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Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar

#167 of 2,680 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown
American, Seafood, International, Wine Bar
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70 Rowes Wharf, The Boston Harbor Hotel, 2nd level, Boston, MA 02110 (Atlantic Avenue)
South Station stop on the Red Line Aquarium stop on the Blue Line
+1 617-439-3995
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic
Description: Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar is known for its excellence in wine and food...
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar is known for its excellence in wine and food pairings. The connection between wine and food, as well as Chef Daniel Bruce's deeply-rooted ties with vintners from around the world, are integrated throughout the dining experience - from the wine aperitif pairing that guests enjoy with their Amuse Bouche to the olive oil poured tableside from a different featured vineyard each month. Chef Bruce works with vineyards across the globe to source ingredients exclusively for Meritage that are incorporated into the menu, including citrus, spices, herbs, nuts, meats and other specialty items grown on the vineyards. The Meritage menu honors the restaurant's hallmark of matching wine to food and showcases Chef Bruce's extraordinary dedication to the finest ingredients. Native to New England, Chef Bruce has established longstanding relationships with local farmers and purveyors, and bases his menus solely on ingredients at the peak of freshness. Working with unusual and varied ingredients allows each dish on the menu to be unique while simultaneously enhancing the wine's flavor.
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  • 107
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Now One of our favorite restaurants

Everything is perfect at this place. Beautiful location, relaxing setting, not too cramped. the wait staff were very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable of both the food and the wine. They anticipated needs. We asked if we could have a change to one course in the tasting menu and the chef came... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
mike k
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Tallahassee, Florida
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everything is perfect at this place. Beautiful location, relaxing setting, not too cramped. the wait staff were very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable of both the food and the wine. They anticipated needs. We asked if we could have a change to one course in the tasting menu and the chef came to the table himself to discuss options. The food... More 

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Thank mike k
Stockholm, Sweden
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29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everything was excellent! The service, food and wine and the harbor-view. We went here to celebrate my daughters birthday. We were well cared of the staff. We specially liked when we got the delicious food with elegancy for both the eye and taste. It's clear that the food i made of one of the best chefs. We were delighted with... More 

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Thank Smile072013
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Heritage still serves very good food. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The view is still beautiful. Validated parking is still free. However, since the renovation the atmosphere is not as warm; booths have replace tables along the window wall. The brunch menu is very limited and everything is now a la carte. Prix Fix brunch is no more.... More 

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Thank Russ W
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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112 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Chef Bruce has been hosting the Boston Wine Festival for over 20 years. We have attended a few times and like the seminar and dinner format. I would highly recommend experiencing it if you are in the area and can score a spot as space is limited!

Helpful?
Thank jennifer_noble
Jaime C, Director of Operations at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your review of the Boston Wine Festival Dinners. We are so pleased to hear how much you have been enjoying the dinners over the years and we appreciate your kind recommendation of the festival! We hope to welcome you back for another experience very soon! More 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Meritage is the Boston Harbor Hotel's (see my review "None Better") flagship restaurant. The service is excellent, period. Our server, Geronimo (is that cool or what?) was engaged, helpful and unobtrusive. The wine pairings with our prix fixe menu were appropriate, unique and outstanding. The courses were well presented and mouth watering. The duck in particular was marvelous. The ambiance... More 

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Thank Barry D
Jaime C, Director of Operations at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, responded to this review

We are so delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your dining experience at Meritage Restaurant +Wine Bar. We appreciate your kind mentioning of our staff and menu selection, and will be sure to share your praise with Geronimo! It would be our pleasure to welcome you back to the Boston Harbor Hotel and Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar very... More 

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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Positive: Fine, as in, average, brunch food. Easy to get into with a big group. Tolerant of poorly behaved children (my own). Nice view. Negative: Management is absent. I placed my order for a frittata at the same time the rest of our 12 person party did. It came after everyone had finished eating. Yes, with an apology from the... More 

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Thank Ritz1165
Jaime C, Director of Operations at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to share your dining experience with us. We certainly regret to learn that we did not meet your expectations, and we would like to extend our sincerest apologies for the shortcomings in service that you encountered, as this is not representative of the service that we offer. We hope to have the opportunity to... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is chef Daniel Bruce's flagship. It features a New England tilt with an unerring balance of flavors and creative mixtures. There is no "fear of food" and classics are not ignored but presented with a fresh face. Chef Bruce needs the long-running Boston wine festival which showcases his incredible talent for pairings. Meritage should be a destination for... More 

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Thank pierr0tg0urmand
Jaime C, Director of Operations at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your perspective and five star review of Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our menu offerings and we appreciate your kind recommendation of our restaurant. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back for another food and wine pairing experience very soon! Thank you for your review! More 

Boston
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Start your evening by entering the Lobby of the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel and then go upstairs to Meritage. The room is beautiful with a fabulous view of Boston Harbor. The service (from Hillary) was perfect; attentive but not intrusive. We had a wonderful wine recommendation from the sommelier and his selection was less expensive than the wines we had... More 

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Thank gourmetgirlBoston
Jaime C, Director of Operations at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, responded to this review

We are so delighted to hear how special your dining experience was at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar. Thank you for taking the time to share such a detailed review of your experience and we will certainly share your praise with your server Hillary. We hope to welcome you back for another wonderful dining experience very soon! Thank you for... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a client here for dinner and the food, wine and service was impeccable. The place was not cheap, but not overly priced in my opinion, for what you got. The view is lovely and the service was outstanding. Jeronimo was superb. Everything was perfect. I left my cc in the folio and happened to mention to the front desk... More 

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1 Thank Robin G
Jaime C, Director of Operations at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, responded to this review

We are so pleased to learn that you had an outstanding experience at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, and we will be sure to share your kind compliments with your server Jeronimo. Thank you for your wonderful recommendation and five star review and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to dine with us again! Thank you... More 

Chelsea, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, outstanding service and great wine pairings. Thank you staff for an unforgettable visit. Well done!

Helpful?
Thank Laurie4167
Jaime C, Director of Operations at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, responded to this review

It is so wonderful to hear that your experience at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar was unforgettable! We are delighted that you enjoyed all aspects of your experience and the pleasure would be all ours to welcome you back. Thank you for your gracious Five Star rating and wonderful review! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, The Boston Harbor Hotel, 2nd level, Boston, MA 02110
    (Atlantic Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: South Station stop on the Red Line Aquarium stop on the Blue Line
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-439-3995

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 60 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, International, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic

Description

Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar is known for its excellence in wine and food pairings. The connection between wine and food, as well as Chef Daniel Bruce's deeply-rooted ties with vintners from around the world, are integrated throughout the dining experience - from the wine aperitif pairing that guests enjoy with their Amuse Bouche to the olive oil poured tableside from a different featured vineyard each month. Chef Bruce works with vineyards across the globe to source ingredients exclusively for Meritage that are incorporated into the menu, including citrus, spices, herbs, nuts, meats and other specialty items grown on the vineyards. The Meritage menu honors the restaurant's hallmark of matching wine to food and showcases Chef Bruce's extraordinary dedication to the finest ingredients. Native to New England, Chef Bruce has established longstanding relationships with local farmers and purveyors, and bases his menus solely on ingredients at the peak of freshness. Working with unusual and varied ingredients allows each dish on the menu to be unique while simultaneously enhancing the wine's flavor.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.