Hamersley's Bistro
Hamersley's Bistro

Hamersley's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hamersleysbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6174232700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Brunch 11-2, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Gordon Hamersley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Small, custom-designed private parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small, semi-private room that seats up to 20 people. It is available for private parties Sunday through Thursday evenings.
  • Private Party Contact: Alyson 6174232700
  • Special Events: For large events, the entire restaurant is available to rent any night of the week.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: corner of Clarendon and Tremont
  • Public Transit: We are close to the Back Bay Station stop on the Orange line and the Copley stop on the Green line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking on the Tremont Street side of the restaurant. The cost is $16 per car. However, there is no valet parking available for Sunday brunch.
A word from Hamersley's Bistro
Gordon and Fiona Hamersley have owned one of Boston's most popular restaurants for 20 years. Hamersley's Bistro serves contemporary, full-flavored French/Mediterranean food in a relaxed environment. Located in the fashionable South End, Hamersley's is adjacent to the Boston Center for the Arts and its' affiliated theaters and galleries. The historic brick building, which originally housed a piano factory, has been transformed into one of Boston's most comfortable dining atmospheres. The dining room has butter yellow walls, exposed beams and a view of the open kitchen so diners can watch the chefs work in their brightly colored baseball caps. There is also a cozy bar, where neighborhood regulars gather for food and drinks, as well as a large patio for casual summer dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Hamersley's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
360 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (282)special occasion (272)neighborhood gem (234)great for outdoor dining (167)romantic (162)notable wine list (118)hot spot (61)good for groups (48)great for brunch (33)scenic view (18)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (7)Show More
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Hammersley's Bistro is closing forever at the end of October! We had a very memorable meal there on Sunday night. One of us ordered borscht, one of us ordered an avocado and heirloom tomato salad, one of us ordered a small mushroom and a small zucchini appetizer and one of us ordered a pork appetizer. For our entrées, three of us had the signature roast chicken, and the other one of us ordered pork. We all had different desserts. The homemade mint chip ice cream sandwich with outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our goodbye dinner to hamersley
    Man123
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Sad to see them go Thank you and good luck to everyone at the Bistro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hello and goodbye...
    SazziaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We nabbed one of the last Open Table reservations - 9:45pm last Friday. We were worried we'd be rushed out, but it was quite the opposite - the place was buzzing, even as we left around 11:30. The food is exactly as everyone describes - melt-in-your-mouth perfection. We arrived early so wandered over to the bar, and though crowded, managed to score drinks after a few minutes. Not even two minutes later, they asked to seat us. We had a prime table at their front window. The host's "favorite table." It was quite by accident, but awesome. Our waitress did take a little while to come over - they were slammed - but honestly we didn't notice until she apologized. Not a bother at all. Duck confit, quail and scallops = divine. Farewell. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Hamersley's is and remains fabulous. It is a shame that it is closing so soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going out in style!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I've been to Hamersley's half a dozen times over the past 10 years, and it's always been a treat. It's that comfortable place that you can just drop in and know that you'll have a wonderful meal. It's simple enough and varied enough that you can take anyone there, and they'll find something they like. And everything is always executed to perfection. And it's totally unpretentious and relaxed. The amazing thing this past week was that it was as good as ever, and perhaps even better. The meal was well designed, and perfectly prepared. Absolutely delicious. Gordon Hamersley can be proud that he's going out on a high note. His restaurant will be sorely missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious last meal here
    ScarlettVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    So sad they are closing. This is the end of an era. It has been THE place to go in Boston for consistent fine dining with food that is recognizable but always had an experimental edge. Accompanied by perfect service, with the right wine appearing at exactly the moment it was needed for the next course. Kudos to Gordon for keeping it going for so long. We wish him good luck in whatever he chooses to do next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Alas, they're closing so what I say doesn't matter but anyone who hasn't been here has missed one of the best restaurants ever. If you can get a reservation before they leave next month, run, don't walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Timer
    DiJa
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We wanted to try Hamersley's Bistro before they close for good. I ordered the wild king salmon, which came with vegetables. The salmon was very good, but not the best that I have ever had. The vegetables were amazing, though. They had just the right amount of crunch to them. My husband ordered the chicken, which he liked very much, and a side of vegetables. Again, the vegetables were very good. The blueberry buckle dessert was also very good. The lemon sherbert that came with it was too lemony for me. The restaurant décor was rather plain. I only noticed one or two pictures on the wall. The lighting was very bright, hence, not very romantic. Expensive! However, they must be doing something right to be in business for 27 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good bye Hammersley's
    skysthelimit
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    They close in a month & it's very apparent at how rudely the hostesses treat their loyal long time customers; shame on them. Food, OK...but expensive-; i.e., $28 for 2 chicken legs sections with little else on the plate. Yes, the chef/owner signature dish but husband had blue fish, perhaps portion was 4-5 oz for $28. Value for $$ spent is not there. Had awful run in with hostess; 1 seated us at a table for 4 (only 2 of us) and then a minute later another hostess announces we cannot sit there and makes us leave the table-how rude and embarassing. Save your $$ it closes end of October-who needs to be treated so badly and spend $100 for 2. Evidently they don't feel the need to exhibit excellent customer service till they close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Everything was outstanding! Wish they weren't closing, but we'll try to get back in there once more. The dishes were complex and satisfying--and beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So sorry to see it go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I always said I wanted to move to the South End and become a regular. That won't happen now, but we were so glad to get one last delicious meal. From the wine to the goat cheese tartine and rabbit rillettes to the chicken (of course) to the blueberry buckle and orange-peach upside down cake to the coffee, it was an outstanding dinner. The wait staff is exceptional and we hope to be seeing them at other great Boston restaurants soon. Thank you, Gordon and Fiona Hamersley, for elevating our expectations of restaurant food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissappointing
    Dissappointed
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went to Hammersley's for a final visit expecting a wonderful meal and pleasant visit. The waiter was rude and condescending all evening. His answers to our questions were short, snotty and not very helpful. My tomato salad was boring; the fish was overcooked and over spiced. The mint chocolate chip cookie sandwich dessert had very little ice-cream, just a bit of melted mush like it was the bottom of the barrel and basically we paid $11 for 2 cookies. Although the signature chicken and the strawberry shortcake were good, in general, the food was not as good as expected and not worth the $300 price tag. Very disappointing, especially the service. Even if they were not closing, we would not return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Trails to the Hamersleys
    bitsandpiecesVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We quickly made reservations the morning the Boston Globe reported on the closing of the restaurant and the "retirement" of Gordon Hamersley and his wife. This restaurant has been the scene of hundreds of wonderful meals and gatherings for our family. Saturday night's meal and service were of outstanding quality. The polenta, lobster, corn and cherry tomato appetizer was a beautiful explosion of summer flavors. It was sad to realize it was the last time I would experience their signature roast chicken. Our meal was topped off with a blueberry crumble with a lemon buttermilk sorbet, also fabulous. Our waitress was as beautiful inside as out and gave seasoned advice on our selections and wonderful service. It has always been lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get your chicken on
    Hungry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Waiter told us now that Hammersley's has announced it's closing at end of October, 70% of patrons order the roast chicken! Ther's a reason. If you haven't had it, go try it before it's too late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farewell!
    WinerDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had to go last night before it closes! And couldn't help but indulge in the chicken on last time. But the shining star was the tomato, avocado, and summer vegetable salad to start...with a pear sidecar. Can I do that again tonight? Husband had the swordfish, also outstanding. The strawberry shortcake was truly to die for, and the upside down cake also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • counting down...
    sothisismypassion
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Second of 3 last visits before this culinary institution closes. Last month duck confit and bass outstanding. Last week, duck a bit dry, standard halibut delicious but greens and fruit w it just a notch below what came w the bass 3 weeks earlier. A real disappointment was rabe w garlic--so stringy and tough we couldn't eat it. Not at all H's normal quality. Tho good, always hard to pay $8 for small mashed potato cake. Companion's appetizer toast w cucumber and goat cheese very good but slight for price. She ordered chicken b/c of raves -- delicious but, after all, chicken--glad to taste it but would have ordered more interesting menu item in future. One more dinner to go--halibut again, pork chop, steak, or other? Wines by glass excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good-bye Hamersley's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    An absolute favorite, Hamersley's is going out at the top of its game. We flew to Boston just to have one more dinner here, and we weren't disappointed. What a gem. What a great bistro. Great memories. Good-bye Hamersley's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hamersley's saves the best for last
    OnasNhoj
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had to get in one last dining experience before it closed, It did not disappoint. This was my fourth time in visits that spanned about 25 years and not once through the years have I not left energized and impressed by the setting the service and the sublime food. He, Himself was in comand that Thursday night, (our 4-some right across from the open galley) an displayed a mastery that came through every dish. A special shout out to the creamy lobster -sweet corn pudding appetizer and the halibut was succulently sauced and prepaired. I buy & sell fine wine in the area 20+years and recomend this wine list as being incredably well selected and fairly priced. Service: engaging informed, attentive yet never intrusive. Warm like home. Sante' !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local treasure
    PhoodeeVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had to make one last trip before they close. It has never disappointed. The service and food were exceptional. They will be missed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorry it's closing
    TLC2
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Hamersley's will close its doors in October. It will be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our all-time favorites!
    Nomossundermyfeet
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have been coming here for over 20 years. Hamersley's has consistently delivered on fanstastic food, ambiance, service. This time the highlight was the strawberry shortcake: it was truly unbelievable! They are closing their doors in a few weeks so the owners can retire. This place is a treasure and the loss will be felt by all who have loved it over the years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • last hurrah
    andy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We'll be sad to see Hamersley's close after an illustrious run. I'm glad I was able to come one last time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sad to see it go...
    diggyd
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We are glad that we finally got the chance to eat at Hamersley's. The roast chicken dish was highly recommended by a friend, and it certainly did not disappoint! We also had the creamy lobster with corn pudding appetizer that was absolutely divine. Mark, our waiter, was both pleasant and attentive. We'll see if can also try brunch before they close next month. Yes, we are sad to see it go... Best of luck to the owners!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gordon, We'll miss your faire
    DavidS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    As the close of Hamersley's Bistro approaches, we enjoyed our second to last dinner over the past weekend. Of course I had the roast chicken, with the hope of its succulent flavor becoming embedded in my taste buds. Had I planned it better, I would have worked on the recipe over the past several months, still with the real think available for comparison. Perhaps it is not too late to start. Our last visit to this most favorite of all Boston restaurants will be early October, so I better get crackin', before delectable preparation of each dish, glorious wine list, and the sublime ambiance exits only in our memories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It's a shame they are closing, always a joy to enjoy the food here. It will surely be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As wonderful as it always has been. A Boston institution. So sad that it's closing its doors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We feel sorry for all the diners who may now never get a chance to visit this restaurant as it is closing. Hammersly's has been a steady and reliable favorite for fine dining when Boston was still a bit of a dining desert. We will miss this restaurant for its excellent food,wine and service. Future chefs who inhabit this prime restaurant space in the South End should take a page from Gordon Hamersly's book and be sure to focus on using only the freshest ingredients and preparing them in the tastiest manner instead of striving to be the trendiest new chef on the block.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BYE BYE
    PatSVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I'll miss you, Hammersley's. Thanks for years of good food and cheer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boston Classic
    BosDiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We are really going to miss this Boston institution. Get in quick before it closes in October. The best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a wonderful server and everything that was ordered was better than expected too bad they are closing - it is a memorable restaurant that will only live in our memories we have been there many times and never had a bad item - it is always a wonderful experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hamersley's will be missed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Deliciously amazing food, wonderful service and warm atmosphere. This restaurant, its chef/owner, and staff will be missed by all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have been waitng several years to come to this fabulous restaurant. Everything exceeded our expectations. Wonderful staff and wonderful imaginative food, both in presentation and taste. We would recommend this restaurant to everyone, but hurry it will be closing very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farewell Dinner
    MarsVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Well it's all about the roast chicken... but then, all the other food is so scrumptious that it is HARD to choose. We've been occasional patrons since Hamersley's moved into this space. Ate once at the original location. And thru-out the years it has been a special occasion location. The food is so good!! We had the mini-mushroom sandwich and the lobster cocktail apps, followed by the chicken (always perfection) and the bluefish. The service was perfect, the food fantastic, the ambiance so enjoyable - and we looked around and saw two tables of friends who were also in to pay their respects. Have a fantastic retirement Gordon and Fiona. You have so earned it. Cook for each other and have a great life!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • as expected
    notgreat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food and service were fabulous. I had the chicken and was amazed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    For years it has been our special place to dine. We are heartbroken that Gordon is leaving! Going as much as we can til end of October!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WILL MISS IT!!!
    LizD
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Hamersley's has been my favorite Boston restaurant for many years. We will miss it very much! Best of luck to Gordon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful in every way
    Minna
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Superlative service / wait staff is helpful, friendly, never intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect evening
    Live2eat
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    From a cozy table by the window , we enjoyed a wonderful dinner, served by our experienced and knowledgable waitress. I had the signature chicken which was moist and flavorful. My husband had the halibut which he thoroughly enjoyed. We saved room for dessert of strawberry shortcake with a biscuit still warm from the oven and pillows of whipped cream and the lemon soufflé with raspberry coulis. Sorry to see this Boston classic will be closing at the end of the month. It will be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    TIBTIB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great good, great table service, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful farewell dinner
    jnbcambridge
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Sadly Gordon and Fiona have decided to close after twenty-five plus years on great food. We wanted to bid farewell to a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic