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Marliave

Thinking of having a rehearsal dinner at Marliave for about 50 people in May, 2011. Have read mixed reviews since they re-opened. I like Grotto so I have faith in what they are doing at Marliave. Wondering though if (1) the food is consistently good and (2) they're doing well enough so that I can have confidence they'll still be open in May. The wedding will be at the Parker House and most out of town guests will be staying there so I thought Marliave would make sense in terms of location. Open to other ideas in that neighborhood though. Thanks.

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Marliave
10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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  1. I'd encourage you to check out for Marliave or any venue to which you're inviting 50 people for yourself. I like the food and atmosphere, and think the bartending has gotten steadier lately. Another idea in that neighborhood might be Silvertone's private room.

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    Silvertone
    69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

    Marliave
    10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Thanks, MC Slim. I will be dining there soon to check out the food but just wondered about its staying power as well. The last thing I want to do is commit to a place for a May event and then find out in April that they have closed.

    2. i like the food at Marliave, but the service is slow. Not bad or unfriendly or rude...just really, really slow. Events are different than lunch or dinner, so hopefully a CHer has experience with events there.

      I'd be interested as well, as it is on our list of options for a holiday party.

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      Marliave
      10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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      1. re: MariaVII

        I like Marliave and haven't experienced unusually slow service but I have noticed that the front of house staff seems to turn over a lot, and some occasionally seem a little inexperienced. They're always friendly, though.

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        Marliave
        10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

        1. re: robwat36

          I've been to Marliave a few of times in the past 6 months and I agree that the quality of both food and drink is good, and the service is friendly but slow. When my wife and I last went on a Friday evening they frankly seemed understaffed, given the crowd.

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          Marliave
          10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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        1. Well the food is good but not always consistent to us.

          Apps that we have tried:
          Escargots (always good but you will need to ask for extra bread to sop up the lovely flavored butter)
          Meatball sliders (none of us liked it. it was too heavy)
          Mussels (they were decent)
          Henry's soup (a hearty french onion soup was the best of the bunch)

          Entrees:
          Sunday Gravy (housemade gnocchis were horrendous-heavy and densed)
          Steak Frites (were just okay. nothing memorable)
          Trout (usually pretty good only once it was overcooked)
          Chicken (used to be my fave but has been the most inconsistent dish: had it overcooked chicken but perfect risotto and vice versa)

          Desserts:
          have yet to be impressed with any one of them. The ice cream were always too icy.

          Most of the servers there are friendly enough which is more than I can say about the chef-owner Scott Herrit, he always looks miserable and unapproachable.

          1. Just read a thread on Marliave from Summer, 2009. There were a lot of people on that thread predicting the restaurant's demise. I know it's still in business but I'm concerned about making a commitment for an event (rehearsal dinner) in May, 2011. Can anyone tell me if business there has increased or do we still think they're on life support?

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            Marliave
            10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108