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Beacon Hill Bistro
Beacon Hill Bistro

Beacon Hill Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.beaconhillhotel.com
  • Email: eat@beaconhillhotel.com
  • Phone: (617) 723-1133
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 3pm Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American
  • Executive Chef: Josh Lewin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: MGH/Charles & Arlington
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Boston Common Garage is nearby.
A word from Beacon Hill Bistro
Raised mahogany paneling, banquette seating, mosaic tile flooring, etched glass, discrete mirrors and a large fireplace help to create a refined and comfortable bistro environment on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. A true urban neighborhood venue, The Beacon Hill Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. While breakfast and lunch have an American/International flavor, at dinner the accent is decidedly French. Jason Bond crafts menus calling on modern bistro cuisine, “striving to balance tradition with modern tastes and techniques.” The Bistro also serves late-night dinners until 11:00 p.m. for the after-theatre, symphony, and film crowd. And, of course, Sunday brunch.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were thrilled to find a good restaurant offering a Passover meal! Great matzo, great food in general...traditional with a twist. Nice, friendly staff and atmosphere. Please do it again next year for us folks without families nearby who enjoy good food and want to recognize the holiday."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We had the passover dinner so we didn't really expect much from it since all the food has to be kosher for passover. But paying $42 (not including tip) for the food they gave us was ridiculous. The portions were small, the desserts were dreadful, and it took way too long to get the food."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "After hearing great things about Beacon Hill Bistro from family and friends, my husband and I were very disappointed after dining there recently. I ordered the beet terrine salad. Instead of the rich earthy taste one expects of beets, the terrine had very little flavor and had a slight aftertaste of food that's been sitting in the fridge too long. My husband ordered the duck which was tasty, but nothing outstanding. What really disappointed us was the ice cream. We tried smoked chocolate, rosemary and pumpkin pie. While the rosemary was delicious, it was completely overshadowed by how bad the pumpkin pie tasted. The flavor was barely there and the texture was very unappetizing - tasted like it's been sitting around since the Fall."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Hadn't been here for maybe two years. Nearly empty, and with reason. Slooooooow service. Worse than indifferent chicken salad of fried, battered chicken strips, wilted greens, dabs of goat cheese, and over-toasted hazelnuts. Generally tasteless. Toilet paper strewn around the ladies' room floor. It was quiet, but not in a good way. Like lunching on a ghost ship, which indeed it was, the ghost of a neighborhood favorite gone way down hill."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Some dishes looked better than they tasted (beet terrine); one didn't look so good (shrimp with blue corn grits - the blue wasn't so nice to look at). The white potato soup was on the thin side; flavors could have been more concentrated."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Prompt, polite and non-intrusive service insured our having a relaxed meal and still getting to our 7:30 concert. Food was delicious, especially duck dish, and brandade."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "So glad we chose this lovely bistro. Everything was delicious and the service was prompt and excellent."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Eight people from my office took our boss there to celebrate his retirement. As it happened, it was during Dine Out Boston week---we had a wonderful experience! The food was fantastic, the service impeccable and it was quiet enough for us to all participate in conversations at the table without having to speak overly loud. All told, a really nice experience in a lovely neighborhood of Boston!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My daughter and I went to the Beacon Hill Bistro for lunch and the food was outstanding! I had the mussels, cornbread haddock that was cooked perfect and very fresh! Desert was a light lemon parfait with toasted marshmallow topping. The service was prompt and efficient since I only had an hour for lunch that day. Would highly recommend the Beacon Hill Bistro!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great Place for downtown lunch break along Charles Street. Energetic lunch scene with small groups from local offices. Good location from which to set out on that after lunch walk of the Public Gardens."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Dinner was perfect, from the service to the food we had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I had read that Beacon Hill Bistro was a consistently good restaurant with a nice atmosphere. I love bistros, gastropubs, etc. BHB definitely had that vibe, with lots of people coming and going. The food was delicious. My husband and daughter had the steak frites and I had the duck entree which was superb. The portion looked very small initially, but it was so rich, it ended up being just perfect. The restaurant really didn't fill up until 8:30 or so. The bar was tiny--this is more of an eating place than just drinks. The only negative was the price. For a relatively simple meal and a couple of drinks, it was around $250 for 3 people. We are from suburbia, but that seemed pretty steep considering the neighborhoody vibe."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Always want to try the Beacon Hill Bistro. Finally have a chance to try it during Dine Out Boston. Some of the menu items are not the same as the one listed on their website under Event and Holiday. The size of their mussels are bigger than the one from other restaurants, but for some reasons, the mussels smell a little too fishy. The duck confit and roasted chicken taste very good. Both are cooked just right and still very moist. However, the corn meal crusted haddock is pretty bland. Even the quinoa has no favor. We tried all 3 of the desserts. The best one is the pecan tart. The rose jam from the buttermilk panna cotta tastes very good, but the panna cotta has no favor at all. Can't even taste the buttermilk."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The steak frites is as good as it gets. Gnocchi was excellent also. Loved the wine list, someone has taken their time to find good wines to go with the food."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We all go to the opera together and enjoy sharing a meal after - matinee on Sunday - so we arrived at the restaurant at 6. It was the Dine Out week - we liked the menu choices. Our service was attentive but not intrusive. We would choose this again."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "BHB never disappoints -- the menu is varied, the food is very delicious, and the value is terrific! The staff is wonderfuil as well."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were back in Boston for the first time in many years. This restaurant had a wonderful menu with farm to table selections like Shushan Snow a sheep cheese and locally sourced meats. Everything was nicely prepared and presented. We were not hurried and lingered.Lovely evening."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "As always, a great place to dine with friends, while enjoying the very flavorful dishes and managing conversation uninterrupted by either a crowd's din or intrusive service. The menu is always enticing and the wine list commands attention. It consistently pleases, and consistency as well as longevity are rare in the restaurant business."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Second time we were there and just as the first time, the food, the service and the ambiance were all up to par! The food is refined and more original than most restaurants in the area. The atmosphere is nice and quiet. Service is very good and prices are very reasonable. Both times we were there, the restaurant was quiet and not too busy. It actually surprised us given how superior the place is compared to many restaurants in the same neighborhood. Go and try it and judge for yourself!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We celebrated Valentine's Day here. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the wine. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and I love the cozy atmosphere with large windows to take in Charles St. in Beacon Hill. It was snowing that night so the view was even better. It is on the pricey end though. We had a bottle of wine (priced in the middle of their selection) one salad, two entrees and it was over $150. If you are looking for a great special occasion place, this is certainly it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took part in the Valantine's day dinner! it was absolutely amazing!! The food and wait staff are great! will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We eat often at the Bistro. This time was very disappointing. My companion's hamburger was stone cold. Since she wanted "rare", reheating would only overcook it. I think her dish must have waited for my small piece of roast chicken which was dry, uninspiring, and pricey. The pickled okra was a poor touch. The management kindly offered her a free dessert. She chose a creme brulee which was fine. However, it was slathered with overly sweet apple sauce that was visually underwhelming. Was the chef on holiday?"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Beacon Hill Bistro served up a delightful experience for my wife and I on a recent Sunday evening. Our visit coincided with the return of Fondue Sundays to the menu and we partook. The combination of choice French cheeses accompanied by novel vegetables and crisp French bread for dipping was winning. The mahogany paneling, brass fixtures, and white table cloths at BHB speak to the urbanity of this quiet bistro just off Boston Common. We were not looking for gastronomical fireworks from the kitchen. Rather, we hoped for delectable dishes served professionally and we got it. Not at the top of the scale for Boston restaurants perhaps, but worth a visit if you are looking for an unhurried, urbane yet delicious dining experience."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "bhb has a warm and casual atmosphere, excellent food options and good service. it's not going to blow your mind in any way but it's such a comfortable spot that I'm sure i'll be back and would recommend it to friends"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We had breakfasts on two mornings. The menu is very good and the servers are very friendly. Their specialties are vanilla pancakes and strawberry french toast. both are delicious. The restaurant serves very strong coffee. We would definetly go back"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal at BHB on Christmas Eve. The food was nice, although nothing to rave about. The choices were nice, but there were not that many. The wine was yummy and the atmosphere was relaxing. Nice dim, romantic lighting."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Our first dining experience at Beacon Hill Bistro was this past New Years Eve and while this is certainly a challenging evening to provide impeccable service and food they really dropped the ball (so to speak) Our salads were without dressing and still with the woody ends of the iceberg intact and the mains were very average. They were already out of one of the desserts in their prix fixe menu by the time we ordered. Overall a very expensive and disappointing evening, I hope better things are to come in 2014."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The service was very good; the food was dreadful. The oyster was strong; the gnocchi was so salty that it was nearly inedible. The risotto tasteless; the desserts were the best. Something with ricotta and a parsnip was served - a complete mystery as to what it was."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I used to think BHHB was really great... on this occasion it had clearly taken a turn in the wrong direction. Admittedly it was only lunch, and only sandwiches... but the sandwiches were very mediocre and the server absent for long periods, rushed over with the check before we could order coffee, etc. Hopefully this was an aberration but I've heard some worrisome comments from others."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "We had an 8am reservation (not really needed at that hour) and were treated to excellent service. The chef accommodated special requests (soft scramble rather than omelet) not on the menu. The only negative was that the first latte was warm, not hot; on request the second was hot as it should be. Classical music was softly playing over the speakers, creating a pleasant atmosphere. We will return."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Beacon Hill offered a 3-course fixed price menu. The food was delicious. Unfortunately our waitress was unnecessarily 'stressful' or perhaps she just didn't care because a 20% gratitude was already included. Disappointing."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "There isn't much choice for dining out on Christmas night, we chose Beacon Hill Bistro instead of Clink for it's small intimate atmosphere. It was nice and warm and busy inside, but the food was disappointing for what it is. Potato Latkes was pretty tasteless. Goose liver wasn't as good as what we could have purchased from Savenor's Market. Steak was cooked nicely but meat quality isn't great. Peacan pie is tooo sweet. We each have one drink the bill came up to be $185. I don't mind paying more for good food, but that was a disappointing meal."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The Christmas menu was lovely and the portions were such that we did not feel stuffed and we ate every delicious bite -- it was a grand experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "At the last minute, we booked a table at Beacon Hill Bistro - after church on Christmas Eve. It was perfect. The food was really good -we had the chicken and the duck. Service was friendly and attentive. We had a lovely evening and it was a very nice way to spend Christmas Eve,"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We were seated by the hostess and then after 15 minutes of nobody coming to our table we left."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The food was wonderful. I ordered a chicken club sandwich. That was the best chicken club sandwich I have ever had. The other people in my party were also very impressed. There was not one single complaint."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "This is a neighborhood bistro where the kitchen knows the importance of sourcing ingredients, blending flavors and presentation. The menu is always a bit more adventuresome than most."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Always a good choice. A neighborhood place for grown ups. The menu offers the opportunity to put together a meal from small dishes or to eat a serious main course. The steak and frites is a great choice."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "We live in the neighborhood, so go to BHB every now and then. Thursday night we ordered a special item on the menu, which was a pork chop entree offered (and priced!) for two people. When the waiter brought it, he put one plate in front of my husband, and left. We were obliged to ask them for another plate for me, then try and carve it up and split it by ourselves. This was not easy to do, as there were bones to slice through, and truly the amount of food was not sufficient for two people. What were they thinking? Oddly, we chose to split a kale salad as a starter, which they divided up in the kitchen before hand. This is the second time we have had a bad experience with service here. Should we stop going to Beacon Hill Bistro? A pity."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Nice ambiance and setting, but the food and service were very poor. There was poor presentation and little taste. I've been here for brunch and it was fun, but dinner was not up to par."
    Dined on 11/15/2013