29 Newbury
29 Newbury

29 Newbury

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.29newbury.com/
  • Phone: (617) 536-0290
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm (Bar till 1:00am); Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm (Bar till 1:00am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For party of 40 and plus, we can close the dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Debbie Lewis 6175360290
  • Entertainment: Flat Screen TV in the bar area

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Berkeley and Arlington
  • Public Transit: Arlington Stop on Green Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Two parking lots nearby
A word from 29 Newbury
29 Newbury is a trendy Cafe and sophisticated restaurant. The inventive, upscale cuisine offers many options at moderate prices. 29 Newbury is definitely a romantic spot for a quiet dinner. Please note that 29 Newbury does not accept reservations for the patio.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
29 Newbury reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (26)neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (9)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (4)special occasion (4)romantic (4)notable wine list (4)good for groups (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • What a great meal!
    SandraLBN
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We needed to find a place in the Back Bay for an early dinner on a Sunday evening, so checked on Open Table and found this place. I had walked past it and thought that it looked interesting- very nice atmosphere, sort of chi-chi looking, etc. often, when a place puts that much effort into its decor, the food or service suffers- not so here. This restaurant is simply wonderful. The Caesar salad was all freshly made with hand-cut lettuce and a perfect dressing; this is not something you find often. There was no 'hanging around the refrigerator' taste that you often get with restaurant Caesar salads- it was great. The menu runs the gamut from rack of lamb to spaghetti bolognese. We wanted something simple, so ordered an eggplant parmiggiano and the bolognese. Each was exceptional. Again, all fresh and perfectly prepared. We ended with a tiramisu that was-again-perfect. I am a good cook, and am often disappointed when I eat out, but I will happily go here again. Well, I'll go back once the coffers are replenished- it wasn't cheap, but it was worth every shekel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An early dinner
    westenderVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We visited early on a Thursday, before the evening really began. We were going to sit outside, but cool weather moved us in. The small bar was full, all engaged in lively conversation. We were seated inside immediately. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. The server was knowledgeable about the wines, offering alternatives when our first choice was not available. We shared a Caesar salad and the steak tips special. The kitchen split the entrée for us, and the tips were done just as ordered. All in all, a nice early dinner in a great location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place to eat
    cchill
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were staying at the Taj Hotel and wanted to have dinner someplace within a short walking distance. It was a cool night so we ate inside. Since it was a Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., it was very quiet inside which was nice so that we could easily talk. We both ordered one of the specials and it was delicious. Service was very good,.
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  • Cute but not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We came from out of the town and found this cute little spot to eat. We were a party of 4. After waiting way too long for our food, the waiter finally brought out 3 of the 4 dishes. I had to remind him that we were still missing 1, at which point he said "of course" and ran to the back to get mine. The food was not good. I hate giving bad reviews, but this was just bad. The waiter never came over to ask how we were or if we wanted another drink. We decided to try dessert since we were so unsatisfied with our meals. We asked for the chocolate chip cookie and ice cream. The waiter told us it'll take about 20 minutes to make the cookie. We asked for the check at that point and cut our losses.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TDAWG
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I had the 20 dollar lunch special. Came with bread,salad, a delicious shrimp ravioli in tomato/basil sauce and Tiramisu dessert which I passed on as I was full. Waiters were attentive. The Yuengling was ice cold on a hot day and very refreshing. I did think 8 dollars for a 12 ounce lager was a bit much. The beer prices are unmarked and I didn't think to ask.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amy V.
    AmyV
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent dinner with our family of 4. We sat outside. The food was fantastic and the service excellent! Def will go back when in town again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant week
    dorbarr
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went for Restaurant Week and the menu was slightly different from that I'd seen online. None the less very good. Service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Live locally. Have not eaten there in years. Restaurant week brought us in. Each course was a 10 out of 10 for each of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • citygrl
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Went for Dine Out Boston with a friend. It was a slow Monday night, but service was even slower. Took server over 20 minutes to greet us. She asked for our drink order but never gave us a drink menu and seemed annoyed that we were okay with water. Food was mediocre and slow to arrive. Bread was dry - practically inedible. Plates were never cleared between meals, and we were told to maintain our silverware throughout the three course dinner. On the rare occasion that she checked in, server's remarks were superficial and she clearly didn't care about our answers as her eyes and mind were elsewhere. Do not recommend and would never return. Overpriced for mediocre food and terrible service
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  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    food was superb. atmosphere great. We loved it. I recommend the calamari salad and lobster stir fry !!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • verstile menu
    EventConcierge
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were a party of 5 on a Sat. nigh at 7:30. We were one of three tables in the whole place. Our waiter was great, very friendly and attentive. The Cosmo and Bloody Mary drinks we ordered were good. I loved my lobster salad with white beans. The salmon, and burgers were good. My only suggestion would be that there should be a warm pasta on the menu instead of just a chilled pasta. A tad over priced, but overall a good place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Quiet
    mattcbos91
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was surprised by how quiet it was on a Friday night, there were really only a handful of other tables seated. But the food was great, and the service was as well. I'll return, but probably only during the lunch hour.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 452 reviews are from the 29 Newbury reviews archive.
  • Nice spot
    BerkerycVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good spot. We were just getting a drink, but it was nice.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Portions were quite small and the eggs benedict was average. We sat outside and wanted a table with an umbrella (two were open) but we were told they hold those for parties of 4. They eventually filled both of the tables with parties of 2. The sun was unbearable and we ate quickly and went for coffee down the street.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • throwback from the 90's
    RossN
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We sat inside. The food was great and the service was very friendly. If you remember and loved living in a nice house in the 90's with black and white oddly shaped decor this is the place for you. Literally stuck in a time capsule. Odd but delicious menu. From highend pasta to a gourmet hotdog. I recommended the restaurant. See what you think!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    Highfive
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I keep going back for the same thing. The warm lobster salad is amazing! The service has always been great too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    DaniL
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I love this little spot on Newbury Street. The service is always excellent and the location divine! I have been here 3 times in last 2 weeks, and this last time, the food was not as great as before, but given my prior dining experiences, I attribute it to an "off" night. Outdoor seating is perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice relaxing spot
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Especially when there's no traffic (Pride Parade). But they could off their annoying music. Generally decent food, very friendly service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amyd
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great lunch fare, service and street side dining if appeals. Inside dining decor is okay and only "not great" thing about 29. Tuna tartare special was excellent. Location on Newbury is great too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    AliOopsy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The host was very accommodating and worked with us to dine outside. The wait staff was friendly - but service was extremely slow - both for drinks and food. Bar tender was rude. The appetizers did not come out together - in fact we needed to ask for our tar tar. When food did arrive - it was good - nothing great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort Food for a Rainy Evening
    BostonDebVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed the pear and apple cider roasted pork tenderloin, the perfect dish for a rainy spring evening. The wine selections by the glass were well chosen as well. Service was excellent and the ever changing local art work that the restaurant displays keeps the decor interesting when you are sitting indoors. This is also a great spot for outdoor dining on Newbury Street, weather permitting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not For Brunch
    MarathonerVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Waffles and fried chicken was unremarkable. Almost seemed the fried chicken fingers was pre-processed. Service was uneven at best. They kept forgetting to bring my date's coffee, even after asking twice. We finally grabbed a food server and he brought it to us. Eggs over medium apparently means eggs week-done. Had to send them back. Wheat toast never arrived, either. Gave up on that one. Thing is, the place wasn't very crowded or busy as we came within 30 minutes of their opening. Incompetent service. Only slightly competent cook. Pass.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was great
    BoardingVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Went on a 7:30 on a Friday night, seated immediately. Cozy seating (aka very close quarters if you're in the tables in the middle). If possible, I'd suggest requesting a booth if available. Otherwise, solid meal. He got the burger and I got the salmon and we were both happy with our selections. Loved the tiramisu, it was a bigger portion than I was expecting. The host was polite, courteous and friendly and our server was amazing. Good location after a few minutes of people watching at the park and before seeing a show at the Wilbur.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jumped the shark
    JustSayin67VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Not sure what's happening at 29 Newbury, but sometimes it feels like it should be on Restaurant Impossible. Food is just OK, service is just OK, but the ambience is pretty bad, and the clientele are just this side of trashy. Servers like to connect their iPhones to the restaurant sound system, then use it as their personal stereo. Four times in an hour, servers either turned the volume up so they and their friends could dance and sing along, or - worse - they changed the song mid-stream, saying things like, "OMG, I HATE that song." Kitchen: A medium burger shouldn't be either pink or dripping with grease. Bartender (Nathan?) was attentive, friendly. 29 Newbury used to be so much better. Kind of sad, really.
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  • Pleasant surprise!
    Ritayaya
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The host treated us warmly and show us to our table immediately. Great music played all night. Attentive waiter and other service staff. Delicious food and wine. And very reasonable prices! My new favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the trip
    Brad
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I don't understand how Open Table gave this place a 5 star rating, it was anything but upscale or romantic. The service was slow, the decor was worn and mediocre and the food was fair to good.
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  • Returned after 15 years
    Beachplum811VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We used to come here all the time when we lived in Back Bay. It's still as good as I remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just so so
    Caithoven
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    It was just so so. The price is discounted, but definitely the service is discounted too! Food is not so tasty, and the waiter was trying to push us finish what we are eating. He gave us dessert while we were still working on our entree. Kind of unaccessible. Overall, I don't recommend this restaurant at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Value
    Patricia
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We went to try this restaurant during Dine Out Week. The menu was great!! The minestrone soup tasted home made. The steak frites was cooked just right.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Food was good and it's a nice place for people watching if you sit by the Newburyport street windows.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, ok food
    collegefoodie
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I decided to visit 29 Newbury during Restaurant Week with my friends. The servers were great and very accommodating for my vegetarian friends, but overall I think the food was only okay. The gnocchi tasted good, but was a bit too buttery for my liking. Everyone else seemed to enjoy the gnocchi at the table as well. I ordered my steak rare; however when it came to the table, it was medium to medium well. Coming from Texas, I have grown accustomed to great tasting and well cooked (ie. not overdone) steaks. For such a high class restaurant, I was pretty disappointed they didn't know how to cook my steak. Had it been cooked to my liking, I may have enjoyed the meal a bit more. It was a very cute restaurant, but I don't think I will come back.
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  • Restaurant Week failure
    siggiemom
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    While the food at 29 Newbury is usually good, their special Restaurant Week offerings were very disappointing. One appetizer was barely edible, and the cut of meat was a cheap one. I understand that it would be hard for a restaurant to make money at the special price if it served high quality food; but if this had been our first time dining at 29 Newbury, I would never ever return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not satisfied with a waitress
    Loveboston
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We waited for our friend for a while, a waitress complained "For like a week!"
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Restaurant in Back Bay
    helenoftroy
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The service was great, and the food was really good. It was our first night in Boston, and a real find. I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • metsa mets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    we had been there before and had a better experience.we felt this time the wait staff was unfriendly and abrupt.the only issue we had the 1st time was the facility failed to credit my open table account after they said they would.we will probably will not return.
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  • good for conversation
    siggiemom
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Unlike many restaurants, 29 Newbury is a place where you can actually have a conversation! Unless it is a very busy night when the bar area is crowded or a party is going on, one can hear the people around and speak without having to shout. This makes for a relaxing and enjoyable evening. The food is consistently good, though not great. And the service is always friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful Service
    LizBostonVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The staff at 29 Newbury went above and beyond to accommodate the chaos of a large group with people adding on at the last minute, ON VALENTINE's DAY when they were already fully booked! They were able to extend our table twice to fit us all in. As usual the food and wine selection at 29 Newbury were excellent, and the chic setting made for a great evening. But the service was the star this time, cheerfully accommodating what I think were some pretty unreasonable requests on my part to keep adding seats to our reservation. My entire group loved it, and we will all be returning - hopefully with more advanced notice next time! Thank you for making me look good in front of my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Very good menu and excellent service. It is very small and great for a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Mediocre at Best
    BobRVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Small cluttered tables, inconsistent service, and just ok food mark this so-called "chic" Newbury Street haunt for the local hip crowd
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  • why is it still open
    frank
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    As for an italian way of saying, pick this restaurant only if all the other restos in town are fully booked, otherwise go to an any fast food you can find. The ambience is so sad and poor that is really hard to find a way a resto like that can survive. The food nothing special. We went there for the NYE because it was the only one place with place available. And entering there we've understood why.
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