A Rendezvous revelation
I've been to Rendezvous many times and have always enjoyed it. Last night, my 12-year-old daughter and I left the house to walk to All Star Sandwich Bar, our fallback, when I thought for a moment and said, "Let's go to Rendezvous instead." She readily agreed, and we turned right on Prospect St. rather than left. We each started with the Boston lettuce salad (apple slices, Shelburne Farms cheddar, spiced pecans), and then she had the orecchiette with meatballs, and I had their cheeseburger. I also had a Delirium Tremens, a wonderful Belgian strong pale ale.
So what was my revelation? I decided that Rendezvous is one of my favorite Boston-area restaurants. There's something about the place -- the wonderful service (without being obsequious), the fresh tasting food, the relaxed ambiance -- that just adds up for me, kinda in the way that Union Square Cafe or other Danny Meyer places in NYC do. It's not that the food is cutting edge, but it's really good nonetheless, and the overall experience provides me with that warm, comforting and inviting feeling that I'm looking for in a restaurant. Very little glitz. No pretentiousness. Reasonable prices. What's not to like?
Completely agree, there's nothing earth shattering, yet, everything is really well done. We generally sit at the bar, and have had really good cocktails, and attentive service. Also, that toasted orcheiette with meatballs is pretty fabulous!
Agreed, and they pull off that elusive trick of making it all look easy, which it's obviously not.
I agree. It's a great restaurant that doesn't surprise you or challenge your taste buds. But it's solid and easy to enjoy. Only one bad dish out of five (?) visits.
When the BF's parents come up for a visit we always take them to Rendezvous the night they arrive. After ther long car ride up it is the perfect walking distance from our apartment and right around the corner from Buckaroo (their favorite store in Cambridge). BF's dad is allergic to (intolerant of) garlic, gets very impatient when hungry, and not that adventurous. Thankfully he loves Rendezvous because their cocktails are very good, they don't fool around with his garlic intolerance, and the service is attentive.
And I know that people look down on going out for dinner on NYE, but this past one we had a wonderful meal at the bar. Special menu in addition to their regular menu, didn't feel rushed, and the food was as good as ever.