Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
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$195 with wine pairing $145 without wine pairing menu.
Friday, February 14, 2020
The meal we enjoyed there New Year's Eve was seriously overpriced. The food was quite agreeable but not especially creative, nor was it sumptuous. Enjoyed a fine bottle of expensive but not overpriced wine.
I made a reservation weeks in advance for 8:30 PM on New Years Eve. There was a $50/person cancellation penalty for cancellations within 48 hours of arrival which seemed very fair given the holiday. I arrived early (8:10), was told my table wasn't ready, so I went to the bar downstairs and came back at 8:30 and was promptly seated at a nice window table near the restaurant entrance. A single-page menu greeted me on the table, describing a 5-course fixed price dinner at $225/person (w/o wine pairings). I had expected to pay a lot for dinner but not that much. Both my wife and I had reviewed the menus online before arriving and there was never anything posted about a special, limited, extra-cost menu for 31 Dec. We did come to an accommodation with the management (they served us shorted meal for a shorted price) but it was an uncomfortable meal and its unlikely that I would return.
paid for vine to table "chef's dinner" - food was unimpressive and lackluster. "lazy" wine paired was cheap and did not enhance the food nor did the food enhance the wine. Was overpriced for the food. Everything at this hotel was top notch so this meal was a huge let down. They did "comp" one meal - as this was a birthday celebration let down but I would not eat hear again - not with all the wonderful options in Boston...
Delicious food, knowledgeable and friendly staff, beautiful space and views of Boston Harbor - you will want for nothing.
I must first start with the fact that the review is offered after a long travel day in which our planned 3:30 p.m. arrival in Boston on Christmas afternoon was delayed until 8:30 p.m. thanks to Delta and the personnel at the new New Orleans airport where the jet bridge could not be pulled from the plane for our non-stop flight to Boston. Instead, we sat on the plane for a little less than 2 hours, and then had to take a flight to Atlanta and then Boston, and rush in a car to make the final 9 p.m. seating for Christmas dinner, so we were exhausted.
The food was great. The dining room was nice with a wonderful view of the harbor. The service was ok. I am giving it 3 stars because of the length of time between courses. While it was after 9 p.m. on Christmas night, and the restaurant was winding down, for the $500+ meal for two (with wine), one would expect the service to be perfect. The servers were great and attentive, but the length of time between each course was too long, and I had to get up from the table to request salt before my main course got cold, because I could not spot a server. Again, our long day of travel may have had an influence on our experience, so we do take that into account. If the length of time between servings had not been so long, we would have given the service 4 or 5 stars. I would return and give this restaurant another try. Our primary server was nice, fun, polite, knowledgeable and gracious, and the other server was equally as wonderful.
Expensive but delicious food and excellent service.
This place was amazing. Our first time here. The food was second to none. The service was first class. a lot of thought went into the experience at this place. Highly recommended. Five Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Good service good environment. But food is not impressive.
Very enjoyable evening. My guests were hard of hearing and eating out is often a challenge, but not at Meritage. The waitstaff were perfectly attentive, and the food was excellent. I recommend the haddock.
I had booked a table for 4 people at Meritage Restaurant for Thanksgiving. I had relatives from overseas and the dinner was something that we were all looking forward to. I firmly believe that the food was one of the worst experiences I had in my life. The dishes were described as fine cuisine yet they were certainly well below average. For example the starter dish of salmon was 4 pieces of smoked salmon and a salad in the middle. The salmon could have well been a packaged smoked salmon from the supermarket. The sauce was very little with no particular taste. The main course of the Turkey was cold, the gravy sauce (also cold) was unacceptable it was like was prepared from the instant packaging from a market and the bread stuffing was slightly burned and tasteless. Some grilled vegetables were as they were just tossed on a pan and cooked with again no flavor or freshness. Finally, the desert the chocolate plate had no particular taste it was a mix of flavors not to be well combined all together. All 4 of us left the desert uneaten and a great part of the turkey dish with the stuffing was left. I felt embarrassed taking my family members out in this special day and paying a lot of money (125pp) for what at the end felt like a scam.
Enjoyed the Thanksgiving menú with wine pairings. The mushroom bisque was the high point, which was paired with an “orange wine” (pinot grigio).
Soup was poured into plate when waiter knew diner was absent from the table. Poor table-waiting etiquette. Only luke warm by the time she returned. In fact, everyone's main course was barely warm as well. Mashed potatoes incredibly salty, everyone's comment and borderline uneatable. No cranberries on Thanksgiving? Service largely absent and inattentive (but friendly). Great ambiance. Very expensive for what we got. What happened Daniel?
My wife has cooked Thanksgiving Dinner for 45 years. This was intended to be a special treat, This was price fixe 4 course Thanksgiving Dinner at $125 per person. The 1st course was a fantastic mushroom bisque which was silky and rich. Second was a tagliatelle with pesto, which was unremarkable and barely warm. The entree course of turkey was 2 small slices with dried out date stuffing all of which was only warm. The dessert was a deconstructed apple strudel which was small cubes of apples with a thimble size portion of crumble. Not what I would expect for Meritage especially at a total price of with tip of $840 for 4 people. Very disappointing.
Thanksgiving dinner “Average” ..... if it were diner food. Truly unremarkable, tasteless, no flavor turkey. Bland. Cost $475 for 3 people with no alcohol. Very disappointing as it’s suppose to have a Michelin Star. Service terrible. Waiter unable to bring seltzer water with cranberry until after first course and then failed to bring two. Never asked if we wanted coffee. Unhappy.
Thanksgiving. Mushroom bisque was awesome. Turkey wasn’t great. Dry and gravy was just ok. Short ribs were excellent.. second course was ok. Dessert choices and flavors wasn’t good. Had a nice time with family and ambience. For 800 with tip for 4 people, should have been a lot better.
Fabulous cuisine in a elegant setting with unmatched service.
The food was spectacular, and the presentation of everything was beautiful. The staff was very friendly. I definitely need to come again.
We have dined at this fabulous restaurant for many years. Most recently, quite frequently. It just gets better and better if that's possible. From the ever changing menu and amazing wine list, to the staff, ambiance, service, and sommelier, we are pleased with the total experience. It is virtually impossible to get five stars from me, but Meritage fills the bill.
My one request - please return those wonderful boxed truffles we so looked forward to as we leave.
The attention to detail, service and thoughtful additions to the meal ( champagne toast for birthday celebration) mini chocolates after dinner, along with a spice rub take away when leaving was very much appreciated. The is just as lovely as the view :)
The food was not great. Everything else was wonderful
Awesome. Server was great, food was amazing. Impressive to say the least....
This restaurant came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Will be eating there again before we leave Boston.
My wife and I are Gluten and Dairy Free. Meritage accommodated us without any issues. They altered their dishes to meet our food preferences. Service was excellent. We took my mother here for her 89th birthday celebration and Meritage made the entire evening very special. For this special evening the pricing was very reasonable. The night before I had a business dinner at Capital Grill on Boylston Street, which was more expensive than dinner at Meritage. Highly Recommended.
It is a good restaurant. Service is good. harbor view is very good.
Everything from the hostess at the entrance to food runners were amazing! Food was very good, small portions but very filling! We got a glass of champagne on the house because we were celebrating a birthday which was amazing. Very happy with Meritage , definitely will be coming back!
Very nice , but selection of red duck breast followed by flank steak could have been better - perhaps a nice fish or chicken plate instead of the duck .
Several of the wines were very nice . I would have offered Trimbach Gewurztraminer instead of the Reisling
as a late course wine .
Thanks, Joel Bradley
Wine and Food tasting menu was very well done. My wife and I found something special to say about each of the six courses. Service and presentation is as good as it gets. The wines were unfamiliar to us but we enjoyed each one of them. We had high expectations and were not disappointed.
Food was fantastic. For apps: the steak tartar, mushroom bisque, dumpling appetizers and they were all amazing. For main dish: pheasant was really good and halibut was a bit dry. Service was great. Very attentive. Ambiance was lame. It was pretty bright for a dinner date. Lots of recess lights shining down on your face.
Client were happy with the choice and the ambience.
Tasting menu with wine pairings is worth the experience.
I wish I could say that we had the same experience as others. The food was underwhelming. The pea soup and crab starter was bland and watery. The cheese plate was literally a small hunk of cheese, some nuts, some bread, two apricots that could have come from my local supermarket - the worst plating at a fine dining restaurant I've ever had. The flank steak was good but nothing remarkable. The salmon plate was lovely but drastically different portion sizes. The dessert was the highlight. They missed one of our wine pairings! Offered to bring it later but it was too late obviously, though they comped our coffees. Maybe it's because in total we had at least 6 people bringing us different items? We never knew who to ask when we had a request. Felt like all the diners were stiff and awkward with the "special occasion" meals.
Meritage can provide you with a memorable experience. I did their tasting menu; to me, that is the best way to “call the chef out” and see what they’ve got. Meritage, located near the Boston Harbor (with beautiful views), features a nice use of seafood, without overdoing it. Their courses were creative and varied, and - most importantly - delicious.
I’m not much for red meat, so they substituted with an octopus dish; it was a bit more robust and saucier than usual, but it went well with the red wine pairing.
The wines were unique and the pairings enhanced the enjoyment of the meal.
Fantastic, totally worth it! The tasting menu was superb
If Michelin were to award 3 stars in Boston, Meritage would get them.
Meritage is a lovely restaurant in the Boston Harbor Hotel. The seating is very pleasant the staff more than accommodating and the food very good. My only complaint would be how they describe some of their dishes. For instance I'm in New England at a Harbor Restaurant looking over the harbor and thinking I might like to have lobster. I asked the gentleman how the lobster is prepared and served. He says oh don't worry the lobster is all out of the shell and you get the tail and the claw. I asked how big of a lobster is it to which he never offered a weight or a size. The entree comes to the table and it's one claw and a half of a tail. I was thinking whole tail and two claws from the description in the menu and from the gentleman waiter. Other than feeling a little short-changed on the lobster for $50, the experience was very nice. My friend and I shared the octopus with a chorizo sauce and little pieces of potato. Very good! My friend had the halibut fish dish and was pleased. I hate to go to a restaurant without trying at least one dessert that we can split. In French the dish translates to Black Forest. However it was not a cake it was a luscious Square of vanilla, chocolate and cherry mouse. The moose was covered with chocolate sauce that was not too sweet and had a cherry, very sour, on top with a little bit of 24-karat gold leaf. On the side was a cannel of raspberry sorbet sitting on top of chocolate cookie crumbs. It was a light and delicious finish to a meal. Overall it was a great experience. Our server was French and he let me practice a little French with him. Which made it even more enjoyable.
Great dinner for a special occasion!
Great overall area, view was stellar and wonderful.
The food was terrific and the service impeccable. However, for some reason we were seated next to a VERY loud pair of businessmen who succeeded in spoiling an otherwise lovely evening. We were celebrating a very significant anniversary. Why they chose to seat us at this table is beyond me. When we arrived there many open tables. By the time I realized that these two were going to be unbearably loud the entire time we were there it seemed too late to move. I did notice that most other diners that arrived after us were not seated anywhere near these two. Meritage you should have done better.
Absolutely wonderful experience! The food was superb and the service, impeccable. Highly recommend this restaurant for special occasion.
The Meritage is a beautiful restaurant with white linen table clothes and a nice view. The wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentive including the sommelier. We shared the beet linguini which was absolutely wonderful! My husband also loved his lamb chop. I am a pescatarian so I eat a lot of fish. Unfortunately my bream was old and fishy tasting. I couldn’t even eat it. It was really disappointing because usually the fish at a place like this is melt in your mouth good.
Also about 3/4 of the way through our meal one of the waitstaff poured still water into our 1/2 full sparkling water glasses. That’s not a big deal but is something that shouldn’t happen at a restaurant of this caliber especially when the empty sparkling water bottle was on our table.
The other thing that was a little odd is there was a party going on in the room directly adjacent to the dining room, with a non-solid, movable wall. The crowd was very loud and it certainly took away from the ambience.