The Glenville Stops

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Your perfect date-night destination, the Glenville Stops nestles on a quiet, residential side-street reminiscent of London's quaint Chelsea district. Quality, flexibility, and especially share-ability are the hallmarks of Nathan Allen’s diverse, award-winning menu, from lamb meatballs to griddled cheese, from charred octopus to roasted beets in a ring of whipped feta. Come early for $1 Duxbury Select oysters. Enjoy a juicy Stops Burger, a vegetarian Masa Burger, or our unique, flavor-packed Confit Chicken Sandwich. Graze through small plates, or settle down to shareable entrées and innovative desserts. Complimenting Chef Nate’s Latin-Med inspired cooking, we have thirty-one world-class craft beers on tap, plus a cask-conditioned ale, and thirty wines by the glass, along with a full cellar featuring the finest Cabernets and Riojas.
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K
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming to The Glenville Stops - hidden gem of Allston!

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice local place with interesting menu, so a good change from pizza and other college-style restaurants around Comm Ave. Wait staff was terrific. Loved the gnocci, sweet potato parmesean fritters, mussels and the burgers. Chicken was presented well, but dry. Great wine list. Thankfully the restaurant's website gave great suggestions for parking options, because that could be a challenge. Would definitely recommend to a friend and return in the future.

AD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. The food is always delicious and the staff knowledgable about pairings and combinations. The beer and wine list is well curated. One of our party is an extremely picky eater, and the staff accommodated his needs easily and perfectly. I'll always be back for more.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went on a Sunday night for a nice quiet dinner for my birthday. We asked to be seated in the back room, as the front room gets a little too loud for us (we're in our 50's!) The new back room is perfect, the tables aren't too close together, the lighting is subdued, and the music is turned down.

The food: excellent!! We got a dozen oysters to start, which are always fresh. These were from Duxbury, and were subtle - low minerality, very clean back taste, and beautifully refreshing. I paired them with the Haut Panguet Bordeaux Blanc, a nice complement to them.

I ordered the braised lamb shank. Let me start off by describing their perfect butchering techniques: the bone was frenched, and the fell, excess fat, and tendons cleanly removed. It was braised in a brown stock I believe.

What it wasn't: it was not stringy, it was not boiled, it was not cooked for too long, and it was not completely submerged while it simmered making it waterlogged. What it was: the meat didn't fall off the bone; it slid off of the bone in firm segments of the muscle fiber. It was slightly pink, and not overcooked. The end result was the best braised meat I have ever eaten!

The glace was rich but didn't overwhelm the lamb. Thank you Chef for not over-seasoning the sauce! It was served on pureed parsnips (sweet, creamy, and not mealy!) with grilled asparagus.

I want to thank everyone at the restaurant for being giving us such a delightful and delicious meal! We'll be back soon - looking forward to hearing the blues trio on Thursdays!

KM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent! The restaurant is quiet and would be a great place to go if you want to be able to talk during your dinner. The vibe is a little sleepy.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb and everyone was pleasant and helpful. A gem of a place! Nice wine list, too.

DB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for great value. Nice beer and wine selection

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends’ birthday dinner

JG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food was really, really good. We had the Sweet Potato Parm Fritters, Scallops in Grilled Salsa, Gnocchi with Confit Duck, Steak Frittes and Petit Fillet Mignon. All were great. The standout by far was the Gnocchi. Nice atmosphere but a little loud. Nice service but they were busy and training someone so a little slow but nothing really to complain about. It was more loud that I thought it would be given the reviews. But none of these would keep me from coming back. The parking situation, though, is a bit of a challenge. We did find parking in front of Starbucks on Comm Ave. Which honestly wasn't a far walk. If I lived in the neighborhood or could take the T to The Glenville Stops, this would be a restaurant in a regular rotation for me. But since I'm car dependent it's a bit more of a challenge. Loved it though.

KC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Glenville Stops is a neighborhood gem -- beautifully appointed, under-attended, and phenomenal food. Tasty, creative, unique small plates and main dishes; an extensive wine list and plenty of beers to choose from. Hard to park nearby, but that might only help it remain our favorite secret place.

D
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic local hidden gem. Very fair prices for great food and drink. Friendly good service! Very unusual. Highly recommended.

AA
New England
34 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding neighborhood gem! Good food- variety of apps worked well, with well-priced wine. Will be back!

FS
New England
64 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This is a great local spot for really satisfying appetizers and a wine list that is priced right. We tried the gnocchi, lamb meatballs, beef cigars, filet and mussels. The filet was delicious, moderate in size and priced well. The gnocchi with duck was our favorite appetizer and the lamb meatballs were a close second.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitstaff, quiet atmosphere, awesome menu and very tasty food. We were impressed.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Celebrated our anniversary. Service and food were excellent and we were even treated to champagne!!! If you’re driving, leave time to find parking.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great find while on vacation in Mass.
Close to where I was staying, I chose it because of it’s high Zagat ratings. Ambiance was nice with Tiffany style hanging lights. Food was very good . Asked for a wine recommendation and the extremely shy owner came over however his input was exceptional. Although very good service overall, since they have expensive wines ; I believe more training should be done to the staff in decanting and pouring without spilling.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, very affordable for the quality as well. Highly recommend for a date/evening out.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This out of the way place is a secret gem. We had a fantastic meal, lovely service and would absolutely return.

F
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place wins the flavor award. I can't think of a dining experience I have had recently where every dish was so innovative and pleasantly surprising in terms of taste/texture/presentation. Smoked carrots with lentil puree? Who does that?! So yummy! I am not a vegetarian, but I noticed that many of our favorites from that night were non-meat. We will be back and hope that this review and others like it don't ruin our ability to get a table!

AB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome at every level. Excellent drunken goat cheese, and roasted beet appetizers. The salmon was superb, but the lamb shank was brilliantly prepared and the best lamb shank I have ever had. Even the cappuccino was world class. I definitely have already raved about GS to several friends. Be prepared to walk from parking since it is scarce in the neighborhood, but we didn't mind. It was well worth it. Great find!!!
Will definitely be back. I have to experience that lamb shank again!

R
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good food. Last time we ate here was over a year ago though and we were surprised that nothing on the food menu had changed. That being said, the food is very good. Large beer and wine selection as well. Last time we were there, we were seated on the right side of the restaurant which was a lot quieter. This time we were seated to the left in the restaurant (in a more open area) and we could hear all the other conversations around us. There was also a very loud table right behind us so we could not hear each other and we didn’t want to stay very long.

g
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great oysters, decor, service. We've visited a half dozen times since Jan.

FH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening at The Glenville Stops. The vibe is neighborhood gem, out of the way on a side street, with little adjacent parking (we took a chance and parked close by, in the permit-only zone, and were fine; there is said to be legit parking a short walk away). Warm welcome from the super-friendly and attentive staff, in the airy-yet-cozy dining area with high ceilings, warm wood wrap-around bar, golden yellow walls and partial views of the kitchen. The menu has a little something for everyone, without being overwhelming (but no gluten-free bread, sigh- sandwiches are offered naked). Lots of seafood and Mediterranean influences. Fried cheese with oregano and honey (minus bread): yummy, squeaky cheese like Kasseri! Mussels in lemongrass-coconut broth with ginger: delicious, even for a non-fan of mussels. Roasted half-chicken with potatoes and finely chopped ratatouille: perfectly done and made great leftovers the next day. My husband happily inhaled the Moroccan phyllo-wrapped chicken fingers.
Too bad we didn’t have room for dessert! If we lived close by, we’d come often.

FS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

High quality, low price, difficult parking

E
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Glenville Stops is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. It's a family business and everyone is welcoming and pleasant. The food is always delicious, and it's a chill place to unwind after a long week. The beer and wine selection is well-chosen (it's a good thing they don't have a full liquor license or I'd probably never leave). If you happen to go in June, make sure to get the amazing strawberry shortcake. I'm sad every year when it's out of season!

JO
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Parking is rediculous to find. Beer and wine only

c
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were six of us dining, we were late due to traffic heading to the city so we called and they said no problem. The meals and apps were all very good. Everyone liked there meal, I got the salmon which was good but didn't have alot of flavour. Most of us got the baklava and it was wonderful. We would definitely go back next time we are in town.

PK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to this restaurant a few times before and loved it. Every time we go we have a great meal and outstanding service. I highly recommend this spot. It is a gem.

k
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Above average neighborhood place. Excellent chicken confit, brussel sprouts and lamb. Medium rare steak frite a bit tough. Enjoyable meal overall.

DM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found Glenville Stops in a list of restaurants in the Brighton area. It was advertised as a great value with delicious food. We were not disappointed! Three of us shared several small plates. Each dish we ordered was superb - rich in flavor, surprising in its combinations (who knew that pheasant tastes so good with homemade gnocchi?!), and very reasonably priced. We highly recommend this place!

DR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Creative cooking at its best! Outstanding menu. Modestly priced.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find. Food was delicious, inventive, beautiful! Many beers on tap, many lovely wines. Fabulous desserts. Perfect service! The only challenge is lack of nearby parking, so be prepared to park on Commonwealth or Brighton. But it’s worth it!

g
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous oysters! Excellent small and large plate options. And a rare restaurant where you can hear conversation.

NA
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of tapas and small plates, along with the selection of beers on tap.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best date spot in Allston! The service here is always on point and the food is consistently delicious and filling in a very comfortable environment with and excellent drink selection. I have been coming here for three years since my third date with my girlfriend and will always hold this restaurant in high regard!

SL
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had the gnocchi with pheasant to start which was so good.

The food after that was not so great. I got a steak which was tough and not very flavorful. My partner got the chicken which was fine but pales in comparison to the starter. All of the small dishes looked very interesting so I may be back to try them. Though the entrees we had fell flat on their faces. I would recommend someone to go, but really only stick to the small plates.

CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I would come back in a heartbeat! What a lovely place! The decor was relaxing and a little whimsical without being too forced, the lighting was just right, the prices reasonable, and the dishes delicious. We had a variety of selections and we each enjoyed what we ordered. The service was very good in that our server was perfectly pleasant. A little more attention would not have gone amiss but it was certainly sufficient overall. I have already recommended it to a friend!

KK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cozy setting tucked away from the hustle of Comm and Harvard Avenues makes this worth the walk. Small plates were very interesting and uniformly good, and the walnut-pistachio baklava a great finish. We would return for a meal and setting that are a cut above the typical Allston experience.

SE
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and inventive--very cool flavor combinations (Drunken Goat Cheese, Moroccan Beef Cigars) and savory goodness (Wild Mushroom Ravioli). The service was great, and the ambiance was perfect--lighting that was not too dark, and music that was not too loud. It was easy to appreciate it but also still have a conversation. And again, the food was amazing! We will definitely be coming back for more!

CH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We arrived early (6:30pm) on a snowy Saturday night and had our pick of tables. We chose a table for 2 in the room adjacent to the bar, and found the ambience to be extremely pleasant. The service was attentive but not intrusive, and very good. The menu is fairly short, but the choices were excellent and we very much enjoyed our food. ($25 Petite filet for her, and two $12 small plates of lamb meatballs and wild mushroom ravioli for him). Honorable mention to the bread for the table--it was excellent. The wine list lacked Prosecco (our favorite) but the Brut Cava ($40) was a very suitable substitute. The rest of the beer and wine list looked great, too. We will definitely return next time we are in the neighborhood. We found parking a few blocks away on Harvard Street in order to be close to our ultimate destination for the evening.