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Boston Restaurant Blog -- February, 2008

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Great Views, Atmosphere at the Tavern at Quarry Hills, Quincy

A large group of us went to the Tavern at Quarry Hills, a country club restaurant in Quincy, a few weeks ago. We were blown away by the views from the restaurant, as it sits high above Boston, affording it sweeping vistas that have almost a Los Angeles-feel. And the inside of the place was nearly as nice, as its elegant, classy dining and bar areas made us feel like we were truly someplace special.

photo of the Tavern at Quarry Hills, Quincy, Massachusetts Do you sense that the term "and yet" is coming next? Well, if so, you are at least partly correct. The food at the Tavern at Quarry Hills, while mostly decent, was not up to par with similarly upscale restaurants in the Boston area, in my opinion. And a couple of dishes, including the grilled pizza, were downright disappointing; the pizza, for instance, was too doughy, and it was loaded with undercooked garlic that drowned out the flavor of the sauce. Other items ordered at the table were good to excellent, with the pork osso buco and the stuffed chicken perhaps being the best of the lot. The steak strips and frites were very good, and one of the other steak dishes was decent, though there was very little steak on the plate, frustrating the person who had ordered it.

Service at the Tavern was fair to middling, with the waitress disappearing for long stretches of time for no apparent reason. And a funny moment occurred when I asked the waitress why there was a huge torch lighting the sky from the other end of the hill. She looked at me with a straight face and said, "This is built on a dump. The torch burns off all the gas inside the hill." Suddenly, the classy, elegant feel to the place seemed to disappear and never returned.

The Tavern at Quarry Hills turned out to be an attractive spot with exceptional views and mostly good food at tolerable prices. The fact that they have outdoor dining in the warm weather is perhaps a reason to come back to this restaurant, as those views really can't be beat. But I can't say I am in a huge rush to come back to this restaurant. Perhaps I'll wait for the first warm day of the year to return, but until then, there are other restaurants I'll be looking to go to.

If you would like the address for the Tavern at Quarry Hills, here it is: The Tavern at Quarry Hills, 100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy, MA 02169. The phone number is (617) 689-1900.

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Meserves said:
What are the hours of the restaurant?
Posted on 2/28/08
MH said:
On Sunday through Wednesday, the Tavern at Quarry Hills is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. On Thursday through Saturday, they are open from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. The bar is open until 1:00 AM every night.
Posted on 2/28/08
Sandy said:
I was there on Saturday. It was my first time back in a long time. I used to be a regular, me and my husband. WE won't be back. We sat at the bar were we usually sit. NO SERVICE. And it was not busy. What happened to this place? Where did the bartenders go, there were no familiar faces. We won't be back.
Posted on 12/8/08
pp said:
I recently went to the Tavern at Quarry Hills for a 60th birthday lunch. I must say we sampled lots of different apps and sandwiches and some of us ordered dinner entrees. There were 14 of us and the food, service, and ambiance was exceptional. We all agreed about that, and will look forward to coming back as we are all located between Plymouth Quincy and Canton.
Posted on 2/23/10
Elliot said:
We have gone to the Tavern countless times, and we continue to go back. The food is terrific, the service excellent and the ambiance and views superb. Bravo to Frank and his staff.
Posted on 1/21/13

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