Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

4.6
2194 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Award-winning chef Lydia Shire is known for pushing the envelope and creating an unrivaled culinary experience. Her Italian concept in Scampo follows suit. The restaurant pairs simple, rustic food, chic Italian design and a glorious open kitchen.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm,
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm,
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 536-2100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Simon Restrepo
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Cross street
Cambridge
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Parking details
Valet service is offered. Street Parking is available. Garage Parking is available at Mass General Hospital
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Public transit
Located directly across the street from Charles/MGH stop on the red line
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2194 People Are Saying
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MJ
New England
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dined many times at your establishment, recently on a Sunday evening, service was great, ambiance is always nice, food wasn't as good as I experienced on my other visits. Cesar Salad was dry, scallop app was cold, and unfortunately 3 out of 4 of us ordered the same pasta dish (cabanara) it was way over sauced and mushy. The sword fish dish was very good. I really like Scampo and will come back. I would like to think it was just an off night based on it being a Sunday ??

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OT
New England
64 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a buzz busy worth restaurant in the Liberty hotel, loved the decor ambiance and the head chefs work Lydia Shire has and is doing. It’s such a place to check off, you can’t argue the food choices that’s offered, wine included too!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome dinner at Scampo.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food. Nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend it. The lobster risotto and roasted cauliflower are worth a try!

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch - can’t wait to take the entire family back before Christmas - ambiance, service and food fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Too loud but great food

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D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food quality has gone a lot! My friends and I weren’t able to eat our food. We let the server know. It was very disappointing. Scampo food used to be great , NOT anymore!

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HI
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was decent, the wine very good, but the noise level had us shouting at one another.

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F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, attentive service, well made cocktails and a solid wine list simply complement the unique menu items. Great seafood.

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f
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Scampo used to be wonderful. But now flavor is down and prices are up - the menu still sounds great but the dishes as delivered just don’t click.

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NR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Our initial reaction was quite positive. Lovely room, with tables amply spaced and comfortable seating: everyone at a four person is at a 90 degree angle to each other instead of two across. Outdoor lights shimmered and service was immediate and polite. Food, however, was big disappointment. Once I got past the heavy skin the chicken I ordered had NO flavor. Don't even remember the side. My husband had Bolognese which he ate and said was "fine", but no better than many other restaurants serve. Wine was good, but expensive which I would have accepted if the food was outstanding. The final blow for us was that at about 7PM the music was really cranked up. Why??? We could no longer talk, so left.

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W
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! I actually stay at the Liberty Hotel when I come to Boston, because of Scampo! Amazing dinner and staff was always friendly. If you can stay the weekend, check out the Sunday family dinner. Well worth the cost

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DM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding!!! One of the best meals I have had in Boston. Loved the valet parking. The only drawback is that it is noisy and difficult to hear.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I normally don’t give reviews but i will start by saying that this place is very beautiful a bit pricey. Drinks were good food was ok.

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BE
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Meal was good, expected much more based on the reviews and prices. We had a sweet potato pasta dish, suckling pig special, scallops, arugula salad and naan with prosciutto starter, all was good but not 5 star experience. With drinks and tip bill was $325. Imho there are better restaurants in Boston for the price paid.

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b
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for 6:30 Thanksgiving dinner- which was when everyone else also had reservations. There weren’t any empty spots.There was a 20 - 30 minutes wait for seating. However, they handled it very politely and once seated service went well. The food was very good - turkey was juicy, sides were tasty (the cranberry sauce was outstanding). We took leftovers home. To be fair, we were never rushed during our dining time and the $70. Per person seemed fair. On a very busy night, they did a good job.

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T
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I have had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner here before, so I thought with my mother visiting we'd try it again. And normally, I love Scampo--especially for special occasions. We had a lovely Prosecco in the hotel lobby, then I went to check on our reservation. What a disappointment. We waited over 45 minutes for our 6:30 seating (I could have been warned via Opentable), and my 80+ year old mother had to stand all that time. The hostess was absolutely lovely, but she was really overwhelmed with all of the activity--seems she could have used some additional help, especially with giving us a better idea of when we'd be seated--we could have gone back to the lobby to wait. The brussels sprouts were very under cooked and were tasteless, the turkey had about a tablespoon of dressing with it, and the chocolate mousse had as a replacement for cream a "dollop" of extremely sugary and crystal-filled meringue disguised to look like cream--it was not a complement to the mousse. My sea bass was lovely as was my pecan pie dessert, but we felt rushed and there wasn't really much "special" to my special treat to my mother and friend. I'll go back, but certainly not for any event like this.

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K
New England
105 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was Thanksgiving so hectic for all but our server was warm and friendly. The 3-course prix fixe had a little for all palates and it was good not great. The restaurant would be wise to book fewer people as families tend to linger and I think it would put less strain on staff and people who have made a reservation.

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TF
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner! Generous prix fixe menu - delicious from start to finish! Our server Fredy was friendly and attentive with a great sense of humor! Thanks to all for working on a holiday and serving us such a delicious thanksgiving dinner a la Scampo! We will be back soon!

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TJ
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to try Scampo for Thanksgiving, their prix fixe menu. It was uniformly excellent. The service matched the meal. I am always leery of restaurant turkey, having been burned a couple of times. At the outset, I made an unusual request that I came to regret. I I ask for a sample. The kitchen was quick to oblige and supplied me with a sample that was almost the equivalent of a full meal. It was delicious and I didn't have the nerve to say, "Thank you, that's enough." So I left there stuffed to the gills and with two days worth of doggie bag meals to boot. I think Scampo is our new go-to restaurant for holidays and anniversaries. But that's the last time I'll ask for a sample. I trust them. You should, too.

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DA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I’ve been to Scampo for the past 5 Thanksgivings. This time, I was disappointed with the salad and the shrimp and grits, and the biscuits weren’t quite as tasty as in the past. The main dish, however, was loaded with tender turkey and the stuffing and mashed potatoes were excellent. The dessert was good, but not quite as good as in the past. It was busy and the wait staff worked hard. Overall, the price went up, but the food went down a bit (except for the main dish).

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanksgivings

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TW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

this would have been very nice but the 5 of us had turkey where the center was not only undercooked but raw. Hard to believe that whoever carved this thought it was acceptable to put on a plate

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CH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, scene and service. Wonderful experience all around. We will be back soon!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The price outpaced the quality.
The mozzarella appetizer with arugula and tomatoes had 3 THREE small dollops of cheese. It was delicious but 3 one bite snacks? At least make it even for the table and do 4.
Calamari fritti was good.
Spaghetti pomodoro was very basic, I expected something a bit more. The fava bean purée was bland. I would have preferred olive oil.
Sirloin was cooked well and delicious.
The breadsticks they just lay on the table are decent.
We got a complimentary plate of 4 small cookies due to our evening being an anniversary.
It was a nice night out but It is not worth a return trip with the amount of great restaurants in the area.

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SB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I like to visit Scampo when in Boston because of the great food and ambience. However, the last 2 visits have been a bit disappointing. We were a party of six at round table that may have ben a bit too large for conversation given the noise level where it was situated in the back near a waiter station. Even more distressing was that the waiter we had seemed inattentive to us in terms of making suggestions that were in any way sensitive to what we were asking for. He seemed to have only a rudimentary knowledge of the food and the wine and only recommended high priced items - so there was no value added by asking hm anything. The wine we picked was infinitely better than his recommendation. Not sure why he did not consult the sommelier if he is that clueless. Again, I like this place with such a solid menu but without help, our large group was lost at sea. Some more attention to the customer experience would really help!!! Please!

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JC
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and atmosphere. Excellent service. Four delicious dinners.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

service was horrible! Which gave is a bad vibe on the place. We were staying at the hotel and we did have our kids with us so thought they would try and get us in and out of this restaurant. But we were wrong about that! Anyway I did had a nice drink and the Apps were pretty good as well as the pasta. Just need to work on service and note that when a family comes in with kids don't keep walking by and try and the kids orders out of the way. my kids were starving!

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C
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Lydia stopped by and gave a main course recommendation. Lively and fun.

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RW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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k
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You really feel like you're at a real restaurant - this is what they do. Although we had booked our reservation for six, three weeks in advance, our table location was poor. We did enjoy our night. I love the carbonara.

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BR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had a reservation but sat at bar because it was very quiet when we got there, 7pm. Food was tasty, creative. It got more crowded as it got later with lots of people sitting at Mozzarella Bar/counter. You can sit at high tables, regular tables, the Mizzarella Bar and regular bar.

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An overall extraordinary experience. Our wait staff recommendation was perfect. The meals were beautifully prepared and delicious. GREAT Bloody Mary!

HIGHLY recommend! Will be back!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious - offers adventurous options as well as classics. We had a wonderful meal and service was on point.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was was very good - prime rib and haddock entrees. Server was fabulous!

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Q
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit here. We sat on the mozzarella line and watched amazing appetizers being created. Dinner and service were truly outstanding.
Can’t wait to go back.

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding, my only very minor criticism would be coffee could be a like more robust.

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch - best Pizza ever, salads incredible, we will be back for dinner

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JC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent. The noise level in the evenings made it difficult to hold a conversation.

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