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Towne Stove and Spirits
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Ranked #497 of 3,263 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Description: Towne stove and spirits is a warm, welcoming respite in Boston’s bustling Back Bay. It’s a place where all are welcome and the savory scents from our wood-fired rotisserie mix with the hearty sounds of laughter and good conversation. A place where people relax and enjoy steaks to share, lobster done eleven ways and plenty of unexpected culinary surprises from around the globe.It’s a place for special celebrations, power lunches and private parties. A place where our valets take as good care of your car as our servers do of you. It’s a place where life is good. Whether you live in the neighborhood or are visiting the city, our towne is your towne.Conveniently located adjacent to the Hynes Convention Center, towne is open daily for lunch, dinner and Saturday/Sunday brunch.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I found Towne to be a much better value for the money than Scampo at the Liberty Hotel which
is also owned by Lydia Shire. Good salad, burger, and bread basket. The grilled corn side dish
was very tasty. I was hesitant to try the pasta entree because of a bad experience ordering the
one on the menu at Scampo. The outdoor dining was very relaxing on a mild night and the
service was very good. Would return for another meal.

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Thank bob l
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I was disappointed here. When you walk in you have to walk thru a clubby bar area to get to their host desk, where 3 host people proceed to ignore you until it is convenient for them to acknowledge you, then take you to a bar area table, which we asked to be moved to a better dining area, after all our reservation was for dinner, not drinks, and we were grudgingly obliged with a table in a large hotel like banquet room. So, ambience not hitting it for us, service off to unimpressed start, we read the higher priced but Cheesecake Factory-like menu. Our server was a bit amateur,but friendly enough. Perhaps I had too high expectations from hyped up reviews, but I would not return. Food unmemorable, atmosphere still has convention conference room feel, with strange shadow boxes that made no sense. Wouldn't recommend, nothing fun, casual or interesting here.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We ate here on a lovely warm Wednesday evening in the outside dining area. It's a fairly large place but it was pretty busy with a nice atmosphere. On the plus side all the food we ordered was very good and when our appetiser was late appearing the manager came to explain and apologise before we had even thought about chasing it up. On the less positive side, we had to ask for bread ( particularly important when our appetiser was not appearing) and the basket that eventually appeared had some crisp flatbread which was fine but also some tough rolls that had clearly been put back in the oven, with no butter or oil. This place is not cheap so the basics should be right. We were also surprised at how early the bar closed up. The place is in darkness by 11! Lastly, do not go here if you are vegetarian as there is nothing for you!

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Thank MWSurrey
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We (myself, husband and 2 boys) had dinner here on the first night of a Boston trip in July. Based on the fact that this is a Lydia Shire and Jasper White establishment we had to try it! So glad we did......our waiter was excellent, knowledgeable and friendly. I has the sea bass - perfectly prepared. My husband has the tuna and it too was excellent. Pricey but worth it all around - food, service, atmosphere. We will come back.

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Thank Aloha2009
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Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Tried Towne after reading reviews but i have to say I'm disappointed. Upon entering we were seated at a tiny table next to the door leading to the outdoor seating despite several better tables being open where a waiter doesn't wall behind you every 20 seconds.
We asked to move and the hostess moved us two tables away, but still to a small table against a wall in between the curtains from two windows.
Whatever.
While water and bread made it to the table in short order it took nine minutes for a waiter to ask if we wanted a drink.
The waiter was professional and helped us with a few questions we had. In fact service was good but slower than i expected. For example, water glasses remained empty long enough for me to wonder where the waiter was, which is a few minutes too long.
The food was good not great. Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad was fine though it could have used a bit more of both the basil and balsamic drizzles.
My best course of the night was the scratch lemon and ricotta ravioli with artichoke hearts. Delicate, light pillows of cheese-filled pasta in a perfect buttersauce with a hint of lemon. Truly excellent dish executed flawlessly.
I should have stopped there.
Instead i had the pan roasted cod with saffron aioli and cockle stew. Sadly it was an underseasoned plate of blah overcooked cod in a puddle of blah cockle juice.
My wife had the lobster bisque which was only ok, follwed by lobster popovers. The popovers were excellent,with just the right amount of sweetness in the popovers to complement the flavor of the lobster. For her main course she had the branzino. Aside from the abundance of pin bones, that was a great dish.
Overall, dinner was something of mixed bag. With a pricetag of $170 before tip, I expect a lot better food and more attentive service.

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Thank Tony P
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