Bostonia Public House
Bostonia Public House

Bostonia Public House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bostoniapublichouse.com/
  • Phone: (617) 948-9800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Ketchum
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Aquarium T stop and Government Center and also the State street Stop on the Orange line are within a short walk from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bostonia Public House
Located in the landmark Board of Trade building at the intersection of State and Broad streets; Bostonia Public House celebrates the history and tradition of Boston. This Tanya Nayak design thoughtfully combines, rustic elements, modern accents and unique finishes that will remind Bostonians of their rich and colorful heritage. Cognac and coffee tones, tufted banquets, vintage and modern lounge seating promote a warm environment. Bostonia Public House will offer a ‘refined rustic’ menu within a vibrant bar atmosphere. An exposed kitchen, bars on two floors, private rooms and quiet spaces for intimate dining make Bostonia Public House a genuinely alluring gathering spot. Spearheaded by hospitality veteran John Fitzgerald, the food & beverage offerings are intended to be approachable and simply stylish. Imaginative and locally inspired cuisine, intelligent wine and cocktail lineups, and elegant live entertainment combine to deliver just the right amount of sociable sophistication.
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Bostonia Public House reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (33)fit for foodies (27)good for groups (25)hot spot (21)great for lunch (13)neighborhood gem (12)special occasion (10)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (9)late-night find (6)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Libs
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I went to Bostonia Public House for brunch. The food was amazing, the drinks were amazing and our waiter was awesome! Will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, but loud
    leeleeCT
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Very good service and the food was delicious. Menu offers several different options beyond the usual steak and potatoes. The only disappointing thing was the noise level - very loud. It was difficult to hear the conversation at our own table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JacksonVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    LOUD LOUD LOUD. Our drink orders were incorrect and it took a looooong time to get dinners despite mgmt assuring us numerous times that dinner was on its way. Dinners were only OK. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Eats on a Sunday Night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great Burgers, Awesome Scollops and Sweet Potato Doughnut Holes a must eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad To Report- Disappointing Brunch
    SimpyAMDVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Let me just start with we love(d) Bostonia. We love the restaurant, the food, the ambiance. We decided to try brunch as I heard they had cinnamon buns! Long story short- We saw two other servers before our server came to our table only after we flagged her down to ask about our bun we order 20 min ago (requested to have w/ our coffee and before our meal). She did attend to the table next to us who got sat after us. Not once did she ever check on us. It was another 25 minutes before the cinnamon bun was 'dropped off'- no words, no apologies, nothing. The bun was doughy in the middle! And sure enough our meal comes shortly after! Rrgh! Poached eggs on my bennies- over cooked. BF's burger was delish! Our check?Yep, wrong! She did deduct bun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Great Place
    merrymurda
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great wine and food for a special occasion. Try not to sit near the music because it's too loud to hear the person sitting next to you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So noisy and chain-like food
    Stefano
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Bar over flow into dining area made it too crowded to enjoy a meal, and so loud we had to shout. Wouldn't have minded if the food was good, but only the baked beans were. Never again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food / cocktails but too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Went with a couple of coworkers on a Tuesday. The food was excellent, great cocktail menu. My colleague was glad for the gluten free menu items. However the noise was so loud we were shouting the whole meal which made it quite difficult to enjoy the food. I'd been before and not had such noise. It is a vibrant after work bar scene so that accounted for a lot of the noise.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch!
    JoePi0105VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    One of my new favorite spots in the city - absolutely love the bar and the variety of drinks. Stopped by on Sunday to try out their brunch. It was outstanding. Food was great (especially the cinnamon rolls and sweet potato home fries) and the Bloody Mary bar had pretty much everything you could want. It's become my top choice for brunch in Boston.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Spot
    B6685
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This place is located in the Financial District, so you have a large afterwork crowd, which make this a very loud bar. There also is live music which adds to the noise. Luckily, after about 8/8:30 the noise starts to die down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is excellent
    localdiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Casey was our server and she was perfectly attentive as was the bartender who came to our table to briefly chat as did the manager to take the pulse of our experience. The music was bluesy/jazz and happened to be perfect for what we wanted in the night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst Service in Boston
    Dolson13
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was amazed at how great the food was and how terrible the service was...I will not reccommend this place to anyone. The attitude of our server was snobbish and he seemed put off to have us there. There definately needs to be someone there to make sure your customers are being taken care of...We will not be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of Boston
    Bananasplit
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our server Jacob was a true professional an expert waiter and a great representative for Bostonian. He made our evening there really enjoyable, top marks for a great service and great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not bad for the neighborhood. Service is akin to the turn and burn you would expect from the touristy area. Nice bar with a solid cocktail and wine list. Plenty of selections and decent pricing. Food was good- nothing unbelievable but you get what is ordered and its decent quality; more so than any of its neighbors.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative food & drink choices
    frugalfoodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Kind of a mixed review, absolutely loved the food and beverage choices but the noise level was borderline too much. This isn't so much a restaurant with a bar as a bar with some restaurant amenities. Clearly, this is more of a place for people to go after work and hang out, enjoy unique and delicious food and cocktails and enjoy the piano bar and the generally socially conducive lay-out. If you are looking for a place to hold a conversation perhaps the outdoor tables would be your best option as it is near impossible to chat without losing your voice inside. However, this is not a negative review - the food is excellent! The service is friendly and attentive and the pricing is about average for Boston. You must try the donut hole dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gluten free options
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Love Bostonia Public House!! Great menu! Excellent service! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but very pricey
    worldtravellerVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    2 apps, 2 salads and 2 cocktails = $90 Food is good but small portions and very very expensive for pub fare.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skip Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great place to have drinks after work, dead after rush hour. food stinks, service is bad. Our waiter was higher than Dave Chapelle and couldn't see straight.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster rules!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had the lobster rolls and they were well worth the price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    Bourney
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We came with family. Everyone was impressed and our waiter Jason was unbelievable. I definitely will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    finediner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a great night out. Service was very good. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annoyed by filming next door
    gotrings
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    An otherwise perfect meal was marred by a film crew next door with idling trucks, etc. They did not have a record of my open table reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Foodforreal
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Interrior was nice for the most part. The food was okay. The service was terrible. Friendly, but basically non existent. We waited over an hour for food that was simple for 4 adults and 2 babies under 15 mo. The service was nice when orders were taken, etc. but back of house was beyond slow. The restaurant was basically deserted. About a total of 25 or 30 people in the entire establishment. Lots of employees appearing to be waiting around, yet incredibly slow with food prep. This place won't last long...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively and lovely, CMO approved
    CondoCookVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My colleagues and I took our CMO here for dinner. When I previewed the menu, read reviews, and recalled his menu choices previously, I thought this would be a great pick. I have been getting compliments on my restaurant pick for a week, and will likely go back, not just because I got such great reviews for picking it, but because it was DELICIOUS and fun. The piano player was an added bonus, and our table was far enough away we could enjoy a company discussion and the liveliness of the establishment. I ordered the scallops and thought they were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BPH's First Brunch Service
    holmesmd
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I happened to notice that BPH was having it's 1st brunch service. I was excited for a downtown brunch spot, esp. with a live band (though definitely not New Orleans jazz like they advertised *sadness*). The menu was ok, you really have to love seafood and/or high fatty foods. The one healthy option that could be filling was the salad + meat of your choosing, but at $24 for a basic salad it could not be justified. We ordered the standard Benedict and lobster omelet. Both were really great, as was the coffee (grateful they have non-whole milk). Cocktails were *very* watered down. Waitress was the perkiest person I'd ever met, she checked in every 5 minutes, which is good and bad. Lovely, but won't return until there's a menu change.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bostonia
    JoeSandySteph
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went for their brunch with music this past Sunday, 8-3-14. The music was great, the food and drinks even better. But the best part was our server, Lily, she was just the best, great bubbly attitude, her suggestions were on target.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took over an hour to get our food. No attention from server and did little to rectify the problem. Asked server about a certain meal and they forgot to come back tonusbwith an answer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice but really loud
    DH325
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was excellent although prices are not for the faint of heart. The scallop appetizer and the warm seafood dip were particularly memorable. Service was good - although I did expect it to be at that price point. The wine list was very nice - so dont get fooled by the "public house" label. I did find the noise level a negative. It was not "energetic" it was LOUD for a Wednesday night = and on top of it, they had a piano player!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Bostonia Public House reviews archive.
  • LaCharme
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It was a quick lunch, but everything was great from greeting, to seating, to server (Dom), to the food. I would definitely recommend Bostonia Public House and I will surely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Live music was great, service fair and disjointed, apps good, entree's fair, good bar vibe, friendly waitstaff though management cranky
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday evening meal
    WombatVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had a dinner-for-two (date night) on a recent Friday evening. Menu was relatively limited with entrée choices but did have a nice and unique variety of snacks/appetizers, one of which we did try. Expected somewhat more in terms of service/food at a location where the average entrée price was >$25/person. My chopped salad with steak (est. 6oz) was $25. If we were offered to sit further away from the bar/TV's or upstairs, that would have been appreciated. Would come back for drinks with mates but for the cost/experience, would likely consider other options for dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No accessible tables
    Jlittle1977VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    All tables are high tops so if you have a disabled person in your party this isn't the place for you.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, though not a large menu
    bruhama
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had heard how this was quickly becoming a popular spot. Located only a block away from Quincy Marketplace, we had a reservation for a weeknight at 6, so the huge bar which is one of their attractions had a lot of after-work patrons. It was too noisy for us. They say they have a "quiet" section for dining, but our booth was "all they had" and was located right alongside the standing bar patrons. Unfortunately we had to virtually shout at each other in our own booth, had to have both wait staff and us repeat ourselves far too many times. Overall, the food was good, however -- crab-crusted cod, lobster rolls, chowder, oysters, salad were all part of our meal and everyone enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very accessible good food
    ChrisR007
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were shacked up in the financial district over the weekend so were delighted to find Bostonia Public House on our doorstep. The staff were very welcoming and the food was much more European than the usual American fare. Lovely salads and my son had the Lobster Roll. Very relaxed and enjoyable. Thanks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great new spot
    BarbO
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The lobster roll was unique and delicious. Only a butter knife was needed to cut the filet, which was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The wait staff was attentive but gave us plenty of time to relax and enjoy our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal in a Fun Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wonderful menu, with so many options it's hard to choose. The service was attentive but not overbearing. The drinks are very well made and I love that they had both a kids' menu and a "Young Adults" menu. The food was outstanding! We had a wonderful risotto cake special for an appetizer and whatever you do, don't miss out on the sweet potato doughnuts!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not open
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We got to the restaurant and it was closed because there was a watermain break. If the break had recently occurred I understand why we would not be contacted but it had been going on for about 5 hours according to the police there. A pretty big hassle to try and find reservations at 8 on a Friday night in the middle of a storm with no transportation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Expensive but Delicious
    JacMK
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The lunch menu is pricey! But there are some great options that pair well with all of their beers and wines. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good!
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Love Bostonia! Dom has been our server twice & he is top notch! Really wonderful Gluten Free choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We shared the Baby Spinach salad, spare ribs and scallops and everything was absolutely fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate