Boston >Food & Dining > Meritage
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA | Directions 0211042.356189 -71.050371
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
Poor service, average food, great wine list. – I hosted a dinner party at Meritage for 6 guests. When we arrived our table was not ready because they were "extremely busy" even though there was only 4 out of probably 20-30 tables with 2-4 guests each. The service was rude and hurried. The waitress provided a very brief and unhelpful explanation of the menu. The wine list is quit extensive which contains terrific options in most price ranges. The menu is very creative, but the food itself wasn't so great as it was bland and salty. The dessets we ordered tasted like they'd been in the refrig for a few days. The wait staff continued to be very rushed and distracted. Not sure who they were waiting on due to the fact there was only about 18-20 guests in the entire place including our table. Go figure. Excellent views of Boston harbor, but we will not go back.
User review by sean_moesman – Very pleasent staff, Manager "Sean" was very helpful and attractive.
Amazing Wine List – I went to Meritage the other day on a recomendation from a friend. It was a great dining experiance! The wine list is absolutely amazing and it surely lived up to the hype. An all around great value!
Go somewhere else for brunch – If I wanted to have eggs cheese and bagels and be ignored by the waitstaff I'd go to McDonalds. For a $40 brunch buffet, the waitstaff only came out with 3 small plates in the 2.5 hours we were there. The rest of the time we had no choice but to fill ourselves with well-presented diner food like bagels and eggs. The waitstaff were attentive enough to refold our napkins, but failed to fill our glasses even after requesting more orange juice, water, and coffee several times. Even when the times they did come back, they only filled the glass of the person who asked. Our silverware was taken away with our plates but never replaced. Again, it took several requests before they responded. However, the view was beautiful and the decor in the dining room clean. I would not come back for brunch, and hesitate to return for dinner.
A room with a view – The decor and view were stunning but I go back to a restaurant for the food. The lighted bar was complemented by an excellent list of wine and liquors, enought to make it my cheers.
The variety and quality of the food is outstanding. The concept of small portions of everything for $14 is unique and makes going out a fun adventure.
My lasting impression is dining at Meritage is a great way to get out of a routine. I have been back at least 5 times inn 9 months.
Better than The Fed, in my book – On Thursday night, I went to The Federalist with four others, and we each ordered an appetizer, entree and dessert and shared. On Friday night, I did the tasting menu at Meritage. I thought the service and food at Meritage were both superior.
Perhaps Meritage was just hitting on all cylinders that right, but each course, the endive salad, the soft shell crab, the guinea hen, the cheese course and the absolutely fantastic Nougatine Wrapped Apricot Cream dessert were very well paired. I liked that their tasting menu paried excellent local wines that were not necessarily outrageously expensive. For $80 a person, the wine pairing menu was a fine value compared to the tasting menu at many other restaurants.
Best of all was the service. Excellent waitstaff and a sweetheart of a manager. Amazing views of the Harbor that you wouldn't get on Beacon Street. They even validated my parking.
Cool setting – I thought Meritage had a cool atmosphere and offered a great view, but the food was just average. The small/large plate concept was unique and allowed everyone to share both different appetizers and entrees. The wine list was excellent and the service was attentive and helpful. I would recommend it to someone to try just once, but that is all.
A dining paradise. – I was very impressed with the artistic creations in both the food and the decor, in addition to the attentive waitstaff, and the overall atmosphere of my dining experience.
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