So even though my partner and I live just over the river in Dorchester, we seldom ever cross over the bridge so I was so exited to find ourselves in Central Sq. on Saturday night. Such as it was a spontaneous visit we of course had no reservations and I thought I'd share some random observations. At around 7:15 pm we totally lucked out and got a free (!) parking space at a meter on a side street across of City Hall. Score! First try was Asmara, which had a line out the door, went across the street to Tavern on the Sq. which upon entering was so damn loud we turned right back around, walked to Central Kitchen where the wait was "an hour and a half", then tried Rendezvous and got "two hours for a table, an hour a half for the bar"!! Wow. Business is good.
Walked back towards the car, passing several gaggles of homeless folk (much more than usual it seemed), and by then it was already past 8 pm. We wound up walking all the way into the outskirts of Harvard Sq. and got seated at Grafton St. around 8:30. Service was just o.k, found the menu to be a little predictable and on the small side. But it's understandable seeing that nearly all the tables seemed to be Harvard students (and their parents) ordering burgers and pizza. Partner had the beet salad (meh, he said didn't seem the freshest) and the special pizza (crimini mushrooms, arugala, and roasted garlic) which was a perfect portion and was gone within minutes. I had the wedge salad which was perfectly fine and the seafood bouliabaisse, also fine if a little skimpy on the portions (counted a total of two clams). Thought it was funny that we had to ask our server to order cocktails (bad training!) and to refill the next round. All in all a pretty good experience and I would return. Stopped by the People's Republik for a round of drinks and we were back across the river by 11pm!!