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Oct 14, 2010 06:06 AM

Geoffrey's Back Bay

This will be a shorter review than originally planned since Chowhound just ate my post, but last night we tried the new Geoffrey's location. The space is beautiful, with glass walls in the entryway and dark wood around the rest of the dining room. We were seated around 7:45pm and I would say that the restaurant was 60% full, with a hopping bar area. I noticed that the beer list is reasonably priced with some interesting brews for $4.50, and the house cocktails run about $7-$9. Our group ordered a Naragansett, Sam Oktoberfest, and the Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager (very tasty, slightly sweet). I got the seven vegetable couscous, which I would definitely order again. The dish had perfectly cooked couscous over a vegetable mix that reminded me of a ratatouille--zucchini, carrots, onions, chick peas, celery, etc. It was a simple and neatly prepared dish with a lot of flavor. My DCs had the burger with sweet potato fries (large burger, nicely cooked) and the eggplant parmesan (not over fried, tasty tomato sauce) and were both pleased with their meals. The service was prompt and friendly the whole time we were there, and I would definitely go back. I hadn't been to the Roslindale location before, but I'm glad that we have Geoffrey's in the Back Bay now, because it seems like the perfect place to grab a casual meal in an upscale setting. I hope to return soon to try the disco brunch, too.

Geoffrey's Cafe
4257 Washington St, Roslindale, MA 02131

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  1. I stopped in last night for a drink and the restaurant and bar area were packed. I did not order any food, just a cocktail. The service seemed to be running smoothly and the atmosphere was festive. The menu is very inexpensive with pretty much everything under $15. I dont think there are many places in the Back Bay/South End that you can eat for that price. The neighborhood needed another place that you can grab some dinner without spending too much so I think this will be a great addition. I plan to stop in over the weekend and try some menu items so will report back.

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    1. re: cassoulady

      What is the address? Doesnt seem to have a mention of the new location on the website...

      1. re: 28secondrule

        It is in the old Laurel space on Berkley st, corner of Berkley and Columbus.

    2. I'll definitely have to check it out. I missed them when Geoffrey's moved out of Back Bay, but I am glad they are back. I always liked them!

      1. I stopped in this weekend and was really dissappointed. The poached eggs came out near hard boiled.

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        1. re: cassoulady

          Bummer. I was hoping for another decent breakfast place. Did you have hollandaise?

          1. re: bear

            As noted below, they are new, so it may just be a fluke. The hollandaise was good. i will try it again.

          2. re: cassoulady

            Well, a) the place has been open all of, what, three days?, and b) it's brunch, rarely a reliable indicator of what a restaurant is about. I hope you give this place another chance.


          3. I was displeased to hear their beloved Roslindale location is now closed:

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            1. re: promixcuous

              I finally stopped in there a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoyed it. Guess I should be glad I didn't have the chance to get too attached....


              1. re: promixcuous

                I'm very sorry to hear that. I liked that place. What's going into the spot now?

                1. re: yumyum

                  It is re-opening (or already has) and I believe they are keeping it named Geoffrey's. Apparently this location was owned by the women who owns Spring Street Cafe in West Roxbury. Michael Aplin took over the lease 3 years ago with an option to buy. Apparently they could not reach an agreement as to the terms of the buyout. so she is taking over again. I am no fan at all of Spring Street Cafe so do not intent on going back. I will however follow the real Geoffreys to Back Bay.

                  ETA: Here is an article I found that should clear things up:

                  "Roslindale bistro fans rejoice: It turns out that Geoffrey's on Washington Street actually is not closing and is, in fact, re-opening tomorrow, just like the sign in the window now says.

                  Beth McNichols, owner of the Spring Street Cafe in West Roxbury - and, it turns out, still owner of the Washington Street restaurant and bar - says she's taking the place over again, three years after she agreed to let the owner of the original Geoffrey's in the Back Bay and South End take over operations of her restaurant, then called Salute.

                  Now that that Geoffrey's has moved back to the Back Bay, McNichols said she's resuming direct control of the Roslindale establishment, but will keep the name.

                  Got that?

                  A caller to the new Geoffrey's in the Back Bay yesterday was told the Roslindale Geoffrey's was closed forever. But in a phone interview this afternoon, McNichols said she never had any plans to close Geoffrey's in Roslindale. She said she still has financial ties to the new Geoffrey's - she said they still owe her quite a bit of money - but that otherwise, Boston will simply have two places named Geoffrey's.

                  McNichols, who ran a restaurant in the North End for 12 years, said she is not planning any major changes at the Roslindale Geoffrey's, although she said she is remodeling the kitchen and will add some "basic" Italian dishes to the menu, such as chicken parm and chicken, broccoli and ziti."

                  Spring Street Cafe
                  320 Spring St, West Roxbury, MA 02132

                  1. re: hto44

                    just thinking, we should probably give Adam Gaffin (of Universal Hub) credit for the article quoted above: