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New American Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, and French Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Boston, Boston
103 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • rarebit
  • sunday gravy
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  • Sofia P.
    Great cocktails. I love the bitter smoke, a mix of mezcal, Campari, and green chartreuse.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuieFebruary 19
    Come here for the excellent cocktails! Also, there's $1 oysters and clams at 4-6PM and 9-10PM daily.
  • Elena M.
    Elena MuehterJanuary 13
    Truffle fries and a huge selection of incredible cocktails, what more could you ask for?
  • Tim F.
    Tim FNovember 13, 2016
    Service was friendly but slow. Lighting was too dim in our section. I had the fish and chips... Not a dish I'd recommend to anyone else eating here.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChvatikOctober 25, 2016
    Butterscotch pudding!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GrundemannApril 26, 2016
    Brilliant cocktails, great food!
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MaiuoloApril 20, 2016
    Everything!! Had the scallops and it was small but super tasty!!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DApril 17, 2016
    The Escargot and Beef Wellington are amazing!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MeagherApril 3, 2016
    The world is your oyster at Marliave! (Or at least your wallet and stomach will like it.)
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DurhamJanuary 9, 2016
    Have to get the mussels...maybe the best I've ever had!
  • Cindy l.
    Cindy lauNovember 12, 2015
    Great way to start the evening on $1.50 oysters. Decent wine selection. Chill vibe.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ContiOctober 17, 2015
    Great oyster happy hour. Drinks are meh.
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MinnaertAugust 14, 2015
    The tuna is to die for. I have had many seared tuna dishes, but this... Heaven!!!
  • verymonica
    verymonicaMay 24, 2015
    Issue 170 // Saveur
  • Kate P.
    Kate ProkopApril 11, 2015
    Loved the scampi. Perfectly homemade noodles.
  • Jan B.
    Jan BarrosMarch 28, 2015
    Mussels are really good here
  • Earl B.
    Earl Belcher JrMarch 25, 2015
    The Sunday Gravy is just awesome.
  • Rosie M.
    Rosie MartinezMarch 17, 2015
    Here for dine out boston and was everything I excepted. Amazing food, great service, creative cocktail names
  • Mimi H.
    Mimi HenryMarch 15, 2015
    Try the 1875 cocktail
  • Brett J.
    Brett JossMarch 1, 2015
    Escargot, rabbit, oysters, cocktails named for historical figures. Oldest Italian/American restaurant in Boston.
  • Brianna M.
    Brianna MahoneyFebruary 15, 2015
    best cheese list in Boston
  • BU Today
    BU TodayDecember 5, 2014
    Billing itself as Boston’s 4th oldest restaurant, Marliave has been serving Beacon Hill residents since 1885. Diners can order half-price oysters/clams from the raw bar daily from 4-6 pm & 9-10 p.m. Read more
  • Fred Y.
    Fred YatesNovember 28, 2014
    Rarebits for days.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaSeptember 30, 2014
    $1 oysters + truffle fries. 😻
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Polenta is surprisingly spot on.
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriAugust 31, 2014
    The food wasn't great, but the place is nice, in a cute alley
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemAugust 23, 2014
    Half off oysters ($1.50) from 4-6 and 9-10 daily! Oysters are always fresh and there's a variety to choose from. You must try the escargot!! Cheesy buttery garlicky deliciousness on toasted bread.
    Upvoted May 30
  • Eugene S.
    Eugene SAugust 21, 2014
    Half price oysters ($1,50) between 4pm and 6pm. Currently part of restaurant week. $38per person for choice of starter (I had mussels in a cast iron pot) main (fish and chips) and dessert (truffles)
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    At this restored 1885 restaurant, you'll find Prohibition-era cocktails, beef Wellington, and Yankee pot roast, as well as more modern offerings like meatball sliders. Read more
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    A cast-iron pot of meaty Boston baked beans ($5.25) arrives. Someone is serious about this humble dish, which isn't cloying or overrun with molasses, and is plenty soupy and smoky. Read more
  • Christine A.
    Everything is amazing, but was pretty disappointed that they didn't comp the birthday girls $7.99 chocolate cake slice after we spent $1,000 on dinner...
  • Chelsey B.
    Chelsey BarclayJune 1, 2014
    Classic Boston atmosphere with classy attractive bartenders and waitstaff. Definitely a hidden treasure : )
  • Nandi A.
    Nandi AndersonMay 18, 2014
    Amazing French restaurant!
  • Derek K.
    Derek KFebruary 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The dollar oysters of course! Also the mixed drinks are quite amazing. Great atmosphere for a night out on the town.
  • Christina L.
    Christina LiuJanuary 31, 2014
    Best $1 oysters around
  • Martha K.
    Martha KimesNovember 23, 2013
    Best French Onion soup EVER.
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynOctober 7, 2013
    Try the Rarebit - Cheese and bacon! Soo good
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynOctober 7, 2013
    Try the Olive oil - Very fresh.
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynOctober 7, 2013
    Try the Assorted Oysters - The best!!!!
  • Ilona K.
    Ilona KirnosOctober 7, 2013
    $1 oysters (4 types) were really fresh and tasty. Great mac and cheese!!!
  • Shareen S.
    Shareen S.September 22, 2013
    The beet salad with goat cheese and candied walnuts is delicious!
  • Randy H.
    Randy HooSeptember 21, 2013
    Order a half dozen of each oyster they serve. You decide which is best. $1 oysters from 4-6pm daily!
  • Chen H.
    Chen HuSeptember 8, 2013
    The chicken on the brick is absolutely amazing!
  • steve h.
    steve hdSeptember 7, 2013
    Best omlet I ever had. Btw how do u spel omlet?
  • Leah
    LeahAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The hostesses aren't too friendly or accommodating, but the wait and bartending staff are great. The quality of the food makes up for the lukewarm reception at the door, though... I keep coming back.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CaubleAugust 25, 2013
    Good restaurant very close to Boston common. Food was a little pricey but not crazy.
  • Trang P.
    Trang PhamJuly 29, 2013
    Amazing $1 oysters from 4-6!
  • Brittany D.
    Brittany DelaneyJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 oysters 4-6pm and 9pm-10pm every day. Best deal in town!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BeckerMay 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails. Great vibe. Sit back, relax, have a drink.
  • Francisca T.
    Francisca TanMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely love their escargot and meatball sliders. Its a must get along with their $1 oyster from 4-7 pm! Most satisfying appetizers I've ever had.
  • angelique a.
    angelique asdourianApril 28, 2013
    Terrible service!
  • Steve
    SteveApril 25, 2013
    Great oysters~~very fresh and the staff is friendly~~ 2 thumbs up~~
  • Star W.
    Star WangApril 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dollar oysters, escargot, beet salad, bottle of prosecco. Amazing.
  • Sophia C.
    Round out the $1 oyster/clam deal with an excellent beef carpaccio and Caesar salad - both among the best I've had in Boston! Service is super as well.
  • Dobrodana P.
    Dobrodana PopovaFebruary 6, 2013
    Best kept secret in town
  • Musi A.
    Musi AFebruary 6, 2013
    Try the $1 Dollar Oysters
  • Fabian P.
    Fabian PerezDecember 11, 2012
    Drinks are great! Sliders are too salty :(
  • Maddie C.
    Maddie ColemanDecember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Scrambled eggs with truffle are a must! So are the diver scallops with ravioli!
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HoNovember 11, 2012
    Weekdays 4-6 or 9-10pm $1 oysters! Choose from 4 types
  • Chandan L.
    Chandan LodhaNovember 6, 2012
    The Mac & Cheese is UNREAL!
  • Yifan S.
    Yifan ShenOctober 12, 2012
    Got the beef carpaccio and rarebits- great to share!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinOctober 4, 2012
    $1 oysters! Daily 4-6pm and 9-10pm
  • Craig D.
    Craig DeAngelisSeptember 29, 2012
    Seating outdoors is a good option here
  • Melissa
    MelissaSeptember 14, 2012
    The red sangria is so good!
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinSeptember 12, 2012
    dollar oysters & historic elixir (Sauza tequila, Earl Grey tea, ginger beer, citrus)
  • Jake M.
    Jake MercurioAugust 26, 2012
    The patio is a wind tunnel around lunch. Bring a sweater even at 80 degrees.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BartonAugust 21, 2012
    This place is great because even if you can't make it to their happy hour, they do $1 Oysters and Clams from 9-10pm!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CMay 22, 2012
    The tres curieux is delish!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzMay 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Mrs Marliave sandwich, it's absolutely delicious! Delectable even.
  • Annaliza a.
    $1 Oysters daily, 4pm-6pm.
  • Ali
    AliApril 13, 2012
    Any Pasta + The great experiment (drink) + Oysters =
  • Mrs. Funkspieler
    Mrs. FunkspielerApril 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here - try the scallops!
  • Ayodeji M.
    Ayodeji MarquisApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Jennie Churchill
  • Laura F.
    Laura FittonApril 1, 2012
    Try the The Great Experiment - beware the cucumber -- it's covered in cayenne. per our bartender Brian "that's NOT paprika."
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WangMarch 28, 2012
    Ask me to take you here. Just do it.
  • Yvonne Y.
    Yvonne YMarch 25, 2012
    $1 oysters and clams, 4 pm-6 pm and 9 pm-10 pm daily including weekends!
  • Mark C.
    Mark CorisFebruary 19, 2012
    First time to Boston. Great service and food. The view and atmosphere is great. A must see and do!
  • Blue 💣 B.
    Blue 💣 BombardierJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Every single cocktail is amazing. Molasses Flood 1919 leaves a cookie in your mouth.
  • Jillian P.
    Jillian PennymanDecember 8, 2011
    The oysters and Boston Tea cocktail are amazing!
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalNovember 1, 2011
    $1 happy hour oysters and fresh-baked bread and buns. Need we say more? - CBS Boston Read more
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dollar oysters between 4-6pm. Can't beat it!
  • Adam Ritchie Brand Direction
    Right on our city block, it's our favorite spot to bring clients!
  • Ryan
    RyanJuly 15, 2011
    Get the margarita - smooth, perfectly balanced, and no sour mix. Can't beat the oyster happy hour either.
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YeagerJune 6, 2011
    Sunday Gravy!! Read more
  • Leith S.
    Leith StevensMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try one of their cask aged cocktails. Currently a Negroni, but sometimes a Manhattan is available. Very tasty.
  • Mike A.
    Mike ArnoldMarch 6, 2011
    One of the best spots in Boston!
  • Amy G.
    Amy GreenlawFebruary 10, 2011
    OMG the Henrys Soup is a must.
  • Nikki F.
    Nikki FerranteJanuary 27, 2011
    Mrs. Marliave. She's a delicious one.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DonnellyNovember 19, 2010
    Don't believe the oyster hype -- not the best venue to trust for freshness...
  • Erica W.
    Erica WinesNovember 17, 2010
    Rarefied should not be missed. What's better than a mini cast iron skillet filled with melted cheese & bacon?
  • Arlynn A.
    Arlynn ANovember 14, 2010
    Mac & Cheese is yum!
  • Caitlyn H.
    Caitlyn HoltOctober 26, 2010
    $1 oysters everyday, 4-6 AND 9-10. Unreal!!!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SimkoAugust 22, 2010
    Way way way too salty. The meatball sliders were almost inedible.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda VoodreAugust 16, 2010
    $1 oysters after 9 p.m. on Sunday.
  • elle w.
    elle woulfeAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Too much awesomeness. The blind pig for one. The beets. So simple and so good. All the egg dishes but you'll wonder how they got all that flavor into a fritatta. Do it!
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixJuly 30, 2010
    Fresh oysters are shucked at the ground-level raw bar, while the first-floor bar/café offers modestly-priced American fare and well-crafted old-school cocktails. Pricier, but good, food at the top. Read more
  • Jessica Z.
    Jessica ZochJuly 3, 2010
    Portions are little bit small, but they make up for it with the amazing flavor in every bite.
  • Tina B.
    Tina BarrMay 11, 2010
    mmm....ginger scone....
  • Tina B.
    Tina BarrMay 3, 2010
    Ask for a vanilla coffee. A special blend they make...soooo good. Read more
  • Adam B.
    Adam B.March 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Sunday Gravy - gnocchi with beef, lamb & pork. It is amazing! Or the Yankee Pot Roast. With $1 oysters and some cocktails. YUM!
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