Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

4.6
2998 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2998 people are saying
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vipAlisaM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible cafeteria food don’t eat here period!

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PaulH
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent but service was a bit slow, despite there not being many diners.

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vipDEBBIEC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Atmosphere was nice. Waiter was ok. We were a table of 6 and 4 of our dinners came out cold

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and environment

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We we were seated next to the private party area which was loud with a crying baby for the duration of our dinner. My daughter and I both ordered dishes with lamb, however the lamb portion in the meal was very small, not worthy of the price of our entrees.

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vipMaryD
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Waiter kept pulling his mask down to speak. Important to reinforce mask wearing.

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vipChristinH
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food was exceptional and so was the service!

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CMDMFD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We especially loved our server. Everything was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was exceptional. I had the striped bass which was cooked perfectly and delicious. I also had the clam chowder which also delicious. I would highly r recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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vipDelish
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Outstanding food and drinks along with professional, courteous, kind waitstaff. A+

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brian was our server. He was attentive, he explained the menu so thoroughly, and he was personable. He was easy to talk to, personable, and every recommendation he had was spot-on! Brian is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RichardC
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and great food

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NashR
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

My duck dinner was very raw even after cooking it twice, it had no flavor or yummy taste.

JM
JosephM
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Dover sole was delicious but way over priced. At best it was a $35 dish.

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GwynH
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 old friends enjoying a pre-Christmas dinner — food was exceptional, service great. We had such a good experience!!

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vipRogerB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I had three total failure courses. Lydia Shire would be embarrassed. Mushroom soup was gray, tasteless lumpy gravy like you’d buy at a grocery store. My swordfish, which I order 2/month in restaurants as a favorite, was smelly as if not fresh and when delivered with its accompanying sides had slid halfway off the plate—fully half of the plate was clearly once covered in food and now almost bare while the other half had food piled up spilling over the edge. Then the pecan cake for dessert was far too dense. Three of the six diners had good meals; two others’ experienced mixed success.

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vipLiamM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Threw out all three dinners/leftovers (more than half of each meal was saved for leftovers). Initially offered to make two of the three meals again to make it up to us... rather than the three meals. As if the three people at the dinner table who had saved meals for lunch tomorrow would somehow share each other's food at different apartments?


Then they instead counter-offered their own offer to give us no food and discount our bill by $40 ($250 total bill).

Overall it was a really simple thing that should have been done correctly the first time (pack up the leftovers when directly asked). And there was a really simple fix (just make new ones).

But they kept nickel and dime-ing us with the solution (we'll make 2 of 3) and then coming back with a less satisfactory solution (we'll give you no food at all, but instead refund you for one meal).

I was trying to be accommodating by agreeing to their initial offer of 2 instead of 3 meals. I get it; mistakes happen. But it wasn't a great experience paying $250 and feeling like the manager was trying to find a more and more advantageous (to the restaurant) solution.

We used to go there all the time with family and work. Seems like saving the cost of the meals to risk future business makes no sense... especially when you made the mistake in the first place.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Very difficult to hear though. Very loud

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vipJenniferD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

What a cool spot! Came in for a girls night out of 7. Restaurant was full. Menu was very unique, lots of great options. Food was fresh, delicious with lots of great flavor. Two complaints, waited over 10 minutes for our waiter to approach the table to take drink order, he was not attentive to us at all throughout the entire meal. When the check was placed down, there was a 20% gratuity added. . . we paid it, but felt it was definitely not warranted.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a treat at Scampo. Our server, Jill, made it extra special, with just the right mix of friendliness & attention.

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KarenM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Scamp for lunch. It was a wonderful experience from our arrival and greeting by the valet to a warm welcom as we entered Scampo. Our waiter was attentive and extremely pleasant. The food presentation was nicely done and tasted delicious. The restaurant decor was pretty. we will visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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Chrissyremix
New England
39 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a delicious meal at Scampo. Lobster pizza is very good. Had the brick chicken, while others with me had Bolognese and swordfish, all delicious. Scampo margarita was a great drink. Will be back.

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vipJeanE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was extremely helpfull in explaining the specials etc, He recommended the lobster ravioli and he was right on. It was light, lots of lobster and a delightful sauce. Two other members of the party had the haddock special and the Chilian sea bass. All were exceptional and 6 happy people left Scampo with definite plans to return another time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic!!!

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Natalie
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food was outstanding. The venue was rather noisy which may be more related to the Holidays and the early hour that we went.
I was disappointed in the service. The staff delivered three of our four meals. After waiting for a few minutes, I was able to find someone to ask about our fourth meal, which was delivered after another four or so minutes, at which time most of our food had cooled off.
I suggest that if there is a delay in an order, communicate it to the party, and offer an apology when bringing the delayed meal.
I was disappointed.

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vipABrasco29
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Normally love coming here for the holidays, the ambiance is perfect for holiday get together. The food has always been great but frankly was not impressed. Found to be very so so. My bolognese was soupy and the price Was very $$ for so so food. Dining room was packed. Very loud.

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vipCeffy
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favorite restaurant in Boston. Duck fat fries. The best. Great pastas and a wonderful as atmosphere. Scampo makes me wAnt to move to Boston

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PamJeanB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience eating at Scampo. We had both lunch and dinner at Scampo on a Thursday in December Service was inpeccable, friendly staff from when you entered to when you left. Quality of the food was 10 star, presentation lovely, perfect temperature, length of time to receive food, and an appropriate wine list. We will be going again whenever we are in Boston.

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erine
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding! Great ambiance as well

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MichaelL
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance.

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vipPeter
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very energizing and fun environment; lots of celebratory groups on a Saturday night! Interesting and abundant food.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Are at the bar and the 2 girls serving were spectacular. My glasses were never empty and service was impeccable. Food was good, mushroom bisque a tad under seasoned, garlic bread limp but the lamb dish was amazing. Spicy hot and perfect. I’d hand out and have drink with the bartenders any day and people watch from the bar. Fun night.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday dinner

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Paprilcook
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lydia and her team have done it again!!! We had a fantastic evening last Friday night. Having worked with her in the mid 80's at the Bostonian Hotel, she hasn't lost a beat. What still amazes me is that her refined palate keeps getting more refined. The Lamb Sirloin, the Dover Sole, the Pork Chop and the Swordfish were all exquisite on their own yet so different and unique. Not only that but they were ALL cooked to perfection. That's hard to do day after day and year after year all the time. Yet Lydia makes it seem easy and effortless... which I know from experience that it is not.
Thanks again for another unforgettable meal!!!! Love You

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BetseyC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was great. Service was fine. The noise level was more than "energetic," however. it was deafening. it was impossible to carry on a conversation. my dinner companions and I were constantly shouting "what?" at each other. it was not a relaxing meal; it was stressful. Food of Scampo's quality (and cost) deserves much better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lobster pizza!

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Scampo at The Liberty Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 536-2100.

Scampo at The Liberty Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 2998 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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