Rendezvous in Central Square
Best halibut around!!Amazing squid app, delicious cocktails and all were very accommodating about our 14 month old. We will be back!6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food. Great service.Amazing food. Great service. A bit on the noisy side, but definitely looking forward to returning.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, nice follksWe had reserved for the wrong night ( a week later), but they offered us seats at the bar and gave me open table credit ( very nice). The bartender was very willing to give us tastes of the wines we were considering, but his dour countenance was a bit disconcerting. The meal was delicious: four appetizers that exceeded our expectations. The cold shellfish salad was fabulous! Best part: we had theater tickets an a waitress came to remind us that our time was short. She offered to bring the bill in advance. We were so busy enjoying conversation and food, we would have missed the play!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAppetizer extravaganzaWe've been to Rendezvous many times and it's one of our favorite restaurants. For a change of pace, for our most recent visit we ordered a slew of different appetizers and had them served in phases. No main course dishes at all. There are lots of great app choices at Rendezvous; try this approach out sometime.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMStellar - as alwaysWhenever I have the opportunity to visit Boston/Cambridge, I never miss the chance to book a table at Rendezvous. I was lucky enough to have my southern BFF accompany me to my favorite restaurant (and a good friend from Lexington). She understands why I rave about the ambience, the service and most of all - the food! The grilled asparagus with lemon aioli was delicious and the braised pork and veal meatballs with toasted orecchiette rocked my palate. Steve is a gracious host and always remembers his guests. His staff is attentive and understands the importance of timing everything, including interaction at the table.
Love this place!6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMalways a good dining choicethis was our second time, and we enjoyed it even more than the first. Everything was very fresh and tasty, the bread, the ceviche and the feta cheese appetizer, the vegetarian main course, the halibut, the steak. Lemon pudding with berries was delicious as well.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMInspired dining in Central Sq.Inventive locally sourced food in a nice space. Service was stellar, they know the menu well and were incredibly helpful. The house made charcuterie, fisherman's stew and softshell crab starters and skirt steak, duck 3 ways and the halibut entries were standouts6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMA Special ExperienceRendezvous is our favorite restaurant! Not only is the food delicious but, no matter how crowded they are, there is always a warm
welcome and wonderful personalized service. We go there often and are never disappointed.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMconsistently excellentI have never had a bad meal at Rendezvous so this night did not disappoint. Started with a delicious pomegranate vodka martini, special bruschetta, followed by delicious veal and pork meatballs with pan-fried orrechietti. Yummy. The pear crostada dessert was better than my lemon buttermilk pudding/cake but no complaints....my hubbie let me steal a few bites of his.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were celebrating our anniversaryWe were celebrating our anniversary and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We had not visited the restaurant for many years and were very happy with our evening. The food was excellent especially the duck three ways and the fisherman's stew.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food - surprisingWonderful food - surprising flavor combinations - and wonderful service. The ambiance is a bit less than romantic. I found it a bit too noisy for tables larger than four or for folks older than about 60. Work on accoutics and you'll delight everyone.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food - warm atmosphereHaving loved Steve Johnson's food when he had the Blue Room in Kendall Square, I had wanted to try his place, Rendezvous, in Central Square and, after far too long did so a few evenings ago. Steve was there overseeing everything all evening - a very good thing - and the quality of the food and service reflected this level of commitment and attention. The food was excellent, the service impeccable and the atmosphere warm and comfortable. We'll be back.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways wonderfulOur Rendezvous dining experience was wonderful, as it always is.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfectionOur favorite spot to eat in Boston. The food is delicious, fresh, local and did we say delicious? The staff is welcoming, knowledgeable, unpretentious and attentive. We love bringing out of towners there as a way to brag about our city! Not to be missed.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice for a special occasionWe had a lovely meal in a comfortable, relaxed, yet lively setting. The staff was attentive and friendly, and very kind about noting my fellow diner's birthday, even sending over a complimentary dessert. The cocktails were very nice, and the food was - delicious! We enjoyed every dish, particularly the swordfish entree and the squid salad appetizer. We've already recommended it to several friends and look forward to returning.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAll categories were almostAll categories were almost excellent - our second visit and we'l go back5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMEasy Going and Interesting MenuDid their Mother's Day Lunch which was a special menu (all proceeds went to the Boston One Fund) and it was really interesting and delicious. We all had a great time. Will definitely go back.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food for Mother's DayEverything was delicious and looked beautiful. I don't eat meat and my dishes were very tasty and creative, out of the ordinary from the ceviche (I do eat fish) to the veggie dish with polenta. My daughter also loved what she ordered (and we are both picky about food). Service was very nice and no delays.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfectly done steak-Delicious DuckAlmost everything was great. The team in the kitchen was on it. Our server was gracious and professional. She took our various food intolerances and dealt with them well, even checking when one of us ordered something another one in the party couldn't eat.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA great time every timeI should get here more often, it's so satisfying every time. Starting with a cocktail while reading the menu: drinks are inventive and fresh without being contrived. Menu offers great variety highlighting seasonal foods, including very healthful and deliciously decadent. The seasonings, with a middle eastern touch, are distinctive and creative. Love the open feel of the interior, contemporary chic, warm and inviting-- and the wait staff is also, now that I think of it.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMrendezvousFine combination of comfortable room with excellent food , attentive server and very competent bar tender. Noise level very moderate and acceptable for dinner conversation5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMyou can't ask for anythingyou can't ask for anything better than a meal here superbly created by chef/owner Steve with wonderful efficient service.
It's always packed but you do not feel hurried and the staff knows how to honor reservations no a timely manner.
Reserve even for week nights!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways good for any occasion!I love rendez vous! It is always great! Food, wine, staff and if course chef/owner Steve. It is my standby!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place is a reliable,This place is a reliable, friendly restaurant with great food. The menu varies and prices are fairly reasonable.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOur meal at Rendezvous wasOur meal at Rendezvous was good, not great. We had the skate wing (well prepared, but a bit too buttery) and the swordfish (very good, but quite small). The desserts were yummy. Service was friendly, but a little below what I expected, based on other reviews. We'll try it again, but not anytime soon.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent place for a casualExcellent place for a casual meal or special occasion. Great drink menu. Friendly
staff. Attentive. Excellent food. Limited vegetarian options. Great desserts.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and drink,Excellent food and drink, nice atmosphere, great service! A little pricey.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMMy out of town guests gotMy out of town guests got stuck in ballgame traffic and were an hour late. I called them in their car and read the menu and was able to give our order to the server, who was very helpful and patient throughout - and made sure that we were served our entire meal in time to make it to the theater.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, a lovely diningAs always, a lovely dining experience. And as is nearly always the case, Steve Johnson was present and was friendly and welcoming. A wonderful presence, just as Rendezvous itself is a treasured part of this neighborhood.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely deliciousWe went on a Sunday, not knowing that they offer a $38 prix fixe menu for dinner that day. What a wonderful surprise! The choices were varied, quantities generous and preparation excellent. Our group of three ordered different items for all three courses, and everything was delicious.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMconsistenly a gem with greatconsistenly a gem with great food perfectly rpepared even on a busy Saturday night4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the gems in CentralOne of the gems in Central Square. Fantastic experience. Best service around, and amazing food.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMRendezvous is a great slightlyRendezvous is a great slightly upper scale neighborhood restaurant. Food is creative and well prepared using quality ingredients. Dining room is a little open and boxy but it's still quiet enough for a nice dinner conversation. Prices are fair for the quality of the food you get. The drinks are really good!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding meal!Steve Johnson is a very creative chef and a gracious host. He is supported by a friendly and efficient staff, making our visit an outstanding evening!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe go to Rendezvous frequentlyWe go to Rendezvous frequently and it is one of our favorites. The food is excellent and the short wine list is well selected. Park on the street or in a city run lot a block behind the restaurant.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAn Exceptional ExperienceA great meal from appetizers through to desserts. Very cordial and helpful wait staff who don't hover. Had a short wait before we were seated for our reservation time, and the staff compensated by giving us a complementary appetizer! And offered us wine to taste before we made selection. I would definitely return again.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were topFood and service were top notch. The decor was not to my taste. I think a different type of flooring would make a world of difference - at a minimum the carpeting should be replaced and the brown, industrial style, entry mat removed.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for lunch or dinnerRendezvous offers consistently good, imaginative cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. it's a go-to spot when we're around Central Square. There are always new, delicious enticements to go with favorite items on the menu. Definitely recommended.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently excellent food,Consistently excellent food, service and ambiance!!!!!!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMRendezvous has somehow managedRendezvous has somehow managed to maintain high standards for food and service, after being in business for many years. The food is always flavorful, creative and consistent. Noticeable this time was the very professional, caring, grown-up service, which is very rare indeed. My compliments to Steve Johnson and his crew.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFood Great, Service not so muchI thought, overall the dining experience was phenominal. We had an 8:00 PM reservation and we were seated immediately and given water. I am going to keep this short. I thought the food was great but our server wasn't very attentive, nor did he really have the energy or look like he even wanted to be there. Had no knowledge about the tequila's that were offered there and generally seemed disinterested. another waiter came over to our table as he noticed we were sitting there and asked us if we needed anything and did it with a smile, something our waiter was not able to do. Also, for dessert I believe we had to wait over 15 minutes. But I would definitely go back as the food was spectacular.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful servers and pleasantDelightful servers and pleasant ambiance combined with incredible food.... What's not to like?4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic...go there all theFantastic...go there all the time....plus a great bartender which is always an addition!!!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMI brought a friend to RendezvousI brought a friend to Rendezvous on Saturday night to celebrate his birthday and we both had a wonderful experience, starting with the warm greeting from the owner when we arrived, and ending with the the surprise touch of a birthday candle on my friend's dessert. Our appetizers (sauteed crabcakes and seared sea scallops), entrees (roasted skate wing and the winter vegetarian stew) and desserts (pear crostada and lemon buttermilk cake) were all well prepared and delicious. At the end of the meal we wanted to start all over again! The serving staff are very well trained -- knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive but not overbearing. I highly recommend Rendezvous. Be sure to make a reservation because it's popular and fills up quickly.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe are old friends of RendezvousWe are old friends of Rendezvous and when thinking about where to go for a special dinner we almost always end up there. The food is very good, the service unobtrusive and very professional while friendly and the wait staff is extraordinarily knowledgeable. We love rendezvous and we feel coddled and taken care of when we go there for what is always a relaxed and special event.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had to rush in and outWe had to rush in and out to get to a show (Epsilon at the Nora theater) but the staff were so sweet and efficient we somehow had time for three courses and a careful consideration of our wine picks. The pizza with mushrooms and cheese was astonishingly divine. The little scallops with salsa verde were delicious. My main was the bollito misto which was a bit undersalted (unusual as I have it all the time). One of us had the chicken, the other had the gnocchi with mushrooms (delicious). The pear croustade with vanilla bean icecream was according to report fantastic but I didn't taste it.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an early dinner hereWe had an early dinner here before a play at the Central Square Theatre. All the dishes were tasty and the service was attentive. We'll certainly be back.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMRendezvous is one of my all-timeRendezvous is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. While we often try out other spots, I have to confess - we keep coming back over and over. The food is ALWAYS terrific as is the service.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMSteve Johnson and his staffSteve Johnson and his staff have created and maintained a high quality restaurant. The customer is surrounded by friendly professionals who convey a feeling that you are in capable hands. We had a fun night!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe skate was incredible.The skate was incredible. There were four of us and all had terrific meals. The cassoulet was also particularly perfectly seasoned and delicious. I'd go back just for the skate and cassoulet.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AM