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Permanently Closed - The Fireplace

4.2
787 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. The Fireplace located in Brookline Massachusetts is a cosmopolitan New England Grill serving food with integrity while celebrating the bounty of the region and its Colonial influences. In addition to being the 1st Certified Green Restaurant in Boston, the restaurant has won numerous awards and mentions including Outstanding Wine List (Wine Spectator 2015), Chocolate Madness Winner
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Mid-Day menu: Daily: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 975-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jim Solomon
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Catering
Fans of our rustic yet upscale fare at The Fireplace can also enjoy our locally sourced food at private events. Show off your home. Or pick the perfect place for a business outing, wedding or charity gala. We"ve got connections with some pretty magical New England venues.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Street
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Parking details
The restaurant has a lot for about 30 cars. There is also good street parking.
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Public transit
The Green Line - C train stop at Washington Square is directly across the street from The Fireplace.
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Special events & promotions
Your credit card on file will be charge $25 per person if a cancellation is not made within 48 hours.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.1
service
4.1
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3.7
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3.0Dined on May 6, 2016

The food was pretty good, but the service and ambiance were very awkward. We had a reservation, yet no one checked us in and there was no host or host stand. There was no music or ambiance, and our server was audibly fighting with the kitchen staff for most of the meal. The other servers seemed very nice, but our experience was incredibly awkward.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2016

Maple glazed chicken and poached sole were delicious!

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2016

We went here for a celebration brunch. The menu was amazing and the food was really good, but it was so cramped and loud that it wasn't actually all that pleasant an experience.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

We loved the food, it was fresh and beautifully presented. We also had 2 signature cocktails that were delicious!

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2016

We saw this restaurant featured on Phantom Gourmet and it looked really good. Some of the food was good, but all was not served hot. The pork cutlet was very dry. We sat at the bar and it was understaffed and we waited a lot for things.

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2016

We hadn't been to the Fireplace for several years. Unfortunately, we were not impressed on this re-visit. The wine list was high-priced, getting a decanter to freshen up our wine selection was unfamiliar to the wait staff, and the food was mediocre at best. We won't return.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2016

Disappointed that most of our favorite entrees were missing from the menu. Menu seems to get small each time we go. Poor fish selection and that was the daily fish selection. Don't bother to check the website menus because the menu will be different.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2016

I enjoy eating at the fireplace. Service is usually excellent, food always very good to excellent. It has become quite expensive though. Portions are good sized.

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1.0Dined on April 17, 2016

Second try at this restaurant. First time we had a very good server. This time not so much.
The food was fair the first time we went but I chalked that up to our menu selections. This time went with the scallops which I would expect most restaurants to do well. They were cooked fine but the seasoning of them was very ordinary plus the accompanyments were very bland and unappetizing.
We really aren't very fussy, but Fireplace really does not make the grade as even an average restaurant as repects appeal of the food.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2016

The service was great. The food was sort of okay.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Very pleasant place, not too noisy. They have real wood in the cheery fireplace
And caring attentive service.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2016

This place has fantastic food and a great atmosphere, but what one really unique aspect is the list of delicious "mocktails". It's refreshing to see such creativity in a drink selection that doesn't need to have alcohol.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2016

Good food for Sunday brunch but very rude waiter. Will not be coming back.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Was very disappointed in the food quality. I did not have anything elaborate. Caesar Salad with steak tips. Salad was totally overdressed and steak tips were tasteless. My local pizza parlor does a much better job with this meal. Also shared dessert with friend: donut and chocolate cake bites. Donuts were so-so and chocolate cake bites were super dry - tasted stale. My friend had a burger and the bacon was not crisp. She didn't really enjoy her meal either. The room is lovely and the service is good. Bread was good.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2016

Been coming here for years, love their roasted chicken. Or rather, used to because this time it was a disappointment. Service was okay (I am being generous here), food was okay, drinks were fine. However, at this price point Okay is a disappointment, so until

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2016

I would not recommend this place. The prices are very high for the quality of the food. I'd say the food here is fair at best. The steak was expensive for such a thin slice of beef and covered in sauce. The lamb was a total disappointment, fatty, and tough. The short rib was ok very fatty and the polenta was lumpy and stuck together. Do yourself a favor and go across the street to The Abbey. This is the last time I will waste my money here.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2016

When you walk in you do see the fireplace on the right with tables right in front which was nice. Also, the booths to the left are nice as well but when we were led up a couple of steps to the main area I was surprised to find so many tables crammed in. To get to the buffet area one had to zig zag between tables hoping not to bump into anyone on their way to get their food. The food was good except the lamb. I really thought it was flank steak but the sign said otherwise but the rest of the buffet was done very well especially the salmon. Overall I give the food a thumbs up but not the atmosphere of too many tables!!!! Sorry, won't return.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2016

For my dinner I enjoyed a few appetizers and everything was good. A bit pricey for their offerings though. Nice place to go once in awhile.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2016

Excellent food here. The cheese plate was really good as were the entrees. For non-drinkers they have a great mocktail list as well! Would definitely go again

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2016

I would recommend this restaurant ONLY for the food and ambiance. The service was deplorable! We waited over 45 minutes to be served brunch while two other tables and a few people at the bar who came in AFTER us had already eaten and left. When we asked to check on our order, the server really couldn't care, just gave us a standard answer ("Your order will be out shortly") and then proceeded to work behind the bar. I would try this restaurant again because I do love the actual working fireplace, etc., and hope for better service. It couldn't be worse.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2016

Very pleasant, quiet. Excellent service . I had oatmeal waffles that were a bit dense but tasty. Challah French toast rich but also very good. Service friendly and prompt . All in all a great family brunch .

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2016

Lunch of soup, chicken salad, and apple tart was delicious and even enough for me to take home some of the entree. Wonderful quality food and good value.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2016

The reviews on Yelp kind of made us kind of wary but overall the experience here was good. Service could have been more attentive for sure. But the food is great and we enjoyed ourselves.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2016

We like the fireplace for dinner. Went for brunch. The Veggie Hash was wonderful. We found the Oatmeal waffle to be extremely dense and somewhat dry. Needed a knife to cut it. I would definitely go back but just not order that. Rolls, coffee, service, all good. Gets a little loud.

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Very poor service - took close to 30 minutes to get wine. Food was mediocre; cod was inedible - much too salty and presentation was unappetizing. Waitress did not check in with us until the end of the meal so there was not an opportunity to send the cod back for a different dish. One person in our party ordered a salad as her main course - her dish came out about 15 minutes after everyone else's. Have eaten brunch there before and enjoyed it. Would not return for dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Excellent food, attentive service, and very good gluten free options.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2016

Too little for too much. Service great. for price points we expected excellence.

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2016

Food was subpar. Service reasonable.
Would not return nor recommend

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2016

Consistently a neighborhood gem but the service was only satisfactory

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2016

My meal was amazing! I had the BLOOD ORANGE AND TANGERINE SALAD and the CRANBERRY, RICOTTA & PISTACHIO RAVIOLI . I couldn't have been more pleased with both. My husband had
the PHILADELPHIA PEPPER POT SOUP and the PAN SEARED COD and although good not quite as good as mine. We had made reservation and stated it was my husbands 68th birthday and we'd love to have a nice table. We ended up right by the door and the bar a very busy and cold -- everything the door opened place. I was disappointed in that - not sure if it was because we had a discount coupon or not. But it was still good.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2016

I went here for my 6-month anniversary with my boyfriend and we had a wonderful dinner. The servers are attentive and friendly. My cod was cooked with just the right flaky texture and the vegetables were a beautiful autumn blend with warm seasoning. The restaurant makes an Amaretto Sour with the dark cherry (not maraschino) which is one of my favorite parts of its charm.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2016

I've lived in Brookline for 3 years now and have been to many of the notable restaurants in Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, and Washington Square. At long last, I decided to attend The Fireplace. I've walked by many times and lauded the ambiance the establishment gives off. Not too big, not too small, it provides just enough room where you can be out with people but still feel like you're having a private evening with someone special.

The food was great. I had their rib eye, which was quite good, but after visiting Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa, it's hard to match! Still, good flavor, tender, and resting on top of vegetables. My girlfriend got the cranberry, ricotta & pistachio ravioli that's made from local products. That's always a big bonus! It was definitely a unique offering and that was outstanding. I'd recommend that to most people to try if wanting something different from the norm.

They provide a good range of wine options as well, including by the glass, bottle, and even half-bottle options. I'm certain you can find the right wine to pair with your meal.

Our waiter was attentive ensured we had everything we needed without being on top of us. The Fireplace is one of the key restaurants to Boston's true "restaurant row".

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Went for a birthday celebration. Great service and wonderful food

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

The Fireplace is ALWAYS reliable with enough surprises to keep coming back again and again a GREAT idea
Owner Jim Solomon is a mensch who does all he can for diners and neighbors
They are "green" and red, white and blue
GO!

0 Matt Robinson
matts-meals.com

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

We had an outstanding meal at Fireplace. I had the duck 2 ways, the best part was the crepe and the whole dish was delicious. Others in my party also loved their food. One person is vegan and loved the non-dairy ice cream dessert on the menu. The service was wonderful too.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2016

We had a lovely dinner at The Fireplace. The cod was absolutely delicious. Wine was terrific. One guest had the hamburger and said it was very good. The pickled vegetable appetizer was too big, tough, uninspired, (but inexpensive at $4; I would have paid more for something better). The shrimp appetizer got a total thumbs down for just 3 poorly-cooked, fairly small shrimp, sitting in ice cubes that melted all over the table, for an overpriced $15. It has to go. Also, the gluten-free roles were particularly bad. I think it's better not to offer them. At lunch they serve sliced, toasted, gluten-free bread, with olive oil, and that is far superior. We shared two desserts that were delicious--meringues with pomegranate and a touch of ice cream. It was fairly expensive overall. Maybe the appetizer problems dropped our satisfaction level too much. I'm comparing the price to other nice bistro restaurants we frequent here and in NYC.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2016

The Fireplace is consistently delicious!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2016

We were attracted to this restaurant because of the fire, which is always appealing on a cold winter night. While we didn't get to sit near the fire, our seating was still pleasant, upstairs with a view of the brick over fire in the kitchen.

The service was impeccable, our waiter was attentive but not overbearing, friendly, and knowledgeable. The food was good, I'd give it a B+. It was a bit on the expensive side, but overall a great experience.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2016

Decor could be updated. Food was solid. Presentation is excellent but taste could use a boost. Overall great spot though.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2016

We were both disappointed. I had the braised short ribs and my husband had the duck. Nothing special and the duck was chewy and the ribs cool temp and glutenous potatoes and sauce. Kind of expensive for what we got. Looked good but was just not very good.

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