Dining beside a golf course is like dinner theater, with powerful drama fueled by the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the love between a man and his putter. Enjoy the performances of argyled actors with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale fare at Raffael's Greenside Grille, located at the South Shore Country Club, in Hingham.
Combining Old World Italian dishes with authentic culinary Americana, Greenside Grille offers diners a menu full of elegantly eclectic cuisine. Start with the clam chowder ($3.99/cup; $5.99/bowl) before sampling the mushroom-flanked chicken marsala ($16.99) or a 14-ounce New York sirloin ($23.99). Vegetable pizza meets the meatless requirements of committed plantavores ($9.99/small, $12.99/large), while Long Island duck is topped with an orange and apricot glaze inspired by the billed birds’ penchant for elaborate fruit hats ($24.99). Greenside Grille is home to a warm, dedicated staff and has a great view of the country-club golf course, allowing diners to nosh while enjoying the playful frolicking of wild mulligans.
The aptly named Greenside Grille overlooks South Shore Country Club’s 18th hole, a scenic stretch littered with trees and opened in 1922. Views of the raised greens greet diners immediately, pooling emerald color beneath large windows and an outdoor patio with umbrellas. As flowering shrubs sway along the course below, patrons talk about glorious golf wins and frustrating sand traps that ruin dropped candies, all the while perusing a menu of dishes influenced by Italian culinary tradition. Shrimp and imported sausage dapple pizzas, and spicy sausage calabrese stews in garlic, white wine, and olive oil.