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Marliave for RW -- HELP!

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I have never done RW before and I have a 1:00 reservation for lunch at Marliave. I am a bit petrified because I have never even been to a restaurant that would require a reservation. I have a few questions I need some help with. If I do not want to drink alcohol what else do they offer to drink (Probably a dumb question but I would really like to know)? Open Table says it is business casual dress, so would what I would normally wear to work for an office job be appropriate? Is there anything else I should know. I was planning on ordering the RW meal for me and my sis, the pate appetizer, and a cocktail for me (she is pregnant, which is why I asked the non-alcohol question). I also planned on tipping 20-25%. HELP! I just want to get this right without making a fool of myself.

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Marliave
10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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  1. Oh you'll do just fine! Marliave is pretty casual so don't worry about the attire. Just wear what you would wear to work. For beverages, they'll have all the regs, soda, juices, etc., but they may be willing to make a mocktail / preggertini for your sis. Just ask, they wont bite.

    As far as tip is concerned, I generally do 20% to make up for the sh*tty time the servers are having at RW, but if your service is poor or great, adjust accordingly.

    Finally as I'm sure you've read, RW is a tough time to judge a restaurant, so set your expectations accordingly. It might be great or awful, but it's just lunch, right?

    Have fun!

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    Marliave
    10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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    1. re: yumyum

      Listen to YY..: Just relax and have a good time. You'll do fine.

    2. It's the same as going to a restaurant at any other time. You'll be able to choose from non-alcoholic beverages (think water, soda, and a few other options). As far as what to wear, if you're already dressed for work, don't sweat it. Lastly, you seem prepared to tip accordingly. Relax and enjoy lunch with your sister.

      1. They've got a wide selection of soda, juice, tea, all of that sort of thing, along with some 'virgin' non-alcoholic cocktails. Anything you'd be comfortable wearing to an office is perfect for Marliave. It's a really nice place but not at all stuffy -- the servers I've had are friendly and casual. 20% tip is just fine.

        1. Pretty sure they have lemonade and iced tea. Ask for an "Arnold Palmer" and you'll seem like a pro.

          1. If it makes you feel better, I've gone to Marliave a handful of times and not once with a reservation. It is pretty casual. The whole restaurant week shouldn't throw you either-- it is just a restaurant participating in a gimmick for charity. You can still eat and drink what you normally would. I always tip at least 20% (I am a former waitress though) and would probably do a bit more during restaurant week if the service was good. Enjoy!

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            Marliave
            10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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            1. re: bostondiner

              Thank you for the tips all. Me and my sis went to lunch at Marliave today and we really enjoyed ourselves. The food was very tasty and the atmosphere was pretty casual and comfy. I will definitely be back during a regular week to enjoy more of the menu.

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              Marliave
              10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

              1. re: Johnresa

                Cool! What did you get for food?

                1. re: yumyum

                  For my meal I chose the escargot for a first course, the Sunday gravy for the second course, and the cheese plate for my third course. The escargot was delicious. It was drowned in garlicky olive oil and sprinkled with cheese. It was my first time having escargot and based on the experience it will not be my last. The Sunday gravy was good. The meat and gnocchi were delightfully tender and the sauce was nice. As for the cheese plate, I liked it a lot. There were three cheeses, walnuts, and lavender honey on the plate. The lavender honey was fantastic and tasted totally different than I had imagined. I really enjoyed it although one of the cheeses was definitely not something I EVER want to experience again (It was much too funky for my taste). My sister had the mac and cheese, shrimp scampi, and mixed berries. Her food was tasty too but she did not enjoy the linguine that accompanied the scampi.