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Jan 12, 2013 04:35 PM

Eastern Standard

Man, I love this place. Walked over from NEU across The Fens. It was a mild day and an enjoyable walk. We had a windowside table in the bar. My daughter and I shared the roasted beet salad with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds. Wow....I had green tea, she had water. My entree was the moules with fennel and tomatoes. The broth was flavorful and the mussels plump. My daughter ordered the steak and frites. Her medium order came rare so we sent it back and the timing was brief and the service, apologetic. The frites are worth the trip alone. The bill was 43.00 plus tip. I love this spot.

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  1. I went for the first time tonight, courtesy of nice friends who took me for my birthday. We all enjoyed it immensely. Only one course as we had a thing to go to afterwards, I had the flat iron steak frites (excellent, cooked perfectly medium-rare as specified), one friend had the striped bass (amazing), and the other had the salmon which she adored. The nicest thing was that the salmon-eating friend has a bevy of food restrictions at the moment and they were cheerfully, pleasantly and deliciously accommodated, and the server who brought her plate said, "all of your allergies have been addressed", which was a nice touch (don't have to worry they grabbed the wrong plate). Also they brought the bottles and poured a taste of each of our wines by the glass so we could be sure it suited us. We were all very pleased with the meal and I can't wait to go back, sit at the bar and try some of those great-sounding apps.

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    1. re: GretchenS

      Another reason to love this place is that as a hotel bar- restaurant they are always open on holidays and during bad weather. This is my favorite snowy afternoon bar and we have enjoyed Thanksgiving and Easter dinners here as well. In addition to the terrific staff and bar, the Butterscotch Bread Pudding with salted caramel and praline ice cream is worth saving room for.

    2. we went a couple weeks ago, for lunch before the Sox home opener. Even in light of the crowds, and loads of Sox fans, they did an excellent job. Service was very good, and the food wonderful. My husband discovered a new cocktail he liked, called the "Flying Dutchman".

      Plus, they gave me a RESERVED valet parking spot for the whole afternoon for $30 with a validated parking stub. That's right....reserved on opening day. That was awesome.

      So I agree with you...I love that place.

      1. yeah, gets pretty consistent high praise here. I am impressed with how consistently (across functions, across visits) good it is.

        It is, like its cousin - the Island Creek Oyster Bar - exceptionally well managed.