Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar

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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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PP
Belgium
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, delicious food and beautiful scenery.

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IS
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meritage never ceases to impress. The 6 course chef tasting with wine pairing is absolutely amazing and the level of service is 2nd to none.

Highly, highly recommend

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of are favorite places to go. It’s a classy high end restaurant overlooking the water. Food is always made to perfection a lot with the wait staff being terrific. I would recommend to anyone looking for a special dinner night

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food, and ambient. The service is extraordinary, the waiters seem to be really happy to serve. It is super nice to be in a place where they remember you and call you by name.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was on point and the experience was outstanding!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Good location, beautiful setting and excellent service. Food is average.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, a knowledgeable Sommelier together with great food. A wedding anniversary we will remember. Thank you so much.

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Dinner here was a bit disappointing. We picked the octopus as first course - the dish proved to be mediocre: the octopus was on the bland side, the sauce and accompaniments were overly spicy and featuring falcors that didnt match well with the octopus, and the overall technical execution was below average. The entrees of Halibut and Scallops proved to be much better - the scallops dish being well balanced and very nicely done, with excellent products. Desert was also on the diappointing side: the (deconstructed) ''apple pie' had apples which were undercooked, and the 'palet d'or'' (a classic French chocolate cake) was a bit dry instead of beig creamy and voluptuous as it should be. Service was very attentionate but a bit stiff and there were very few diners. The overall impression is that a real chef doesnt inhabit this place, which is rather operated as a business which has lost sight of a real passion for cuisine.

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AT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date Night

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e
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serene & scrumptious! Impeccable service & decor! Perfect for our night “on the town” in Boston...

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and amazing wine list! We had a wonderful dinner and highly recommend this restaurant.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Chef Daniel Bruce is a master! Wine pairings are spot on.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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ML
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for a valatines dinner, and we were blown away by how well you are taken care of. We were greeted graciously, taken to our table. Our waiter introduced himself and answered all our questions, as well as his recommendation. We decided on the Valentine special 6 course meal with the wine pairing, and what a meal it was! Everything was amazing! And once again before each meal, we were introduced to the wine that would go with our meal and explained it's origin. The restaurant itself is beautiful, from the table setting to the environment. It isn't crowded with other customers and the music is not loud and not to quite to enjoy. Everything about this place is just wonderful! Highly recommend!

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RW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this restaurant, and would always recommend his as a true food experience. The complaint this time was the shortage of staff. Though the restaurant was not busy, it seemed the server had little time and the sommelier continuously left my glass empty.

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RH
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting overlooking the harbor. Great service/great wine list. Had 4 course prix fixe dinner with wine - spanish octopus was sublime, coffee rubbed steak was not as flavorful as expected and desert was average. My wife had more consistent excellent food experience (shrimp w/crab, poached lobster), but also shared the average desert experience. Very good overall, just not a consistently 'wow' food experience over the 4 courses.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The level of service is outstanding. The food was delicious. Our waiter was perfect.

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BD
New England
127 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meritage offers an outstanding dining experience with a menu that features locally sourced dishes and servers who share their understanding and appreciation of each item on the menu, and the accompanying wines. They feed both the body and mind. One should be prepared to take their time to savor all that is offered.

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J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. Food amazing. If you have the opportunity, do the chefs table multi course meal with the wine pairings!

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JK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top ten dinning experiences that I have had. Perfect timing as we were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary. We are familiar with Chef Bruce from his terrific Wine Festival dinners but this was a first trip to the restaurant.

Spot on service, wonderfully clever that was food beautifully presented, and they acknowledged our occasion with class. Chef Bruce creates elegant dishes that are unpretentious and accessible. The restaurant itself is intimate but alive.

I couldn't recommend Meritage more highly

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BB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! The best dining experience that I’ve had in my life. I can’t say enough about the exceptional food and service. The Meritage is all about an exceptional dining experience from the moment you arrive through a professional and courteous escort as you are leaving. Class act all the way. They “nailed” what it means to have an upscale and classy dining experience with the best food! Much thanks Meritage!!!!

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GN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Significant disappointment that kitchen would not allow any substitution on their tasting menu. Asked to alter one first course to change from scallop to tuna due to shellfish issue. Wouldn’t accommodate the request. There were only 11 people in the dining room the entire time we were there. I have eaten in much finer restaurants with tasting menus and never had a similar request denied, including many internationally acclaimed restaurants (Michelin starred restaurants). The thought that this somehow altered the integrity of the proposed menu is almost insulting to me as a diner. The result of this was also that the others in the party could not enjoy the tasting menu as everyone at the table had to choose this.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Meritage was incredible. I really wanted to treat my girlfriend that night and given it was our first date of the year, everything had to be done right. They went above and beyond their duties to make our night special. My girlfriend felt like a princess. This place holds a special spot in my heart now. Incredible experience.

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SN
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a family dinner celebrating a birthday. Brought our young kids. They have a kids menu!!!! Best Chicken Fingers ever and the ice cream sundae was to die for - and that's the KIDS' food! The adults went for the vineyard to table menu - and it was great! Just a head's up - don't drive after - get a cab. You will get a full glass of wine - not a tasting amount. So - that's 6 glasses of wine - plus whatever you had while deciding if you were gonna go for the tasting menu. Food was amazing and just enough to feel full but not stuffed.
They have tables for 4 right next to the panorama windows overlooking the channel. The view was lovely in the winter but I can imagine it's quite spectacular in the summer.

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WS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
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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AL
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience ever. Reserved a table for New Years Eve a couple months in advance. We came in early to our late reservation and they were happy to seat us. Service was extra extra slow but that was fine with us because we like to have wine with each course and were waiting for the fireworks. When our main courses finally came out they were luke warm, dry and not glossy like they had been under a lamp for an extended period of time. We sent our medium well steak (intended to be medium rare) and the painfully dry pheasant back. The chef promptly came out to speak with us, while at first I was pleased as I thought he was coming to confirm exactly what the issue was so he could address it properly but instead he came with the news that he had thrown out half the ingredients and was out of pheasant so couldn’t complete either dish properly for us....????? This news of irresponsibility by the chef was accompanied by his offensive attitude. He was clearly aggravated that we had sent our food back and was not going to let us leave satisfied. We painfully had a $600 bill with only 1 round of drinks removed for the inconvenience of our poorly executed entrees two time since the second go around was not cooked much better with sides thrown together with whatever had not yet been thrown away. Worst dining experience my husband and I have ever had. I have posted this late as I was trying to forget the experience and move on but as we’ve enjoyed several wonderful dinners this week in Vail it has only brought light to our awful experience here. We will never be back and hope to relay that the chef is lacking pride in his work and is not concerned that all his customers are enjoying his best every time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 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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OT
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
33 reviews
Dined on December 20, 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 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food and atmosphere!

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 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
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall.

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M
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 22, 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 6, 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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