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Sibling Rivalry

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Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
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Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA
Sibling Rivalry - Boston, MA

Reviews

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Best

I organized a celebratory dinner for a large group of 16, on a Saturday night, which was wonderful. I contacted the restaurant in advance regarding ease of seating etc. for such a...

Worst

One positive note on Sibling Rivalry is that you can always be seated. Not the most popular restaurant in Southend. The menu was so limted we had to settle for something less tha...

Lots of room 7/8/2011

One positive note on Sibling Rivalry is that you can always be seated. Not the most popular restaurant in Southend. The menu was so limted we had to settle for something less than appetizing. The service was good and the help seemed pleased to see customers. Outside tables abound except on extremely busy weekends where every outdoor restaurant is packed. more

Eh... won't go again 5/25/2011

Guess I was naive thinking that the chefs would actually be there, but still, the four of us, with three different entrees, two different apps and two different desserts found nothing to get excited about except maybe the pleasant waitress. The only thing to even remark on was that I was looking forward to the ""dates wrapped in bacon"" and, alas, only one date appeared on the plate of my so-so pressed duck. Overall, very disappointing visit considering the price levels. more

Wonderful Group Dinner 2/15/2011

I organized a celebratory dinner for a large group of 16, on a Saturday night, which was wonderful. I contacted the restaurant in advance regarding ease of seating etc. for such a large group and Elaine was wonderfully helpful, suggesting table configurations etc. Upon arriving at the restaurant we were seated at a table that comfortable sat all persons with enough space. Drinks and food arrived together, timely, and as described. All parties enjoyed the food, the duck was a particular favorite. The service was wonderful, thanks to TJ, and others, for that. We had a lovely evening and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend. A wonderfully warm setting for either an intimate dinner, or a large group. I was incredibly impressed with the service, the food, as always, was excellent, and everyone had a very enjoyable time. more

awful food poisoning 12/9/2009

Most of the negative reviews seem to point out the poor service. I thought the service was ok, considering the restaurant was packed. And the meal was quite good. But when one eats a tasty meal, one never counts on seeing that meal again. Unfortunately, I saw it again, and very soon: classic food poisoning with a very quick onset. I don't know if it was the clams or the swordfish, but before our check even arrived I felt nauseous and had to rush to the bathroom to throw up. Threw up again in the taxi on the way home, and again and again for a few hours until there was nothing else to come up. Never going to this restaurant again. more

Out of 1/2 the menu!!!! 8/15/2009

Three of us went to this restaurant during Restaurant Week. We were incredibly disappointed, my husband and I would have left, if not for the friend who brought us, who remained enthusiastic. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that 1/2 the menu options were not available. We sat at the bar, and the bartender went through all the things they were out of, down to BUTTER! These brothers really should realize that they lost many customers that night. I had no idea it was restaurant week, and don't feel that is a satisfactory reason to be out of 1/2 the menu. Out of 5 possbile dessert choices, only two were available. The bartender told us all this in an unapologetic, almost sarcastic manner. We dropped a lot of money, left hungry, and deeply disatisfied. Pros: ambiance Cons: 1/2 the menu not available more

bosrestreviewr5 did NOT eat at Sibling Rivalry 11/22/2008

This is not a review of Sibling Rivalry, it is a critique of a reviewer. \r \r bosrestreviewr5 posted a review claiming that their food was undercooked and that it took 90 mins to get their entrees. \r \r Sibling Rivalry has one of the fastest, most efficient kitchens in the Boston area. Any doubts of this, go in and eat at their chef's dining bar - it looks right into the kitchen - and you will see everything from appetizers to entrees, salads, desserts made to dishes being washed and a dizzying flurry of servers.\r \r I cannot imagine a meal taking 30-45 minutes there even in the worst of circumstances, errors or whatever. Perhaps bosrestreviewr5 should get a new watch or should start telling the truth. Pros: Great concept, interesting & delicious meals, great wine list, good service Cons: Servers tend to lack some finesse - they try hard, but are rough around the edges. more

Thought this was going to be a good time 8/21/2008

I was not impressed with my experience at Sibling Rivalry. My boyfriend and I made reservations here in hopes to find a new restaurant to frequent. I had heard from a co-worker that this place was a lot of fun and she really liked it. Unfortunately, I can't share in her thoughts. \r \r When we arrived the hostess was friendly and checked us in. As we were waiting to get seated, the man who was going to be seating us walked up to us mumbling things like ""are you kidding me?"", and he generally just looked annoyed. He seemed as if he was trying to be nice, but we were wasting his time. Our server was nice, however I felt a little rushed, or like I was not of his normal caliber customer. I ordered what I thought would be good - the descriptions of the dishes were very descriptive (and I commend them for that). When I got my appetizer it smelled revolting and tasted even worse. And, no, I didn't order something with ingredients I had never had or disliked.\r \r The rest of the food was okay. Nothing to call home about. The general demeanor of the restaurant as the night went on became more and more apparent to me. I felt like I was among a snobby-too-good-for-anyone staff and I didn't feel like I fit in at all. When we were getting ready to leave, my boyfriend left a tip for what he thought was sufficient for the service we received. It was between 10 and 15%, so its not like we left nothing. As we were exiting the restaurant, not only did we see the waiter immediately pick up and open our check, but we heard him sneer and make some remark regarding the amount of the tip we gave him. If you are going to do that, at least keep it private so your guests do not see or hear you.\r \r I do not recommend going here, for the food or the experience. If you can handle the snobby attitudes of the staff and the pretentiousness of the place as a whole, by all means do go - they do offer an interesting menu unlike many other restaurants. Pros: Interesting atypical menu Cons: Average food for an above average price. Snobby staff/atmosphere. more

Terrible customer service and food was undercooked 8/10/2008

This restaurant was the worst restaurant that I have ever eaten at in Boston. My food was completely undercooked and it took over 90 minutes for them to bring us our entrees. Two thumbs down and a 0 out of 5 rating for this restaurant. more

Wow! 6/25/2008

From the moment we were greeted to the last dessert spoonful, a delightful experience. We went on a Monday (offer choice of 3 course fixed price menus for $35) and avoided the crowds. Comp starter mango avocado mousse was dazzling, appetizers devine, entrees outrageously delicious. Soft shell crab a triumph, seafood stew and short ribs very strong. We made sure to leave room for dessert and were not dissappointed. Service very solid. Took my son (the chef) for his birthday, and he can be tough to take to a restaurant. He was blown away. We'll be back. Pros: Outstanding food Cons: Slightly noisy, even when not full more

Another BAD service experience 6/10/2008

I have never been to a restaurant that was so slow in a negative way. There are the restaurants that take the appropriate time to let you linger and converse, but Sibling Rivalry forgets about you and when they are with you they seem annoyed. We were a party of six and no table should be treated with the lack of respect that they showed us. It took more than 20 minutes just to get the two extra drinks that we ordered after half the table already had drinks. The food was fine but not plentiful. I also found the gimmick that focuses on an ingredient competition between the brothers to get in the way of high quality cuisine.\r more

Very unique, great atmosphere! 1/18/2008

I tried this place after reading a review in the metro(I believe) and I was pleasantly surprised. The food was very different, I had pumpkin ravioli and chickpea friend and my boyfriend ate salmon with some type of ravioli app which was really great! The best thing about the place though was the bread basket, comprised of 3 different types of bread all very good especially the Irish soda bread which melted in your mouth....atleast I think it was Irish soda bread, but whatever it was it was fabulous! The ambience was really wonderful and romantic with the low lighting and I liked the fact that I could view the open kitchen from my seat. Although we did not drink at the bar, the bar looked very nice as well. The staff was friendly, but not overly attentive and actually brought us someone else's drinks, but I understand mistakes are made and was not put off by this....the only think I did not like was that despite arrive for a very early dinner (so the place was empty) we were given a table next to the door up front which had a terribly cold draft coming in through the all glassed front wall which was exacerbated by the draft from the door whenever it opened. This made my boyfriend and I both a bit uncomfortable. Overall though the food was really great and I liked the romantic yet modern intereior. Be prepared to spend some money though, a dinner with no dessert, no alcohol and one appetizer cost $90, but I would eat here again as the food, especially the chick pea friend were worth it! Pros: Great ambience and very unique cuisine! Cons: A little chilly at the front of the restaurant more

early reservations best 12/30/2007

enjoyable dining experience. ask for tables closest t o open kitchen. Tasty appetizers especially the tuna tartar dish. Four of us all ordered duck- all enjoyed. Service was very good. Other reviewers indicate service was sloppy but that was not our experience at all. We had 6:00 reservations on Saturday night, told wait staff we were attending 8:00 performance next door, and completed meal and dessert in plenty of time. Pros: valet service, large choice of high end scotch, excellent duck Cons: expect to pay for drinks, and three courses 65.00 per person more

Skip this one! 12/29/2007

If you are not wearing very expensive jeans and driving up to the valet parking in an SUV, get ready for some eye rolling from staff. The food was interesting, but the staff snobby, the decor a bit chilly, and the prices extreme (check out the a la carte menu, and be prepared to really PAY for those mashed potatoes and string beans). With all the fantastic options this city has, skip this place! Pros: A good place to wear your expensive jeans. Cons: A la carte menu - and I REALLY despise a la carte! more

HORRIBLE Service 11/26/2007

Nice atmosphere but HORRIBLE service. I felt like I spent most of my Fiance's birthday dinner turning around to see where our waitress or waiter went. Not really sure why we had two servers, it only caused more confusion. I had a fork dropped down behind my back and the waiter was completely unaware. I would think that a party of eight would be given some good attention, especially with the amount of food and drinks we ordered. We spent around $600 there and I will never go back. Restaurant go'ers beware - I would NEVER recommend. more

BEST BOSTON BRUNCH 10/25/2007

9 of us native New Yorkers ate brunch here on sun 10-21-07, we were in Boston for a wedding. The food her was incredible, very reasonable, drinks, everyone all around enjoyed, out of all the places we at for the 4 days we stayed, this is the one that's most memorable. spotless, so clean, open kitchen, great service, great food, we wish we had one in NYC! Pros: great food, great service, great value Cons: ?? more

Great food 8/18/2007

My family and I went out to dine here during restaurant week. We anticipated a great meal and that's exactly what we received. The duck was the best that I have ever had at any restaurant. Service was great, we hardly waited for our food Highly recommended and we will come back. Pros: great staff more

Some of the worst service I've received in Boston 7/24/2007

For starters, we were seated nearly an hour after our reservation -- and there was only two of us. The hostess seemed genuinely annoyed when I checked in HALF AN HOUR after we were supposed to be seated and then again 45 minutes later. When we were seated our waiter was very pleasant, although of course there was no ""sorry you waited"" or anything. \r So, we order, and wait, and wait...and then realize the couple next to us who was seated long after we were has been eating...something that looks AWFULLY LIKE our dinner. Well, it was our dinner! The waiter realized it, apologized and promised to speed our dinner along. It came out maybe 20 minutes later...and then instead of the scallop entree I'd ordered (to the tune of $28 or something), they brought me a scallop entree. I swear the waitress who brought it knew ahead of time she was trying to stick me with the wrong thing -- when I immediately questioned her she said ""oh you're right"" and took it away.\r After some haggling with the waiter, if you can believe that, he brought glasses of champagne to us and the neighboring table who'd received our dinner initially. That was the only ""free"" item we received after that mess. We had a fun time chuckling over it with our new pals but we way overpaid for a dinner that was an organizational disaster from beginning to end.\r The food, for all that, was good. But prepare to be annoyed.\r Pros: food expertly prepared -- if you get what you ordered Cons: overbooked, expect to wait, even with a reservation, disorganized more

fun place, interesting menu set up, nice atmosphere 7/23/2007

the atmosphere was trendy, though it didnt quite reach the chic perfection. bc its crowded it makes itself a place to be seen. the food was pretty good, including the tuna tartare appetizer and the steak entree and salmon entree. the staff is extremely accomdating and kind. more

Luxury done right! 5/10/2007

Sibling Rivalry is in the beginning of the South End. The atmosphere is very chic and trendy. Generally, as... more

Luxury done right! 5/10/2007

reflexandresolve Provided by Partner
Sibling Rivalry is in the beginning of the South End. The atmosphere is very chic and trendy. Generally, as the name suggests, the chefs are broth... more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    True to its name, Sibling Rivalry provides patrons with a split menu in which two brothers offer different approaches to common ingredients. These aren't just any old siblings:...

  • 11/8/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Friday From 05:30 PM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 04:00 PM To 09:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Diner's Club, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    South End, Shawmut
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