Bristol Lounge
Bristol Lounge

Bristol Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/boston/dining/the_bristol_lounge/
  • Phone: 6173512037x
  • Hours of Operation:
    FOOD SERVICE:
    Sunday: 7am-11:30pm
    Monday-Thursday: 6:30am-11:30pm
    Friday: 6:30am-12:30am
    Saturday: 7am-12:30am
    BEVERAGE SERVICE
    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: Philip Deschamps (617) 351-2294x
  • Special Events: Burgers & Burgundy: Wednesdays offered at Lunch and Dinner
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Bristol Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)scenic view (32)fit for foodies (31)romantic (29)great for brunch (28)great for lunch (24)neighborhood gem (21)notable wine list (17)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (10)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Superb as always
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    A wonderful spot for impeccable service, innovative menu and an amazing setting in the heart of Boston. Views, ambiance and phenomenal food. This is my favorite spot in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Recent experience - Overpriced for food and service. Overpriced Service was average.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality doesn't equal cost.
    GerryVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The Bristol Lounge is an elegant and comfortable place to be. The quality of the food is very good, the swordfish was unique, and the service is friendly and adequate but slow. However, neither lives up to the cost. There are other restaurants in Boston that do live up to the price of their service (Grill 23, Sorelina, Mistral) but unfortunately, Bristol Lounge is not one of them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Lunch
    BGE91
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    A little over-priced, but very good food. The "short rib melt" is as good as it sounds ... although you might want to swap in a side salad for the potato chips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50 dollar Steak
    Kozmo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Way too much expected for a 50 Dollar steak, not worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointing
    BBQXpert
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Acclaimed burger was disappointing, especially given the price. Too dry. The crab chowder was superb. The waiter was excellent but the front of the house staff wasn't particularly gracious or helpful. We were told there was a 30 minute wait even though we had a reservation. The maitre de went "looking for an open table" but never came back. We found seating in the bar area. The waiter was superb, excellent in every way, attentive and patient, and displayed a good sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable
    lbky
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Very clubbish restaurant with a surprisingly laid back feel. Great food
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bristol Lounge has everything.
    GIgiVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The best burger and truffle fries in Boston, elegant presentation, outstanding service in a beautiful setting explains the dining experience @ Bristol lounge. We celebrate every birthday there; it never dissappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints...
    MarkC
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This has been one of our favorite spots for years. It's pricey, but for the extra $100, worth every penny in our opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Sunday Brunch
    Horsewoman
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Three generations went for brunch on Sunday, and no one was disappointed! Requested a table through Open Table by the window overlooking Boston Common, and we were thrilled to be seated exactly where we wanted. Delicious, very comprehensive brunch, and impeccable service! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversarydinner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great value for the money. Food was great and service was even better. We will definitely be returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bristol Lounge looks tired
    Needham43
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    There was a large glob of mashed olives and a piece of pepper on the floor right underneath my chair when I was seated.I quietly brought it to the attention of the staff and he picked up part of it and left the rest. The food was delicious, but overpriced, particularly the drinks. Nothing very special about it. I would have liked tablecloths. Table was messy and the mats and menus looked tired.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Louise
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Exquisite service. We arrived on the wrong day by mistake, but they did everything they could to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stevie10
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Far too noisy for a friendly dinner between four people. Food pretty good and service attentive and cheerful, but high noise level spoiled it for us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    Chris
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I never knew this restaurant was here until recently ... The food and service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch buffet
    Bostonian
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Has all the classic brunch buffet choices, omelettes, scrambled eggs, desserts, plus a couple different entrees each week. Coffee and juice come with the buffet. You can also order from the menu. A little on the pricey side. But nice for a special occasion. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch
    matnag01
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Brady and the team at Bristol did a great job. The food and service are great and a wonderful place for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The location is great, the food is good, but it really is just over priced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    ReedVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Outstanding from the food to the ambiance to the service. We recommend our waiter, Bill, who is a true professional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced...
    2dinersVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Bristol Lounge consistently delivers excellent service and food, but honestly the prices are too steep for what is being served! $21 for a caesar salad? $39 for three sea scallops? We live on Nantucket for the summer and are accustomed to "Island prices", but this was shocking to even us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Brunch
    ppirate
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had a wonderful experience having brunch here.... they had a great variety of food and each of them were made quite perfectly, from oatmeal, omelettes, eggs, salad bar with smoked salmon, and an amazing dessert section that means a lot to me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luxurious setting, quality dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great lounge to relax and enjoy a romantic evening in a luxurious and plush setting. The quality of the dessert buffet on Saturday was excellent and gourmet coffee to match. Unfortunately, the ice cream station needs better facilities to ensure the ice cream is kept at a cool enough temperature to prevent melting. Metal buckets in ice was not doing the job. Otherwise, a great late night treat with pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Soup was good but....
    MrBill
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Soup was good but the lamb was tough and the portion was comically small. My wife order cannelloni and it was not very good. Still like the atmosphere but very expensive for what it was.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What Happened to the Bristol?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I recently went to the Bristol for a birthday celebration and was very disappointed. This restaurant used to be a perfect 10 from the food to the service. However, I haven't been there in almost a year and things have obviously changed. The Bristol burger used to be amazing, but this time it was like a thin piece of cardboard. I ordered it medium rare, pink inside, and it came out well done. Every one had finished their meal by the time it was replaced. I could understand this if the restaurant was crowded, but there were only a few tables filled. The waiter did not ask if I wanted a refill of hot water for my tea, and he was not polite.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love the Bristol Burger!
    DonnaWVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The Bristol Burger was delicious - cooked perfectly, juicy and I liked that I could have it in lettuce instead of a roll. Service, as always, was outstanding and friendly. Bonus was I had lunch next to David Ortiz - WOW!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely Fabulous!
    HWash
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Got a little bland
    AtlasdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    DomiVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back Bay Chic
    POPOJIJO
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate your Anniversary Here
    scrybrt
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Love coming here for breakfast. Food and service are always amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 624 reviews are from the Bristol Lounge reviews archive.
  • Classic Elegance Defined
    live2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a special spot
    CarlT
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Call for Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience!
    Jb1023VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Bristol Lounge is simply wonderful. It's by far as favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch review with client
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PriceChopperVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Love the Bristol Lounge, the new renovations are excellent, even though they were not necessary! Glad to be back open since the winter closure :)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for breakfast meetings
    Fred
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Service was top quality especially when you are interacting with clients. Food was OK and bit pricey for what we ordered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has slipped
    DiningReviews
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LUV2LOL
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    SOUP LOBSTER BISQUE WAS NOT GOOD AT ALL . THE BEST VIEW OF THE LAKE AND IT'S SURRONDINGS
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.