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49 Social
49 Social
  • Address:
    49 Temple Place
    Boston, MA 02111
    Downtown Crossing
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $30 and under

49 Social Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.49social.com
  • Email: management@49social.com
  • Phone: (617) 338-9600
  • Hours of Operation: Open: Monday through Thursday until 1:00 am and Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 5.00 pm until 10.30 pm Bar Menu offered from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 5:00 pm to 12:30 am Friday and Saturday. lunch served thursday and friday, 11.00 am until 3.00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Fiset
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: available upon request
  • Entertainment: Live music is offered every Friday and Saturday night from 9:30 pm to 2.00 am. For additional information, please check the music calendar at www.49social.com or call at (617) 338-9600.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our mezzanine and downstairs lounge are available for private events. We can accommodate events of all types, ranging from wedding parties to corporate dinners, and can offer an exclusive private event menu or customize a food and drink pairing to meet your needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street
  • Public Transit: Downtown Crossing - Orange, Red & Silver Lines Park Street - Green & Red Lines Government Center - Blue & Green Lines
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Discounted parking is available at the Lafayette Garage, located at 1 Avenue De Lafayette. Rates with validation: $10 for nights and weekends from 4:00pm to 5:00am; $2 off each of the first two hours on weekdays.
A word from 49 Social
49 Social, the latest addition to the expanding Downtown Crossing culinary scene, is now open and serving refined modern American cuisine Monday through Saturday. The seasonal dinner menue,draw inspiration from around the globe while incorporating ingredients from local New England farms whenever possible. The bar menu features smaller plates sure to satisfy late night cravings and complement an extensive wine list and craft cocktail menu. Guests are offered a choice of dining experience over three levels of seating including a mezzanine and a downstairs lounge, which are also available for private functions. Friday and Saturday nights feature live musicin an intimate setting, putting you up close and personal with the band. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Service was relatively fast - wait staff understood that diners were headed for the theater. Lobster Ravioli was to die for - wish they would offer it as a full meal, not just an appetizer. Herb Crusted Lamb was tasty on the edges, but sadly not properly cooked through. I'd dine there again, though - the prices were very reasonable for a downtown location with such tasty cuisine!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great place to have dinner prior to attending the thearter.. Wait staff was great and courteous.. Menu had a great mix of seafood, meats and special items. Would definently go back!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Easy walking distance from the Boston Opera House. Efficient and friendly service. Good food -- especially the fish special with white asparagus risotto."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed every aspect of our first visit here. Reservation was observed, although we decided to sit at a hightop in the lounge area instead.. Bartender recommended and made a perfect drink for me. Hubbie's Frutti di Mare was incredible. Housemade pasta, amazing sauce, perfectly portioned. I had the special; seared halibut w/ (housemade) mushroom tortellini & sauteed mushrooms, and it was perfect. Beautiful piece of fresh fish! The tortellini = divine (mmm...) and the mushrooms (shiitake + other ) were garlicky & nicely browned. We enjoyed talking to owner who was attentive and genuine. The validation (Lafayette garage) brought parking (went to Opera house after) down to only $12! Perfect destination for pre-theater."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were looking for something different pre-theater and non-chain so decided on 49 Social. The service was friendly but inconsistent. My husband ordered the crudo appetizer and shaved salad. He liked them both, but thought the crudo a bit bland. He really liked the flavors of the salad. I had the roasted pork loin. It was cooked well, not dry at all, but the accompanying kale was blended into a runny liquid and the farro was almost non-existent. Liked it, didn't love it."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here before theater. We had a reservation but at 6 PM I don't know if we needed one. Because it was so early, we weren't really hungry and opted for a starter and salad. We both ordered the Frito Misto, a fried combo of calamari, shrimp and scallops with a piece of garlic toast. The portion was generous and with a salad, plenty for us both. Downtown location is only convenient for theater goers or workers in the area. Parking would be at public garage, no valet."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We arrived for a 6pm reservation and waited 10 minutes before we even saw the host to be seated. We had a 7:30pm theatre time and informed our waiter and ordered immediately. It took 30 minutes to get our drinks and our food arrived at 7:10pm, after we reminded our waiter both times we saw him. We were not offered additional drinks. The scallops were very salty and buttery, the swordfish overcooked and dry, and the lamb was tough. We will not be going back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great place for ages 21 to 60ish. Too loud for older, to crowded for children. Very active and fun place."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I was a bit nervous after I read other reviews but, we made reservations for dinner at 5 for a 6:45 show. We showed up a bit early and we were seated right away. A great round booth that was perfect for three couples. Everyone was quite happy with their food as well as the selection of drinks and wine. Service was quick and friendly. There wasn't much of a crowd but it was picking up as we were leaving. Meals were a bit pricey, but it was very convenient to the location of the show so we would all do it again. Good selection, great location, great service."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went to dinner here before a show at the Opera House. Convenient location, and the food was excellent. We loved the ambience and the experience. The only thing is service was a little slow at times (asking for menues and drinks two for more) and our side dish was never ordered by our server. Otherwise we really loved it and would highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food prepared pre theatre was excellent despite number of customers. Service superb."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Booked dinner res last minute and turned out to be a great choice. Everything was good from the friendly staff to the good food"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I took a chance in this restaurant based on reviews and location and am so happy I did. Our food was very good. I had swordfish which was cooked to perfection and surrounded by a wonderful mix of vegetables, puréed. My husband had a terrific burger. We tried one of their specialty drinks which was fantastic as well. Our waitress was energetic, bubbly, sweet and very attentive without being annoying. Great atmosphere (I was glad we went on the early side- it was nearly empty at 5:45 when we arrived but filled to the brim just a few minutes later and food delivery and service could have begun to slow down with the crowd. I would go back in a minute."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Saw a show at the Boston Opera House, and before curtain at 7, we enjoyed some really enjoyable bar food and drinks. We did not get there until nearly six, but the waitress/bartender got us multiple drinks and 5 great bar apps and check so we were out the door by 6:45! Will definitely go back when have more time to check it out at a more leisurely pace."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "First the good: The food here was delicious. The lamb chops were huge and beautifully cooked. The scallops were perfectly cooked and elegantly plated. Now the bad: We went for before theater dinner, got stuck in traffic getting there,and had only 90 minutes before the show (I kept in touch with the hostess and she promised it would be ok). And, there was a fire alarm next door that affected the kitchen. With all of these obstacles we cut the restaurant a lot of slack. But still, it took almost an hour to get our meal. We only had 20 minutes to eat and pay. Then, even knowing we were obscenely rushed, our server never came back to take our payment. Finally one of the other servers did it for us. Still, I'd give the place one more chance."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was one of the best meals we've had in a very long time!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My wife got to go to a ballet, so I picked dinner. We arrived a couple of hours before the show so that we could relax. Our server and hostess were very friendly and patient. The wine list offered plenty to offer, with some choice wines that suited my tastes. The meal was incredible. The steak was perfectly cooked, and the lobster with the saffron sauce ended too quickly."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We got stuck in traffic on the Mass Pike. When I called the restaurant to let them know we would be late for our reservation, the woman was very understanding and said she'd hold our table for us. We arrived 30 minutes late and our table was waiting for us. The server came over right away and asked us if we were going to the 7:30 show. We were, and she said she would take care of us and get us out on time. She was true to her word and yet we didn't feel rushed. Excellent attentive service. The food was very good, too."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "As we were being led to our table all the way in the back of the restaurant, I made a comment to the woman who seated us about how we were really hidden in the back and jokingly said 'hope you guys don't forget about us.' As she was walking away, she loudly yelled to the waitress, "You've got a live one!" and NOT in a nice way. I was terrified we were going to get spit in our food. We ordered the fish over wild rice, which was really, really salty (at least they kept refilling our water) and the fish was still pretty raw and kind of cold in the center. Also, they do not read the notes you send them when you make OpenTable reservations, we had to catch a 7:30 ballet, and I had to remind them twice about it. I'm not going back ever."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I was searching the area for restaurants because I was going to see a show down the street at the Boston Ballet, when I came across 49 Social. I always look up menu's beforehand just to make sure that there is potentially something for everyone. The minute you walk in the decor and the lighting brings out the entire feel of the restaurant, very elegant. The food was absolutely amazing, and they have a bunch of signature cocktails that are named after shows that have played, which adds a nice touch. Since going for the first time about a year ago, I have been back many times and definitely don't hesitate to recommend this place to others."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had quite an enjoyable meal before the ballet on a friday night. The food was delicious and was brought to us in a fashionably quick way. We ordered muscles and the margarita flatbread pizza. The pizza was quite tasty with a mix of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. I took a risk on a cocktail before the ballet and was pleasantly surprized by "Beauty and the Beast" it's playful title matched the flavors and sensory experience of sweet and bitter. There are many items on the menu that I am anxious to return and try. This will become a regular spot for when I'm dining in downtown crossing."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "49 Social is a really cute place. We were seated promptly and the wait staff was able to answer our questions about the food, ingredients, and possible substitutions very well. The bread was fabulous and the herb olive oil dip was wonderful. Our food came promptly and then... we became invisible. We couldn't get a refill on our water and waited almost 20 minutes after we finished for the table to clear and to get our check, after asking for it twice. I'm not sure if they were just overly busy or these was a disconnect in the service plan, but it spoiled what was otherwise a great meal. We will give them another try because there are some dishes on the menu we want to try, but we will do it when we don't have somewhere to be after dinner."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Had a party of 10, all from out of town and booked this based on a local's recommendation. Menu online looked great. then when got there and it was the summer menu -- in Feb? & no soups (on a freezing night) & no salad. Huh? When we inquired -- its a new chef, he's really great, he can make a salad for you, etc. Ok. 4 got salads & they were so full of pepper they were barely palatable. One diner's lobster roll was made with such a heavy hand of chipotle mayo that it was on fire and she could not eat it. Made a new one but didnt take it off check. Great waitress, very attentive and apologetic. This place could be great if they get it together with this new chef."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We had dinner at 49 Social before attending the ballet. Our food was absolutely delicious. Swordfish was cooked through (as requested) but still managed to be deliciously moist and tender; side dishes of lobster rissoto and broccolini were delicious. My dining companion, who is vegetarian, opted to mix and match side dishes - vegetable couscous was very flavorful, and grilled asparagus was amazing - the portion was huge and even though the asparagus were enormous, thick spears, they were incredibly tender. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Stuffed pork chop was perfectly seared, juicy with caramelization on the outside. Frutti di mare was also excellent. Portions were filling but not excessive, as this is a quality over quantity dining experience. The wines were mostly too expensive for my tastes, but we did find a nice Chablis. We had splendid desserts. Bill came to $110 for two people, and I added 20% because our waitress was attentive and helpful. The restaurant is around the corner from the theater district, so it is perfect for an early dinner and show."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We went here for the first time on our way to the Boston Ballet. My wife, an ardent foodie and gourmet cook loved the food as did I. The service was prompt getting us through two courses and coffee in perfect time for the curtain. The server was knowledgeable answering questions quickly and clearly."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great oysters and good wine list _no cooking required The cooked foods are all poorly prepared by an amateur and the staff is equally amateurish You don't expect a Lipton's tea bag when you have dropped more than $150 for 2 for dinner nor do you expect the food to be so poorly prepared- flavorless watery risotto, large chunks of uncooked green olive all over foods Just strange Won't return"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "4 of us were there for dinner. The service was well timed, the waitress was helpful, the owner came by to greet us and again after we were served. The lobster risotto was my favorite and I'm sure I will order it every time in addition to trying other dishes."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This was our first time at 49Social and enjoyed it very much. You enter into the bar area which was busy and crowded. Once you get back to the restaurant area the atmosphere changes and is very pleasant for dinner conversation. Service was good, excellent cocktails and food was good."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day and was very impressed. They were packed but it didn't detract from the mood. They had seating on 3 different levels and we plan to back and experience the other areas."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Having previously visited the 49 Social I was really looking forward to wrapping up my valentines day evening with romantic experience. Overall, the dessert was excellent (we specifically went for dessert). However, I was truly disappointed where we were seated which did not allow for the romantic feel I was hoping for. Instead we were across from the bar which had the TV on and as with any reaturant usually is loud and energetic; we were also very close to the door entrance so everyone that walked in was in sight but was worse was the cold draft from outside that kept coming in when someone walked in. I was cold the entire time and was looking forward to leaving."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Started with the lobster ravioli and it was fantastic with chunks of lobster. For an entree got the pork chop and it was incredible! Only wish was they left a basket of bread instead of serving individual pieces."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The kitchen was prepared for the big flow of customers. We ended up waiting for and hour and half for the entry. Also the cocktail shrimp wasn't fresh."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was decent, the staff was accommodating but the price point for the quality of food served was too high. I do not mind paying more for excellent food. While the meal was good, lamb was a bit overcooked, it was not worth the expense. I was also concerned about the menu which still reads "Summer Specials" in January. Attention to detail is usually what separates the best restaurants from the good/average ones."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed a nice dinner, without rushing or worrying on a snowy evening, before a Saturday night performance at the Opera House. We ate in the pretty, downstairs room after being offered a table in the louder, more livelier upstairs. Good cocktails, good salmon and swordfish,tasty bread pudding for dessert. A little bit pricy for a routine date night, but perfect for making a theater night into a special event."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food and the service was awesome--the homemade pasta was to die for. We have no complaints! We will definately return next time we are in the theater district."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went here because we were going to the theater and it was close, but it's very overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Made a 6:30 reservation before a 8pm Theatre show. Table was ready. Menu was well varied, with 3 specials that evening. Service was very good. Waitstaff seemed attentive to our timing, so that we had our check when we needed to leave. Food was excellently prepared and fresh. We selected this restaurant for it's proximity to the theatre, having not been there. Also I had not heard of it, but in the end we were very happy with the election"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great location for dining before theater. The food was excellent and staff friendly."
    Dined on 1/15/2014