This restaurant is a gem.
This restaurant is a gem. The place is small and personal and you feel like everyone working there really cares. Oh, and the food is really great too! I think I would describe it as fine dining but local/super-fresh and inventive. We've eaten the specials and found the food is consistently very good. We love it because its one of the last places left where you can have a great meal and hear your friends talk.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful! Everything was great start to finish...
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've never had a bad meal
Sat night they were mobbed and the kitchen was slow so they comped desserts. The food was still great and, as always, we thoroughly enjoyed!!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We returned to this neighborhood
We returned to this neighborhood gem, having not been there in a year. The food was a good as ever, grilled octopus with potato sald was tender and expertly dressed, one of us had the trout, wich was perfectly cooked with wondrful accompanients on the plate. The pan roasted chicken was outstanding, flattened and roasted and served with cippolini onions in a sauce with a hint of mustard. The wine list was small , interesting and pretty well priced. Looking forward to going back again before another year goes by. The staff for the most part was quite gracious and accomodating.
We'll be back before sooner next time!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food in a very plain setting
We had a great meal at Meritage and will certainly go back. But if you are looking for a special occasion place, this is not it. It's in a strip mall, and has virtually no atmosphere to speak of. I suppose that's why they keep the lights so low - all around the restaurant, people were pulling out their phones or portable flashlights to see the menu. However, the food is worth it, and it is a relief to get food of this quality so unpretentiously, which is why it's a gem. We had lamb, fish and pasta, and all raved about our dishes. Our server was excellwent - friendly, knowledgeable and professional.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cannot find a bad meal if you try!
Meritage does everything right. Ambiance, drinks, food. The attention to small foodie details makes it the best. Everything o the menu is amazing. You cannot buy a bad or even mediocre meal here. Try it all.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been eating here for years. I think it is the one local, westchester restaurant in which we have ALWAYS had great food. No one In our family has ever had a bad meal. Which says a lot. They are always on. And their skillet roast chicken is something I crave year round. Always amazing!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hidden Italian Gem
Meritage is located among a row of older shops in Scarsdale. It would be unfair to call it a strip mall, some do, because it has been there since the 50's. That being said don't be turned off. The atmosphere in this little gem was very nice; service was excellent and the food inventive. Not your standard Italian fare ie. dandelion caesar salad. All four of us had great meals and we will repeat.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific all the way around.
Terrific all the way around. A favorite every time. Tony is great!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Why did I wait so long
I drive past Meritage every night when going home from work for the past 17 years. This past Saturday I said to my wife "let's try Meritage"We decided to sit at the bar. We were warmly greeted and served by Kelly -a former Texan! She made suggestions and was spot on.I know roast chicken sounds boring -but I thought I was having a virtual trip to Florence -the crispiest skin and the meat was so moist. I was speechless. My wife had clams vongoli and they were sweet & tender and the pasta cooked perfectly -almost al dente. We never have desert but the chocolate lava cake with homemade coffee gelato, whipped cream and berries was over the top. We will be back!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although service was a bit
Although service was a bit slow (we had to ask the busboy for our waitress before we could order) the food was very good and the atmosphere quite pleasant with well-spaced tables and only amodearte noise level. On the whole, an excellent choice for local dining.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you live in the area this is place some regulars go for good food and service. I must say that while the crowd was rather 'wise', the food and service was perfect! If you live near this spot then it is a good meeting place and the food was yummy! It was a bit expensive for an appropriate portion size (as we Americans are used to HUGE) and our server Sarah was EXCELLENT.
Overall - no complaints! Just not a place to be crazy or silly but good for family dinners.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Living in Scarsdale for 20
Living in Scarsdale for 20 years, I can truly say this is my favorite restaurant. Despite changing management, the food is consistently, the ambiance is unpretentious but lovely, and the waiter is the best!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, solid restauant
The food is very good but sometimes the servers seemed overwhelmed by the many diners. Always a favorite for a really good meal close by.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were pleasantly surprised coming in to this restaurant based solely on other online recommendations. Our Server had just the right balance of knowledge and was able to engage us in for a great experience. From solid appetizers thru to the main course and dessert. We left smiling which is rare for 5 of different age and taste expectations.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just went the other night
We just went the other night and the food was delicious!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food preparation
excellent food preparation and Tony delivers excellent service
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful neighborhood restaurant
We have been going to Meritage for years. Our family (teens and college students) always enjoys the food. Cozy, cute room. Really good food. Great wine list. Staff has been on board for a long time and always pleasant. Our favorite "go-to" place.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
No Happy Birthday
My husband and I took our aunt out for her birthday and decided that this was a suitable special occasion place to do it.
While she and I were being seated, my husband spoke with the maitre'd asking that her dessert be presented with a
lighted candle. She graciously agreed.
That did not happen so I got up to rectify the situation. The wait person came back, removed her dessert and THEN brought it back
with a candle. I had requested that an additional dessert be brought out with the candle. (We had only ordered 2 for the 3 of us originally). I felt that this was an awkward way to handle the situation. Her dessert should not have been removed after having been
served. Quite embarrassing!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb food and service
Fabulous meal, fabulous service but quite a stuffy atmosphere. The food was so good that we will return but prefer the atmosphere of Harpers in Dobbs Ferry which is the sister restaurant. Maybe it's just the difference between the Scarsdale crowd vs rivertown crowd.
The service was also outstanding.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meritage never disappoints!
Meritage never disappoints! The menu is carefully created, with a varied standard menu that offers something for everyone . But check out the specials also. New to the menu is artichoke char tartare, with avocado cream and arugula, it was outstanding, as the special duck breast with parsnip purée, perfectly cooked! our waiter Tony makes the evening that much more special,Describe the wine by the glass that you want, and he brings it. Meritage is always a great spot to linger if you wish over dinner, not too noisy and not rushed to peruse the menu or eat. We will continue to keep going back
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good but overpriced.
very good but overpriced. We basically had two appetizers and the bill didn't reflect that.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food; nice ambiance.
Very good food; nice ambiance. Interesting and creative drink specials. Went with two girlfriends and we really enjoyed ourselves. They did not rush us out although it was a Friday night and crowded.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic Dinner in Scarsdale
Meritage is a sophisticated dining spot with great food. The wine list was reasonably priced and extensive.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is always consistently
Food is always consistently above average. The variety of food makes it easy to always find something you like. Great Sharing appetizers and interesting desserts. Meet friends there and we have never had a bad experience. The waiter that we usually have has b een there for a long time and is amazing. Attentive but not annoying. I will continue to go there on a regular basis.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bravo Chef - a culinary inst. treat
I love the relaxed feel of this place - like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. My wife and I had the duck confit on a bed of braised brussel sprouts. I had the squash soup; she had the beet salad. Both were excellent. The dessert, chocolate bread pudding, was truly a treat. Generous portions. Chef Tatou (sp?) hugged the regular customers as he visited the tables and promised to dazzle us upon our return.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM