Posted on May 19, 2011
Have you had a chance to try any of the dining options at Liberty Wharf, located in the heart of Boston’s Seaport District? Well, as it turns out, I have been there three times in the last 2+ weeks, and I figured I would share my comments and thoughts with you so you could decide whether you wanted to give it a try too.
My first dining experience was about two weeks ago, when my beau Adam, my Dad and I went there for dinner. As you may have guessed, it was a cloudy, foggy night, but still the views of the Boston Harbor and Logan Airport were beautiful. It was a Tuesday night, and so it wasn’t mobbed, which is always a good thing in my book. We ultimately decided to dine at Legal Harborside (see photo above), which boasts 20,000 square feet of restaurant dining space on three levels – though at this point, just the lower level is open. The windows were all open, the breezes flowed in, and so the night air was perfect (with my coat on that is).
Just let me admit first, that I am not the biggest Legal Sea Foods fan…. And yet, the raw bar is reputed to be fabulous (and my gentlemen companions concurred with that), and the Lobster Roll that my Dad and I shared was good. I didn’t overly love the Gorgonzola Fig Spread Bruschetta mostly because I was expecting a yummy, bready dish but instead got a toasted slice of french bread. The overall evening was great, however, and I will definitely dine there again; and often it seems, since I returned to the restaurant just over a week later (more on that below). On a final note, we parked at the lot across the street, and Legal’s validates these tickets so the parking is a bargain.
My second dining experience was the following Wednesday night when we ventured to Temazcal Tequila Cantina (see photo on right). This is up-scale, Mexican fare which is still fairly reasonably-priced. When we got to the bar, we noticed that the menu and drink selections were displayed in front of us on a Tablet. Wow – this was a first-ever experience for me and a further testament to the fact that we are definitely in an electronic world. And yet Adam and I agreed that we both prefer the traditional Menu; I guess we’re Menu kind of people. Anyway, we ordered Guacamole Langosta (a.k.a. Lobster Guacamole) with chips and Enchiladas Verdes, and in doing so, we realized that we had completely over ordered – the lobster guacamole would have been plenty. And so we ended up bringing the the Enchiladas home. But it was a great night – though it was cold and rainy again and the Celtics suffered their final loss to the Miami Heat ending our run in the Playoffs that night. Well, so, let me re-phrase…everything else about the night – the food, the setting, the views, the people-watching and the prices – were all fantastic.
My third experience was just this past Saturday night. We were going out to dinner with another couple and trying to get to Liberty Wharf at 6:30 p.m., knowing it was going to be packed and trying to beat the crowds. But alas we got there at 7 p.m., which as we all know is probably the worst time to arrive at a restaurant on a Saturday night. We first tried Temazcal, and the wait there was 1 3/4 – 2 hours. Ouch. So we tried Legal’s, and because Legal’s has much more seating, its wait was only 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours. We decided to wait it out at Legal’s because our chances of getting a table more quickly were much better. Ultimately we only waited about 50 minutes, which wasn’t too bad considering we were having drinks with friends while taking in a beautiful harbor scene in front of us. The food was better this time; I had the Scallop Linguine special. And it was a fun evening for us all.
So this weekend my Mom and stepdad are coming into town, and guess where we’re going to dinner? You got it…Liberty Wharf. But this time, I think we will try Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. (I don’t think Mom would love the Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill.)
What about you? Have you tried any of the Liberty Wharf restaurants? If so, what are your thoughts? And one of my head-scratching questions is whether Liberty Wharf will have the same kind of appeal in the winter when we are deluged with snow and ice (I still remember this past winter all too clearly). What do you think? I can’t wait to hear….