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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
  • Phone: (617) 338-9600
  • Hours of Operation: Open: Monday through Thursday until 1:00 am and Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, sunday, 5 pm to 9 pm
    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.
  • 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 sunday. The seasonal dinner menu ,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 musician an intimate setting, putting you up close and personal with the band. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had 6 for dinner. Restaurant was very quiet, not sure why. Maybe a Tuesday in August.... The restaurant is very cute with a nice bar and tables in the back. Nicely lit. Our server was attentive and very nice, although not entirely informed about details of the menu when we asked questions. Nice cocktail menu. Food was good, everyone enjoyed their meals. Scallops, lamb Bolognese, filet mignon and lamb shank were all well prepared. Desserts were ok. Chocolate lava cake was good but we had to send back the NY Cheesecake as it was dry and lacked flavor."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I had dinner at 49 Social this past Monday and am already looking forward to going back. I was meeting up with friends to chat and we couldn't have picked a better spot. The restaurant was pretty quiet (as one might expect for a Monday night) and our waitress was friendly. We sampled and split a bunch of apps and desserts and left full and happy. Next time I will be checking out the cocktail menu and taking advantage of the $5 bar bites - the lamb sliders and fried manchego cheese plates were delicious!!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We were one of the first diners for the evening and our waitress was overly attentive during our entire meal. The food was cooked to perfection and full of flavor. For appetizers, I had the beet salad which was more than enough for an appetizer and my husband had the Frito Misto. The calamari was spicy, but not too spicy and loved the added flavor of the peppers. For the main course, I choose the pan-seared scallops and my husband selected the Fruitti De Mare. My husband wanted risotto as a side dish, and the chef was very happy to accommodate my husband and provide him with the risotto."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Pre-theater dinner. My wife had a sizable portion of pork loin with kale and farro (a nutty wheat) for $28. Pork was perfectly cooked! Yummy! I had the Frutti di Mare, pappardelle with seafood (lobster, scallops, shrimp) in a deliciously rich, creamy saffron sauce.($32) Outstanding! Our excellent server had rave reviews for the loin and the frutti di mare--and she was right on! Ambience romantic in an historic locale. Pleasantly quiet. The wine list is impressive and varied, but favors bottles over glasses. My wife and I usually order different entrees--and thus different wines, so a full bottle doesn't work for us. Chocolate dessert topped with a touch of mascarpone (?) was fabulous! All in all--a wonderful feast before the Phantom."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We had never dined at 49 Social, and it was a terrific experience! Our meal followed a matinee performance of 'Phantom', and did not take a back seat to it. The appetizer, Duck ragu, was superb, a great start, for sure! My friend selected the salmon, with brown rice, and she declared it to be excellent. My fillet mignon was terrific, tender and succulent. For dessert, we shared butterscotch bread pudding, and that was amazing, the perfect ending to a special dining experience. The service was great, and I look forward to another trip to 49 Social!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was outstanding from appetiser to main meal, the beet salad was incredible the fruit di Mare was unbelievable, the best seafood was amazing I have ever had, the salmon was wonderful, the filet was better than any we have had in Boston. We were a party of 6, the service was impecable. The only 2 small downsides were, after we finished the great pinot grigiot, which was so smooth we asked for a 2nd bottle of the same but they had run out. So we had a to get another kind of wine BUT our server Julia immediately changed the glasses for the wine. the 2nd down was that the place was empty. there were a few people at the bar but no diners. You should go and try it, you dont know what you are missing! will go there again, very soon. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We made a last minute reservation for 1030 pm at 49 Social. For the first time in many years, after making a reservation, we were seated immediately. The host was charming and spent time talking about the history of the neighborhood. Server was engaging, drinks were served promptly, and all four diners thought their meals excellent. Hostess was lovely and checked twice to make sure all was well. That is what impressed most. Many times have dined out, and after meals have arrived, there is little follow up by staff to assess satisfaction. Here we were catered to, and that was , in particular, what made this a special dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were seated for 20 minutes before anyone even came over to acknowledge our existence ! Then went downhill from there. Need to hire more/better wait staff . Sure you can in this economy. Food was pretty good, especially the burger."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We booked at 49 Social for a group dinner (10 of us). The service was great - we had a group show early and have drinks. Once whole party was there we ordered appetizers - most of which on menu are not shareable but we did share. Almost everyone ordered steak and most all were happy with how the meat was prepared. The wine list is good and they have an interesting list of cocktails. Overall a good experience and I would return. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We went here for a quick bite in the early evening before a party, and basically shared a bunch of small plates and appetizers. The seafood misto had the best calamari I've ever had... will definitely return for a full-blown dinner."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This was our fourth trip to 49 Social and it never disappoints. The food is simply delicious and made to order. The scollops are the best we have ever had but then that goes for the rest of the menu. The service and wait staff are terrific and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the menu. Additionally, when you walk into the restaurant you are greeted in a welcoming fashion that sets the tempo for the rest of the evening. In short 49 Social should be on everyone's for dinner when visiting Boston. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My first impression was a snooty maître d who sat us in the farthest back corner upstairs, passing several empty tables as went. I spent the meal looking at my husband framed by a dull grey wall, so I have no impressions of the decor and ambiance. I could have been in a conference room of a hotel. Food was good, but not nearly exceptional enough to make up for table location. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went to 49 Social because it is close to the Opera House. Given other reviews we had read we steered clear of the entrees and ordered salads and appetizers. The Caesar salad was so salty it was inedible, but the shaved vegetable salad was delicious. The lobster ravioli was quite good but the frito misto was mediocre - tasted like the seafood was fried in old oil. We ordered shortly after we sat down, but everyone around us received their food before we did. It was a good 40 minutes before we got anything and we only ordered appetizers and salads. Overall it was a very mixed experience."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great place for apps, met with 6 friends and had a great time."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We had a 6:00 reservation and got a call from the restaurant at 4:30 recommending we come a little early if we were going to a 7:00 show (our show was at 8:00, but what a great call to get). The staff was very organized and seated a wave of 6:00 reservations quickly. By 6:30 the upstairs was full. Lobster ravioli app was outstanding and the scallop entree was also exceptional. Service was very fast and thorough. I would highly recommend 49 Social for your pre-theater meal. They know how to get you out on time after having an exceptional meal. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Very impressed with 49 Wonderful food, service and pretty good wine list. Appetizer dish of calamari, shrimp, scallop in spicy sautéed was one of the best dishes I've had in Boston. Nice spot for dinner and around the corner from the Opera House"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Unfortunately, what we experienced was just mediocre and missed the mark in many areas. First, the positives. I will say that the bar staff at 49 Social have crafted a great cocktail menu, with choices for all. We were also very pleased with the appetizer of steamed mussels in a very flavorful broth, perfect for dipping. Areas where they missed the mark were bringing the entree and clearing the appetizer course when we were not yet finished, overcooking both the salmon and pork entrees, lack luster seasoning, taking 5 minutes before bringing proper cutlery after bringing the entree, and showing a 2007 vintage wine while bringing 2011 to the table."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Recommend not going when there is a show playing as we had a hard time getting served until all the theatre goers left the restaurant"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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