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“Top Notch Dining!”

Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
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Ranked #222 of 3,202 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $60 - $80
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Atlantic Avenue
Transit: South Station stop on the Red Line Aquarium stop on the Blue Line
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Top Notch Dining!”
Reviewed March 8, 2007

Dined at the Meritage on 3/7/07. It was a wonderful experience! We were greeted kindly when we checked in at the podium and seated immediately. Although our table for two was not near a window, we were still able to enjoy a magnificent view by looking around.

The staff was very attentive and helpful (when we asked questions about the menu and wines.) I ordered duck which, although it was a bit chewy, I enjoyed. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her filet mignon. Our desserts, three chocolate 'tastings' were delicious and well presented. The dish included a flourless cake, chocolate creme brulee and a white chocolate mousse with a raspberry center. Yum! Melt-watering and a nice capstone to the meal.

The portions may seem small, but I assure you that we were both full when we finished. The food was fresh and the selections were bountiful.

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“The quality of the food was lacking.”
Reviewed September 9, 2006

We went to the Meritage for our wedding anniversary and were quite disappointed with the quality of the food. Although our meals were well-presented, the portions were small and lacked in taste. The duck was raw and very hard to chew, and the tiny pile of rice underneath was flavorless. The quail was also bland and was accompanied by a strange piece of fried seafood. The food was overpriced for what it was.

The staff was somewhat friendly. The veiw is lovely, although be prepared to wait for an hour for a table by a window.

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“Unbelievable!”
Reviewed December 27, 2005

For my parents 35th Anniversary, my sister & I made a reservation for the family at Meritage - the Boston Harbor Hotel. Upon arrival, the hostess was delightful and the service was very attentive the entire night. The menu had many unique choices that could be served as a tapas or entree. We savored every bite...The food is amazing from appetizers to dessert! Although our reservation was on a snowy night in November, the table we sat at had an incredible view of the Harbor and the warmth of the staff & ambiance made the night spectacular. If you are visiting the Boston area or just looking for a night out, Meritage is a must!!

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New Haven, Connecticut
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“A Great Restaurant and a Great Find”
Reviewed July 9, 2005

We really were surprised many years ago at Daniel Bruce's Rowe's Wharf restaurant. The meals we had there were wonderful, the wine list extensive, and the brunch the next morning was the best brunch we ever had in Boston.

Two years ago, we were hard pressed to find a romantic restaurant with a view after the closing of the Bay Tower Room, where we celebrated our birthdays and anniversaries.

Well, we found it. It is Meritage. We cleverly worked around the initial concept, ordering our own wine glasses matched with our courses. We each found that three small courses were more than adequate. We ordered many varieties of fish, red meat, and shellfish, sampling a wide variety of dishes this way. All dishes were among the best we have had in any restaurant in America. The service was exceptional, friendly, helpful, professional, and prompt. Complimentary dessert for our wedding anniversary was a real plus.

And the view of the harbor is wonderful.

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“A Disappointment”
Reviewed March 20, 2005

The Meritage has replaced Rowe's Wharf Restaurant as the place to Sunday brunch at the Boston Harbor Hotel. What a disappointment to no longer be escorted to the classically elegant interior suites of the Rowe's Wharf Restaurant but to a garishly contemporary decorated room. Rather than the set up of suites with individual chef stations and a plethora of exquisite dishes, you got the standard fare just one notch above Old Country Buffet. The items on the menu (posted on the website) are not all available - where was the caviar?

There is just one buffet table, only two of the dishes are in warming platters, they don't have pork free options that are not horribly freezer-burnt (who doesn't have turkey bacon/sausage in 2005?!) - and they bring you dessert when they're ready. There are only two types of herbal tea (?!?) and the food is just not interesting enough to motivate you to fill your plate. Scrambled Eggs (rather than Eggs Benedict) and ratatouille (rather than prime rib and roast beef) were the main dishes along with an unimpressive platter of lobster claws (where's the Alaskian King Crab as well?) and a tired display of fruit that was replaced once it was empty (sigh) rather than replenished for those of us that missed the blueberry run.

More importantly, where were the placards that identified the food and listed ingredients for those with food allergies? Gone was the table of lusciously rich italian cakes and desserts - you couldn't have possibly tasted each one..Now they serve the table a plate of four individual desserts for group "sampling"; if you desire another sample they will readily bring it to you, but they are no where near as delicious as "what once was".

Rowe's Wharf Restaurant was the reason for going to the Boston Harbor Hotel for Sunday Brunch. It was traditionally upscale and elegant, now it's a cookie cutter restaurant out of New York City. A nice cookie cutter restaurant - but nothing like it once was.

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