Beacon Hill Bistro
Beacon Hill Bistro

Beacon Hill Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.beaconhillhotel.com/
  • Phone: 6177231133
  • 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: American, French
  • 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.
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Beacon Hill Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (22)great for lunch (11)romantic (10)great for brunch (9)special occasion (7)notable wine list (6)good for groups (5)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Lovely relaxed evening
    Betsy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had a fabulous dinner experience that began at the bar with a fabulous glass of prosecco while waiting for my dinner party. The salads were great and the steak frites was very good. Nice wine menu and a relaxed, cozy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service
    Jake
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Bad service taints a good meal. We were waiting for about 45 minutes before we got a waiter. The food was good, but brunch is the best time to go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • something for everyone
    EZGourmandVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We came with the whole family (2 teenage boys and a teenage daughter) while we were in town visiting my daughter in College. Her request was for steak,which is apparently lacking from the College cafeteria menu, and mine was anything but… Every single dish, from appetizer to dessert was fantastic! Even though I was worried that some of us wouldn't be pleased, i couldn't have been more wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great non-cafe breakfast option well-located on Charles St.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    travelguy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Really great friendly staff at this bistro. The food is beautifully presented and the atmosphere is very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BHB
    KLG1
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The menu had changed since my last visit. Some excellent choices. Gnocchi, Pork Belly. As always the steak and frites is a hit! The fried green tomatoes; batter heavier and too fried for my taste. The yellow tomato salad delish. Our server was great but the Bistro appeared under staffed. Sorbet: sour cherry out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As Always
    Acqua
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Another good meal and good time at BHB. So consistently good it's hard not to enjoy eating here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delightful
    lindysalem
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food is consistently good and the wine list is delightful. The wait staff is always accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The atmosphere was nice, food and service were good. For the price it was nothing special
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is a restaurant which is consistently very good to outstanding. The staff is prompt and generally knowledgeable about the items on the menu. It is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid dining in Beacon Hill
    L02118VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had walked by BHB many times before and finally decided to get reservations with friends for dinner. Service was lovely and the wine by the glass, while limited, was varied. Longer list by the bottle, and well-priced. Food was excellent from the appetizers to the entrees. Everything was done extremely well. Dessert, chocolate cake, was just good. Service was friendly, though a little slow at times for a Monday night. All in all, I would recommend. I love Beacon Hill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jessica
    Joojoo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was plated nicely but that was it. They got our orders wrong. My boyfriend likes his steaks well done the kitchen brought him a medium steak. He then asked When we commented to the waiter the food was not what we ordered he was very rude. The desert came straight out of the freezer and was frozen solid not fresh at all. The wait staff was rude and sarcastic the entire evening. Don't waste your money.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shockingly delicious
    EastCoastFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went to Beacon Hill Bistro during Dine Out Boston. There was a fabulous set of menu options, and we were delighted with our choices. The meal was refined, thoughtfully prepared and served, and, we were bowled over with the tastes. It was a fabulous choice and we highly recommend Beacon Hill to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food...I thoroughly enjoyed my scituate scallops and pork belly/crab cake appetizer. I wish there were 2 pieces of pork belly instead of the crab cake. My husband got the flat iron steak and the corn soup, both of which were prepared very well. The steak was very flavorful. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Noisy
    ParisVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    It was restaurant week and the restaurant was full on a Monday night. The service was slow but the food was good and an excellent value on offerings from their special three course menu as well as the regular menu. I was at a table for two and could barely hear my dinner partner in the din. I often had to ask her to repeat herself. The tables are not all that close together but there seems to be no sound proofing in the long room. The sound level in Boston restaurants can be a problem from time to time but never like this!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Super Summer Dinner Party
    John
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Everything was excellent for our group of 4, each of whom had something entirely different and delicious. I appreciate the fact that BHB always has several seafood offerings. and the desserts were also excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    John
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was surprised that for the price the food was decidedly average. The menu was quite limited and therefore expected more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Walthamflyer
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A smartly appointed gem in the heart of Beacon Hill. Creative twist on traditional french cuisine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beacon Hill Bistro Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have eaten at Beacon Hill Bistro numerous times over the past decade. This place continues to impress, with outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A pitty...
    Piemat
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I usually don't comment but not this time. We are used to eat in many restaurants all over Boston and around the world. We booked for 10 people. 1hour for the first plate, exellent taste but cold ! unprofessional service, unprofessional manager this evening !
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  • Bland expensive food
    Letdown
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had high expectations for this restaurant but it was a let down. Ford was completely tasteless. I usually cook with little salt but this was extremely unseasoned, had to add salt and pepper to everything. Food took a long time to come out. Steak was cooked at the right temperature but again no flavor. Fish was over cooked. Not even the bread was good and that is crime to French bread. Did not even stay for dessert. Extremely expensive for the food. You can get very good French food and reasonable prices at any other French Bistro or brasserie in Boston. I think they can get away with those prices because of their location. Will definitely will not return or recommend.
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  • Wonderful Food
    Bostonvisitor
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Enjoyed delightful 5 course tasting. Food was outstanding; each course would be one to recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Your standard breakfast..
    HotsauceHankVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Nothing special just a basic breakfast. Perfect if you have a business meeting. It's quiet and the waitstaff are attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 733 reviews are from the Beacon Hill Bistro reviews archive.
  • Glad Midsommar
    SwedeInTheCity
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    As a Swede who is hard pressed to find Scandinavian cuisine in Boston I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the Midsommarmiddag. The dinner courses were spot on and delicious. I only wish there was a signature vodka drink and the dessert was Russian not Swedish, but we were so full by then it didnt really matter. Already looking forward to it next year! Tack!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matt Singer is a gem
    Precchio
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Sous Chef Matt Singer is a true culinary professional, with creative tastes, brilliant execution and artistic plating. AKA - that Dude Rules.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Odd but ok
    j12551VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was actually pretty decent although we thought some if the choices of their pairings were odd. I had the steak and frites which was rather unremarkable. My wife enjoyed the hake fish but thought the pairing with a ratatouille was odd. Quiet night for a Saturday evening visit; the dining room was less than half full. Truth is that while it was ok, there are a lot of more interesting choices in Boston.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crashed and Burned!
    Gramps09VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    In the course of changing to a new chef, the restaurant also seems to have lost any adult supervision in the front of the house. We ate there on Tuesday night, and it was a real disappointment, especially since it has been a long-time favorite of ours. The new chef, in trying to give his own spin to menu mainstays, is missing the finesse of his predecessor. Except for one seven-year veteran of the waitstaff (unfortunately, not ours), the service staff seemed bored, indifferent or inhospitable. Plus, our waitress's entire vocabulary seemed to consist of only four words, which were used variously throughout the evening but which can be summarized as "No problem, you guys." We probably won't return until we see a good review.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Service Catastrophe
    WrywriterVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This normally reliable Beacon Hill restaurant failed miserably on this visit. After one guest asked about multiple ingredients to ensure that a vegetarian option was truly vegetarian, a meat-filled version of the dish was delivered. Two of us had the same wine by the glass; when I noticed that it was corked, the waiter replaced my glass but not the other until a second request was made. Bread did not arrive until after the starters were cleared. The room was not crowded so there was no excuse for such slow and indifferent service. Of the five of us, two enjoyed the food, two found it just OK, and one didn't eat because he was so upset about the service and veggie issue above. It was an embarrassing evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fun, delicious, TOO LOUD
    sayThatAGAINVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    There are only great things to say about the food, service, general ambiance, and time we had. However, all was compromised by the terrible acoustics. The room does not have the pleasant buzz of a busy, vibrant bistro, but is just plain LOUD. My hearing is fine, thank you, and I could not hear the person across the table due to sound from one end of the room bouncing off the ceiling and ending up in our space. Sound tiles on the ceiling might help. After eating at a wonderful place like the Beacon Hill Bistro, the noise should not be as memorable as the perfectly prepared steak frites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A bit loud which is OK for 2 but may make a table of 4-6 difficult unless you talk very loud!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    A friend and I returned to Beacon Hill Bistro after a 2 years break. (No reason for the break, but just happened.) We found we were again impressed with the food, cocktails, and service. The one comment I would make is that based on the other guests it can be noisy.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    lex12345
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was amazing and the staff was friendly. They even treated us to some special treats on the house for our anniversary. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French with an American twist
    Syfood
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The ambience and staff were very friendly. Our waiter helped us find the perfect wine to go with the Duck,which was very good!This was our second time ther and we'll sure return when in Boston
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    Happydiner
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Have gone here many times with my husband, but this was the first time I took a group from work there. The experience was equally great. This place is a jewel, food is fantastic, service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as last visit
    bentley
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    disappointed in the food, ambience (too loud), portions were too small and expensive...........we left hungry
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simple Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The breakfast here was pretty good, but nothing to rave about. My husband and I ordered eggs with bacon and our kids had pancakes. The service was definitely poor. I was one of those meals where you had to ask for everything and every time the waiter brought one thing over and walked away, you realized something else was missing. Over the course of breakfast we had to ask for butter, jelly, milk for our coffee, extra plate, extra glass and salt. It got a bit tiring towards the end. The place was not busy and there were more than enough waiters.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Passover Excellence
    Murph
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We couldn't resist the chance to eat out on Passover and to see what a top chef could do with these guidelines. It was great. Everything tasted special and good. From the soup to the dessert it was great. Even if it had not been special for Passover, it would have to be considered a great meal. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best
    room
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Passover Meal
    RarereviewVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After hearing great things
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet