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Doretta Taverna & Raw bar - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
517 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean

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!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Seafood, Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Close

  • Phone number

    (617) 422-0008

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Schlow

  • Private party contact

    Kristina McSharry: (857) 241-3770

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Arlington

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Spreads

Served with House Made Pita

  • Tzatziki$8.00

    cucumber, herbs, cayenne

    • Smoked Eggplant$8.00

      apricot, pine nuts

      • Whipped Feta$8.00

        pickled jalapeño peppers

        • Hummus$8.00

          tahini, crispy chickpeas, sumac

          • Beet Pantzarosalata$8.00

            yogurt, za'atar, dill

            • Pikilia$24.00

              a tasting of all spreads

              Raw

              • East Coast Oysters*

                three varieties daily, cucumber-jalapeño mignonette

                • ea$3.00

              Small Plates

              • Zucchini Chips$13.00

                spicy tzatziki, lemon

                • Grilled Octopus$18.00

                  capers, sweet onions, lemon emulsion, parsley

                  • Spinach Pie$14.00

                    Dill Cream and Crispy Kalamatas

                    • Sheep's Milk Feta with Oregano Oil$10.00

                      Caper Leaves and Warm Pita

                      • Warm Shrimp with Lemon$16.00

                        Lemon, Chiles and Bread Crumbs

                        • Fried Calamari$15.00

                          Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

                          • Roasted Cauliflower$13.00

                            Harissa Yogurt, Black Sesame, and Pistachio

                            • Crunchy Lamb Meatballs$14.00

                              Spiced Tomato, Yogurt and Lemon Zest

                              • Slow Cooked Gigande Beans$10.00

                                Tomato, Onion and Herbs

                                • Mimi's Lemon Potatoes$9.00

                                  with Rosemary

                                  • Greek Fries with Mizithra Cheese$11.00

                                    Rigani and Harissa Ketchup

                                    • Chickpea Fritters with Beet Yogurt$14.00

                                      Tahini and Carrot Tabouleh 14

                                      • Horta$11.00

                                        Sauteed Kale and Bitter Greens with Garlic and Lemon

                                        • Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Loukaniko$12.00

                                          Orange Zest and Walnuts

                                          • Mixed Greens with Shaved Vegetables$12.00

                                            Kefalotyri Cheese and Red Wine Vinaigrette

                                            • DORETTA'S FAMOUS VILLAGE SALAD$14.00

                                              Ripe Tomato, Cucumber, Kalamata Olive, Onion, Oregano and Feta

                                              • Local Mussels with Fennel$14.00

                                                Fresh Peas, Tomato and Grilled Bread

                                                • Beet Salad with English Pea Puree$14.00

                                                  Watercress and Puffed Black Rice

                                                  Entrees

                                                  • Crispy Skin Roasted Chicken$28.00

                                                    Garlic, Lemon Sauce and Gigandes

                                                    • Grilled Lamb Burger*$18.00

                                                      whipped feta, tzatziki, cucumber salad, potato chips

                                                      • Branzino with Lemon$36.00

                                                        Capers, Quinoa and Ouzo Fennel

                                                        • Grilled Lamb Chops$36.00

                                                          Farrow, Snap Peas, Crispy Artichokes, and Lamb Jus

                                                          • Home Made Pasta$26.00

                                                            Asparagus, Mushrooms, Kalamata Breadcrumbes and Grated Cheese.

                                                            • 15 Hour Lamb Shoulder$32.00

                                                              Fava Tabouleh, Tzatziki and Pickled Onions

                                                              • Braised Short Rib$32.00

                                                                Asparagus Orzo and Fresh Horseradish

                                                                • Grilled Fish of the Day

                                                                  MKT Price

                                                                  • Veggie Burger$18.00

                                                                    Curry Cheese, baby Kale, Peppers and Sweet Potatoes

                                                                    For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                                    What 517 people are saying

                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                    4.4
                                                                    4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                    • 4.4Food
                                                                    • 4.3Service
                                                                    • 4.1Ambience
                                                                    • 3.8Value

                                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                                    1. NC

                                                                      NicoleC

                                                                      New England

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 24, 2018

                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                      Food was delicious but food took much too long to arrive

                                                                    2. D

                                                                      Doug

                                                                      New England

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 23, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                    3. M

                                                                      Meetch

                                                                      New England

                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 22, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                    4. L

                                                                      Loge

                                                                      New England

                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 19, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                    5. m

                                                                      mmsm1

                                                                      New England

                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 18, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    6. BC

                                                                      BertrandC

                                                                      New England

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 17, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                                                    7. F

                                                                      Foodie

                                                                      New England

                                                                      93 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      93 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 16, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                    8. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      London

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 15, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    9. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                    10. B

                                                                      Bronwen

                                                                      New England

                                                                      79 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      3.0

                                                                      79 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 12, 2018

                                                                      overall3food4service2ambience2

                                                                      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.

                                                                    11. S

                                                                      Sujay

                                                                      New England

                                                                      57 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      57 reviews

                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    12. KJ

                                                                      KJ33

                                                                      New England

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 22, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      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!!

                                                                    13. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      vip
                                                                      2.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 21, 2018

                                                                      overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                                      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.

                                                                    14. KF

                                                                      KevinF

                                                                      New England

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 21, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      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

                                                                    15. JA

                                                                      JoeA

                                                                      New England

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 21, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Exceptional service and a very varied menu.

                                                                    16. f

                                                                      franp

                                                                      New England

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      3.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 21, 2018

                                                                      overall3food4service4ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    17. l

                                                                      lovetoeatout

                                                                      New England

                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 19, 2018

                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

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

                                                                    18. S

                                                                      Sujay

                                                                      New England

                                                                      57 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      57 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    19. d

                                                                      danajayem

                                                                      Portland

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 14, 2018

                                                                      overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    20. S

                                                                      Shirin

                                                                      New England

                                                                      97 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      97 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 12, 2018

                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                      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

                                                                    21. s

                                                                      stephenm

                                                                      New England

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 11, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                      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.

                                                                    22. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New England

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 11, 2018

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                      Loved everything about it

                                                                    23. d

                                                                      diner21

                                                                      New England

                                                                      52 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      52 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 8, 2018

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                      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!

                                                                    24. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New England

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 7, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                    25. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New England

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 6, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      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.

                                                                    26. c

                                                                      charles2

                                                                      New England

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      3.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 5, 2018

                                                                      overall3food3service3ambience3

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

                                                                    27. B

                                                                      Brian

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on April 4, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    28. PB

                                                                      PaigeB

                                                                      New England

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on April 1, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      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.

                                                                    29. S

                                                                      Susan

                                                                      New England

                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      3.0

                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 29, 2018

                                                                      overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    30. JE

                                                                      JamesE

                                                                      New England

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on March 27, 2018

                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    31. LV

                                                                      LydiaV

                                                                      New England

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 26, 2018

                                                                      overall4food3service5ambience5

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

                                                                    32. MS

                                                                      MikeS

                                                                      New England

                                                                      192 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      192 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 26, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      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 --

                                                                    33. RA

                                                                      RonaldA

                                                                      New England

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 24, 2018

                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

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

                                                                    34. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      3.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 24, 2018

                                                                      overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                                      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.

                                                                    35. SR

                                                                      StephanieR

                                                                      New England

                                                                      19 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      19 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 23, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                    36. J

                                                                      Jmel21

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      58 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      58 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 22, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    37. WW

                                                                      WWWalker

                                                                      New England

                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 21, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      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.

                                                                    38. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      New England

                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      3.0

                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 20, 2018

                                                                      overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                      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.

                                                                    39. HC

                                                                      HannaC

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on March 17, 2018

                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience5

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

                                                                    40. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                      Dined on March 15, 2018

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Excellent drinks

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                                                                    Doretta Taverna & Raw bar - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 517 OpenTable diners.

                                                                    Permanently Closed

                                                                    This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                                                    • Cross street

                                                                      Arlington

                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                      Back Bay

                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                      Close

                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                      Mediterranean, Seafood, Greek

                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                      Casual Elegant

                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                      Smart Casual

                                                                    • Parking details

                                                                      Street Parking

                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                    • Executive chef

                                                                      Michael Schlow

                                                                    • Additional

                                                                      Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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