Boston >Food & Dining > Wine Cellar
30 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211542.350463 -71.089124
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Thu., Sun. 5:30pm - 9:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Back Bay West, Back Bay
I have been to the wine cellar many times. This is one of the best fondue in the city. This restaurant reminds me very much of my first fondue experience in Paris. Staff and my waiter was very friendly and attentive. Our waiter recommended me the Dark Lady Pinotage on our last visit was very excellent. Wine Cellar uses very fresh and high quality ingredients and cheeses. Ambiance was very romantic with French musics in the background. This is a great place for a romantic dinner as well as for a small group of friends. Thanks Wine Cellar for a good time!
Give me a break – The cheese fondue was ok, but when we were going out the door, there was a bunch of trash bags in the alley. They were filled with boxes of cheese fondue from the supermarket. I can't believe it, they use cheese fondue from a box.
love this place – went last night for a romantic dinner with my girlfriend
cheese fondue was really good(classic)
the service was great, but the twister choc fondue
we will go back any time
specialy for the choc fondue
WORST NEW YARS EVER!!!! – Your review
WORST NIGHT EVER! - - Today
Extremely over rated and over priced. I made dinner reservation for a nice quiet romantic night with my husband New years eve. With in 5 minutes of sitting it turn into the worst night ever.It was clear that our waitress was drunk the second we sat down. We order a bottle of wine to start and she comes and pours us the wine and walks away with the bottle. It then took 45 minutes to order our food. The owner was HAMMERED!! stumbling around bumping into things and people. smashing glasses and bottle of alochol and no one cleaning anything up. Giving people who were waiting at the door shoots and taking shoots with them!!! other people in the resturant were picking up the pieces of broken glass off the floor. I order the fish as my entree and my husband the beef tenerloin( which our wonderful waitress never asked him how he wanted it cooked.) 45 minutes later when our food finally come out they hand me the fish which looked ok, and my husband the lamb?? something he did not order, when he told the waitress she looked annouyed and took it back, as I waited for a few for his food to come out he told me to just eat before mine gets cold, (too late come out on the colder side(its been sitting waiting to be served cold)) All the fish on my dish was way over cooked, everything was mushing...I could have made better fish in the dark. When my husband finally gets his meal and he cuts into the beef we realize its raw, not even rare, purple cold and RAW! he again sends it back(nervously, he too in the food industry) When he gets his food for the 3rd time all they did was take the same piece of meat throw it back into the oven or what ever and cook it till it cooks all its flavors right out. thru the whole night and only having 3 waiters on, and 2 out of those 3 were drunk. the one and only sober one saved the night.(I personally hunted her down to tip her and only her) took a long time but she did single handly took care of everyone. I watched people wait and hour to get there credit cards back, other wait 45 minutes to have there dinner plates cleared. most people paying the bill on a prix fixed menu and skipping out on dessert, with no discounts. I am disgusted with the service and the poor qaulity of the food. My husband is in the industry and I have been to alot of high scale resturants, but this was the worst. By the time we finished there was no time for us to make it to anywhere else we wanted to go. so we spent midnight, on the train. thank you wine cellar.
Best fondue ever!!!! – My girlfriend and I came here for dinner yesterday. I have eaten here before, so I know what I was getting into, but my girlfriend never experienced fondue before. Since we only had an hour we only did the cheese and dessert fondue. The cheese fondue was very good. I’ve been to the Meltingpot before, but you can’t compare these restaurants. Cheese at the Wine cellar is a top notch!!! The sides it came with were bread, carrots, celery and apples. I really liked that it was nice and thick. Then we had a dessert fondue. It is dark chocolate with marshmallows and fruits. It was amazing! You never go wrong when you go to the wine cellar!!! As to the wine list – I am not a big wine drinker, but for a real wine lover – it’s a paradise.
Love and Chocolate – People say that too much of anything is not good for you baby, but I don?t know about that at the Wine Cellar.
It starts off slow and smooth. Quiet decor, Carla Bruni singing soft sultry chanson. The host gently removes your coat and ushers you to your seat. It?s almost too perfect of a moment, especially knowing that it?s only just begun.
Food and love share multiple qualities, foremost being the element of choice. Whether an extensive menu or a crowded nightclub, one has a cornucopia of options upon which to dine. That is why Fondue is so undeniably titillating.
The Classic is always a steady date. Emmentale and Gruyere in smooth brandy, add a little wine and you have a reliably good start to a meal. If you are feeling a little bit crazy, the Brittany might be your dish de nuit. However, if you are a romantic at heart, desiring passion and flare, you should taste the French Gruyere.
At first, you maneuver awkwardly with the miniature fondue forks?dipping hard dry pieces of bread and potatoes tentatively into the molten pit of warm, soft fromage. But with practice makes perfect, and in no time, you gain expertise.
With the last bite, you almost peak with satiation and delight, but soon regain your center as you prepare for the entree.
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One of the best for fondue!! – After seeing other reviews for the Wine Cellar, I was a little weary of going and what I would encounter. However, after my dinner tonight I can definitely say that other people must have had rare encounters there. I will certainly be back again as I had a wonderful time!
This was not my first time having fondue, having dined everywhere from a chain fondue place before [The Melting P0T] to an authentic fondue restaurant in Montreal, among others. The Wine Cellar ranks up there as one of the best!
The have an extensive wine list and non-fondue menu items for those who aren't into fondue either. And for fondue, the prices weren't bad either! The service was wonderful - the waiter was knowledgable, the bus boy was attentive to clearing our utensils and filing our waters, food was served quickly... It wasn't overly crowded when we went which was nice since it is a small restaurant.
I have no complaints and would highly recommend the Wine Cellar!!
Will Never Go Back!! – The fondue was tasty however, our party of 6 people was harassed all night by the co-owner you see on the ad video. He was in a tattered corduroy over coat and a tee shirt and jeans as he proceeded to explain that he doesn't let anyone order anything but 3 courses, and when we tried to find something on the menu that wouldn't cost us $40 each, he forced us into a set menu that ran us upwards of $375. The waiter was very accommodating, but the owner thought he was better than everyone who walked through the door, and his demeanor ruined my night!
Avoid at all costs – Some friend and I went here for a birthday celebration and we ended up getting hassled the entire time. We just wanted to order some dessert and came to find out that there were rules to eating here. No where on the menu did it say that we have to order an entree in order to order dessert. When we tried to order just dessert, which was $30 for three people and there were 8 of us, the manage came over and told us they didn't do that. We ended up paying $60 a head for dinner and the entire time we were treated very poorly. The manager kept coming over and telling us what we could and couldn't do. He wasn't even dressed up properly, he was in a tattered old t-shirt and a old button up shirt. We left a note for the water when we left letting him know that he was great but his boss might want to buy a suit if he was going to be so rude to his customers. The manager, who happened to be the owner, followed us down the street to tell us that he had too much money and didn't need to dress to impress. And that he didn't need us. I recommend that you find a different place for dinner if you want a better evening than we had.
Not good for Valentine day. – Granted, I didn't check the website carefully, there was only a fixed price menu for Valentine day. $75 per person. The price is acceptable but the choice of selection was very limited. We ordered salmon rolls and tomatoes salad, which turned out to be pretty good but not good enough at $75 per mean (drinks not included). The meat fondue was okay, shabu-shabu is much better, and the quality of meats will be better as well. Chocolate fondue was good, but you have 3 marshmellows, few grapes, 3 or 4 slices of banana for two people. I thought it's the size of the serving was pretty pathetic. Conclusion: Not worth the price and I will not go back. You can do prepare fondue easily at home, I was curious about the meat/seafood fondue but seafood wasn't an option.
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