Ariadne Restaurant

★★★★☆
Newtonville's primary destination restaurant serves up satisfying, inventive New American cuisine in stylish environs.
  • 344 Walnut Street

    Newtonville, MA 02460

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  • 617-332-4653

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I love the high ceilings, tall chairs and the whole feel of this restaurant, which encourages you to linger. Ariadne has been here for a number of years. It is one of several fine dining restaurants in Newton which make it unnecessary to drive in to Boston for a nice evening out. There is a weeknight prixe fixe menu and a neighborhood menu, as Ariadne seeks to make sure that we locals can come more often than just for a special treat. Everything I have eaten here has been good. I lean toward pasta and fish, with a bit of chicken thrown in. There is a bar area at the entrance, and my husband and I have eaten there in the past when we were without reservations, and arrived at a busy time.

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★★★★☆

I love the high ceilings, tall chairs and the whole feel of this restaurant, which encourages you to linger. Ariadne has been here for a number of years. It is one of several fine dining restaurants in Newton which make it unnecessary to drive in to Boston for a nice evening out. There is a weeknight prixe fixe menu and a neighborhood menu, as Ariadne seeks to make sure that we locals can come more often than just for a special treat. Everything I have eaten here has been good. I lean toward pasta and fish, with a bit of chicken thrown in. There is a bar area at the entrance, and my husband and I have eaten there in the past when we were without reservations, and arrived at a busy time.

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Great atmosphere and fish dishes. I really like how they make a special neighborhood menu with everything under 20 bucks. They also recycle their waste vegetable oil and thats always good!

2
★★★★☆

Great atmosphere and fish dishes. I really like how they make a special neighborhood menu with everything under 20 bucks. They also recycle their waste vegetable oil and thats always good!

Pros: neighborhood menu under $20!

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I'd love to have a great eating establishment to go to locally in Newtonville, the town needs a place that is reasonable, fun, has good food and pleasant service. Ariadne is currently not the place. Historically the food has been good, and even excellent at times. However have found that the food has dropped in quality and for the pricing is not up to par. The service is lacking and personally witnessed an extreme lack of attention and bad attitude to customers. This has been taken to extreme at times where the wait staff is serving themselves food and drink before tending to dining customers.
The location is not easy and am sure can be slow at times, but that doesn't make poor service, OK food, and an overall bad time acceptable.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'd love to have a great eating establishment to go to locally in Newtonville, the town needs a place that is reasonable, fun, has good food and pleasant service. Ariadne is currently not the place. Historically the food has been good, and even excellent at times. However have found that the food has dropped in quality and for the pricing is not up to par. The service is lacking and personally witnessed an extreme lack of attention and bad attitude to customers. This has been taken to extreme at times where the wait staff is serving themselves food and drink before tending to dining customers.
The location is not easy and am sure can be slow at times, but that doesn't make poor service, OK food, and an overall bad time acceptable.

Pros: no wait to get in

Cons: once you get in, may not enjoy

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Stopping in for a casual meal, we sat at the beautiful, under-lit marble bar top enjoyed a cucumber mojito and the perfect martini. The Mediterranean Plate app. was all we thought we would have, delicious tastes of Greece with other Arabic influence, lovely bread. We couldn't stop - we ordered the Seafood Paella. The best ever - generous seafood, cilantro, in a risotto like stew was full of flavor. So we had to try the Bolognese -
OFF THE HOOK! Fresh pasta, light meaty sauce....rich and delicious, quite possibly better than Bolognese I ate in Bologna. For dessert we had the Peach Chrisp with a late Harvest Chardonnay. My wife had to pull me out, I was ready to keep going - after all I hadn't tried the Lamb!

Christos - owner/chef was on the bar last night and we had very attentive and helpful service - it actually felt as if the man who built the restaurant with his hands, designed and made the food - I just assumed he made the wine and brewed the beer too - was giving us insight into his finest work.

I dont remember what I cost - it was the type of place where you sign the bill without looking, because whatever it cost it was worth it. I look forward to returning! This place is a gem, don't tell anybody.

Michael Fitzpatrick

2
★★★★★

Stopping in for a casual meal, we sat at the beautiful, under-lit marble bar top enjoyed a cucumber mojito and the perfect martini. The Mediterranean Plate app. was all we thought we would have, delicious tastes of Greece with other Arabic influence, lovely bread. We couldn't stop - we ordered the Seafood Paella. The best ever - generous seafood, cilantro, in a risotto like stew was full of flavor. So we had to try the Bolognese -
OFF THE HOOK! Fresh pasta, light meaty sauce....rich and delicious, quite possibly better than Bolognese I ate in Bologna. For dessert we had the Peach Chrisp with a late Harvest Chardonnay. My wife had to pull me out, I was ready to keep going - after all I hadn't tried the Lamb!

Christos - owner/chef was on the bar last night and we had very attentive and helpful service - it actually felt as if the man who built the restaurant with his hands, designed and made the food - I just assumed he made the wine and brewed the beer too - was giving us insight into his finest work.

I dont remember what I cost - it was the type of place where you sign the bill without looking, because whatever it cost it was worth it. I look forward to returning! This place is a gem, don't tell anybody.

Michael Fitzpatrick

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I went to Ariadne for their champagne toast dinner for New Year's Eve. The restaurant has a very "cool" feel to it and the bar looked worthy to come back to and relax.

The meal was a prix fixe and had four courses: oyster rockefellar appetizer, raspberry sorbet, the entree, and then dessert. All of this was supposed to include a champagne toast at midnight. However, on this night, the champagne arrived a full half hour after midnight. It really did sour the evening. The food is good, not memorable, but good. For the price, I was hoping for a little better.

Parking is easy as Newtonville is a small town with large parking lots.

3
★★★☆☆

I went to Ariadne for their champagne toast dinner for New Year's Eve. The restaurant has a very "cool" feel to it and the bar looked worthy to come back to and relax.

The meal was a prix fixe and had four courses: oyster rockefellar appetizer, raspberry sorbet, the entree, and then dessert. All of this was supposed to include a champagne toast at midnight. However, on this night, the champagne arrived a full half hour after midnight. It really did sour the evening. The food is good, not memorable, but good. For the price, I was hoping for a little better.

Parking is easy as Newtonville is a small town with large parking lots.

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Highly overrated and unreasonably overpriced. Inattentive "service" -- if you can even call it that. Don't waste your money here. Sure to disappoint....

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Highly overrated and unreasonably overpriced. Inattentive "service" -- if you can even call it that. Don't waste your money here. Sure to disappoint....

Pros: none

Cons: Just a bad experience all around

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I must start by saying, I am a restaurant BRAT! Initially, I was not sure how I would like the restaurant based on curb appeal alone (I know, shallow, but true). The curb appeal is not by any means poor; however, it does no justice to the interior of the restaurant. We walked in to a cozy bar area with an even cozier dining room off of it. It is quiet and the color choices are soothing. Ambiance?10 +. The majority of the seating in the restaurant are booths (big plus). In addition, they are big, round, private booths. My boyfriend and I opted to sit at the bar. The bartender was attentive, personable and creative (mojito making skills). He was happy to make recommendations and made good ones at that. The wine?amazing, the food?AMAZING! I had the grilled squid for an appetizer and a chicken sausage and gnocchi dish as an entree.

It is a little pricy if you are looking for a quick bite out; however, it is worth every penny. Dinner was about $75 and that included 2 appetizers, and a main entree (which we split), two mojitos and two glasses of wine.

I would say that the menu is designed for a more sophisticated palate. I will go back to this restaurant and encourage all to give it a try.

2
★★★★★

I must start by saying, I am a restaurant BRAT! Initially, I was not sure how I would like the restaurant based on curb appeal alone (I know, shallow, but true). The curb appeal is not by any means poor; however, it does no justice to the interior of the restaurant. We walked in to a cozy bar area with an even cozier dining room off of it. It is quiet and the color choices are soothing. Ambiance?10 +. The majority of the seating in the restaurant are booths (big plus). In addition, they are big, round, private booths. My boyfriend and I opted to sit at the bar. The bartender was attentive, personable and creative (mojito making skills). He was happy to make recommendations and made good ones at that. The wine?amazing, the food?AMAZING! I had the grilled squid for an appetizer and a chicken sausage and gnocchi dish as an entree.

It is a little pricy if you are looking for a quick bite out; however, it is worth every penny. Dinner was about $75 and that included 2 appetizers, and a main entree (which we split), two mojitos and two glasses of wine.

I would say that the menu is designed for a more sophisticated palate. I will go back to this restaurant and encourage all to give it a try.

Pros: Ambience, service, taste and presentation of food!

Cons: Couldn't possibly think of one.

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dined there on greek night. did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. there was a band and belly dancing. food was amazing. they offer there regular menu as well as the greek menu guest and i had the grilled squid and the mediterranean plate as appetizer's then the braised veal and the lamb shank as entrees complemented with a beautiful bottle of syrah. for dessert cheese with port.
service was attentive and friendly. never wanted or waited for anything. this is a great place. highly recommend.

2
★★★★★

dined there on greek night. did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. there was a band and belly dancing. food was amazing. they offer there regular menu as well as the greek menu guest and i had the grilled squid and the mediterranean plate as appetizer's then the braised veal and the lamb shank as entrees complemented with a beautiful bottle of syrah. for dessert cheese with port.
service was attentive and friendly. never wanted or waited for anything. this is a great place. highly recommend.

Pros: parking plenty ambience beatuiful

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Having been in the wine business for many years I get a chance to dine all over the country and this was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was completely impressed and surprised with the wine list, it had many hard to get wines like Martinelli, four different bottlings very reasonably priced. Radio Coteau, which is a tiny winery barely known on the east coast, but produce amazing wines. The real star here though is the food. Simple, clean and not overly manipulated Mediterranean fair. The duck confit was my particular favorite. I was also impressed by the level of wine knowledge our server had. She told me they train with the owner every week and have tasted most of the wines on the list. I ended up staying at a Newton hotel on my stay because my hotel in Boston was over booked, so I ended up at Ariadne completely by accident, and it was the best part of my stay in Boston.

2
★★★★★

Having been in the wine business for many years I get a chance to dine all over the country and this was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was completely impressed and surprised with the wine list, it had many hard to get wines like Martinelli, four different bottlings very reasonably priced. Radio Coteau, which is a tiny winery barely known on the east coast, but produce amazing wines. The real star here though is the food. Simple, clean and not overly manipulated Mediterranean fair. The duck confit was my particular favorite. I was also impressed by the level of wine knowledge our server had. She told me they train with the owner every week and have tasted most of the wines on the list. I ended up staying at a Newton hotel on my stay because my hotel in Boston was over booked, so I ended up at Ariadne completely by accident, and it was the best part of my stay in Boston.

Pros: Food, wine list, service

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Our first and last visit to Ariadne was an absolute disaster. We arrived to a fairly open floor with little wait, the hostess was kind enough to stall our seating to allow for an optimum position for my 6 month pregnant girlfriend with respect to space, access, etc. Once seated, our waiter took about 15 minutes to even stop by and offer water, bread was another 20 minutes away. We were addressed with a familiar understated arrogance which we're thick-skinned enough to generally hope is a harbinger if fine food to come. Instead, the attitude was followed by an impressive lack of attention for awkward epochs during which we stared at empty glasses, mused possible problems and eventually wondered if we were actually being discriminated against. We decided to share one each of the appetizer, first (smaller) courses and main (larger) courses after which another 20 minutes passed before a cold Mediterranean plate arrived whose hummous, Baba and tzakiki could not have required any time at all to prepare. By this time most people around us had begun leaving, we'd been at our table well over an hour. After finishing the appetizer and waiting another geologic period for a second long delayed but much appreciated basket of bread, we decided to give up and leave. It took some time to hail our waiter but we got him and asked that if either course was ready, we'd settle for first available and call it a night. He loosely apologized saying the courses had been accidentally made out of order by way of explanation. We'd have happily eaten anything ready if given the choice, instead we were simply avoided. After an hour and 45 minutes in the restaurant our gnocci arrived. We wolfed it down and flagged the bread girl for our check. The waiter tried to offer us the main course as a consolation but we simply left. 2 hours, horrible attitude, luke-warm average food, complete failure served late. I'd sooner eat Ramen than return.

1
★★★☆☆

Our first and last visit to Ariadne was an absolute disaster. We arrived to a fairly open floor with little wait, the hostess was kind enough to stall our seating to allow for an optimum position for my 6 month pregnant girlfriend with respect to space, access, etc. Once seated, our waiter took about 15 minutes to even stop by and offer water, bread was another 20 minutes away. We were addressed with a familiar understated arrogance which we're thick-skinned enough to generally hope is a harbinger if fine food to come. Instead, the attitude was followed by an impressive lack of attention for awkward epochs during which we stared at empty glasses, mused possible problems and eventually wondered if we were actually being discriminated against. We decided to share one each of the appetizer, first (smaller) courses and main (larger) courses after which another 20 minutes passed before a cold Mediterranean plate arrived whose hummous, Baba and tzakiki could not have required any time at all to prepare. By this time most people around us had begun leaving, we'd been at our table well over an hour. After finishing the appetizer and waiting another geologic period for a second long delayed but much appreciated basket of bread, we decided to give up and leave. It took some time to hail our waiter but we got him and asked that if either course was ready, we'd settle for first available and call it a night. He loosely apologized saying the courses had been accidentally made out of order by way of explanation. We'd have happily eaten anything ready if given the choice, instead we were simply avoided. After an hour and 45 minutes in the restaurant our gnocci arrived. We wolfed it down and flagged the bread girl for our check. The waiter tried to offer us the main course as a consolation but we simply left. 2 hours, horrible attitude, luke-warm average food, complete failure served late. I'd sooner eat Ramen than return.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Everything but the atmosphere

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Let me point out to all of you a quote taken from their web-site; ?The wine list at Ariadne Restaurant & Bar focuses on small production wines, usually under 10,000 cases made per vintage, with most being under 2500 and many under 1000.?

Wow, as it pertains to wine I have never seen a more deceptive claim in print. After my dinning experience which was mediocre at best I will say the food shined creatively above the service and the poor wine selection. The next day I checked out their web-site only to read the above quote. At the most there was only 4 wines with less that a 10K production and 1 wines with less than a 2500 case production and it was out of stock? I would love the wife to attempt to inform me that she has a wine with less than a 1K production line. Some of the greatest wines in the world that would be sought after by the most finicky collectors are well above 5K and many 10K.

The one thing that I dislike about dinning in the ?burbs? is that buyers are uneducated as to what is available. I find more often than not ridiculously inexpensive wine that was commonly served in the city 2 or 3 years ago while it was unknown making a comeback in establishments like this at a price far above the traditional mark up.

Come on folks were taking Newton! Most of the local clientele that frequent this establishment have a better selection at home that the restaurant. By the way most of the people who live in Newton work in the city and dine there as well. Show me something different!

Again the food was good! I just take offence to people who attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.

Lastly the bartender that evening was loud, obnoxious and rude! Stick to the job description pal, ?serve and listen?, don?t speak about things you do not know and don?t call me your friend because I leave you a tip because that?s how you get paid!

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★★☆☆☆

Let me point out to all of you a quote taken from their web-site; ?The wine list at Ariadne Restaurant & Bar focuses on small production wines, usually under 10,000 cases made per vintage, with most being under 2500 and many under 1000.?

Wow, as it pertains to wine I have never seen a more deceptive claim in print. After my dinning experience which was mediocre at best I will say the food shined creatively above the service and the poor wine selection. The next day I checked out their web-site only to read the above quote. At the most there was only 4 wines with less that a 10K production and 1 wines with less than a 2500 case production and it was out of stock? I would love the wife to attempt to inform me that she has a wine with less than a 1K production line. Some of the greatest wines in the world that would be sought after by the most finicky collectors are well above 5K and many 10K.

The one thing that I dislike about dinning in the ?burbs? is that buyers are uneducated as to what is available. I find more often than not ridiculously inexpensive wine that was commonly served in the city 2 or 3 years ago while it was unknown making a comeback in establishments like this at a price far above the traditional mark up.

Come on folks were taking Newton! Most of the local clientele that frequent this establishment have a better selection at home that the restaurant. By the way most of the people who live in Newton work in the city and dine there as well. Show me something different!

Again the food was good! I just take offence to people who attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.

Lastly the bartender that evening was loud, obnoxious and rude! Stick to the job description pal, ?serve and listen?, don?t speak about things you do not know and don?t call me your friend because I leave you a tip because that?s how you get paid!

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As a foodie who lives on the South Shore a trip to Newton seemed like a long way to go but I am going to be heading that way a lot more. From the knowlegable staff, the impressive wine list and food that was so outstanding that I am already planning my next meal there. I can not wait to visit again. I will not be saving this gem for special occasions. This is will be a regular stop for me.

2
★★★★★

As a foodie who lives on the South Shore a trip to Newton seemed like a long way to go but I am going to be heading that way a lot more. From the knowlegable staff, the impressive wine list and food that was so outstanding that I am already planning my next meal there. I can not wait to visit again. I will not be saving this gem for special occasions. This is will be a regular stop for me.

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The best bar in the area hands down, a cool place to meet old friends or make new ones. Very calm atmosphere but still can be lively, this place has a ton to offer. Great drinks exceptional food and an amazing night of live jazz and five dollar martinis on mondays. The dining room has ample space to provide a quiet romantic diner or and the bar can get quite lively to match the great burger. If you have never been you will surely be in for a treat.

2
★★★★★

The best bar in the area hands down, a cool place to meet old friends or make new ones. Very calm atmosphere but still can be lively, this place has a ton to offer. Great drinks exceptional food and an amazing night of live jazz and five dollar martinis on mondays. The dining room has ample space to provide a quiet romantic diner or and the bar can get quite lively to match the great burger. If you have never been you will surely be in for a treat.

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I been dining in the Boston area for years. Ariadne is a hidden jewel.
The space is great for a romantic dinner, or a party of six.
The small, medium and large plates has somthing for everyone.
over twenty cocktails on the list. You will leave happy.

2
★★★★★

I been dining in the Boston area for years. Ariadne is a hidden jewel.
The space is great for a romantic dinner, or a party of six.
The small, medium and large plates has somthing for everyone.
over twenty cocktails on the list. You will leave happy.

Pros: The prices

Cons: not open on sunday

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While the food was delicious the restaurant could use some help addressing concerns by the customer. In addition, we ordered the Prix Fix with wine pairings that did not all come with the intended course.

1
★★★☆☆

While the food was delicious the restaurant could use some help addressing concerns by the customer. In addition, we ordered the Prix Fix with wine pairings that did not all come with the intended course.

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Nothing stood out about this restaurant. Okay atmosphere, okay service, okay food. Nothing compels me to return.

1
★★★☆☆

Nothing stood out about this restaurant. Okay atmosphere, okay service, okay food. Nothing compels me to return.

 

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