Back Bay Harry's
Back Bay Harry's

Back Bay Harry's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://backbayharrys.com/
  • Phone: 6174246711x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Wed: 11:30 am - 12:00 am
    Thu: 11:30 am - 1:00 am
    Fri: 11:30 am - 2:00 am
    Sat: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Sun: 11:00 am -12:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Santos
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events: Cocktail Receptions
    Large Banquets
    Business Meetings
    Private Dining
    Corporate Functions
    Special Events
    Rehearsal Dinners
    Birthday Parties
    Retirement Parties
    Fundraisers
    Holiday Parties

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The closest T-Stations are the Arlington stop on the Green Line and the Back Bay stop on the Orange Line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet Parking Thursday-Saturday from 5PM-12Midnight

    Parking is also available at a wide-variety of parking garages around our location.
A word from Back Bay Harry's
We are thrilled to be the newest addition to the South End/Back Bay neighborhood. Centrally located in the heart of the city, we focus on quality cooking, creative cocktails and great company. We look forward to seeing you real soon!
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Back Bay Harry's reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (26)great for lunch (19)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (17)hot spot (15)romantic (13)special occasion (9)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Skip it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant has lost its edge. The service was slow, my coffee cup never refreshed and the menu horrid. They decided to have a preview for their restaurant week menu without giving us nor any other disappointed diners the option to make a selection from the regular menu. The menu was limited and uninspired.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best burger
    Craig
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Best burgers In Boston!!!! Service is awesome!! Love this place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Friend Chicken
    MTR56
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a member of our group as a devotee of Paula Dean's restaurant. He gave BBH's fried chicken two thumbs up. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Have had a number of business lunches here. Food has been great, service attentive and we were never rushed to move along. Ask for a table near the back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Dinner!
    Ktdubs
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Had a little date night here over the weekend. It was a little empty at first, but quickly started filling up. The food was amazing and our server was so friendly! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went for lunch a couple of weeks ago with a friend and like it so much we decided to try it for dinner. We went right after work Friday night and it was perfect. The service was great and I had the pan seared chicken.... delicious. We are already planning to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The service was poor and the food deplorable. I ordered a house salad with chicken. There was no dressing in the wilted bed of greens and the chicken was undercooked which rendered the whole meal worthless. The server never came around to check on us and it took twenty minutes to flag down someone to bring the bill
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    varied lunch menu. great for a business lunch. I would recommend it to other's.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Air conditioning
    Hot90plus
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was our second time to BBH. We took friends before a play (thanks for play discount). I know it was a 90 plus heat day , but the dining area was not air conditioned if so it was set too low. We were all sweating. We told the waitress but there was no improvement. Check it out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    Familyvacation2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Was looking for a good meal, no wait, kid friendly - party of 7. Used Open table reviews and menu to pick Back Bar Harry's. They were on the money. Traveling on a family vacation with two families and this was some of the best food we have had in the Boston area. Steak was great, the hamburger rated extremely good by teenaged boy. Waiter was very good, got orders right with multiple picky eaters. Went on week night, late so was not crowded but entire staff friendly and helpful.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PSmithVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My first time and what a find in Boston! Was here on a convention, looked for a nearby eatery with style, and got my reservation! Great staff, great food, and the desserts, yes! The crustless cheese cake with a lemon curd, absolutely vibrant and most tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PSmithVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I've been here two times this week. First with friends, second I made an Open Table reservation. Excellent food, presentation is elegant and the staff is most gracious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Drinks were great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went on a Friday night and very impressed with both food and drink menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chaucer
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Was disappointed in the menu. It was very limited for main courses. No pork, no pasta, 1 beef selection, 1 chicken selection, 1 fish selection, etc. That's all. I think $29 for an 8 oz filet is a little pricey for a local bar/restaurant. That did not even include a small salad. By 10:00 PM the place was empty except 1 person at the bar. On the way home I passed several local restaurants/bars and there were lines outside to get in. I will say the service was good!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    SwitzerdaneVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I had lunch at BBHarry's and was frankly disappointed with my sandwich: the "Italian BLT." The bread was stale, and the toasting didn't hide that. The pancetta was raw (!), and the tomato (expected at this time of year) was like plastic. On the other hand, the potato salad and pickle were excellent. As was the beer. My friend's (special) pizza, of prosciutto, fig and gorgonzola, on the other hand, was excellent. Be careful in ordering.
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  • Not for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went there for my birthday. The bar area was kind of busy but there were only a few people eating. We sat down at 925 pm. By 10:00 we gave up. Not one person (server) acknowledged us or took any order. Over half an hour! We even asked twice to see our server. Will never go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place, poor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I recently tried Back bay harry's while on a date this past saturday evening. The place, is very nice, very contemporary, which was great for what the two of us were looking for. Problem was the service and cooking experience. As I truly believe the wait staff had nothing to do with the situation, the place could not seem to get our order right, and by the end of the night, we just had to throw the towel. We went home hungry. We noticed the table next to us that was having the same issue. Sad part is, the place seems like it has real potential.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first visit not disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    simple yet varied menu, affordable, great service, definitely going back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    Stephen
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were lucky, had Chef Santos cooking for us. It was a great meal and a great environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Rose
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was our first time dining here and it was great. Ann was our server and she was very friendly and gave great service. The food was very delicious. Lobster fritters were very good. I had the salmon and it was excellent! But the best thing was the watermelon sangria. OMG! They were so good!! We will definitely be going back. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service.
    BackBayRob
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We went there for dinner with two adults and two teenagers. Waiter was great, food was very good. I had an excellent salad and the kobe beef sliders.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food -cocktails- conversation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Back Bay Harry's is a great place to catch up with old friends. You'll find unique cocktail flavors and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. It's a great place for foodies without being fussy. Kick back and enjoy. The energy in the place is exactly right. Feels like a friday night no matter the day you go in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Mediocre at best! Think they forgot about our entree's?
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  • Food was just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I had the Margherita pizza and it was just ok. Nothing to write home about. I'm always surprised about when restaurants get this simple dish wrong...but they do. For some reason, Back Bay Harry's thought the pizza should also get sprinkled with parmesan. What's up with that? I'll probably give this place one more try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal!
    MatthewVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I have been going to Back Bay Harry's for a while. Always have good food and great service. The restaurant has a wide mix of people in it, very diverse crowd - which is unusual for a Boston restaurant. This is a vast improvement over the previous 3 restaurants that occupied that space. My waiter Nicholas was very knowledgable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JohnC
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Atmosphere and service continue to be great! We have been regulars since it opened, but will go less frequently until the menu changes again. We were very disappointed with the new menu and much higher prices for the main entrees.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    Notafoodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Went to BBH on a whim when we were in Back Bay. We made a reservation but showed up a bit early so we sat at the bar. The bar was full but not crowded which is important to us eat at the bar type folks. We had a few drinks, dirty martini and red wine, both were great and then ordered the mussels, lobster fritters and split a blt pizza. Everything was amazing. The mussels took top prize though. We asked the bartender and she mentioned they just introduced a new menu which is great but I hope they don't remove the mussels when we head back again. They were aces.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meatloaf?
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Excellent space, service ... and meatloaf & eggs (complete with gravy and cheese curds) - brilliant. Fits the area well with beautiful bar area too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    TIBTIB
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was just adequate. I've had better brunches for the same price point at other South End establishments. The service was good when it was attentive, else it was hard to get their attention.
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  • Lunch time is a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    For the ladies who lunch and the women who work, this is the place to catch up with your friends for a w laughs and a fantastic lunch.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Met a friend for lunch today... had the grilled avocado salad w/ grilled chicken. It had mixed greens, baby tomatoes, roasted corn with a farmer's cheese crumbled over it. Delicious. Service was very good and the decor is nice too. I will definitely go back there and try dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 93 reviews are from the Back Bay Harry's reviews archive.
  • Awesome spot!
    jb272
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Good food, great service! We all had an awesome time :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Easter Brunch
    SimpyAMDVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I made last minute reservations for 2 on Easter Sunday. Was not very hopeful but came across Back Bay Harry's and was pleasantly surprised of the availability and the brunch selection sounded amazing. We were not disappointed. It was a good-sized restaurant with a large bar. We have this on our list to come back for an evening drink and a bite. I had the Salmon Benedict with an Italian Prosecco and he had the Meatloaf and eggs with a bloody mary. Everything was so delicious and made to perfection. The Salmon was fresh and the meatloaf was perfect and super flavorful.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food inconsistent, service improved
    adamVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Have been here several times. It is a good vibe, nice atmosphere and decent menu. The service has improved significantly since their disappointing start. I like the food here, but the last 3 times I've been some of the items have not been as good. I always get a pork slider to start, which are usually thick, full of flavor and delicious. I got one and convinced my friend to get one and they came out with less than 1/2 the amount of pork and it was a bit dry. The chicken can also be amazing or just so so. The pizzas have been good and the Brussels salad is also great (Although strangely it can vary in size as well). Keep working on it guys, I want this place to be better and you have all of the elements to get there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening at Back Bay Harry's
    Chroniclerev
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    After seeing a review on TV, Back Bay Harrys got our attention based on its menu, ambience and location and it did not disappoint my wife and me when we went there. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and our waitress Anne was exceptional. The specialty cocktails were outstanding along with the wine list. We started with the oysters and I had the signature Buttermilk fried chicken and my wife ordered the scollops. Overall service was very good and would have been excellent had we not waited a little longer than expected to receive our entree's. But still, overall I will return and recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good overall experience
    player
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Fried chicken was very good, as was the sea bass special. Prompt and friendly wait staff. Manager stopped by to check in with us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Sunday
    Nina
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We were stuck in Red Sox traffic, I called to say we were on our way. Very professional response, no problem thank you for calling, we arrived 10 minutes late, got our table and the fun started! From the waiter to talking to folks siting near us not one complaint! Food AMAZING! Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice neighborhood bar/food scene
    ftlaud
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    the place looks great! the crowd is an eclectic blend of the south end/back bay neighborhood. more or less upscale comfort food, pretty tasty at a reasonable, for this area, price. our server was excellent. we tried 2 dishes-- the fried chicken and the ribs. chicken was excellent. ribs just ok...a bit dry and didnt care for the corn and cheese crumbled on top of it. our salad was big enough to share. will come back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal I've had in a while
    SouthEndLocal
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Per Chef Jason Santos' recommendation when Back Bay Harry's was featured on Chronicle, I ordered the fried chicken entree, their signature dish. The chicken's batter is incredible: slightly sweet & savory w/ a lot of complex flavor. Portion size was generous, price was reasonable, and the fried chicken was served atop creamy mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach with a side of home-made plain donuts dusted with sugar and cinnamon. I also had the Caesar salad, which was delicious. I loved the breaded & fried poached egg. Again, generous portion size and reasonable price. My first trip to BBH, I ordered the meatloaf wellington and brussel sprout salad. They were ok, but I preferred the fried chicken and Ceaser. I hear the burger is great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Buzz!
    ValMccaff
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Wonderful lively energy! Good location. Very friendly service - friendly and efficient. I had scallops, hubby had hamburger,and at our waiter's suggestion we split huge green salad. Wine generous portion. Altogether a very positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.