Marliave

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$30 and under
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Italian
The Marliave, Boston's second oldest restaurant, has a tireless commitment to house prepared cuisine. Our orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit juices are fresh squeezed daily. All breads, desserts, sauces, pastas, ice cream, and stocks are made daily in house and are prepared to order. The Marliave utilizes local fresh vegetables, fruits, natural raised animals, and the finest imported ingredients to create our food and drink menus.
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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good quick service. We went before theater with a reservation. Our table awaited us. Service was quick. food was very good. We each had different entrees. People around us were loving the oysters. They were everywhere.

K
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the few old-school restaurants that are left in Boston, Marliave being one of them them. So, I was surprised to hear Van Halen and the Allman Brothers playing in the restaurant, and the hostess were dresses quite casually and frankly look disheveled. I went there for the Beef Wellington, which was just ok. There wasn't a lot of flavor, but I think that's because of what farmers do to American beef these days. The apps, of burrata, carpacchio and rarebit were very good. I had a great time, but just wasn't wowed.

DD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The wait staff were attentive and amiable. But we found the food was nothing special especially considering the price. This was a Friday night and busy. Even so, the noise level was so high it was difficult to have a conversation. We would not recommend Marliave.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our meal was perfect - the escargot is a must-try and the risotto I had was excellent. Great service, nice ambiance in the main dining room. Will definitely be back.

P
New England
60 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice location and ambiance. Great service.

AJ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Tired old place, tired food. Service and drinks were very good.

FB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Marliave is a very old restaurant and getting into it is confusing....but worth it! We were a party of 4 and had a booth in the bar area. Which was energetic and perfect for a pre-concert dinner. Our waitperson had a strong accent, with made it challenging to understand her, in a noisy space, but she made up for it with her attentiveness, honesty and knowledge. All our drinks, off the specialty menu, were excellent and the wines were delicious. 2 of us had the roasted chicken "Under a Brick" which was served with risotto and was super delicious. 1 had the seared scallops with pumpkin ravioli which was also excellent....great combination of flavors. The last entire was Steak Frites which was basic and nothing out of this world, but then that's what this dish is about....simplicity.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great $1. Oysters at happy hour. Escargot excellent. Sharing of salad and entree not a problem.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marliave always hits the spot. Amazing food and drinks and if you are lucky enough to have Jonathan as your server, your experience will be complete, he’s the best !!

L
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cafe Marliave is a wonderful Boston institution. Everything was great except with the steak frites that two of us ordered. We requested medium rare on the tenderloin but it was definitely rare. The servers took it back and the chef cooked the meat a little longer. the plates were returned to us and the meat was cooked as requested.

S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In our opinion, the place is overpriced. Beef Wellington is not so great, but cost $38.00. Scallops are good, but still cost you $36.00 (4 pieces without sides) . Macaroni & Cheese is tasty, but it's a very small portion even for the appetizer and still cost $15.00. The restaurant is almost empty even on Sunday night.

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have nothing but positive things to say ! The food was great, the drinks wonderful and the timely manner of each course served was outstanding. The greatest asset are the waitresses. They are the best that I have ever been served by. Because of them, I will definitely be back and recommend Marliave to anyone heading to Boston !

TC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan was the best server I’ve ever had!

M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good and service was good, but we sat downstairs and asked the hostess if we could sit upstairs and she said it was full. We walked upstairs a few times and every time there were many open tables and then finally when we were leaving we asked the hostess why she told us that it was full when clearly there were many open tables, she replied that they were reserved for reservations. But WE were a reservation too. Not very happy about this.

BO
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I was on business from CT. I had a simple meal--six oysters, duck liver ravioli and a Caesar salad--oh, and a Sapphire martini--very dry. All were perfect and delicious. It is a lovely and cozy place yet vibrant enough to make it entertaining. I really enjoyed my meal. Would seek it out again.

AM
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed my visit here. Service was very good. Food was very good, too. Ravioli was nice (great sauce) and scallops were tasty. Lots of cocktail and wine options. One caveat is that there are lots of stairs to enter the main restaurant and to go upstairs (windows have a street view). It was overall a nice meal.

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday large party

U
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent lunch in a nice quiet atmosphere. It is one of the few "old Boston" places still around.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

food=5 stars
however, our servant is too arrogrant.
I think she rolled her eyes when we call her which is really impolite

C
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was My godsons Birthday. It was excellent. Will go again.

BO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I order steak frites and was disappointed. The plate came mostly loaded with fries that looked like they had been thrown on the plate. The waiter had to turn the plate so that the small portion of steak was visible. It appeared to be about 4 ounces and at least a quarter of it was fat.
On a more positive note, my friend ordered the scallops, which were beautifully presented and she really enjoyed them.

AH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I've been to Marliave for drinks on a number of occasions and had a great time. With guests in town, I thought it would be nice to take them out for dinner. Out of the 6 meals we ordered 3 of them were incorrect. First, I ordered a beet salad. No indication that this would be an appetizer size. There was 1 beet on the plate. It specified goat cheese, arugula and candied walnuts. No candied walnuts and hardly any goat cheese with a sprinkle of arugula. I had to eat the bread on the table to feel like I had a full meal. Second issue was that one of my guests had ordered a side of brussel sprouts... these came.... AFTER all our plates had been cleared from the table, as if it was dessert. And lastly, another guest ordered the lobster and gnocchi dish... guess what... it had lobster... but NO gnocchi. Absolutely pathetic for a $36 plate. Do better.

J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lots of things on the drink menu weren’t available, the Wellington was overcooked (like last time) even after explicitly asking that they be careful. Disappointing for a former mainstay of ours.

A
London
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and setting. Jorge provided outstanding service.

l
New Orleans
82 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed. Nice place.

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C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to the Marliave many times over the years but never enjoyed everything quite so much as I did this time. My friend and I were there after 1:00 so it was pretty quiet and the service was correspondingly prompt and relaxed. We had fairly casual lunch food and fairly expensive wine and it was all just lovely. We sat in the sunny street-side area, so that's sort of modern and featureless -- not filled with old-Boston ambiance like the other side, but we were comfortable and all was well. I was glad to be back after a long time.

CM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Romantic atmosphere, only couples when we were there. The scallops were excellent.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best darn Mac and cheese I’ve ever had. The Republican cabal drink was really good, as was the chocolate cake dessert. The chicken dish and the steak frites were good- the truffles fries were really good, but the risotto was salty and the meats were a bit over cooked.

LG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Overall, Marliave was disappointing. The food was good, but the service was not. Our waiter was slow and inattentive. When another server placed food in front of my date, they spilled it over onto the plate edge and onto the tablecloth. The $1 oysters were some of the worst I’ve had - they were small and gritty, with shell fragments in every single one. The waiter took forever to get us the check, it was borderline ridiculous. We were so excited to try Marliave, but we won’t be back.

GG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing escargot and beef Wellington! Also, the chocolate cake, butterscotch pudding and the bread!!! I cannot wait to go back!

R
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went for Boston Restaurant Week and it could not have been better!! We sat outside and the ambience was beautiful. The menu was huge, by far the biggest of any restaurant for Restaurant Week! The sliders and fondue were fabulous, the Steak Friets were delicious and desert was amazing!! Will definitely go back again.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and service. Totally exceeding my expectations for a French restaurant.

l
New England
71 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went for Dine out Boston during lunch time. Food was good but service was a little slow. Nice ambience. We tried the steak tips and the cesar salad. I would visit again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

QS
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was superb! The macaroni and cheese was amazing. I thought the risotto was too salty. My friends enjoyed their meals. All in all, it was a very good meal

BF
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food arrived lukewarm and had to be sent back, Onion soup was uninspired and scampi the same.
Extremely noisy.
Atmosphere interesting.

MC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Went for Boston Restaurants Week. They had the most and best choices on the menu considering it was restaurants week. Escargot was amazing, beef Wellington was perfectly cooked, beet salad was an artwork and very good too. Good selection of French food. The restaurant itself was a little bit old in terms of the look and smell. Located in not the nicest area, but it's definitely a hidden gem!

PK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Although changed from the Marliave we remember from years past, it is still a lovely old fashioned restaurant. The missing star is due to the fact that two of our diners were disappointed that the steak frites did not include a vegetable. The staff was helpful, efficient, and most of all, pleasant. Our visit was during restaurant week, but it would be good during the rest of the year, too.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place, great food. We came during restaurant week so one person got the 3 course for $25, incredible deal.

One note - I’ve never seen piccata served without chicken, was a little frustrated to pay extra for a standard Italian dish.

All in all great experience, the atmosphere is so worth the price

EF
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals I’ve eaten and the whole experience was beginning to end was lovely. It was our 35th anniversary, so we were given a quiet tables for two by a window. They had placed a sweet card of congratulations on the table and every single person who served us in any way congratulated us. Nice touch! I started with a wonderful glass of Bordeaux. For my meal I had the rarebits, the scallops with sweet potato ravioli and the butterscotch pudding with whipped cream and candied ginger. My husband had the Caesar salad, steak frites and molten chocolate cake. I savored every bite and the last bite was as good as the first. I sampled my husband’s choices and they were excellent as well. I would give 6 stars if I could!

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