On Sunday, we went to Rialto to kick off Boston Restaurant Week . For those not too familiar with Restaurant week (it is actually two weeks, August 14-19, August 21-26), it is held twice each year in the winter and summer. For two weeks, residents are given the opportunity to sample prix-fixe menus at some of the city's best restaurants. There are three different options for dining: two-course lunch for $15.11, three-course lunch for $20.11 or three-course dinner for $33.11.
Although our meal at Rialto was good, I was simply too irritated by the service to make a return visit. In short, everything took FOREVER. We waited for water, waited for our server, waited for bread, waited for our food, waited for the check, waited for our server to take the check and waited for our receipt. Wait. Wait. Wait. The worst part of the meal was when they brought the bread and not the side/bread plates. When asked for them, our server told us to eat off the table. His exact words were “Here at Rialto, we don’t offer bread plates. Our tablecloths are clean enough to eat off the table, but we will make an exception for you guys.” Uh… confused… and NO. I’ve never heard of such a thing! Service aside, the food was really good. We each ordered something different (there were 8 of us), but all really liked the charred beef, ceviche (fluke), lobster & skirt steak.