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“High energy place”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Scampo

Scampo
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Ranked #106 of 3,189 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cambridge
Transit: Located directly across the street from Charles/MGH stop on the red line
Description: The stunning first floor restaurant in Boston’s Liberty Hotel, Scampo, is a culinary destination created by legendary chef Lydia Shire and The Lyons Group in April of 2008. In Scampo, Shire’s reputation for defying tradition translates into Italian-inspired cuisine unrestrained by borders, drawing on flavors from the Mediterranean and Middle East. Scampo is a reflection of Chef Shire: bold, red and full of energy. The contemporary space features shiny copper lanterns, a glowing orange bar and seating overlooking the mozzarella bar. 
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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“High energy place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

The dining room and bar area is a gorgeous, modern space, full of happy young people. It is great if you are looking for upbeat and vibrant, but be aware it can be very noisy. There is a much quieter outdoor patio if you want a more relaxed atmosphere.

Scampo bills itself as Italian and it does have some traditional Italian items but the menu also includes Asian inspired and eclectic choices. Everything we sampled was excellent, very bold and spicy, definitely not the usual bland New England fare. There is also a fun cocktail menu and a reasonable wine selection.

The service was disappointing. The staff was not very knowledgeable and could not answer basic questions about the menu. They also were very slow to check on us to offer refills and clear plates.

  • Visited June 2014
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Massachusetts
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“Wonderful meal and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

Group of 6 for special Boston trip (2 of us live here) and wanted a special place to entertain our guests. Reservations are only taken 30 days in advance. Ordered several appetizers, including one of the specialty pizzas to share. Everything was as described, appropriate temperature and service was expertly timed. Group had swordfish, pasta, pork - all wonderfully prepared. Service was attentive but not hovering, and we never felt rushed. Only negative is that since building is an old jail with mostly hard surfaces, it was a bit loud. Parking suggestion - Mass Eye and Ear has a lot across the street (near Storrow Drive) that allows public parking and it was $10 for about 4 hours - very inexpensive for Boston on a Friday evening.

  • Visited June 2014
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101 reviews
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“Great food, ok service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

Had dinner here one night, food was good , the atmosphere was very good and the restaurant is very well presented the service was lacking that personal touch.

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Belfast
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65 reviews
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“Magnifico !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Staying at the Liberty Hotel and thought i would give Scampo a try for Sunday Brunch .A colleague back in Belfast recomended the Lobster Pizza ...Im not a big pizza fan ..but the lobster Pizza is The Best Ever . The lightness and flavour of the base defy definition .The flavours and texture of the topping are simply heavenly . Staff very friendly and professional . Great value in a chilled ambiance ....try the Bloody Mary .

  • Visited June 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“A great, fun atmosphere-fun cocktails and fabulous dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

Scampo is a really fun restaurant with great service, fun cocktails, and a great menu. We started out at the bar for a drink. The bar is a good size and the overall feel of the restaurant is fun. For dinner, I had the salmon which literally melted in my mouth with a side of spinach. The salmon was probably the best I've ever tasted. This was my second time visiting the restaurant and I would definitely go back again and again. The pricing was affordable, as well.

  • Visited May 2014
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