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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.

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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

      2. 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

          1. I recently held an event at Marliave for ~70 people and it went very, very well.

            I agree with other commenters that service can be slow, but for your event you'll work on a setup and menu that works well for your group size and budget. Everything went great for us, so I'd highly recommend them if the atmosphere (we occupied the entire main upstairs dining room) and menu (generally quite good) works for you.

            And I wouldn't worry about them closing by May.

            But I'd dine once or twice at whatever place you are considering, to be sure you like the food and vibe.

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            Marliave
            10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

            1. Psst.....A little off-topic, but a bartender recently mentioned they are barrel-aging a batch of manhattans right now, and will pop the cork on November 19. I have already jotted it in my BB, but I would not be a good hound if I kept that to myself. In all honesty, not sure what effect that would have, but sounded interesting.

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              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                Good to know. Sounds like a plan.
                Enjoy,
                CocoDan

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  also OT: temple bar is beginning a cask-aging program as well.

                  i've given up on marliave, as much as i wanted to like it. slow service, mediocre bartending, combined with a lack of knowledge for even basic cocktails, and an over-priced wine list send me back to silvertone again and again. silvertone has a back room that can be rented out for functions too.

                  the old vinalia space is now part of the petit robert constellation. that might work well also.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    I was just reading this chain - Marliave still just "so-so" or worth adding to the list of places to try?

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                    Marliave
                    10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

                    1. re: meeps2002

                      I started this thread last September and I would be remiss if I didn't report back that we did indeed have my son and daughter-in-law's rehearsal dinner at Marliave in May and they did a great job. We had about 60 people there (upstairs) and most of the guests raved about both the food and the service. Melissa worked with us on the menu (mostly apps, small plates) and they did a nice replenishing the food and keeping everything fresh. As someone who also has eaten there with my wife a number of times, I highly recommend the chicken entree. This is probably heresy but I think it's right up there with Hammersley's chicken.

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                      Marliave
                      10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

                      1. re: meeps2002

                        I find the food just okay (often way too heavy) and the bartending hit or miss (there is one guy who I've had terrific service from, though) but what kills this place for me is the atmosphere. It just seems depressing in there.

                        The last time I was there I was sitting at the bar alone waiting for a friend, and the owner proceeded to perch on a stool next to me, repeatedly pick his nose and audibly badmouth members of his staff to a hostess. Yeah, not exactly where I want to get my drink on, thanks.

                        1. re: LeoLioness

                          I haven't gone much beyond the sandwich part of the menu, but I am a big fan of those. They make their own bread, which I am a sucker for and I pretty much go for either the Mrs. Marliave (croque madam) or the rueben every time. Both of which I have found consistently good. Just my two cents.

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                          Marliave
                          10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108