Do yourself a favor and order the truffle fries! Meatball sliders also excellent.
Food amazing. Beef carpaccio and others excellent.
Won’t be back.
Marliave is our go-to special event/Dine Out restaurant.
The food is fantastic and the staff is friendly without hovering. We were out to lunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary and they put a little card on the table wishing us a happy anniversary which was very sweet and unexpected. I will keep coming back here and cannot recommend them enough. Get the mussels appetizer and use the bread to dip in the amazing sauce!!
Old neighborhood restaurant with a French & Italian menu. Only one waiter who was also the bartender but it was Sunday lunch so there were not a lot of people (hostess would have helped if required). Authentic food, tasty, and appeared fresh. Would rather the chopped salad been more of a traditional chopped salad the way the steak houses present them. Small dining rooms but quaint with a lot of history. Hope it remains in business.
Overall, good experience. Water was refilled regularly. Waitstaff was professional. Hostess was friendly. Our oyster order was incorrect (but we let it slide)... I ordered a dozen ‘Duxbury’ but got 4 each of the 3 types offered that night. After appetizers, I had to request bread twice before it was delivered to our table. The ambiance was nice. The food was great- especially the escargot, shrimp scampi, and the Reuben sandwich.
We always love Marliave, the food, service and ambiance are always good.
Restaurant was filled with a very strong bleach smell
We have gone to Marliave at least a dozen times. I even have one of their original menus from when they first opened, which an elderly family member gave me. The fact it’s one of Boston’s oldest restaurants kept us going back out of nostalgia. However, each time we went our experience has only gotten worse and we will never go again. The food is pretty good (though they changed the beet salad for some reason and it’s not nearly as good) and the portions are tiny. However, it’s the service that is just horrendous. I’m saying literally the worst service we have ever had anywhere. Not one employee smiled once and everyone : the hostess, the bartender, and our server truly acted and made us feel as though they were miserable to be there and to have customers. Just a terrible dining experience and we will never go there again. Marliave won’t last much longer if they keep this up. There are too many other great dining options out there for that.
Our server Danny was great- and the staff worked well as a team. Loved my drink. The food was horrible.
This is the go to place for Valentine's Day & anniversary. We have never been disappointed with the service, food & atmosphere. This is a special place.
We went to Valentine’s Day and it was lovely! The food was amazing (as usual) and the ambiance was perfect!
Brought my daughter-in-law there for the first time...she loved it.
One of my wife's favorite restaurants...it was her birthday.....appreciated the seating in the corner by the windows...great night for my entire party! Thank you!
Food and drinks were amazing, service was attentive, and restaurant has a great dining experience!
We came in for a late supper and were seated right away. Attentive staff and great food made for a fun Friday night in Boston!
Food was pretty good and the service met all expectations. The ambiance needs a bit of a refreshment. Having customers walk through an entrance door that leads straight to the kitchen and bathroom instead of the available door that opens into the dining area seemed a bit odd. There was a fair bit of dust along the side of the wall where we were sitting as well. Small updates and changes would really go a long way here. And if you are going to serve bread, even if it’s free, heating it up makes a world of difference.
Marliave is a gem in that it truly feels like a Parisian restaurant hide away, even in its busy, densely populated area. The ambiance is classy and traditional, with white table clothes, amalll tables and black chairs. There is an upper level and lower level with various seating options. The service was friendly, attentive and I like how we were not rushed, but checking in on on a frequent basis. The food was delicious and elegantly served. I enjoyed the Dover. Scallops, and my friend enjoyed the salmon. Perfectly cooked and flavorful. A bit pricey, but the service makes it worth it. Wonderful creative cocktail menu. I feel that’s where the restaurant shows most of its creatively - the cocktails, not the food. My only major complaint is that the restaurant could use a major cleanup. I realize part of its charm is its history, but it was confusing to navigate and had an overall dirty feel. Other than that,a fabulous evening and meal.
We went for a birthday dinner on Sunday. Food was excellent and service was great. It was my first time going and I’ll return.
I really enjoyed this old-time Boston restaurant. The upstairs room has lovely views. The food was delicious and there was a variety of choice and price levels. Butterscotch pudding was to die for! The service was friendly and competent.
Just a special hideaway spot in downtown Boston. Food and service are excellent!
Once again upstairs at Marliave was on the money. Escargot always the best. Scallops amazing as usual and the Cassoulet was hearty and delicious. Reasonable wine list and great ambiance. Love it.
I’ve been going to Marliave for business lunches for over twenty years. This was the first time going for dinner with friends. From the service to the cocktails to the apps to the entrees, expectations were far exceeded. Can’t wait to go again. Chicken under a brick, Sunday Gravy and old fashioned Fish & Chips were great. The cauliflower “steaks” were a surprise hit.
Always a great night out. Service is always excellent and the food is always very good.
Can’t beat the $1 oysters.
Had a burger done perfectly and the fries are always tasty.
Had butterscotch pudding for dessert. Can not find this anywhere else. Always a favorite.
Only came for drinks but they were incredible!
Staff consistently forgot to bring cutlery.
Chicken Parm sandwich was horrible. Steak and cheese was average.
Formaggio platter was great.
We had a late Sunday lunch, so it wasn't crowded. The outside stairs are kind of difficult for older folks. My scampi was very tasty, but the pasta was an little too al dente. Our onion soups were very savory and not over salted which is nice. It would have been great if the cheese stayed over the crock like a hood, but it all caved into the bowl. Such is life. Excellent soup. The resturant isnt well lit. Perhaps some brighter bulbs or some more fixtures would help. Some things never change, and it's great that the restaurant keeps its age old style. Our server was an excellent young man.
Ordered 1/2 bottle of a cab it was excellent for 24$
French onion soup was good
Escargot was tender
Beef wellington with the foie gras was unreal
Overall a great time
Service was fair at best as was the food. Loved the feel of it but it does not match up well with the original restaurant. Prices were reasonable though and location convenient as we were staying at the Parl Plaza and seeing Cats after dinner
The upstairs portion of the Marliave is beautifully fenestrated, with a lot of light, gracious table spacing, and prompt and responsive service. The food and service were excellent, with great responsiveness to individual preferences. A marvelous luncheon; I will readily return with pleasure
Almost nobody there on a quiet Sunday night. Food was ok. Service was friendly.
The burrata is under the salad section, but don't be fooled as you only get a single basil leaf (with tomato jam and toast) with your burrata "salad." This was a very old school French restaurant with very old school methods. It seems as if they feel they do not need to work on their presentation or cooking skills as they feel since they are a French restaurant they have mastered the art of cooking. Far from it. However, the drinks and the service and location were all good.
Great food. And wonderful service.
Always a great experience at Marliave. Love the menu. Escargot among the best. Scallops were amazing as usual. Beef Wellington was on the money. Cassoulet was fantastic. Omelette outstanding. Cauliflower dish is vegan-friendly and excellent. Onion soup a little disappointing.
The hostess and manager where amazing making sure our experience was great.
Marliave is a Christmas tradition for our family for years. It’s old school charm has always been a draw. The menu has gotten a bit stale. Nothing new. Some favorites have been removed and nothing new added. Service is usually above average while tonight is was a bit less than expected. The bar was empty despite a good bar program. All in all, we were disappointed. There are too many options in Boston to have a less than average experience for a bit more than average price. Chicken was unseasoned, steak was tough, salmon was dry and fish was greasy. However the deserts were good. Coffee as well. I’m sorry to say but our ling time love affair with Marliave has come to an end. 😢
We celebrated a reunion with a group of 8 people. The service was great and the food yummy. The main dishes are a bit pricey. Its be great of they had more vegetarian apps and a longer list of "to share" dishes for groups. I had a lovely experience.
The food and service were both very good.
Enjoyed cauliflower soup and salmon with a nice bottle of Chianti.
Disappointed about eating in the café which is run down and very casual.
We came here for a special dinner and dressed for the occasion.
Will only come back if upstairs dining is guaranteed.