Orinoco

★★★★☆
  • 22 Harvard St

    Brookline, MA 02445

    Cross street: Webster Place

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  • 617-232-9505

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Tue-Wed 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm Thu-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm Sun 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-9pm

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This is a wonderful Venezuelan restaurant tucked away in Brookline Village. The food is moderately priced, but a little bit more on the expensive side. The portions aren't big, but the food is delicious. I had the datiles (bacon-wrapped dates), which tasted heavenly. I also had an arepa (a sandwich) with pork in it. This is a great place for dates because it's lively, the lighting is dark, and it's a fun place to eat.

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★★★★☆

This is a wonderful Venezuelan restaurant tucked away in Brookline Village. The food is moderately priced, but a little bit more on the expensive side. The portions aren't big, but the food is delicious. I had the datiles (bacon-wrapped dates), which tasted heavenly. I also had an arepa (a sandwich) with pork in it. This is a great place for dates because it's lively, the lighting is dark, and it's a fun place to eat.

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I discovered Orinoco last fall. They were incredibly accomodating for the mom's group that went there after our playdate. They were very welcoming to 10 adults with strollers! The lunch menu is a great deal. I love the arepas & empanadas. The fresh juice is very different, but refreshing.

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★★★★★

I discovered Orinoco last fall. They were incredibly accomodating for the mom's group that went there after our playdate. They were very welcoming to 10 adults with strollers! The lunch menu is a great deal. I love the arepas & empanadas. The fresh juice is very different, but refreshing.

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The food is absolutely fantastic but it can be difficult to get. The wait is almost always extensive but when you finally sit down the food is completely worth it. I have been there a few times and truly enjoy the Arepas and Empanadas. The food is extremely authentic and is a rare find in this area. I would recommend going a little bit before opening so you can get seated right away - there will likely be a line even before the restaurant opens for dinner. It is very small with few seats so be prepared to be cozy. I had a negative experience involving the wait and service one time and the manager went out of his way to invite us back with a gift card. I have been extremely pleased ever since. Overall Orinoco is a bit hit or miss but when they hit you'll never want to eat anywhere else.

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★★★★☆

The food is absolutely fantastic but it can be difficult to get. The wait is almost always extensive but when you finally sit down the food is completely worth it. I have been there a few times and truly enjoy the Arepas and Empanadas. The food is extremely authentic and is a rare find in this area. I would recommend going a little bit before opening so you can get seated right away - there will likely be a line even before the restaurant opens for dinner. It is very small with few seats so be prepared to be cozy. I had a negative experience involving the wait and service one time and the manager went out of his way to invite us back with a gift card. I have been extremely pleased ever since. Overall Orinoco is a bit hit or miss but when they hit you'll never want to eat anywhere else.

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I found Orinoco because a friend of mine lives a block away. We went there on a whim, and I was so thrilled to discover such a delicious and affordable place. We went mid-week, so there was no wait, but I've seen huge crowds on weekends.

They only use fresh ingredients and throw out everything at the end of each day and then starts the process again the next day. This gives every dish a homemade authenticity that has all the love of a great meal made by your favorite grandmother.

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★★★★★

I found Orinoco because a friend of mine lives a block away. We went there on a whim, and I was so thrilled to discover such a delicious and affordable place. We went mid-week, so there was no wait, but I've seen huge crowds on weekends.

They only use fresh ingredients and throw out everything at the end of each day and then starts the process again the next day. This gives every dish a homemade authenticity that has all the love of a great meal made by your favorite grandmother.

Pros: Simply delicious

Cons: Hard to find parking

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I was a pretty disappointed after my recent dining experience at Orinoco. I had heard good things about the restaurant, and I was quite excited to give it a try. The atmosphere was really nice...neighborhood-like, lively scene, appropriate noise level, attractively decorated. The restaurant was cold...granted the temps outside were below zero, but one of those heavy drapes surrounding the front door would've made a world of a difference. The drinks were great. There was a nice, creative selection. The bartender recommended the caiprihna, which lived up to her recommendation. The food was very ok. The appetizers all tasted the same...fried. My entree was good - grilled steak topped w/ cold crab salad & a cilantro-flavored drizzle. (A heads up on the "cold" crab salad would've helped...at first I thought it hadn't gotten heated. Many of the interesting dishes were unavailable that night. The desserts were a let-down...flan and a molten chocolate cake....those were the only options. It almost seemed like they didn't want anyone to stay for dessert, so they could get another table turn.

Overall, everything was average. I wouldn't go back, nor would I recommend anyone to travel to get there. If you live down the street, then go for it.

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★★★☆☆

I was a pretty disappointed after my recent dining experience at Orinoco. I had heard good things about the restaurant, and I was quite excited to give it a try. The atmosphere was really nice...neighborhood-like, lively scene, appropriate noise level, attractively decorated. The restaurant was cold...granted the temps outside were below zero, but one of those heavy drapes surrounding the front door would've made a world of a difference. The drinks were great. There was a nice, creative selection. The bartender recommended the caiprihna, which lived up to her recommendation. The food was very ok. The appetizers all tasted the same...fried. My entree was good - grilled steak topped w/ cold crab salad & a cilantro-flavored drizzle. (A heads up on the "cold" crab salad would've helped...at first I thought it hadn't gotten heated. Many of the interesting dishes were unavailable that night. The desserts were a let-down...flan and a molten chocolate cake....those were the only options. It almost seemed like they didn't want anyone to stay for dessert, so they could get another table turn.

Overall, everything was average. I wouldn't go back, nor would I recommend anyone to travel to get there. If you live down the street, then go for it.

Pros: cool decor, creative drink selection

Cons: food was not stellar

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Delicious arepas, cachapa (savory-sweet corn pancake with melted cheese), daily specials like grilled fish, fresh salads, and excellent grilled meats. Great Sunday brunch, lively dinner scene that's great for small groups, great place to take a date and sit in the corner at the bar. I keep going back again and again and again to this great Brookline find!

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★★★★★

Delicious arepas, cachapa (savory-sweet corn pancake with melted cheese), daily specials like grilled fish, fresh salads, and excellent grilled meats. Great Sunday brunch, lively dinner scene that's great for small groups, great place to take a date and sit in the corner at the bar. I keep going back again and again and again to this great Brookline find!

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The food was great but the portions were very small and the prices very high. The tables are close together, so prepare to sit close to others. There is also a large communal table in the center of the restaurant. The only draw back is the staff. I went in put my name down and waited thirty minutes while watching the waiter seat people who came in after me, because he overlooked my name. The management is rather arrogant. I got the impression that I should feel happy to get the privilege to eat there. We walked out and when he noticed, he said we were next on the line and offered us a free appetizer. The place is a hit or miss. If you go early, you may get the good experience without the management problem.

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★★★☆☆

The food was great but the portions were very small and the prices very high. The tables are close together, so prepare to sit close to others. There is also a large communal table in the center of the restaurant. The only draw back is the staff. I went in put my name down and waited thirty minutes while watching the waiter seat people who came in after me, because he overlooked my name. The management is rather arrogant. I got the impression that I should feel happy to get the privilege to eat there. We walked out and when he noticed, he said we were next on the line and offered us a free appetizer. The place is a hit or miss. If you go early, you may get the good experience without the management problem.

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This could be the biggest miss in the Brookline for me. After reading a decent review, I decided to throw my BDAY party there. I lived in Spain and love Spanish influenced food. I called to book and was told that generally they don't take reservations but do make exceptions for larger parties, and asked me to call back the next day to confirm. I did, speaking to a young man that said they have a large "communal" table that could accommodate our party of 10+. I promised to call back Tuesday to confirm my final #. I then emailed my pals the info.On Tuesday I called back and this time got the manager Rick. WHAT CALLOUS, UNPROFESSIONAL & RUDE. He said (a) they would not reserve the space for us after all, (b) they have a policy against reservations. Period. (c) He didn't care that his staff had confirmed & that I had sent out the invites (d) He said if I wanted to do a set menu with just a few items, he might make an exception (as if he was doing me the favor) (e) He informed me that Andre the owner was on vacation & would back him up either way. When I asked him if he was really willing to give up such a large group who wanted to try his new restaurant, he just didn't care. My take: We're now going to the far more fabulous counterpart to South End's 28 Degrees (where I threw last year's amazing soiree), Lineage up the street. They were THRILLED to get my business and simply no attitude. I can't wait. You would think when a new restaurant comes to town, they would have the common sense to welcome those who patronize their restaurants by having parties on a Wednesday. The manager Rick of the disreputable Orinoco surely needs to be retrained. No food or restaurant is worth this kind of nonsense anyway, and as a resident of Brookline who eats out a lot, I personally don't welcome such restaurants here. Please tell all your friends to avoid this place like the plague and maybe we'll get a decent well-managed restaurant in the neighborhood sooner than later.

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★☆☆☆☆

This could be the biggest miss in the Brookline for me. After reading a decent review, I decided to throw my BDAY party there. I lived in Spain and love Spanish influenced food. I called to book and was told that generally they don't take reservations but do make exceptions for larger parties, and asked me to call back the next day to confirm. I did, speaking to a young man that said they have a large "communal" table that could accommodate our party of 10+. I promised to call back Tuesday to confirm my final #. I then emailed my pals the info.On Tuesday I called back and this time got the manager Rick. WHAT CALLOUS, UNPROFESSIONAL & RUDE. He said (a) they would not reserve the space for us after all, (b) they have a policy against reservations. Period. (c) He didn't care that his staff had confirmed & that I had sent out the invites (d) He said if I wanted to do a set menu with just a few items, he might make an exception (as if he was doing me the favor) (e) He informed me that Andre the owner was on vacation & would back him up either way. When I asked him if he was really willing to give up such a large group who wanted to try his new restaurant, he just didn't care. My take: We're now going to the far more fabulous counterpart to South End's 28 Degrees (where I threw last year's amazing soiree), Lineage up the street. They were THRILLED to get my business and simply no attitude. I can't wait. You would think when a new restaurant comes to town, they would have the common sense to welcome those who patronize their restaurants by having parties on a Wednesday. The manager Rick of the disreputable Orinoco surely needs to be retrained. No food or restaurant is worth this kind of nonsense anyway, and as a resident of Brookline who eats out a lot, I personally don't welcome such restaurants here. Please tell all your friends to avoid this place like the plague and maybe we'll get a decent well-managed restaurant in the neighborhood sooner than later.

Cons: Rude management that tries to allienate potential customers

 

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