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
Lots of room – One positive note on Sibling Rivalry is that you can always be seated. Not the most popular restaurant in Southend. The menu was so limted we had to settle for something less than appetizing. The service was good and the help seemed pleased to see customers. Outside tables abound except on extremely busy weekends where every outdoor restaurant is packed.
Eh... won't go again – Guess I was naive thinking that the chefs would actually be there, but still, the four of us, with three different entrees, two different apps and two different desserts found nothing to get excited about except maybe the pleasant waitress.
The only thing to even remark on was that I was looking forward to the "dates wrapped in bacon" and, alas, only one date appeared on the plate of my so-so pressed duck.
Overall, very disappointing visit considering the price levels.
Wonderful Group Dinner – I organized a celebratory dinner for a large group of 16, on a Saturday night, which was wonderful. I contacted the restaurant in advance regarding ease of seating etc. for such a large group and Elaine was wonderfully helpful, suggesting table configurations etc.
Upon arriving at the restaurant we were seated at a table that comfortable sat all persons with enough space. Drinks and food arrived together, timely, and as described. All parties enjoyed the food, the duck was a particular favorite. The service was wonderful, thanks to TJ, and others, for that.
We had a lovely evening and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend. A wonderfully warm setting for either an intimate dinner, or a large group. I was incredibly impressed with the service, the food, as always, was excellent, and everyone had a very enjoyable time.
awful food poisoning – Most of the negative reviews seem to point out the poor service. I thought the service was ok, considering the restaurant was packed. And the meal was quite good. But when one eats a tasty meal, one never counts on seeing that meal again. Unfortunately, I saw it again, and very soon: classic food poisoning with a very quick onset. I don't know if it was the clams or the swordfish, but before our check even arrived I felt nauseous and had to rush to the bathroom to throw up. Threw up again in the taxi on the way home, and again and again for a few hours until there was nothing else to come up. Never going to this restaurant again.
Out of 1/2 the menu!!!! – Three of us went to this restaurant during Restaurant Week. We were incredibly disappointed, my husband and I would have left, if not for the friend who brought us, who remained enthusiastic. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that 1/2 the menu options were not available. We sat at the bar, and the bartender went through all the things they were out of, down to BUTTER! These brothers really should realize that they lost many customers that night. I had no idea it was restaurant week, and don't feel that is a satisfactory reason to be out of 1/2 the menu. Out of 5 possbile dessert choices, only two were available. The bartender told us all this in an unapologetic, almost sarcastic manner. We dropped a lot of money, left hungry, and deeply disatisfied.
bosrestreviewr5 did NOT eat at Sibling Rivalry – This is not a review of Sibling Rivalry, it is a critique of a reviewer.
bosrestreviewr5 posted a review claiming that their food was undercooked and that it took 90 mins to get their entrees.
Sibling Rivalry has one of the fastest, most efficient kitchens in the Boston area. Any doubts of this, go in and eat at their chef's dining bar - it looks right into the kitchen - and you will see everything from appetizers to entrees, salads, desserts made to dishes being washed and a dizzying flurry of servers.
I cannot imagine a meal taking 30-45 minutes there even in the worst of circumstances, errors or whatever. Perhaps bosrestreviewr5 should get a new watch or should start telling the truth.
Thought this was going to be a good time – I was not impressed with my experience at Sibling Rivalry. My boyfriend and I made reservations here in hopes to find a new restaurant to frequent. I had heard from a co-worker that this place was a lot of fun and she really liked it. Unfortunately, I can't share in her thoughts.
When we arrived the hostess was friendly and checked us in. As we were waiting to get seated, the man who was going to be seating us walked up to us mumbling things like "are you kidding me?", and he generally just looked annoyed. He seemed as if he was trying to be nice, but we were wasting his time. Our server was nice, however I felt a little rushed, or like I was not of his normal caliber customer. I ordered what I thought would be good - the descriptions of the dishes were very descriptive (and I commend them for that). When I got my appetizer it smelled revolting and tasted even worse. And, no, I didn't order something with ingredients I had never had or disliked.
The rest of the food was okay. Nothing to call home about. The general demeanor of the restaurant as the night went on became more and more apparent to me. I felt like I was among a snobby-too-good-for-anyone staff and I didn't feel like I fit in at all. When we were getting ready to leave, my boyfriend left a tip for what he thought was sufficient for the service we received. It was between 10 and 15%, so its not like we left nothing. As we were exiting the restaurant, not only did we see the waiter immediately pick up and open our check, but we heard him sneer and make some remark regarding the amount of the tip we gave him. If you are going to do that, at least keep it private so your guests do not see or hear you.
I do not recommend going here, for the food or the experience. If you can handle the snobby attitudes of the staff and the pretentiousness of the place as a whole, by all means do go - they do offer an interesting menu unlike many other restaurants.
Terrible customer service and food was undercooked – This restaurant was the worst restaurant that I have ever eaten at in Boston. My food was completely undercooked and it took over 90 minutes for them to bring us our entrees. Two thumbs down and a 0 out of 5 rating for this restaurant.
Wow! – From the moment we were greeted to the last dessert spoonful, a delightful experience. We went on a Monday (offer choice of 3 course fixed price menus for $35) and avoided the crowds. Comp starter mango avocado mousse was dazzling, appetizers devine, entrees outrageously delicious. Soft shell crab a triumph, seafood stew and short ribs very strong. We made sure to leave room for dessert and were not dissappointed. Service very solid. Took my son (the chef) for his birthday, and he can be tough to take to a restaurant. He was blown away. We'll be back.
Another BAD service experience – I have never been to a restaurant that was so slow in a negative way. There are the restaurants that take the appropriate time to let you linger and converse, but Sibling Rivalry forgets about you and when they are with you they seem annoyed. We were a party of six and no table should be treated with the lack of respect that they showed us. It took more than 20 minutes just to get the two extra drinks that we ordered after half the table already had drinks. The food was fine but not plentiful. I also found the gimmick that focuses on an ingredient competition between the brothers to get in the way of high quality cuisine.
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