Ten Tables Jamaica Plain
Made last minute reservations for Sunday. Note Sunday is limited pre-fix dinner options only. Did not matter to us however I would suggest Ten Tables state this when we are making a reservation. Others around us were also surprised. We had 7pm reservations. We were not seated until 7:40pm. We ordered drinks at bar in meantime. Took until about 8am to get glasses of water for table. Finally ordered. One person got the farro salad no onions for starter. It was brought without farros and MANY onions. As no one checked, person just ate the lettuce, and picked out onions. Then before main course someone else came over to say "did someone ask for no onions?" - a bit late. the cauliflower and kale salad was delicious, warm and well flavored. Dinner courses came. The broccoli pesto pasta was mostly heavy parmesan based pasta (little to no broccoli taste) with a cold piece of toasted bread in a bowl. The lamb was supposed to come with cauliflower puree. None on the plate ? ran out or just forgot. No comment on why the sides were missing. Desserts came as per description however neither the "bread pudding" nor the "warm vanilla cake" were warm. The ice cream with these was fine.
For drinks wine pours varied in amount.
In terms of service, poor. No one approached to say "how is everything" or "can I get you something". We were so disappointed we asked for the check before finishing our desserts. No comp drink, no comp coffee, no comp bread, no apologies.
I have eaten at Ten Tables before, and have had great meals, both in food quality and service. I don't know if this was the "bargain Sunday supper" issue or if change of chef or manager or what. We eat out at least 2-3 times a week, and try all restaurants around the Boston area. This was the worst meal we have had in terms of food and service for as far as I remember.
If you do go, I would avoid the Sunday supper and try it for regular meal.
Met a friend for dinner. The food and service were outstanding. The menu wasn't extensive but varied in terms of entrees. Bar side is noisy and a bit cramped. Fortunately we were on the other side. Looking forward to returning.
Excellent food in a relaxed but elegant atmosphere with attentive staff.
Ten Tables is a great spot for an intimate dinner or bar bites. The food is really tasty, though a bit overpriced. We ordered the shrimp dumplings and they were soooo good...I was shocked at how much flavor they packed into such a small dish. I had the skirt steak with chorizo hash and chimichurri sauce, though slightly over medium rare, except for the center, it was full of flavor - absolutely delicious. Great neighborhood spot, great service, great food...a little pricey. : )
We shared three of the appetizers and enjoyed each plate. Unfortunately they only serve infused vodka, so that was an issue for my date. Overall it was an excellent experience and a delight for my taste buds!
Awesome meal and consistently good time and time again. Nice wine selection and portion sizes are not overwhelming.
The cauliflower salad was outstanding. The lamb lollipops were overdone and I had something with pasta and vegitables that was OK. In short, we were not as enthralled as we have been in the past, but it may have just been because of a hectic night.
Great drinks and food — LOVE the salmon!
Portuguese wine dinner with 4 courses paired with 4 wines. Changes every month and only $60 per person. Food was amazing as always and for $60 it is a steal. Their regular menu is amazing as well.
Phenomenal service and excellent food!
Great evening - first time on a Wednesday night. Quality of food was excellent and the service was its usual high standard. Great night out.
We went for Sunday Supper (prix fixe, very reasonable price) and it was fantastic. Service was great, very attentive, food was delish as always. We love this place!!
Told them it was my girlfriends birthday. And nothing. Good thing I had a back up plan. she also didn’t get the meal she wanted.
I had the seafood gumbo and my wife a burger. Both were delicious.
Not sure if I rated the noise level appropriately ; but there was little noise and we were able to enjoy our conversation. This was a return visit for us. We will be back again!
What a cozy restaurant for a snowy March evening! It was my mom's birthday and somehow they knew... our waitress put a little candle in the delicious blueberry bread pudding she ordered. We will certainly be back!
My second time there. Food was fabulous. Felt like the wine could have been colder. Staff very pleasant, you had plenty of time to enjoy your meal. I will certainly go back!
Delicious food, cozy space, and great service. Definitely recommend!
We had the vegetarian prix fixe menu. The food and drinks were great, the service was friendly and the dishes were served at just the right pace. We didn't feel rushed, and we didn't feel like we were waiting too long.
Great service and really good food. Only the dessert was disappointing. The chocolate cake lacked flavor and richness. We would definitely go back and try more.
The food is so delicious and the staff is so kind and attentive. The chef is amazing!
All of the waitstaff was excellent. We got excellent service and good advice on our food, which was delicious. We got the cheese board and vegetarian tasting plate, and thoroughly enjoyed both. The cocktails were great. We'll definitely be going back.
I have been here many times and really enjoyed it 9 out of 10 times. But the food and service were both unfortunately sub-par this time. Hope it was an anomaly and not a sign of things to come.
This is our third time eating at Ten Tables. This time the food was good, but not as uniformly excellent as on the previous two visits. Also, wait staff seemed to be rotating between tables, so we often had three people stopping by one after another ask ask us the same questions.
Valentines dinner was perfect
Ten Tables used to be a magical dining experience from start to finish. It seems like there is a new owner, new chef and also new staff with very little training... not magical. It’s fine. Not a destination for us any more compared to other places we could choose.
Dinner at Ten Tables had been on our list for a while and it did not disappoint! We shared the focaccia and beet salad - both delicious. I had the lamb (ask for a sharp knife), and he got the chicken. Yum, yum!
The waitstaff was very attentive. We absolutely loved the octopus and cauliflower appetizers; however, the gumbo was surprisingly bland - though the seafood in it was plentiful and delicious. It was puzzling that they could be out of 2 of the 3 dessert wines, and it would have been nice if the cocktail menu included a couple options that are not sweet or fruity, but they do offer a "Bartender's Whim" cocktail, so one could easily specify that preference.
Always a good experience
Great service. For the price the food was not great.
We have been regulars at Ten Tables for seven years. We went recently for the first time in a while, and found that a number of things have changed, and sadly not for the better. The new waitstaff was quite amateurish: they set the table incorrectly, placing the knife on the left for me, and then on the right for my wife (?). Small detail - I would be a snob if a small thing like that affected my evening, but there's more. In the past, a server suggested to my wife and I that we split a wine pairing: one pairing, split between two glasses. How thoughtful! I guess we got in the habit of doing that, but when we asked for the same thing this time, we got a confused, sideways look and quickly got two pairings instead. We were served mussels as a first course, and had to snag the server to get a dish to put the shells in.
As for the food: the "Chef's Whim" was something we had come to love - a prix fixe meal where the chef would surprise you with whatever ingredients looked good that day. We ordered it, and it turned out that it was almost exactly the same thing that was on the regular menu. The food itself was rather bland: watery orzo, no amuse-bouche. The only good thing I have to say about the meal was that the selection of wines continues to be very strong. It's a shame there was no good food to pair it with, as that was always one of Ten Tables' strongest traits.
Finally, the atmosphere has changed. We used to think of Ten Tables as our cozy, romantic restautant. Cozy is fine, if the rest of the people eating there are also polite and enjoying the food. But there seemed to be a lot of loud customers drinking a lot of alcohol. My guess is that they didn't give a whit about good food, but just picked the place because it had a high Yelp rating. It seems that Ten Tables has changed staff and is now coasting along on its name and its prior reputation, and I can no longer recommend it.
Unfortunately, despite two phone calls from the restaurant confirming a 9:30pm dinner reservation (not to mention the fact that Ten Tables accepts 10pm dinner reservations on Open Table), when I walked in the door at 9:42, I was told the kitchen had already closed for the evening, and that while they did not offer a bar menu I could order drinks if I so wished. Having just come from a three hour recording season, dinner was most certainly the priority. I had been looking forward to dining at Ten Tables, having previously lived in JP and never been able to get in, but I don’t know that I will be going back any time soon.
As it always is, everything was great once again!!!
Ten Tables used to be the one excellent restaurant in Jamaica Plain. It is still excellent, although competitors not thrive up and down Centre Street. We shared the wonderfully grilled Haloumi cheese with grilled bread as an appetizer. The risotto I chose was perfect for a chilly evening: warm and comforting, with vegetables still a little crisp. Ten Tables remains a neighborhood gem, with attentive and well-informed staff. Long may it thrive!
We enjoyed the chef’s tasting menu very much. The meatballs (2nd course) were incredible. The restaurant got quite loud by about 6:30 but we were wrapping up shortly thereafter so didn’t mind.
Our party of four ordered pork belly, mussels, tagliatelle, Brussels sprouts, meatballs, gnocchi, and molten chocolate cake. Everything was delicious. The server let us try several flavors of wine, until we found varieties we liked. Service was attentive and pleasant.
Ten Tables is always good, "Old school Italian night" is great. The place was packed though, which makes it a bit noisy. And the staff was super busy, which made her miss a couple of things, but she was coming by frequently and immediately put things to right when prompted.
We're definitely coming back.
Always a great place to get a really tasty dinner!
Amore! was on the menu and this dinner was a lovefest. The tiny neighborhood restaurant was temporarily transform into a trattoria. Red checked table clothes and long white tapers in Chianti bottles further enhanced the look. The restaurant was sold out as they served a reasonably priced ($45.) three course meal. A wine paring for $25. was lovely.
The Frank Sinatra soundtrack completed the nod to old styke. Italian-American food BUT with Ten Tables sophistication. Even humble garlic bread was memorable, mussels,
Rabiola, Saltimboca and Bolognese were fabulous. Our surprise stand out dessert wasn't the delicious Tiramisu (very good) but the spectacular, non-traditional cheesecake.
We danced our way home!
We had the worst dining experience I have ever had. We were seated at a table that was the size of a counter- too small for our plates. I had made a reservation 2 weeks before and when we arrived we were told they had no room for us in the main dining area. It was very cold adjacent to the door. The staff was unapologetic. The food was not good either- soup was lukewarm, salads substandard. To top it off, the staff attitude was that we should be grateful to be at this place - I have never written a bad review before but felt obliged to save others from our experience.