Enjoy creatively prepared French cuisine at Ribelle. It features a contemporary, yet casual setting with an open kitchen where guests can watch the skillful chefs make their meals. Ribelle provides dinner and lunch services. Guests can choose from various appetizers, fresh salads and soups. Entrées, such as glazed haddock, dry-aged strip loin, mussels with uni and squid ink rigatoni will satisfy the palate. It also offers delicious desserts to top off a meal.
Ribelle has a full bar that serves a variety of libations, including cocktails. It offers outdoor sidewalk seating for guests to enjoy the weather, as well as their food. This restaurant welcomes reservations, making it a wonderful spot for date night or conversing with an old friend.
Terrible. Slow inattentive service. Adequate food except for the cheesecake which was inedible (and for me not to eat a piece of cheesecake is really saying something). High prices, very long wait and tiny tiny portions (yes, I left hungry). Not even a piece of bread to hold us the hour plus that it took our entrees to arrive. Oh, and so pretentious. Not sure what happened - it was once excellent but this was one of the very worst restaurant experiences that I've ever had.
Had wanted to try this restaurant for a while but was slightly disappointed by the food- nothing really wowed me. Additionally, tables are practically on top of eachother. Cute place, interesting options but for the price, I would pick somewhere where the food was more memorable.
Dinner was fantastic - we really enjoyed our main courses as the portions were sizable and the quality of ingredients obvious. Our wine was also delicious and the waiter did a fantastic job of working with us to find great pairings. Our only complaints were with the desserts - the petite fours were laughably small and very strange (I like uncommon flavors, but they have to taste good!) and the cheesecake had an extremely unappealing hunk of what seemed like melted, congealed, almost plastic brie on top. Would definitely skip dessert next time were it not for the fixed menu - will unfortunately make me think twice about coming back just because that last course is unavoidable and a waste of $!
the service was incredibly slow (but friendly). In two and a half hours they managed to turn 2 tables around on either side of us in the time it took to prepare about 10 ounces of food for our meal (making up an appetizer, 2 entrees, and a dessert). The food happened to be very good once it arrived, but for the price and the size of the portions there's no way I'll go back.
I wanted to like Ribelle. But the ambiance was that of a noisy cafeteria. The food was ok, nothing remarkable. And the waitstaff screwed up my friend's drink order after listening intently to her ordering a specific vodka martini, they made it with vermouth. We had to essentially shout at each other over the noise of the other diners. Very disappointing.
Overall very good experience. You have to get comfortable with the limited menu and the spin on Italian cuisine, but the food is really good. Definitely have a pasta dish or two. Cocktails are great and the beer and wine menu is limited but well equipped. Staff is friendly. We sat at the bar and really enjoyed it. Our first experience had one hiccup with an entree being not so good but we gave it a second chance and we are glad we did. It's worth checking out if you are in to food and the greater Boston restaurant scene.
Ok, true confession - I've not reviewed Ribelle because I'm selfish and want to be able to get a table.
Brought 2 friends to Ribelle to show it off Friday night, and I couldn't be happier with the food and service. I've been here quite a few times - sometimes with a gilt city voucher, sometimes not. You have to come with an open mind knowing that the food may have some unusual flavor combinations. Personally I love chefs that experiment, and much prefer creativity to those who rarely change menus and pretty much rest on their laurels. Ribelle has a distinctly asian influence, but it's subtle, with a few asian ingredients thrown into pasta dishes and desserts. We started our meal with 3 appetizers: ½ dozen old cove oysters + apple horseradish mignonette; hokkaido milk bread, and a king crab salad. The oysters and crab salad are from heaven. (The bread was good - others in the party could better speak to that dish, though, cause I'm not a bread person.) For main courses I can recommend the boar agnolotti and the
pappardelle bolognese, (previous visit) being superb, and the crème caramel is a lovely finish. The servers are fabulous - so friendly and ready to 'interpret' the menu, without attitude (you know what I mean). One of my favorite things is the 'I need a minute' $3 wine pour - so clever; when you don't want too much wine, but would like a little more than a single glass with your meal. OK - so it can get a little loud. We had such a great time, it didn't matter; anyway, it meant that we were surrounded by equally happy diners!
Please ignore this review and do not take my table at Ribelle.
Food was prepared with good products but combinations were too contrived. Menu was 3 course prix fixe and very limited
yummy food and very creative combination of items and creative types of items albeit a bit pricey.
The menu is really pretentious and pretty unrelated with what you will find in your plate. For $90/person you can get much better than that in Boston area.
Amazing, unusual food. I just wish they would stop trying to re-create themselves and stick to all small plates like they did in the beginning. I don't like the prix fix menu. The cream caramel dessert was AWFUL and a surprise since everything else was DELICIOUS.
Food was not great, service was worse. It was like they did not care about us.
Great service, unique food, menu uses has Italian classics with a twist. A little bit more expensive but it is worth it for the great food and great service
Warm atmosphere in quaint restraint; ample bar seating as well as single tables and a long farm table. Friendly, helpful service with good direction/advice on menu and drinks. Roasted carrot appetizer was good- large portion and very filling. Bolognese with pork rind was excellent. Pri-fixe meal ($50) seemed to be best option given the high individual pricing. Overall my husband and I felt everything was slightly overpriced but tasty. Beer selection not too great, but nice variety of mixed drinks and wine.
great food, unusual wine-by-the glass menu which describes yet omits the names of the wines, uncomfortable chairs, a bit loud, and no prior notice about prix fixe menu made for an expensive dining experience and mixed reviews. I doubt we'll be back.