Oak + Rowan

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Oak + Rowan, recently named Boston Globe's 2018 restaurant of year, nestled in Boston’s historic Fort Point/ Seaport Waterfront Channel celebrates all things steak and seafood; with an emphasis on prime steak, locally sourced fish and award winning oysters, handmade pasta and house-made desserts. Wine Spectator Award winning wine list focusing on boutique vineyards. We invite you to dine with us in a space embellished with distinct lighting, a sleek 22-seat bar and 2 private dining rooms, dining rooms to accommodate intimate date nights or gatherings with friends. Our commitment at Oak + Rowan is to provide an atmosphere unlike no other, just as if we invited you into our home.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Credit cards are required for all reservations on Christmas Eve. Per our restaurant cancellation policy, any reservation that cancels after 12 PM on December 23, will be charged $25 per person

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 791 People Are Saying
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JT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting takes on some traditional dishes. Tasty with fresh ingredients. Server was very helpful in describing things on menu.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Just too expensive.

CF
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I only just discovered Oak + Rowan and it's already a new favorite. Lee is incredible, kind, and extremely knowledgeable about wine and his customers' tastes. I will definitely be back again!

d
New England
222 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in and had a dynamite time. The new clam pasta and new pork belly main courses are extraordinary. Had the clam chowder so flavorful on a cool night. Cornbread appetizer is perfect. The best restaurant in the neighborhood. Server was a very nice young lady.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went on a Thursday night with a colleague for a casual, late business dinner. The food was excellent — had the crudo app and Pollack dinner. Both were perfect! The gin drink with honey and mint was DIVINE!! Highly recommend.

KP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, very pleasant and knowledgeable waiter. Menu interesting but somewhat limited. Food was excellent

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious! The cheese, the starters, entrees and desserts, all amazing and interesting. Would definitely go back and definitely recommend!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was very good but very slow. All of the dishes we ordered were good but the serving sizes are small and expensive for what you get. The music was really loud (we went on a Friday night).

PM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food did not match the prices or the environment at all. The entrees were far too small, were not memorable and lacked in flavor complexity. Seems like a bad fit for the area and the ambience. I would not go back or recommend them to my friends.

CM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

My wife and I consider ourselves foodies and not only have we never written a negative review but we have never walked out from a restaurant, until last night. Service was pleasant but slow. All three appetizers were so bland that we quickly agreed it was not worth taking the risk on the entrées. We paid the check and left. Definitely not a restaurant I will give another chance nor recommend.

D
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find in Boston. By chance we got sidetracked from our usual route and found Oak +Rowan. Made reservations for the next evening. You know that when a restaurant charges for its artisan bread and spread that’s it’s gonna be good. I had the lobster spaghetti and my wife had the swordfish special. Neither dish would disappoint. They were excellent. There was s nice wine list and you cannot leave without trying the homemade cookies and cream ice scream !

DA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic waiter. Very creative menu, small but very complete. Nice wine list.

SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for our team dinner. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you

KM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was okay. It was not busy but service was so slow that we had to ask server when we could expect our entrees. Then, we got charged for an appetizer we did not receive. Calling Oak & Rowan did not result in a refund. I would avoid this restaurant at all costs.

DA
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service; a fine, elegant meal; and a birthday cake that we could not have imagined – and loved.

Kudos, so much thanks!

What a fine experience.

QS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good, not great. Our server was not the best, though, which was weird, since it was a Tuesday night and there was hardly anyone there. He did not stop by often enough and I went for a long time with an empty water glass after I had finished my wine. (Since I had a somewhat spicy dish, this was disappointing.) I would not tell someone not to eat there, as I liked the decor, the location, and I think it has potential. But the meal was expensive for what we got and the lack of attention from our server was disappointing and greatly influenced my experience.

PF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were warmly received and the suggestions were clearly and well presented

CM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal. Service was outstanding! Highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I was excited to go to Oak and Rowan and went on a double date during restaurant week! We got their restaurant week menu and the food was INCREDIBLE! But the service was SO slow! When we got there it was like a little over half full and by the time we got the 3rd course the place was empty! It made no sense why it was so slow and it felt like they were doing it to rack up a liquor bill! I would give it another try but an almost 3 hour dinner was far too long

T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

My wife and I tried this restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We also regularly dine out on average 2-3 times per week. For the reasons I'll list below I would honestly suggest you stay away from this restaurant.

1) I made the reservation through Open Table and where they ask if you are celebrating anything I added Anniversary. Why ask if you're not going to even mention it.
2) Upon arriving on time I waited more than five minutes for the Host / Hostess to check us in. I had to interrupt the wait staff twice to ask them to look for them. If the restaurant was at all busy I could understand this but it wasn't.
3) When the waiter asked if we'd like flat or sparkling water I requested flat; he proceeded to bring sparkling
4) I ordered the NY Sirloin Medium Plus - it came out rare and lukewarm
5) The martinis came out thin and 3/4 filled and ONLY that high because of the slice of grapefruit
6) During our meal we had a visit from two flying bugs - at that point we only wanted the check to escape

Look, I could keep going but hopefully you get what I'm saying. There is nothing good I can say about this place.

GH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

i’m always impressed by oak + rowan’s thoughtful, unique dishes. the flavor is always there in every dish. i was also blown away by how well cooked the salmon was. the caramel gelato and chocolate bark were the perfect end to our meal. i was a little disappointed in the slow service this time around, especially given how empty the restaurant was.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Disappointed by the scarcity of vegetarian options on the menu but the food we got was superb

SL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was perfectly portioned. Presentation looks great.

GW
New England
103 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Finally, O+R is back to the level I was introduced to it at. Outstanding food and fantastic service. Considering that it was Restaurant week menu for me, I had an outstanding value too. My colleagues paid about the same for their main course alone (one was vegetarian). Salmon was great for both preset and reg menus. Gazpacho with shrimp was not only inventive (that’s their trademark) but one of the best tasting. Desert, which I normally don’t get, this time I ordered and it was amazing! Seriously, just some ice cream !!!

f
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food and a beautiful space.

JW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner!!

DK
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Small portions size

d
New England
223 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was so great at the bar. We often sit at the bar so it’s nice to have a great bartender! Great wine recommendations and we ordered multiple courses. New dishes from their chef are impeccable. Tomatoes are flavorful, pastas and the bread! Yum. Keep it coming. Your the best!

T
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has already been one of my favorite places to eat, but they went above and beyond for this meal. One of my family members has a ton of allergies and the chef specifically took the time to review the extensive list and adapt all of the dishes she ordered so that she could eat it without fear of a reaction. Wonderful service and delicious food! You can't go wrong coming here!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We tried several appetizers that were all excellent. Entrees were delicious and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Will definitely be back.

SW
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Arrogant service ruined fantastic food and a cool interior architectural design.
$14 for a coffee French press was outrageous and we could see the bottom of the cup it was so thin. We asked for the coffee to be remade and it was no better after leaving for longer to brew. A service-minded business would have comped the coffee and apologized. No apology from this arrogant server! Shame

DM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The bread! The rye bread was the best part of the meal, followed by the bartender's whim cocktails.

QA
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Energetic ambiance with a good menu, execution was close to 4 star, but lack of attention to details severely hindered the overall experience. for example, partially cold meats on the main course, stale and soggy bread sticks with the cheese. Slow initial service, offset by an amazing hostess / sommelier. Overall it felt as if the chef was on point, but no staff to support the talent... which takes away a lot of value from Oak + Rowan, which is too bad, because the wine pairings, cocktails and deserts were on par.
$15 - for 1/8Lb of french cheese with stale bread stick - not worth it
$38 for cold halibut - no worth it
$6 for bread - not worth it, I have my words for the manager who decides to charge for bread...

c'est la vie.

May try again a 2nd time to validate or prove my experience wrong.

Best of luck.

RS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, lovely service and thoughtfully prepared dishes.

JK
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best dinners we have had in years!! Excellent all around. Flavors and portions - amazing. What a delight. Got duck and lobster spaghetti. I dislike rye bread but theirs was fabulous- can't say enough about this experience. I also rarely write reviews but was compelled by the quality of our meal.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very creative menu, excellent presentation

MA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Lovely evening, great table. Very good waiter. I'll be back!

JD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable meal, service and atmosphere were great.

s
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were seated right away but didn’t have anyone take our drink order for at least 15 minutes - far too long. The server we had was very good when she arrived, but things got confusing when another gentleman came over to take our orders too. When asked if there were any specials he said he didn’t know and left. Then after our first server had taken our orders he came back to tell us what the specials were. It was kind of ridiculous and disorganized. However, the food was very good and we didn’t let it spoil our great time together.

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