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Meritage - The Restaurant
Meritage - The Restaurant

Meritage - The Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.meritagetherestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 439-3995
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Tuesday through Saturday- 5:30pm-10pm

    Brunch Sunday -10am-2pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Bruce
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us if you are interested in celebrating your special occasion at Meritage the Restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Avenue
  • Public Transit: South Station stop on the Red Line
    Aquarium stop on the Blue Line
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Self parking with validation is complimentary, up to 4 hours.

    Valet parking with validation is $8, up to 4 hours.
A word from Meritage - The Restaurant

Meritage takes the unique approach of matching wine and food by offering small and large plates paired with specific wine characteristics.

From world-class cuisine and an unmatched wine cellar featuring many library selections, to warm hospitality and the urban sophistication of our dining room overlooking Boston Harbor, we offer guests a unique and memorable dining experience.

As one of New England's few Forbes four-star restaurants, Meritage awakens the senses, stimulates tastebuds and inspires guests for an evening of fine dining.

Led by Chef Daniel Bruce – founder and captain of the Boston Wine Festival - and Manager and Wine Director Nicholas Daddona, Meritage offers a diverse menu of wine-friendly food that showcases New England’s changing seasons.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I especially enjoy the wine pairings. Some of the wine is available nowhere else. And the desert was phenomenal."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "always enjoy this restaurant. food is great as well as the ambiance. being summer, the view of Boston Harbor was spectacular. We loved it!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I don't eat at this restaurant often because it is pricey, but I make a point to visit several times a year. Beautiful view of the harbour, inside decour is very nice. Wait staff is attentive without being omni present. The food is everything you would expect of a restaurant of that caliber. Although it is expensive, I truly enjoy my visits and wish I could visit every week."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My husband and I tried the Meritage for the first time during restaurant week. We had heard outstanding reviews for sometime, but never tried it until I was reminded by this event; and we are so glad we finally went! This restaurant is located on the second floor of the Boston Harbor Hotel and the windows overlook their gazebo and dock. The view was beautiful at sunset. The service was absolutely outstanding; our server helped us select a wine that complemented our meal well and was very professional and attentive throughout. The dishes were all perfectly prepared with well balanced flavor. We enjoyed our experience very much and will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We went during restaurant week. What was the nicest element was that the waitstaff treated you really well. That is not always the case on restaurant week, and even turned us off of partaking for a few years."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "It was our wedding anniversary and their entire team made it very special for us. We were the last customer to leave past 1pm and they never once hint at us to go. The food and wine were fabulous. Looking out to the harbor my wife and I had a truly wonderful anniversary dinner."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The folks at Meritage could not have been more accommodating. This time we were a party of 8, 6 from out of town. From allowing us time to interact at the bar prior to seating until the final coffee and dessert, they were terrific. The food was excellent as always. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to Meritage for her birthday after doing a sunset cruise around the harbor. The outdoor restaurant downstairs (I believe the Sea Grille?) was packed with a live blues band playing music. Meritage was upstairs with windows overlooking the harbor and the band, however the building was quiet with a great atmosphere for a special occasion. The cod and halibut were wonderful and the wine list was great with some reasonably priced bottles. The service was outstanding and they brought out a complimentary desert plate for my girlfriend's birthday with the "chocolate" desert we selected. Overall great experience, we'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Beautiful and quiet atmosphere. Great view of the waterfront. Excellent service and wines. Food was light, exceptionally good tasting. Just the right portion sizes so that we could fit small desserts. We loved it!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The wine list was great. Service was very professional. I would also say that the food was great. Would rate this resturant in the top 25 of the resturants I have visited."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Meritage is a great restaurant. The food was incredible and it was a neat touch to have the menu organized by wine instead of appetizer/entree. The view is spectacular, specially on a clear day when the sun in setting (you can't really see the sunset, but you still see the changing color reflections on water). Everything else was so close to perfection, that it was a pity that the service (at least for the night we visited) was rather slow. This was our first time at Meritage, so I am not sure if it was just an off night or not. Even with that, we really enjoyed the dinner at Meritage and we hope to be able to visit again soon."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My wife and celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary at Meritage. It was our first visit to this restaurant. We were treated like VIPs, enjoyed the great view from this 2nd floor restaurant in the Boston Harbor Hotel, and had some of the best food we have had anywhere in the world. They do a nice job of pairing wine offerings with the food and each and every part of the meal seems to have great care in its preparation and presentation. Even the complimentary bread was great. I have been to places that cost $20 for a meal for two and felt ripped off - but this restaurant, though expensive, is a great value."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We were staying in boston for a few days and wanted to go somewhere special for my wife's birthday. Meritage was the perfect choice for a romantic dinner for two. The menu was interesting, food was delicious, service outstanding, great views and ambience. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates quality food and service. Allan O'Connor from Australia."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Visiting Boston for a weekend getaway with some friends and were looking for a dining experience by he waterfront. Meritage is beautiful and has an incredible view of the harbour. Service was great along with some amazing seafood. Try the soft shell crab as an appy. In all a great experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Meritage to celebrate her Birthday. The food was really good but portions are small. Prices were good but not a great value because of portion size. Our server was nice but not super attentive. We finished our meal and dessert when he brought us the remainder of our wine that was left in the bottle. Having the wine bucket closer would have avoided this problem. Seemed like a rookie mistake. Overall great food with a nice view of the active waterfront."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Although there were few customers for brunch in this second floor dining room with a view of Boston Harbor, that did not mean an inferior restaurant. Quite the contrary! The $35 prix fixe menu offered many choices - we two tried: perfect Malpeque oysters, delicious gazpacho; followed by juicy medium rare steak and just right scrambled eggs, and a small casserole filled with tender lobster in a winy sauce with garnish of fresh peas and red peppers; dessert: two bites of key lime with raspberries; or a smooth panna cotta - all wonderfully tasty and sized just right. Wines (chablis and burgundy) were a perfect extra. Service outstanding; knowledgeable, available but not intrusive. We would eat there every weekend if we lived nearby!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I love that all dishes are available in small portions which allows for tasting different wonderful combinations. Everything was great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Unique and delicious dining concept. Staff was amazing, only topped by the exquisite food and presentation. Great view as well, will definitely go back when I return to Boston. Worth the $$$"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Fresh, quality ingredients and the knowledge of Daniel Bruce make this a great place to tempt the palate. One of the best deals around for a nice piece of filet with sides. The entire menu can be made into large plates or small plates depending on your appetite or desire to try different things. I do recommend selecting your wine specifically since the waiter will serve the most expensive version, which is a bit tacky."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We we treated like we were the only ones in the hotel it was outstanding. We were Royalty for three nights."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We went here for brunch and the service and food were simply excellent."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Impeccable service and views of the Boston Harbor.The obvious pride in presentation was lovely but, the exquisite detail of flavors was unexpected. For example, mushrooms are too often dismissed as adornment in dishes but, not with this chef. Each seemed to be individually selected and strategically used to perfection.This chef is a true master. I was amazed at each course. Often I find you have to sacrifice your palate a bit to enjoy a restaurant's view ...not here! I would dine in a cellar if it meant enjoying this chef's cuisine. And my waiter, hostess, back waiters and sommelier were unbelievably sharp, and elegant while remaining warm and engaging. This is the prototype of how a dining experience should be."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "What a special treat on my Birthday? Everything was perfect. You should know I formerly worked as a Night Duty Manager for a large Hotel. Five star performance from the Matre D' to the other staff did a superb job. The ambience was five star. The food and wine is superb. The bathroom was polished. The dessert was classic. I ordered "white chocolate" which was fantastic. Chef Bruce did not disappoint me; the food was a "creation" very delectable to the palate."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We could not have picked a better place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food, wine, and service was phenomenal and we were never rushed. We chatted and took our time to enjoy the fantastic food and wine (not to mention the beautiful waterfront view). As we ordered dessert and espresso, we watched the sailboats make their way back in as the sun set and casablanca started playing on the projector that the Boston Harbor Hotel has set up outside during the summer. Our night was perfect."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "the food was amazing. I got smoked salmon (best I've ever had), steak and egg (tasty steak) and lime cake (great). definitely recommend for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent for a quiet night of fine dining. No more expensive then any other restaurant. Servings are a little smaller but outstanding quality."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Had an amazing 10th wedding anniversary dinner at Meritage. Wine Director helped me, Pastry Chef made a special dessert and Chef Bruce came out and said hello. The view is stunning!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Even on an overcast showery evening, the location right on the harbor is great to watch boats and the bustle of activity there. Service was impeccable, from the greeter who handled our coats and umbrellas to our server who paid just the right amount of attention to us. The food missed though. My wife ordered the filet and talked with the server about how to cook it so that it would be at most pink, not red. How an experienced restaurant (that wasn't busy) gets this wrong, I don't know, but the center of the steak was very rare. I had the tuna, a beautiful tender square cut, which was cooked perfectly, but flavorless. This is a sweet location, the service was excellent, but I expected more from the food. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Staff waited patiently until we had our last dish, and they provided us great service and were attentive to all our wine and food questions Overall pleasant experience."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I took my husband here for a 70th birthday celebration, and the experience was delightful in every way: a gorgeous view of the harbor; delicious food, elegantly served; friendly, attentive staff; and free parking, so that we could take a lovely stroll along the waterfront after dining. Also, knowing that it was a special occasion, the kitchen sent out an extra dessert treat. We will return!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant with great views and service. If you want a table by the window, go early. Even if you request it, it cannot be honored. People linger here, so you get whatever table is available when you get there. The food is very trendy, and very gourmet. Too rich for our palates, even though we are fans of Le Cirque, for example. Desserts are exquisite. The menu is paired by wines, from light food, to more richer entrees, although everything was rich to us! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a very pleasant meal at Meritage. The view is wonderful, the restaurant elegant, the wine list extensive with some reasonable wines along with the high fliers. Despite all these admirable qualities, the food is not quite up to the high prices. $19 for a salad? Pretty, nice dressing but $19. Entrees a little too heavy. My wife's filet overcooked. The search goes on to find a really good meal in Boston despite all the restaurants."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Have had consistently fine food and service here over the years and the most recent experience continued in that tradition. We had the five-course tasting menu with wines and enjoyed each course. We appreciated the harbor view from our table next to the window."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Meritage has a great selection of food and matching wine. The food selections seem to get better and better with everything on the excellent scale. Wines however are a BIT expensive and is probably what turns customers off from this Excellent restaurant. Food portions at $19 for half portions and $34 for full portions are reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber. And the choices are so tempting most select 2-3 of the half portions to get a better sample of the fine menu choices. Service is top notch and they will help with wine selections if you need help. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our group thoroughly enjoyed the Meritage experience! The food was excellent and the staff was even better! Highly recommend this location!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice variety! Too few omelet options for my liking. The desserts were nice but I had expected a grand array of over the top selections. What they served was good but less than one might anticipate given the steep price."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Atlantic room at the Boston Harbor Hotel is superb. Elegant views of the Harbor pan the whole restaurant. Chef Daniel Bruce has consistently put forth an amazing celebration of culinary talent to honor Mothers on this special day. There was not one item on this spectacular buffet that didn't warrant a taste. Excellent Brunch!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We celebrated Mothers Day here this year and last. We will not return next year. The brunch this year had fewer offerings, was less spectacular. For the price, we expected spectacular! We found the dessert section to be particularly disappointing, in fact neither my husband nor I had any option that was appealing; last year there were several options that we wanted to treat ourselves with. The staff was polite, but did not attend to little things. For example, they brought me my requested pot of tea, but. I had no teacup."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wanted to set up a very romantic night for my girlfriend. Miritage is definitely a great place to visit. It was so beautiful. The food was amazing, we had smoked salmon, duck and the filet. The service was the best I've ever seen. Again an amazing place"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We celebrated Mother's Day early (last Fri. night) at Meritage, which is this mother's favorite restaurant. My husband, 2 adult children, and I each ordered 3 small plates: fried skate, scallops, foie gras, halibut, duck, and flank steak. All but the duck were excellent; the duck was a little tough and not very flavorful. The desserts were interesting and complex: strawberry mousse tart, citron cake, and chocolate fondant, which was the best. As usual, the service from our favorite waiter, Jean, was outstanding. The wines he recommended were excellent, and not overly expensive. All in all, it was a wonderful meal. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014