Gather is a full-service restaurant and bar in the Boston Seaport. Adjacent to District Hall, Gather is located at 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA. They describe their food as inventive, modern American inspired cuisine that accommodates all palates. I describe their food as just plain delicious. Their ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible and a little over a third of their menu is gluten free. If a table is available on their patio, opt for that. They have a large awning and several umbrellas to shield you from the sun or a passing rain shower, and the people watching is fantastic.
Before we get started, you should know that this is my unsolicited opinion and I was in no way compensated for writing this review.
Ranking for Gather
|Friendliness of staff||8|
|Speed of service||10|
|Gluten free: Selection + safety||9|
|Worth every penny?||8|
|Total score||61 out of 70|
|Changing table in women’s room?||Yes|
|Changing table in men’s room?||Unknown|
What’s Yummy at Gather
The Cucumber Cooley is in every image in this post. I’m mildly obsessed with it. Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka, lemon, a champagne float, and a single blackberry. Make sure to eat the blackberry at the end of the drink. We call it the Boozeberry and it is delicious. This drink is well worth the $13, which is far more than I normally pay for a drink since I usually drink hard cider at around $5.
The Lobster Cobb Salad is the most expensive item on the menu at $29. My department had a meeting there, so the company paid for it when I ate it. You get a decent amount of lobster for your money, and the bacon tastes amazing. The dish normally comes with blue cheese crumbles, but I believe that mixing seafood and cheese is a crime and requested that it be left off.
Savor the mouth watering steak frites that are seasoned to perfection. If you’re looking for a steak entrée that won’t leave you feeling stuffed, this is it. The french fries are just french fries – nothing special.
The jambalaya is pretty authentic, and since my father is from Louisiana I feel like I can say that with a decent amount of credibility. It definitely has some zip to it and will clear your sinuses right up. It comes with bay leaves still in it and the bones still in the chicken thighs, just like it should. I’m definitely full after eating this entrée, but not so satieted that I’m in food coma mode.
The chickpea ‘meatball’ masala is a vegan friendly entrée that even your most carnivorous friends will think is worth the $18.
How’s the service at Gather?
I’ve eaten at Gather 3 times – twice for lunch and once for dinner. Each time the service has been spectacular. The service at dinner was particularly wonderful. When we told our waitress that we were each going to order a different entrée and share it, they offered to split the plates for us. I do this with my friends all the time when we go out to eat and have never had a restaurant offer to split the plates for us before.
What if you’re gluten free?
No problem! Gather has a plethora of gluten free items for you to choose from. However, they do not have a dedicated gluten free menu or a separate prep area. That being said, they take it very seriously. I eat here frequently and have never gotten sick from cross contamination.
How about the bathrooms?
The bathrooms are in the adjoining function hall called District. They aren’t anything fancy, but they are clean and functional. If there is a function going on at District, you may have to elbow your way through the crowd.
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