Scampo

★★★☆☆
  • 215 Charles St

    Boston, MA 02114

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  • 617-536-2100

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Hours
Sunday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 12:00 AM
3.125 8
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I've been to Scampo twice for dinner. It's in the Liberty Hotel which was a jail way back in the day. It's a great location and nice ambiance. The first time I went there, I ordered the elephant ear which was very tasty and very unique. I enjoyed it very much. For my entree, I ordered orecchiette pasta which was not good. It was in a light white sauce that was pretty bland. The manager came by our table and he's a very friendly guy. I went there several months later and the menu had changed. For my appetizer, I had a king oyster mushroom dish which was to die for. For my entree I had a pappardelle dish. It was very good and probably one of the best pasta dishes I've had in Boston. Again, the manager stopped by and said hello to us. The chef also came by the table which was nice. I like Scampo a lot. It's a little on the pricier side, but I think the overall dining experience is great.

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★★★★☆

I've been to Scampo twice for dinner. It's in the Liberty Hotel which was a jail way back in the day. It's a great location and nice ambiance. The first time I went there, I ordered the elephant ear which was very tasty and very unique. I enjoyed it very much. For my entree, I ordered orecchiette pasta which was not good. It was in a light white sauce that was pretty bland. The manager came by our table and he's a very friendly guy. I went there several months later and the menu had changed. For my appetizer, I had a king oyster mushroom dish which was to die for. For my entree I had a pappardelle dish. It was very good and probably one of the best pasta dishes I've had in Boston. Again, the manager stopped by and said hello to us. The chef also came by the table which was nice. I like Scampo a lot. It's a little on the pricier side, but I think the overall dining experience is great.

Pros: Appetizers are delicious, friendly staff

Cons: orecchiette pasta not good

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I had a really nice experience here, though it wasn't so standout that I've rushed back since. The decor is hip, the service is good and the food is yummy (if not a little overpriced), but nothing that truly sets it apart from other great Boston restaurants.

3
★★★☆☆

I had a really nice experience here, though it wasn't so standout that I've rushed back since. The decor is hip, the service is good and the food is yummy (if not a little overpriced), but nothing that truly sets it apart from other great Boston restaurants.

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Scampo is a nice place to dine with clients or for a date night. It's atmosphere is top notch and the food is good. It's location is a bit isolated but you will not be disappointed. Head over to Clink for an after dinner drink.

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★★★★☆

Scampo is a nice place to dine with clients or for a date night. It's atmosphere is top notch and the food is good. It's location is a bit isolated but you will not be disappointed. Head over to Clink for an after dinner drink.

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My husband and I come here frequently and we've never had a bad meal nor bad service. I love the fava bean dip with the bread sticks and Patrick's Naan is a MUST. The
The Mozzarella Bar is amazing...we love the king-crab cocktail. If you like Lamb... try the Saturday night supper special. I also recommend the tagliata ..(thinly sliced sirloin steak.) The pizza's a re great!
eat and enjoy!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I come here frequently and we've never had a bad meal nor bad service. I love the fava bean dip with the bread sticks and Patrick's Naan is a MUST. The
The Mozzarella Bar is amazing...we love the king-crab cocktail. If you like Lamb... try the Saturday night supper special. I also recommend the tagliata ..(thinly sliced sirloin steak.) The pizza's a re great!
eat and enjoy!!

Pros: Patrick's Naan is a MUST

Cons: non

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The atmosphere is fantastic but the food was nothing to rave about. The "elephant walking" was supposed to be fantastic and it was unimpressive. The server was ok, but hard to understand and slightly intrusive. I don't think I would go back to this restaurant. I would however, go to the hotel for a cocktail in one of their lounges - it is a beautiful place.

2
★★☆☆☆

The atmosphere is fantastic but the food was nothing to rave about. The "elephant walking" was supposed to be fantastic and it was unimpressive. The server was ok, but hard to understand and slightly intrusive. I don't think I would go back to this restaurant. I would however, go to the hotel for a cocktail in one of their lounges - it is a beautiful place.

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I took my wife for her birthday to Scampo

The mozzarella was great - had the avocado/crab combo which was awesome

the spaghetti with cracklings was good also

unfortunately the cod was inedible and think she may have gotten sick from the meal. Initially it came out and was very undercooked - the manager brought the food back and apologized - when she returned the fish was so bad we could not eat it.

I was disappointed as it virtually ruined the night...

Not a go to place at all.

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★★☆☆☆

I took my wife for her birthday to Scampo

The mozzarella was great - had the avocado/crab combo which was awesome

the spaghetti with cracklings was good also

unfortunately the cod was inedible and think she may have gotten sick from the meal. Initially it came out and was very undercooked - the manager brought the food back and apologized - when she returned the fish was so bad we could not eat it.

I was disappointed as it virtually ruined the night...

Not a go to place at all.

Pros: Good mozzarella bar

Cons: Cod we ordered was inedible

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For the most part, I'm digging the latest addition to Lydia Shire's empire. Hidden on the ground floor of the fabulous Liberty Hotel, the airy space, marked off by exposed brick walls and arranged around a spotless open kitchen, is a great place to bring out of town guests for a bit of Boston ambiance and history (the Liberty was an old jail). And compared with Locke-Ober, it's a far less stuffy, masculine and meat-centric place to sample the cuisine of Lydia Shire, who is herself a piece of Boston history. You can catch her here during the week too, flitting from table to kitchen, and her touch is obvious in the adventurous, clever and substantial foods on the menu.

However, there are a few parts of the restaurant that aren't quite worthy of Shire. The cocktail menu appears to be a thrown-together affair, with silly names and awkward drinks. Boston's currently in the midst of a torrid love affair with old-fashioned cocktails and deft young bartenders, and Scampo's not cashing in on this. The wine recommendation that I received was good though, and with an Italian menu this is more important. The prices are also a bit high for what you get -- I'm not asking for an Olive Garden-esque trough of food here, but $8 for the Elephant Ear Walking, a signature dish, is a lotta bread for, well, a piece of bread. It's clear though that the target customer of Scampo, like that of the Liberty Hotel overall is someone for whom money is no object, and to whom appearances and big names sometimes matter more than substance, and so perhaps Scampo is succeeding -- just not with my kind of customer.

Anyway, I'll still certainly bring friends back here and would recommend it for a special occasion where splurging is ok -- it's beautiful and festive-feeling inside, there's something on the menu for everyone, the servers are attentive and the location is very convenient. And it's still somewhat new -- so I'm hoping that the kinks will eventually smooth themselves out.

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★★★☆☆

For the most part, I'm digging the latest addition to Lydia Shire's empire. Hidden on the ground floor of the fabulous Liberty Hotel, the airy space, marked off by exposed brick walls and arranged around a spotless open kitchen, is a great place to bring out of town guests for a bit of Boston ambiance and history (the Liberty was an old jail). And compared with Locke-Ober, it's a far less stuffy, masculine and meat-centric place to sample the cuisine of Lydia Shire, who is herself a piece of Boston history. You can catch her here during the week too, flitting from table to kitchen, and her touch is obvious in the adventurous, clever and substantial foods on the menu.

However, there are a few parts of the restaurant that aren't quite worthy of Shire. The cocktail menu appears to be a thrown-together affair, with silly names and awkward drinks. Boston's currently in the midst of a torrid love affair with old-fashioned cocktails and deft young bartenders, and Scampo's not cashing in on this. The wine recommendation that I received was good though, and with an Italian menu this is more important. The prices are also a bit high for what you get -- I'm not asking for an Olive Garden-esque trough of food here, but $8 for the Elephant Ear Walking, a signature dish, is a lotta bread for, well, a piece of bread. It's clear though that the target customer of Scampo, like that of the Liberty Hotel overall is someone for whom money is no object, and to whom appearances and big names sometimes matter more than substance, and so perhaps Scampo is succeeding -- just not with my kind of customer.

Anyway, I'll still certainly bring friends back here and would recommend it for a special occasion where splurging is ok -- it's beautiful and festive-feeling inside, there's something on the menu for everyone, the servers are attentive and the location is very convenient. And it's still somewhat new -- so I'm hoping that the kinks will eventually smooth themselves out.

Pros: Great ambiance, open kitchen, Liberty Hotel location

Cons: High prices, staff could be more knowledgeable

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My first piece of advice is bring a sweater or a jacket. It's like a refirgerator in there. Our first table, in the icebox section, was too cold to handle. I looked around and didn't see many people around. Probably because ice crystals would have formed on their food. We requested a new spot, but were told to wait at the bar until something in the "dining area" opened up. Dining area? So, where were we just at? We sat at the bar for a while eyeing another couple that were seated at our old table. They were next to us at the bar shortly afterward. Finally we were seated again, only two tables away from our old one (so, still cold), and this one had a new special feature. It rocked 20 degrees back and forth. I finally requested to speak to the manager. He was very nice about everything, requested we wait at the bar again, and he'd find us something in 30 mins. He even sent over breadsticks with fava bean dip. They were awesome, but I'm not sure if it was because they tasted good or because I was ravenous. We waited 35 minutes, still no manager, so we Scampo'd out of there. In the end, I can say that the ambiance was nice, the wait staff and manager were friendly and understanding, but the food remains a mystery....

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★★☆☆☆

My first piece of advice is bring a sweater or a jacket. It's like a refirgerator in there. Our first table, in the icebox section, was too cold to handle. I looked around and didn't see many people around. Probably because ice crystals would have formed on their food. We requested a new spot, but were told to wait at the bar until something in the "dining area" opened up. Dining area? So, where were we just at? We sat at the bar for a while eyeing another couple that were seated at our old table. They were next to us at the bar shortly afterward. Finally we were seated again, only two tables away from our old one (so, still cold), and this one had a new special feature. It rocked 20 degrees back and forth. I finally requested to speak to the manager. He was very nice about everything, requested we wait at the bar again, and he'd find us something in 30 mins. He even sent over breadsticks with fava bean dip. They were awesome, but I'm not sure if it was because they tasted good or because I was ravenous. We waited 35 minutes, still no manager, so we Scampo'd out of there. In the end, I can say that the ambiance was nice, the wait staff and manager were friendly and understanding, but the food remains a mystery....

Pros: Waitstaff seems nice

Cons: Coldness

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Located on the first floor of The Liberty Hotel, Boston, Lydia Shire's Scampo features Italian-inspired cuisine that uses flavors from the Mediterranean and Middle East. The contemporary dining room features shiny copper lamps, an orange…

 

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