Romaine's
Romaine's

Romaine's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.romaines.biz/
  • Phone: (508) 393-8889
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday 5:00-8:00pm Monday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    ROMAINE'S NO LONGER ACCEPTS "DINE GIFT" CERTIFICATES,OR VISA, MASTER CARD, AMEX, AND ANY OTHER "REBATE" OR CREDIT CARD "GIFT CARDS".
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Romaine
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room is available for parties of up to 52 guests
  • Private Party Contact: Sam Ricard or Gary Benacquista 5083938889x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 20
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample free parking
A word from Romaine's
Romaine's is an American bistro cuisine featuring wood-grilled and roasted entrees. Executive Chef-Owner Richard Romaine's commitment to fresh and local ingredients is showcased in a Southern influenced menu. A big city feel without the attitude and prices.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Romaine's reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (87)fit for foodies (74)special occasion (68)good for groups (49)vibrant bar scene (40)notable wine list (38)romantic (24)hot spot (19)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Always delivers on food and service
    Massdiner
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    This was my 4th or 5th time to Romaines. And I drive an hour to get there. The wait staff is impeccable! From appetizers to dessert the food is high quality and yummy. Tried truffles fries last night-yum yum. A don't miss restaurant in the Northboro area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tanya
    Kitkat
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant! We have dined at Romaine's many times for our anniversaries. Last night they had a fund raiser going on so it was much more crowded than usual and noisy but it was still the great restaurant that we enjoy. I love their venison but it is not on the menu this time of year. All of their menu choices are good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wm54
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was okay. Not as good as the two other times we dined there. My food was okay, nothing spectacular. Service was good. Waitress was good. Room was kind of barny and not well lighted. Probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Forget a before dinner drink!!
    MJJP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Romaines should have everything you'd want in a restaurant and great evening. A varied menu, very good service, and tasty food. My main problem with them was the fact that we arrived about a 1/2 hour early to get a drink at the bar before dinner. A typical start for us. We went to an empty seat at the bar and was promptly told that they were reserved for people on the bar list. Unfortunately it's another restaurant that has allowed eating at the bar, so they need to have a list. We stated we just wanted a drink, the bartender said we could still have one, which we did. 2 drinks and 24 dollars later, we stood at the doorway with our drinks in hand. I know it's old fashioned, but bars should be bars. Really disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner!
    DougieC
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Excellent food beautifully prepared, outstanding service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The server...
    RigsVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    was in a hurry! Although my wife told her we were in no rush, we were in and out in less than 80 minutes. I know this is fine for many people, but not us. Now that this is out of my system, I will get to the delicious food that we had. We shared the CHARCUTERIE BOARD appetizer which was very tasty and enough for 2. My wife had the JAMBALAYA PASTA with shrimp, chicken, house-made Andouille, tomato, Cajun spice and orzo and I had the VEAL BOLOGNESE. Both were very tasty and plenty to eat! The server makes or breaks the experience, so overall, it was good and not the usual great! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    bland
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is our second visit here. This time, ordered fish that was served lukewarm and seemed old. Portion size was small. Potato was bland. Spouse also received small portion with little flavor. Quite expensive for quality and quantity of meals. Not the same experience as our first visit, which was fine. Waitress was efficient but extremely reserved. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu Changes
    foodanista
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    For some reason you dumped the Creole Shrimp appetizer (the grit shrimp appetizer does not hold a candle to the Creole shrimp) plus no lamb shank anymore? Lamb bar meatballs only? Your classic Haddock dish from the past is gone? I know cooks have to express themselves but really you should keep some classics on the menu and stop deleting them? I travel the world for the leather business and have gone to restaurants from Italia to Thailand and I used to consider you guys near the top but sorry to say not anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    UniqueHRG
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Romaines on 1-/30/14. She had a shrimp dish that she said was fabulous because it was flavored tastefully and was prepared with care. I enjoyed a salmon dish that was cooked perfectly with mushroom slices and leeks, but it was such a small portion that I ate it in five bites (and I am a diner who savors his food). The waitress explained that it was a bar entre but a was presented as special. She neglected to tell me that but was kind enough to comp our dessert (an unbelievable pumpkin cheesecake). We have eaten at Romaines frequently and have never been disappointed. It is priced expensively but the chef makes it worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seasonal offerings in a cozy venue
    DMS01532
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Romanie's is a great restaurant in Northborough. Seasonal offerings make it a very nice place to dine. I was there with some coworkers, including one from the UK. We had wonderful meals and a ver competent and knowledgeable waitress who took very good care of us. The pumpkin bisque was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    Penny219
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Once again, we enjoyed a wonderful meal with long time friends. The food is always delicious and presented so beautifully. Our server did not make us feel rushed at all as we sat and chatted over drinks, dinner and dessert. Only one comment--bring back the bread pudding!!! The toffee bread pudding as very good, but it does not beat that original dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time, but not the last
    MJ046
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We tried Romaine's for the first time the other night and were left wondering why we hadn't dined there in the past. The food and service were excellent. We both had the steak tips, which were delicious and cooked exactly to our specifications. The crab cake appetizer was also delicious, as was the pumpkin bisque. I highly recommend Romaine's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Evening
    Lainey
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The shrimp with artichokes & pasta was wonderful and the duck was perfect. We look forward to coming back. Whitney was very helpful with recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    jsdiner
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our dining experience was wonderful. Dined with friends who were moving and they wanted one last visit to Romaine's before they left MA!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Under the Brick Chicken
    EatorDieVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I keep coming back for the "Under the Brick Chicken". Had it twice this week. Crispy skin and moist tender meat. And the Truffle Mashed are incredible!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    SallyJL
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had a very nice time, all of our meals were outstanding and the service was perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is always top-notch
    NboroGirl
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We don't eat here as often as we should, given the food is always good and the service couldn't be better. I was a little disappointed the Chicken Picatta was no longer on the menu, but the Chicken Milanese was a good substitute (although the roasted potatoes that came with it were bland and slightly undercooked). Nice wine list. Waitress was attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent.
    Jean
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The service was also excellent. The meals were hot when they were served and the wait was not very long. There were excellent menu choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Creative menu. So many choices, had a hard time deciding. Went with the shrimp and grits appetizer, and the chicken Milanese entree. Both outstanding. Will have to go back another time to try the pumpkin bisque!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good service and food.
    Dontgooutenough
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Recommend making reservations ahead for fast service. Great food and service. Awesome pumpkin martinis!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing off night
    Atomicrob
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We brought our friend from NYC who enjoys Romaines for an early dinner. He and I both ordered the chicken and risotto special. His was good, my plate was noticeably unserved and the chicken, over cooked and tough. It was the first meal I've had at Romaines that I did not enjoy. We'll be back, but it was not a great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - questionable service
    friendsdineout
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was fantastic! Really enjoyed the filet, and the "brick chicken" was flavorful. Server was sarcastic and made for an uncomfortable experience. Settings such as restaurants, and other customer facing businesses, service is paramount. The customer is always in the right. Even if there are times when the customer may misunderstand or unintentionally interrupt as server is describing the nightly specials. Servers have a responsibility to smile, being accepting and make the dining experience pleasant. That was not the case in the evening we dined. Bar service may have been a better choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must go to place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Have been there a number of times and always have fantastic food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    Harpoon1212
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was very pleased with the dining experience. The service, the food, and the ambiance makes this restaurant one of the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Penny219
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was a pleasure to return to Romaine's, a favorite restaurant. We split the greek chopped salad--wonderful! The salmon special was outstanding. Perfectly cooked. The wood-fired Rib-eye was huge and delicious. We know we should try other desserts, but to miss out on the bread pudding would be disappointing, so....bread pudding with decaf is a lovely way to end a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Miss the wood fired oven
    rsstraub
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a terrific meal and service as always, but miss the wood fired grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in an unlikely place
    HudsontravelersVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Romaine's is in a strip mall and very unpretentious when you drive up. They have recently redone the interior, making room for more tables away from the bar. We were meeting friends and wanted to visit. We did not have to shout to visit. We have been to Romaines several times. The food and service are consistently good. Menu changes and nightly specials do not dissapoint. Romaines is worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun spot for dinner with friends
    Adderley3CVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The location works with plenty of free parking, attentive staff and a menu with tasty selections for every type of patron. The hostess welcomes you with a smile and the wait staff is equally as friendly. The food is tasty and the staff is willing to share their favorites as suggestions to improve your experience. The wine, beer and drink list is
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUT TO DINNER
    123456789123456789123456
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I HAVE BEEN TO ROMAIN SEVERAL TIMES BUT I LASPINA IT'S FRANCE WAS NOT THAT GREAT BECAUSE WHOEVER MADE THE ENTRÉE WHICH WE HAD A BURGER WAS HEAVY-HANDED ON THE SALT AND BOTH MY DAUGHTER AND I DO NOT LIKE IT THAT MUCH WE LOVE THE SHRIMP APPETIZER IT'S FANTASTIC. ANDRE NOT SO GOOD BUT WE LIKE THE SUGAR SNAP CALL BUT THIS TIME EVEN THE BEST – HEELS IN THE PISTACHIO ICE CREAM WERE NOT CRISPY CRUNCHY I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD CALL IT I LET MY GUARD I HAVE WHAT YOU WANTED SHE LIKES A BLACK RASPBERRY WHATEVER THAT OTHER ICE CREAM . I LIKE CHOCOLATE OR COFFEE OR OREO COOKIE ANYTHING I DON'T LIKE PISTACHIO PARTICULARLY AND I REALLY WOULD CHOOSE THE VANILLA LAST
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great meal!
    PeterP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    For the at least 25th time in a row we had another great meal. From the apps to wine to dinner all was great. I have had groups of 17 down to just my wife and myself. The service and food are always solid.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The menu isn't very large - but that's okay. What they make, they make really well. The tenderloin just melted in my mouth. The banana cream pie was heaven.
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  • Consistently good
    rf52
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is the fifth time eating here and as usual very good.Had crab cake,burger and chicken piccata and all was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    luvfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The waitress we had was new but great (very friendly and knowledgable). We've been to Romaine's many times before. The last few times we've been, the food has not been as great as we remembered it being previously. This time we ordered a special appetizer of wild mushrooms. My husband and I both love mushrooms, but these were dry and flavorless, though the polenta served with it was good. My salmon was very good; it was cooked perfectly and the salad and potatoes with it were great. My husband's lamb though was mediocre. It was a nice cut, but it did not have much flavor. The quinoa served with it was terrible (and I love quinoa). I tried a bite and had to spit it out; it was like eating a spoonful of salt.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband & I have always enjoyed Romaine's! The staff is friendly & fun. The food is always good and inventive. It's warm and inviting. We've taken friends and family here many times and some have become regulars too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    dswartz
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been here several times. Mainly for quiet, romantic dinners. This time, there was a large party (20+) for some kind of birthday celebration. Between their loud talking and music, our night was pretty much ruined.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very disappointing
    smithie65
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The quality of the food did not live up to the stellar reviews. It was ok, but not outstanding. The fish dish did nottaste fresh and was not flaky or particularly well seasoned. Other entrees were ok. Portions of things like butter or roasted garlic accompanying the bread were quite simple and not adequate for a table of four, The waitress was pleasant and responsive when asked, but quite busy. she came when the bus boy at our request got her, but did not on her own check with us on how everything was. Vegetables and most entrees were cooked on a hickory smoked grill whose taste lingered and limited choices. It was very loud with a large celebrating table's loud noise level making it hard to talk.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent service perfectly paced. Great food from appetizers to dessert. Best cream believe ever
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the best!
    JEEPGIRL48
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We have been going to Romaine's for years now. It's our first choice when we can get out for an early evening of great dining. I have my favorites and they never disappoint. The shrimp appetizer is my husband's favorite. Mine too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wineandine
    wineandine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Romaine's is my favorite restaurant. The menu is not huge but there is a good variety with a couple of specials each day. We have been coming here for years and the service and food are ALWAYS outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dining locally
    anon
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good food thoughtfully presented at reasonable prices. Crab cakes and calamari very good; also salmon and pork chop entrees. Wine list included some half bottles. Booths comfortable and private; service friendly and not too rushed. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.