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Lineage Boston- Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
1314 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Lineage, in Brookline, serves rustic, contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on New England-style seafood dishes, served in its charming and relaxing restaurant. The spicy lobster tacos with avocado mousse and mango salsa and the creamy mushroom and parsnip soup with brioche crouton make sensational starters. Some of Lineage's specialty seafood entrée dishes include the Nantucket Bay scallops with potato gnocchi and grilled fennel, the pan roasted Ipswich cod with homemade bacon and green onion and the pan seared striped bass with tasso ham and roasted cauliflower. If you are more in the mood for turf rather than surf dishes, the grilled flat iron steak in red wine sauce with brown butter potatoes and the oak roasted Bell & Evans chicken breast with polenta and smoked mushrooms are perfectly prepared. For a sweet end to your meal, try Lineage's Sparrow Arc Farm carrot cake with rum ice cream.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00 - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 232-0065

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeremy Sewall

  • Private party facilities

    We have a dining room that can accommodate up to 45 guests for a reception and sit down dinner. We will create a customized menu for your event as simple or elaborate as you would like. Tasting menus, along with wine pairings can be made available.

  • Private party contact

    Ron Vale: (617) 232-0065

  • Neighborhood

    Brookline

  • Parking details

    There is street metered parking available along Harvard Street in front of the restaurant, as well as on Beacon Street in the vicinity of the restaurant. Parking is available for a fee at the parking garage at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. There are also two metered lots on Webster Street on the left after the hotel, directly behind our restaurant.

  • Public transit

    On the T, The Beacon Street Green line (C) train, at the Coolidge Corner stop. On the Bus, Take the 66 Bus to Coolidge Corner.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,314 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  1. LD

    LisaD

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will miss you in our neighborhood and come to visit at your other restaurants!! Thank you!!
  2. MF

    MFan

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am crying at Lineage closes for good this w/end. I am going to miss Amy more than words can say and the talented chef and staff. I love this Brookline gem and tears are flowing.
  3. B

    Brookliner

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sorry they are closing. Best wishes to all
  4. a

    atldawg

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We really enjoyed our meal at Lineage. The halibut was amazing. Try the lobster tacos!
  5. JD

    JimiDiner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have been constant guests of Lineage since it opened. We live in Brookline within walking distance of Lineage and so have made it our go-to local restaurant. Now that the owners have announced they are closing, it is bittersweet to reflect on how consistent and wonderful this restaurant has been. In ten years I can honestly report that I have never had an entrée that was not perfectly prepared, and I mean perfectly, not just outstandingly. The Sewalls' forte is seafood but their deft touch applies as well to their chicken, flat iron steak, and even their signature hamburger. Man o Man, am I going to miss this place, where we were always received, especially by Manager Amy Audette but by the entire staff, as if we were family. At every feature a restaurant can exhibit, Lineage has excelled; and now (in July) it is not only the fact its days are numbered that should drive you to this diamond among restaurant gems, it is also adhering to its traditional July practice of making the entirety of its eclectic wine list half price. Run, don't walk, to Lineage.
  6. b

    brookliner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very sad that this is the last month for Lineage. Get there if you can before they close. Creative menu, very good wines, nice atmosphere.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2016

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    This restaurant is closing at the end of this month, and it's just as well. The food, the staff, even the menu all seem tired. Fried chicken was fair; shrimp was overcooked. The black rice was good; the salad was uninspired, though at least the greens were fresh. There were lies--er, shall we say, inaccuracies--on the wine list, so check your bottle against what you actually ordered. The sommelier was completely unapologetic and uncaring, claiming that they printed what the distributor told them, even though nothing on the label backs up the claim. The service was inattentive; they already had their pink slips and they knew it. Skip Lineage and go someplace where someone cares at least a little about something they do.
  8. P

    Pennel

    New England

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have a way with fish. It is always excellent, well presented, and generous portions, cooked accurately to your wishes. Service is commensurate. Fine dining in Brookline. LIneage, you will be missed! If I had one comment it is that a TV is jarring in the dining room (which I realize is also a bar, but still...)
  9. 8

    81113

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely restaurant! Welcoming staff. The seafood dishes were out of this world.
  10. z

    zsk06

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lineage is quite an exceptional place to dine. Their lobster tacos is out of this world and a must try item on the menu. The service is very attentive but not hovering. The food is honest and genuine and the flavors are always bursting. It is one of my family's favorite restaurant in the Boston area.
  11. C

    Cam02138

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is perfection and it will close at the end of July, 2016 :(
  12. q

    qcyf00die

    New England

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I appreciated that I could reserve a fairly early Sunday dinner time - 4:30. The sunday supper option provided delicious field greens and a generous portion of homemade meatloaf and vegetables. Our friend requested less salt for her chicken meal and it came just as she requested, my husband reported that his salmon was delicious. We felt so lucky to try Lineage while we still had the chance to!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and overall quality.
  14. KS

    KarenSWFL

    Naples

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always make sure to dine at Lineage when we're in town. Their menu changes daily and we have always enjoyed our meals. We never pass up the spicy lobster tacos appetizer!
  15. SP

    SpencerP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food, and surprisingly quiet. Pemaquid oysters, spicy lobster tacos with mango salsa, flat iron steak with purple potatoes cippolini onions and swiss chard, all done very well. Only complaint would be that I ordered the steak med-rare, and received it a bit past med. Really not a big deal. Very good bread too.
  16. r

    roloru

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant closing soon and we are truly disappointed. It is a neighborhood gem and we wish them well but will seriously miss everything about it.
  17. TF

    TrudiF

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite place in Brookline and I am so sorry that it is closing. I have been eating there for the past 10 years. Love the food, the staff and the warn atmosphere. It is a gem!!!
  18. MF

    MFan

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please do not leave Brookline Lineage. We are going to be lost without you.
  19. P

    Partaker

    New England

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent crab cake, but $24 steep for one medium size. Corn salad accompaniment also excellent, but why only a half cup serving? Friend's gnocchi very good. Beer flight ok, but one too lemony taste of the 4. Butterscotch pudding terrific as usual, but 1/3 the size it used to be. Still, will be so sorry to see this close in July, but just too pricey for the neighborhood, wh needs daily meals under $30-40 per person, not the $50-60 a 2-course w 1 drink costs. Many of us would have loved to partake more often than we did.
  20. p

    pwol

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a very wonderful dinner.
  21. p

    papa1940

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated the "special occasion" of a Fond Farewell to our favorite restaurant for the past ten years. We will miss Lineage profoundly as it was our "go to" restaurant to celebrate all our birthdays and anniversaries. We were always treated as special guests, by name, even though we didn't get there but four or five times a year. The bottom line is that LINEAGE IS A CLASS ACT with Jeremy, Amy & Brad....others whose names I don't know....always made our visit something special. Best to you all! We will miss you. Myron & Mae
  22. BN

    BettinaN

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this neighborhood farm to fork. Very sorry they are closing up shop.
  23. d

    dinersandvinos

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We have been disappointed in the restaurants in Brookline. Average food, very noisy venues that attract a largely young and noisy crowd. Lineage has been the best we have found, but we'll keep looking.
  24. DW

    DeborahW

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fine restaurant with a welcoming sense of hospitality. This great place known for its oysters at the bar, is a wonderful recent find. I regret having not gone to Lineage sooner. A group of us enjoyed window seating, great conversation and an unhurried meal. The wait staff was excellent. Nonintrusive and attentive service. Will be a frequent customer from now on.
  25. K

    Kenn

    New England

    574 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    574 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It really does not get too much better.
  26. t

    texan

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and service were as good as usual, but I would like to have the NY strip steak a little juicier.
  27. S

    Sharkee

    New England

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was top shelf. Server was engaging and really knew about the menu and the wine list. Vibe was lively but not loud. And the food was just terrific. I did the tasting menu and it was perfect.
  28. c

    clara

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This restaurant is overpriced and overrated. They serve only a very few dishes which you'd think they must be spectacular. Their "hand-made" pasta was nothing special, my daughter found it to be very salty and not that tasty. Their "prime" burger is just a fancy hamburger in a bun with french fries, except at twice the price. The ambient is nice, but I'm not sure it's worth paying $$$$.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2016

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Just so sorry that you are closing the end of July. It will be a huge loss for Coolidge Corner and Brookline!
  30. RE

    REF1

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2016

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I was very disappointed with my experience at Lineage this time. I have been there before and loved the food, the atmosphere, the service. I ordered the halibut; my friend ordered the shrimp/pasta. We both agreed that the food was altogether too salty and almost inedible. I probably will not return any time soon.
  31. P

    Pepper

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I'm very fond of lineage, and sorry will be closing.
  32. B

    Bostonlover

    New England

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First time visit will not be the last. Sadly, I came to know about Lineage too late in the game. They are about to close in July 2016. But this is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food was superb and the setting is intimate and comfortable. The soup was perfect; the house made pasta was great.
  33. B

    Brookliner

    New England

    278 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    278 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great service -- seared scallops were excellent -- good wine list -- I will really miss this place.
  34. k

    knowcambridge

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Excellent food, as always. Pushy waiter, very noisy.
  35. AH

    AdriaH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very sad that the Lineage is planning on closing. Food and ambiance are great. It is so wonderful to have a place like this in the neighborhood, it will be missed
  36. j

    joeg0814

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2016

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    great place waitress was our only issue. she seemed disinterested. maybe it was because we are from new york.........
  37. s

    sportsbost

    New England

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very cozy place. We sat next to the Windows which was very nice. I enjoyed the 3 course seafood special. Very different but delicious! Everyone else enjoyed their meal . Salads were a good size a nd bluefish was enjoyed by two of our party.
  38. T

    Tourist

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful at the bar or at a table. Very comfortable ambiance. A terrible shame it's closing end July.
  39. N

    Nicknpt70

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Actual menu is about 1/3 of what is shown when clicking on the "full menu" link through Open Table. I get that a restaurant's menu will change with the seasons especially one that is supposed to be farm-to-table, but the items they had are currently listed on the Open Table menu. They just had far fewer appetizers and entrees than what's shown on the Open Table menu. So overall it was disappointing.
  40. BK

    BicoastalKate

    New England

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We went for a Mothers' Day brunch. Unfortunately, they don't really serve brunch. The menu was mostly uninspired lunch items (burger and fries) with a couple of breakfast items. The waiter was very nice and substituted English muffins for white bread (toast). They have no wheat bread. The food was very good, and the wait staff friendly and professional. It just seems that brunch isn't their thing. *Update: it seems that Lineage is now only serving dinner. That may be for the best.

FAQs

Lineage Boston- Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 232-0065.

Lineage Boston- Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 1314 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Brookline

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00 - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is street metered parking available along Harvard Street in front of the restaurant, as well as on Beacon Street in the vicinity of the restaurant. Parking is available for a fee at the parking garage at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. There are also two metered lots on Webster Street on the left after the hotel, directly behind our restaurant.

  • Public transit

    On the T, The Beacon Street Green line (C) train, at the Coolidge Corner stop. On the Bus, Take the 66 Bus to Coolidge Corner.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeremy Sewall

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 232-0065

  • Private party facilities

    We have a dining room that can accommodate up to 45 guests for a reception and sit down dinner. We will create a customized menu for your event as simple or elaborate as you would like. Tasting menus, along with wine pairings can be made available.

  • Private party contact

    Ron Vale: (617) 232-0065

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