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Ivy Restaurant

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(49 Reviews)

49 Temple Pl Ste 1, Boston, MA 02111

(617) 451-1416

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Today: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
23
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Regular Hours

Price Range
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Neighborhood
Downtown Boston
Categories
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Family Style, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Price Range : Average

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BlkMajik

04/01/2010

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Overall
Coflicted

I went a few weeks ago with a party of 25 to celebrate a birthday. If it was not for friends and family I would have been irrate. I returned two signature drinks.....HORRIBLE, and picked at the food beacuse I felt as though it was not all that great cosidering the hype, a small break may be due because of the large party, however my biggest gripe is the owner trying to justify prices that you would see for entree at other restaurants with simply tapas here and calling it haute. Even more dissapointing is the fact that there menu is very much Italian based cuisine, I stand to be corrected but is it not true the idea of that type of food (Italy) is suppose to be BIG and to be shared! NO way was I gonna share my $18 bite size italian tapas steak...........Tapas is great but the combo of Italian and tapas is not and neither is the soaring high price for it and the cough medicine after taste of their drinks to wash it all down!

LydiaR

02/02/2010

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Horrible Service and Nasty Attitude

I went here with two friends after Christmas shopping downtown intending to have dinner and drinks. We put our names in for a table and decided to have a couple of drinks while we waited. Among us we have about 40 years of waitressing and bartending experience in Boston and New York, so we're more than patient and understanding when servers and bartenders are swamped. We are less understanding when we're ignored and treated with attitude.

While every seat was taken at the bar, it was not overly busy, as the bartenders were hanging out chatting with a server. After 10 minutes, we manage to flag down one of the bartenders, who looks annoyed, because we interrupted his conversation. We asked for a drink menu and one of my friends attempted to order a beer. After being told that they were out of the four beers that she tried to order, she asked if he could list which ones they're not out of. He rolled his eyes and went to check the cooler. With a limited beer selection, we said we may order some wine. He walked away and when we tried to flag him down again, he ignored us. The other bartender, who seemed nice, brought my friend a martini that she ordered, but he had to go and help the wait staff, so we waited for Mr. Personality to come back. I missed the interchange, but he said something really obnoxious and snippy to one of my friends, who is the most laid-back and easy-going among the three of us, and she began to put her coat on to leave. We followed suit, and said something to the hostess about the horrific service on the way out, and that we wouldn't be having dinner.

The manager followed us out the door, all apologies, and invited us to the Stoddard's opening party, taking my friend's email. He followed up with an apologetic email and let us know that we were invited to the opening party and would let us know the date. Needless to say, we never got the invite and Stoddard's is now open. So, as witnessed by many reviews, this place gets a lot of service complaints and he couldn't keep track of all the pissed-of patrons who he invited, or it's just another stellar example of how they don't take customer service seriously.

Karalyn12

04/28/2009

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Great food and wait staff

Ivy is a great place to grab dinner in an upbeat atmosphere. The waiter was top notch and really made the experience. The food was exceptional as well. I would absolutely go back here and would reccomend it to anyone looking for a great italian meal.

IrishTemper

03/20/2009

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Great Theater Menu and Deal!

I went to The Ivy with girlfriends before going to see Dirty Dancing. We had wonderful and friendly service and the food was delicious. You can't beat the value either! They offer a theater menu with several food options as well as wine for only $30/person.

This was a wonderful start to a great evening.

YEAGER

03/20/2009

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Overall
Great Italian Restaurant

Ivy is a great Italian place that serves large quantities of food at a very reasonable price. The food and the service were phenomenal!! They have a great wine list for around $25/bottle. I was unsure about a couple of things on the menu and the wait staff was more than helpful in explaining everything. Great atmoshphere anytime of the day. Highly recommend!

Aym

03/20/2009

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Convenient Pre Theater

This is a good spot for pre theater dinner/drinks or for an after work get together with friends. There's more of a bar atmosphere on the lower level.

kbloor

03/19/2009

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Stay away!!!

My friend and I were planning on having a nice lunch here during restaurant week thinking that the food would be exceptional - especially during restaurant week. The food that we were served was not only tasteless and stale, but the service left much to be desired, as well.
1) When we were seated, we had to wait 15 minutes before anyone came to take our order (odd, considering there is a note at the bottom of your menu explaining that you try to be considerate of people that have to return to work and make every attempt to serve the meal in a relatively short amount of time).
2) My friend and I had both ordered the same 3 courses. The first course was the house salad with a goat cheese crostini. The lettuce that we received was soaked in salad dressing and appeared to have been soaking in the salad dressing all morning. Additionally, the goat cheese crostini was tough, stale, and cold.
3) Our second course was supposed to be gnocchi in a tomato sauce. When we received the second course, we also received the third course at the same time. Regarding the gnocchi, it was cold and I'm sure it had also been sitting out for quite a while.
4) Our supposedly third course (which came out with the second course), was a vegetable panini. Again, this was cold, hardly had any vegetables or goat cheese on it, the bread was barely toasted (and since it was cold, it had obviously been toasted a few hours earlier only causing it to be chewy).

This is one of the worst meals I have ever eaten considering the amount of money I spent on it. I would have much preferred spending $5 to get a burrito from the stand outside of the restaurant had I known how bad the food was going to be. I can only hope that the food is better when it is not restaurant week (although if anyone were using restaurant week as an opportunity to see whether or not they would like to go back during the rest of the year, I guarantee you they will not).

miacomet

03/19/2009

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Great place to meet up

I've been to Ivy at least 10 times. Its a great place to meet up for a drink with friends as well as dinner. I highly recommend the Gnocchi with pull braised duck.

olearym

03/03/2009

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not worth the long wait and bad food

I have to say that is was one of the worst restaurants my husband and I have ever been to in Boston and I will never go back and would not send anyone I know to go there either. We had a dinner reservation that we arrived on time for and had to wait for our table for two for nearly 45 minutes. We checked in three times at the hostess stand to see when our table would be ready and each time she seemed more annoyed. When we finally sat down and began to eat we realized that this loud and over crowded (with young club goers) restaurant served small over priced portions. Our ""server"" checked in once and brought us bread with our meal. DO NOT WAIST YOUR TIME OR MONEY.

bostonchik

01/04/2009

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Not worth my money..

I went to Ivy for New years...first of all it was $150 for free drinks all night (which was good) and what was supposed to be food from 10-3...so for food there was bruschetta which was the size of my pinky and what i think was shrimp they left on spoons (so imagine how small that is) and gross who knows how many people were near it and touched it, and that was it...so all in all i wish i can call someone to get my money back..thank god the DJ was good and made it somewhat fun..i will never go here again..

Ashley403

10/23/2008

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Great dining experience

I went there on wednesday night with a group of friends and had a great time. We were sat quickly and greeted almost immediately. Our waiter went down the menu with us and told us about the $26 dollar per bottle wine list and the small plates. It was a fun to be able to order a few different things between us and share them. Our waiter was attentive and knew a lot about the menu and guided us through our first time. I would definitely recomend this place to anyone I know.

henmaren

08/15/2008

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Very Poor Customer Service

I had one of the worst dining experiences of my life at Ivy. We went out to celebrate a friend's new job and pending move. Two members of our party arrived first and informed the hostess that not everyone was there but she said, ""not to worry"" and chose to seat us anyway. Within 10 minutes the hostess came back to our table to inform us that we would have the next 90 minutes for dinner and then our time was up b/c a larger party was coming in!!! WHAT? Who does that?

Within 15 minutes of being seated our entire party had arrived. As we were discussing our menu options the waiter informed us - again - that we should ""make a decision quickly"" b/c another party was coming in that needed our seats. Although we asked for 2 more minutes to look over the menu, the waiter took about 15!!! Apparently we should hurry up but not their wait staff???? I have never been treated so poorly. We asked if there was another table that we could move to so that we could enjoy our dinner without the rush and constant hassle from the staff but, we were informed that there were no other options. Our food arrived sporadically and we were never asked if we wanted anything else to drink or even had our water glasses refilled. Finally, when our allotted ""2 hours"" were up, our waitstaff went to get the manager so that he could tell us that our time was up and we needed to leave.

This was the second, and last, time I will ever go to Ivy. Who needs to feel stressed when they go out to eat? I try to be mindful of the time I spend at a table (I once worked in the restaurant industry) and we probably would have met their ""guidelines"" for time spent at a table anyway but, to be met with that attitude before we even ordered is just plain RUDE.

My gut instinct was to walk away at the first insult but, I ignored it. Never again.

repo80

07/15/2008

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Great Group Dining Experience

I am surprised to see the bad reviews! I went with a party of 30, on a friday night and had wonderful service and a great experience! We LOVED the inexpensive wine list and the small plates made for an engaging group dining experience. Our server took pictures, cleared promptly, offered great suggestions....the atmosphere was swanky and the small bill was a pleasant surprise!

I highly recommend this place.

Diner1229

07/08/2008

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Bad service on multiple levels

This dabbled as my favorite restaurant in Boston for awhile... the food is usually fantastic, the wine list is excellent and well-priced... and usually decent service. However a few of us went to Ivy's a few weeks ago around 9:30 on a Friday night. The place was nearly empty, but after giving us a run-around for a few minutes, the hostess tried to shoo us to the bar even though we were there for dinner. The bartender came around and asked us if we wanted a table, which we had just tried to get. He talked to this hostess, some discussion ensued and we were finally seated- apparently in a section of a waitstaff who wanted to go home. Her first words to us were: ""So do you know what you want?"" I worked in restaurants for ten years, everything from casual to upscale, so I almost always give the benefit of the doubt. This time however, never was I so aggravated within ten minutes of arrival into a restaurant. Then our food came out rushed (some not very hot), and our waitress said one or two words to us the entire time. It was terrible and the manager seemed none too concerned. He pretended to apologize and told us the waitress was ""having a bad day."" The next time my two friends and I spend $150 at a restaurant on a Friday night, it is not likely to be there.

optimator

04/19/2008

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Where trendy doesn't mean pretentious

I recently dined at the Ivy for the first time. Patrons walk into a tastefully designed space filled with the requisite beautiful people and are greeted by a hostess with an exotic accent. My first impression was that the Ivy would be a typical trendy restaurant experience. I am happy to report otherwise.


I am embarrassed to admit we were bad customers. We had a reservation for 6. All but two were late (10-30 minutes) and we had two last minute additions. Although the Ivy was packed, they immediately seated the punctual two and not only accommodated our now party of 8, they did so quickly and without a trace of attitude. Service was pleasant and prompt throughout the evening.


Although the service was the star of the evening, the food and wine are praiseworthy as well. The Ivy offers an affordable wine list with a handful of good value bottles that are a bargain at $26. Every plate ordered was tasty and pleased even the picky palates in our party. The braised short ribs, scallops, and truffled arancini were our favorites. I can't wait to go back and simply enjoy a good meal rather than marvel at their service recovery skills.

serverbeserved

04/18/2008

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Most awful restauarant experience ever!

I am warning everyone reading this not to go here with a group (perhaps just avoid at all cost). I threw a party for 20 people to celebrate a birthday and we were not even given a chance to enjoy our company, food or wine. Two days before the event, the booking manager told me that there would be a party coming in after us at 10 (our reservation was for 8:00), I was obviously a little annoyed with this time constraint. We arrived for our month standing reservation and were asked to wait, who knows the reasoning? So we get to our table and our waitress comes and tells us we have ten minutes to order?!?! What, we are here to celebrate, have some cocktails and enjoy our friends birthday. Not allowed. Our wine, which was ordered with our meals, because we had no time to order a drink then a meal we had to order everything at once, arrived after our two tapas dishes were served. Unacceptable! Not to mention that the servers were pulling tables away from our long table to get ready for the 10 o'clock reservation. All in all I would never ever suggest this to anyone I know or don't know!

gkurr

04/06/2008

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Great place for a group

We went to Ivy to celebrate my wife's birthday with a group of about 15. We figured the ""tapas"" style would be fun for a group - getting people to share and thus be more social. The food itself was very good as was the service. I've read some reviews of Ivy where people were disappointed with the portion size but I would strongly disagree with that assessment. Two small plates was plenty of food for this big appetite.

SCL1973

03/11/2008

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Bad service, so-so food

This was my second time here, and I was hoping it was going to be better than the unimpressive first time. Yes, the wine is reasonably priced and the ambience is nice-especially for a Saturday night. What made me review it unfavorably was the long wait despite a reservation, and then once seated, no one came to the table. I had to ask a waitress if anyone had been assigned our table. The waiter came over and apologized because he had to get all the theater people out on time. That was not my problem, but it made me realize that this restaurant is good for theater goers who don't mind mediocre food and service because it is convenient for seeing shows. The meal wasn't bad, it was just lacking a bit in flavor. Everything seemed under-seasoned. I was underwhelmed, to say the least. The moral of this story is, if you are not rushing off to a show, you can probably do better somewhere else. However, if a group of people are inviting you out and they have already decided on this place, it won't ruin your night.

juliekramer

12/28/2007

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fabulous

Great service. The food was nothing short of fabulous. the wine was perfect. the dessert was heavenly.
I love the atmosphere the lighting , the comfortable seats
and don't worry about parking, they valet.

pazzesca

11/11/2007

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Excellent atmosphere, incredible food. Party of 3 ordered 7 different items and loved them all. Ever

Excellent atmosphere, incredible food. Party of 3 ordered 7 different items and loved them all. Everything was perfect!!!

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