Alcove

4.4
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$31 to $50
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American
A welcoming port on the edge of Boston’s West End, Alcove is a modern neighborhood restaurant from hospitality veteran Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli. Alcove’s exceptional attention to food, drink and service ensures that every guest can enjoy the simple pleasure of dining out.
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w
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff, all around. You'll never run out of water or have a question go unanswered! Food was excellent.

JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food charming Atmosphere and amazing service !

E
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a charming restaurant. Tucked away in the swanky Lovejoy Wharf, Alcove has friendly and efficient service and wonderful food. Enjoy a lovely view that is undoubtedly best appreciated on a sunny day, not a cold and windy one like when I visited. The menu features a nice mix of classic and original offerings with a unique twist. Definitely worth a visit for lunch or a quiet dinner.

OT
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food was awful but location and interior excellent

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was cold in the restaurant. They might want to get install on of those heaters above the entrance to counteract the wind blowing in.

LB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We went on Thanksgiving because there was a Thanksgiving dinner option as well as full menu. The meal literally arrived 10 minutes after placing the order and tasted like it was not freshly made. I did not have high expectations but I was expecting a better quality meal. My husbands salmon was good but I question whether it was premade as well. Disappointing.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had in a long time! Outstanding service, creative & delicious cocktails, and great atmosphere. Hope to go back soon!

b
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable Thanksgiving Day meal. Plan to visit again.

TA
New England
770 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great! Love pretty much everything on the menu. Tonight we enjoyed the avocado, the soup, the cauliflower app, the burger, the pasta special with pork sugo. Service is stellar. Wine by the glass options are excellent and always enjoy the fine wine glasses. A great spot operated by pros.

JW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm friendly staff, beautiful place.

SS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I recommend this restaurant when you are planning to go to the Boston Garden. It is probably the best restaurant within walking distance and it has a great view.

NN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger in Boston.

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was AMAZING! High quality and great price.

g
New England
49 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Alcove is located in a great location in the new area near the TD Garden. The food was good - cauliflower was excellent but the calamari was a little too dry with the particular breading that was used. The ambiance was nice and the service was very good. All and all it’s a great place to go prior to a Garden event.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

So my first time at Alcove and the food was amazing and cocktail with vodka and cranberry that my server recommended was on point. I loved everything but not able to order dessert because the kitchen closed. I’m sorry I don’t agree. At the restaurant I work at as pastry chef I don’t close till everyone dining quest is served it’s just proper quest satisfaction and my experience was ok not great. I was looking forward to dessert because I have herd some great things in industry. It was very upsetting being told the kitchen was closed

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were disappointed by Alcove, considering that the reviews were so positive. The kitchen was open late which was nice. There were no curtains to block the inflow of cold air from the water whenever someone opened the door, so it was freezing. Many people were sitting at the bar with their coats on. Service was adequate. The restrooms were not clean. Cocktails were ok, nothing groundbreaking. Our appetizers were decent, we had the pumpkin and the avocado which were well done and flavourful. The calamari were dry and lacked flavour. We shared the scallops, which were very good but the sides on the plate were not edible. We expected much more value for our money.

L
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have eaten here several times before events at the Garden. It's always busy, however the service is always top notch except for last Friday. We had a 5:45PM reservation and didn't receive our food until after 7:00. We weren't too pressed for time initially, however by 7PM we were getting close to our 8PM show. It was one thing to wait this long for the food, but disappointing that it came out lukewarm. They apologized to us and gave us a round of drinks.

EH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food wasn’t great. Drinks were really good and well priced. I would come back for a drink before a show but not for the food. The bartenders were wonderful even on an hectic night!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Food was great. Going back!!

M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were a large party of 10 and the food came out right away and the service was good. We had a nice time.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to grab a nice drink and some nosh before a game, or to enjoy outside seating in warmer months. Have been twice and no complaints either time!

d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had a family group brunch here Sunday. Great vibes , service was great. Drinks were great and they didn’t rush us. Nice area, fun spot

B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

great location great food albeit a limited menu. My one quibble is we had to wait till almost 7:30 to be seated for a 7 p.m. reservation. server was fantastic.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited over forty minutes for our reservation and never ended up being seated, as we needed to leave to make a show's start time.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service - good food. I recommend the charred avacado. Solid overall experience.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter here for her birthday and we loved our server and also his suggestions. The raspberry ice cream was awesome and the Tequila pink drink delish!!!

KM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, very efficient and personable wait staff.

J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Really cute space, good spot for a drink or snack before an event at the Garden, but we were disappointed in our dinner. We had the calamari, which was just a few rings on top of a bunch of fried red onions. The chicken was good but so salty – seriously, I swelled up so much my rings got stuck on my fingers. My husband's steak was a good cut and cooked well, but had a really savory marinade or rub that had to be some sort of smelly cheese or truffle. It smelled like feet?

C
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have dined at Alcove five times now and it’s always a treat! Loved the pickles and the charred avocado as well as the pumpkin soup. Only thing we didn’t enjoy was the black garlic creme cheese that comes with the everything spiced baked potato. Kind of a strong and distinct flavor. Otherwise every tense was great, including the service! Will return.

TM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for the great table!

I
New England
75 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a great spot!! Staff is awesome and very knowledgeable.
Oysters are local and yummy. Have the octopus and the mussel toast- so creative and tasty.
Cauliflower- great balance of ingredients.
Shisoto peppers- awesome prep
Wine list runs the gamut and cocktails are cool

CM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We celebrated a family birthday at Sunday Brunch. There were 10 of us and many had never been to Alcove. To a person, they raved about location, food, and ambiance. It's the perfect spot for weekend dining.

DN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was great! Very friendly staff. The menu was limited.

KR
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The view and ambiance are spectacular. The food however is just so/so and they still
Seem to be working out the service although everyone is very friendly. I would go back for drinks but not dinner. Too much good food available elsewhere.

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Love the seasonal changes in the drinks

OT
New England
412 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Quick dinner of burgers, charred avocado and Manhattans. Just what we wanted. Will do this again.

k
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no restaurant in the so-called "west end", nor the north end, for that matter, that comes close to the sophistication, warm, cool vibe, and 1st rate food, service, wine program and overall quality that Alcove possesses. Oh, did I mention a honkin' view of the Zakim Bridge and patio in the summer.
Keep up the good, no great work, Tom!

S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good pre game spot for drinks and dinner

SL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

My husband and I came here prior to a concert. Were super excited but soon let down. First food was actually really good (4 stars). The menu was interesting and I love the small plates that they offered. The service was some of the worst I have ever experienced. Sat down, drinks ordered by a waiter. 10-15 minutes later drinks delivered. Waited.....waited... waited.... finally a different server came over to get our orders (20 minutes at least after our drinks were down). My drink done by time food served. Never after food was served did a server come to ask us how it was, or offer another drink. Finally, when we were completely done one if our “2 servers,” came over to clear our plates. Asked if I wanted another drink and I said “I will just take the check, please.” Paid and left. I spoke to the manager upon leaving and she was lovely. Apologized and kind. This place would be excellent if the servers had it together and didn’t forget about their customers. I don’t think I will be back for awhile.