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Bristol Lounge
Bristol Lounge

Bristol Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/boston/dining/the_bristol_lounge/
  • Phone: (617) 351-2037
  • Hours of Operation: FOOD SERVICE:
    Sunday: 7am-11:30pm
    Monday-Thursday: 6:30am-11:30pm
    Friday: 6:30am-12:30am
    Saturday: 7am-12:30am
    Sunday: 10am-Midnight
    Monday-Thursday: 11am-1am
    Friday and Saturday: 11am-1am

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Brooke Vosika
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: http://www.fourseasons.com/boston/celebrations/
  • Private Party Contact: Kristan Fletcher x
  • Special Events & Promotions: Burgers & Burgundy: Wednesdays offered at Lunch and Dinner
    First Fridays at The Bristol Lounge Bar: Every First Friday of the Month from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Weekend Afternoon Tea: Sat & Sun, 3:00-4:15pm
    Sundaes on Saturdays Dessert Buffet: Saturday evenings, 9:00pm-midnight
    Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 1:30pm
    Boston Cooking Classes: visit our website to view our Boston cooking classes guided by Executive Chef Brooke Vosika: http://www.fourseasons.com/boston/dining/events-and-promotions/.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Arlington T Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Breakfast: $22.00
    Lunch Monday - Friday $17.00 for the first 2 hours, every additional hour is $4
    Dinner Monday - Thursday & Sunday: $22.00
    Dinner Friday & Saturday: Hourly

    Hourly Rates:
    Up to 2 hours: $26.00
    2-3 hours: $30.00
    3-6 hours: $35.00
    6-24 hours: $48.00
A word from Bristol Lounge
The Bristol Lounge offers a comfortable setting for dining and conversation any time of day. Tables offering views of the iconic Boston Public Garden line the floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fireplace warms the spacious room during the winter. Power breakfasts are followed by power lunches, a thriving after-work bar scene, and who's who of Boston's dinner crowd.

*Afternoon Tea is served from 3-4:15pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoons only. Reservations are required. Please inquire within.
*If you are interested in availability for a party of 8 or more please contact our restaurant directly
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "This is our favorite spot to eat in Boston. My wife and I have always had excellent service, excellent food, and wonderful view of the Boston Garden while we enjoyed our meal. The staff is excellent and makes our visits very enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I was once a frequent guest of Bristol Lounge and found it a fun and dynamic destination. However this time I found the ambiance quite mediocre. The decor is blasé, furniture mundane. It felt a bit like a soap opera set. I had to convince myself I was in a Four Seasons Hotel. The service was excellent and we enjoyed the personality and warmth of our waiter."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Flood was excellent, as well as service and comfort. Lots of space between tables and great view of the park. Seafood platter very fresh. I strongly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you find yourself near the Public Gardens seeking higher end dining and are ready to spend over $50 pp, I would suggest the menu , especially the apps , in the Four Seasons Hotel lounge"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant with great attention to detail. The food is outstanding and the waitstaff is very attentive. They went all out to ensure that your anniversary dinner (and stay at the hotel) was memorable. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The Bristol never disappoints. Food is imaginative, superbly prepared and presented. Meticulous attention to detail, right down to the lovely patterned Frette napkins, such a nice touch, other restaurants just use plain white or black napkins. The lobster sandwich with avocado was delicious, and the sweet potato fries were a refreshing change from the ordinary. Having dined there on many occasions, I wish they knew me better, but they strive to address customers by name, which is unique and special. Be prepared for a costly meal, but sometimes only the best will do!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the Bristol Lounge. We had asked for a window seat and we were not disappointed. We had a great view of the Public Garden. Service was excellent and the food was perfect. Main courses sampled were salmon, halibut and shortrib stuffed canneloni. All were terrific. No disappointments here. We will be back - definitely."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I am a big open table fan but your better off calling this place for a table. When using this service you get the worst tables. When i call get the window or 1 row in. This time i was stuck in the center 3 rows from the widow even though many other tables closer to the window were open. It is a great place that i had my wedding reception at but was not happy at the way i was treated during my last visit"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Bristol Lounge is simply wonderful. It's by far as favorite."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Space is "tired" Waiter was curt, not subtle, almost rude. Glass tables make too much noise. Disappointing after many many years of excellence. Service quality has gone down"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Love the Bristol Lounge, the new renovations are excellent, even though they were not necessary! Glad to be back open since the winter closure :)"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Service was top quality especially when you are interacting with clients. Food was OK and bit pricey for what we ordered."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "A bit disappointed in our dinner experience. Neither food nor service is at a level commensurate with the prices being charged. Entree was crispy halibut and although the plate was nicely decorated and arranged, the fish was bland. Server was pleasant but a bit rough we thought. This experience was below our prior visits several years ago - back when the high end restaurant was still operating upstairs (au du joie I believe). We had made note on our reservation that this was a special anniversary dinner, and that fact was clearly not known to the staff, as there was no welcome or congratulations regarding that matter. In a "high end" restaurant such as this I would expect the staff to at least acknowledge the occasion."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great ambiance that is matched with superior service and an outstanding cuisine."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Chef Robert and his outstanding staff prepared an incredible evening for a very special friend, a customized eight course paired chef's tasting. The service was first class, and the food was uniquely artistic and divine. An amazing experience that stimulated all the senses."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The prices make this a "special occasion" place for our family but we love to come here. The service is superb and the food is simply delicious. We love the Bristol Burger and several of us indulged in that delicacy on our last trip. The special however was soft shell crabs -- superb. Well worth a trip -- afterwards, take a beautiful stroll in the Public Garden or window shop on Newberry Street."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Cocktails were excellent, service OK, food good, nice setting - but way too expensive for what you get overall."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The Bristol lounge always delivers top quality food , service and ambiance . The place to go to and spend a few hours just lounging around ., as the name suggests "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "its a good place to celebrate an occasion.food was not that excellent but dessers was superb especially the chocolate tower."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We have been to the Bristol on many occasions and this was with out a doubt the most disappointing experience. We were with friends who had not eaten at Bristol before and we had been raving about the food. All meals were equally poor in quality, the service was less than adequate with multiple requests for the same items, served items that did not include the full order and we left knowing that we would not return. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Years ago, the Bristol Lounge was an airy, well run and enjoyable retreat from city life. The current decor is no better than the Motel 6 on the Interstate in Indiana (dark wood tones with Las Vegas carpets), service has lost it's crisp, friendly but professional air that Four Season's are renowned for and the food was somewhat better than average but the price points are much above average. The views over the public garden remain spectacular but why eat here when there are so many other welcoming venues in town. Please update this wonderful space and find the lost art of welcome among the staff."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "A little noisy. Do you really need house music playing in the background. Chicken was dry. Service has maintained its excellence, but the room is no what I once was. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Meals are pricey. If you order fish or steak that is all you get for the price. Sides are all an extra price. I got a prime steak and that is all I got for $52. I ordered cheesy, garlic mashed potatoes for a side and that was $9 more. The food was good not exceptional. The atmosphere was great. Tables were not too close together which made it nice. You were not eating on top of another party. It was fairly quiet so that you could have a comfortable conversation with out yelling or straining to hear. Dessert was interesting. We ordered the Tower which was very impressive. It was more than enough for our table of 4. It could easily have been enough for 6."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The Bristol Lounge is terrific....if you have an attentive waiter. It's that simple. Our waiter sucked and made the experience less than ideal. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Terrific view of commons and always very wonderful service"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a very nice, although pricey, dinner which for the most part was just as expected. We had a great table facing the park, good food (although the short ribs fell a little short), nice expensive wine and great atmosphere. The biggest issue I had with the evening was that our server was terrible. No personality, not particularly nice, not very inviting or informative and barely checked on us. It really ruined the evening. Why would such a well-renowned restaurant employ someone like this? Had we had a better server, especially for a special occasion, which the restaurant knew about, I would have rated it higher. I don't think restaurants realize the importance of good service - reputation doesn't always hold them up!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We started out many years ago bringing our children to the Bristol Lounge before taking them to see the Nutcracker. Then we started meeting friends there regularly in bar/lounge area, midweek for a drink and light dinner. It is wonderful for all occasions and the staff are superb."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The Four Seasons does not disappoint, especially with their Sunday brunch buffet...delicious prime rib carving station, french toast bread pudding and many other highlights...also had an entire table of gluten free options which was a welcome surprise for my wife...all in all, a fantastic brunch, would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Overpriced for quality of food but serving size was good. nice quiet comfortable seating but nothing special."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Trying to find a nice dinner at the last minute before going to the Colonial up the street. Bristol Lounge in the Four Seasons was a lucky find. The martinis were great. The food was great. The view of the Garden was a nice treat. And the walk to the theater was short. Service was timely; our waiter paid attention to the time and got our bill to us without us having to chase him. It's not an inexpensive place to eat. But we don't go to the theater every week. One downer: asked for a window but they wouldn't give one to us but we were a couple and it was set for four. But NO ONE sat there all the time we were eating. It was still untouched when we were leaving."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went for lunch after the flower show. seating was very uncomfortable. VERY NOISY. Burger was excellent!!!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Had a great family celebration. Everything was outstanding ! Thank you Bristol Lounge Team."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "When my office was in Back Bay, I was at the Bristol Lounge once a week. The bar staff was always friendly, the whiskey was a steak house pour, which it should be for $12. And the ambiance was pleasant, not a meat market bar scene. A mixture of local business people and well heeled tourists engaging in conversation. Lately, I get there only once a quarter. It is still delightful, the staff very attentive. One of my group noticed that her cell phone had died,and she only had the usb cord. The wait staff noticed this and took care of it. It always seems that they can never do enough. It is that high level of service that keep me coming back, along with the food and wine list"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We love the Bristol Lounge. The food and the service are always outstanding! The fresh cod was light and oh so tasty."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Sandwich prices, some served with only a side of potato chips, are ridiculous. $25 for a reuben-are you kidding me!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Table was so dark spilled a drink and could not read the menu - no light! We asked to be moved but it took so much time to get that done and seemed to confuse everyone. Just put a light/votive on the table for goodness sake! We were going to theater so we wasted too much time having to ask 2-3 times to be moved or get some light!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Thank you for accommodating our open table request. The food, service and experience were exceptional."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I was hoping that this would be a great day. A las it was ruined by a waiter that tried to get one over on my mom. The waiter claimed to have run the credit card several times. Upon calling the bank, the confirmed that it was only authorized once for more than the bill amount. Then the waiter went to the bar to get an additional $100 from my dad. It was fixed in the end. My mom said to forget about it, but I can't."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Nice to have a local place that you can always count on!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014