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29 Newbury
29 Newbury

29 Newbury Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Continental
  • 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 (617) 536-0290
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Good spot. We were just getting a drink, but it was nice."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I keep going back for the same thing. The warm lobster salad is amazing! The service has always been great too."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Especially when there's no traffic (Pride Parade). But they could off their annoying music. Generally decent food, very friendly service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We used to come here all the time when we lived in Back Bay. It's still as good as I remember!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food was good and it's a nice place for people watching if you sit by the Newburyport street windows."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We waited for our friend for a while, a waitress complained "For like a week!""
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very good menu and excellent service. It is very small and great for a date night."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Small cluttered tables, inconsistent service, and just ok food mark this so-called "chic" Newbury Street haunt for the local hip crowd"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a blast and loved the food!!!! I can't wait to go back..."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We needed a place in Back Bay that would seat 6 around 7:30 (most restaurants were booked until 11, even weeks in advance). I quickly checked the Open Table app and found 29 Newbury had a slot. The place was filled with a few diners- clearly we didn't need a reservation! I wondered if it was horrible food, but it was actually quite delicious! Our waiter was nice, but slow and kind of "marched to the beat of his own drum". But then end is where we had a real problem- gratuity was included, and when we split the check with credit cards, we found out it overcharged us by $10 each- something that could go unnoticed if we didn't double check! Then he tried to fix it, but we still think he ended up with more tip than he should have."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Food was good, just not necessarily worth the price."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Very good food and pretty reasonable prices considering the very fancy Boston neighborhood known for shopping. Dining is below ground but well decorated with virtual fireplace,"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Great Cosmopolitans! Had the Butternut Squash & Apple soup, very tasty. Along with the Greens, Beat and Goat Cheese salad. The atmosphere was cozy and the booths private and warm. Would return again."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Went on a Monday night, and we were the only ones in there for the most part. Both dishes: the warm Shrimp salad (amazing shrimp) and pork tenderloin were very good and good sized portions too! Especially the pork. A bit expensive, but expected for the location."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "The food here is bad, flavorless and dated. Short ribs were fatty and tough. Salmon was unseasoned and served with snap peas swimming in a bottle of soy sauce. Place was empty on a Saturday night. I was furious that I had to fork over $85 for such horrible food."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food at 29 Newbury was good but expensive. The restaurant had two dollar signs next to it when we made the reservation. It should have 3. We were there for brunch. All sides cost extra. A bagel which should have come with eggs and sausage, was an additional 4.00. The brunch for 6 with NO alcohol was close to $200 ! Although good, the entrees were not unusual or warranted this price tag. So although I gave the food etc 3 stars, I don't think I would recommend it"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "We were very impressed with the spare elegance of the dining room, understated colors and nearly bare walls with just a few accents of local art. The tiny bar area is a delightful way to start off - we had some cocktails and reviewed the menu before taking our table. All of the food that we had was excellent - simple, fresh, unfussy and approachable American cuisine. Don't miss the braised kale!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "A great place for a quiet, delicious dinner in the neighborhood. Tha staff was great, attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Our food was great but it too for-ever to get it - I recommend the scallops - delicious !!!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Dined with my sister. Great food, friendly waiters though ours could've been more timely."
    Dined on 8/30/2013