Merengue Restaurant
Merengue Restaurant

Merengue Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.merenguerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 445-5403
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 10:00AM - 4:00PM.
    Dinner: Daily 4:00PM - 10:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean
  • Executive Chef: Hector Pina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us help you celebrate in style and make your day truly memorable! Whether you are planning the wedding of a lifetime, retirement celebration, anniversary celebration, the party of the year, or your daughter's sweet sixteen, we will take care of all your planning needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: With luxe design inspired by the look and feel of the most exclusive venues in the area, Sofia’s Banquet and Meeting Room boasts a dynamic atmosphere created to enhance your experience by providing visual elements in strategic high spots.
  • Private Party Contact: Nivida Pina 6174455403

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Blue Hill Ave @ Julian St (45)
    Blue Hill Ave @ Clifford St (45)
    Blue Hill Ave @ W Cottage St (45)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Merengue Restaurant
Welcome to Merengue!
Every day we serve to a very diverse ethnicity of clientele, who through our dishes, experience something that we have called “A Dominican Dining Experience”, which takes them back to our roots. We were the first Latino restaurant to have delivery service. The first to have a variety of dishes as daily specials, plus an extensive menu full of Dominican and International dishes; and the first, to have a professional Catering Service that has become the most prestigious and renowned in the state of Massachusetts.
We have catered from the State House to the most famous Universities and exclusive function rooms, like “The City View Room”, located at the observatory in the John Hancock building in the City of Boston, where dignitaries, personalities and famous artists have enjoyed our food. Come experience what everyone else is talking about...at Merengue!
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Merengue Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (8)special occasion (5)hot spot (5)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (4)fit for foodies (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I drive 45 min to come and eat here, love this place excellent food love the tres leche for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food my only complain was the host, she was rude, they didnt ask us if we want something to drink. We got there around 9:40 pm and she told us that the restaurant its almost closing , but you guys have reservation for 9:45 that means that kitchen should be open past 10pm but other than that love this place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    JustMe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Gladys was extremely warm, sweet, patient and professional. Service was quick, but not too quick, so we were able to truly relax and enjoy. Live music was an unexpected treat. The singer sounded professional, my friend literally could not believe it was not a recording! A neighboring table was celebrating a BDay, and the staff & singer sung to her in English & Spanish. Nice homey touch. I paid with a Gilt voucher, and they were accommodating without any issue whatsoever. We felt we were treated like VIP.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Merengue Restaurant reviews archive.
  • So good
    PuertoRicanGirl84
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Amazing Dominican authentic food. I would recommend this restaurant to all my family and friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sangria
    BrightonFoodie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Just delicious. Went here with my boyfriend on a recomendation from a friend, was worth it, I'd go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Ambiance Great Latin Food
    marasara
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I am Dominican, and I have to say that Merengue is the best Dominican restaurant in the Boston area. We just celebrated my husband's birthday and the staff was very professional and service was great. The food was amazing....well presented, flavorful and plenty! You get the Latin flavor as soon as you walk into the restaurant. It is beautifully decorated with authentic Dominican decor. If you are looking for a great experience, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What more can I possibly about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    What more can I possibly about this place. its amazing and I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud ok food
    zestnzen
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    First impressions are welcoming. The hostess made us wait with no explanation for our table even though many tables were open. The food was good, the service faire, though very slow. It was nearly impossible to get water. The seafood paella was well seasoned but mostly rice and the bits of seafood way overcooked. Tre leche cake and yuca frieds delicious. The big downer of the evening was the live music which was blasted from one corner of the room, two tables away from us, effectively making it impossible to converse with our table. A request to bring down the music was turned down. The music itself was nice, but we came to enjoy food and friends, not for a concert. That very much dampened the night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One Time Thing?
    Newtob
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    3 things that I ordered were not available on a Friday night. Not sure if that is a common occurrence.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food, as always!
    Delicioso
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    The food at Merengue is always great and the pops of color enveloping the restaurant adds to the ambiance. Its a true caribbean feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four of us dined here. We
    ProfessorShorthairVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    Four of us dined here. We ordered enough food for 6 or 7. The items all 4 of us agreed were excellent: Mofongo, Paella Marinara, Sweet Plantains, Banana Shake, Strawberry Daiquiri, Flan. Some liked and some did not: Grilled Calimari, Shrimp Cerviche Steamed Vegetables Skip: Spanish Rice and Beans, French Fries,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our frying machine is broken....
    Hamzado
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    ....just kidding! The waitress took our order three times: when we came in, then after the fryer broke, then again after it was fixed. We waited 40-50 minutes for dry fish and a chicken that was smothered in so much sauce, you couldn't see it. It was very underwhelming and I definitely do not plan on going back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2 Thumbs Up
    SuchAFoodie
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Excellent food, fresh squeezed "adult: beverages, and a fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my dinner came out 30 minutes
    doc11VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    my dinner came out 30 minutes after all the others' at the table. While the server and host were apologetic, there wasn't much I could do but wait. They did give us a free desert. Nice staff, but something went wrong in the kitchen.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and fruit shakes.
    mnop
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Great food and fruit shakes. I've had the asopao de langosta several times and the bowl is full of lobster meat. One small issue is that things tend to be a bit salty, but otherwise, everything is flavorful and the service is friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Passion fruit daiquiri is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Passion fruit daiquiri is fantastic. Great service and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots and lots of fun. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Lots and lots of fun. The food wasn't our preference, but that may have been a personal taste thing. Great vibe, super upbeat, and real nice owners.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood a little intimidating
    WeLoveBrunch
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Neighborhood a little intimidating but great spot for a quick and inexpensive lunch. My seafood platter was so so but my hubby enjoyed his steak. Great ambiance and decor and very clean. Wait staff very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing restaurant! Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Amazing restaurant! Great service, delicious ethnic food, and a wonderful experience. Restaurant accommodates my group of 27 very well. Will be coming again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The place I keep returning to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Never a disappointment...Great ambience and finger licking food. Must have Maduros or tostones
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome authentic dominican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2012
    Awesome authentic dominican food I have been to Merengue countless times and never had a bad meal
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food (only complaint
    mnop
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    Great food (only complaint is that it was a bit salty), excellent variety and prices. Good value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diamond in the ruff! THe whole
    4ndy13VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Diamond in the ruff! THe whole red snapper in coconut sauce is a must try. Everything was affordable. The drinks were stiff and delicious. The service was definitely slow.. very Dominican. So if you are on a time crunch, this is not the place for you. However, if you want to kickback and sip on a cocktail while your dinner is served up, this is a fun place. Great music. Fun, colourful ambience. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • this was our second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    this was our second time at Merengue. The food was just as tasty and plentiful as we remembered (oh the Mofongo and Fried Yucca... So good). However, the service was slow and unfocused. Our waitress forgot our fried yucca, we flagged another waitress (20 minutes later) who said she would put in the order... we never did get that yucca. There were 3 missed drink orders as well and our water glasses were often empty. All that being said - we'll still be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Escape to the Dominican Republic
    Pizzaah
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    Everyone should escape the standard fare and reach out to experience life and food. The Merengue Restaurant is just that experience. It is comfort food from the Dominican Republic. Don't let the location deter you because you will miss something special. I'm making plans to another visit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate