Really enjoyed City Winery tonight. There were six of us...two of whom were hard of hearing. Noise level on Sunday @ 6PM was perfect. From the hostesses to our waiter, service was great. Ordered 5-6 shared plates and liked them all.
Very enjoyable dinner at City Winery. Note that this review is for the restaurant only, not the performance venue--which we look forward to checking out on a future visit. The restaurant is housed in a spacious, beautifully-designed interior with lots of windows overlooking the street. The wine selections were superb--as you might expect--but we also found the food to be quite good. The Lobster Two Ways and the Farro Risotto were delicious. One peculiarity is that everything on the menu is listed under a main heading of "Shared Plates" even though there are, in fact, meal-sized individual entrees that appear under under a subheading entitled "Large." Also, the menu choices seem fairly limited for such a sizeable restaurant. That said, our servers were pleasant, helpful, and efficient, the food was well-prepared, and the atmosphere was comfortable and inviting, so it's worth checking out if you're in the area.
Didn't realize it was at the very ts ok end of a lunch buffett.
Our appetizer was very good but our entree was very long in coming. Our waiter said it was because of that night's show and the crowd. However when it came (salmon) it was raw and the waiter took it off our bill. Overall it was a very mixed experience. Not sure what to make of it as our seats were fine and the show (Garfinkle) was excellent.
Small plates have large plate prices. Even though intended to share plates, server searched and could not find serving spoons. Also had to get dessert sharing plates from the concert hall. Server was great. We were not impressed by the overall approach on the small plates. If we dine before a show again, will probably go somewhere with a full dinner service. The main benefit of the restaurant is for pre-show dining, not as a dining destination.
Our server was attentive, and the sommelier was very knowledgeable. I had the tuna burger wrapped in prosciutto. It was delicious and the rosemary and truffle fries were AMAZING! Food came out quickly - we were going to the show so that was a good thing.
Beautiful space, good food and beverage, and convenient place before /after Garden events. We'll be back !
One of our meals never came disputed repeated assurances by the manager that it was coming. The waitress was unresponsive.
Server was attentive, food was ok, no complaints, just an ok experience.
Great Place to gather for drinks, dinner but the best aspect is the music venue. Went to see this amazing band Incognito great show and good energy. What’s wonderful there is no bad spot to check out a band. Nice selection of wine, beer and mixed drinks only thing City Winery needs to work on is their Tapas - some things are good but, others items were very lackluster. With Boston being such the foodie town I just think City Winery just needs to step it up a bit but, on other fronts they totally score high in my book!!
8 women for dinner before the P!nk concert. We were some of the first at the restaurant for a 5 PM reservation in the main dining area. The bartenders were very friendly and offered suggestions as we ordered drinks from their menu and waited for our full group to arrive. Once seated our server was sweet and very friendly and offered many suggestions on the small plate vs large plate parts of the menu. We decided to order a bunch of small plates and share. They were smaller then we anticipated, but all were tasty and fun to try, so we ordered some more. They come out quickly so it was convenient to eat a little, have another drink and eat some more. We ordered a special large plate, scallops and gnocchi, and my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Occasionally we had to wait for our sever as they got very busy—being the night of a big concert—but we were always checked on and the manager would get us more drinks if we were waiting. We loved trying their unique song themed specialty drinks! All in all it was a great spot, with lots of pre-concert energy, and enjoyable. I’d definitely recommend it before a concert at the Garden. It’s one of the few places that allow reservations on a concert night and they open at 5!
Absolutely incredible experience. Food was to die for. Best meal I've had in years.
Food was good, not great. Wine was varied and fun. the servers were a big let down. The bartender was wound up like a clock, bouncing all around (too much caffeine?). Our server was clueless. I asked her about the two complimentary wine tastings and she had no idea what varietal they were. In fact she didn't even know what I was asking, I got a blank stare. I put it a different way and she still couldn't grasp what I was asking. The bartender had to come over to fill us in. Not what you expect from a wine bar. We ordered tapas, and indicated that we would be there for awhile, and she made sure all that we ordered came out at the same time!! Hello!!! We ended up eating cold food because it came all at ounce. You would think that having other restaurants like this elsewhere they would know how to train and run it, I don't see this place having a following, the shows, yes. Don't worry about a reservation if you want to try it yourself, it seems the word has already got around, we were there this Saturday and it was very quiet.
Terrible service. Took 20 minutes for cocktails... after food arrived! Had to see out waiter 3 times
We ordered a couple of small plates, shared a burger and throughly enjoed all three. My wife had a glass of a very tasty Portuguese white wine and I had a very good farmhouse ale from Maine. The wine list was very impressive and I plan on investigating it on a future visit. We finished our meal and headed into the concert venue to see Lee Ann Womack. The convenience of dining in The Barrel before the show was a plus. We look forward to our next visit in April.
First time to this venue, WOW what a great take the food ,the wine, the show. Had a great night
Margaret & Austin where awesome!
We had reservations for the Irish Comedy Tour show on Saturday night so we decided to go in early and enjoy dinner before. One of our party has a severe tree nut allergy. When we explained the situation, both our server (Jill) and management really went above and beyond to make sure everyone knew the severity of the allergy and made sure cross contamination protocols were followed in the kitchen. Over all an excellent experience.
Showed up late due to parking fiasco(whole different story) but got to sit right down due to place being only half full if that. We ordered carafe house Pinot noir and a few appetizers to share. Wine came out tasted like pure vinegar so we sent it back and ordered a bottle. All three appetizers came out in about 5 minutes and none were all to appetizing. Wine still not to table. Half way thru eating said if wine comes out send it back as we were nearly finished.. wine never came. We grabbed our check headed across the street into the north end and grabbed an easy delicious bottle of stags leap and some delicious Italian food.. don’t waste your time at city winery.
Food was delicious and it was a great scene for my 26th birthday
My wife and I were in for a birthday weekend and Bruins game. Stayed at the Onyx. A colleague told me about this restaurant so I decided to try it out. I have to say I was a bit nervous given the reviews but we were pleasingly surprised. It was a stormy night so the restaurant was not very crowded (although the music dine venue was packed). My wife and I were in the restaurant and really enjoyed ourselves. I had a glass of the CW Meritage it was great actually turned into three glasses. Started with the charcuterie which was great! Steak was good with a Hawaiian influence wife had the burger. We enjoyed our meal and ended with the triple chocolate cake which was amazing. One dessert we would go just for that and a glass. They are in the process of making their Boston wine I guess what they are serving is from their Chicago restaurant but the wine is great and they have amazing wine list. I was also very impressed and pleased with Erick Leon who appeared to be some type of manager. He gave us a tour of the restaurant and gallery and brought us into the concert venue to show us during the concert.. it was pretty cool. We will definitely be back. Ignore the negative reviews and give it a shot yourself. If you don't like it you can always walk to the north end. We will be back!
Only a few tables in restaurant yet they gave our food to the wrong table so had to remake it. Took way too long. Also really pushed the sharing aspect and honestly they serve there food like a dinner so really doesn't look or act like it should be shared like tapas should be. The food is great so made up for all these issues.
We sat at 6:15 and didn’t get service until 6:45. At that point we order wine and app and then no one came back to the table until 7:45 when I got up to get a server. Very disappointed and embarrassed for the chain.
Food was average, one of the specials that was read to us was misrepresented, so my friend with allergies couldn’t eat it and it was her birthday.
So overall disappointing
Overall it was great. The staff was trying to implement a new menu and seemed to have a few struggles, but the service was very nice. I think the meat was a bit fatty, and the cake was a bit lackluster, but other than that it was a great meal.
Don't play Michael Jackson, that music is out-dated. For some reason, there was a lot of miscommunication with food delivery. Food was nicely plated and delicious, large portions. My cake was not great.
Just heard about this restaurant and thought it would be an easy stop in prior to Celtics. Service and atmosphere were great. We ended up with a 4 course meal which was fabulous - and had planned on just stopping in for a quick bite. Love the bar!
Terrible Service. We booked an Open table reservation for 9:45, got there around 9:55 and was told the kitchen was closing in 5 minutes. Open table says dinner is 5pm-11pm. The manager made it a point to say he was keeping the kitchen open just for us. We felt rushed and decided to only have 2 appetizers and leave. On the way out my wife used the restroom and it was a total mess. The toliets kept flushing while she was on it, there was paper all over the floor and the trashes were overflowing. We told the manager when we were leaving and didn’t seem to care much. I love trying new restaurants with my wife but this is not the place to go. Will not be back, even with friends.
Our waiter was fantastic! We were given a gift certificate so we could enjoy a meal out while on an overnight. We didn’t understand that this place is a well respected music venue and we were too late to get the dinner and a show option. Next time we will make sure to look into that before booking. We enjoyed the wide open industrial space . We were there in the early evening but I bet it is hopping later!
Had an excellent dinner in the restaurant before a live show-flatbread special was terrific, great selection of wine both tap and bottled. Interesting small plate choices-duck tacos were wonderful. Server Jonathan was tentative, knowledgable and charming. Great place for dinner and live music.
Loved this place!!! such a breath of fresh air......mixed use venue.... so happy its in the neighborhood!! excellent service!!!
Wish there were more gluten free options; the was fine. Wine selection and help selecting was wonderful.
We went for the Brand Clark concert but ate dinner in the dining area first. Kale Caesar salad was fantastic as was the fried cauliflower. Lobster sliders were marginal. Our waitress was great- no draft beer yet. Music venue was fantastic and service was great.
We ate in the dining room prior to our concert in the venue there. The server wasn't totally on her game. The food lacked any real flavor; it was "ok". We went into the music venue and were seated at a table across from each other at a VERY CROWDED and TIGHT table. These were not the seats I chose but it was sold out. I asked if we could please stand in the back at the bar because we could barely move our chairs to turn and see the stage and was told no.
I would suggest they get rid of the picnic table feel and have standing room up front which is what helps with the energy while attending a concert and have high top tables behind for people that want to sit and eat etc. And on that note, having servers walking around and delivering/clearing plates and taking orders was so VERY distracting. Overall we were very disappointed in our experience here and won't go back unless they change the concert seating and meal service.
As City Winery is new to the West End, I thought I would try having dinner here with a friend. We ordered duck tacos, rosemary truffle Parmesan fries, and a flatbread. Also we both got a cocktail each. For producing wine “in house,” the glasses were very expensive thus leading us to cocktails which were also pricey (and watered down). The duck tacos came with 6 which was a decent quantity, however the toppings weren’t nearly enough for this “make-your-own” tacos. Also, they weren’t really hot. The fries were actually pretty good. The flatbread was not quite what I expected and tasted good but wasn’t worth the price. I know this location is new but the space is huge and feels so commercial. Staff was attentive and friendly, however, since there were like a total of 5-10 customers in a 100+ seat restaurant, staff was over-attentive. They rushed us paying the bill. Overall, this place is way over-priced for quality and there’s not really any ambience.
offered dishes were interesting on paper but poorly prepared - way too salty !!!! That ruined rest of the experience even though the venue had great overall atmosphere
The hostest seemed a little confused when we got there but that's really not a big deal. The food was pretty good. Our server was very friendly. I thought it was a little pricey for what we got. My wife and I both really liked the wine and I wouldn't mind going back and tasting the wines that were actually made in Boston when they're ready. We were also attending a show at the winery which I will say we enjoyed very much. The venue was livley and really just a great setting. Overall I would go back and try this restaurant again and would definitely attend another show.
I went here with my girlfriend on a Friday night around 7, there was about 6 other total people in the restaurant. Which made it approximately 4% full. We sat there for at least 15 minutes without anyone coming over to us, taking drinks, or saying a single word to us. I've never seen anything like it. If a restaurant is busy can totally understand a wait and have never complained before. But we just left because we couldn't tell if we would ever be served. It's a shame because we were super excited about this place. Hopefully they'll get things together in the future.
We went before a Celtics game, entrance is at the very beginning of Beverly street which was a bit confusing,. We were very pleased with all of the tapas we ordered as well as our drinks seeing as though they have only been open about a month. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about not only the menu, but the chef, wine making process and upcoming entertainment. We ordered the tuna poke nachos, margarita flat bread, Mongolian pork ribs and the braised duck tacos. Not one disappointed us and we will absolutely be back!
First off, the address on Open Table is 54 Canal St, which is incorrect. We went before a Celtics game, so restaurants in the area should be aware of events at The Garden-apparently City Winery isn’t aware. We were seated for over 45 minutes before we got any food. We only ordered four tapas plates for four people-two of which were pizzas. The second pizza arrived 20 minutes after the first and they were ordered at the same time and when you ate the pizza, all of the toppings fell off before you could get it in your mouth. Good luck to them. We will never be going back.
We went in on a quiet night. Our server attentive and friendly. The food was surprisingly good, but a little pricey for what you get. Still, we loved the location and vibe, and we will definitely be coming back.
Good meals for sharing. Not totally up and running yet on their beverage program