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

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 

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!



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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!



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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).



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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 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 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..

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