Oak + Rowan
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.
Food great, server was terrible.
First time there and we were truly impressed. We started at the bar and had a wonderful bartender who served us one of the best drinks I have ever had (something in Havana, was the name). The lobster biscuits were excellent! Then we moved to the dining room and had Colin. Great service, and food. I had the striped bass and my husband the duck. Every bite got better than the prior one! I think this might be my next favorite place in the seaport area. We will be back soon!
The menu is very very offbeat. It was, according to the restaurant, " the Summer of Lobster" at Oak and Rowan. Yet they did not offer a lobster meal as one would expect. They offered a peculiar lobster salad that did not have much lobster and a chicken and lobster main dish that had less than the 1/2 of a lobster that was represented by the server. The biscuits with "lobster butter" were good. The Cozetti, a pasta dish on the starter list was very tasty. The pork belly and clam soup, less so. The server was friendly but my 2 female companions both expressed some dissatisfaction with their dishes and he made no effort to offer a satisfactory replacement or compensation or involve management. He stated that the pastry/dessert chef was an award winner yet the dessert offerings were not inspiring and the chocolate choice was not enjoyed by the 2 ladies. We told the waiter that this was a dinner to celebrate one of the ladies birthdays, a milestone. No effort made or offered to even place a lit candle in the mediocre dessert I purchased and she selected. Overall, a less than very good experience.
Great meal, great service. Sat at the bar with two business associates, and ordered family style. The bar tenders were great and friendly. Awesome time. Will definitely come back.
Great food!! Great service!!
The food was delightful with a modern flare to a brunch experience. Perfect way to spend a Sunday visit in Boston with a dear friend!
The food and service were outstanding. The plate presentation was elegant and tasteful. Portion size could be slightly larger on some meals to add value.
Great meal and service at Oak + Rowan. Was concerned about the service after reading some reviews, but our server Brandon was awesome and everything was smooth the whole meal. Timing for food was good, explanation of items was good, etc. Granted, it was a monday during a holiday week and most tables were empty. However, Brandon had at least two other tables to work and things still went great. Halibut was good, lobster specials also great.
Nice ambiance. Modern vibe with eclectic menu
Comfortable. Attentive staff
The summer lobster specials were great. Dessert so good. The bread and whey was wonderful.
I like the vibe Oak + Rowan is selling: hip, seasonal, modern, interesting yet accessible menu. Maybe just an off night, but execution was pretty uneven for us.
We eat out frequently at some of the best restaurants in Boston. Oak & Rowan is one for the best dining experiences we have had in a very long time. Service, food, drinks, wine, and background music were all top notch. But the desserts were absolutely the best we have ever had. Period. Kudos to Oak & Rowan for taking the time to get everything right. We would highly recommend, and look forward to going back soon.
We arrived at noon for lunch and we’re seated right away. We were given glasses and a bottle of water which we drink very quickly. I arrive later than my guests and when I said down no one asked me for anything to drink. My guest ordered a cheeseburger and wanted ketchup and I had to get up and find someone to bring it because no one checked in on us when they delivered the food. What kind of cheeseburger is served without ketchup?They were clearly overloaded I could see only 2 wait staff people in the restaurant at lunchtime on a Thursday. Ridiculous.
We sat in a booth and enjoyed such a great experience tonight. The server made our night- as he let us know about the new menu design since our last visit. The crudo was so fresh, caviar tasting so good and we both had Halibut! Chocolate for dessert! We love this restaurant - it’s the best in Boston - no question! Wine food service it hits on all cylinders
Good food and service but very loud.
Fantastic dinner, personable service, excellent wine recommendation for $50 bottle, cheese plate, Halibut & Swordfish were prepared perfect with excellent accompaniments that didn't overpower the fish with flavors. Will be back many times in the future. Really good spot in Boston with lots of other good restaurants but this one should be top of your list for the price point and quality of the food. Very nice bar and room.
To be honest I was incredibly disappointed with the service and management. The restaurant was not that crowded and we waited close to 2 hours for our entrees. No explanation given other than “its out of our control” no communication leading up to our complaint as to why this was taking so long. Rather than offering round of drinks, complimentary apps, or desert they brought a small cheese plate. It’s upsetting because the food was good but clearly management has not been trained well; this could easily have been a positive review.
The food was generally over salted. The croque-madame was overwhelmed with the taste of mustard and the eggs were runny. The mushrooms in the omelette were not chopped, but rather whole mushrooms which made it difficult to eat and unappealing. Fortunately we weren’t in a rush so it didn’t matter that we waited over 45 minutes for our lunch. Overall our dining experience was a disappointment considering the glowing reviews this restaurant has had in the recent past.
Food was too salty, found it as a quite unhealthy experience. If you watch your weight or have other medical conditions, please specify the level of salt at this place.
OH. MY. GOODNESS. I have found my new favorite! O + R, you will be landing on the Boston recommended restaurant list on my food blog, Creating A Foodie, for SURE. And come date night, guess where I’ll be? Are you worth spending $6 for bread? YES. Should I really order dessert? HELL, YES. Will I dream of gnocchi and prime rib until I see you again? Sigh, yes, I will... Thank you for such a spectacular evening! See you all again soon!
Creative dishes, great atmosphere, great service. Price was just right, food was prepared perfectly.
Service was personalized and outstanding! Great ambiance, inventive dishes and accommodating to dietary needs. Highly recommend!
The food was actually pretty good, though the asparagus soup was a bit too salty and nothing special. The bread and date butter were tasty. The gnocchi were nice, and the steak was very good. However, the fish dish looked truly bizarre (looked like it had a filo wrapper on it, but it didn’t, just oddly prepared) and was not very well portioned. The server insisted on describing how to eat our meal at every turn, and was quite overbearing. The first cocktail ordered was absolutely terrible, and the special beer on tap was out (although the menu said they had it) and they had no replacement in its place. Pretty disappointed overall as experience at the sister Newburyport restaurants has been great.
The service was very good and the food was tasty. I definitely recommend the halibut. We liked the look and feel of the high ceiling, wood floors, brick walls and tall windows. But these features also contribute to a high noise level that made conversation difficult. Granted it was Friday night but even with a 9pm reservation, it was loud enough to be annoying for the duration of our meal. Not sure if they have a quiet nook in the back but if they do, I recommend you sit in it
Really enjoyed their new steak dishes. And family had the lobster. The tequila cocktail on the drink list is dynamite for summer time, Kyle our server was fantastic. Had a nice Italian white here by the glass. Skipped desserts this time and just had ice cream which were perfect. Love the chocolate. Still one of Boston’s best new restaurants from the past year
Very good food. One of the best deserts ever! Nice waitstaff.
This was hideous service. Completely inattentive from start to finish, and they didn't even care that this was the case. It wasn't even that busy. We are more than forgiving for service and understand what goes into it, but this was beyond horrific. It took us 15 minutes to get waters to the table, another 10 to get a 2nd drink order, and 45 minutes after that to get our appetizers. There was only one entree ordered within the entire group, but it took 2 full hours (with only one drink ordered per person) to complete a meal that we were hoping would take 1 hour.
Based on the service, pricing/value, and the competition in this area, this restaurant really doesn't stand a chance to survive. Too bad given the decent ambiance. Management needs to get their act together quickly--it was embarrassing to bring two friends from out of town here...
Great experience, unexpected. Creative food, excellent food, awesome server and bartender. We would highly recommend. It’s not hamburgers and French fries, well they did have a burger, but described Luke nine other I have seen. We loved the fish of the day, halibut, unique clam chowder with Pork belly, Veges, perfect. Smaller portions so no take outs from our table.
Our family of four had brunch. What stood out was the pastry cart in lieu of bread, with delicious all made-in-house cardamom meringues, quiches and cinnamon rolls - just exceptional. The service was a bit too « down to business ». The food was inventive (the English peas and duck eggs on toast were fresh and an unexpectedly great combination) .
Great spot, great food. One of the best desserts I’ve ever had.,
Excellent service. Creative and delicious farm to table food.
Service and food was amazing!!! The uniqueness of the flavor combinations of everyone’s dishes was amazing.
Solid lunch option, delicious food (though if you don't like fried food be warned that some of the sandwiches contain fried food, best to check). Great service and ambience.
Great sourdough bread and salad. Halibut was okay. Wagyu beef was great. Slow service marred the experience.
Went for my husband's bday on the Friday of a holiday weekend. There was no one in there. However, we were still seated at a table across from the bar prep area, probably the worst seat in the house. Service was slow and fair at best. We ordered a flight of caviar and it was dropped at our table with no explanation as to which one was what. I had halibut and my husband had a Wagu sirlion cap. They were both good. They did write happy birthday on our dessert plate on their own doing. Overall, was underwhelmed with the experience.
I went here last year and it was amazing. Went this week and waited 10 minutes to have our drinks order taken. Then she forgot to make them. We ordered dinner at 6:30 and still hadn’t arrived at 8:30 we ordered medium rare steaks. We settled tab and left
Good service and good food. The menu is limited and pricey.
The food was amazing! Super fresh and tasted amazing. We stopped for a quick light meal and was not disappointed with the food, the service on the other hand left a lot to be desired. Our waiter while pouring our water spilled and splashed it all over the table. He explained the menu then walked off. He passed our table several times without eye contact or acknowledging us. When he returned he asked for our order and was visibly disappointed when we all did not order a full course dinner. After taking our order we never saw him again till he dropped the desert menu. By this time we were very upset with his treatment of us so we just asked for our checks. The rest of the service staff was very nice and was willing to answer our questions! It is sad that one waiter could ruin an evening.
Entrées were good though the medium rare duck barely showed pink. Desserts and appetizers ranged from mediocre to appealing. Crud wasn’t fresh, asparagus soup was overpowered by accompagnements, deserts were not edible.
Food and ambiance was very good. Service was extraordinarily disappointing. Our server was not helpful with suggestions for special dietary needs, and frankly seemed annoyed to have to wait on us. We will go back, but with hopes of a better experience with staff.