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Boston Harbor Hotel’s Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar is closing its doors

The waterfront venue is being re-envisioned as a private function space.

Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar will close on Feb. 15. Boston Harbor Hotel

Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar will serve its final dinner on Saturday, Feb. 15, after 17 years overlooking the Boston Harbor and serving oenophiles vineyard-driven culinary experiences.

The 3,529-square-foot waterfront venue, which was Boston Harbor Hotel’s first formal restaurant, is now being re-envisioned as a private function space to help fulfill the hotel’s needs for more event space. 

“Plans are under way to align our space with our current market demands,” Stephen Johnston, Boston Harbor Hotel’s general manager, said in a news release.

With the last service coming in just two weeks, the restaurant’s closing won’t have any effect on the 31st annual Boston Wine Festival’s schedule of galas, wine dinners, and seminars. The event, which bills itself as the country’s long-running wine festival, will continue running through the end of March as planned

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The hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, Rowes Wharf Bar, and in-room dining service and catering operations will remain open under the helm of Executive Chef Daniel Bruce, founder of the Boston Wine Festival.

Meritage’s famed 12,000 bottles of prized vintages will be uncorked at the property’s other restaurants, as well as during festivals and private events.

“Meritage has been an extremely special place for me over the past 17 years,” Bruce said. “I look forward to the future possibilities within this premier waterfront space.”

Bruce will also continue to host his celebrated wine dinners throughout the year within the soon-to-be-former Meritage space. 

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