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Boston Restaurant Blog -- February, 2006

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Orinoco: A Great Venezuelan Restaurant in the South End of Boston

I went to Orinoco, a Venezuelan restaurant on Shawmut Avenue in the South End of Boston last night. The food was incredible. Everything we had, from the domino arepa (tortilla with beans and white cheese) appetizer to the pabellon criollo (shredded beef, black beans, rice, carmelized plantains), and the polvorosa de pollo (chicken in a flaky dough with mixed greens), was fresh and delicious.

One thing about Orinoco that I did not like, however, was that the tables in the main area are packed in too tightly. If you want a quiet, intimate dinner, this may not be the place for you, unless you can get one of the window seats. Also, the service at Orinoco was sluggish last night, but hopefully this was just an off-night for them.

I definitely plan on going back to Orinoco to try some more of their Venezuelan entrees. The place is attractive, and its location on a charming South End street corner makes it almost feel like the West Village of Manhattan or Brooklyn Heights, NY. All in all, Orinoco was a satisfying experience.

For those who want the address for Orinoco, here it is: Orinoco, 477 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118; the phone number is (617) 369-7075

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Nat Lovell said:
I agree. Orinoco is pleasing slice of S.A. right here in Boston. I liked the light, smooth Brahma beer with its funky bottle shape and my wife liked the beefy merlot by the glass. Fried plantains with mojo sauce are an excellent, small appetizer and got the stamp of approval from our toddler who dined with us. The staff had a look of speechless shock as we walked in at 6pm sharp with our own baby strap-on booster seat. Our waitress, Ana, took it all in stride and served us prontisimo. The Latin music is loud enough that no one heard a peep from our rugrat for a solid hour. That is his limit, one hour, and we hustled him outta there after a few bites of the delicious molten choco tort. For dinner, we shared the Polvorosa de Pollo, a slightly sweet chicken pot pie that comes with a yummy side salad. And we loved the Pernil arepa with delightfully delicate, green sauce.
"If you don't think this is a good day, just try missing one"
Nat Lovell, CFA CMT
Posted on 6/29/06
NGZK said:
...too expensive!!
Posted on 3/19/09
JH said:
This place is never open, and the wait staff is downright rude. I've walked in half an hour before the posted closing time only to be told that they weren't serving any more, and when I pointed out the time they made a face and repeated themselves. I'm taking my business elsewhere and suggest you do the same.
Posted on 7/18/09

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