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
Good Date Spot – My husband and I decided to give this place a shot a little over a month ago and had a wonderful experience. The fondues were excellent. We had the dinner for 2 and it was the perfect amount of food. This comes with a cheese fondue as a starter, an oil fondue with a selection of meats, and a chocolate fondue for desert. They have a very extensive wine list and the wait staff was very helpful and attentive. We had reservations for a Saturday night and were seated immediately. The place is very small and cozy, think European. If you are used to large tables and lots of extra room, this is not the restaurant for you. We overheard two women complaining about the table size and asking why they were being served raw meat. Hello.....do you know what fondue is? Yes, you cook your own food. They prepare it, but you cook it to your liking. It really makes dinner an event. We will definitely return to this place.
Worse Dining Experience of My Life - I'm not joking - read this! – We went here for Valentine's day and had the worst dining experience of our lives. First the atmosphere was so crowded and uncomfortable it was not romantic at all (its very cramped in such a small space). But I can forgive that for Valentine's day. Then the first bottle of wine we ordered and was not the right temperature for a place that prides themselves on wine and was literally undrinkable (and I'm from Napa Valley so I know at least a little about wine). In their defense, they did replace the wine (it was the only time I have ever sent back a bottle) with something else which also wasn't very good. Then came the food.... It was horrendous to say the least. To start off we got the cheese fondue appetizer (what else would you get here?) and it was the only decent part of the whole experience but they didn't give us nearly enough bread with it for two people. Next came the meat dipping fondue. It was disgusting - the meat tasted horrible and the raw meat was touching our vegetables (which looked like they were canned anyways). The sauces they gave us came from a bottle and were like cheap salad dressings that you get at your crazy aunt's house - one was ketchup-like, another was cheap BBQ, and the rest were creamy Kraft salad dressings. We could not stand the food and left almost all of it on our plates even though we had been starving (expecting a wonderful valentine's day dinner) beforehand. There was nothing wrong with the chocolate fondue desert but we were so disheartened at this point we couldn't enjoy it and just wanted to get out. Afterwards we came home and made something edible. I have never written a review online before but felt like I needed to just because of this experience - do not come here, you will be thoroughly disappointed if you know anything about good food, wine, or fondue.
Fondue at Home – I went with for Restaurant Week because of all the positive reviews and was very disappointed. I got fondue for all 3 of my courses and none were acceptible. The cheese was too hot for the appetizer, the meats were bland along with their sauces and the chocolate was lukewarm. I suggest you try Japanese shabu-shabu or Chinese hotpot if you want plenty of meats, various broths and delicious sauces for a very good deal. For cheese or chocolate, do it at home so you can dip whatever you want for an even better deal! I have heard that restaurant week menu's were risky since the kitchen is so busy but fondue is not the same as a steak with risotto. To top it off, the wine we wanted was unavailable and the suggestion was awful, but the manager did take it back.
Great for large groups – I had to plan a bachelorette party for 11 people with very different tastes. I happened upon The Wine Cellar on CitySearch, contacted them, and found them to be incredibly accomodating. Not only did they help me arrange a pre-set menu for everyone, but they also made sure those with special dietary needs were able to enjoy the meal. It was a great restaurant with great food and great service. I highly recommend it!
Love it! – I love this place. Everything from the fondues, services and to the exceptional wine list. I am wine junkies and I am in heaven.
Good fondue. Good wine. So so service. – My husband and I enjoyed the food however the service was a little slow. We waited to place our order. We were confused as to who our waiter/waitress were it seemed like a tag team event instead of dedicated tables. The wine recommendations were great and the food was good as well. The chicken was extremely tender.
Can't wait to come back – I went to The Wine Cellar just before their summer break on a recommendation from a friend. It was a great dining experience! The wine list is absolutely amazing. I was very impressed with the artistic creations in both the food and the decor, in addition to the attentive wait staff, and the overall atmosphere of my dining experience. An all around great value! Cant wait when theyll reopen in July.
it was a great dinner – This was the best place I could think, my wife loved it
and superbe wine list
I will go back
Authentic French Fondue with perfect wines & service. – This is one of the best discovery I made in the Boston Restaurant scene. I recently just discovered this intimate romantic spot even though I probably passed by 500 times. A good friend of mine raved about it and dragged me along. I was quite impressed by the Fondue, especailly with the meat and seafood, it is marinated perfectly right before we dipped them into this aromatic broth. I want to know the recipe!!! I was surprise how tasty it was! We ended the supper with the dessert fondue which comprise of FRESH fruits with this yummy dark Chocolate fondue and also an unordinary white chocolate fondue, I don't like white chocolate, but I have to say that I was impressed by theirs, unlike any other white chocolate I have ever tasted. At the end of the dinner, they even recommended a white dessert wine which I loved! I am no wine connoisseur, but I sure know one when I drink it! This is a perfect restaurant for the girls night out or for romantic occassions. Intimate settings with great service, pefect decor and ambiance with no attitudes. They even have another authentic French menu aside from their Fondues, I will definitely be back and try everything else! Check out my other reviews at Yelp online, I am a frequent hopper in the boston scene.
Boston's premier spot for fondue doubles as one of the Back Bay's most romantic date spots. – In Short
Ranging from the sweet (chocolate-Grand Marnier) to the savory (Emmental-Gruyere), the Wine Cellar's fondues are among the city's most indulgent. The exceptionally lengthy wine list is well-categorized and has won recognition from both the Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. A la carte menu items (escargots, rack of lamb) are available, but most patrons decamp to the subterranean restaurant's exposed-brick dining room to dip into rich, bubbling pools of chocolate and cheese.
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