Boston >Food & Dining > Sibling Rivalry
525 Tremont St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.344626 -71.070793
Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Friday From 05:30 PM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 04:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: South End, Shawmut
Very unique, great atmosphere! – I tried this place after reading a review in the metro(I believe) and I was pleasantly surprised. The food was very different, I had pumpkin ravioli and chickpea friend and my boyfriend ate salmon with some type of ravioli app which was really great! The best thing about the place though was the bread basket, comprised of 3 different types of bread all very good especially the Irish soda bread which melted in your mouth....atleast I think it was Irish soda bread, but whatever it was it was fabulous! The ambience was really wonderful and romantic with the low lighting and I liked the fact that I could view the open kitchen from my seat. Although we did not drink at the bar, the bar looked very nice as well. The staff was friendly, but not overly attentive and actually brought us someone else's drinks, but I understand mistakes are made and was not put off by this....the only think I did not like was that despite arrive for a very early dinner (so the place was empty) we were given a table next to the door up front which had a terribly cold draft coming in through the all glassed front wall which was exacerbated by the draft from the door whenever it opened. This made my boyfriend and I both a bit uncomfortable. Overall though the food was really great and I liked the romantic yet modern intereior. Be prepared to spend some money though, a dinner with no dessert, no alcohol and one appetizer cost $90, but I would eat here again as the food, especially the chick pea friend were worth it!
early reservations best – enjoyable dining experience. ask for tables closest t o open kitchen. Tasty appetizers especially the tuna tartar dish. Four of us all ordered duck- all enjoyed. Service was very good. Other reviewers indicate service was sloppy but that was not our experience at all. We had 6:00 reservations on Saturday night, told wait staff we were attending 8:00 performance next door, and completed meal and dessert in plenty of time.
Skip this one! – If you are not wearing very expensive jeans and driving up to the valet parking in an SUV, get ready for some eye rolling from staff. The food was interesting, but the staff snobby, the decor a bit chilly, and the prices extreme (check out the a la carte menu, and be prepared to really PAY for those mashed potatoes and string beans). With all the fantastic options this city has, skip this place!
HORRIBLE Service – Nice atmosphere but HORRIBLE service. I felt like I spent most of my Fiance's birthday dinner turning around to see where our waitress or waiter went. Not really sure why we had two servers, it only caused more confusion. I had a fork dropped down behind my back and the waiter was completely unaware. I would think that a party of eight would be given some good attention, especially with the amount of food and drinks we ordered. We spent around $600 there and I will never go back. Restaurant go'ers beware - I would NEVER recommend.
BEST BOSTON BRUNCH – 9 of us native New Yorkers ate brunch here on sun 10-21-07, we were in Boston for a wedding. The food her was incredible, very reasonable, drinks, everyone all around enjoyed, out of all the places we at for the 4 days we stayed, this is the one that's most memorable. spotless, so clean, open kitchen, great service, great food, we wish we had one in NYC!
Great food – My family and I went out to dine here during restaurant week. We anticipated a great meal and that's exactly what we received. The duck was the best that I have ever had at any restaurant. Service was great, we hardly waited for our food Highly recommended and we will come back.
Some of the worst service I've received in Boston – For starters, we were seated nearly an hour after our reservation -- and there was only two of us. The hostess seemed genuinely annoyed when I checked in HALF AN HOUR after we were supposed to be seated and then again 45 minutes later. When we were seated our waiter was very pleasant, although of course there was no "sorry you waited" or anything.
So, we order, and wait, and wait...and then realize the couple next to us who was seated long after we were has been eating...something that looks AWFULLY LIKE our dinner. Well, it was our dinner! The waiter realized it, apologized and promised to speed our dinner along. It came out maybe 20 minutes later...and then instead of the scallop entree I'd ordered (to the tune of $28 or something), they brought me a scallop entree. I swear the waitress who brought it knew ahead of time she was trying to stick me with the wrong thing -- when I immediately questioned her she said "oh you're right" and took it away.
After some haggling with the waiter, if you can believe that, he brought glasses of champagne to us and the neighboring table who'd received our dinner initially. That was the only "free" item we received after that mess. We had a fun time chuckling over it with our new pals but we way overpaid for a dinner that was an organizational disaster from beginning to end.
The food, for all that, was good. But prepare to be annoyed.
fun place, interesting menu set up, nice atmosphere – the atmosphere was trendy, though it didnt quite reach the chic perfection. bc its crowded it makes itself a place to be seen. the food was pretty good, including the tuna tartare appetizer and the steak entree and salmon entree. the staff is extremely accomdating and kind.
Very Poor Service – We made an 8:30 reservation a week in advance and when we arrived at the restaurant tonight, they told us that our table wasn't quite ready, so we should go into the lounge and wait for them to come get us. When we went to the lounge, it was packed with others waiting for their tables as well so there was no room to even stand. Half an hour later, we followed up with the hostess and again she repeated, "we'll come get you when your table is ready." We of course asked how much longer she thought it would be, and instead of telling us anything, or apologizing for our already extended wait, she just said they would find us in the lounge. Finally (40 minutes later), they did offer to buy us a round of drinks while we waited, but we decided to wait for our meal for our drinks. Another half hour later, our table was finally ready. For the restaurant to not have had any idea at all that they were running over an hour late was completely unacceptable. If they had told us up front that they were running so late, we might have chosen to do something different, or maybe we would have ordered an appetizer and drinks at the bar. They kept giving us the illusion that it would only be another 5 to 10 minutes longer.
After finally sitting down and ordering, the food overall was just ok. Our appetizers of tuna tartar and the bufala mozzarella were exceptional, but everything else was just average. We ordered for our main course: the flat iron steak, the lamb, the crispy duck (which had to be sent back because it was so bad), and the chicken entree. We ordered 3 desserts: banana bread pudding (which was luke warm), vanilla angel food cake, and the triple chocolate fondue.
Food review: Presentation was outstanding (the food really looked appetizing!). Unfortunately the taste of the food did not quite match the esthetics.
Needless to say, we will not be returning to Sibling Rivalry especially with all the other outstanding restaurant options in the area.
Great food, service and ambience – Our group of four had made a reservation for 8:30 on a Friday night but weren't seated until 9:15. We were a bit annoyed but at least had a couple of seats at the bar. Once seated our servers were courteous and attentive. The food was excellent. I got the Pan-Seared Veal Hanger Steak and it was delicious. Even got a side order garlic mashed potatoes. There's definitely enough food. Despite the delayed seating, the waiters were great and the food yummy. I would definitely go back.
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