65 Holland St, Somerville, MA | Directions 0214442.398238 -71.123807
Neighborhoods: Davis Square
Best First Date Restaurant – Has a nice low lighting with reasonably priced food. Really good quality for what your paying. The wine selection is perfect for a night of easy drinking that wont burn a hole in your wallet. Mellow atmosphere that allows for good conversation where you dont have to shout to talk to people, but you dont have to worry about the whole restaurant listening to your conversation.
Orleans Has Come a Long Way – The last time we went the place was packed at 9:30pm on a thursday night . It did take a moment to get recognized but we were seated promptly thereafter . We all had draft beer as the martinis can get a bit pricey as they seem to cater to a more upscale but young crowd . We were brought bread and olives which is a nice touch . I had the pasta with lobster and calamari and it was better than most of the stuff you'll find in the Nort-End ! Is this an Italian restaurant? Great pizzas too . Whatever it is , it's delicious . We stayed after we were done with the meal until last call. There was a D.J. that night but I'm not sure about every thursday . They even have couches in the lounge area for that "living room" ambiance .
Great vibe, good food! – I visit Orleans quite frequently. The food is very good and affordable and it's a nice place too hang out as well. Most of the nights they have dj's that play quality tunes and it's not a meat market at night like other places down the streat which makes Orleans a fun place to be. At Orleans they get pretty creative with the drinks as well. It's the only place I know in a 5 mile radius where you can get a regular sangria, white sangria and mojitos.
Quality food and excellent vibe – Orleans is elegant but relaxed. The tables have tablecloths and service and the food is equivalent to some of the best restaurants in boston, I think. But the price is much lower. Although Orleans has an elegant decor, the staff is relaxed and professional. It seems like there is always a game on or a dj. The dj's there are top quality as well. It quickly became one of my favorite places to eat and hang out. Oh, and they have free wireless internet.
so-so food, below par service – I've been to Orleans for bar food and martinis before, and have never been extremely disappointed. They try to seem more fancy than they are, but recognizing that, I have been relatively pleased doing happy hour there. Last Sunday, however, I had brunch at Orleans, which made me hesitant to return. First the waiter tells us the bar has no horseradish for our bloody marys, the bartender went to "find some". Our coffee and water was never refilled. My eggs benedict had burnt english muffins and eggshells in it. Overall, boo on brunch. Go for drinks though.
Cozy and Easy Spot – This is a great restaurant, especially if you want somewhere easy and delicious to eat out during the week. Friendly staff and very cozy atmosphere inside. Would be a great place to take a date since they have tons of overstuffed couches perfect for a cocktail meeting. The food is very good and very moderately priced. Big fan of the ceaser salad, great flavor. The PEI mussels are superb too, loaded with lobster meat in the sauce.
Above average food & drink – I went to Orleans on a recent Friday night and had a great time. We sat in the small bar area rather than waiting for a table (25 min. wait). The nachos were excellent, and my friend raved about her pasta dish, which was large enough to have for lunch the next day. The drinks we ordered were delicious. They were pricey but definitely packed a punch! No watered down drinks there. The atmosphere was cool and it was quiet enough to hear each other without shouting.
Poor service – We ate at Orleans for the first time last night. My beef tenderloin was VERY undercooked, and the waitress never returned to ask how our meals were. Eventaully, we were able to ask the hostess to track down our waitress, who brought my meal back to the kitchen. By that time, I had already waited at least 10 minutes. She returned no less than 15 minutes later with my meal. At that point, everyone else had finished eating. When I told her that I was no longer interested in eating my meal, she got very defensive, exclaiming that it wasn't her fault. (Yes, she didn't cook the steak, but she also wasn't there when I needed her to be.) And so, the poor service was compiunded by unprofessionalism.
Because I never got to eat, my food rating is based on what my companions seemed to think of their meals.
Great food and ambience – I've been to Orleans 3 or 4 times in the past year. It has never disappointed me. The food was always terrific. The menu is not too long but has a good variety including lamb, steak, fish, and vegetarian. They also have a good collection of drinks: beer, wine, cocktail. The price for both food and drinks are reasonable. The ambience is chic, more decorated than most of the restaurants in the Davis Sq area. It's good for a date in their cute candel-lighted table, but also good for a group of friends hanging out around their comfortable velvet sofas.
A comfortable place – Pleasant surprise. Saturday evening, no wait. Waiter was efficient, friendly and helpful with selections. The drinks were pretty good: excellent martini, mediocre mojito. Food was excellent. They do a great steak. Modest but good wine list.
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