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Gem

3.8
89 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

GEM Italian Kitchen Lounge and Nightclub is an Italian kitchen featuring cuisine by Chef Kevin Long (Tosca, Red Lantern, Empire). A gorgeous space modeled after famed Hotel Costas in Paris, GEM offers an intimate and inviting atmosphere. Join us for drinks and appetizers in the lounge or dinner in our intimate dining room. On weekend nights, renowned DJs spin house music to an upscale and stylish crowd.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Bar: Thursday - 5pm-9pm, Friday - 5pm-2am & Saturday - 6pm-2am

Kitchen: Thursday - 5pm-9pm, Friday - 5pm-9pm & Saturday - 6pm-10pm
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Phone number
(617) 482-1213
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Kevin Long
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Private party facilities
Inspired by the decadence and luxurious esthetic of Jacques Garcia's famed Parisian Hotel Costes, GEM is a restaurant and lounge that provides the warm ambiance of an English supper club. Located in Boston's downtown Financial District, GEM's concept takes cues from the best Montreal supper clubs.
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Private party contact
Joseph O'Connor: (516) 680-8526
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
School Street
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Parking details
Valet parking available at 45 Province Street.
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Public transit
GEM is located just steps from the Park Street, Government Center and State Street MBTA Stations
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Entertainment
On weekend nights, renowned DJ's spin house music to an upscale and stylish crowd.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Joseph O'Connor at Joseph@gemboston.com or 617.338.4343 for all private dining inquiries.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.2
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vippapaya (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Great service! We really appreciate all the attention.

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vipPS47 (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2015

Nice spot for an intimate or late evening dinner. Huge portions, but except for the French fries, food was rather ordinary and not as interesting as suggested by the Zagat review. Wine list extensive but wine by the glass had very limited selections.

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FoodVillan (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 15, 2015

Came on a Sunday for brunch and their breakfast pizza was amazing! Colossal waffles were not worth the $15 they charge. 3 tiny triangles and the presentation was awful. They need to be made more appealing. The atmosphere was great, lots of music and the waiter mentioned on Saturday nights they throw great parties. I would definitely come back

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vipCandTP (New England)
2.0  Dined on March 6, 2015

We had dinner here during the Winter Boston Restaurant Week as we have been to Gem on previous occasions for cocktails, and figured the $28 prix fixe Restaurant Week menu was worth trying.

The service here is good and the atmosphere is nice, but the food is mediocre. It seems like the chef thinks the overly big portions will distract from the poor preparation and taste. The appetizer fried artichokes were just okay and the appetizer ceasar salad was truly an entree size, but it tasted like preservative and the plastic bag bagged lettuce comes in. The chicken parmigiana was served over penne, but the breading was burnt and it tasted as if the cutlets were just sitting on a tray in the oven for an extended period of time. The winter bolognese had a strange and overwhelmingly herb taste, and the pasta was not al dente. The tiramisu is decent, but the vanilla bean cheesecake is blah.

Stick to Gem for cocktails. Hopefully, Gem will hire a new chef to elevate the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2015

The sea bass was one of the best pieces of fish I've ever had!

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vipSilke (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2015

We went for the oysters, and they were excellent. So was the service, in its way.... We were the ONLY diners, and the server (who seemed to be doubling as host[ess] and bartender) was very nice. Obviously GEM can't survive on an oyster promotion, and the other food was just OK, antipasti-good; pizza-fair at best. The atmosphere was weird in the extreme... decor like a brothel or a speakeasy... fringed lamps, mirrors... overdone, dark and creepy, especially as we were the only ones in the dining room. Supposedly around 10:30 PM, GEM turns into a nightclub, which seems strange. Maybe true, given the annoyingly loud (recorded) music ... if only for our exclusive enjoyment at dinner. WHY someone would create a basically OK neighborhood restaurant MIXED with a nightclub. is a mystery to me! They'd do well to decide what they are and stick to it. Then dial back the decor and sharpen up the food.

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vipLandAStars (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2014

We attended Gem Restaurant as a Birthday dinner for my son with a couple of his friends. It was a very good dinner, nice portions, attentive and excellent service. thank you, we will return.

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vipjeff (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2014

Instead of sitting in traffic on 93 north to north shore after 5pm which is horrible we tried this restaurant downtown. The food was good for most part and service was excellent, The look of this bar/restaurant is great and very pleasing. The food could use some work with better flavor and more than just the typical bar food items.

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Eg78 (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2014

It was just okay. The ambiance was unique, however it didn't fit the techno music they had playing. Food was just okay, but was overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

GEM is a great place to go for a lady's night out for delicious food and a cozy atmosphere. I'd also recommend it for a romantic night out too. The whole restaurant is dim, but in a candle-lit, inviting way. It'd easy to just sit and enjoy the foodie finds on the menu and enjoy your drink. The meatball sliders are amazing and the antipasti plate (especially the VIP version) is to die for.

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Zippy (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 14, 2014

We ate at GEM before a show at the Orpheum, and it was very convenient. We were seated in the bar area because of a group gathering in the dining room. It was quite loud with very loud music from the speaker right above our table. The staff was very accommodating and turned it down for us and also made sure we could make it to our show in time. The waiter and hostess were incredibly friendly so that made up for the so-so food. The bar had a young, professional looking crowd and it seemed like a fun place.

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vipCDRTB (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on September 25, 2014

the dining room is intimate and romantic. The club music playing in the bar across the hall is piped in for some reason, although they turned it down when we asked. The chicken in the chicken park tasted old and strange. The server and manager were apologetic and brought out pasta, lemoncello and took the meal off the check which was very nice. Didn't quite hit it although they tried. Calamari was great w pickled vegetables.

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Mariner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2014

Went on the strength of recent reviews, and I'm glad we did. Great ambiance, fresh oysters (dollar per) and very attentive server (Danielle). My wife loved the cocktails. Joe, the manager, stopped by the table to be sure we were properly attended, and topped off our night with a complimentary limoncello. They earned each of the five stars.

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DiningDiva (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2014

My friend and I chose Gem because neither of us had ever been. We had great food and the drink specials were awesome. The vibe was energetic. This is a good spot to go with friends!

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patm (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 21, 2014

Love the decor, upbeat vibe, the loud.music. Great girls.nite out place dinner and drinks. Food is good, nice size portions! Service, well, the person we had as a waitress gave.me the impression she couldn't be bothered serving my party of 3, we were celebrating a special birthday. That was disappointing, first time at Gem, probably the last.

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