Had dinner several weeks ago with a friend at Verve, so i figured I would include it here in my spate of reviews of this area.
Very nice setting, formal yet not uppity.
The wine list is, in my opinion, overpriced, but we had a decent Montepulciano for around 40 bucks, if i remember correctly.
Verve is half-steakhouse and half upscale/french bistro/eclectic, i suppose. It bills itself as French-American cuisine, but the window says "Steaks".
I had a nice bowl of Lobster Bisque, several pieces of lobster meat, but it was nothing exceptional. My friend had a special app, some sort of salad with goat cheese, apples... i forget what else but he enjoyed it.
We both had steak for our main course, my filet mignon was a nice but very small piece of meat (for the price) and properly cooked. they brush it with a hint-of-garlic-flavored oil, and there were a few cloves of roasted garlic alongside, which was nice, but i prefer my steak grilled with just salt and pepper. His strip? sirloin? i forget, he also enjoyed. The wine went nicely, in huge wineglasses, with our meat.
Average bread basket if i remember correctly, with the standard olive oil plate.
My friend had a chocolate "souffle" for dessert, but it was more of a warm flourless chocolate cake (aka "fallen chocolate cake") type than a puffy souffle. It came with some (homemade?) pistachio ice cream and strawberry sorbet, the former of which i stole several spoonfuls of and went nicely with my after-dinner cognac.
A very nice place, but very expensive. Definitely an "expense account" or special-occassion kind of place but it is probably popular with the Somerville court crowd for lunch, i guess.