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BoMa

BoMa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bomarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 536-2662
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from BoMa
Here at Boma Restaurant + Bar we are creating an experience for the diner that is both casual and fine. We use only fresh local produce and meat, fish and cheeses. I want to make our guests dining experience shine with no wasted or superfluous elements. We will have an emphasis on local New England seafood.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was great. Our waitress was a bit slow and kept forgetting who ordered what. Another waitress came by and fixed everything. Overall, a great experience. I would go back and would recommend this place."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food was great, but the way they sat the tables on an early Saturday night did not make a lot of sense. They grouped 4 tables all together, which made it tough to have a conversation. Quality of the food was very good, but they were out of a few of the menu items (for a 6:30 reservation on Saturday night??) and did not have any specials or additions. Would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Friday night reservation at 8:30pm. We needed to wait a bit for our table, but were able to have a drink at the bar. Once seated, we were lavished with attention and we had a leisurely dinner. Started by sharing the vegetarian flatbread. Great flavors mixed together. I'm not an eggplant fan, but this we done very well. Then it was followed by salmon for me and scallops for my friend. Both were cooked very well and were quite flavorful. The staff was very attentive and even fun. Though the noise level when I first arrived put me off and made me wonder if I would ever return, the food won me over for a revisit."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our server was friendly and helpful. It's always nice to find a restaurant that will accommodate vegetarian requests without giving me grief. Everyone loved the meal and the creative tequila based cocktails."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great location but a terrible use of the space. Cheapo furniture. Seats uncomfortable and wrong size for high tops. Televisions are too big and inescapable! Service was good. Drinks were good. Food was was fine but not knock your socks off. Restaurant needs interior design help, needs to get rid of the t.v's and to tweak its food prep. There are so many restaurants in the South End to choose from, BoMa needs to do better than this."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We come each year for the Boston Seafood Show. Lots of dining with high end prices and OK food. I wanted to get away from show crowd and didn't want to wait for hours to get a table. Found BoMa on Open table. Yum, yum, yum. I work for a French Chef whom I brought to dinner with me. He did not have an criticism. Usually he politely tells me what was prepared wrong and why. Loved it so much I brought my hubbie back for dinner last night of the show. He ordered the scallops. Perfection. Crab appetizer was the only thing not wonderful, but it was due to the quality of the crab, not the preparation.This is an undiscovered gem, but not for long. I want a seat next year in March. I think I will book now!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The chicken with brussels sprouts is awesome. Love the ambience here and Shane the host is incredibly gracious. Good service and lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Visited at 6:30 PM Thur. Early dinner and had time for a drink at the bar. The bartender knew her wines and beer, very good start. Convienant location, scenic view across from the Catholic Cathedral. Fun atmosphere and bar. Tiffany was our server, did not expect professional level waitstaff in a casual fare restaurant. Not only was she knowledgeable about the full menu and able to accurately describe subtleties of each item, but she wowed the table with her knowledge of wine pairings. She recommended a Malbec wine that drew out and complimented the delicate spicy undertones in the flank steak beyond perfection. Have never met her before, but will ask for her upon return. Such a genuinely pleasant and knowledgeable server, will be back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "the service is great, the menu changes all the time, the manager knows everyone that comes in...it's our go-to place in the South End."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "If you're looking for a light relatively inexpensive meal that is nicely prepared without a lot of ingredient negotiation, this is a perfect choice! Tuna entree was far better than expected -- tuna was high quality and perfectly seared. Burgers and salads -- also high marks. Don't overlook BOMA as a good dining option."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had a very nice night out with the family. The food was very good and the service was excellent. This was our second time there And will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Booked BoMa for early-ish Valentine's dinner since most other places were already booked a week out. Had heard about BoMa on blog sites and always thought it would be good. It turned out to be very disappointing--biggest problem was sticker shock--a forced prix fixe menu at $65 per person that WAS NOT worth it--no mention on the website this menu was the only one offered. They also skipped courses and gave us the wrong entrees, and we didn't see the waiter for like 45 minutes to tell him of the errors, so they brought dessert, took it away, gave us course #1 they had skipped, and then dessert again. The food was okay, but nothing outstanding, and not worth the high prices. They need to work on their kitchen/ordering system..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Really nice evening. Cool menu in a great setting. Everything was very good. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "BOMA is a great neighborhood restaurant as the atmosphere is inviting and friendly without being stifling with overcrowding and blaring music. The food is wonderful, at least the sample my guest and I had. If duck fat fries, vegetable risotto with roasted pulled chicken intermixed and a blackened salmon strike your interest, then this is a place for you. The libations followed suit tasting wonderful and refreshing. The thai basil cucumber vodka concoction notably stands out. The service is accommodating and attentive to the point where our server was never pushy, but always around if we needed something. Overall, BOMA is wonderful for smaller groups or the little romantic evening. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I came with a friend from out of town. While I understand some restaurants have special menus for Valentine's day, I expect a)the regular menu would also be available and b) an indication of a limited menu would be on the website. Neither happened which was pretty annoying since I'd selected the restaurant based on the menu I THOUGHT I would be ordering from. The food was fine but the service was awful. We had to remind the waiter we were waiting on our next course multiple times. The final straw was when we had waited for dessert for about 30 mins. My friend had given the waiter her credit card wanting to make sure dinner would be her treat. He then brought the check before our dessert arrived (which we had to remind him about again)!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great service and ambiance, very disappointed in the food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went to BoMa over the weekend. apps were delicious -- had the mussels in a honey broth -- different but good. crab rangoons were great. the "pumpkin patch" app was okay. My husband had the tuna tartar while I had a burger. both were good. one complaint was that every time the door opened, it was a bit cold. service was okay."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The menu is small and creative. The food was eclectic, but not for vegetarians (which I am not). The food was very flavorful. The servers were extremely accommodating, especially with our changing plans and group composition. The restaurant is in a great neighborhood. My group loved it."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Based on the menu online, I had hopes that this could become a frequent dinner spot given its perfect location. But I was disappointed in the experience. It was hugely expensive for what we got especially given the ambiance. I probably made a mistake trying to build a meal by combining certain appetizers. I focused on tuna tartare as my protein. But it was just a couple of tablespoons of a simple diced tuna. I ordered "extra" tuna which came out quickly and without the rest of the presentation. Only later did I realize that I was charged for a whole second order. A mesculin salad which could have come from Foodies next door was a whopping $10. Every single thing I ordered was about $10 each and I found that truly lacking in value."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "It's surprising that this restaurant has not gotten more traffic. With one minor exception, our dishes were really good; the service was great; it was easy to talk and the atmosphere was welcoming and warm. The menu is interesting and it's easy to eat light or more substantially, with or without drinks. Certainly worth a try; brings another choice to the neighborhood, which is always good."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "BoMA was awesome. All 4 of us had great dinners. Scallops were spectacular."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I've lived in the South End for many years and I've seen restaurants come and go...I think BoMa has what it takes to be around for the long haul. There is a great mix of comfort food and healthy options. The staff is friendly, waitstaff attentive and I never had to ask for my water glass to be refilled. We'll be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was really good, some unusual choices (harvest pumpkin patch appetizer was really attractive looking and tasted high-end) atmosphere was nice and not too noisy. We were there on a Friday night around 7, so I was surprised it wasn't very busy. I imagine things pick up later."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Very cool place. Great vibe. Great food. Salmon was perfectly done as was the risotto, flank steak was also excellent."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The really good service made the evening. Felt very well taken care of by the professional staff. Food, however, was OK at best -- not bad, but nothing special that would make be return to this restaurant with all the choices in Boston."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Food was great, service was quick and sincere. Fun ambiance, patriots were playing, but wasn't disruptive, I'm not a football fan but it had me excited too. Strong beer selection on tap and the cocktail menu is great. Definitely a great experience."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "ENJOYED OUR RECENT EXPERIENCE AT BOMA. THE FOOD WAS GOOD BUT NOT EXTRAORDINARY. THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT. WE WILL MOST DEFINITELY RETURN."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Food was just okay and waitress seemed new. We like BoMa but experience this time was not great."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "the cocktail menu looks great (I didn't get to try any as I was driving); the location is fantastic and I love the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the food wasn't up to the standard of other South End options. The risotto was undercooked rice; the caramelized scallops were an odd texture and you couldn't taste the caramelization at all; and the squash pumpkin patch appetizer, while a fabulous presentation, was undercooked and tasteless. It's such a shame b/c I had high hopes, but the food was, across the board, underwhelming (under-salted; under-cooked; flavors that didn't necessarily go together) despite descriptions that sounded appealing. I wouldn't go back for the food. but I'll sample a drink at some point in the future."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Staff were super and very accomodating. Food was unmemorable."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Everything was fine but I was not blown away. Had the chicken which was an excellent choice. Wine selected after bartenders recommendation was very nice. Ate at the bar which my friend and I often do by choice. Absolutely nothing wrong with any aspect of the meal."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "BoMa specializes in Duck and it was fantastic. I'll go back many times over!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "I ordered the duck and it was blan. My girlfriend ordered steak frites and it was also blan. Pricing was reasonable"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had a party of 6 and only one meal came out excellent. The scallop plate had burnt parts, the fries were overcooked and burnt, the flatbread was so hard it was impossible to bite and difficult to cut. They were out of the salmon plate as well as one of the drinks on the menu. The Mahi Mahi was very good! We did get complimentary drinks and a dessert for our friends birthday! The playlist was OK at times, but not fantastic. The decor has cool parts to it, but doesn't quite all flow together. I have heard from friends that they had fantastic experiences here. It almost seemed as if the boss was out of town so they were slacking in many areas. Definitely would not recommend it for fear of if I did, my friends would have a "miss" experience."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Thanks Open Table, might not have discovered this great restaurant. Was searching for a South End restaurant near the Boston Center for the Arts. Boma came up, reviews were mostly good and it more than met our needs and expectations. The bar was busy with the Patriots game and we were early following a matinee so the place was pretty empty at 4:30. But service was good and food delish. Loved the eggplant app. and the flat bread pizza was yummy as was the salmon. Now that we discovered this place, we will be back."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "go for the comfortable and lively atmosphere at this neighborhood bar/restaurant."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We were a party of four and tried several appetizers that we shared. Each one was better than the one before. If you like Brussels Sprouts, they are amazing here. We had a squash appetizer that was fabulous and a tuna tartar that was delicious. Two of us had the tuna for dinner, one had scallops and the other diner had the risotto. The food here is absolutely fabulous and we can't wait to go back. If you have never eaten here, you must put it on your bucket list!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The chicken was out of this world! But the young male waiter was unfriendly and didn't not make us feel welcome at all, despite our trying to engage him. I'll be back again, but would hope not to sit in his section..."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "I had a haircut appointment down the street at 8 so I met two buddies for burgers at BoMa at 6:30 (a Tuesday night). We were the ONLY people in the dining room. Host was friendly, waiter was too. Burgers were good. The place is convenient, right on Washington Street, and the martini was generously poured. That's all I got..."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "was quiet when first arrived--6:15 not many people @ tables. decided to eat @ the bar---awesome"
    Dined on 10/26/2013