Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar

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2091 reviews
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Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar takes the unique approach of matching wine and food with a dynamic, sensory-evoking menu that offers guests an unforgettable culinary experience while simplifying the art of pairing. Led by Chef Daniel Bruce, the innovative Meritage menu is designed to marry culinary flavors to wine flavors. With a passion for food, wine and the art of pairing the two, Chef Daniel Bruce draws inspiration from his experience as Chef and Founder of the Boston Wine Festival. Daniel’s deeply-rooted ties with vintners from around the world are integrated throughout the dining experience in a unique Vineyard-to-Table concept.
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WS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great staff.My waiter was amazing, a French older gentleman, he was outsatanding and very friendly.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I come here for their New Year Brunch in the past several years, the ambiance, by the waterfront is unbeatable, in the past they event have live music (not this year).
This year i found the value is the worst, but the service is the best.
The refill of food and drinks are very generous, you see staff continue refilling food which was nice. They kept the cocktail shrimps, seafood bar and sushi at the buffet coming non-stop. At the table the freshly squeezed OJ and coffee are being consistently refilled without the need to ask for them.
However the menu used to include a craving station, this year it is gone, the varieties of food at the buffet is much less than any of the years in the past, a bit disappointed.
They also used to validate your parking at the underground garage so it is only about $20 for the duration of the brunch, this year they don't offer that, parking at the underground garage turned into $40, not cool.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience to book a reservation through open table. I really recommend this app and the restuarant.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is really professional

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P
New England
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been celebrating Christmas Eve at Meritage for several years and each year has been a great experience. Some have been better the others, but all have have been good and 2018's was one of the best. The ambience, wonderful harbor views, and the efficient, pleasant service combine the excellent food to make a great evening. Christmas eve offers a four course set menu with choices at each course. Our choices at each course were beautifully prepared. There is an option of a wine pairing. I would strongly recommend it. The choices fit perfectly. The whole evening was, as always, an important part of our celebration from the warm welcome to the small box of complimentary chocolates presented on our departure.

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j
New England
31 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us had dinner to celebrate Christmas/Birthday. The food was delicious. Two of us had halibut which was a large piece on a bed of risotto. It was very filling. The other had short rib which she said was very good. We had a chocolate dessert which beautifully presented and delicious. It was enhanced by the whipped cream which we had to request. I did think the drinks were expensive. My friend paid $25 for a glass of wine and margaritas were $16. Our waiter Jean was terrific - very attentive and personable.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food and atmosphere!

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Flawless hospitality, creative twists on classic dishes and excellent culinary execution by Chef Daniel Bruce make for a memorable dining experience. Good wine list at all price points. Ask for a table by the window overlooking the harbor for the best view of the water.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! This was my second visit to Meritage and it was even better than the first! I let them know in my reservation that it was my guest’s birthday, and they brought out a delicious rose’ to start, and a beautiful amuse bouche, as well as top notch service throughout our dinner to complement our perfect food! Absolutely worth the price tag for the whole experience and beautiful view of the ocean while you dine. Keep up the good work!

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OB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall.

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M
New England
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I have to assume our experience was conditioned by the fact that it was a holiday event.
The problem began with the cocktails which did not arrive until well into the first course and AFTER the first pairing was poured.
The first course was very good. And, so was the second, but here is were things really fell apart. As the third was to be served, waitstaff appeared with large armful of laundry and began resetting tables in front of us. This might have not been such an issue except we were seated, facing out.
The third course, my risotto and my husbands turkey were really a disappointment.
And, the dessert cake was dry. The apple "pie" crust was nice, but the apples were not. the third course and the desserts I make varieties of, so I know how delicious each could be. The final pairing was the highlight.
Overall, the service was just off. Pacing was a disaster-long waits and miscues-dessert served before the third course? Someone really had the choreography all off! The staff was lovely, but often seemed frenetic and confused, and then extremely apologetic.
All this for one $300?
What went wrong???

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W
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Too few waiters for the number of tables and for a four course meal and drinks.

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P
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I have eaten here before and had a very good experience so maybe it was an off night. Would still recommend and hope it won’t happen again. Food was boring, bland and rather tasteless, except for the salad.

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant, probably the best in Boston. I spent a week in Boston trying out all the good restaurants I could find and the Meritage was by far the best. Nice quiet, with outstanding service, incredibly delicious food and great wine pairings.
I was pleasantly surprised that the quality was even better than I remembered it from my last visit 5 years ago!

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DS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

We were forced to order entrees when we ordered appetizers. We wanted a leisurely meal the server wanted us in and out. I’ll take the $1,000.00 I spent elsewhere.

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MF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There couldn’t have been a better choice for my birthday dinner; every inspired bite was divine, and the wine lovely!
Definitely in my top 10 category

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Brilliant pairings with each course of a 6 course tasting menu. All the food was cooked perfectly. They were very accommodating swapping out other choices due to allergies.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time my wife and I eat here we have the best meal we’ve ever had. We celebrated our Anniversary Dinner here after getting married here last year. Service is impeccable and the food is so unique and creative. The Chef is so consistently over the top impressive and usually will send out a couple extra small plates that they think will go well with our meal. The flights of wine are excellent and are highly recommended. Pappardelle Pasta has so much flavor with the aged gouda. The Venison Carpaccio & Tartar packed a somehow delicate punch of flavor with a great crunch. The Short Rib here is probably the best food I’ve ever had, as I never even picked up my knife. Red wine sauce and falls apart when you touch it with your fork. The Baked Alaska with Cranberry Sorbet had a nice fall touch to it and was sweet and tart at the same time. Overall it was a very expensive dinner, but WOW was it worth every penny. Looking forward to the next time we go here, there really is nothing quite like this in the area. Thank you Meritage!

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YL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was impressed by the view but not the food. We chose the tasting menu and the food is just average. But the service is indeed very good and we enjoy the view very much.

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love they service and food.
I think they can improve to give better attention to the birthday person.

I recommend to everyone.

One of the best service for sure.

Food was great.

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EB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific Service and good food.


Overall, great venue for any occasion.

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OT
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and wine was awesome. Very unusual was 3 very young children who were very vocal. We have been coming to Meritage for decades and this was the first time for this experience. We will be back soon with the expectation that we will be enjoying our dinner with the wonderful atmosphere that is usually present.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is respectable and both the food and service were incredible.

I’ve spent far more for far less elsewhere.

Highly recommended.

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our anniversary. Really enjoyed the Farm to Table menu and wine tasting! Highly recommend!

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RP
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trip to Boston, first time here, and thrilled to find this gem. We have many favorite restaurants but this is now at the top of our list.

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i
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve ever been to. The food was amazing, the waiter was super helpful and very educated about all wines and food. I went there to propose and when I did they were quick to give us celebratory wine. The chef even gave my fioncee a congradulations written in chocolate on her plate during dessert. Best restaurant I’ve ever been to and will definitely be back for other special occasions in the future!

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JF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine bar busy sophisticated. Restaurant very refined. Our meals were both top tens-lamb chop and king salmon. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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EE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meritage ceases to impress. Their chef, somm, and service are some of the best I've experienced. I love their wine choices and cheese selection. Can't stress enough how much I enjoy this restaurant. High recommendations on all fronts

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RH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal with great service on our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We loved it.

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GD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday last Friday. Unbelievable! Pricey, but well worth it. The food is outstanding. My boyfriend ordered the clams for an appetizer and the scallops as his entree. He said the scallops were the best he’s ever had- flavorable throughout and cooked to perfection. He said his clams tasted like they had been hand-picked straight from the ocean. I’m a vegan, so I ordered the salad appetizer and forest entree. The salad was very beautiful and fresh, and had a super yummy house-made vinegarette. I was concerned about the entree because I’m not a fan of mushrooms and it was the only vegan option. By far the BEST mushrooms I’ve ever had! I’m not sure how they prepared them, but they were unreal. So flavorful and cooked to perfection. Even my boyfriend enjoyed the dish (he despises mushrooms). We ended our celebration with the blackberry desert- highly recommend. This place is above and beyond. The service and food is like that of no other restaurant- to perfection!

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was perfect! The staff was outstanding, the food terrific, the view beautiful. A great culinary experience!

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MC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

This was truly a mixed experience. The food was great. The service was beyond bad. I think they were woefully understaffed. Never cleared the table between courses., we had to seek out our waiter to have our wine glasses refilled, when bringing each course they kept bringing the food to the wrong people. if this was Friday's or Applebees it would have been fine. Just really bad. and very disappointing.

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. Waiter virtually unseen. Our menu choices seemed somewhat uninspired given restaurant website claims of “magical, etc.” Our seating request - made months prior to our reservation - was not acknowledged/honored despite being guests of the Boston Harbor Hotel. (Parenthetically, our remaining hotel experience was exceptionally pleasing. )

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GD
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I've ever had. The Vineyard to Table was an amazing experience that should not be missed.

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DJ
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance in the bar as well as at the table. Great, competent bartenders who know how to make a great Martini. Table servers were professional and paid attention to every detail, including the wine, for which there is a tremendous selection of some of the world's finest wines like Lafite and Petrus. A wonderful menu that was small, yet complete. The halibut and scallops were the best ever. Please take your best friend for a very enjoyable date night out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Wonderful. No complaints.

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OO
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel Bruce remains one of Boston's finest. Dine to impress at Meritage.

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B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff and the location and. Food was excellent.

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OT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The five course meal along with the wine pairing was exquisite. Highly recommended!

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g
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finest dining experience in ages. Staff wonderfully attentive and accommodating. Food outstanding
Thank you

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