Brasserie Jo - Boston
great food, great servicehad a mother's day open-buffet brunch with our toddler there last sunday. great food(the pastries are very successful), very good service(though since this was get-your-own-food-open-buffet type of setup for mother's day, so i can't say too much for a full scale, regular dining experience based on this visit).
very satisfactory experience overall, we will go again. highly recommended!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMdisappointedvery very bad maitre'd's. never read my comments from open table. had to change seats 3 times. these 2 girls were too busy chatting to each other to pay attention.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed an upbeat brunchWe enjoyed an upbeat brunch on Mother's Day. The atmosphere was relaxed, set off by a live jazz band that was very good. The buffet was nicely presented and had a wonderful charcuterie selection, fresh fruit, pastry, salads, and a multitude of hot dishes; we especially enjoyed the braised pork shanks, the eggs benedict, the omelet station and the chocolate flourless cake. All the moms were given a small hydrangea plant; a nice touch. Service was knowledgeable and attentive. Unfortunately, it was too cold to sit outside on their patio. The one con: it was pricey like many of the better restaurants in Boston. We hope management is mindful of their customer's wallets....5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious!We were there for a late bunch----it was SO good!
Chocolate french toast: The children's menu was very limited (though I was surprised there was a kids menu at all) so my 6 y.o. ordered the chocolate french toast off the regular menu. It was chocolate stuffed and drizzled with chocolate sauce. As soon as the plate was put in front of her she licked it--not so good for manners but the waiter said he would have done the same thing :)
Open faced ham, egg, cheese crepe: Perfectly, perfectly cooked. Absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend.
Also nice if you have kids: They give out crayons and the tables are covered with white paper so it is a giant coloring pad. The staff was SO friendly with my daughter.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMRelaxing SpotWe regularly eat here before symphony. Convenient location, excellent staff, good food, pleasant room.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBetter than Balthazar'sThis is a fine brasserie experience in Boston. I think it compares favorably, and is much more affordable than Balthazar's Brasserie in New York. The country pate set the right tone; the white bean/sausage soup was great; and the profiteroles? Luxurious.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMService was great, our waiter,Service was great, our waiter, Ali, was patient answering all of our questions. He and all the waiters working with him had us smiling throughout our meal. Our meal was delicious, starting with the warm baguette and butter and carrots and ending with profiteroles. In between that, the Croque madame was one of the best I've had. The salmon crepe was light and generously filled with salmon and the Jo burger was a meat-lover's dream. I would definitely recommend and we will be back!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWell, this was a night outWell, this was a night out in Boston after the horrific events of the Boston Marathon for my husband's birthday. The atmosphere felt as though we were in a small bistro in Paris. We had a beautiful table on the street enjoying the people strolling by on a beautiful night. We both had the French Onion soup, DELISH. Don had the Steak Frite and I had the Duck a la Orange! There was nothing left on our plates! Our waiter was wonderfully attentive without being on top of us...WONDERFUL experience...we will be back.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the hot French breadLove the hot French bread here. While the plats principaux never disappoint, it's the bread that makes me crave dining here. What can I say? I'm a carbs addict. A friend who was in the party was dining here for the first time, and she characterized the small plate of Dijon-marinated carrots and the bread as one of the best appetizers she's ever eaten.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGrace under PressureWe arrived a little late for our res, yet still were welcomed very graciously, and allowed our choice of table. The coq au vin rivals that which I've had in New York or Paris, delicious as always. The service may have been a tad slower than usual, but our waiter apologized and we were not concerned; we could see that a great influx came in after the Symphony matinee ended at an unusual time. From our perspective the food and service were perfect, and this was just days after the tragedy on Patriot's Day. Brasserie Jo truly is a local gem! (I wish we had one near our home on North Shore.)4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMConventiently located nearConventiently located near Symphony Hall, Huntington Theatre and shopping, this is a great spot for lunch or dinner. Hands down, the best martini's in town. The wait staff are professional and the menu is standard bistro fare with evening specials. Most of the offerings are time tested and welcome reminders of how good food can be. Steamed muscles are a favorite.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service !Great place with a good regular options with a French wannabe accent. The plus was the excepcional service performed by our waiter.
Really he made our experience more special.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant can be a destinatioThis restaurant can be a destination for a special event or for a casual after work dining. There is hearty fare such as short ribs braised in wine to lighter fare such as flatbread pizzas with creative toppings such as smoked salmon.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and atmosphere wasThe food and atmosphere was great. Good flow to the evening from appetizers to dessert. Great seafood, steak, and wine.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe brunch menu is wonderfulThe brunch menu is wonderful and our waiter was super busy but was attentive, polite and thoughtful. A do over for sure4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for a meal beforeGreat place for a meal before seeing something at Symphony Hall -- food was excellent and our waiter made sure we got out when we needed to. Not crowded on a Sunday evening.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMSuch a lovely place for dinnerSuch a lovely place for dinner before the Symphony. The menu is very nice, and the servers do credit to the offerings. They know the food and the wine, and they are just attentive enough to the table. Excellent bread and sweet butter, also tasty marinated carrots on the table for those who are trying to avoid carbs! We shared an appetizer and a main, and both were tasty and satisfying. We will return.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAmbiance reminded me of 1920-30'sAmbiance reminded me of 1920-30's hollywood depiction of dining clubs. Wait staff, especially our waiter, were exceptionally friendly and good - they were there when we needed them but otherwise not intrusive. The menu was interesting; the food was very good, and the wine list was a nice succinct list of french table wines (we didn't look for or ask about anything at the high end of spectrum). We are from other cities and were in town for the symphony. Brasserie Jo was just what we were looking for.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMConvivial, great food, wonderfulConvivial, great food, wonderful atmosphere. We had a lovely evening!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMBoth the food and the serviceBoth the food and the service were fantastic. Would absolutely recommend.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMB-Jos the French place to goWe've been to B-Jo's before, eating at the bar or dining in the restaurant. Food is always excellent. Their drinks are always good sized -- martinis in big glasses rather than at a lot of other places where the martini glasses are much smaller and not even filled. I would recommend B-Jos to anyone looking for excellent French food in Boston.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMOnly some minor quibblesReally enjoyed the evening. Food was great (sweetbreads & steak tartare for apps; salad nicoise w/tuna and steak frites as entrees) with only exception being the skate wings entree which were a little dull on flavor. Really friendly waitstaff. Drinks weren't timed with the meal which was a bit frustrating because I sat for 5 mins while waiting for my wine. Several items we want to try on the menu. We'll be coming back.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is gettingThis restaurant is getting better, and it was always good. Bistro food and marvelous cocktails are tops in Boston.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a braised lamb leg thatHad a braised lamb leg that was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Oysters, bone marrow and escargot were outstanding, wine was tasty and the server was polite and quite attentive.
An excellent alternative to Petit Robert.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went there as a big groupWe went there as a big group of colleagues and had a really nice time. Both the food and the service were really good.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWait staff was very pleasantWait staff was very pleasant and very accommodating. Food was delicious! Even my 13 year old, who is very picky, loved it.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent spot for exploringExcellent spot for exploring French cuisine. I would recommend trying it at least once.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMkick off restaurant week withkick off restaurant week with lunch on snowy and wet Ukko Tuesday. Happily surprised the restaurant week menu is heated which is nice. The clam chowder is creamy but not heavy, Best I ever had. Quiche Lorraine is delicious and Braised Venison Stew is excellent. Service is very good. Brasserie Jo Dessert Composition is perfect! Will definitely go again3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing appetizer!We did the 3-course dinner of the restaurant week. The most amazing thing was the appetizers. I would like to try the crab cake and prawns in the future. Entrees and desserts were normal.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMmy kind of place - fine food,my kind of place - fine food, relaxed atmosphere, i hope people don't "discover" it! We always eat here before concerts at SH3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOur meal was very deliciousOur meal was very delicious and enjoyable. Kudos to the chef.
The atmosphere was chic and sophisticated and was a wonderful backdrop to our meal.
Our waiter was very knowledgeable and enjoyable.
Overall it was a wonderful experience and we will certainly return.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was a return visit thatThis was a return visit that lived up to our hype. We did chose this restaurant for one of the specials that we have not been able to find elsewhere, the Alsatian "tart flambe" that we had on a visit to France and it was every bit as good. That and a good large salad was the dinner for us along with the house made bread. IMHO, this may be the best bread in the city, sort of like a crusty, delicious mini-baguette. Topped it off with an excellent creme brulee. Yes, I could quibble about the ice cream.
I was never sure who "our waiter" was but, there was always someone taking care of us. Seems that they knew when to be there with what we needed. That did lack the personal care that we usually see but for a pre-concert meal, adequate.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been to the BrasserieI have been to the Brasserie Jo twice. I enjoyed both visits, and I look forward to going back again. There are a few small glitches, such as my mashed potatoes were lukewarm rather than hot. But overall it is a great dining experience, with some of the most reasonable prices in the neighborhood.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and experienceConvenient downtown location, superb food and service makes Brasserie Jo's a firm favourite.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe manager, BEN BUCKLEY andThe manager, BEN BUCKLEY and his staff are so gracious.
He makes sure that guests are taken care of.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a wonderful meal. AsAlways a wonderful meal. As good as it has been in many years!12/7/2012 12:00:00 AM