Spork Rating: 2
- Neighborhood: Brookline/Washington Square
- Cuisine: Italian
- Price: Affordable to Splurge
- Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday-Saturday 5pm-1am; Sunday 5pm-10pm (Closed Tuesdays)
- Reservations: Yes
- Recommended For Dining With: Kids
Food critics, culinarians and industry insiders are swooning over Tim Maslow’s solo venture, Ribelle in Brookline’s Washington Square. From the highly creative and ambitious menu, to the unapologetic wine list or the sleek interior, its no wonder Ribelle has been dubbed one of the best restaurants in Boston. Ribelle’s location would normally draw families from nearby Brookline neighborhoods through its nondescript door. But are young gourmands welcomed? Yes, but with reservations.
Yes, Maslow and his staff will cater to families given their location. But with its high-test menu, trendy ambiance, and young waitstaff, we consider Ribelle to be one of the best date night restaurants in Boston.
Okay. Staff will greet kids with a smile and will get a highchair if needed. It is strongly encouraged families with young children make reservations – and make them on the early side (between 5-6pm). Do not expect any amenities such as crayons or a kid’s menu (staff gave dinner, drink and wine list to our kids without blinking). As one of the best restaurants in Boston, diners are here for the inventive food and the staff is 100% focused on delivering just that.
Ribelle’s Italian-inspired menu is categorized by Bread, Vegetables, Seafood, Meat, and Dessert. But expect a lot of cross-over, with fresh pasta making an appearance throughout. The menu changes almost regularly, but you can expect dishes and flavor profiles never imagined before. For example, green beans with veal tongue, garlic confit, and squid-ink crumbs will have your taste buds reeling. And the now-famous Olive Oil Ice Cream with Chocolate coating will have you licking the dish clean. Dishes range from $7-$28, with some pasta dishes available as half or full plates.
- Garlic knots brushed with duck fat with a marina sauce
- Lamb Tartare with sunchoke, egg, sunflower seeds
- Parpadelle Bolognese with kale and crispy pork rinds
- Rigatoni with octopus, fennel and smoked tomato
Ribelle does not have a kid’s menu. More adventurous kids may enjoy the esoteric ingredients when tossed with the fresh pasta and silky sauces. The little ones will happily nosh on rigatoni with octopus – a testament to the quality and skill coming from the kitchen.
For the less adventurous, families will be pleased to see that the kitchen staff will make a kid’s pasta ($12) if requested. This could consist of fresh pasta tossed with olive oil and parmesan. We recommend, even for the pickiest eaters, to order the malfade (ribbon pasta) with marina and meatballs. Truly delicious. Garlic knots are also a huge hit with kids.
- Boston College
- Coolidge Corner
- JFK Birthplace
- Stroller parking (fold ’em in store in the vestibule)
- T accessible by the Green Line (C rain), Tappan Street or Washington Street Stop
- Plenty of metered parking and 2 hour parking on side streets