Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in the heart of Beacon Hill, the former Charles Street Jail, is Scampo Restaurant.
Conveniently located to MGH, TD Garden, The Liberty Hotel, Historic Beacon Hill and The North End and The West End of Boston. Lydia Shire, the James Beard award-winning chef and pioneer of Boston’s culinary scene is the Scampo Chef along with Executive Chef Simon Restrepo and Alex Pineda. She had opened her own restaurants, from the departed Biba, Pignoli, and Excelsior Chef Shire later took over the historic Locke-Ober, where once women weren’t allowed to eat in the downstairs dining room to Scampo, which debuted more than a decade ago in the Liberty Hotel.
A culinary destination created by legendary chef Lydia Shire and the Lyons Group. In Scampo, Shire’s reputation for defying tradition translates into Italian-inspired cuisine unrestrained by borders, drawing on flavors from the Mediterranean and Middle East.
Scampo translates to “escape” in Italian.
Escape to Scampo Restaurant.
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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian was an outstanding waiter!!👍🏾👍🏾

M
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Scampo has typically been one of our favorite restaurants in Boston. We've probably been upwards of 20 times over the years. My wife and I decided to celebrate our anniversary there over the weekend. They sat us at a great table, drinks were good and had a nice bottle of wine. Unfortunately, the food this time around did not hold up to past standards. The appetizers were fine but we each ordered pasta and both the dishes were extremely bland and the sauces were very watery. Not sure if the kitchen had a bad night but the food (entrees) was disappointing, to say the least.

BF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was poor, and hotel staff rude

TK
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Freshly prepared, it came out piping hot. A bit pricey. Portions were just right.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Mentioned we were celebrating in my reservation and they gave us an amazing table and champagne! I have always loved Scampo and I will definitely be back.

w
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not your typical Italian - food just average. Porcine over cooked, sea bass to salty,spaghetti and clam sauce gritty.to much sauce on the carpaccio, Buffalo monzerrella - probably the best dish, wine to expensive- will not go back

C
New England
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The menu is very interesting and I enjoyed the mixture of tastes within a dish. It was my first time there and it felt like I wanted to try everything. It is a vibrant place to say the least , but unfortunately that makes it an extremely noisy place and hard to have conversation. I would give it a better rating based on food but the service of our waitress was terrible. She has an attitude and an impatient look reluctant to help us decipher the menu and give us advices on the size of the starters. However the worse exchange was when my husband asked her if she can put a candle on the tiramisu as it was my birthday, she brushed it off and didn’t respond and insisted on asking if my husband want cream and sugar with his coffee. I have never seen a waiter ever ignor people’s birthday request . If they don’t have candle or dessert they will at least say let’s see what we can do or sorry we can’t do that. She is the worst waitress I have ever encountered in a higher end restaurant. I suggest the restaurant should reflect on that.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food overall is delicious, or most was. Mozzarella bar, fabulous; tempura green beans, delicious, spaghetti carbonara excellent and the halibut special very good. Risotto wasn’t as expected but that happens. Our sever was very nice also. The biggest issue we had was the portions, on the menu prices are listed, no portion size. Once we ordered we were asked if we wanted larger portions than what was offered on the menu. We opted for those but weren’t told the price increase (significant)
If there are two sizes offered, both prices should be listed. That’s common practice and we felt like we spent more than we needed to. Also, there is no indication on the menu that the spaghetti or risotto are anything less than entree size so very misleading and disappointing. The server should have advised.

l
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always like Scampo for lunch - excellent good and service since they opened years ago. Not coming that a place keeps it's mojo, but Scampo had succeeded.

VJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Brick chicken was dry. They replaced it with squash ravioli where some of them were cold inside.
Waiter strongly recommended the string beans as a side but they were nothing special.
Crab cakes were good.
There was a lot of waiting time between courses.
They gave us free tiramisu because of the dry chicken. It was delicious.
This meal was nothing special. We were very disappointed as we had high expectations for a Lydia Shire restaurant.

F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were expecting better. The steak was good but the fish was dry. Wine was pretty good. Service was very slow.

F
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Lobster pizza hardly had any lobster and was a very soggy crust.

B
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant a dozen times and it ranks as one of our favorites in Boston. We generally stick with the small plates but occasionally venture to the dinner entrees. The calamari is great. The spaghetti with cracklings and red pepper is amazing. We had duck confit this time which was perfect. Wines are always spot on. Service is formal but friendly.

D
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scampo is the best restaurant in Boston, the end case closed!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food has gone down hill, definitely not the same. Couldn’t even get a cheese plate out without completely burned toast!!! Service was great however, no reflection of the poor, cold food.

BF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice diverse menu and value. Had a great time. Servers were very friendly and attentive

JS
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

L
New England
63 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was v good and server was excellent

DW
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food! HOWEVER, the service left much to be desired.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner and was excited about the menu and reviews. The staff was great but the food was mediocre. The pasta tasted like it had been sitting around for a while. The risotto was bland. The tiramisu, however was out of this world

r
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a great meal

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Lobster roll had little to no flavor

DA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love Scampo and go there a couple of times a year. I was a little disappointed with the prime rib Saturday special in terms of the meat itself, but the accompaniments were very good. The breadsticks and lobster pizza and the tiramisu were excellent. The one thing I really have to complain about is the condition of the menus. For a restaurant with such a good reputation in a great hotel, the menus were dirty and tattered and flimsy. They don’t reflect the caliber of the restaurant and should be reprinted in a more classy and durable way.

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The meal was amazing. The waitstaff was charming. The only slight ding is that it's very loud and the tables are close together. But I am more than happy to put up with that.

F
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly exceptional dining experience, from the cool atmosphere of the renovated Charles Street Jail to the outstanding food and service. The server was very helpful in advising my husband and me on the dining favorites and we chose entrees based on her recommendations. My corn ravioli with truffle sauce was silky smooth and delicious. My husband had spaghetti Bolognese which he also enjoyed.

We will definitely return soon.

e
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck was outstanding and this restaurant had a great vibe. The bartenders are very attentive and a good seat for dinner.

j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really liked the vibe of this restaurant. I sat at the counter overlooking the pizza and tandoor area and enjoyed watching the activity in - between courses. Accompanied by a very good Brunello the veal meatballs with creamy polenta were very satisfying. Really nice flavors and the creamy polenta sublime. My main course of suckling pig was good. For the most part the fat was deliciously crispy though a few pieces were chewy not crisp. The portion was large and because of this the last bites had cooled down considerably and the loin a bit dry. This dish could have been served in two portions ( not common in the USA) which in my mind would have improved the dish and experience.
The thin squash ravioli which accompanied the pig were really good. I could have easily eaten a plate of them as a main course.

LJ
New England
56 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very friendly, personable waiter. Nice spot for a birthday dinner. Lobster pizza and corn ravioli were the stars of the evening. 2 scallops for a starter were good but eggplant not flavorful and would have liked different dipping carbs. Beautiful and delicious arugula salad. Vodka lime gimlet best of the 3 drinks.

DW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go to in Boston. Never disappointed! Staff is fantastic as is the food. Highly recommend.

KN
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a perennial neighborhood favorite of ours. Exceptional wine list and wonderful food

JC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Thorough service, but slow. OK food. Glamorous atmosphere.

FH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This used to be one of my favorite places but my recent meal was awful. The burratta was frozen, the pasta was overdone and not home made and my sauce was watery and over salted. I actually spit some of it out. Not sure what’s going on there but this was not what I expect from a Lydia Shire restaurant.

j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We sat at the pizza counter where we watched among other things one chef drop a spatula on the ground and then put back on the counter to use again, a waitress decide the Parmesan cheese they had been using on everyone’s meals “was done” meaning no longer good and threw it away after just using on someone’s meal. Our waiter basically ignored us after talking my husband into ordering the most expensive item on the menu versus the chicken he initially ordered. Time between our salads and our entrees was a solid 35 minutes, in which time our waiter walked past us about 20 times never checking in, the manager actually noticed my husbands empty wine glass and checked to see if he’d like another. It was a super sub par experience at a place we have always liked and considered solid.

NG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very special dinner and we enjoyed every minute of it. We each had two courses and while we didn't need two courses we ate it all. The food and wine were delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. And the best part was that we could have a normal conversation in a beautiful place!

R
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was poorly prepared. Service was decent. My “Korean” style Ribs were very rare in the middle and tough and sinewy. Barely edible. veggies were way overcooked. Entire meal was disappointing. Very noisy atmosphere also. Quite an unenjoyable experience. Food is WAAAY overpriced.
They’re living on reputation now. I will not be returning any time soon, if ever.

m
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I'd first tell them how expensive it is. Then I'd tell them to ask 'how' food is being prepared. We were not prepared for the number of dishes that were fried.

NH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have eaten at Scampo many times. Every time I was please with the food and experience. This time it was a celebratory occasion, and one of my party was quite late due to traffic. Our server was fantastic! She understood the delay, and didn't make us feel we had to rush. Everything was perfect.

TC
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 3 course restaurant week lunch special of beef carpaccio, swordfish, and tiramisu was phenomenal! A very nice, reasonably priced falanghina complimented the meal. Scampo does a great job of combining fine ingredients with a variety of favors and textures that always makes the meal
memorable. The staff is super friendly and attentive. I eat there for lunch as often as I can, which unfortunately isn’t often enough.

F
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dine Out Boston food outstanding. They threw in extras for free (Pelligrino and coffee). Great value. Will want to go back

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat on terrace on a beautiful summer eve.

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