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The Marliave, Boston's fourth 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.
Boston, MA 02108
Italian, French, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Menu Sunday-Saturday:11:00am - 10:00pm. Cocktails Sunday-Saturday 11:00am- 1:00am. Dollar Oysters Sunday-Saturday: 4:00pm- 6:00pm and again 9:00pm- 10:00pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is available through the Nine Zero Hotel
Park Street and Downtown Crossing
Scott Herritt chef/owner
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Marliave offers an extensive menu of smaller portioned hors d’oeuvres designed to supply a lighter fare in an informal cocktail setting. The upstairs bar is an attractive setting for parties up to fifty persons. The entire upstairs is available for larger gatherings over one hundred guest.
Boston's 4th oldest restaurant, Marliave, has an upstairs bar that holds up to fifty persons, with its own private bar. The main dining room can hold up to sixty persons and the room is enclosed in a wall of glass windows overlooking downtown.
Marliave Ratings and Reviews
My parents were in town for my wedding and my new hubby and I took my parents to Marliave because my dad was craving escargot. This was a great choice!
Service was great and we picked a handful of items and split them among the table. The beef wellington was better than Gordon Ramsay's that I ate in Vegas a few years ago!
Very nice quiet place for business lunch. Beet salad was excellent. Onion soup was ok...lots of beef, but cheese was a little bland. Service was excellent. Soup and salad came to $23.00 which seemed a little steep. Sandwich (Reuben) was huge!! And appeared good.
We had a mixed experience. We were delighted to even get a reservation, given that we were in Boston in what is apparently one of the busiest weekends of the year. Then, when we arrived at our reserved time, staff seemed not to have expected us and had to scramble to get us a table. Service was cheerful but erratic--the wine we ordered did not arrive until after we had eaten our appetizers. My carpaccio was as good as I have ever had. I almost always ask for extra lemon and olive oil when I order carpaccio, but the dressing on this was so perfectly balanced that I had no reason to add anything. My wife's ricotta ravioli was also a perfect balance of delicate flavors. My caccio e pepe, on the other hand, was unlike any I have had. I think of caccio e pepe as a pasta dish; this version was all about the cheese. The flavor was fine but the mac-and-cheese consistency was not what I was expecting (my wife suggested that maybe this was a French version...).
We enjoyed it overall and would definitely go back, but next time I would order the rabbit.
Sad and tired restaurant. Menu is varied, the 4 of us chose multiple apps and mains which at best were average to poor. Sliders app was the tastiest and it was down hill from there. Service was pleasant and prompt. We do not recommend trying this restaurant due to the lacking quality and prep of the food.
Really old place that we thought would have character and history. It is just a really old place. Menu is just as old. When was the last time you saw escargot and chateaubriand on a menu? Food tasted okay, but nothing amazing.
Service was amazing though. Our server was kind and very attentive. We told him we have a show to get to and he brought everything with efficiency without rushing us.
Too many other choices around to spend our time here.
Marliave was one of the first dates my wife and I went on. We've been going there for some special occasions since, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The dining areas can get loud but the atmosphere is fun with upstairs being a little more romantic.
The cocktail menu is excellent and the meals are usually very good. Try the rarebit!
We were on our first visit to Boston and actually went twice to Marlaive. The day we arrived our hotel concierge recommended them for an afternoon drink and snack. We sat at the bar, ate the most delicious Mac and cheese ever and enjoyed the recommendations of our friendly and knowledgeable bartender. We later returned for dinner and found the menu varied and interesting and the portions generous. Ask to be seated upstairs at night. Windows all around and the city lights are amazing. It's hidden down a little alley so get good directions before you go.
We used to love this restaurant and went often. Hadn't been in quite a while. Only the downstairs was available for lunch, it was empty and dark. The food and the ambiance were very disappointing. And despite being prompt for my reservation with OpenTable I received a message from OpenTable saying I didn't show up for my reservation. Really!!! OpenTable was very responsive and took care of it.
Bartender ignored my fiance for over 20 minutes as he was waiting for me to arrive. The bar was pretty empty.
Wait staff were pleasant and efficient.
Food was overpriced and not very good. My wellington came rare when I asked for medium rare. I didn't want to make a fuss so didn't send it back. The brussels sprouts were undercooked (per my fiance) and not seasoned very well (sort of blah). The escargot had a thick layer of cheese (which it didn't need). The bread given as a freebie and then with the escargot was not very good.
Have been in the past so was very disappointed that the service we received was bad. Waiter did not place orders for a couple of things we requested, no serving spoons for dishes that required them, we asked to take our leftovers with us but they never made it to the table, and instead of splitting the bill in half (one bill, two credit cards) it appears that one of our cards got charged from the entire amount. Not even a busy night so can't understand why the service was poor.
Most of the lunch patrons were eating on the patio so the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived. We didn't know what to expect but we were greeted by a friendly server and we all ordered the same delicious & fresh salad.
Marliave has a very economical oyster special which drew us in. We didn't know what to expect for oyster quality and especially for dinner. What a great surprise. I don't eat oysters but my husband was more than satisfied with his. Our dinner was excellent. I had the Faro Island salmon and my husband had the risotto. WE WILL BE BACK!
My only complaint was that I had a reservation made well in advance for 4pm and was notified that since the upstairs dining room did not open until 5pm, only the small wooden tables on the 1st floor were available.
I was given the option to sit upstairs as I originally desired but only "if I can finish up my dinner by 6pm". Given the fact that I did have a reservation and how classy this restaurant is, I was a little put off by this strange request.
It would be nice to know this when making the reservation since the downstairs dining room does not compare with the upstairs. Later as we were leaving at 7pm, I went upstairs to use the restroom the dining room as fairly empty.
Excellent food, cocktails, and service but the way the reservation was handled just left a strange taste in my mouth, will definitely call next time to make a Reservation and specify that I would prefer the nice dining room upstairs, not the cramped, windowless area on the first floor.
The Marliave is my favorite restaurant and it's only my second time there! Now that I've got my friends addicted we'll be back soon! From the moment we walked in the experience began, from sitting at the bar to going upstairs to dine all the way thru dessert everyone was wonderful and a pleasure to meet, the food was spectacular the experience was one of a kind. See you soon, Thank you, Nancy
Food was mediocre - seared tuna was way too salty (fregula that was served with it was flavorless) and beef Wellington was bland. French onion soup was not well made. We informed the server but didn't ask to send the good back (it was 10pm and didn't want to delay the kitchen), and was not offered any compensation for our less than satisfactory meal
Ambiance - lighting was very dark
My office-mates and I decided to take advantage of Restaurant Week and visit Marliave, only a block away. We were delighted by the impressive options on the fixed price menu. Our upstairs corner table, surrounded by large windows, felt special. The only negative to the whole experience was the window boxes outside holding very dead plants. Hmmm. But our food arrived with a flourish, and was as delicious as it looked. Except for the final bill we didn't feel like we were economizing. From escargot, French onion soup , and a generous cheese board for appetizers, to scampi, beef bourguignon, and grilled pork chop for our main courses, and finishing up with mixed berries, butterscotch pudding and chocolate cake for dessert, everything was fabulous. The service was attentive without being overbearing. It was a perfect evening.
Loved everything about this restaurant, EXCEPT, there was a lot of trash in the courtyard where you enter the restaurant, and also on the outdoor patio. Also, folks should be warned about the very steep and numerous steps! The value was outstanding as it was restaurant week and they offer their full menu; it was wonderful!
We went for Dineout Boston, which was an amazing deal. The escargot and mac and cheese were on par with what I had in France, and the mains were very tasty too. The best part was by far the dessert. The chocolate cake and butterscotch pudding are must haves here.
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