Barlow's Restaurant
Barlow's Restaurant

Barlow's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://barlowsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6173382072x
  • 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
  • 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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Barlow's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (15)great for lunch (11)neighborhood gem (11)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)romantic (1)scenic view (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • A Dinning Smile!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a wonderful time!!! Thank you! We had the BEST Server EVER (AJ)!!!! She was awesome which made the experience awesome!!! Me and my co-workers will definitely dine again!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bloodys and Oysters
    Birdman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great Bloody Mary and delicious, fresh oysters. Reasonably priced food, great service, parking street side. This is our to go place on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service, forgetful kitchen
    MinXVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food and ambience make the Granary a hotspot on any day of the week, but the service has been waning lately, and during this most recent visit, the kitchen "forgot" to prepare one of the entrees for our group...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was my first time dining here and it was a great experience overall. We shared apps, the calamari, wings and nachos. All were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in the South End
    DavePVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great spot to hit up on the way to the airport, if you have a layover or just hanging out in the South End. Great food, big portions and notable beer list with great deals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Attrocious
    kinger14VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our waitress was too busy watching the World Cup to come and check on our dinner order. My fiancée's fish was massively over cooked and when we brought it to the attention of the waitress (after waiting for 20+ minutes) she just goes "oh" and brought us our check. Horrible service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, great service.
    MinXVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I was disappointed to find my favorite brunch item was no longer on the menu, but our very nice waitress had it made for me anyway. All around win. Two thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's ok - decent pub type food
    SouthieDiner
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Stick to the basics, burgers, flatbread, etc. Some dishes (lamb kabob sandwich) might be a bit too ambitious for this venue. Convenient to Channel Center area
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Meeting spot
    abdubs
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    WiFi was handy for a lunch meeting/presentation. Food was excellent (fish tacos)!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After Work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is a great spot for an after work dinner or drinks. Service was quick, the food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average but nice atmosphere
    HereToRant
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I don't mind bad service, but that combined with average food is a big turn off. I had a reservation for 6 people, and mentioned that we were there to watch a game. They sat us under a TV that had our game on. The waitress came across as unfriendly. Our appetizers were brought out with our main course dishes which everyone agreed was a little strange. Everyone also agreed that their meals were underwhelming. The only reason I would return, is that you can always get a seat here... They never fill up. Atmosphere is pretty good, and we thouroughly enjoyed the live music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 66 reviews are from the Barlow's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The meatloaf dinner was the best! Salmon was excellent as well. great service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch
    abbypb
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I love this place, it's never too packed and it's a comfortable crowd. They have a great Bloody Mary bar and a perfect Brunch menu for people like me who don't love breakfast (or eggs).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service on birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I went to Barlow for dinner on my birthday a couple nights ago. The server "checked" my ID although I find it hard to believe he actually did since he didn't wish me a happy birthday after looking at the date. I had a phantom gourmet gift card I was going to use toward the bill. I was told the machine was down for that gift card after the server had taken it with our credit card no problems. I worked in a restaurant for 4 years and find it hard to believe there even is a separate machine for this transaction. I asked to speak to the manager who apologized and repeated she wished there was something she could twice before walking away. The food and restaurant itself is great but talk about terrible customer service. So disappointing..
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Okay
    GirlInValpo
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Went there, atmosphere was great, service mediocre, and food was okay. If a group of people invited me there, I would join them, but I wouldn't choose to go back on my own. The atmosphere was a lot more with it than their service, and their food selections were upscale, but bland. Our server was bad, had to remind her to bring us our drink orders several times, they were wrong. Had to wave her down to get her attention. Not terrible, not great, just "good enough" to visit once, or if that is your only option in South Boston.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yum
    jenj
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Went here for the first time after living in the area a few years and was pleasantly surprised. I got the salmon salad and the salmon was cooked perfectly! My 2 friends also got salads and said they were really good as well. I'll definitely go back to try other stuff on the menu! Also, great friendly service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for Large Parties
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Accommodated our party of 12 with ease, very friendly and attentive service. Food was delicious, and well cooked -- drinks were amazing. We had a few picky eaters and there was something for everyone. I had the Barlow's Burger which was perfect, and the Crown Maple Drink which was good, but overly sweet. Would definitely eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    BDdrew
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Just found this place on opentable- went with a group of 4, sat right down, waitress was there before I even looked up asking us if we needed anything, very attentive all night long, food was down right perfect. We went with a couple pizzas and salads. The pizza was done perfectly, the salad was huge and delicious. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barlow's
    MRose
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Excellent service - would certainly go back. Cool up and coming location in South Boston. Very loud, large bar and live music. Don't got expecting to have easy conversation at your table. But otherwise go for a fun time, good food and cool cocktail selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 13
    Luvboston
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I was really impressed that our table was ready when we got there. The food was very prompt and when we needed to leave our checks were a priority. I would also go back because the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Barlows
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I was staying in the area on business with a co-worker. We were hungry and had many items, all were wonderful, redsox egg rolls, oysters, beet/citrus salad, butternut squash raviloi, seafood special. Every dish was perfect, wish we could have eaten more. Service was top notch as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar scene, food not so good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We got the chicken BBQ pizza, Korean pork tacos, fried chicken sliders, and fries. The only thing I would recommend we're the fries. The Korean pork tacos were horrible. The pizza and fried chicken were edible at best. The live band playing wax jog great but played enjoyable music. I would not go back for food, but might go back for a couple beers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great time!
    Mistabouv
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I work in Seaport area and sneak over to Barlows every now and then. The atmosphere has a great, young professional vibe. The food is amazing, personally the boneless chipotle chicken wings are some of the best in town. Service has always been above and beyond. Highly recommended place for a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite
    IzzyB
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We went to Barlow's years ago and I remembered liking the food so we went again on a Friday night. It was bustling but didn't feel crowded and there was an awesome band playing. The food was out of this world - meatloaf and Fenway egg rolls - and really reasonable for the portions. The beer selection was great and the service friendly despite the slow down at the bar (it was pretty crowded so the table beer orders took a while). We liked it so much we went back the next Friday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, wicked noisy
    x143VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Loud Friday night, had to change table to get away from the performer. liked the fried chicken slider app & short rib shepherd's pie. Sent back the bnut squash ravioli as tasteless. Offered another choice but whatever. Liked the accommodating wait staff.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli...
    dshweez
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    ...do yourself a favor and get them. Great restaurant. Sort of a hidden gem in Southie. Great vibe. Loved the exposed brick interior and woodwork.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good American food.
    newyokohama
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great place, great location, very nice view of the city. The drinks are some of the strongest you will come across, try the Barlow's Manhattan, insane. The food, while not really adventurous at all as far as spice and cuisine go, was very tasty. We'd go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first time, recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    My first time, recommended by my daughter, I was very impressed and our waitress was awesome. My daughter commented that the wait staff she had before was not as knowledgeable and friendly. I meet my daughter a lot in Boston and I would definitely revisit Barlows. I am looking forward to sitting outside one of favorite things to do so I will add Barlows to my list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • barlows
    abbypb
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I love this place, and always have. I went with a party of 9 for my Mom's birthday this past weekend. I know it was a larger party size but the waitress really wasn't attentive and took a long time to take our orders, that being said I would still go again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two times a charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I have eaten are Barlow's twice and both times have been great. The first time for brunch and second for dinner. I am GF. They breakfast egg sand which on the GF bread was great. And the maple glaze pork was to die for. But my favorite was the chill! The service was fast. Our waitress was on point. The prices were moderate. It is the perfect date place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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