Adriatic - North Shore gem - Italian/Continental - talk it up!
Outstanding restaurant for North Shore Boston, a dining wasteland. I'm giving it four starts because really good restaurants up here are a rarity. This is the real deal: genuine Italian refined dining with an very good wine list. Try the grilled octopus starter - yum. Handsome setting, personable servers, moderate prices for the quality: $8-ish for starters, $22 for entrees. I'd compare it to maybe a near-Bricco in the burbs without the buzz. RESERVE - YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
I agree. We ate at Adriatic about 6 weeks ago and had a terrific meal. I would definitely return. Great bar area, too. But I have to disagree that the North Shore is a dining wasteland. It WAS a dining wasteland, but in the past few years has moved away from that. Our favorite spots are the chef-owned restaurants that have opened up, including Blue Ox in Lynn, 62 Restaurant in Salem, 9 Elm in Danvers, and G Bar in Swampscott (just went for the first time last weekend). Tryst in Beverly is another favorite, and we have had great meals at 15 Walnut in Hamilton and Hale St Tavern in Beverly Farms (both part of North Shore Restaurant Group). As a resident and a food blogger, I have been very happy to see the North Shore blossom in terms of dining.
I've lived in dowtown Salem since 1995. At no other time were there such a wide variety of restaurants in Salem & the surrounding cities/towns.
I work in the restaurant & catering industries. Spoiled by having the opportunity to eat really good food almost daily, but I have to say that I have always had a really good meal & dining experience at Adriatic in Salem.
in fact, i've have lot's of good meals at other fine-dining establishments but sometimes the service has ranged from mediocre/sophmoric to downright horrendous/amateur.
except for Adriatic!
service has always been spot-on, efficient & personable.