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Apr 18, 2008 11:54 AM

The Garden at the Cellar

Any recommendations? I may end up here this weekend, due to someone wanting to try it. Am I in for a good experience?

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  1. I've only been there once and only because I wanted to try it. I thought the food was good, the atmosphere lively and friendly. There was a party there that night, and a tray of champagne flutes was dropped, but not a beat was missed as the mess was cleared up and new glasses appeared. I really think if you go to a new place with an outlook that it's going to be good, you will generally have a fun time, so enjoy!

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    1. re: ghostcat

      Chicken croquettes are amazing.
      Tater tots are terrific.
      I think they do a tremendous job on everything on the menu, actually.

      1. re: wittlejosh

        We went as a group of four and everyone enjoyed their food. Three appetizers and four mains, and there wasn't a single item anyone wasn't thrilled with.
        Apparently it's all local/organic/trendy too if that turns you on. Very casual pub atmosphere for such good food. Not cheap but we were well impressed.

        1. re: chickendhansak

          I really like it, and though it's not "cheap," I'd say that it is an incredibly high-value place. I think it bests dozens of restaurants with entrees in the high-20s and low-30s.

          1. re: chickendhansak

            Glad you all enjoyed the meal. The Garden certainly focuses on local ingredients (including some excellent grass fed beef), and there is some organic (though it is far from all organic). As far as trendy, I'm not sure what that means. I would agree if you are referring to the trend of using local and seasonal ingredients which the Garden does as well as anywhere I have been.

            For the quality of food one gets at the Garden I would say that it is certainly one of the best dining values around. ANy less expensive, and the quality would necessarily suffer. If you are looking for bargains over the normal menu, go on Sunday when they have a selection of entrees for $10/ea and smaller plates for $5/ea.

            1. re: Gabatta

              Hi Gabatta,
              Could you say anything more about their offerings on Sundays? Their website is a bit out of date - it doesn't even mention their new Sunday hours (4-9pm). Are the entrees offered on Sundays based on their normal menu or something else entirely?


      2. Is this place open for lunch?

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        1. re: ck1234

          I believe it is, but you need to call them for updated hours, as their website is a little behind on that :P Tomato soup and grilled cheese and lunch... :)

          1. re: marilees

            I believe they will start lunch in July.

        2. The kitchen is very skilled and consistent...I have been on a week night and weekend and still gotten the same perfectly cooked quality of food. The pairing of flavors of all their dishes are very well balanced and inventive. All veggies and meats are cooked perfectly (had one of the best seared scallops in my life in a parsnip soup I ordered there recently). As to stand out dishes, you'll laugh, but I am obsessed with their rosemary truffle fries. I can't go there without ordering them.

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          1. re: InmanSQ Girl

            Who ISN'T obsessed with those fries? They're the best anywhere!

            1. re: InmanSQ Girl

              Will it be packed at 8:45 on a Wed. do you think? I really want to try this place tonite but am doubtful of being able to walk in and sit.

              1. re: Joanie

                I got there last Wed about 8.30, and we waited 5 mins for a table for three. I don't think it will be too bad. Have only waited more than 15 mins at weekends.

                1. re: katielp

                  We called from Central Sq. around 8:40 and they said it wouldn't be a problem. As we walked, we saw 3 friends who'd just eaten there raving about the chicken croquettes and codfish cakes. We were told about 10 min upstairs but when we went downstairs, there was a table so we grabbed that. 3 more friends were drinking at the bar, popular place. Went with the fried green tomato BLT where you could get fries or tater tots. Since I'd heard about their tots, I chose those. It's weird cuz sometimes, I just like the old fashioned way better and I find that fancy tater tots aren't as good as basic ones (fried correctly of course). These were nice little fried mashed potato balls, but I'll take the cafeteria's on a good day. Bacon was excellent, tomatoes fried nicely. Friend had a good sized burger w/ fries (could have been a few more fries). Good deals at $8 and 9. I got some sort of "martini" that probably was a cosmo. I'd asked if they had peach or mango stuff but no juices at that bar, he said he'd find something to quench my thirst which was my main concern. Only $6. We also split the arancini, two large fried balls served in tomato sauce. Very loud downstairs but it cleared out a bit around 10. Lots of interesting small dishes and sandwiches for great prices.