B&G Oysters
B&G Oysters

B&G Oysters

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bandgoysters.com/
  • Phone: 6174230550x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chef Barbara Lynch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: 9 At Home offers unique and exclusive catering from No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, and Sportello. Please call 617-423-4200 or visit www.9athome.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waltham
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking beginning at 5:00pm every evening.
A word from B&G Oysters
B&G Oysters is a modern yet classic take on the oyster bar. Located in Boston's South End, B&G Oysters has a decidedly neighborhood feel, combining polished but friendly service with fantastically fresh seafood dishes and food-friendly wines. B&G Oysters has received many accolades over the years for its cuisine and wine program including "Best Seafood" in 2007 and 2008 by Boston Magazine.

This subterranean spot draws energy from its open kitchen which is surrounded by a white marble bar. In warmer weather, enjoy drinks and more on the stone patio; a favorite outdoor dining spot in the city. Please note that all reservations are for the interior of the restaurant. Our patio is available solely on a walk-in basis.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
B&G Oysters reviews from OpenTable diners
191 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)neighborhood gem (110)great for outdoor dining (93)special occasion (53)great for lunch (45)hot spot (42)romantic (31)notable wine list (29)vibrant bar scene (19)great for brunch (17)late-night find (11)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Delicious food & great service
    Bostonnancy1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Not only is the seafood superb, the service is top notch. The warm welcome upon entry is followed by attentive and friendly service!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Always great
    FantasticVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Another solid experiance at B&G. I believe this was my 5th but my wife's first. She loved it! We even took out 14 month old and the staff was very welcoming and patient. Highly recommend for the great service and amazing seafood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't love it
    lovefood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The oysters are delicious, however the portion size of the mains are small. The small lobster roll leaves much to be desired. It's not a great meal when you want your last bite to be a french Fry. The clam chowder tasted like bacon. It's clearly a funky popular spot but also overrated.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely outdoor lunch
    bruhama
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The three of us had a lovely late lunch sitting on the patio outside. Contrasted to the "lively" ambience inside, we first were the only table sitting outside, later joined only by another two tables. After an initial delay of having to wait too long for the waitstaff, the lunch and service were terrific. One-and-a-half dozen oysters, a tasty snap pea salad, a lobster roll and lobster BLT later, we left happy and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved this place!
    amberdines
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was my second visit to B & G Oysters and it did not disappoint! We had wonderful service (though we did find the hostess a bit rude and wanting to rush us out of our seats!) I will definitely be back- the food is delicious… we had oysters, a crab/lobster dish, and the cod. When we decided afterwards that we would like to have a cheese plate, we were secured a spot across the street at the sister restaurant, The Butcher Shop (another incredible spot!) I have now been to both B & G Oysters and The Butcher Shop twice and been thrilled. I will definitely try out their other restaurants on my next visit as I have learnt they have a few more sister restaurants :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freshness
    BeefVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    All about the Oysters and Seafood and they never disappoint. We're not in Boston often but this is one of go-to must visit while in Boston. Fantastic selection of the freshest Oysters complimented by a innovative wine and beer list. The place is always buzzing with excitement and anticipation and the smells and wonderful. Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not expect to be welcomed!
    Delightful
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    NOT A SINGLE PERSON MADE US FEEL WELCOMED. IGNORED THE ENTIRE time! My friend and I were celebrating a 50th Birthday and made notes in the open table. The staff made no mention of any special luncheon. Honesty, they could not care a less whether we were dining or NOT! This high price dungeon needs to greatly improve their customer service. I ordered the oyster three coarse pre fix that came to the table right away. My friend ordered just a bowl of soup and it did not come until I was completely finished with all three courses. No one ever ask him when he would welcome his entrée? The oysters were amazing delicious but we can get the same oysters at not your average Joes on Mondays nights for a $1.00 a piece your charging like $3.50 ech
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RonSimon
    RonSimon
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Best chowder ever. Oysters too good to ruin with anything other than lemon juice. Taste of oysters stayed in mouth which is spectacular and rare
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great !
    AudsfVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I can always count on excellent food and wonderful friendly servers. Great to have the opportunity to dine outside on their patio
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High expectations
    SamStewartEtc
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I kept hearing that this restaurant was great and the lobster roll was amazing. Maybe I expected something that would blow me away like the Lobster roll at Neptune Oyster which I am going to say is the best Lobster roll in the world. This one was just mediocre and the menu was ok. Crab doughnuts were fun and oysters were fresh and tasty. My sea bass was just ok and dessert menu is very limited. Nice fun vibe.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TakI
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Hilary was really nice. She was very kind and paid much attention to my guests.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome !
    Nat67
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fantastic oysters !!!!! We have been to several trendy places in the area and B & G is the best !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but too noise
    GiordyinBoston
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The restaurant was busy..the food was good but the ambience has a noise level too energetic!! It's impossible to talk..
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just Oysters
    HillaryVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    B&G has a quaint patio and good service. The staff wasn't overly friendly or energetic by any means though. They are called B&G Oysters for a reason- come here solely for the oysters. They have a wide selections and are fresh. For entrees, they are over priced and small portions. The friend oysters and calamari were tasty appetizers. Overall I would suggest this restaurant for a drink and oyster- you can find better seafood entrees throughout Boston.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lived up to the hype
    pickyeaterinboston
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I took my parents here for my Father's birthday because he loves raw oysters. The service was friendly and helpful when he had questions and attentive throughout the meal. The fried oysters were great for the table and my favorite part since I don't eat seafood was that the restaurant just smelled like good food not dead fish. The bill was heavfty for lunch ($170 including tip for 3 people) but worth it to see my parents satisfied. I'm glad we finally made it here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Total Pros
    KTap
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    B and G is one of those restaurants that takes it's craft seriously. No mailing it in here. In my book, 10% of the restaurants... even popular hot spots... fall under this "Pro" category. Food, service, details... all top notch. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    LaGourmande
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Weekday lunch was really duller than used dishwater. Raw oysters delicious, but cooked entrees were utter duds. Moules frites were drenched in an acrid/bitter lemon rind bath. Soft shell crab BLT sandwich was completely not crispy and tasteless . Order any frites, you get short little dreg nubs of potatoes, which are obviously the bottom of the bag, and are not appetizing. If you want real frites? Go to McDs. Love, love, love Barbara Lynch, but this resto leaves so much to be desired. Bottom line: order raw and don't touch cooked.
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  • lisa
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I came for the oysters, but the halibut made my eyes roll back into my head. Perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic - plain and simple
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I really don't know what to say other than every course our plates were wiped clean once we were done. Started with some oysters and the soft shell crab. It's a beautiful thing when you order from the raw bar and the shellfish is shucked as cleanly as possible. The crab was cooked perfectly and left us wanting more. I ordered the black bass entree while my SO ordered the skate wing - both were incredible. To top it off, we had an amazing waitress who guided us through some indecisive moments. She was quite educated on what B & G has to offer and comical to boot! I would eat there every single night of my life if my wallet could manage the trips. Might even be the best seafood experience I have ever had. Thank you, B & G.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dining experience
    paw305
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I can not say enough about how great my dining experience at B&G Oysters was. The food was absolutely amazing! Even more impressive was the service. I can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie haven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The absolute best clam chowder in New England, and anywhere on the globe. Period. The oyster choices are top notch, and the staff is knowledgable without being arrogant. Also, the best lobster roll anywhere. Menu is simple, and sticks to the roots of quality seafood as the center piece. Simply fantastic, and this from a hard core, ex-chef foodie. Now one of my top Boston locations. Nice work Barbara Lynch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food staff and atmosphere was excellent. The lobster rolls were delicious as was the clam chowder ...
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    great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Seafood
    NomNom
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A cozy restaurant that serves the freshest seafood. The clam chowder, oysters, lobster roll, and crab topped diavolo pasta were well executed. The flavors were amazing. Due to the size of the restaurant advanced reservations are recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Shay
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful meal at B&G. Great tasting oysters, a fantastic sugar snap pea salad, succulent fried clams and an excellent fish dish. Our waitress was excellent..spot on. I wish I remembered her name. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great oysters but little else
    Daniel
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great oysters, very knowledgeable and courteous,albeit disjointed, service, standard fish fare, not special,very small fish portions. Order extra food; you will need it. Minimal ambience, minimal air conditioning in July. Just like being on a dock. This is NOT a destination. Even if I lived near the restaurant, unlikely I would go there. It is what it is. It works for some people, but not for me.
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  • Far exceeded all expectations
    lori
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I went for a romantic special occasion dinner and really was looking for a good oyster bar. Well, there were 11 different choices of oysters from PEI, Cape, Rhode Island, Washington State, etc. We got two of each and were in complete heaven. Our waiter was very attentive and had a fun attitude that heightened the experience. We drank Prosecco and Rose which the waiter noticed if we were getting low and needed refills. Since the oysters were so filling we decided to share the clam chowder and BLT lobster roll. There was not a spoonful or bite that we were not 'mmming' the entire meal. The waiter recommended the BLT over the reg. lobster roll and THANK YOU THANK YOU! B&G was well worth every cent and I cannot wait to go again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We truly enjoyed our meal. Food was creatively prepared so that each ingredient could be identified. The service was perfect. We would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely amazing restaurant!
    Amarsh31
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Started with oysters, which were amazing! Ordered the cod and it was cooked to perfection. Staff is courteous and friendly. Would highly recommend while visiting Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    AKDL
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I was surprised at B&G oysters. It's an extraordinarily casual restaurant with excellent seafood. Portions are generous. It's perfectly located for an early dinner before going to the Huntington Theatre or the Boston Ballet. The wine list is limited. We'll go back.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent neighborhood restaurant!
    OKCSueandJim
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    As tourists, we seek out spots where there are no tourists and B&G is a fantastic local restaurant. We enjoyed selections recommended by our waiter, Brent, and his guideance was spot on - a seasonal pea salad, fried oysters and striped bass accompanied by a locally-made red wine. All was prepared to perfection. The dining room is small and intimate with the open kitchen nearby for a lovely ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great oysters!
    worldfoodie45VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    What more could you want? Great food, great service and great ambience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid in every way
    allisoin
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Fantastic place to dine. Great ambiance. Warm, attentive service - ask for recommendations. We did, and we ordered well. Food is fresh and delicious and everything you'd want when looking for sublime seafood. Go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    RuthieGVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Had the pleasure of eating in the terrace on a lovely evening. We each had the fried clams with their yummy tartar sauce. The clams were plentiful and full bellied --- the only way to eat them! The French fries were delicious, too. There was nothing left on my plate when they took it away. The service was informal, which I appreciate, yet attentive and well-paced. It was a great place to go for a great meal after theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, so-so ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Oysters were some of the best I've ever eaten, and the dip was just awesome! The fish was also cooked perfectly. Only compaint was that the indoor restaurant was stuffy due to the open kitchen 'fishy, smokey smells' and the large crowd. I think ventillation needs to be improved in order to make the air better.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Came in for oysters and champagne to celebrate our engagement. Everything was amazing from the friendliness of the host staff, the great food, and the best service one could ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    UndraftU
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dined here on a Friday night, 845pm reservation - they took us 20 minutes early! Service was good though waitress couldn't accurately describe differences between the oysters on the oyster menu! Food was delivered promptly even after we ordered each course separately. The hot salad (little gem I think it's called) was amazing as was the black bass. Not entirely the restaurants fault but table behind us that was there before was obnoxiously loud, yelling screaming, shrieking voices. The open kitchen and exposed metal everywhere does not help to quell these sounds. I would go back though as amazing food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    B & G Oysters lives up to its name as an outstanding Barbara Lynch dining experience. It was crowded early in the evening but our server was attentive and the food was excellent. We did not feel rushed even though people were waiting by the door for tables. This was our first time there and the only problem we had was where to find the valet as we turned into the side street where the entrance is and the valet was on Tremont Street so we missed him. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Some things YAY! Some things eh...
    adlib1932
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Overall, I enjoyed my experience. I sat in the outdoor section which was very quaint and relaxing. The service was average but no complaints. My friend and I started off with two different white wines which were perfectly aligned with each of our distinct taste preferences. The fried oyster appetizers was sooooooooo amazing- fresh with a kick of spice! We also ordered two of the crowd favorites: clam chowder and Lobster BLT....... Unfortunately, we felt that both options left much to be desired (maybe we were let down by all the hype, lol). Don't get me wrong, I would come back but maybe just for wine and appetizers only :-/
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    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Brookealanna
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Wonderful service, delicious food. Couldn't have been better
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • been here many times...
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    halibut was good, but a little dry...oysters were real fresh. friend had the crab fra diavlo,good but crab was not lump meat, just "shredded", different crab style would be better...awesome pea salad, calamari could use more tentacles and was too crunchy. think Barbara lynch should dine here once or twice and see what the end product was...not great like we are used to...waiter had sweaty face and upper lip the whole time...needed to "swab" himself...was kind of gross looking...one of those 'things' that you could not get out of your mind, every time he came over I wanted to give him a napkin.and he needed to be self aware...also, the wine pours were small...just an average meal at a better than average place...hope next time is better....
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic