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Joe's American Bar & Grill

181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2852
+1 617-536-4200
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good45%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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RR - RRR
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LOCATION
181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2852
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a Saturday Night it is difficult to find a spot to eat in Back Bay. We waited for our reservation. Service was friendly, Food was Fine. Prices were a bit high.

Thank The_Hailes
Wanderer673567, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your review and we look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you check in online you should be good to get in. The downstairs of the restaurant is beautiful. The food is very good, can not recommend the yellow fin tuna steak enough. Also their soups are worth getting as an appetizer.

Thank bair1397
Wanderer673567, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Wow! Thank you for the kind words. Very happy to hear your experience with us what up to our standards!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are making a reservation for a group, they won’t seat you until your entire party arrives, plan ahead. spinach and artichoke dip had a long hair in it. Big place, great variety of food. Delicious desserts.

Thank ElaineL63Sunshine
Wanderer673567, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your feedback!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a late breakfast in this very large bar and grill on a Saturday morning. We sat in the street side bar area, as the rest of the place appeared closed. Menu was very limited and the service delivered with a grudge. Perhaps lunch or...More

Thank JohnP122
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In our group, the Crab Cake Benedict and the Maine Lobster Roll were pronounced as fantastic. We enjoyed our table overlooking Newbury Street, The server was friendly and helpful. There are t.v.'s by the bar if you need to keep track of sports scores!

Thank CarLee64
Wanderer673567, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the feedback! The Maine Lobster Roll and Crab Cake Benedict are truly two guest favorites! Thanks for reviewing :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place and good food, but the service was too quick. Half-way through eating our starters, our main courses were plonked down on the table. This resulted in our main courses being cold when we got to them. Complained to the manager he deleted the...More

Thank Harry B
Wanderer673567, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Harry, I am terribly sorry to hear about your experience with us. I can assure you we did not mean to make you feel rushed at all. I would love the chance to personally talk more about your experience via phone. My email is KateTremblay@JoesAmerican.Com...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Forget going to Legal's--Joe's has the best clam chowder we've tasted! Also enjoyed our cod sandwiches very much. Great people watching at the Newbury Street level tables.

Thank Catherine C
Wanderer673567, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the awesome review! Happy to hear you enjoyed our award-winning chowder :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best location for lunch. Sat outside on the patio with views if downtown Boston and the water. Great spot for people watching and name that star. The complimentary sourdough bread was warm and amazing. Service was great and speedy allowing us to trudge forward on...More

Thank Adam L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was very nice,and the overall atmosphere of the place was cozy. The staff was very respectful and attentive. However, the intense EDM beats disturbed the relaxing, comforting atmosphere the restautrant was trying to create.

Thank Ablay K
Wanderer673567, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your feedback! We are constantly switching up our playlist to match the guests liking's. We will definitely take your review into consideration with a new play list in the works. Thank you again for reaching out!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on our walk down Newbury Street on a Saturday. Place was very busy, so we were hopeful that this was the place to go. Overall place was sticky everywhere I touched. If you go here I recommend ordering the specials as it seemed...More

Thank BeachyKeen68
Wanderer673567, Manager at Joe's American Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for reaching out. We are very sorry to hear about your experience. Some of the things you mentioned above are not our standard way by any means. We most definitely will use your feedback as a coaching tool for all departments of Joe's....More

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marylou72
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Response from capecodjim48 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Joe's is very casual. Enjoy!
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kjpones17
22 November 2016|
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Response from Husainfauzia | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do; you won’t go hungry for sure
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Response from Andreaca2016 | Reviewed this property |
I have never even lived in Boston. I never worked there. I was visiting the city and that restaurant was recommended by the hotel concierge.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 00:00
Monday
07:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 00:00
Thursday
07:30 - 00:00
Friday
07:30 - 00:00
Saturday
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2852
    (Exeter)
  • Public Transportation: Copley and Hynes (green line)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-536-4200
  • E-mail
Description
Joe's American Bar & Grill has a new home in Boston's Back Bay. Our new landmark location features a retractable roof in the cafe and upper bar area, a display kitchen, two full bars, and private dining. Joe's is a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine. At Joe's, we focus on using the freshest quality ingredients for all our dishes as well as providing a comfortable and fun atmosphere for all our guests. Joe's is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Enjoy Joe's for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or take-out. Please know that Joe's American Bar & Grill tries to honor all reservation requests. HOWEVER, THE PATIO IS SEATED ONLY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.
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