The location, fantastic. Valet parking, flat of Beacon Hill, charming bar. 75 Chestnut has benefited from these attributes for years. I know, I lived on Beacon Hill for many years.
Unfortunately, this restaurant has lost its way. The service is terrible. You might put up with the pretentiousness of the host and wait staff if you knew you were going to get a delicious meal. Quite the contrary. The menu is unoriginal. For starters, mussels or wedge salad with blue cheese. Which restaurant doesn't have that? The entrees are just as pedestrian. Steak (mine over cooked), lamb chops, chicken.
What was original, unfortunately, was the desert. My wifge ordered a ""3 chocolate"" concoction. Served in small glasses, the one in the middle a luke-warm carmel liquid with sliced almonds. You eat it with a spoon. It had the consistency of toenails in bad Bailey's. Yuck.
The 75 Chestnut menu is still as expensive as premier restaurants around town, so don't waste a special evening at this establishment. If you like edgy or great cuisine and/or good value, you will surely be disappointed.
Pros: Location, bar
Cons: Mediocre food, horrendous service, boring menu