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Ribelle

4.2
280 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
DINNER
Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm-CL
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - CL


CLOSED
Sunday
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Phone number
(617) 232-2322
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Maslow
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Winthrop Road
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Parking details
Ribelle is located on the same block as the Tappan Stop on the C Line.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.3
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on February 19, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2016

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 $!

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1.0Dined on February 9, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on February 6, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2016

Food was prepared with good products but combinations were too contrived. Menu was 3 course prix fixe and very limited

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2016

yummy food and very creative combination of items and creative types of items albeit a bit pricey.

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2.0Dined on January 16, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2016

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.

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2.0Dined on January 15, 2016

Food was not great, service was worse. It was like they did not care about us.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2016

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.

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2016

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.

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2015

It had been great restaurant with interesting and tasty food. But looked not any more. Service wasn't pleasant and the food was total disappointment. They said they are changing to more Japanese cuisine... I'm not sure it is their best bet so far.

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2015

Prix fixe menu was the only option tonight, which was frustrating as we only wanted some small plates and drinks. Wish they had let us know in advance, either when they called to confirm the reservation or when we arrived! Otherwise, people and setting were lovely.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2015

The avocado and beef small plates were amazing. There was a really long gap between small plates and large plates. The food is still delicious, but we liked when they had the full menu better.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2015

The evening that we visited, a fixed price menu was our only option. There were very few choices. The cheesecake dessert was terrible. The wine list was quirky - and not in a good way. We were seated very close to the door, practically on top of the host stand, despite having made a reservation. Staff was dressed in sneakers and tee shirts - surprising for a fairly expensive restaurant where patrons were dressed up.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2015

I always prefer sitting at the bar when i get a chance. The food is always great and I love the fact that the menu is always evolving and changes to satisfy the foodies taste buds. The waitstaff is very knowledgable of the food and the presentation is always on point.
If you are looking to celebrate, invigorate your taste buds or just enjoy good quality food....Then Ribelle is te place to be ;)

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2015

My favorite restaurant in the Boston area. Unique - no one does what they do. Food, service are terrific and the place has a great vibe.

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2015

Food was well-prepared but over-priced. Service was adequate to marginal. Once the food was served, we were rushed after we'd ordered after dessert cocktails.

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1.0Dined on December 17, 2015

I don't know how the server could keep a straight face as she discussed their paternalistic food and wine 'philosophy', which included NOTHING vegetarian except bread and jam. In fact she said the chef makes no accommodations for dietary needs. An odd statement in 2015!

We had such a great time laughing at the entire experience that it was almost worth it! But I won't go back.

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2015

Our first visit to Ribelle last year was exceptional, but the menu has changed to a more Asian inspired theme. Usually that wouldn't bother me but I would've preferred more variety in our choices. Also, some of the dishes seemed overly salty. I'd still go back though because they're known for being very inventive..

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2015

At first glance this restaurent is unprepossessing, but look more closely and you will appreciate the decor details. The number of food choices is limited but everything we ordered was delicious. We needed a lot of help from the waiter because of all the unusual Asian ingredients, but he was unfailingly patient and helpful. Prices are moderate for the quality. Strongly recommended.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

This was our second time a Ribelle. We were disappointed that the tasting menu was not available (we had heard it was terrific), but our server helped us put together a menu of options for sharing. Everything was so tasty and flavorful! We were thrilled with the quality of each dish and look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Great atmosphere. Unusual, but tasty food. Excellent service. overall--a great dining experience, especially for a group of 4-6.

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1.0Dined on November 29, 2015

This is a very hard review for me to write. The food was delicious. We sat at the bar and the bartender was excellent - friendly, welcoming but not intrusive. Then, as we were eating our meals, we observed the chef, tasting food out of skillets and the fryer with cooking utensils going up to his moth and then back into the container for later use. We said something about it to the bartender and then a manager who came by. They acknowledged it and said that he was putting the utensils back into bleach water before they were used again for cooking. Still, to see those utensils go into and out of his mouth only to be used again (after reportedly going into bleach water) was disconcerting. We will not go back again unless we learn that that practice has changed.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

Went for girlfriend's birthday, she loves good food.
Host staff was awesome, accommodated our change of seat requests to make it special for us.
Wait staff and Bartenders were great, engaging and knowledgeable.
Manager treated us really well and the food was out of this world!
Great flavors and textures. Really was wonderful.

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3.0Dined on November 20, 2015

The food was good, but there was a noticeable amount of extra salt on just about everything. The staff had a fabulous grasp on food and drink. Able to pair without any hesitation. The wine list is very good.

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2.0Dined on November 14, 2015

I had been interested in trying this restaurant for a while and went there with my husband and another couple tonight. All of the food we ordered except for one dish was excellent. The issue we had was with the waitress. She was pretentious and eventually quite rude. There was clearly a mistake made in the kitchen and when asked about was not at all forthcoming. We stopped at the hostess,station on the way out to let,them know what happened. The hostess was very lovely and apologetic and if we had just spoken to her perhaps we would go back. The iwner/chef did explain that in fact a mistake was made. When I explained that I thought the waitress was quite rude to me he said that wasn't possible and looked down. I clearly was not trying to make a scene. It is a very trendy place with delicious food and a lovely hostess. Unfortunately I do not feel comfortable to go back. Brookline has many other very good restaurants with very gracious staff including LaMorra and Fairstead Kitchen.

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2.0Dined on November 13, 2015

This was very disappointing. I have been to Ribelle before and liked it. But this time the service was totally disorganized. The main courses came out at 20 minute intervals which was awkward. When the fish stew came out it was cold and I had to wait another ten minutes. the fish was mealy and inadequately seasoned. The wine was way too expensive for what it is.

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2.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Service was great. The food wasn't bad, but wasn't memorable. I was hoping the food had more edge, maybe my expectations were different then what the restaurant wants to do. My biggest concern was the pacing of the courses. There was a noticeable gap between small and large courses.

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2015

in this day and age in Boston to have a menu with only one choice for vegetarians is inexcusable. we picked restaurant based on posted menu that showed numerous choices. the night we were there, there was only a pasta dish.

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1.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Our food was not timed to arrive in concert and so my husband had to eat his mediocre pasta and meatballs first before it cooled off completely. My pork chop was fatty and almost inedible. The staff was not particularly attentive. The whole experience made for a disappointing Saturday night out.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Fantastic as always.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2015

We ordered the duck dish which was mouth watering accompanied by the mushroom side order which was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

We went in thinking it was an Italian restaurant...much to our surprise, it was a much more interesting fusion of Japanese and Italian food. My wife and I did the tasting menu with beverage pairing, which was incredible from start to finish. The service was great throughout the entire evening, and relative to similar quality of food in Boston restaurants, the price is quite reasonable.

We will definitely be going to Ribelle again, and recommend you do as well!

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2015

Everything we ordered was delicious and beautifully presented. Great for groups so you can try everything!! I wish they had more of the small dishes like when they first opened a few years ago and they need more vegetarian options. Otherwise DIVINE and the service was New York-like knowledgable and amazing. Total neighborhood gem!!

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2015

Great value 7 course prix fixe. Originality in every dish. Aged tea with Sherry? Amazing.

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