1 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
09/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Finale may have been great in the past but not anymore. Went recently and tried two deserts - the Boston Cream Pie and Molten Chocolate. Too Sweet! If you want the taste of real Boston Cream Pie forget it. Cappucino was cold. This was my finale at Finale.
07/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I had a great experience at Finale's with a group of friends. The desserts were very enjoyable and it was a fun place to finish off a long day of trekking through the town. I recommend going on a weekday when it is not too busy, as the space does fill up quick.
05/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It's strange that for a dessert restaurant, the only decent thing about this place is the lunch menu. The dessert menu is far too overpriced for what you get. Sure, they have tasty sweets, but you can get the same thing at the grocery or a regular pastry shop. The ambiance hardly justifies the price: there was a piece of gum stuck under my table, a large stain on the chair fabric (gross!) and my table was wet from being wiped - pretty disgusting experience after having to wait 40 minutes to be seated. These are things you don't expect to happen when you are paying $20 dollars for miniature cookies, berry sauce and a scoop of ice cream.
Our waiter took forever, the ice cream was melting, but he insisted on explaining what all the things on the plate were. I wanted to tell him I already knew what was on the plate, I have the ability to read menu's!!! I felt like I was at the Olive Garden or something when he was giving his little rehearsed speaches - yuck.
04/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
once you get into the restaurant, you're basically engulfed in the aroma. don't go there hoping to eat a full meal, though; it's a DESSERT place serving small dishes and wines.
of the food (""prelude"") menu, the cheese plate for 2 is, indeed, very cheesy (not worth it). however, the mediterranean pizza is simple but delectable (love the balsamic).
signature dessert, molten cake--the ultimate finale--is a complete death by chocolate. you can't possibly resist the aroma of quality valrhona, but half a cake is enough to stuff your belly for the next 2 years. i was getting nauseously overwhelmed and couldn't possibly finish that small piece of cake even though i was actually HUNGRY. the coffee ice-cream that accompanies it is in actuality a mouth cleanser! and my personal suggested beverage pairing: pure water.
i had a creme brulee before, it was ok but i've had better. their creme brulee is actually more pudding-like and less custard-like. so don't be taken aback by their less ""sturdy"" consistency.
forgot what cake i got for my parents' anniversary last year (don't find it on menu at the moment); it was some sort of really rich chocolate cake w/passion fruit creme inside. everybody agreed that though it was good, it was way too sweet.
went a few more times after that, was getting less thrilled each time. ambiance is perfect for a date, but i stopped caring much for their desserts, which somehow appear less and less ""special."" service is polite at best, if a bit haughty.
02/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went there for a dessert and according to others reviews they are the best . The place is so old ...very depressing for such a place !!! Old furniture , dark colors ....please it 's a place for sugar !!!! Then came the menu and the choice is not that large . I tried the tiramisu which was good .My husband and my son had their ""award"" desserts : the creme brulee is too huge to be delicate the way it supposed to be and the chocolate cake has nothing to die for ( not dark enought). The hot chocolate was average .
At the end the bill adds more than your stomach can take ! Too expensive for desserts who need inspiration and new ideas . The place lives on its reputation and needs to be shake !!!
11/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We made special plans to go here for one of my girlfriends Birthday. Thirteen of us. First of all they DO NOT take reservations. So good luck if you have a large party. It's a first come first serve basis. We got there on a Saturday night at 9:30 we didn't sit down for an hour and a half after them telling us it would only be an hour! There is absolutely NO place to sit. The bar has 4 chairs!! They pack you into this tiny corner of the restaurant to wait with about 40 other people with 6 chairs for 40 people. FINALLY, we get out table for thirteen. We get to the table it's set for 10!!! Mind you they knew it was for 13 and ""WE"" had to pull another table together and chairs. They told us ""well as long as you have enough silverware, that's all that matters."" So we wait about 15 minutes...No server ever came over, we never even got menus!! Someone in our party got up and got a menu for all of us. We had to grab a waiter at another table to ask for water. We finally got a waiter and ordered (we all just had desserts) no food. The desserts were absolutely horrible!! The WORST desserts I have ever tasted in my life. We ordered a plate called ""Chocolate Paradise"". The only good thing on it was a little version of a chocolate Molten cake. Every single person at our table did not like their desserts. Over priced, the staff is rude, they could have cared less about our table..PERIOD..(their tip was already included in the check.) I suggest you don't go here and go somewhere else. I WILL NEVER GO BACK HERE AND EITHER WILL THE OTHER 12 PEOPLE I WAS WITH..JUST HORRIBLE!! We also complained and the manager said ""Well, I can't please everybody.""
09/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Maybe it's because I'm not a big fan of sweets, but I didn't think Finale was as great and wonderful as all my friends made it out to be. The price seems ridiculous for such small portions, but then again I can't deny the presentations were very nice and the service was great as well. I didn't like the atmosphere much, I like places where we can dress down and be loud, but Finale is definitely a dress up and speak softly kind of place.
09/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is a smart place to end the night if you're out doing something special for someone. I can't really think of anything bad about this place other than the size of the restaurant and indoor temperature. It's a small restaurant; you could see the whole thing in a glance. Maybe because it's a small and popular place, it was hot in there. The desserts are excellent. I was happy with all my orders. By the way, they are Chocolate Paradise and Creme Brulee. Good stuff. If you are a chocolate-lover like me, you should try Chocolate Paradise. It has five different samples of their 'top listed' chocolate desserts. It's a sharable dish, so don't worry about having too much chocolate at once.
02/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
my friends typically call me a food snob, so i had high expectations before coming to finale. all i have to say is that it's my new favorite spot for desserts! we had just finished eating at tapeo on newbury st., and my husband and friends brought me to finale to celebrate my birthday with a medley of desserts. our waitress suggested ""the whole nine yards"" (sharable dessert platter with 9 samplers) and their famed chocolate molten cake, and it was not only breathtaking in presentation, but absolutely delicious! the ""whole nine yards"" features their most popular desserts and we were definitely happy with our waitress' suggestion. the champagne is a bit overpriced ($9 for a glass or kir royale), but given the ambience of the restaurant, you can't complain. finale got huge bonus points with us when the manager brought us a complimentary sampler of the chef's pick of gelato with a birthday candle! my girlfriend had only casually mentioned that we were there for my birthday, and sure enough, he had ensured the waitress took care of us - a very pleasant surprise which speaks volumes of their service.
as for the wait, we scored prime seats (booth right by the window in a quiet corner) within 5 minutes - which is unheard of for 9pm on a friday night. however, as we were leaving around 10pm, the waiting area was packed and the wait time was pretty bad. i'd recommend getting in before the theater lets out! i will definitely be back there again!!
02/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I really wanted to like Finale. I'm a baker myself, really in to presentation, and had been interested in checking out what they do for some time. My boyfriend and I finally got there while we were waiting for a movie at the Coolidge Corner theater, and we were SO dissapointed! We are dessert lovers, unique taste combinations or well-done versions of classics will get us going, but sadly, Finale had neither. He got the Boston Cream Pie, which came out beautifully (although I do agree with the person that said it looked a little too perfect...it doesn't look delicious so much as beautiful). The taste was practically absent, the cake was dry and crumbly, and the custard wasn't boston-creamy. I got the molten lava cake--I never get it because its hard to do BOTH the cake and the lava well, but I trusted Finale because the servers kept telling us ""Thats what we do best"" when we told them we were there for dessert. The cake was also tasteless and a little cardboardy in texture, and the lava was overpoweringly sweet, almost like premade icing that had been melted down. I love the idea of Finale, and I would love for there to be a place like this that lived up to the hype.
As a side note, we got confused with the wines--there was only one price on the wine we ordered and we figured it was for the bottle...turns out it was for the glass. Just the heads up if you don't want to accidentally spend $100 on dessert, ask your server what the prices are for.
12/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I see that Finale has gotten some negative reviews, and I'm sure that's bound to happen with a restaurant this popular and busy, but I've been many times and as someone who grew up in a family that owned a French bakery which produced gourmet pastries and cakes, Finale continues to impress me. The desserts have always been great - most recently the Boston Cream Pie with mini whoopie pies was a reinterpretation of the ingredients that was indulgent and satisfying. Yes, it is busy and crowded and can be loud. Yes, the servings are small, but if you want a LOT of dessert and to load up on calories and fat, then go somewhere else. If you want a good dessert that won't overwhelm you, go to Finale's. Just don't expect it to be cheap, but be assured you're paying for quality. Also, they have one of the more extensive lists of dessert wines that I've found anywhere, so that in itself is worth the trip for the dessert wine lover.
11/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Alright, I have been to Finale a few times and I honeslty enjoy it. There are a number of people who will complain about the price and the portions BUT keep in mind, Finale is good for a light dessert after your meal. I am never really hungry when I go. I focus on a good dessert wine and a matching dessert to split with a date, and that works just fine. Mind you the tabe may be $25-$40, but the desserts are fun, romantic and appropriate for a nice cup of coffee or spirit to end the evening with. Preference of desserts are like art, in that its appreciation is unique to the individual. If you don't care about price, want to make a night slighter more special, this is worth the visit and potential 40 min wait. If you want a dessert to fill you up and send you to bed, go to Cheesecake factory.
In all fairness, it was a busy night, but my friend and I were eating and drinking plenty, well, until they literally seated other people on top of us. They didn't even ask us to squish over or anything, they pushed our table over, moved my friend in her chair, and then allowed the people to sit on top of us. We weren't done, but we were done. I got up, made it clear to the maitre d' that it was unacceptable and went to the bathroom before walking out. On the way out, she did catch up with us and offer us a few cookies to go, but after overpriced desserts that were admittedly gorgeous, yet lacking serious taste, the cookies weren't enough. Haven't been back since, and repeatedly send others elsewhere. There are amazing places in this city to get dessert, don't fall for the place that only serves them, you're better off elsewhere!
A few friends and I went to Finale one Monday evening; there was no wait and we got a lovely table by the window. We were brought our menus promptly and our server answered all of our questions well. However, all three of us were disappointed in the desserts we got. The server had warned me to not eat the caramel creme in my dessert separately because of the bitter taste to it...she assured me that if I ate it with the berries and wafers part it would be fine. She was wrong! The whole dessert had a burnt, bitter taste to it. I didn't even finish it. The presentation was very beautiful but the taste did not live up to my high expectations.
04/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The presentation of the dessert i received seemed tawdry. The cheap plastic box had slapped sticker of the title of the place with its web address advertised on it. The base of the container was a square thick cardboard with gold paper covering the top, making the sides visible. The mousse had a smooth surface and a piece of triangular chocolate stuck through gold paper in the middle of the cake. Again, the name was advertised on it, seeming more industrialized than mouth watering. Simplicity was attempted here but the design as a whole was not symmetrical. A box of Godiva would create more salivation. It seemed like this was mass produced and shoved in a plastic box.
The actual taste of the chocolate mousse itself was good compared to a generic chocolate bar. Although the thickness was comforting for the mouth, a dark Lindt chocolate truffle is better tasting.
02/11/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Finale seems like a special occasion place, so we went to celebrate a birthday. While we were seated fairly quickly for a Saturday night and the staff was courteous, we were very disappointed by the desserts themselves. The desserts were nicely presented, but the ones we ordered didn't taste nearly as good as they looked. The molten chocolate cake was the most dense and tasteless one I've ever had at a restaurant, and even the gelato that accompanied it was grainy and bitter. I didn't find it worth finishing, despite how overpriced it was (and how much I usually enjoy dessert). Finale's no-reservation policy also resulted in crowdedness in the restaurant that took away from the dining experience.
10/28/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Went there for dessert to celebrate a friend's birthday. The evening was going great until we made the (bad) choice to go to Finale. We had to wait over 30 minutes in the crowded bakery section for our table. When we were finally seated, our waiter was cocky, condescending and basically obnoxious and refused to serve us a cupcake from the bakery section less than 10 feet away because it was against their ""policy"" and wasn't part of their ""experience"" but would ""let"" us order it if we ordered ""something off the menu, too"". He basically continued to be as unpleasant as the overall experience of eating there. And the desserts were mediocre at best. And overpriced. Avoid this place. Instead, go to one of the many Boston establishments where niceness and customer service is part of the ""experience"".