While most dining spots that are featured in Boston's Hidden Restaurants aren't literally hidden (they are simply little-known, overlooked places), there are a few spots that are indeed physically hidden away from the general public. One such restaurant, The Inn at Bay Pointe in Quincy, is in fact so difficult to find that this writer still has trouble locating it after several visits. Buried at the edge of the water on a dead-end side street off of Route 3A, The Inn at Bay Pointe almost feels like a private club, but it is nothing of the kind; instead, it is a rather elegant, classy dining spot that has good food, great views, and the feel of discovery to those who are able to find it.
The interior of the Inn at Bay Pointe looks a bit like a ballroom or a function room, with lots of room between tables and multiple sections from which to choose, including a spacious bar in the front. The dining area is very quiet overall, thanks to the carpeting and the sheer amount of space inside the place, and during the warmer months, a newly-renovated outdoor deck with a bar and a boardwalk below affords diners outstanding views of Town River Bay, which is just beyond the restaurant, as well as the Germantown section of Quincy on the other side of the bay.
The Inn at Bay Pointe focuses mostly on American and New American cuisine, with such items (depending on the season) as a marvelous roasted half duck confit with greens and a side of rice; a lean sirlet steak that is tender enough to cut with a fork and is topped with mushrooms and a cabernet reduction; a nearly perfect bouillabaisse that includes littlenecks, shrimp, swordfish, scallops, and mussels with a mix of vegetables and herbs; a savory chicken bella boca, which is a chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, provolone, and stuffing, and topped with a mushroom sauce; a similarly impressive stuffed chicken marsala that is big enough for two meals; a rich and creamy macaroni and cheese that can be ordered with options that include big chunks of lobster or fall-apart tender short rib meat; and a number of fried fish options, including a moist, tender fried scrod in a batter that has very little grease. Salads are fresh and come as large portions (they have the usual Caesar, Cobb, and Caprese salad options, each of which are big enough for two people), and appetizers include crab cakes, savory house-made risotto fritters, stuffed seafood mushrooms, fried calamari, and a wonderful baked crab dip that features a mix of claw and lump crabmeat mixed with cheese, and as a bonus, several deep-fried balls of crabmeat placed on top of the golden brown crust. Desserts include a a rotating list of treats, including a sweet and slightly tart lemon mascarpone cake. A separate menu is offered to folks who opt to dine outside, with this menu focusing on apps and small plates such as a meat and cheese plate, clam chowder, pan-fried white potatoes, crab cake sliders, bacon-wrapped dates, a plate of olives, fried arancini, and eggplant crostini (a few larger offerings are also available, including a lobster roll, prime rib, and baked stuffed lobster). Beer and wine are available both inside and out at The Inn at Bay Pointe, along with a variety of spirits.
While a good number of folks who live in Quincy know all about The Inn at Bay Pointe, those who live outside of the area generally do not know about the place at all, and its rather obscure location (and easy-to-miss signage on Route 3A) don't seem to help, either. But if you get yourself a good GPS or street map--or use the online map that links from this review--it really isn't that difficult to find. And once you do, prepare yourself for some good food and even better views that will probably have you coming back again and again.
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