I went to Icarus recently after a three-year hiatus and thought I might submit a quick review.
Excuse the lack of detail as it has been a month and I did not take notes. And the superb bottle of Morgan Pinot Noir fuzzed my memory a bit.
The room remains one of the nicest and most romantic in Boston. It has been redecorated in the past few years, but the changes were all for the better. The room is done in muted tomes and the noise level is very low; ideal for fine dining.
What struck me right away was how "grown up" the attitude and the patrons were. So often I go out wearing a blazer only to find other diners wearing T-shirts. Not at Icarus. Fully half the men were wearing coats and ties and the women were equally well attired. This was a wonderful sight to see in a town where proper dining attire is a long forgotten thing.
The food was very good, but not amazing. I had an app of quail, which was done to perfection, but not overly flavorful. My wife had lobster soup that was the better of the two choices.
My entree was the short ribs. How can one not love well-prepared short ribs? The meat fell off the bone and was flavored superbly. A winner! My wife had the halibut steak, which was done properly but did not win a place in the culinary pantheon.
Dessert was an apple pastry affair that was very good.
Service was OK at best. Our waitress was pleasant and helpful, but was absent too often. It took a while to get our apps, and far too long to have our entrees cleared and dessert brought out.
The bill was $180 before tip for two apps, two entrees, one dessert, and a moderate bottle of wine. I would say that the food was worth the expense, but the service needs to come up a notch or two to warrant it.
I still will not hesitate to go back. The food is still among the best in Boston, and the experience is so relaxed and romantic that one can overlook some roughness in the service.
This is a place that has been around for years and should continue to be.