Open late (bar only)
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75 Chestnut Restaurant Review: This Beacon Hill restaurant is a blue-blood standby. Nightly, regulars line the bar and fill a small dining room that’s all about smart comfort with caramel leather booths and amber glow. The menu’s comfortable, too, falling somewhere between that of a bar-and-grill with burgers and sandwiches on the dinner menu and that of a steakhouse, with porterhouse pork chops and center cut filet mignon. Surprisingly enough, prices remain reasonable across the board. Rather than taste bud-boggling creativity, you’ll find basics strewn with nice little touches: 75 crab cakes come with a roasted red pepper coulis while the black truffle ravioli is sautéed with portobello mushrooms and baby spinach, served in a garlic cream sauce. In keeping with the cuisine, the mostly American wine list is small and moderately priced, save for a somewhat incongruous selection of private reserve reds. Still, you ask, why traipse to Beacon Hill to find the kind of fare you can find anywhere? Well, newcomers are shown the same friendliness the regulars enjoy; indeed, it’s the hallmark of this well-run operation. During the holiday season in particular when they host a Gingerbread House Party, it comes across as one of the cheeriest, coziest finds around. The weekend brunch eases the pain of a late night at the yacht club.