What a great place!! Nancy has created another fantastic eatery. Having finally made it to Oak & Rowan I was not disappointed. The staff was attentive and well trained. The menu had something for all. Wonderful presentation and the deserts were to die for. Highly recommend spending a few hours here to enjoy what they have to offer.
There are steaks and specialty steaks. Steaks are the usual portions from steakhouses (Strega, Grill 23, etc) which are relatively unaltered. Specialty steaks have glaze or something added.
The Oak and Rowan steak is the best specialty steak I’ve ever had. The cut of meat was sizable and each piece was tender and juicy. Whatever their chef used to glaze the meat did not hide nor take away from the meat taste, but rather added and complimented it. I ordered it medium rare and it was perfect. It came out to $50 and I was joking with my girlfriend that it’s probably going to come out to $65, anything less would be a steal.
Food was good but very long wait for entrees
Had wanted to check this place out as the menu looked interesting and it is in a fun location. Restaurant was very busy upon first entering which made it feel lively. However, staff seemed overwhelmed and our server came back 3-4 different times to take our first drink orders (1 at a time it seemed?). Then it took ages to get our wine.
For food we ordered the bread with ricotta/apricots and date butter to start which was great for sharing and tasty. We also ordered the pesto gnocchi with artichokes and mozzarella which I thought was great but extremely small and pricey at 19 bucks a plate. But gnocchi was a good texture and accompaniments were spot on. However, our entree courses and desserts were NOT GOOD. I ordered the sea trout with maine crab, beets, watercress, and rye crepe. My fish and the crepe had the texture of being left under the heat lamp for awhile. Further it was ridiculously salty (and I like salt!). My husband and a friend ordered the cod with olive tapenade, polenta, and roasted celery root. This dish was nearly inedible. The cod was overcooked and HEAVILY salted-which wasn't made any better by the olives on the side. The celery root was extremely undercooked (HARD in fact) and the polenta was put on the plate too sparingly. Lastly, our desserts (the black walnut brulee and the tazo chocolate mousse) were just plain bizarre. The black walnut brulee was almost too savory and both dishes had some herb on them that tasted (no joke...) like marijuana. Food was just so disappointing at this point. Plating was pretty but taste was poor.
Our server was friendly but a bit abrupt at times and seemed rushed and overwhelmed.
Overall, the vibe seemed fun to start but the food was a major let down-especially when the bill totaled 400 bucks with tip for 4 people.
Won't be returning.
Music too loud. People go to restaurants to talk not listen to music
Atmosphere was warm, not too loud even though the restaurant is quite large. Our booth was a little cramped for foot room (one of you is getting your feet stepped on), but the seats are comfy.
Food was excellent. Including duck, sea trout, gnocchi, vegan cauliflower soup, sweetbreads and escargot, and cheese course. Nothing disappointed (well, except the serving size of cheese - about 4 dice worth of cheese.) Dessert was also excellent, down to the rye crumbs served with the passionfruit mousse, and buttermilk ice cream with reduced balsamic syrup.
Bartenders were friendly and skilled, ready to make vintage cocktails off-menu and suggest substitutions. (The bar was inexplicably out of all orange liqueur on the evening we went, but they were creative enough to brainstorm drinks without this limiting factor.) One exception: having the bartender do a "tableside show" making drinks from the house cocktail list was awkward, unnecessary, full of useless information about making housemade simple syrups (really?), and seemed uncomfortable for the bartender as well. Free the bartender! Let her make drinks behind her actual bar, with all her tools and her ice and her running water. Don't force her to "perform" a stilted version of her job. It's disrespectful to her and condescending to diners. Please, for all of us.
My most serious complaint: our waiter. Did someone dare him to be the worst waiter ever? Did he act like this because of unrecognized hearing loss? He talked over me as I tried to order, kept walking away when we were about to ask a question, and gave an absurdly long monotone speech (think Ben Stein acting like Ben Stein) explaining *every column* of the clearly organized menu. His "good ol' Boston boy" jokes fell flat.
Advice: Avoid the house cocktail order (house cocktails trigger the "tableside show" but off-menu cocktails don't.) Definitely order dessert. Maybe you'll have a better waiter and a great experience.
Two birthdays, but no acknowledgement on restaurant’s part.
Odd holiday menu
Spent close to $300 and two meals were basic breakfast meals
My lobster gnocchi was very good
A great urban vibe and appealing decor, industrial chic. The place is well run and well staffed and appeals to a variety of customers from the new urbanites to the corporate types working nearby.
The menu is short and very creative. Most dishes have an unusual combination of tastes and appeal to the culinary adventurous types.
A good option that feels uniquely American cuisine in the Fort Point neighborhood.
Everything was great except for slow service at the bar. It was not a crowded night but the bartender took 10 minutes to make an old fashioned for my companion. To be fair, she deducted that drink from the final tab.
Was excited to eat at Oak and Rowan for Dine Boston. We ordered from the pre fix menu; food was bland, portions were small, the tastiest was dessert.
Overall, we had an enjoyable experience. There were a few issues, including some confusion over the reservations. We told the Hostess we had a reservation and what the name was (twice), and then she seated us. Later on our server asked if we were a walk-in or a reservation, as there was some confusion about who we were? The hostess then stopped by again and asked us who seated us. Um, you did? We had a difficult time getting a check, and were really in a hurry at this point. We had already been there over an hour for a starter and two entrees. It was a bit busy, but we didn't really get much attention from our server after we asked us if we had a reservation. The restaurant décor is nice, very urban, the music can be loud with kids and people and brunch service. Parking can also be a pain. The food was good, especially the mushroom and Brussel sprout salad, and the Chipotle Tequila cocktail was a nice combination of spicy and sweet. They have pastry offerings, however, maybe you have to request the cart to be brought to you? Nobody asked if we wanted anything from it?
First time at O&R. We will definitely go back. The atmosphere is fun and the food/service is great.
Amazing dining experience with fabulous service. Highly recommend!
I would normally recommend this restaurant, but this past experience was the worst. We have been noticing a down turn in service especailly from teh bartenders. Tried to serve me a drink with old mildewed mint leaves.
Great food, ambiance, and service! Would recommend - make sure to get a normal seated table (high-top booths can be a big cramped!)
Fabulous meal. Great combination of ingredients and flavors. Excellent service. What a gem!
Very mediocre food and uninspiring without much taste nor favor. Very disappointing. How does one serve a tasteless burger with bland fries? Same for other dishes.
We went during Dine Out Boston for lunch. The food was excellent! In addition, there are several different types of seating choices, and seating areas, made the space more interesting.
Went thete for a brunch. The food was ok, portion was fair. But we got ignored from beginning to the end so won’t go back again.
We had brunch and ate the duck confit croquet madame which was incredible and I had eggs benny with lobster which was so good. Generous portions so go hungry!
Popped in late night and snagged bar stools. Sat and enjoyed the nice bar scene late night. It’s nice they serve food later because there was no push to get me and husband out. Enjoyed a new mussel pasta and the lamb dish. We normally sit at a table but the bar was really fun and attentive. We had ice cream for dessert it was nice value and flavor not your traditional container from grocery store. By far best restaurant in the area or in Boston for that matter. Their wine guy is really fun too. He always seems engaged
Excellent food and service. The menu is solid- nothing too experimental but very well prepared and tasty. Save room for dessert- they were awesome! Also, don’t look past the house made ice creams- they were really worth getting and not a throw away like they are on some menus.
The atmosphere was great - they did a marvelous job on the renovations. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was very good although they may want to add some additional items that are more “basic”. But o stall it was a great experience.
The gnocchi was amazing. Menu good for vegetarians but not sure about vegans. The cauliflower soup was also amazing. We loved the bread with date butter. We loved our waiter Pat. We brought our young adult kids back the next week!
Food, service and presentation were outstanding! A flavor sensation with every bite!!
I had high hopes as the menu looked amazing. We arrived a bit late( but I called) the host was very nice and engaging, restaurant is very nice inside, lots of brick and industrial feel. We sat at the bar, the two bartenders couldn't have been more standoffish. They were very unfriendly and it seemed like they could have cared less that we were there. We ordered the Vermont blue cheese and the snapper crudo both very good, cheese plate was the better of the two. We chose not to stay for dinner based on how unwelcoming the two woman bartenders were. I felt I didn't want to spend the money if they couldn't be friendly.
Terrible oysters slow service and mediocre drinks/food
Enjoyed my meal very much. Husband stuck to steak as he’s a fan of there bone in cut. I tried their duck dish which was outstanding. We ate a pork appetizer with oysters which was delicious too. Overall a win, win. Love the atmosphere here and servers are always very kind to us. A must try. Portion sizes were more then adequate this time around
food is interesting and well prepared. service very friendly especially jasmine.
had a great time ,brunch after church on sunday. arrived late but seated immediately and well served
Our waiter Colin truly made the experience worth while. The food was very good, fairly priced for the quality and atmosphere! Great selection of wines and a good option for an IPA but only one to choose. Overall, thoroughly enjoyed and will be back!
Everything was fantastic. Make sure you leave room for dessert, especially if you (rightly) order the ataxia Cremux. It’s amazing; as is everything Chef Mercury does!
Food was amazing. We loved the appetizers (oysters, meatloaf) and the lamb, agnolotti. The ambiance is cool with brick walls. We had a good time overall. Service forgot our appetizers and only brought after we asked a few times. Food also took 40 minutes to arrive. To be fair, they apologized and took out appetizers from our bill.
Grabbed some dinner with friends to celebrate a recent promotion and had a very nice time! The food was all delicious and the restaurant was lively. The place has a nice vibe that added to an overall very pleasant experience.
Had an early dinner and the restaurant was clear early on, but got busy as the night went on. No attention to detail was spared. Everything was excellent, from food to drinks, and service. It was a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it as a special occasion treat. Would definitely visit again!
I saw O&R on the phantom gourmet show a few weeks back. What a nice place to experience during our typical theater nights in town. parking is convenient and easy traffic to get to the Opera House for our show.
we planned an early Sat dinner (5:30) and pleasantly greeted by staff and our server (Pete) who took time to explain the menu and offer suggestions for the more timid diners in our group.
we each chose a few items for sharing and left completely satisfied after appetizers, soup, entree's and dessert.
I had mentioned a special birthday note in the Open Table reservation; the staff confirmed during the 24 hr notice call and again as we entered making for a really nice touch. Worth a return trip with family and/or a special date nite.
We left @ 7:30 the dining room was beginning to get busier; but not overwhelmingly loud.
You WILL receive your plate and think “That’s it?” Then you will remember the price and sink lower.
Very good cocktail program. Interesting wine list. Nice diverse, eclectic menu. Looking forward to seeing this place mature.
I found the menu to be very meat-centric. The meat we did get was underdone and not a taste sensation