Boston >Food & Dining > Finale
1 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.351447 -71.068343
Monday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 11:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 12:00 AM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Pretty decent dessert – Ten bucks for a nice dessert with a suprisingly classy atmosphere. We got the sampler, and most of them were pretty good (the whoopie pie was awesome. Not at all like the cheap ones you can get prepackaged)
I would go back.
Yummy desserts – What's not to like at Finale. I have a real sweet tooth and sometimes things just aren't right for me. Finale had exactly what I was looking for. I tried the Boston Creme Pie and really enjoyed it.
Boston Worst Desert – Finale may have been great in the past but not anymore. Went recently and tried two deserts - the Boston Cream Pie and Molten Chocolate. Too Sweet! If you want the taste of real Boston Cream Pie forget it. Cappucino was cold. This was my finale at Finale.
Romantic setting and a clear focus on all things sweet make this the area's premier dessert destination. – The Scene
Finale's handsome, softly-lit dining room provides an ideal pre- or post-show spot for couples on a date to the nearby Theater District. An overhead demonstration mirror affords a view of the pastry chefs that construct Finale's signature desserts. Young, friendly waiters are pleased to recommend selections from the epic drink list.
Dessert is the focus, but there's also a respectable light dinner menu that allows patrons to enjoy a well-rounded meal without getting too full before the sweet stuff. Smart options include the rosemary-rubbed chicken Caesar salad and a Mediterranean pizza. Most diners skip the savory items and dive straight into desserts, like a divine, baked-to-order molten-chocolate gateau or the caramel carnivale (caramel mousse layered between puff pastry and served with fresh fruit in raspberry puree). Advanced sweet tooths should opt for the Temptation for Two, an assortment plate of cakes, gelato and mousse.
Great desserts, fun place!!! – I had a great experience at Finale's with a group of friends. The desserts were very enjoyable and it was a fun place to finish off a long day of trekking through the town. I recommend going on a weekday when it is not too busy, as the space does fill up quick.
Waste of Money! – It's strange that for a dessert restaurant, the only decent thing about this place is the lunch menu. The dessert menu is far too overpriced for what you get. Sure, they have tasty sweets, but you can get the same thing at the grocery or a regular pastry shop. The ambiance hardly justifies the price: there was a piece of gum stuck under my table, a large stain on the chair fabric (gross!) and my table was wet from being wiped - pretty disgusting experience after having to wait 40 minutes to be seated. These are things you don't expect to happen when you are paying $20 dollars for miniature cookies, berry sauce and a scoop of ice cream.
Our waiter took forever, the ice cream was melting, but he insisted on explaining what all the things on the plate were. I wanted to tell him I already knew what was on the plate, I have the ability to read menu's!!! I felt like I was at the Olive Garden or something when he was giving his little rehearsed speaches - yuck.
no longer thrilled – once you get into the restaurant, you're basically engulfed in the aroma. don't go there hoping to eat a full meal, though; it's a DESSERT place serving small dishes and wines.
of the food ("prelude") menu, the cheese plate for 2 is, indeed, very cheesy (not worth it). however, the mediterranean pizza is simple but delectable (love the balsamic).
signature dessert, molten cake--the ultimate finale--is a complete death by chocolate. you can't possibly resist the aroma of quality valrhona, but half a cake is enough to stuff your belly for the next 2 years. i was getting nauseously overwhelmed and couldn't possibly finish that small piece of cake even though i was actually HUNGRY. the coffee ice-cream that accompanies it is in actuality a mouth cleanser! and my personal suggested beverage pairing: pure water.
i had a creme brulee before, it was ok but i've had better. their creme brulee is actually more pudding-like and less custard-like. so don't be taken aback by their less "sturdy" consistency.
forgot what cake i got for my parents' anniversary last year (don't find it on menu at the moment); it was some sort of really rich chocolate cake w/passion fruit creme inside. everybody agreed that though it was good, it was way too sweet.
went a few more times after that, was getting less thrilled each time. ambiance is perfect for a date, but i stopped caring much for their desserts, which somehow appear less and less "special." service is polite at best, if a bit haughty.
way too average for its reputation and pricing – I went there for a dessert and according to others reviews they are the best . The place is so old ...very depressing for such a place !!! Old furniture , dark colors ....please it 's a place for sugar !!!! Then came the menu and the choice is not that large . I tried the tiramisu which was good .My husband and my son had their "award" desserts : the creme brulee is too huge to be delicate the way it supposed to be and the chocolate cake has nothing to die for ( not dark enought). The hot chocolate was average .
At the end the bill adds more than your stomach can take ! Too expensive for desserts who need inspiration and new ideas . The place lives on its reputation and needs to be shake !!!
The Worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Last Visit:
We made special plans to go here for one of my girlfriends Birthday. Thirteen of us. First of all they DO NOT take reservations. So good luck if you have a large party. It's a first come first serve basis. We got there on a Saturday night at 9:30 we didn't sit down for an hour and a half after them telling us it would only be an hour! There is absolutely NO place to sit. The bar has 4 chairs!! They pack you into this tiny corner of the restaurant to wait with about 40 other people with 6 chairs for 40 people. FINALLY, we get out table for thirteen. We get to the table it's set for 10!!! Mind you they knew it was for 13 and "WE" had to pull another table together and chairs. They told us "well as long as you have enough silverware, that's all that matters." So we wait about 15 minutes...No server ever came over, we never even got menus!! Someone in our party got up and got a menu for all of us. We had to grab a waiter at another table to ask for water. We finally got a waiter and ordered (we all just had desserts) no food. The desserts were absolutely horrible!! The WORST desserts I have ever tasted in my life. We ordered a plate called "Chocolate Paradise". The only good thing on it was a little version of a chocolate Molten cake. Every single person at our table did not like their desserts. Over priced, the staff is rude, they could have cared less about our table..PERIOD..(their tip was already included in the check.) I suggest you don't go here and go somewhere else. I WILL NEVER GO BACK HERE AND EITHER WILL THE OTHER 12 PEOPLE I WAS WITH..JUST HORRIBLE!! We also complained and the manager said "Well, I can't please everybody."
Not too crazy about Finale's – Maybe it's because I'm not a big fan of sweets, but I didn't think Finale was as great and wonderful as all my friends made it out to be. The price seems ridiculous for such small portions, but then again I can't deny the presentations were very nice and the service was great as well. I didn't like the atmosphere much, I like places where we can dress down and be loud, but Finale is definitely a dress up and speak softly kind of place.
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