A few bumps saved by employees..
I had come to the restaurant as a birthday gift to my best friend. Although I initially called to confirm my Afternoon Tea reservation for 12:00, when we arrived we were told that Afternoon Tea does not start until 3 pm! However, Mr. Tummings, Director of Banquets, saved the day by having the kitchen accommodate us for Afternoon Tea and we had a marvelous experience. I cannot express how important this birthday lunch was for my friend, and I was amazed at the professionalism, kindness, and beauty of Rowe's Wharf Sea Grille. The dining experience was quiet and personal. The view was gorgeous, and the food was delicious. This birthday lunch was years in the making, and thanks to Rowe's, my friend had an experience to remember. Thank you!
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good first experience
I met an old friend for dinner and gave her the view of the room, so I really can't comment on that. The point was to be near my friend's ferry home after dinner. We had hoped to dine al fresco, but the weather did not permit. The service was attentive, not overbearing (just what you want), and the food was really good. The appetizers are expensive, but the generously sized entrees are quite reasonable (under $30). The combination of a shared plate of oysters on the half shell, individual entrees, and a bottle of wine suited us well. We will return to enjoy the terrace later in the summer. I chose "moderate" for the noise level. I don't recall that aspect specifically, but we had a lot of catching up to do and could hear each other fine.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great location
We were visiting from out of town and wanted to have seafood somewhere that we could sit on the water. Rowes had great food and great ambiance.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food & service, but loud music
The service was friendly and the food was very good. We dined in the evening so did not get to see much of the view, but being right on Rowes Wharf I image the view would have been very nice. The restaurant is on the smaller side, which I liked because it seemed more intimate. A live band came in shortly after we arrived. Usually I would not have minded the music, but I did not expect a band to show up and it was pretty loud, which made it hard to have a conversation. So that kind of ruined part of the experience. But otherwise, it was a good experience and I would definitely return.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rowes Wharf Sea Grille is located right on Boston Harbor. There are beautiful views of sail boats gliding by as you enjoy your outdoor dining. There is a band playing almost every night during the summer to provide entertainment. The seafood was very fresh and delicious.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was hesitant to go to country night when I heard that it had been moved inside due to the rain but I'm so glad I did! The country band was fantastic, service amazing...I've found my new favorite restaurant and plan to become a Wednesday night regular.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect anniversary choice
We had a really lovely anniversary dinner here. Not only were they accommodating with our requests for a nice outdoor table despite missing our reservation time, but the staff was friendly, prompt, knowledgeable... and they gave us very healthy glasses of Proseco on the house for our anniversary! The Blues Barge had great live music right there, and at a completely reasonable volume level. The waterfront scene was great - the ongoing stream of boats and humanity directly in front of us made for non-stop entertainment. The food was very good - nothing you NEED to try before you die, but tasty and well presented - and they did not skimp on the drinks. Just don't get lost in the historic maps in the lobby - amazing! We'll definitely go back.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect! Delicious food and wine, excellent service, and a beautiful atmosphere!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and concert on the water
The food experience was mixed around the table. The hamburgers were not consistent, but the fish of the day was incredible! The servers were fabulous and the venue and music were nice. Too bad the local neighbors make the band buffer the sound, but a really nice night.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate here in July and it was delicious. Started with oysters and clam chowder and then my girlfriend and I each got different types of fish. The salmon was fantastic as well.
I also thought it was all very reasonably priced.
It was nice weather so we sat outside, which i highly recommend as it is on the harbor. BUT, the one negative that one night was that they were showing a free public movie on the water as well. Some people might find that a plus as it was unique and they were playing a black and white classic. But i found it noisy and hard to have dinner converation with the movie blasting behind us.
So if going in the summer, just check Boston's free outdoor movie viewing schedule and be aware.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular view, service, dinner!
We dined al fresco to enjoy a very lively scene on a summer evening with live music and a beautiful view. Culinary stand outs were - the Rowes Warf sangria, very refreshing on a hot night; the clam chowder, the best we've tasted in the city; the grilled cod with a lemon butter sauce on the side was perfectly cooked and a nice light choice for a hot night. For dessert, the tiramisu we shared was excellent. While the food was delicious and well prepared, even more impressive in this establishment is the exquisite service. Even a brief shower did not spoil a lovely dinner, as we were seated under a large, lovely umbrella, and the staff was very attentive. Then the sun returned, the music resumed, and the evening was a totally fun experience.
7/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love this place!
Love the atmosphere, love country night! Bring back Digger Dawg, they were fantastic!!!
The staff went above and beyond to make my mother's birthday celebration a fantastic experience last Wed. Though she showed up an hour late for our reservation due to a foot injury, they accommodated and gave us a front row table on the water to see our favorite country band. It was absolutely a perfect evening!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lovely place for a ladies lunch. Salads were fresh and tasty. My only gripe is that I hate when they clear the plates when not everyone is finished eating. Otherwise very nice.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu doesn't have a lot of selections but the food was really good. The scallops were, however, a bit dry and overdone. The sauce on them was great. The portions are small so not the place to go if you are really hungry
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely evening, good service
This was for a special birthday. We asked to eat inside so we could stay cool. The service was just fine! Water came promptly. Just the right amount of time between courses. The fish "simply grilled" was simply good and had a delicious sauce on the side. We were glad to be indoors but it looked like a fun place to come back to for drinks and music outdoors for a casual evening.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food by the harbor
The outdoor patio at the Sea Grille is fabulous, and a "must go" when entertaining guests from out of town in the summer, or for a special occasion. Food was delicious, and portions were ample; the Simply Grilled fish for $20+ was a great fit for a business lunch, and the scenery can't be beat!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing dining experience
Our evening was amazing . The food was outstanding ,the service was great .highly recommend your restaurant
Very enjoyable dining experience
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely afternoon tea
We came for afternoon tea on a rainy Friday. The service was impeccable, as it is everywhere at this hotel. There were many tea choices and a lovely selection of finger sandwiches and treats. Nice selection of alcoholic drinks too. Be aware that there is no parking validation during the day.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Romantic Dinner Location!
We sat outdoors as the sun was setting, it was wonderful. Our waiter was fabulous, very helpful picking out the best wine to go with my dinner. my boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary, we were initially thinking a dinner cruise, but once it rained a lot we thought it may not be a good idea so we opted for a dinner by the seaport - hands down the best idea we had! I would highly reconmend.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We attended afternoon tea for a Bachlorette party. We lingered admiring the lovely view for hours. We did not feel rushed at all. The food was very nice and my cinnamon tea was fabulous!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor spot!
Lovely evening, nice live background music that let us talk and hear each other. Main courses were a bit on the bland side, but the duck spring rolls are a must have. The outdoor seating area overlooks the harbor. And the parking was right next door for $8 with validation. Overall, we had a nice and relaxing meal.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Night on the Harbor
Great location - tied wth great service and food. It has a nice varied menu - you can have a full dinner or nosh on some wonderful appetizer selections. The bar serves up some unique and delicious beverages which add to the evening. Their 'special sangria' was just perfect on a summer evening. The staff was very attentive - if the waitress was busy - the bus boys were right there. Food came out of the kitchen quickly, it was hot and very good. Added bonus - outdoor entertainment the night that we were there.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best lunch in Boston!
Yesterday, I had lunch at the Sea Grille. I dined with my sister, my Dad and his friend.
I had the diver sea scallops with asparagus cream, Rita got the lobster roll, Lisa had the sirloin steak and my Dad had the grilled swordfish. All of our meals were superb! My scallops were tender and moist and the corn, asparagus and cream sauce were amazing. The lobster in the roll was extremely plentiful. The steak and swordfish were outstanding. The chocolate angel cake tasted more like a chocolate meringue, and was delicious. The view is lovely. It was all wonderful!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I try to come at least one
I try to come at least one Friday night during the summer for the Friday Night Movie Night, and again Mary Poppins did not disappoint! Enjoyed my oysters and my tuna was cooked nicely. Thought the soft shell crab appetizer was a little greasy, after seeing other appetizers I wish I went with the shrimp or the calamari.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Scenic View
Great service , No Rush . food (fish) was fresh but portions small.$14 martini not too expensive for great view of Boston Harbour.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining Al Fresco at its Best
The Sea Grille is dining al fresco at its best. The view of Boston harbor is spectacular from the patio seating. A live band was situated on the "Blues Barge" in the harbor. Many diners were inspired to dance on stage. The food is simply prepared with fresh ingredients. Overall, it was a fantastic summer night along Boston Harbor. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys outdoor dining.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Outdoor Place with Music
Go for the great outdoor terrace with live music. The food is just ok. Shrimps were not the best quality. Halibut tasted fresh, but was a bit mushy. Some nice wines by the glass. Service was attentive, prompt, helpful and friendly.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seafood was outstanding in this excellent hotel restaurant. Ask or a table by the window for great view of Boston Harbor.
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent ambience. Beautiful
Excellent ambience. Beautiful room. Lovely view. Outstanding service (I think his name was Adrian). The food was decent (ranging from fair to very good). Prices were a reasonable value. Overall a positive experience.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Rowes Wharf Sea Grill
Great experience...table of 5. Our drinks, wine, seafood (cooked perfect!) and our waiter were all excellent. We ate inside (by choice) and the dinning room was very comfortable and offered great views. It's a "be-back"!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Late summer outdoor dining
We wanted to dine outside and chose this venue, and are glad we did. The ambiance was enhanced by the view of Boston Harbor and the boats passing by. The food was fresh and delicious and our server was helpful and attentive.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romance on the Waterfront
Romantic evening. Great wine, great food. The Blues Barge on the water was perfect.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't ask for outside seating
Apparently you have to know a secret code to sit outside though I had requested outside when I made the reservation . I understand that it was "based on availability" but when the 4 of us arrived there were plenty of seats. That didn't matter and the hostess didn't
understand who got to sit outside. Skip to the end: after a very enjoyable meal we asked the GM for an explanation. He didn't give us one but did offer to seat the four of outside for coffee. And there were fireworks on the harbor that night so it turned out just fine.Food very good, service very attentive, a little over bearing, pricey but expected. We had a lovely view seated by the windows. Good for special occasions and especially if you "know someone" to sit outside.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor dining i
I took my 23 year old daughter here for lunch. We sat outside on a beautiful day. She is a vegetarian and didn't particularly like any of the choices on the menu. But the staff went out of their way to accomodate her by combining some items to create a special dish for her. I very much appreciated that. I had the scallops, they were excellent!
I would absolutely recommend this for a business lunch, meeting spot, or as a nice place to take a special someone.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went on a slow night (Rosh
We went on a slow night (Rosh Hashanah) so it was very quiet, except for the bar area where there was a group of loud men. The food and service were terrific except my red snapper was a little dry. Luckily there was a sauce to pour on it. I don't know if the service is always that good or if it was just because it was a slow night. Also, my friend and I were celebrating our birthdays so dessert was on the house which was a pleasant surprise. There is a beautiful view of the harbor and the dining room is nicely decorated with pictures of boats. We will definitely go back there on a normal night and see if the service is just as good.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here to celebrate a milestone birthday and was not disappointed. Unfortunately, the weather did not allow for outdoor seating, but that did not detract much from the overall experience. The food was fresh and well-prepared, but it was the service that was excellent. It may have been due to dining on a weeknight, but the staff was very attentive and happy to accommodate.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Outdoor Dining
This is a lovely spot to sit outside on a nice day and enjoy the harbor, people watching and good food.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet, unexciting, lovely view
While very pretty locale, they definitely serve "hotel food," i.e. unexciting food that tasted like it had been previously frozen. We had tried to get into the bustling Seaport area no reservations to be had. This was definitely not the hip place to be. It might have been great had we been able to sit outside. Alas! Too cold that night. We could all hear one another, which was nice. Older, staid crowd. Considering that the restaurant was only half full, we don't know why it took almost 45 minutes for our main courses to arrive. The "for the table" appetizers were surprisingly puny. The main courses were good, not great. Oh well. At least the amiable bartender mixed delicious concoctions.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A couple of family members were in town for the weekend, and we met here for lunch. It was perfect weather out and we sat outside... The view was beautiful. Right on the pier. Amazing. The food and service were excellent. Just what I was looking for to impress some non-Bostonians.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
First trip to Boston and a friend recommended this restaurant.
Desserts were outstanding! Shrimp and my halibut with risotto were also outstanding! Two in our party had grilled fish and they were a little dry. All in all, still an excellent experience!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Business Lunch Spot
The Sea Grille at Rowes Wharf is one of my favorite business lunch venues. It has a beautiful room with great views of the harbor, even if you are not seated at the window. The kitchen is very competent and the menu provides a full range of options. I typically choose a fish dish from their daily offerings. The ginger lime butter that accompanies these dishes comes on the side, so you can choose how much you want. It provides just the right amount of unctuous flavor, while the fish and glazed baby vegetables are always done with precision. Salads are also really good and fresh, with nice options, and typically they have a good choice for soup. The whole feel for this restaurant/food is light, bright, fresh and perfectly executed.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Treated my daughter and friends to a nice night,
Beautiful view of the harbor. Very nice people. The seafood appetizer was excellent. If I went again I would just order a bunch of those for the table and cocktails. The service was a little slow but all in all a wonderful night.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked this reservation for our daughter's 16th birthday. They were very accommodating with a lovely table by the window for a great view. We were running late and they were gracious about moving our reservation later even at the last minute (this was a Friday night so they may not have been quite as busy as a Saturday night). Food was very good, and even though we were not staying for dessert, they presented my daughter with a special birthday trifle, complete with candle.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Good for Special Meal
I had my anniversary dinner here with my girlfriend. Fancy atmosphere, but I did not feel out of place in a polo. The food was excellent. Probably some of the best I've ever had. The scallops were delicious and artfully prepared. It was quite expensive, but I highly recommend it for a fancy, romantic, meal.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Sunday dinner
Meritage is closed on Sunday night but no problem, we totally enjoyed our Sea Grille experience this past Sunday evening. The view is gorgeous, both during the day and in the evening. The Boston Harbor Hotel itself is 5-star and it is always a pleasure to stay there.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant has Gluten
The restaurant has Gluten Free meal options, which is a big plus for those with dietary restrictions. The food and service were excellent. I highly recommend the restaurant to anyone who would like to eat good food, have a scenic view, and enjoys relaxed dinner atmosphere.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brought my parents here from
Brought my parents here from Chicago. They loved the view of the harbor and the food was excelent. The Ceaser salad could use some cheese and the rice with the fresh fish selections could be jazzed up a little (it was just plain white rice) but overall it was perfect.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had the salmon which was fresh and delicious. Both my colleagues raved about the monkfish. Great value for the quality of food and service. The place was beautiful with marble accents throughout. I would definitely eat here again. Less than a mile away from the convention center, it was refreshing to dine and relax here in its quiet atmosphere.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food & View of Boston Harbor
When we are in Boston we always come to this magical hotel to dine! The view is breathtaking - you see Logan Airport, ocean going ships, and overall lovely view of Boston Harbor. The entire room overlooks the Harbor - food and wine selection is great! Don't miss tea at this restaurant - fantastic scones, seafood hors, and delicious dessert pastries! We were so thrilled to spend our Thanksgiving meal here and stay on for tea!!!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Dining Experience
We had reserved a table for 5 and arrived with 6...no problem, as we were seated without delay. For fish lovers, the menu offered a variety of seafood, cooked to your preference. Our server was friendly and efficient and allowed substitutions for the starch and vegetable without an additional cost. Food was brought to our table in what seemed like just the right time. Plating was attractive, and the temperature of the food was right on. Our table ordered cod, salmon, halibut, and a chopped salad as mains. All reported their food to be very tasty, moist and flavorful with the right amount of seasoning.
Valet parking was a plus.
Would definitely return.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM