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Alcove, Boston, MA

Alcove

4.4
4.4
1253 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

A welcoming neighborhood restaurant on the edge of Boston’s West End, Alcove is filled with comfortable American fare and great cocktails from hospitality veteran Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli. Located on the water and with spectacular views of the Zakim Bridge!

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Booked 41 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 248-0050

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Charles Draghi

  • Private party facilities

    Alcove offers a variety of unique spaces and configurations for private dining experiences. For groups of 13 to 270, the menu and setup can be customized to suit the event needs.

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Cross street

    Causeway St, Beverly St, Lovejoy Pl

  • Parking details

    No parking on-site. Validated parking is available in the garage across the street at The Beverly/Courtyard Marriott Hotel (105 Beverly St.) . Parking is $14 on non-event nights and $35 on event nights. Please let the parking attendant know you are dining at Alcove upon arrival.

  • Public transit

    Causeway St @ Medford St Bus 4, N Washington St @ Medford St Bus 89/93/92/111/426/428, North Station Orange Line, Green Line B/C/D/E, Commuter rail Downeaster/Fitchburg/Haverhill/Lowell/Newburyport/Rockport

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Main

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake$12.00

    graham cracker, pepitas, buttermilk sherbet

    • Apple & Fig Cobbler$13.00

      vanilla ice cream

      • Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée$10.00

        cranberry compote

        • Chocolate Brownie$9.00

          ganache, spicy walnuts

          • Vanilla Ice Cream$8.00

            • Lemon Verbena Thyme Ice Cream$8.00

              • Cranberry Rhubarb Sorbet$8.00

                • Pear Marsala Sorbet$8.00

                  Rare Tea Co.

                  • Black and Green$5.00

                    Lost Malawi English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Genmaicha

                    • Herbal$6.00

                      English Peppermint, Lemon Blend, Wild Rooibos

                      Dessert Wine

                      • '17 Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc, Österreich, Austria$24.00

                        • NV Bodegas César Florido Moscatel Especial, Jerez, Spain$10.00

                          Nightcaps

                          • Balvenie 17 Doublewood Scotch$34.00

                            • J. Goudoulin Bas-Armagnac$30.00

                              • 1986 Chateau de Leberon Armagnac$30.00

                                • Privateer Navy Yard TSG Select Rum$12.00

                                  Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                  What 1,253 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                  4.4
                                  4.4 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.3Food
                                  • 4.4Service
                                  • 4.5Ambience
                                  • 4.1Value

                                  NoiseModerate

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                                  1. a

                                    amfbos

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 1 day ago

                                    overall3food3service2ambience4

                                    Service was slow. The restaurant wasn’t that crowded but we didn’t get to order for over an hour. Once our food came out half of it was cold and one meal was completely burnt. No apology for the slow service despite the entire meal taking over 3 hours.

                                  2. FD

                                    FrequentDiner

                                    London

                                    50 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    50 reviews

                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The best place near the TD Garden for a pre- or post-game dinner. Wonderful, food, service, location.

                                  3. RG

                                    RobinG

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                    Alcove was lovely. The staff was very attentive. We were celebrating my son's birthday and they were very sweet. My only complaint is I requested a birthday dessert for my son when I made the reservation on Open Table. I called the day before our reservation to confirm the birthday and Alcove said I was all set. After we finished eating we were asked if we wanted dessert and the check was presented! I was a little surprised. I should have reminded them once again during our dinner but I received confirmation the day before and believed we were fine. They scrambled at the last minute to provide something but the moment had passed. Alcove should have checked the reservation and I should have confirmed again with them.

                                  4. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Bachelorette

                                  5. MR

                                    MichaelR

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                    overall3food3service2ambience5

                                    The food was good and reasonably priced. The service was amiable but VERY slow, even in the context post-Covid staffing shortages. The patio was lovely though.

                                  6. D

                                    Dani

                                    1 review

                                    1.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                    Wait staff was rude and unhelpful. Ordered off lunch menu but got charged dinner menu prices. Do not recommend at all.

                                  7. S

                                    Sarah

                                    New England

                                    17 reviews

                                    1.0

                                    17 reviews

                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                    overall1food2service1ambience5

                                    The 4 of us come here for our birthdays, and brunches, so we are there fairly often. This was the worst service we have ever had. Our reservation was at 7:30. It took 30 minutes to get drinks, we had to flag someone down to order after an hour, and it took another hour to get our food. We ordered one dessert to share and after a half hour, flagged someone down to cancel so we could leave. It was 11 pm at that point. I understand short staffing and such during this difficult time but this was inexcusable. The gentleman who finally brought our check was very nice and took a round of drinks off the bill but honestly we would've much rather had a good dining experience.

                                  8. SM

                                    SMo617

                                    New England

                                    7 reviews

                                    vip
                                    2.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                    overall2food2service4ambience4

                                    The food was very lackluster compared to their website presentation and social accounts. Some items looked nothing like the presentation and taste was just meh. Service and staff were good though.

                                  9. O

                                    Olivia

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    This was a great place to have lunch to celebrate my graduation. We ordered a shellfish platter to start and everything on it was delicious! We asked for a variety of oysters and he told us what each kind was/where they were from. Cocktails were delicious. For my meal I had the blackened fish tacos which were also great! Everyone enjoyed it and loved the view as well. Would definitely recommend

                                  10. GS

                                    GeoffreyS

                                    Philadelphia

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 12, 2022

                                    overall3food3service1ambience4

                                    Cool spot. Service was bad. Felt like they forgot about us from the beginning.

                                  11. H

                                    Healthspeaker

                                    New England

                                    485 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    485 reviews

                                    Dined on May 11, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                                    We just love this place. Living close by, this is our "go-to" for a great meal. We shared the whole chicken with three sides dinner. If you are thinking, "Chicken, boring", think again. I could eat this every night! Crab cakes are also a standout, as are the mixed drinks. Great service. (Only disappointment, the Celtics lost. :-)

                                  12. WD

                                    WilliamD

                                    New England

                                    2 reviews

                                    1.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                    overall1food1service2ambience3

                                    Crab cakes were awful. Bavett steak ordered medium was an over cooked, gray inside hockey puck. Service was slow.

                                  13. SB

                                    SarahB

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Service was stellar. Our server, Will, was outstanding - attentive, knowledgeable and fun. Food and wine are excellent. View incredible.

                                  14. O

                                    Olivia

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 10, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing food, amazing drinks, amazing service! 10/10

                                  15. LF

                                    LindaF

                                    New England

                                    12 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    12 reviews

                                    Dined on May 9, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Great food and service!

                                  16. P

                                    Parsnip

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall3food3service3ambience2

                                    We ate outside. An inside experience will certainly be different. Traffic noise in background high. Loud music from speakers, not a refined or relaxing type whatsoever. Food has promise in conception but more execution. "Rainbow trout" was a Steelhead trout. Served cold. Shishito peppers very nice. Parsnip pesto, ok, but for its novelty not very well presented or special-tasting. French fries with rosemary and urfa sounds very promising, but I would defy anyone to find more than a single speck of color on the fries, or to taste anything promised in that description. Vegetarians beware. Not much here for you. Don't go expecting the menu you see online. It's not what there was. A nice location to be sure, but wasted, in my mind.

                                  17. RK

                                    RosieK

                                    Chicago

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall4food3service3ambience3

                                    We had reservations for the outside patio, but I am glad that when we got there they were able to accommodate us inside since it was cold and windy. The food was good, I will not call it exceptional. It took a long time to come out. One of my friends got the lobster bisque that lacked flavor and lobster pieces too. The portions were generous. I know this is not Alcove's fault but be aware, that we parked at the recommended parking garage and told the attendants that we were dining at Alcove. When we got back to the garage they told us that we had to pay the special event fee since the hockey game was going on. So instead of paying $14.00, we had to pay $35.00. I was not happy at all!! Overall, yes, I would recommend eating there but I will not be back myself.

                                  18. MS

                                    MikeS

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                    Food was good, drinks were on the smaller side. Waitress was great. My only pet peeve is that they stick a 4% kitchen staff fee onto your bill...You want to own an operate a restaraunt, pay your staff adequetly.

                                  19. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New England

                                    5 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great food with good friends. Tom is the host with the most. Missed Alcove during most of the pandemic and Happy to be able to experience it again especially under the new chef

                                  20. JK

                                    JerryandKate

                                    New England

                                    8 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great service, great food- a perfect experience. Tom abs staff do a tremendous job at creating a nice experience

                                  21. MG

                                    MarissaG

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                                    Positive: great staff, very accommodating. The brunch entrees were a decent size and very tasty. Negative: No gluten-free options. The Bib salad was $15 and could be eaten in 4 bites. Overpriced.

                                  22. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great service both the wait staff and the very geacious host( we were 35 mins late for our reservation because Apple Maps walking directions do NOT work!) food was fantastic, had fish tacos and Quinoa fried rice. I had a cocktail and my friend had wine she was very impressed with. No complaints at all! Will come back whenever we are in town again!

                                  23. A

                                    Allstonian

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                    overall4food5service4ambience3

                                    The food was outstanding, especially the kataifi-crusted crab cakes, the arancini, the bavette steak, and the passion fruit tart. But the room is painfully loud! People at a nearby table for 6 were literally screaming with laughter, and I learned much more about the medical history (and medical bills) of the person at the next table than I liked. Unfortunately, asking for a different table was not an option.

                                  24. M

                                    Megg

                                    New England

                                    4 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Had such a good time sitting at the bar on a Wednesday night. We ordered the burger and fish tacos, both were excellent

                                  25. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 4, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Perfect for a group/work gathering. Great wine list, delicious food, lovely staff and beautiful space.

                                  26. TB

                                    TomBoucher

                                    San Francisco

                                    32 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    32 reviews

                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Will definitely be returning! Great location on the waterfront and a very short walk from TD Garden.

                                  27. m

                                    martham

                                    San Francisco

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                                    overall3food4service1ambience3

                                    We had to leave without our food to get to Celtic game. Very slow service. Celtic tickets so pricey, and asked if apps and meal could come at same time- they said no. After 40 min from app delivery, still no meal. I would be cautious if you’re going there pre game and want to get to your seats in time for the warm up.

                                  28. FP

                                    FoodiePlus

                                    New England

                                    23 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    23 reviews

                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Chef Charles Draghi is a master and with him onboard now, everything we’ve had has been delicious, incl. his well known pasta carbonara.

                                  29. b

                                    blizzyb456

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    The food was very good, the food came out very quickly, which was surprising but in a good way. The wine was paired well and we had a wonderful time.

                                  30. N

                                    Nickie

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall3food5service1ambience4

                                    The food was really good but the service was painfully slow.

                                  31. LS

                                    LeslieS

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We are Celtics season ticket holders and we love going to the Alcove for a pregame meal. Sunday we went for brunch and were not disappointed. It was pretty obvious we were attending the game and our server ensured he moved along our service so we could easily make tip off. We also were responsible and scheduled brunch for 11 am for a 1 pm start! Our party enjoyed the Frittata, Oysters, Burgers and the French Toast. All were delicious accompanied by mimosas and bloody marys of course! We love the Alcove and will continue to frequent the restaurant.

                                  32. KL

                                    KimL

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent food, drinks, service, location, and ambiance.

                                  33. M

                                    Min27

                                    New England

                                    35 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    35 reviews

                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    Stylish cocktails at the busy bar. Excellent service from our waitress, the floor manager, and two servers. Quiet at 5pm, before Bruins game. Very loud when we left at 6:30. Enjoyed a beautiful wine list, wMuscadet by the glass! Oysters from Maine were delish and served properly. Salmon on baby spinach cooked perfectly. Carbonara delicious and a bit unusual with small pieces of pork belly. Petite bites for shared dessert. Could add a cookie to that plate of chocolate and dates squares. Mediterranean meets Boston seafood. Will return.

                                  34. PL

                                    PedLuis305

                                    Miami

                                    10 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    10 reviews

                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                    Beautiful food & ambiance! Definitely a must. The view is magnificent!

                                  35. MS

                                    MichaelS

                                    New England

                                    12 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    12 reviews

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                    Nice atmosphere. Good value for the food. They were out of the wine we ordered but our server gave us a great pour by the glass. Definitely will go back.

                                  36. RB

                                    RandyB

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                    Game days are always noisy, hectic and loud. The restaurant serves consistent food. Service alittle slow after a game. Overall, good job.

                                  37. DS

                                    DrSteveR

                                    New England

                                    7 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    We ordered arancini appetizers and cheeseburgers. Our waiter was kind enough to comp us the crispy smashed potatoes so we could try them. Everything was delicious and nicely accompanied by a good IPA from the beer list.

                                  38. CS

                                    ClareS

                                    Los Angeles

                                    5 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Pleasant on all fronts. Nice menu.

                                  39. RR

                                    ReneeR

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Delicious food ! Excellent service. Welcoming . Will be definitely coming back again.

                                  40. GG

                                    GaryG

                                    New England

                                    10 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    10 reviews

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall4food4service3ambience3

                                    Food was tasty but service was slow and non attentive

                                  Safety precautions

                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                    • Contactless payment available
                                  • Screening

                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                    • Staff is vaccinated

                                  FAQs

                                  You can order delivery directly from Alcove using the Order Online button. Alcove also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 248-0050.

                                  Alcove is rated 4.4 stars by 1253 OpenTable diners.

                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                  Booked 41 times today
                                  Google Map for Alcove

                                  50 Lovejoy Wharf Boston, MA 02114

                                  Additional information

                                  • Cross street

                                    Causeway St, Beverly St, Lovejoy Pl

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    West End

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

                                  • Cuisines

                                    American, Contemporary American, Mediterranean

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Dining

                                  • Dress code

                                    Smart Casual

                                  • Parking details

                                    No parking on-site. Validated parking is available in the garage across the street at The Beverly/Courtyard Marriott Hotel (105 Beverly St.) . Parking is $14 on non-event nights and $35 on event nights. Please let the parking attendant know you are dining at Alcove upon arrival.

                                  • Public transit

                                    Causeway St @ Medford St Bus 4, N Washington St @ Medford St Bus 89/93/92/111/426/428, North Station Orange Line, Green Line B/C/D/E, Commuter rail Downeaster/Fitchburg/Haverhill/Lowell/Newburyport/Rockport

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive chef

                                    Charles Draghi

                                  • Additional

                                    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                  • Phone number

                                    (617) 248-0050

                                  • Private party facilities

                                    Alcove offers a variety of unique spaces and configurations for private dining experiences. For groups of 13 to 270, the menu and setup can be customized to suit the event needs.

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