My wife and I were visiting the Boston/Cambridge area and waited until we arrived to make Thursday evening dinner reservations. This was a mistake as the only times we could get at the top restaurants was after 9:30 PM. Our hotel concierge suggested we try the Dolphin, a local eatery. After checking the Tripavisor rating, I reluctantly agreed.
When we arrived at 7 PM, the restaurant was only about 1/3 filled. That should have been my first clue although the smallish dining room was not bad looking. With clean white linens, large windows overlooking the street, and a friendly greeting from the bartender, I thought there was still some hope. I did notice the pricing was very moderate for the area.
A basket of warm rolls was delivered to the table and proved to be the highlight of our meal. My wife ordered a glass of sangria (a "house favorite") and despite promising a red wine with fruit flavors was totally devoid of any fruit nuance tasting more like wine infused with a cleaning solvent. She described it as an "assault on her senses".
A bowl of New England clam chowder was filled with potatoes but a little light on clams (and any seasoning). A lone bit of celery or a little bacon would have really elevated the experience. I tried the lobster roll which in fairness, was overflowing with lobster meat (and bits of shell). Like the chowder, it could have benefited from some seasoning (even a little salt and pepper). My wife had the seafood paella which was unlike anything she's ever had experienced, but not in a particularly good way.
For a reasonably priced quick bite when other more appealing choices are unavailable, the Dolphin may be an option. It won't be my first and probably shouldn't be yours either.
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