Gluten Free Menu Options at Vintage Restaurant & Lounge // Financial District, Boston

Last week I was invited to check out the menu at Vintage Restaurant and Lounge. Vintage reopened last month with an updated food and beverage menu, new interior décor, and a new chef.

Vintage Restaurant and Lounge is a stylish restaurant and lounge located in the heart of Boston’s Financial District. Vintage serves lunch, dinner, late night dining (until 1 am), and cocktails until 2 am. The restaurant is draped in rich leather seating, beautiful chandeliers, and gothic décor. The lounge is located in the front by one of the two bars and offers a more relaxed and casual feeling. The restaurant is set in the back in a more elegant and private setting.

Vintage Lounge serves up New American cuisine. Offering both a dinner menu and bar menu there are plenty of options to choose from. I was recently invited to check out their dinner menu, which is about 95% gluten free. Wait, what? No where does it mention this; not on the menu and not online. So you can say I was pleasantly surprised and now I am excited to share this with you. I also think they should indicate this somewhere on the menu!

Vintage keeps rice flour on hand so they can make anything fried using the rice flour instead of regular flour. Anything breaded can also be made with the rice flour.

I don’t eat calamari very often, so as soon as I learned this could be made gluten free I knew what I was ordering. The calamari was light, not to heavy with batter, but still crispy. It is served with a dill aioli, which I loved, and is such a nice change from the usual marinara sauce.

The shrimp cocktail also caught my eye because it is described as being served with a house made ginger cocktail sauce. I love ginger and was eager to try this. The 4 jumbo shrimp were excellent–fresh and delicious– but the sauce lacked any real ginger flavor. I could barely taste a hint of ginger, all I got was a mouth full of spiciness. Too spicy for me! But if spice is your thing, then go for it!

For dinner I ordered the Seared Wild Salmon.

The Menu description for the Seared Wild Salmon ($25) was: Apple Butter, Pomegranate, Tempura Bits, Frisee Salad with Citrus Segments. Mine was served with a salad of mixed greens and a scoopful of what tasted like to me, potato salad. The salmon was a little saltier than I would have liked and  but I did enjoy it. I don’t like potato salad; I never did and I never will. This one was no different. Compared to other salmon dishes I’ve had this one was a bit undistinguished.

 

Something you should know about the desserts here; every dessert they make has some type of alcohol in it. I’m not complaining!

The crème brulee was to die for. I mean this was one of the best crème brulee’s I’ve ever had. Made with butterscotch schnapps, it has an every so slight butterscotch candy taste. The burnt topping was caramelized perfectly— I hate when restaurants don’t spend enough time caramelizing the top with the blowtorch.

The cashew bourbon ice cream was also delicious and rich. I know some people are ok with drinking alcohol because its been distilled and some think the gluten is removed during this process and is safe to drink. I don’t know if I believe this or not. But since the owner insisted we try it I didn’t want to be rude, so I tried a bit. It was really good.

As it’s name suggests Vintage has a quite an expansive, and award winning, wine list with well over 500 vintages! With 48 available by the glass and half bottle, choosing a glass of win was no easy feat! The wine list features wines from all over the globe ranging from $7-14 per glass, there is something to please every palate and every wallet. Vintage also offers a great cocktail menu that changes seasonally.

Our server, Lisa, was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and gluten free items. I think it helped that she has a good allergy herself so she was fully aware of how each dish was prepared and which ones were easily modified to accommodate different requests.

So my recommendations are to check out the new space, order a glass of wine of summer cocktail while enjoying one of the appetizers or small bites from the bar menu. If there is a game on, they are sure to show it on one of the two tvs. And if it’s nice out, side outside on the side walk patio.

In the warmer months Vintage offers seasonal outdoor seating and right now they are hosting a Summer Tasting Series every Thursday night. Every week Vintage will be tasting something different:

June 19th – Learn to Love Gin: Try an Italian 72, a Collins, and the famous Rickey

June 26th – Run Runners Dream: sample Mojitos, Mai Tais and more.

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.