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Back Bay Social Club Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.backbaysocialclub.com
  • Email: jwillis@lyonsgroup.com
  • Phone: (617) 247-3200
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 1:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Raines
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield and Exeter
  • Public Transit: Back Bay Social Club is located near the Prudential Center station T stop on the Green Line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Back Bay Social Club
'According to both the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe, the Back Bay Social Club will be opening in the old Vinny T's spot on Boylston Street, which is between Fairfield and Gloucester Streets and across from the Prudential Center and the Hynes Convention Center. The Herald mentions that the restaurant will have a capacity of 200 and will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Lyons Group, which is behind the Summer Shack, La Verdad, House of Blues, Kings, and a number of other Boston-area spots, is also behind the opening of the Back Bay Social Club.'-Boston Restaurant TalkContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to the Back Bay Social Club many times and the food is always excellent. My visit there this weekend was no different. I am writing this review to focus on the service. Our waiter, Corey, was not attentive and when he did come around, he rushed us. For example, it took us 20 minutes to get a round of drinks, and when the round finally came he immediately asked us if we would be getting another round. The food also took half an hour to come out. When we decided we might not get another round, he immediately brought us the checks. Call me crazy but a table that ordered food and 2 rounds of drinks would probably order at least one other round if given the chance. Whats the rush? You are only hurting your tip."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good for a trendy night out with friends. Food was decent but nothing spectacular."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Not a restaurant for dining and conversation. The bar upstairs very loud, probably good for kids. The dining room downstairs probably would have been okay except for the loud piped in music. Not a place I would go again, a very unpleasant experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food, great cocktails and overall a really good experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Brunch was great. I got "The Treatment" and it was a massive plate!! It came with fried chicken and waffle with two eggs however you like them and then toast and meat (bacon or sausage). It would be a great splitting item. The couple I went with split that and got a lunch menu item and worked out very well. I also had a bloody mary. You are better off getting the spicy bloody because for a dollar more it is bigger too. The normal bloody mary has a good spice to it though. My friend had the "gin something" and it was very good. Overall great experience."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "A group of six of us went last Friday night for a friend's birthday. We waited about twenty minutes for our drinks and an hour for our food order. Both the cocktails and food were good, but took a long time to receive them."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went here before a show at Berklee. What a great find. the service was great - the food was really good. I has the scallops, my friend had the salmon. Both we're excellent - especially the side dishes the came with them (butternut squash risotto for me). I would go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "we had six in our party and all the menu choices were delicious."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Chorizo Tacos were really good. Oysters were surprisingly great. I didn't expect them to be so fresh and flavorful. Burger was pretty good. I ordered the burger medium rare. That's how I like my meat, but it came out a little more red than expected. For the type of meat it is, try going Medium instead. Probably a little overpriced though. Nice place to go for dinner. Good crowd."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great location, service was good. Food just ok, nothing special. I got the salmon, it was a bit undercooked."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "On Friday night I was looking for a place to have dinner for 6 the following night, Saturday, before the 8 o'clock show at Berklee performance center. Tried several places, everything was booked. Finally, got a reservation at Back Bay Social Club for 6:30. We arrived 20 min late. By the time we sat down and looked at the menus we had less then an hour before the show. We told the waiter and he assured us that we could order anything on the menu and would have plenty of time. Our food was ready in 10 min! Shrimps with grits were very good, risotto with scallops was excellent, salmon was delicious, Sauvignon blanc was very nice. The service was exceptionally prompt and the waiter very helpful and polite. Very nice experience overall."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was OK, but service was very slow. Waited 20 mins. for wine & a mixed drink. The coffee was barely warm, even though we were told a new pot was being brewed so we would have to wait for it. When the coffee arrived, we had to ask for spoons & sugar. Overall, the wait staff was friendly & apologized for the slips but I would not bother going there again. There are plenty of other establishments nearby that do a much better job."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was our first time at Back Bay Social Club and I'm so glad we visited for brunch!!! The drinks were phenomenal and the food was very good! Service was great. We were all so intrigued by the Chicken and Waffles that they kindly split it four ways for us!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our six top total $320. But, very spotty service. Staff disappeared at times, we waited much too long, never had complete "set-ups" of silverware, a medium-well steak appeared blood dripping rare. A buss-boy took a drink order for a Manhattan but got reported as a beer order..."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We sat around waiting for a hostess to sit us for about 15 minutes, although the restaurant was empty on a Tuesday night. The server brought me the incorrect drink, but quickly retracted and brought me the correct one. He had a number of follow up questions for what we ordered. Each of us had an entree and two of us (out of four) ordered appetizers. While the service was average (honestly, mediocre at best), the food was much better, although I'd say it's overpriced. We got the meat candy, a few salads, steak frites, chicken and waffles, and ricotta crostini. The food was great, but again, overpriced. I'm not sure if I'd go back."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Service was great, not a huge selection on the menu, but food was good. Drinks were good to."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "If all you want is to be where everyone else is, this place is okay. They were out of the brew we went there to have, and the food is very overpriced for small quantities and not very good quality. I had the sea scallops, which were closer to bay scallops in size and I only got four or five of them with what were supposed to be pork cornichons in between, but were really more like undercooked pork rind. All of this was on a cheesy goop; I have forgotten what it was supposed to be."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went for Valentine's Day dinner and wasn't super impressed. Granted, it's a very busy night and they were turning over tables like crazy, but for a hefty price tag the food was mediocre and it was insanely loud. I've been for brunch and enjoyed it, but wouldn't recommend visiting during a busy [holiday] dinner shift."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been to the BackBay Social Club many times and this was the first time they did not have seared tuna on the menu. My boyfriend & I were dismayed to see this. Our waitress mentioned it was the day before that they had changed their menu. We were upset because previously BackBay Social Club had the best seared tuna in Boston (we would go there just for that sometimes). Our waitress had the manager sent to our table. He was upset that we were upset and actually had the kitchen make just for us their old seared tuna! We were both surprised and thrilled and hope they bring it back permanently."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This bar/restaurant is pretty amazing. The space is split across two floors, the upstairs being a bustling lounge area and the downstairs a quieter dining room. The dining room is dark at night with some accent lighting that definitely makes the space feel very private even with people at surrounding tables. There are several TVs, but they aren't the center of attention and we're not distracting. All of the food was amazing, we had the candied kielbasa affectionately known as meat candy, chicken and waffles, and braised short ribs. Our server was friendly but a bit new and nervous. My only gripe is the bar prices which are pretty high. A neat scotch was $14 and cocktails were $12, ouch. Overall a great spot, highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have a food allergy, and the restaurant was very accommodating. I recommend the muscles to start!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "was diappointed they do not serve no alcoholic bear or wine"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Never going back here -- the food was really awful! We got the chicken and waffles, which we asked to be served first as an appetizer to share, but it came out with the rest of our plates. I immediately spit out the first bite thinking I ate a piece of gristle, only to realize that the entire piece of chicken was the same rubbery, chewy/crunchy consistency. Not only that, but the breading on the chicken was soggy. The eggs benedict were bland, and the english muffins they sat on were fluffy and chewy. I'm not sure hollandaise sauce has ever ruined a meal before this. The bacon was like a doggy "Beggin' Strip." Service was very slow and it seemed like they were all new and didn't know what they were doing."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The chicken and waffles, we ruined by their BBQ honey? Sauce"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Despite having $1 oysters, there wasn't a whole lot else special about brunch. Our server was nice, but the food took forever to come out, and when it did, it was missing items/incorrect. I did enjoy the cocktails, they have great bloody mary's."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was good with a lot of options. It was really good fr the money and the service was good. I was not disappointed at all."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Solid food, although probably more 2.5 stars than 3. but a nice wait staff and a quality bar make for a decent, affordable dining experience in a convenient location."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "My friend and I didn't want to spend a ton of money on New Years, so we made a late-night reservation at Back Bay Social for dinner. Delicious food, amazingly nice waiters. Wine by the bottle wasn't cheap. Tofu/beet salad was a good size and very flavorful. Sausage sampler was huge--big enough for 3 or 4 people as an appetizer. Chicken and waffles would have been perfect, but they put BBQ sauce on top (who puts BBQ sauce on waffles?). Ask for the sauce on the side."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Anything I've ever ordered at Back Bay Social Club I have absolutely loved - the burger is phenomenal, the turkey cubano was awesome and the chicken and waffles are unbelievable. I'd definitely recommend this spot to anyone who's looking for a good brunch spot. I've never been for dinner. I hear it's an awesome bar scene at night but have never been."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Love the chicken and waffles but have found them to be inconsistent recently. I know what they can be when they're good so I guess that keeps me coming back."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "All the bearded waiters in plaid shirts aside - the food was quite delicious! The burger was a standout - the gnocchi was tasty but has too many veggies (especially carrots). Cocktails were delish and service was very good! Seems like a good date spot."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Great food, service friendly but not fast...which wasn't so bad as great atmosphere - we were in no hurry to leave."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "in my opinion this is the best burger in Boston. Absolutely great burger. The meat, cheese, cooked onions, bun, and ketchup were all incredible. Perfectly cooked. I am a founding member of the Burger of The Month Club in Boston. This is my highest rated burger in the 3+ years since it started. They should rename it the Back Bay Burger Club."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "The food was great and served uniquely on wooden boards - a great touch. The staff very attentive, warm and friendly."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Perfectly acceptable for a quick casual meal. Went before a Red Sox game and thought it was pretty good. Menu isn't huge, but good barbecue and burgers. Nice bar and good beer selection. Service was friendly. We would return but won't go out of our way."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "We were a party 3 for an early dinner reservation on a really cold night. It was nice and relaxing and service was great. Just beware, it does become a hot spot and much more of a bar than a restaurant the later you go."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "All of our food was fantastic. The mussels were amazing, my steak frites was cooked a perfectly medium rare, and my friend'a burger was also perfectly cooked. Overall, a great experience!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I came here for my birthday party last night and it was just amazing!! Great scene, bar is a lot of fun, and the food was AMAZING!! I had the chicken and waffles, so delicious. In a perfect location also. Staff was very friendly and accomodating. I will for sure be coming back and recommending this to friends!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "The food is awesome...a bit noise so would not recommend for a romantic evening...must have the chicken and waffles just special"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "Good food. I like the chicken and waffles. One of the better places in the city to get that type of meal. Portion was nice and large, just how i like it. The service is just ok. Its definitely not bad but mostly college kids. Nice place for dinner."
    Dined on 11/8/2013