Marliave

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2068 reviews
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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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RT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were a party of six and each of us loved our plate and those of the others.

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L
Atlanta
54 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was delicious. Our server Rayna was very friendly and was great about the time we wanted to spend in the restaurant. She didn’t rush us at all.

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KW
New England
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service team of Rena and company pulled out all the stops to be sure our family celebration was top notch. From service to the fantastic apps, drinks and meal - fantastic! Special memories created for all!

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A
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marliave is so chill and the food is delicious. Pricey, for sure, but I am so grateful to be able to eat at a place that is QUIET, where you can actually hear the person with whom you're dining. Ridiculous that so few places are quiet, but that's the reality nonetheless. Marliave is so chill. So, so chill. And the cocktails are tasty.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We were disappointed by our food but the ambiance is great and we look forward to to going back and trying other dishes that looked interesting and fun.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Wait staff didn’t seem to want to work. Took awhile for someone to come to table after we sat down. No spoon for soups, had to ask for them. Didn’t bring out all apps had to ask for them. Didn’t clear off table, I had to stack my dirty dishes. Had to ask for my bill.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The daily $1 oyster special is awesome! The food was great and the experience was relaxing!

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi w/slow cooked meats was spectacular! Melt in your mouth tender meats wish plump gnocchi. The mac nice consistency! The bar was a great pours. Can’t wait to go back!

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M
Greensboro
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Service was attentive and excellent. Lovely spot by the window. Beautiful historic restaurant. And the food was delicious. Presentation very nice.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food - great cocktails. Escargots and Beef Carpaccio - yum.
tried the scampi which was not very scampi like - a disappointment -but brick chicken and rabbit dish was enjoyed by my dining companions! Last ime, had the caesar salad with 3 pieces of shrimp - was delicious!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! Beef carpaccio, oysters, rabbit and shrimp scampi! Delicious desserts. One of our drinks was not good.

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f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The level of service seemed to differ from table to table. We all ordered the beef Wellington which was fantastic, however, as it was not served with any accompaniments it would have been nice if the server would have suggested adding some. We didn’t realize it was served with nothing else. Also, the cheese platter was a disappointment. 2 cheeses were selected but we only received 4 small pieces of bread. It wasn’t toasted at all. Had to ask for more. At the price of that appetizer it should have been better presented with some dried fruits or grapes. Something!

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TO
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always loved Marlieve and it never disappoints. My wife's grandmother used to bring her here when she was little and my wife and I were married here.

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ST
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal- convenient to theaters. Historic Old Boston feeling. Highly recommend!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. I probably go 4-5 times per year and it never disappoints. The ambiance brings you back to an earlier time without being outdated, while the food and service are spectacular. This is one of Boston’s hidden gems.

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F
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The steak frites was good, but there were way too many fries on the plate. The chocolate cake was phenomenal though.

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AR
Berlin
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious! It was also a quiet and nice place for a business lunch.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service, loud and we did not enjoy the food

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We came in with a party of six and half of our meals were not done to order. Steaks were way under done and fries were basically a pile of burnt ends. We spoke up to our server, who then basically disappeared for the rest of the night (only to later drop off a check with gratuity included). The manager took off an appetizer to ‘make up for it’. With tickets to a show there wasn’t time to have the meals redone. This used to be our pre-theater go-to, multiple times a year and always a recommendation to friends. This will be the last time, there are too many great restaurants to risk going back to this horrible experience.

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ME
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the Marliave! always a treat, even if it's a bit expensive for what it is.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Not a great experience. Character and historic should not mean grubby. Food OK. Terrible service - not just slow but inattentive. It might depend on your expectations - nostalgic for some. I certainly look for better.

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DM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lunch prior to hitting the Boston Opera House for a show. It was a Saturday and the place wasn't busy and that was fine by me. The service was perfect. The menu selection wasn't large. My sirloin tips were perfectly cooked and the fries were excellent and the bread was an A+. Coffee was excellent and the prices moderate and we had a fantastic view from the second floor. My wife's ravioli's were fantastic. The brussel sprouts were very, very good. The steak tips were a bit tough but I think that's what you get with steak tips but it was a large helping and the flavor was good. Ravioli's = 5, Bread=5, brussel sprouts=5, coffee=4.5 (we're coffee nuts), steak tips=4, fries= 4.7, service=5, ambiance=5, prices=3.5 (but for Boston probably 4.5).

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p
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Average to better-than-average food, nice ambiance for the over-30 set (self included) who hate screaming over the table at restaurants with bad acoustics, and I love how large and weird the layout of the entire space is.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I am a long time Bostonian who has never been to the Marliave until this past Friday 4/12. My husband & I have dined at Grotto multiple times and adore it, and so when we saw that Marliave was owned by the same chef we expected it to be just as good. We had old friends in town and wanted a place where the 4 of us could enjoy great food and dine without having to shout. The wife of one of my friends is a food critic in Seattle, and we were excited to bring him to Marliave, since we loved Grotto so much...

...and it was so disappointing. We had a reservation. The service was extremely slow, but since it was a Friday night, we were patient. We were given the table right next to the door/server stand. When the bread and olives came, the server spilled olive oil on the table and never cleaned it up. We eventually moved a plate over it so we wouldn't get our sleeves in the oil. Then we ordered food, again, it was very slow service. When the food finally came, the initial presentation was nice (with the covers being removed off the food), but as we ate my husband & I got a bit embarrassed. All of our food was so unimpressive. We got two orders of chicken under a brick, the steak fritz,and the salmon, and all of us were saddened at how little flavor the food had. (expect the fries that came with the steak, they were nice!). I took the check for us all, and for $150 I knew I needed to write a review of lament. We were ready to pay this much for great food.... but this was a waste. If Marliave is truly owned by the same person as Grotto, there needs to be some work to bring this place up to scale.

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B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Father/daughter dinner before a show. Great cocktails, very good food. Service was a tad slow, but it was crowded. Great upstairs room w moderate noise. Will be back

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing. Not sure why they called early morning to confirm who’s birthday was it. No birthday cake. They offered a seat at the bar even thought we had a reservation. Lime on the drinks was dry. Fast food like place - orders were ready in less than 5 min. Risotto was bland. Steak was chewy. Truffle fries were too greasy. Will never go there again and I won’t recommend it to anyone.

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SF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

We arrived on time for a reservation but had to wait for 20 minutes to be seated. We ordered drinks at the bar but had to pay before being seated at the table. The server was friendly but the main course was shockingly poor. The cacio e pepe was overly salty, over cooked and served in a pool of oily broth. The wine was overpriced. It was a very disappointing meal from start to finish.

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AS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food tasted amazing. Small servings for the price you pay. Cocktails are expensive but very good. It was extremely hot in there until I think they saw everyone was super flushed and finally turn the heat down. Overall it was pretty good.

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MN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dollar oysters were great. Steak was bland, came sliced but not sliced against the bias so somewhat tough to chew, and overpriced. Ordered medium-rare, got rare, which I am okay with but it wasn’t what I ordered. Drink selection was great and reasonably priced. Overall okay but nothing special.

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NS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was obviously made to order, fresh and delicious. Did nice job mixing Italian and French options. Something for everyone.

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MM
New England
49 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had been on my list for a while, and it was well worth the wait. My first thought through the door was, this looks old, but after heading upstairs, it was bright and welcoming. It still had old charm, but was an updated black and white scheme, really cool. The service was excellent, the drinks were different and delicious, and the food was amazing. I love trying new places, but this may be my new dinner before the theatre restaurant.

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m
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Be prepared for tight quarters and a lot of noise. The bar and tables are very close so if there is a group of people gathered at the bar and you are seated on the first floor it will be difficult to have a relaxing dinner. Food was reasonably good but nothing to get excited about. We picked this restaurant because of the proximity to to the theater we were going to. It is in an odd location and might be hard to find since it is at the end of a very small street/alley.

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v
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was very noisy. Our food tasted fine but it took a long time. Our waitress was kind but seemed overwhelmed. Lighting could also be improved.

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SF
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very charming restaurant ambiance. Food was tasty but the shrimp in my scampi was overcooked. The sauce was delicious.

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RG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I was frankly disappointed with my meal. I chose Marliave to celebrate my daughter-in-law’s birthday. Fortunately she was happy with her meal — the salmon, which said was very tasty. I chose a Caesar salad, as did my son, and both of us found it heavy on the dressing and that the dressing itself wasn’t that great. I had the chicken cooked under a brick and served over the mushroom risotto. Originally I was going to have just the risotto and I’m glad I didn’t. It also wasn’t particularly flavorful. The chicken was fine, nothing special, but at least it gave some taste to go along with the risotto. The dessert was delicious — a warm chocolate cake with frankly tasteless vanilla ice cream. The wines we had were good and my kids enjoyed the Amaro at the end of the meal. But, while the service was adequate, there was nothing particularly outstanding here — for $250. I have had a much better experience at their bar eating fish and chips or enjoying their raw bar. I think I’ll stick to that and find my fine dining elsewhere.

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SZ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner at Marliave. I was only disappointed that they were going to charge me $35 to bring in a cake to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! The cacio e pepe is my favorite dish, and you cannot miss the Parmesan truffle fries!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food although I wish the entrees came with a green side of that we were told to order one. Our waitress was friendly but did not know the menu well and had to check several times with other waiters to answer our questions and dropped used silverware on our table twice. Overall, however, the ambiance and food were great!!

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RD
New England
34 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marliave has been a neighborhood gem for many years. The cocktails are innovative and creative and it has a lively bar scene. The food is always well prepared, consistent, and beautifully presented as covered plates that are revealed upon their being served. Can't go wrong with Marliave. Great for a special occasion, a friendly gathering, or a quiet romantic dinner.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The street entrance to this old-time place has such distinction, it makes it feel really special. We sat upstairs and enjoyed a more quiet ambience. The service was excellent and unpretentious. While not the most imaginative menu ever, everything was fresh and prepared with excellence. We really enjoyed our evening at Marliave.

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