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Gem

GEM Italian Kitchen Lounge and Nightclub is an Italian kitchen featuring cuisine by Chef Kevin Long (Tosca, Red Lantern, Empire). A gorgeous space modeled after famed Hotel Costas in Paris, GEM offers an intimate and inviting atmosphere. Join us for drinks and appetizers in the lounge or dinner in our intimate dining room. On weekend nights, renowned DJs spin house music to an upscale and stylish crowd.
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38 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
(38 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 38 reviews
5 stars
(11)
4 stars
(16)
3 stars
(8)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(1)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • vibrant bar scene(15)
  • late-night find(12)
  • good for groups(10)
  • neighborhood gem(8)
  • romantic(8)
  • special occasion(7)
Gem Reviews List
Review 1 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great service! We really appreciate all the attention."
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2010
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Review 2 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/18/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, late-night find
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Review 3 for Gem
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2010
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Review 4 for Gem
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2007
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Review 5 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/11/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/11/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/11/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 6 for Gem
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 7 for Gem
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 12/31/2015
 2014
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Review 8 for Gem
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 1/08/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2013
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Review 9 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/17/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/17/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/17/2015
 2015
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 10 for Gem
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 12/18/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2015
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2015
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Review 11 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/12/2015
 2013
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2013
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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Review 12 for Gem
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good ambience, disappointing food

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Nice spot for an intimate or late evening dinner. Huge portions, but except for the French fries, food was rather ordinary and not as interesting as suggested by the Zagat review. Wine list extensive but wine by the glass had very limited selections."
Dined on 11/12/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, late-night find
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Review 13 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/03/2015
 2009
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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Review 14 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 6/21/2013
 2015
Dined on 6/21/2013
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/21/2013
 2015
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Review 15 for Gem
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 5/08/2015
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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Review 16 for Gem
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 5/02/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 17 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/22/2015
 2015
Dined on 4/22/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/22/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 18 for Gem
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/19/2015
 2015
Dined on 4/19/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/19/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion
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Review 19 for Gem
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Sunday brunch

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Came on a Sunday for brunch and their breakfast pizza was amazing! Colossal waffles were not worth the $15 they charge. 3 tiny triangles and the presentation was awful. They need to be made more appealing. The atmosphere was great, lots of music and the waiter mentioned on Saturday nights they throw great parties. I would definitely come back"
Dined on 3/15/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find
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Review 20 for Gem
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Good Service, Mediocre Food

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had dinner here during the Winter Boston Restaurant Week as we have been to Gem on previous occasions for cocktails, and figured the $28 prix fixe Restaurant Week menu was worth trying.
The service here is good and the atmosphere is nice, but the food is mediocre. It seems like the chef thinks the overly big portions will distract from the poor preparation and taste. The appetizer fried artichokes were just okay and the appetizer ceasar salad was truly an entree size, but it tasted like preservative and the plastic bag bagged lettuce comes in. The chicken parmigiana was served over penne, but the breading was burnt and it tasted as if the cutlets were just sitting on a tray in the oven for an extended period of time. The winter bolognese had a strange and overwhelmingly herb taste, and the pasta was not al dente. The tiramisu is decent, but the vanilla bean cheesecake is blah.
Stick to Gem for cocktails. Hopefully, Gem will hire a new chef to elevate the food."
Dined on 3/06/2015
 2014
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Review 21 for Gem
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/07/2015
 2010
Dined on 2/07/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The sea bass was one of the best pieces of fish I've ever had!"
Dined on 2/07/2015
 2010
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Review 22 for Gem
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Friday Night after work

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Instead of sitting in traffic on 93 north to north shore after 5pm which is horrible we tried this restaurant downtown. The food was good for most part and service was excellent, The look of this bar/restaurant is great and very pleasing. The food could use some work with better flavor and more than just the typical bar food items."
Dined on 12/05/2014
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 23 for Gem
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Can't Resist $1 0ysters!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We went for the oysters, and they were excellent. So was the service, in its way.... We were the ONLY diners, and the server (who seemed to be doubling as host[ess] and bartender) was very nice. Obviously GEM can't survive on an oyster promotion, and the other food was just OK, antipasti-good; pizza-fair at best. The atmosphere was weird in the extreme... decor like a brothel or a speakeasy... fringed lamps, mirrors... overdone, dark and creepy, especially as we were the only ones in the dining room. Supposedly around 10:30 PM, GEM turns into a nightclub, which seems strange. Maybe true, given the annoyingly loud (recorded) music ... if only for our exclusive enjoyment at dinner. WHY someone would create a basically OK neighborhood restaurant MIXED with a nightclub. is a mystery to me! They'd do well to decide what they are and stick to it. Then dial back the decor and sharpen up the food."
Dined on 1/02/2015
 2005
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Review 24 for Gem
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"We attended Gem Restaurant as a Birthday dinner for my son with a couple of his friends. It was a very good dinner, nice portions, attentive and excellent service. thank you, we will return."
Dined on 12/13/2014
 2012
Special Features: late-night find
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Review 25 for Gem
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Just okay

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"It was just okay. The ambiance was unique, however it didn't fit the techno music they had playing. Food was just okay, but was overpriced."
Dined on 11/28/2014
 2014
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Gem
Based on the average of (13) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
10 out of 10 recommend this product
Food 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate