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Marliave

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1958 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, French, Continental
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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.

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(617) 422-0004
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Herritt chef/owner
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Cross street
Tremont Street
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Valet is available through the Nine Zero Hotel
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Park Street and Downtown Crossing
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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.

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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great cocktails food and service. Low key vibes, comfortable and intimidate

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was fantastic. Service was awesome. Loved the history.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I use to go to Marliave when I was a child. I have not been back in about 30 years. Though the menu has changed everything was good. It was fun to go back with my sister to reminisce! Fun Night!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Enjoyable experience - delicious food & drink options. Portions were perfect. Ambiance was warming.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food is consistently fresh, well prepared and delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fun drink menu! Nice assortment of entrees and the chicken and risotto is delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent cocktails. Fish and chips were great. Chopped salad was fine, but nothing special. Overall experience was very very good.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great value and friendly staff makes this one a winner. Great drinks as well.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Even though I had indicated this dinner was a special occasion, we were offered a small crowded table in the bar area rather than the lovely upstairs dining room. I was very disappointed. I’m beginning to think OT reservations get no respect.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Waitress was pushy and rude. Bread could have been thickly sliced Wonder Bread. Risotto was soup and steak was thin and tiny. Will not be coming back.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Wine choices by the glass were good. I had the steak frites and it was OK - fries were better than the steak. Service was good - the waiter was attentive. I am not sure I would go back.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

This was my second time visiting Boston and eating at Marliave. Loved it so much the first time, when I knew I’d be in Boston again, I made a reservation. Food is delicious. Love the menu. They even offer omelets for dinner (which I had the first time there and it was delicious). This time we had the beet and goat cheese salad, the chicken, and the shrimp scamp — all delicious. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We sat on the second floor where it was too noisy when we were first seated but quieted down as the evening went on and some parties left. Other than the noise level the evening was fantastic. Food was delicious, drinks were good, and the service was great. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Marliave participates in Restaurant Week and that, unlike at most restaurants that have a prix-fixed menu, we could choose anything from the menu for our three courses (with the exception of $1 oysters). Even without that added value, our night at Marliave was totally worth it. We will definitely be returning.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Went for Boston Dine Out! Many good options, great food.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Marliave has been a favorite restaurant of mine for the last years, but in my last 2-3 visits, the food (Tho the same menu) has really gone down in quality. There are slight changes noticed (e.g. very little truffle on the truffle mac and cheese, beef wellington was very okay, no au jus sauce on the steak frites) that makes this restaurant fall to the bottom of my list now. The drinks are still great and the $1 oysters are hard to beat. But otherwise will likely not return. Very disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We visited Marliave during Boston Dine Out Week. The food was good but not fantastic. I got mussels, which is very delicious. The wellington is tasty on the outside not flavorful inside. The chocolate cake were overcooked. Three of us got the same chocolate cake. They were all dry inside, but the menu said melting center. Overall it's a good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Come down from Maine every year for Restaurant Week for the $1 oysters and Beef Wellington. Upstairs is fine dining, while first floor is quite casual. Love the traditional (mostly French) menu. Service always excellent. My only negative is that it gets quite noisy during peak service.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My date and I went for Restaurant Week. I had the onion soup, Sunday gravy, and fresh berries. She had mussels, ravioli, and chocolate cake. There are probably more authentically French restaurants out there, but everything was delicious. The addition of short rib in the onion soup was an inspired touch; relative to many onion soups, the broth had a fuller, meatier taste and wasn't as salty.

Our server was polite and unobtrusive, the ambiance pleasant and unpretentious. I look forward to coming back in the fall.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The wine is very very expensive compared with most similar restaurants. The chicken under the brick was excellent. The problem was that it takes a while and the other dish seemed to have been waiting and was over cooked. It however a good restaurant and well worth a visit

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1.0Dined on March 27, 2018

This place was a huge disappointment and is NOT worth your money. I went with my boyfriend and 2 friends to try Marliave for Restaurant Week (Dine Out Boston). In a contest over quality vs quantity, it was neither.

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Food:
We had some good alcoholic drinks, but the food was mediocre. We all got the sliders as starters, but were tiny and not that special. We spent more and ordered oysters and clams, but the oysters were very small. The entrees were just okay. The desserts were not bad, but nothing special either.

Service:
After we finished our sliders, the waiter took away all our plates but we still had oysters and clams to eat. It made it feel out of place and awkward. The wait time was reasonable, but the wait for our dessert was very long.

Sanitation:
The restaurant did NOT look clean, nor were the utensils. What made it worse was my boyfriend and friend got very visibly DIRTY, chocolate crusted spoons. When they got their “new spoons” they were the SAME DIRTY spoons, still with lip marks. They had to clean it themselves with their water and napkin.


PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Payment:
We paid our check with a gift card and 2 credit cards. $50 on the gift card, $100 on one credit card, and the rest on another.

One friend paid with a brand new, never used $50 gift card. When he got the card back, the waiter said they were only able to charge 40. It did not make sense, so he checked the gift card's value on his phone. There were no charges besides that and it showed he had money left over. Since there was $10 less, the waiter charged the last credit card the extra $10.

It's okay. It gets busy. It's Restaurant Week. It was not nearly close to expectations, but we still tipped 20%.

NOPE.
They charged the last credit card TWICE (original price and again original price PLUS $10)
There was a SECRET additional 20% CHARGE as a tip on the credit card after.

This was a slap in the face after a dissatisfying experience.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Marliave is simply marvelous. The menu features a blend of comfort food {mac and cheese, meatball sliders, Sunday gravy, chicken roasted under a brick) and continental classics (beef wellington, beef carpaccio, escargot, welsh rarebit, and house made pasta). Remember to leave room for dessert such as butterscotch pudding with ginger, house made ice creams, or molten chocolate cake, they are fabulous.
The atmosphere is like a 1890's road house and the creative cocktail menu reflects this along with several modern cocktail twists. Upstairs is a large welcoming dining room featuring linen tablecloths. All the entrees are each served under silver domes that are removed at once for the whole table of guests.
The service is attentive and friendly. All of this combines to make Marliave a wonderful evening out.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The drinks, oysters, and appetizers served by Marliave were excellent! I will be back for these :)

That said, there were some other issues with our meal here. We unfortunately had to wait 25 minutes despite our later reservation (8PM) on a Monday night. We got out of there around 10:30 PM because we ordered the full shebang for Dine Out Boston (I know, I know - how dare I take advantage of a deal restaurants choose to participate in of their own free will). The service towards the end fell off because I think our server was doing their side work - it happens, but being seated late didn't help, especially on a week night. Our entrees were only so-so.

Will be back for apps, drinks, and oysters!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Very good meal in a great location. Wait staff was fantastic. Did have to wait almost a half hour with a reservation.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I went here for restaurant week and the food was well made and the ambiance was romantic. There was a good selection of different dishes. The bread was good! My only complaint is that everything is under-seasoned. The restaurant also got I think probably busier than normal due to restaurant week, so the waiters were a little slow in bringing things I asked for (salt and pepper, etc.), but very nice people.

Escargot was standard - I realized that I no longer enjoy oily foods, so I was not AMAZED by it. My friend got the duck liver ravioli, but I think there is still a bit of the metal-y taste of the liver that wasn't completely taken care of.

For the main course, I got Sunday Gravy (gnocchi with meat) - the gnocchi is a little too tough and the dish is under-salted, but the meat was extremely tender and succulent. My friend go the beef wellington - again, a little under-salted but can get away with it. The beef was VERY well done, better than some of the good steak restaurants I've been to. We also got the truffle Parmesan fries, which I think could've used more truffle, Parmesan, and salt. The dessert was standard - nothing particularly notable. The chocolate molten cake has good flavor, but the center was not runny enough - more like a barely set cake batter, which still tasted great.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were in Boston on a family vacation and Marliave restaurant was great, it added to the perfection of our trip. The food was terrific, as it was dine out boston week we loved the choices and the variety of meals we were able to choose from.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

beef Wellington was awesome

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Delicious food, great location.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This is one of my favorite places in Boston. The food and drinks are fantastic and the service is always wonderful. Can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very good experience. Did joy blow my mind but the food was as expected.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Attended twice in the last month, for different reasons and at different days and times. Both experiences were AMAZING.

My husband and I were here during the restaurant week on a Thursday night and it was our first time attending this restaurant. The menu at the Marliave (in my opinion) was one of the best ones for this past Dine-out Boston week. Beef Carpaccio was on point. My wellington was properly cooked and the stuffing (of mushrooms and foi gras) was very complimentary to the beef. The chocolate truffles for desert were also amazing, very rich and smooth in texture. I had two well balanced gin cocktails. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. The second floor dinning has a nice atmosphere and the noise level can be a bit loud if it's only a two people group, but it is not overwhelming.

My second time attending Marlieve was on a Saturday night around 9:30. A friend of mine and I wondered in for some cocktails and oysters. We had two dozen of oysters, which were a mix from four different locations, and you could definitely taste the salt and acidity difference between them based on location. I ordered gin based "the great experiment" cocktail, and it was a thoughtfully crafted, think of a minty sweet cucumber crushed ice (BUT if you prefer bitters, this will not be your thing). It was not too busy at the bar and the bartender was attentive.

Great experience both times.

My only complaint: the waiting area is a bit awkward and small, but it's an older building so not much can be done about it.

Recommendation: Reserve a table in advance because it could be hard to get seated for a dinner without a reservation.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food is outstanding, as usual. However, the restaurant is very noisy and the sit are closely packed together. If you are sat in the middle, it may be hard to hear each other.

The service is mediocre. It may be due to dinner rush, but they served our food to a different table. Other than that, it is pretty decent.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

My Wellingtom was raw and when I notified the waiter, he kindly took the food away. I expected to get a new portion, but the same food reappeared 5 minutes later looking like it had been microwaved. And it was still raw. I sent it back, expecting to get a new portion, yet again received the same food microwaved. It was still slightly raw, but I was fed up and took it as is. At the very least, I would've expected a new portion of my beef Wellington. But, I was served the same portion three times, each one with the cuts I had just made five minutes prior. At that point, I was hoping to be compensated for the plate, but I was not. Tl;Dr: don't get the Wellington.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food, cocktails, service, ambiance, history and view were all outstanding! So glad to have experienced dining at Marliave and will look forward to returning!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great restaurant week menu- better than the rest! I could eat here daily!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Came here for restaurant week and it was great! They have dollar oysters from 4-6pm. Great cocktails. The appetizers are incredible, and I would honestly order all of them if I could. The scallops entree was also great. I'll definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The Good, The Bad and the ugly My wife and I went to this Restaurant because of Restaurant week. They had the best looking menu for this promotion. The Good, the drinks and wine. The Bad. The bread must have just come inside. It was cold and terrible which I sometimes know is a tipoff of what's to come. The Bad Escargot came looking like French Onion soup. There was layer of cheese over it with what appeared to be white partially toasted bread. The Ugly. Beef Wellington which was very done and tasteless. If you can't do simple good bread you should be ashamed of your kitchen.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Mussels for my app were tasty.
Their homemade bread is very starchy tasting.
My scampi was tasty and slightly different than the typical scampi which I liked.
Desserts are not that good. Molten lava chocolate cake came out cold. Sent it back for the butterscotch pudding which was better but not great. Wouldn't order dessert in the future.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Love this gem of a restaurant. The drink menu was great, loved the names. Food was outstanding from description , presentation and taste. Our waiter was so polite and full of knowledge and suggestions.
Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

This chef-owned restaurant is an absolute joy, perfection in every aspect. Quite a treat for an out of town group who acted on the excellent advice of a local friend. We sampled across the menu and everything was wonderful. Only complaint....we all ate more than we should have! Thank you for a lovely last night in Boston. (Submitted via the local with the good advice : )

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Food was phenomenal, service was perfect, and our table was in a great spot. No complaints!

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