A ruby in the rough!
We've been in search of a restaurant before events at the Opera House or Paramount for some time. GEM fits the bill nicely, if the weather's okay. (It's about a three-block walk.)
A coupon good for a free appetizer prompted us to seek out GEM. We're glad we did.
All our dishes - Grilled romaine with blackened tuna & Hamachi and tuna tartare appetizers, followed by pressed crisp chicken and roasted sea bass entrees - were good-to-outstanding. My sea bass might have been a bit too raw for some, but I enjoyed it. The menu has a seafood bias, with Italian and oriental accents.
The wine list is short, but we enjoyed the Kim Crawford NZ sauvignon blanc.
The dining room is small, with fringed lamps and heavy red curtains.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food but lousy red wine list
My first time dining here. During restaurant week, so energetic bar crowd and quite a fully small dining room. The dining room is dimly lit and quite attractive, given its somewhat funky design and furniture. I dined with two friends, and we all remarked how delightful and well prepared the food was. The only drawback to the entire evening was the pathetic wine list. it is very small, and, sadly, very poorly selected by someone who doesn't know good wine from bad wine. Even the more pricy ones are terrible red wines to drink, so we settled the best of the worst and made do.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Generally nice experience.
Generally nice experience. Found the uniforms of staff oddly matched to decor and theme, whatever that might be. But overall staff was friendly and professional, experience good, $$ reasonable.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was great, service was
Food was great, service was excellent, very romantic atmosphere (couple in the lounge area got to 2nd base lol) Fair prices. Would recommend for date night.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Making GEM my new hot spot!
I love GEM. It's a very enjoyable and trendy place, love the food, the music and the staff. They're awesome, very quick and friendly. The music is mixed ranging from house, hip hop, to techno, depending on the night - but let's just say, it's always pumping in there! Special thanks to the manager and my favorite cocktail waitress Mia! see you all soon... :)
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Restaurant Week Sampling
Our group of 3 went to Gem for restaurant week. We had a reservation and it wasn't busy, so I was surprised when the hostess first wanted to seat us at a hightop in the lounge. But she was happy to move us at a dining room table when we asked. Our waiter was great - friendly and informative. We all chose from the restaurant week menu and were very happy with our choices. The appetizers we sampled were the Bruschetta Buratta and the Goat Cheese Tortellini. Both were very tasty, with fresh ingredients. My entree, hangar steak, was cooked just how I like it and the accompanying potatoes au gratin were delicious. My dining companion who had the salmon was happy were her entree as well. Warm chocolate donuts for dessert. Yum!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The chicken was fabulous!
Everyone was good especially the burrata app and the chicken under a brick!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a little nervous at
We were a little nervous at first since we were the only ones there on a Friday night at 6:45 for dinner. We were pleasantly surprised. The food and service was excellent.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A surprising find
The staff at the GEM were wonderful and accommodating and friendly without hovering. Though the menu variety was limited, both my guest and I found several dishes we were interested in and would come back to try. We have one problem with a food allergy that they responded swiftly to and it didn't deter from the lovely meal and service. The antipasti was great and I loved the chicken under brick. Sangria was quite tasty. A lovely experience.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kudos to Gem!
Wow! What a great first experience. Excellent cozy romantic atmosphere. Authentic Italian food. Perfect service. We will return.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was plentiful and delicious…ou
Food was plentiful and delicious…our waitress was fantastic! The chicken park was yummy and the portion just humongous.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice find, close to the theatre for our night out. The Veal parm was great, delicious pasta and pasta fagioli. The wine was pricey, and canned music a bit loud, but overall highly recommended.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gem is on a side street in downtown Boston. It's on the second floor and has plenty of unique atmosphere. The restaurant is small but very comfortable. The food is very good.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM