Barlow's Restaurant
Barlow's Restaurant

Barlow's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://barlowsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 338-2072
  • Hours of Operation:
    BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm

    LUNCH:Monday - Friday: 11am - 3pm

    DINNER: Sunday - Wednesday: 3pm-10 pm
    Thursday- Saturday: 3pm-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Barlow's is a great host for your birthdays, holiday events, baby showers, bridal showers and more! Call today
  • Entertainment: Barlow's has live Music Thursday thru Saturday Nights

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 241 A Street
  • Public Transit: Broadway Station on the Red Line
    or
    South Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Barlow's Validates the Binford Street Parking Lot after 4:00pm Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sundays
A word from Barlow's Restaurant
Tastefully inspired, Barlow’s Restaurant was created out of a desire to bring a new and exciting neighborhood dining concept to South Boston. Straight-forward dining and service experience, our guests’ comfort is our absolute priority. Our menu features a unique mix of American dishes, both classic and contemporary, and an intriguing wine, craft beer and cocktail list. We are devoted to reinventing familiar comfort foods and a cozy sophistication. Barlow’s offers our guests an unforgettable experience in an energetic atmosphere perfect for special occasions, business affairs, a night on the town or your simple neighborhood haunt.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Barlow's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (15)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)fit for foodies (5)late-night find (3)special occasion (3)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Service better than food
    AuntB
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Greeted by friendly hostess and waitstaff was efficient and not overbearing/not too chatty. Appetizers (nachos) tasty. Burgers- not cooked to request and all over the board on this one for the four burgers at our table. Ordered medium well but could not even eat 1/2 of the burger because not cooked. Suppose could have sent it back to kitchen but I was afraid to do that. By the time we left, the Patriots game was in full swing and the bar/restaurant was pretty loud- which was definitely fun and OK- the only bad part of noise was having the loud volume on tvs during commercials- probably not possible but would be nice to have full volume on for game when everyone watching but not for the commercials when maybe folks would talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food bad service
    Joem
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    My friends and I go out every second Friday of every month we are a large group of six to eight ppl. We had a great time the live music was great, all our meals were delicious. However, I felt the waitress gave us a bad attitude. It was something the whole table felt and made us very uncomfortable. I would go back and probably with a small group to see if the service is better but I was happy with my food and want to try many things in the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for a group
    SamG
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Just found it on Open Table and took a chance with eight people and had a great result. Nice appetizer menu, great atmosphere and the service and food were all good. Moderately priced - a couple of very reasonable special wine selections - and a real plus is the easy and convenient parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much improved!
    MinXVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    This was our third visit to Barlow's. We gave it another chance because of the convenient location, and we were pleasantly surprised by the overall improvement since the last time we were there. The food was prepared and presented well. It tasted great. Our waitress was quick to refill our coffees and was present enough and knowledgeable enough to be helpful and address all requests promptly. The atmosphere was cozy and fun; the tvs were showing football, so there was some activity at the bar (during brunch), but it added some excitement to the scene, which was well balanced by the large size of the room, and space between the bar and the diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open table on a Saturday night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Walked in at prime time with a group of 5 and we were seated immediately. There were many open tables too. Food and drink were straight-forward, but very good. After enjoying a great evening at Barlows, I don't understand why the place isn't jammed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Saturday brunch
    A4Boston
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Had a group of four adults, four 6-7 year olds. They did not have a kid's b-fast Manu, but were more than happy to make small stacks of pancakes for the kids. It was quiet, the service was good and overall we had a great experience. Would go back with a group anytime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    BuffMcCloud
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The food here was good for lunch but the service was a bit slow. I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Enjoyed Barlow's experience. Nice restaurant and good food. Have been here a couple times and it's always a solid choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Food, Questionable Service
    MattVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Went for dinner with a friend on Tuesday night. Caught the end of the Sox game and the place looks good for sports. After being seated by the host and given menus, the waiter immediately asked us if we were ready to order food. We were asked four times in about ten minutes what we wanted to order, without suggestions, or anything else. The orders came out well except for a side that I substituted, I never received. We weren't checked on after our food was delivered until basically finished. I wanted an additional glass of wine but the waiter asked about that after the plates were cleared which was pointless. Overall fine place but due to what I hope was a one-off bad service experience, I won't be returning or recommending.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I was looking for.
    Tasha
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The hubs and I were looking for a quaint neighborhood spot for a late night nosh and drinks. Walked to this place from our rented apartment in South Boston and were rather disappointed immediately upon entering. (Spoiler Alert: What follows is my own personal opinion based on the one night in attendance.) It has a very open floor plan and a rather fraternity feel to the crowd and vibe. The tables are arranged around a large central bar, as if dining service is an afterthought to the primary purpose of live music and mingling. A rather pretentious crowd in an environment that felt as if it felt quite short of its target ambiance. To each his/her own...
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Charming Spot for Brunch
    Paul
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    First time to Barlow's and we were not disappointed. The brunch cocktails were quite good - the wide range of Bloody Mary's were great and the Bloody Mary Condiment Bar was an interesting touch. Omelets were light and fluffy, with vegetables that were sauteed before being placed inside the omelet. The steak tips were awesome - tender with a tangy marinade. The French toast was fantastic - richly battered cinnamon bread sauteed to a golden brown - delicious. Great service - our waiter was attentive but not cloying. A great spot for dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was there for 4 hours with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Was there for 4 hours with a few friends the other night. Service was great and environment was even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Groups to Meet
    Newsgirl01970
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Barlow's has alot of open space for friends to meet up. There is a large outdoor patio and inside has an upscale pub feel. The menu is diverse with everything from delicious individual pizza (shrimp pesto is great) to prime rib on weekend nights. I have yet to be disappointed with any of my food choices. Great spot- try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gone deaf
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    forget about having a conversation of any kind here. either eat alone or stay home because you won't be able to hear anything your friends say. Simply awful.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Southie spot
    RandPVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Had great group meal- typical American bistro choices all done well! Excellent bar & live music too! Check out freeSouthie Shuttle too for no- worry transport. Loved the total friendly ambiance and easy welcoming decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    This restaurant is awful. My girlfriend is gluten-free, so we tried Barlow's, as they offer gluten-free sandwiches. That was all for not, as her sandwich was burned to a crisp. I ordered the Cesar salad with chicken...terrible. It was the worst chicken I have ever eaten in my life. It must have been cooked three days earlier, because it was so rubbery that after I took one bite I simply put it off to the side, in its entirety. When the waitress asked if there was something wrong, I stated just that...the chicken was awful. She simply said that was too bad and turned heel. No offer to bring something else, no removal of the charge from the bill. Since the addition of chicken was +$5, her tip became -$5. A complete disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I have been to Barlowes a few times to celebrate special occasions, mostly with family that doesn't live in the area. I must say that this past time I was there (Sunday May 12) I was not pleased with the service. It took a very long time to get our meals and when they came out some of the orders were not right. Our waitress did not check on us the entire time we waited and the restaurant was not that busy. The food was good, per usual, but the bread tasted stale. I will go back at some point and give Barlowes another chance, but I must say I was not impressed with this experience there, especially since it was Mother's Day and I was there for a nice dinner with my mom and by boyfriends mom.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Good variety of food, well laid out, the kind of place you would want to go back to. My 96 year old mother even liked it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    A few tables around us were waiting around 20-25 minutes before their meals arrived.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Southie Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We had brunch here before the Fort Points Art Walk and enjoyed it! Barlow's is located right in the middle of the arts district in South Boston and was the perfect pick. I had the Barlow Burger which was good but couldn't eat it all so told them I wanted to take half of it home. They accidentally threw it out but was so sorry about it ! They immediately took it off the bill which I did not ask for or expect. Great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Mothers Day Brunch
    Madz
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We had a large group and a lot to celebrate, and the service and food at Barlows was flawless. I got the french toast platter - too much food, but it was all excellent, especially the homefries. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud -- don't bother
    MetroWesternerVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    The food was good, the service was fine, but it was so loud that I couldn't carry on a conversation with my dinner companion. The reason I went out for dinner in the first place was to enjoy my friend's company. The meal is incidental. In this case, while the food was good, it was so offensively loud in the restaurant that I might as well have been alone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Service
    CaliVisitor
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    We had a rather large party, they were completely accommodating to our needs. We had a wonderful night and loved the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs Up
    MMBoston
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Food and drinks were great! I liked that there was alot of space and they were able to accomodate a big group. Service was good but for a group of 13 we should have had 2 waitresses instead of one. Also, the wait time for the food was a long time as well. I would go back again, and possibly check out the night/weekend ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great, and so was
    JacquiVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Food was great, and so was music, but WAY TOO LOUD. We were sitting about as far as possible from the stage but it was completely impossible to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, atmosphere, and
    JCF13
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Great food, atmosphere, and music. Only suggestion was that the love music was very load and started pretty early for a Saturday night (7:30), making it difficult to carry dinner conversation. I would recommend either turning it down a bit or not starting until 9. Otherwise, great experience!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Lots of options.
    yankeegirl2
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    Great food. Lots of options. Gluten free friendly restaurant. Service was a little slow and can be very loud inside the restaurant near the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We stopped here for lunch
    JamesMVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    We stopped here for lunch while in town for a meeting. The food was good, and this place had a nice atmosphere. I would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a bit noisy but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    It was a bit noisy but the food was excellent and the service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Third time here and after
    RedSoxFanVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Third time here and after each time I ask myself why do I go back. Convenience since I live nearby but the service and the inexperienced young staff is really unbearable. Food is OK not great but not bad. Unless you MUST I would say go somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Is it a restaurant or a concert ven
    BroadwayDSR
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    I was excited to finally get to Barlow's. I live in Southie. Always nice to find another local spot to hang. My waitress, while perfectly nice, was awful at stopping by or even glancing our way to see if we were ready for something/anything. We felt ignored or certainly, over-looked. A duo of guys set up music and played as if the diners with there for a concert. Hello? We were there for a MEAL! They were WAY TOO LOUD. I could no longer hear a thing my dinner partner was saying and we were three booths down the line from the musicians. I could tell everyone around us was annoyed at the volume. And the music start at 8 if not earlier; still well within the I'm-here-to-eat time frame. Too bad as I think I liked the place but
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just moved to Fort Point,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Just moved to Fort Point, tried Barlow's for the first time. One of the best burgers that I have had in a long time! Friendly staff. Excellent service, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. We will be back! A great neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So we were going to a small
    thebeornVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    So we were going to a small theater in the area and didnt want to park twice for obvious reasons. This is not a really active evening area so i we were pleasently surprised by the quality of the food, the interesting decor and the freindly service. No problems recomending this place....a little loud but just get a tabel away from the bar crowd and its no problem.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Drinks and bar area were good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    Drinks and bar area were good and inviting. The server was very friendly but the food was terrible for the price paid. We will not return unless I have already eaten elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I hate to see this but our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    I hate to see this but our waiters poor English skills affected our service greatly. We received 3 wrong items! I would hope that they can remedy this quickly with additional training but it should have been clear to his supervisors that he was not ready to work alone. Our party had mixed reviews on the food from great pasta and salmon burger to dry hamburger and over dressed salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As a dining experience, Barlow
    joejVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    As a dining experience, Barlow fell short. It is a large space in a renovated building, very high ceilings. The bar section is larger than the dining section. A band played in the bar section which was very loud, much, much louder than a "bistro" like setting. More like a bar/nightclub noise level. The food was just OK. Service good until check was left, then the waiter never came back. Looked like a very fun, active bar though. But for a dinner spot, I'd eat someplace else first, then hit the bar to watch a game or meet a group.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had high hopes for this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    I had high hopes for this restaurant as I heard the bloody mary bar was great, but our server was a bit rude, and made us a bad batch of coffee and offered to pour hot water in it instead of make a fresh pot. The food was mediocre for the price. I wouldn't recommend putting this on your must try list.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find in South Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Food was excellent. Nice find. We'll be back. My friends loved the Bloody Mary bar; and we all enjoyed the berry shortcake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Though we were thirty minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Though we were thirty minutes early for our reservation, the manager greeted us and immediately led us to our booth. Beverage service was prompt. The menu was varied, leaning more towards casual comfort food. Decent wine list with some nice less-expensive options. A singer/guitarist was performing (Sat. night) - it was a bit loud but the bar crowd was having fun. Big screen TVs with football on. When there was a mix-up with our appetizer order, the manager came over to apologize and see if something could be done to correct the matter. In short, he came by several times to make sure everything was to our liking, then stopped by before we left to thank me by name. The extra effort is greatly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great. The service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    The food was great. The service suffered slightly because it was so loud, the waiter had difficulty hearing us and got one of the orders wrong because of it (heard fish and chips instead of fish stew). We were at the table furthest from the band on a Saturday night and still had to yell to one another to be heard. If they figure out how to address the noise level issue, we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic