Restaurant Review: Solstice

Written by guest blogger, my mom, Ellenor, and edited for clarity by me.

I visit the area frequently to visit family and am always keen to find a delicious meal. Wary of the South Shore dining scene from years of bland spaghetti and meatballs, I was skeptical when someone recommended a restaurant, Solstice.

I decided to try it. Located in a former railroad station in Kingston, Solstice’s conversion to a restaurant was done beautifully and the restaurant is very inviting. The hostess was warm and friendly and took us to our table immediately. The serving staff was knowledgeable about the menu; friendly but not overly so as happens in many restaurants today.

To start I ordered lightly battered and fried calamari, which were served piping hot, and a dozen local oysters on ice and salt with lots of lemon and horseradish.

For the entrées, I had perfectly cooked local black cod. My differently-abled son, Marc, had his favorite, deep-fried chicken cutlet nestled on Yukon mashed potatoes. For sides, asparagus sprinkled with slivered Parmesan and French string beans.

Dessert was also terrific – chocolate cake with fabulous coffee cream. (My mother used to make coffee cream – it is not often on restaurant menus.)

I enjoyed my dinner at restaurant Solstice so much that we asked where Chef Cataldi had gone to cooking school and were told the CIA. (I found out later he makes his own ice cream and just about everything else too.)

If you are ever driving from New York to Boston or home from Cape Cod, take exit 10 from Route 3 and find yourself here. Every bite was a delight.

This review was first posted in 2010.  I have visited the restaurant many times since then, including summer 2023. Still just as good. It has become a favorite, a must-visit when I am in town.