I've been to Rendezvous many times and have always enjoyed it. Last night, my 12-year-old daughter and I left the house to walk to All Star Sandwich Bar, our fallback, when I thought for a moment and said, "Let's go to Rendezvous instead." She readily agreed, and we turned right on Prospect St. rather than left. We each started with the Boston lettuce salad (apple slices, Shelburne Farms cheddar, spiced pecans), and then she had the orecchiette with meatballs, and I had their cheeseburger. I also had a Delirium Tremens, a wonderful Belgian strong pale ale.
So what was my revelation? I decided that Rendezvous is one of my favorite Boston-area restaurants. There's something about the place -- the wonderful service (without being obsequious), the fresh tasting food, the relaxed ambiance -- that just adds up for me, kinda in the way that Union Square Cafe or other Danny Meyer places in NYC do. It's not that the food is cutting edge, but it's really good nonetheless, and the overall experience provides me with that warm, comforting and inviting feeling that I'm looking for in a restaurant. Very little glitz. No pretentiousness. Reasonable prices. What's not to like?