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Convivium Osteria

68 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11217
nr. St. Marks Pl.
718-857-1833

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

64% would go back.

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Wonderful

By irojac on 2/28/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've never written a review before, but I went here last month and it was so good I had to say something. Pricey, but the food (especially the sea bass) was so tasty and memorable. Great romantic atmosphere. I was intimidated by the waiter at first, but he was very knowledgeable and professional. Heads up: They only take American Express (a huge pain if you didn't know ahead of time).

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81 out of 161 people found this review helpful.

My girlfriend found GLASS in her dessert

By concernedconsumer on 2/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

On Valentine's Day my girlfriend found pieces of GLASS in her chocolate cake. Instead of immediately apologizing a manager accused us of planting the glass in front of the entire restaurant. Who runs their business this way?I have reported this problem to the Better Business Bureau and 311 and will explore legal actions. Do not go to this restaurant if you expect safe service. If tonight wasn't Valentines Day I would have called the police.

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92 out of 196 people found this review helpful.

Disappointment all around

By Abbey on 7/20/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

How on earth could this restaurant be a critic pick? True, we went on a Saturday night in the dead of summer, but please, food like this just should not be served. The place was exceedingly creepy with odd service and the food was so below par that we left as soon as we could. We ordered the salad w/beets and goat cheese and the leafs of the spinach came BRUISED and the was salad was overall overdressed! The other appetizer was the pork loin w/tuna - absolutely dreadful - I would imagine this is what cat food tastes like...and finally the main course was a pasta with sausage - al dente doesn't even come close, one pasta actually crackled as I bit into it. The feel in the place was that of a tired, lackluster cook with no pride when it comes to food. Please, take my advice and NOT GO!

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96 out of 187 people found this review helpful.

Simply the BEST restaurant in Brooklyn.

By christophermolloy on 7/13/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Our party of four cannot stop talking about this dinning experience. The cellar room was small but our table was spacious, and our party could spread out without the usual breathing down one another's necks common in small store-front eateries. The appetizers were delectable, there wasn't a drop of olive oil left on anyone's plate when they were finished. The first bottle of wine that our waiter suggested was universally loved by all, our entrees were fantastic, I had the grilled sea bass, and loved every morsel; even the simple side of zucchini seemed special. Deserts were equally yummy, I had a grilled peach with chocolate & almonds, simple & delicious, my wife had a flowerless chocolate cake that's still haunting her dreams. Also worth noting was my espresso, which was very good, which is something of a rare thing in a restaurant. We will definitely be returning soon & often.

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99 out of 203 people found this review helpful.

What happened?

By deepo on 1/21/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

We have had several wonderful meals here but haven't been able to get in for a while. Finally stopped in and got a table - what a disappointment. The wine and appetizers were good but the entrees were awful. No flavor, overcooked.

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151 out of 323 people found this review helpful.

Delicious and overpriced; get small plates

By hautepanda on 3/12/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

The service is consistently terrible, sometimes with good reason (one night I was there, it was just one waiter serving the back garden and the front room) and sometimes for no reason at all. I always feel like they're tryign to pressure me into ordering expensive dishes and wine. And the entrees were a terrible value.The whole baked fish was particularly awful - a pound and a half of foil-wrapped overcooked fish to try and choke down. On the bright side - the appetizer platter is DELICIOUS: don't miss this one. Consider ordering one for each pair of people in your party, and skipping the main course, and spending the rest of your budget on wine and maybe dessert at the Chocolate Bar down the street.

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353 out of 681 people found this review helpful.

Like a big cozy blanket and a glass of wine by the fire

By circle9ine on 11/13/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Sadly, the menu does not change often. But with food this good you're not looking for major changes. If you're me, you're looking for the pine-nut crusted rack of lamb and a glass of Rioja from their great wine selection. Or the codfish casserole - rich and buttery with sweet aromas of anise and nutmeg. The menu is hearty - this is not a place to bring a wafer-thin date who's only going to pick at their plate. Convivium is for eaters. Between the great, homey food and the warm communal setting you'll feel as if they've wrapped you up in a big cozy blanket by meal's end. One of Park Slope's hidden treasures. Actually, I shouldn't even be telling you about it, but keeping it secret. Forget you ever read this...

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409 out of 861 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing Service

By scootylou on 8/5/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

I was looking forward to eating here and my husband’s birthday seemed like the perfect opportunity. The decor was great and the food was good (I'm sure it would have been fantastic had we ordered differently) but the service was disappointing. There were two waiters and one of them seemed to do all the work. He was fantastic but he wasn't able to keep our meal flowing because he was also taking care of all the other tables. Waiter #2 did nothing else but clear dishes. We asked for water and didn't receive it until we asked a second time and it was after we had watched every other table receive a nice jug of it. And this was even after our meal was slow to arrive from the kitchen. And even after this they were slow to take our dessert order. And to end the evening, we were charged for a bottle of wine we did not have. The flan was great and we were impressed with their selection of ports as well as the sardines and the chicken liver pate but after two and a half hours we were really ready to go. Thanks, Convivium.

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440 out of 877 people found this review helpful.

I didn't know the mederterrean was this close to Brooklyn

By christophermolloy on 5/17/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Despite the fact that this restaurant is in a “tougher” part of the mostly re-gentrified neighborhood of Park Slope, it is a real gem & my personal favorite place for a intimate dinner, especially on a hot summer night. I absolutely love the fact that once you step through the doors of this establishment you are all but physically transported to Portugal. The seafood tapas is as good as it gets. Try the lamb chops, in fact keep going back and try it all. Let the staff help you if you are unfamiliar with some of the more interesting Portuguese wines, you won’t regret it.

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369 out of 793 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful experience

By meb11215 on 1/13/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My husband and I dined at Convivium last night after reading all the positive reviews posted here. Our entire experience was wonderful. We loved everything about the place -- the atmosphere (so charming with the candlelight, farm tables, and distressed paint), service (impeccable), the food (more than delicious -- try the quail appetizer). This has become one of our favorite restaurants in Brooklyn and we've already made plans to come back.

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