Permanently Closed - Stephi's On Tremont

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The younger, hipper sister of Stephanie’s on Newbury, Stephi’s on Tremont is located in the heart of Boston’s South End across from historic Union Park on Tremont Street. Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap the restaurant’s corner location and an outdoor seasonal patio provides for the neighborhood’s best people watching spot. Always a favorite for its comfortable, residential décor and warm, friendly service, Stephi’s is the go-to location for lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch that is popular with South End residents and visitors venturing into the city to shop at some of the neighborhood’s quaint boutiques. A sophisticated comfort food menu inspired by the original Stephanie’s on Newbury (and even including some of Stephanie’s personal favorite dishes) is served in the bar & lounge, the restaurant’s dining room and a beautiful private dining room that is perfect for intimate special events. Stephi’s on Tremont is where you enjoy “home cooked meals” just steps from your home.
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4.2
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CherylW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have never been so disappointed with any restaurant experience in my life. Our reservation was for 5 pm. We were parking in front of the restaurant prior to our theater night and got a phone call from the restaurant that they were closing and were out of food so sorry they were canceling our reservation. Really? I was right there and the bar and restaurant were packed! If you knew you were closing the doors the next day then don’t take reservations and let me plan appropriately. Very very unhappy!

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vipSusan
New England
32 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went for Sunday brunch. Only two waitresses for whole place so service was very slow. Seating, ordering very slow. Had to ask repeatedly for utensils, coffee. Food was very greasy. Would never return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I live in the south end and usually love Stephi’s. But this time, we ordered cold food and it took 38 minutes to come out. The waitress did not check in during that time or apologize for/address our concerns of the delay. Also, we ordered the steak frites after that and the meat came out luke warm. Very disappointing. Will not return :/

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Caitlyn
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I like Stephi's. I really do, but I don't like having to wait a half hour for a drink. Granted, this was on a Saturday night at 6:30 but when you're paying $15 for a cocktail the service just needs to be better. A very weak apology was made but nothing beyond that. We had to ask for the scrumptious garlic bread and that didn't come until nearly the end of the meal. The last time we were here the bread came out right after we ordered our drinks. The food tends to be very good and sometimes excellent. My advice would be to go on a weeknight or very early or very late. I sincerely hope Stephi's will hire another bartender and some more service staff in general on the weekends. I will go back, but not on a weekend!

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vip273eblknap
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent choice if going to the Untington Theater. Goos menu and food always reliable.

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vipMaryK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent, quick service let us enjoy our meal and get to our play on time.

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AlexandraK
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I believe this restaurant is closing this Spring which might have been why this experience was so sub-par. Even though our reservation was fairly early for a Sunday, the service was terrible and every table around us, even those who were sat and ordered after us received their food before we did. The "house made" stick bun was dry and lacked any flavor, my scrambled eggs were cold and over-cooked and my bacon was 90% fat and wasn't cooked enough. For the price point, there are FAR better options in the neighborhood. The cold food that lacked in quality coupled with poor service imbued an overarching sentiment of indifference.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Stephi Burger was great!

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vipFrequentDiner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Bella. Food was delicious. Decor was up to date but comfortable and not too noisy!

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ReneeR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience4

I've been to this restaurant many many times but this experience was not a good one! It had been a while since I was there! I had 7:30 reservations they seated us at 7:55 and there were several empty tables, as many people left around 7:30 or so... The service once we sat down was slow,d it took a very long time to get our drinks. Once the food came it was fine but not anything special. Food was just ok nothing really outstanding. It all looked a bit like a slop. I will not be going back.

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vipjayde1701
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out with my siblings to see a show. We were all very happy with food, service, ambiance and prices. Would definitely go back.

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vipRuss
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

While portions where huge, seemed most dishes were heavily salted. I’m a huge fan of skirt steak and short ribs. Unfortunately, both meats were over cooked. The short ribs were the most disappointing since one expects the meat to fall off the bones and melt in your mouth and little use of a knife. Not the case here with portions near the ends of the ribs so over cooked that it was a challenge to get the fork into the meat. Maybe just an off night.

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vipAlan
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very noisy. Food excellent but service just Ok. Not friendly

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vipBruce
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place was busy on Saturday night. The food and service were excellent. The tuna tartare appetizer and scallops main dish were especially yummy. My wife also liked her burger.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food4service1ambience3

Our waiter never came to check on us.

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vipFiggy
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Have been to Stephi's on Tremont numerous times. Brought some friends with us this time and was, well, embarrassed to do so.... The ultimate problem was our waitress. She couldn't be found most of our meal. When we receive an extremely horrible dish "pimento grilled cheese" that seemed to be made with a sweet-ish bread, none of us could eat it as it was so bad. The fries were cold as well - assumably the dish had been sitting in the kitchen for a while. We were going to suck it up and just order another dish altogether and not mention we didn't like the first one (so we would pay for both) but waited over 15 minutes for our server and even then, had to ask the host to find her. Apparently she had friends in the corner of the bar (away from the door) with whom she was "hanging". At that point, we were annoyed and voiced the problems with the dish (the server DID take it off our bill which was appreciated). When we finally got the replacement dish, everyone else was done with their meals, which was awkward. Our server's absence happened a few more times when we needed more beverages (the place would have made a LOT more $$ on alcohol if we could have ordered it). Additionally, we ordered a dessert (Boston Cream Pie) and then waited another 5 minutes for her to let us know they were out of it (would have been great to know this before we ordered). Additionally, a turkey salad I've ordered there for years and years didn't have all the ingredients it usually does (avocado), which was disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a reservation 2 hours and 15 minutes before a show and had to run to the theater in order not to be late. Service was slow (there was a large gap between appetizers and dinner) but the food was excellent. Also, we made reservations months in advance and somehow ended up crammed at a 2 top in the bar although we were a party of three.

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vipTracyK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Only nitpick is that we were there for brunch and one member of our party really craved something for dessert. Alas, they don't offer any dessert at brunch.

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vipSarah
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was terrible; they forgot the 2 year old's pancakes, waiter spilled water on the table and never returned to clean it up... yikes :( Really wanted to love it here!

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vipgaryd
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food in overall atmosphere is fine. The acoustics are so bad you can’t hear the person next to you.

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breviewer
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

This was the first time the service was really disappointing. We had th

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vipEikooc
New England
107 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice relaxing place with varied menu. Meatloaf and veggies were good but too salty. I would try again some day.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food but too noisy

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Sunday brunch! The food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch! The monkey bread and eggs Benedict are sooo good!!!

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fine food, service, ambiance. Host to be commended.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner. Enjoyed the place as usual. Wasn’t a huge fan of the cheese stuffing in my meatloaf but otherwise it was AMAZING. Great drinks, service, food, always a favorite. Also I don’t normally like tables of two lined up like they do but we actually had enough space so don’t change that. I’ll be back!

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vipmprince676
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We arrived and our table was ready. Server took our drink orders and then food orders. Drinks were well constructed and delicious. Appetizer arrived along with first courses and our table became too small. Food was excellent. Main courses arrived and were also delicious.

Caramelized Apple bread pudding was the best surprise of the meal and should not be missed. Fabulous, decedent finish to the event before running off to the nearby theater.

Bit of a wait to get the check, but we made it out on time to reach our seats before the lights went down.

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MarybethS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Stephi's convenient location was just what we needed. The service was average and my Caesar salad with grilled shrimp was decent, although the dressing did not appear to be a traditional Caesar. Four shrimp on a $12 salad seemed a bit skimpy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a nice brunch with the college kids. Enjoyed all of our choices. Yummy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was amazing and food and drinks didn’t disappoint either!

MB
MBCN
New England
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was excellent, except that it took a while for someone to pick up the payment. Caesar salad was fantastic and entrees were good and satisfying -- not phenomenal, but tasty and good. The restaurant is noisy/loud, which bothered my companion. I'd return, not sure my friend would.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, that’s sooo important. Was attentive but not overbearing. The wine was terrific, The food was reasonably good. But most importantly the atmosphere was excellent and they left us alone to chat for two hours. It was a relaxed environment comfortable and reasonably priced. I had the meatloaf which I had never had that before and it was sheer comfort food. My friends were very happy with their entrées as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

2/1/19
Great festive setting for a celebration lunch. Party of 8 not too noisy but still in the middle of the action at the restaurant. Recommend the lobster guacamole appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Stephi's on Tremont! Great ambience. Good service and the best modern comfort food! Good seasonal drinks! All around just a great spot.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Overall great place. Definitely returning!

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PamelaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. A little noisy. Enjoyed the caramel bread pudding.

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moondoggy1962
New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went on a Saturday night pre-theater. Cod was well prepared though a touch salty. Chicken pot pie was tasty with surprise of mashed potatoes at the bottom. Both were good value. Service was professional.

LM
LaurenM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The waitress was very busy and I think forgot about us on multiple occasions. We sat with empty water glasses for almost a half an hour without seeing her come by

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Permanently Closed - Stephi's On Tremont offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 236-2063.

Permanently Closed - Stephi's On Tremont is rated 4.3 stars by 1136 OpenTable diners.