Lineage, Brookline

It’s Monday again! I happen to be out of the office for most of this week at off site meetings, so it’s going to be a hectic one, even more so than last week. in anticipation of a busy week and to unwind from the last one, my husband and I met after work on Friday at Lineage in Brookline. We had never been, but I heard about their 1/2 price wine sale for the month of July, and we decided to check it out.

Lineage Brookline

When we arrived, we were given the best seat in the house, a big, spacious booth just for the two of us! It also had some great food photo lighting!


Lineage has a clean, upscale beachy feel to it. I loved all of the little details like the salt and pepper in these seashells.

salt pepper in seashells

We ordered our 1/2 price bottle of Domaine Ste Michelle Blanc de blancs, a beautifully citrusy sparkling wine with lots of festive, tiny bubbles. 

I was starving and so happy when we were brought these rolls topped with a bit of sea salt and served with butter. I usually skip the bread, but this was so good, and I was ready to eat!

Lineage Brookline

When I was looking at the menu prior to arriving at Lineage, I kept coming back to the seafood tasting menu, and that’s what I ordered. The first course was two delicately battered squash blossoms stuffed with lobster and lightly friend, served with a basil oil and a creamy corn fondue. Each bite was perfect, filled with sweet lobster and corn, so many different textures and flavors all together, a plate full of all thing summer.

lobster stuffed squash blossoms

My husband’s starter was the shrimp tacos with avocado cream and mango salsa. The corn tortilla shells were hot and fresh, the difference of being homemade quite evident. This was another perfect dish. I tried one but could easily have eaten a whole plate myself :)

shrimp tacos

My second course was a bluefish with gnocchi atop a glorious pesto sauce. The bluefish was tender and meaty, the gnocchi some of the best I have ever had, and every so often there were sweet grape tomatoes just popping with flavor.

bluefish with gnocchi

My final course was buttery delicious Dijon and brioche crusted haddock with carrots, fava beans, and oyster sauce. The fish was melt in your mouth good, and the mustard and oyster sauce added a slightly pungent, slightly salty flavor that really went well with the fish. The sweet carrots and fava beans balanced it all out well.


halibut crusted with brioche

The husband’s burger was juicy and topped with caramelized onions and blue cheese, served with some of the best fries I have had in a long time. The whole time he was eating the burger, all he could say was “yum” and “Mmm”. I guess it was good. :)

burger and fries

I often don’t have room for dessert or don’t see anything I want on a dessert menu, but since every other course was stellar, we had to give it a try. After some debate, we decided to share the salted chocolate shortbread with vanilla ice milk.

salted chocolate shortbread

Another perfect dish, this dessert combined rich chocolate and sea salt to create a crumbly, buttery, chocolate-y shortbread. The ice milk tasted like real vanilla and was so cold and simple that it was a refreshing accompaniment for the shortbread.

salted chocolate shortbread and vanilla ice milk

I haven’t had a meal this good from start to finish in a long time. The service was spot on, our wine glasses and water glasses always full. The atmosphere is casual elegance, a comfy place for a nice dinner date or a great place to go with a group of friends.

Lineage is so named because of Chef Jeremy Sewall’s own ancestry, people who first stepped foot in Boston in 1705. For generations, fishing has been a livelihood of the family, to this day. Chef Sewall’s cousin supplies the local lobsters himself. The whole concept behind Lineage is farm to table, the freshest and best local ingredients. As a result, the menu changes frequently, and I truly look forward to seeing what they make next.

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  1. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

    I LOVE Lineage! What a great review- I love the seashells with the salt and pepper as well!


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    This looks like a great dining experience! I’ve never been to Lineage but their seafood tasting menu makes me want to check them out. I was also really excited on Friday night when Bret and I got a great table with good lighting. The joys of being a food blogger :-)


  3. Lizzy’s avatar

    Everything looks so delicious! I’m in Brookline all the time so I will definitely add this to the list. Wow. The tacos, haddock and gnocchi look perfect. I’m starving now!


  4. Brian @ A Thought For Food’s avatar

    Wow! What a meal! I so rarely go out to Brookline, but this might be a reason to head out that way.

    The dessert looks awesome! I could go for that right now!


  5. Daisy’s avatar

    I love the s&p dishes and that basket the fries are served in.


  6. Raija’s avatar

    sounds so delicious. i will need to find an excuse to go soon!


  7. Corinne’s avatar

    i LOVE that dessert was served with milk. what a fun creative dessert option! looks like the perfect end to a hectic week!


  8. Elina’s avatar

    A few years ago (probably 5 now), I called Lineage on my parents anniversary, left them my credit card number, and then told my parents to go have fun. They said it was one of the best meals they’ve ever had. We went back there together a few years later and I thought it was good but nothing THAT amazing – just a solid high end place. Your meal definitely sounds special though. Maybe we should go back there :D


  9. Colleen’s avatar

    Amazing photos! Looks like you guys had a great night!


  10. Angela (the diet book junkie)’s avatar

    wow, what beautiful food! i’m not one for shortbread, but with chocolate i can be convinced :)


  11. Kelly’s avatar

    WOW that look SOOOOO good- I need to try this place. I have a question about the tortillas your husband got. What is avocado cream- was it actually cream? It looks kind of like mayo, but it’s hard to tell :)


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      It was sort of like avocado blended with either sour cream or Greek yogurt. It was very light.


    2. Jessica Maillet’s avatar

      This food looks amazing. I’ll have to try it out. And that dessert? Yum.


    3. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

      Such beautiful dishes, I love it when food looks and tastes good :)


    4. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

      I absolutely love the brownie and milk. Love it love it love it. What I can’t get over is that great salted dinner roll!


    5. Megan’s avatar

      You had me a squash blossoms stuffed with lobster! It looks like you had a really nice meal and sounds like you enjoyed the atmosphere too. It’s so nice that you two had time for a date night before your crazy week. Hope you’re hanging in there.


    6. ashleigh’s avatar

      I love all things Brookline! Thanks for the review this place looks so freaking good. The shrimp tacos and dessert are making me drool!


    7. Kristy’s avatar

      Love the s&p dishes, how neat! The food looks amazing, thanks for sharing!!


    8. bunkycooks’s avatar

      I know exactly where this is as I lived in Brookline at one point while in Boston. (I remember the Bruegger’s across the street!) The food looks delightful. You had me at the squash blossoms…they look fabulous!


    9. Emily’s avatar

      Woah – I just discovered your blog and am practically salivating at my desk over those shrimp tacos! I hadn’t heard of this restaurant and am making immediate plans to go. Thanks for the tip :)


    10. Alison’s avatar

      1/2 price wine sale??? I must try this place!


    11. Alyce’s avatar

      Do you have the recipe for the chocolate shortbread??


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Unfortunately I don’t have the recipe, sorry!


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