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“Totally sterling experience”
Review of Hamersley's Bistro - CLOSED

Hamersley's Bistro
Price range: US$41 - US$80
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: South End
Cross street: corner of Clarendon and Tremont
Transit: We are close to the Back Bay Station stop on the Orange line and the Copley stop on the Green line.
Reviewed 4 March 2014

As a visitor to Boston from New York City, I was looking for an outstanding experience. Everything about the evening was exquisite. We appeared without a reservation on a Friday night, were seated at a quiet table, and treated to what can only be described as really good food. Then the owner came out and explained how much care he takes and how many protégés he trains in his large kitchen. Recommended a New York City restaurant where one of his favorites is working, and when we stopped by we were again greeted enthusiastically.. This is one step above a bistro and certainly equal to our best style of this type in New York City. And it would be right at home in Paris. Great cooking, excellent wines, exceedingly friendly service-- all testimony to the importance of having an owner in the kitchen who is truly proud of his work. Again, important to practice good restaurant karma. Smile when you come in, explain that you're looking for a great experience (and not coming with Groupon coupons), and don't hesitate to share very clearly what you want with your waiter. And if the chef or owner is around, complement them so they will be nice to the next patrons. No one likes to hear strongly negative comments and certainly not to read them from mildly dissatisfied customers.

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Thank MacDonald M
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

This is one of my all time favorite special places to eat. Simply, everything is delicious and beautifully presented.

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Thank Alexandra S
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

This restaurant has been around a long time, but continues to be my favorite. The food is exceptional, wonderful flavors and lovingly made. The scallop dish I had this time was superb. The service is excellent. The dining room is not too large and has a warm atmosphere.

Thank Sara P
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Hamersley's is quintessential Boston fine dining. Unlike most other places, the chef actually cooks here most nights. The staff is awesome, very friendly and professional. The food is delicious. The neighborhood is great, as is the ambiance.

The scene is linen tablecloths, well-to-do crowd. The prices are not cheap, but not outrageous. In particular, the wine list is extremely well-priced. There is virtually nothing over $100, and you can get an awesome selection of top wines for very reasonable prices.

The food is delicious, fresh, local, seasonal, classic presentations. If you're a self-styled "foodie", looking for bizarre trendy food, this is not the place for you. The signature dish here is chicken, which is fantastic, in a manner similar to a French bistro, not a molecular gastronomy place. So yeah, in Paris, you could probably get chicken this good for less money in a simple bistro, but in the US, you're not going to get chicken this good except at places like Hamersley's. So that, in my opinion, accounts for the reviews that say this is "overpriced".

Again, Hamersley's does not serve "moss and speck sous-vide emulsion lollipops", they serve roast chicken. And the roast chicken is awesome, and it's served in a beautiful setting, with perfect service, and a great value wine list.

If you're visiting Boston, please take my advice, and schedule one dinner here. It's a classic place, that is very welcoming. You'll have a great dinner, and leave happy.

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Thank BillGibson1
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

what a great perfect spot , we sat in the bar area cause I called to late for a reservation and they were booked but a pleasant girl told me if I get there early enough they would find a seat for me in the bar . perfect spot !!!! I myself am an Executive Chef french trained and to me this was PERFECT great job and thank you again for a perfect evening.

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