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Marliave Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marliave.com
  • Phone: (617) 422-0004
  • Hours of Operation: Menu Sunday-Saturday:11:00am - 10:00pm. Cocktails Sunday-Saturday 11:00am- 1:00am. Dollar Oysters Sunday-Saturday: 4:00pm- 6:00pm and again 9:00pm- 10:00pm.

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Scott Herritt chef/owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Marliave offers an extensive menu of smaller portioned hors d’oeuvres designed to supply a lighter fare in an informal cocktail setting. The upstairs bar is an attractive setting for parties up to fifty persons. The entire upstairs is available for larger gatherings over one hundred guest.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tremont Street
  • Public Transit: Park Street and Downtown Crossing
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available through the Nine Zero Hotel
A word from Marliave
The Marliave, Boston's fourth oldest restaurant, has a tireless commitment to house prepared cuisine. Our orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit juices are fresh squeezed daily. All breads, desserts, sauces, pastas, ice cream, and stocks are made daily in house and are prepared to order. The Marliave utilizes local fresh vegetables, fruits, natural raised animals, and the finest imported ingredients to create our food and drink menus.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Made a last minute reservation here with son and wife. Service was excellent. We sat upstairs. It was a bit noisy with a group near us. Outdoor dining area looked nice. One of only few we saw. Wine was ok and entrees good. Sons burger great as well as the rarebits appetizer. The best was the tapioca pudding. By far the greatest."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Very, Very good food!! The wellington I had was prepared perfectly and the flavors outstanding - the polenta was out of this world!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First time and we will return The French onion soup with short rib base was fabulous service was outstanding The Beef Wellington was cooked to perfection and the cheese selection was outstanding"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have eaten there 3 times and the food and service were great each time. It is in a very old section of Boston so don't be put off by the old building. Once inside it is modern and very clean and inviting."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Delicious seafood salad and steak frites. Drinks were not as good as we had hoped, but still not bad."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "You really can't beat their half price oysters everyday, including the weekend. They offer four options, all of which are fresh and delicious. The truffle fries are also very good, but I wish they had a half order option, because it is too large for even two people to share."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Get here during their happy hour special (1/2 off oysters) - great drinks to go with dozen or so oysters :)"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Received the wrong food, charged twice for a side and received the wrong bill at the end of the night"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I can't believe I have lived in Boston since 89 and just started to go to the Marliave regularly. Amazingly fresh and well-prepared seafood. Great truffled mac n cheese. very nice and affordable wine list. I mean, how many wine lists serve by the glass, the 1/2 bottle, and the bottle. No upcharge, either. Great service. Amazing old history. Definitely great for townies and visitors."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I’d have thought this charming place tucked away downtown would be packed on a Saturday evening, but fortunately for us it had a more relaxed vibe of couples and friends enjoying oysters on the terrace (trad-brasserie-style interior looked inviting, but it was too nice out for that). We couldn’t decide between rabbit and Wellington, so we split both (they brought out the latter to present it, then took it back to split it for us). Either would have been plenty for both of us; both were beautifully prepared – and rich. Massive mac & cheese starter and sybaritic chocolate cake completed our total overindulgence. Very friendly, professional, yet low-key service (as nearly everywhere in our time in Boston) added to the experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After being let down by our first dining experience in Boston, I looked to Boston Magazine for a recommendation, and this was listed in 2013. I was sorely disappointed with the food. The service was fine, but the food was over priced and under seasoned. I started with the beet salad, which looked very pretty, but tasted very bland. The trout had no seasoning to it, was breaded and dried out, and came with no sauce to accompany it. My buddies had the burger, which for $18 was disappointing, and the steak frites, which was acceptable, but nothing special. Not recommended at all."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I was coming in from New York for a business lunch with my client. This restaurant was around the corner from her office and, therefore, very convenient. The ambience was unpretentious but very nice and befitting a client lunch; the menu was varied enough and interesting and the food was good. Wait staff very prompt and courteous. The price was also very reasonable. I would recommend it."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "A group of 6 of us traveled to Boston for a celebration. After lots of research we chose Marliave for our celebratory dinner. Well we arrived at the restaurant on-time to be told we were going to have to eat in the lounge not in the dining room upstairs. The table was just inside the front door right beside the hostess station - not an ideal location and was not set up for 6. It was a booth for 4 or 5 and they got 2 chairs to add to make it for 6. The evening didn't start out well. However the food was delicious. 2 of us shared the beef carpaccio and tuna tartare while the other 4 shared the mussels and macaroni and cheese and we all shared the truffle fries. Fries are to die for. My beet salad was okay, too much cheese for me."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Our waitress was amazing. The food and cocktails were delicious. A little weird sitting outside in an alley, but they did a great job with the patio. We were very comfortable. Overall an excellent experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A great find in the heart of the city, tucked between Tremont and Province, great cocktails too."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Every meal is done excellently. The broccoli rabe is the best I've ever had"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Would definitely come back for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Disappointed this time: friend's polenta had to be redone and arrived after he had finished his meal. Shown to table by indifferent guide."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My partner and I found Marliave about 3 years ago. down a small alley way the restaurant opens itself up into beautiful black and white decor. Traditional French cuisine, not too heavy with an updated touch. Food is consistently on target as is presentation and service. Drink menu filled with unique elixirs that tempt the tastebuds and mind. Presentation of food is grand with not just a setting of the plate on the table but the unique touch of a silver cover unlifted simultaneously on both you and your partners dish. Sunday Gravy is suggested for a heavier home cooked comfort meal as is the osso bucco. Chicken under a brick an all time favorite. Many accolades to a fine restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Came from out of town for a graduation dinner. Had oysters, mussels, truffle Mac and cheese, sliders and an assortment of main dishes and drinks. All were excellent. Rabbit was superb. Server was amazing. Highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Appreciated this was an old establishment but feel more could have been done to make the setting more comfortable eg lower then noise levels. Food was ok though and maybe the noise just annoyed us as we were in the older age range of customers"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I go to the Marliave a lot and LOVE everything about it. Typically we sit at the bar to eat and the bartenders are great! This time we chose a table and the service was terrible. The waitress never brought the oysters we ordered first, kept forgetting just about everything, but kept asking how everything was. Should of said- could be better.... But food is excellent and will still go back- but stay at the bar..."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Everything was perfect - location right near the theater district, ambiance, buzz, reservations without a second of waiting despite the fact that they were full, and the food! The menu is different and good. The ambiance is classic and yet also open feeling with lots of windows. Service was a slower than what we wanted since they were very full but since we stayed on top of the waiter with prodding it worked out fine to get to our show."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Cute and charming great bar a bit noisy but we liked the food enough to go back. Great service."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I want to like the Marliave more than I do. It's convenient, quiet, and the menu is good. But it always smells like disinfectant (particularly on the lower floors) and this is the the second time my lunch has been so salty it was almost inedible. The flavors are good, but the chef has a heavy hand on the salt."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "My husband and I chose Marliave as we had theater tickets and its a short stroll down Washington Street. We showed up right on time for our reservation and were told it would be 20 minutes. Fine- we attempted to order a drink at the crowded bar, but were the told we were standing in the way (in the way of what, I don't know.) I ordered a martini (thinking someone classic would not offend the bartender), and he hands me a cocktail menu. Apparently I had to order something specifically off that menu. Fine. I ordered a glass of wine. We are finally seated upstairs (where half the tales are empty-not sure why we had to wait,) and we don't see a server for another 20 minutes. Dinner was rushed, though fantastic...just an interesting experience. "
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great food, I love oysters, the tablecloths and the service make it a special night."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The service was excellent, we had not beeb here in many years and were very pleased with the cocktails, food and service. We will go back again and have told others as well. Thank you for an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Very nice dining experience. Food was excellent, in a very nice setting. Service was rather brusque very early on a Saturday evening. The scallop and pasta entree was excellent, as was the prosciutto wrapped rabbit. The steak frites was flavorful, though the meat was less than tender. The frites were the best ever! The stuffed trout was delicious, but it's presentation with the skin on top was less than perfect. 1/2 price raw bar- fantastic! Not inexpensive, but worth it!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Tasty and well prepared, with impeccable service and ambience. Those with a strong aversion to salty food might find the flavors somewhat strong."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Great cocktail and sandwich; amazingly quiet at 12:30!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "liked the reviews and menu online...took a shot...great shot!....character, character....old and lovely...food was awesome...go here...good value in our view...great drinks (but the pours could be larger...really)... otherwise, we will be BACK"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "What a lovely meal we had prior to going to see the Book of Mormon...It was a place I had seen walking by years ago when I worked at the Parker House. I always wanted to try it . The service was wonderful. We got an awesome table upstairs by the window. Our food was incredible - like being in Paris. The only tiny thing I could fault was the size of the drinks - they were extremely interesting, but rather small for the price and not filled nearly to the top. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant based on a Trip Advisor review. The service was quite rude. The waitress never offered to bring us drinks, and then seem surprised we would want to order anything other than the cheese tray. She barely spoke a word through the whole experience. The food was okay, and the prices were high for the quality of the food. Desserts were the bright spot in the meal. The butterscotch pudding was excellent, and the chocolate cake and homemade ice cream was delicious."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I love the wine list! You can buy a glass in 150ml, 250ml, or 375ml quantities, or the entire 750ml bottle."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I had an after work dinner with a friend this week after having walked by Marliave for years. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The service was very attentive and professional. My only suggestion would be to rennovate the entrance. It is rundown and reflelcts poorly on an otherwise great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. It was girls night out and the ambiance, food, location were perfect for us. We were off to see a comedy show after which was in walking distance of the restaurant. Great all around evening"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I frequented this restaurant 30 years ago when I worked on School Street. It had great Italian food back then. I was surprised by the changed decor and menu, but my daughter (chopped salad) and I (mushroom omelet) had delicious meals. The waitstaff was helpful and casually gracious, not stuffy. Having just returned from Paris, this meal was every bit as good as some I had there."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "extremely slow service - food was excellent though"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Dinner at Marliave was a great experience. The food was impeccable. Our server, Rena, who was wonderful, made very good suggestions on both the food and beverage menus. We started with oysters that were fresh and delicious. Our entrees, scallops and rabbit respectively were gorgeously arranged and wonderful as well. The ambience in the restaurant was lovely, lowly lit with a wonderful view of the city. The specialty cocktails were so good that after dinner we went to the downstairs bar, in lieu of another place, to have one more nightcap. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014