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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
We were looking for a restaurant in the theater district and found these guys online. Great back story on the origin and the pictures looked cool along with the extensive custom drink menu. When we arrived - better than we imagined. Dining room was upstairs and nice - outdoor place looked great (it was January so we didn't sit out there - but looked promising in the nice weather). Intrigued by the custom drink menu we were not disappointed. Appetizers were very good and interesting (I had scrambled eggs - no kidding). The entrees were good and we left feeling like you should feel after going out to a fun restaurant - full and happy. We will go back for sure - right around the corner from Boston Opera House.
Really neat atmosphere, great dish selection with very authentic French recipes, and a nice table next to the windows that had the wrought iron tracery lit up with lights. Service was very professional and dishes were inventive. Meals ranged from $20-$40, bottles of wine started at $40. The beef carpaccio appetizer was decadent, the rabbit sausage/polenta dish was very unique, and the tuna dish was simpler but nicely done with tasty Israeli couscous. There is a flight of outdoor stairs to get in and the upstairs dining room does have a tall/tight staircase as well. There looked to be a really nice outdoor patio (at top of outdoor stairs), but it was New Years Eve and 4* out, so I'll use my imagination for that. Also, since we went on NYE I'll say that it is a great special occasion location. Ask for a window seat with your reservation since that really added to the dinner.
This was our 4th annual New Year's Eve at Marliave.
And our last.
Though I made reservations weeks ago, we were seated in the bar room, not by the windows!
The ravioli with tomato sauce entre I ordered was not only too expensive, really $21 for 5 raviolis, made me ill!
They were also very chintzy with their bread portions!
Not a good experience!
Cool nook in downtown setting. Walked in and it smelled like cleaning agents but upstairs it was fine. Nice atmosphere and food - good for the price. Liked the fancy silver domes on dinners with staff removing them together - nice touch! Server was new and slow but that will probably change with more experience. Great "fancy" meal experience for our family. Would recommend
Always wonderful whether you're getting a multi course meal starting with a delicious appetizer (cheese plate/oysters/rarebits among the choices) through dessert or a relaltively light meal of an appetizer and a sandwich. I say "relatively light" because everything on the menu is larger than you think. You'll be bringing home leftovers even if all you have is a bowl of soup and a sandwich.
We were a party of 7 and sat upstairs in the dining room for dinner. The restaurant was very busy, and the tables are so close together that the wait staff had a hard time navigating (especially behind one side of our table) when they were serving. It's a little annoying to have servers bumping your chair when they are serving the table behind you and your table. The food was okay. I am not in any hurry to go back.
Great Drinks! Great Food! Great Atmosphere!
My husband and I spent Christmas Eve in Boston and choose Marliave for dinner. It was a beautiful setting, quite (which we enjoy), and had excellent service. My husband enjoyed his crafted cocktail and I my wine over a delicious dinner of Cesar salad, beef wellington, and chocolate cake. I highly recommend this beautiful, historic restaurant!
First visit to this Boston institution and will definitely return. Early dinner prior to show at The Opera House. First floor bar had a neighborhood pub feel to it with friendly but super professional bartenders. What a surprise to walk upstairs to the dining room with a wall of glass and white cloth covered tables! Excellent waitstaff and servers. Thank you for a lovely dining experience!
Excellent French-Italian classic food. The escargots are the best. My guests (a young colleague and a grandchild) both times I’ve come here loved it. Try the dessert chocolates—in a different world from boxed truffles.
Service was a bit slow and impersonal. I was cold sitting aganst the back wall—request a side booth in cold weather!
Unfortunately, we found some of the staff at Marliave a bit less than friendly. The restaurant itself was unbearably loud - even the supposedly "quiet" dining room, where conversation in normal voices was impossible. We arrived on time for our reservation, but couldn't be seated right away; had to stand uncomfortably in a passway where servers kept pushing past. The food ranged from very good (truffle fries) to OK (chicken under brick) to underwhelming (Caesar salad). Didn't bother to order dessert; just wanted to get out. I'd wanted to go to this historic restaurant for years; now I've had my fill, and won't be back. Too bad.
We were married upstairs at Marliave in 2011. We go back every year for our anniversary. I have been going to this restaurant since I was a child and it is in a great location to explore Boston (the Common, Downtown Crossing, Theater District are all close by). I cannot recommend this place enough!
I’m a student who wanted to do something nice for my anniversary and this restaurant was recommended to me by a colleague. My boyfriend and I went a little overboard so it was expensive: two small apps to share + two entrees + dessert to share + tip = $90. It was a great experience though, even if it was something I could only justify for a birthday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day. The sliders are small but very tasty and we LOVED the house vanilla ice cream. A perfect way to end a pretty magical night.
Marliave has been our go to spot for anniversaries, valentine's day, etc. The food has always been excellent and the service is always super. The last visit did not to Marliave served up some dishes that have been great before and on this occasion (mussel app, beef wellington and the chocolate cake), however the shrimp scampi did not leave a good impression. The simplest way I could describe is the dish was prepared as normal and before plating the shrimp scampi was rinsed off and strained. The shrimp, sauce and pasta were watery and bland. Not our regular experience.
I go once a year to Marliave for a Mother Daughter date night for me and my mother, dinner and drinks, and then to The Nutcracker. The upstairs has wonderful ambiance and the service quick and friendly. I do not eat seafood so I can’t attest to that part of the menu but my mother has enjoyed the escargot and the salmon dish on numerous occasions. I’ve enjoyed everything from the Mac and cheese appetizer to the steak frites and of course dessert! The drinks are wonderful too. I enjoyed The Professor at this last visit. Rather, I enjoyed two! Thanks again, Marliave, for another great experience!
December 3, 2017
Our party of five (5), ranging from eight years old through seniors, completely enjoyed our dining experience, from beverages through dessert. We were in Boston to see the "Nutcracker" and found that the Marliave's location also offered great access to both parking and theaters.
We enjoyed the outstanding service, quality and presentation of each dish. (Don't forget to try their Tapioca pudding, unique, delicious and a truly memorable experience! ) Enjoy.
This place is best for delicious cocktails and apps. We all loved our drinks and the appetizer of melted cheese and bacon, but we all found our entrees lacking in flavor and presentation. Service was very friendly, but focused on the drinks--which is always great ;-), but we would've liked to have gotten our side order of fries and for our dessert to come without the garnish, as asked. I will be back for happy hour!
Dinner started off with excellent service and good, fresh oysters. Dessert was a delicious finish to a mediocre, at best, experience in between. Appetizers were ok, smothered in grated cheese, and French Onion was watered down. Wellington, the second time was ok and chicken was bland but thanks to the risotto was ok. Butterscotch pudding was very tasty as was the homemade ice cream. Our server was very attentive, friendly and down to earth.
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