Permanently Closed - Doretta Taverna & Raw bar

4.5
517 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Doretta Taverna & Raw bar combines the talents of Chef Brendan Pelley, formerly of Pelekasis, and Chef Michael Schlow to create a modern spin on Greek Cuisine. Throughout our menu, from raw bar to dessert, local and seasonal New England products are utilized to elevate the best of traditional Mediterranean cooking. Come in and sample a few mezze and spreads or try the whole Family Dinner!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Seafood, Greek
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Hours of operation
Close
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Phone number
(617) 422-0008
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Schlow
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arlington
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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New England
4.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

Food was delicious but food took much too long to arrive

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New England
5.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

Had an amazing dinner for special anniversary, sitting outside finally some warm Boston weather! Our waiter was awesome !

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MM
New England
5.0
Dined on May 22, 2018

Everything was delicious and service was great. Loved the zucchini chips with spicy tzatziki and lamb chops were terrific.

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New England
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Everything was cooked to perfection. Full of flavors and on the main entree a delicious pairing of vegetables.

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New England
5.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in Boston right now. Everything just tastes so good. The octopus appetizer is the best I’ve had anywhere. Every main course was amazing.

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New England
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

great food and love the small plates excellent service with good surroundings

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New England
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

So sad to hear they have closed. This was my favorite!

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London
5.0
Dined on May 15, 2018

Absolutely bright, fresh, and exciting flavors. Each dish was really, really good, in particular the octopus, the Brussels sprouts, and the short rib with orzo and asparagus. We had five small plates and an entree, and there was not a single dish that wasn’t excellent. Coupled with friendly, efficient service and a nice room, it was a very delicious meal. I only wish we had saved rom for desert, as they sounded wonderful too.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Came for Mother’s Day, was a perfect setting.

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New England
3.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

The reception was cheerful, but confused and slow. No valet parking, despite location where it might be expected. Once seated, we were advised to get drinks at the bar b/c it would "take too long" to depend on the server (??!). No cocktail onions or Hendricks gin. Wine we wanted was not available. Atmosphere somewhat disappointing, ho him, especially after Via Matta (previous occupant).

On the positive side, the food was quite good. Nice variety of tapas much appreciated and delicious desserts.

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New England
5.0
Dined on May 8, 2018

Another great meal! We ate with friends and chose from the small plates, each of which was delicious. The crunchy lamb meatballs, the tsitsiki dip, the shrimp plate all great. The salad was fresh. As usual, the waitstaff was wonderful and attentive.

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OT
5.0
Dined on April 22, 2018

This was our first time visiting this restaurant and it was amazing!! I was very happy that I chose this venue for my dear friend’s birthday... you have gained a bunch of new patrons!!! I will spread the word about the food, service and overall experience!!

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New York Area
2.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

Someone brought us our entrees and I said mine wasn’t what I ordered. He said ok but then never told anyone about it. When I finally flagged down someone (nobody ever checked on us after our food came out) and told her I got the wrong entree she said that it was the right entree (I ordered short rib and it was lamb chops.) She said that’s what their short rib looks like. When someone else finally came over I asked him about it and he said it was not the short rib and he would have it made up for me. Everyone else was done eating though so we left without my ever getting an entree. The problem is they seem to have a team approach to waiting on tables so you don’t really have an assigned server. Really disappointing dinner.

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

Everything from the food to the staff to the ambiance was amazing!! Would recommend to anyone interested for a nice date night or group get together

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JA
New England
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

Exceptional service and a very varied menu.

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New England
3.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

The food and service were very good, but the portions were too small. We ordered the appetizer with a variety of spreads for the 5 of us and there was only a tablespoon of each spread. The ingredients for something like that are not expensive and I don't understand why they could not have given us enough of each spread so that each person could have a good amount. For the rest of the dishes i know they were small plates. One of the desserts was large but also expensive. One of your questions above asks if we would recommend the restaurant and I already gave a friend a qualified recommendation based on the only fair value.

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New England
4.0
Dined on April 19, 2018

We all had a wonderful meal and a very nice evening.

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 17, 2018

We had a great meal the other day, dining on small plates. The crunchy lamb meatballs were excellent as were the chickpea fritters. The shrimp small plate was delicious. The spinach pastry was great as well. Our waiter was superb and brought a plate of terrific olives for the table.
The noise level increases as the evening progresses.

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Portland
4.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

We enjoyed the food, and our server was attentive; however, it took a crazy long time for half of our dishes to come out from the kitchen. We spent 1 hour and 45 min at the restaurant for 4 small plates and a couple of glasses of wine.

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New England
4.0
Dined on April 12, 2018

We went for our son birthday celebration. The appetizer choices were plenty and could have a great dinner by choosing a couple of them for either vegetarians or meat eaters ! Service could have been better for a not busy night which was surprising for a Thursday night
Overall we had a nice experience with great cocktails and food

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 11, 2018

Only issue was noise level especially with capacity at about half. Not necessary. Food was terrific and our server was the best i have seen in a year.

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 11, 2018

Loved everything about it

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New England
4.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Family Greek Easter at Doretta Taverna was a great success. The available menu, pix fixe, had choices for everyone to enjoy from age 8 to 70something. The service was also very good, flexible, pleasant and unobtrusive. There were four courses offered, served family style. And plain pasta was available for anyone wanting it. Favorites at our table were the dips, the shrimp, meatballs and octopus, the branzino and lamb and all of the desserts. Our group sat in a window banquette which was very cozy for our group of six. Thank you!

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent service. Unusual and delicious entrées and small plates. Exquisite ambience In artistic setting. Good choices in wines by the glass.

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 6, 2018

Michael the owner/chef came to our table to talk to us.
He is a very special guy.
And, of course, everything was fresh and. delicious.
We also enjoyed a Greek wine, that was at an appropriate price level.

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c
3.0
Dined on April 5, 2018

Although clean and solid , this restaurant is overpriced for not much creativity .

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B
5.0
Dined on April 4, 2018

If you like Greek/Mediterranean food, this place is excellent. Can get pricey, but the quality is definitely there to match. The service was fantastic as well. Great wine list. Would definitely recommend.

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PB
5.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area. Absolutely delicious every time and service is always impeccable. Highly recommend to anyone that loves or is interested in exploring Mediterranean cuisine.

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New England
3.0
Dined on March 29, 2018

Although the food was good , the portions were very small for restaurant week. Shortest cocktails of any restaurant in the area. Bartenders pour exactly one shot per drink for $12. Poor value, will not be returning.

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JE
New England
4.0
Dined on March 27, 2018

Doretta was a good place to go. The food was well made, and our server gave us a great recommendation about how to pair our starters and entree. There were many things on the menu I wanted to try, but didn't have the time to get to. I will definitely be headed there to try it out at a later date. The prices were really good for what you may expect from the area, which was a subtle surprise.

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LV
New England
4.0
Dined on March 26, 2018

The greek salad, grilled octopus, and greek traditional custard dessert were all great! Very delicious! The lamb burger was disappointing, it was too salty.

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MS
New England
5.0
Dined on March 26, 2018

this was our second visit. The food was unusual and excellent, as previously. Interesting wine list with some Greek wine choices that we were not familiar with. We will continue to patronize Doretta --

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New England
4.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

Really enjoyed the small plates - everything was very fresh and tasty. Excellent wine recommendations from our waiter as well.

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Washington DC
3.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was so and so. Absolutely no wow factor when it came to any of the dishes. The real saving grace of the night was the service. Our server, Randy, was excellent and made sure the night was an enjoyable one. From running out ouzo choice by us with a taste first to properly pairing our wine with our entrees, Randy got the job done...and damn well too.

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New England
5.0
Dined on March 23, 2018

Girls night out for restaurant week - food/menu, service and wine were all amazing!

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 22, 2018

The was especially good and the service was prompt and friendly. The grilled octopus was tender and perfectly seasoned while the lamb meatballs were in a terrific tomato based sauce with a bit of tang to it. The lamb shoulder was excellently fine, tender and well spiced. The lamb burger was very good and came with fresh potato chips. The pistachio baklava was a great finish. Top notch meal at a very fair price.

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New England
5.0
Dined on March 21, 2018

We stopped by for lunch prior to a matinee. Great food, Branzino was delish, attentive service. Tried hummus and smoked eggplant for appetizers - very good. We also had the baklava, it was flavorful but not as flaky as we would have liked.

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New England
3.0
Dined on March 20, 2018

Came here with two friends for Restaurant week. Wasn't busy at all but the host was nowhere to be found when we walked in...bad look. Drinks were tasty but also very stingy in terms of portion size. Octopus app was pretty good but nothing special. My friend and I were excited to try the "15hr lamb shoulder" only to be disappointed by the meat being cold as if it were sitting at the kitchen expo before the server even fired it. Pickles were the best part of the meal. For "15 hours" of braising, this dish lacked tenderness and was nothing to write home about. Baklava was very dry and was not pleasing. I understand that Restaurant week menus are portioned out to fit the cost, but I do think someone should be overseeing the food going out. Service was alright. I will not return.

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OT
4.0
Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food, great drinks, a little pricey, but overall it was excellent

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on March 15, 2018

Excellent drinks

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