Thirteen-year-old Meritage, the wine-focused fine-dining restaurant at Boston Harbor Hotel, has been closed for the last three months for renovations. It will reopen on April 21, according to an announcement today, after having been "completely renovated and restyled" by Atlanta-based firm The Johnson Studio. The changes include a "prominent" wine bar and two new private dining rooms. There are waterfront views throughout.
While chef Daniel Bruce's food menu has always been closely in tune with the restaurant's extensive wine offerings, he's taking it a step further with the reopening, debuting a "vineyard-to-table" menu that includes vineyard-sourced ingredients, including a featured olive oil that rotates monthly, as well as a variety of nuts, meats, herbs, spices, citrus, and more. Additionally, suggested red and white wine pairings are conveniently indicated throughout the menu. Nicholas Daddona, who holds an Advanced Sommelier certification, oversees the restaurant's wine program.
Boston Harbor Hotel and Bruce launched the Boston Wine Festival 26 years ago, and an intended byproduct of Meritage's redesign is that it will provide the perfect "gathering place" for the "luminaries" who will be visiting during the months-long series of events that takes place each year. The new wine bar will be a place to try small, shareable plates with wine flights and "themed" by-the-glass lists. Daddona's collection includes over 750 labels, "well over 100" of which are under $100.
The new private dining rooms (named "Napa" and "Sonoma," of course) fit gatherings of eight to 40 people.
Once Meritage reopens on the 21st, hours will be 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, plus Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.