostongal

                                                The burger may be the best o the south shore. Love the options you get for sides. Housemade pickles, though a little sweet, are a nice touch.

                                                1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                                                  The Best is a pretty bold statement pebbles ;) I'll have to try it. I've had dinner their and was disappointed.

                                                  I'd take the Pepsi challenge on best burger and throw a vote in for Solstice. The Kobe burger is not on the menu but it's available during the week as a special. I think it's only available at the bar. It's hand formed maybe 8+ oz., wood grilled with a homemade bun (not brioche!), really good cheddar, their own smokey thick cut slab bacon, and crispy hand cut frys that are so good they almost steal the thunder from the burger. Homemade ketchup, aioli and A1 sauces. Seriously good burger.

                                                  1. re: T.Clark

                                                    Did you only have dinner there once? what was bad about it? We all have our favorites. I eat at Scarlet about 3 times a month. I've never been disappointed.

                                                    1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                                                      Yes just once so in fairness I will give it another try. We were going to meet some friends a few weeks back but ended up at Square Cafe.

                                                      We didn't expect Scarlet to be what is essentially, a steak house. Ordinary food is the best I can remember of it. Have they changed the focus? It's been about a year I think. The bar area for a burger may be the way to go. How are the pizzas?

                                                      1. re: T.Clark

                                                        The pizzas are good but you should stick to steak. if you're looking for creative american, you're going to the wrong place. Their Steak Frites are EXCELLENT. My last time there, I had the special: 16oz pan seared ribeye with a green peppercorn and congac cream sauce with a Harvarti cheese bread pudding and steamed asparagus. It was fantastic.