Clink - The Liberty Hotel
Clink - The Liberty Hotel

Clink - The Liberty Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.libertyhotel.com/food_and_drink/clink.html
  • Phone: 6172244004
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am – 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch Saturday's, Sunday's 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Margate
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Charles/MGH T Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Additional metered parking available along Cambridge Street.
A word from Clink - The Liberty Hotel
CLINK. offers Bostonians and hotel guests Modern American Cuisine prepared by classically-trained Chef Joseph Margate. Each dish reflects his intense focus on flavor and dedication to seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients. CLINK. provides a lively, fine dining experience, with approachable food in a comfortable environment.

Vestiges of original jails cells create cozy nooks for dining, and an open kitchen displays the theater of cooking as each stylish dish is prepared. Warm gold leather seats, butcher block tables and granite accents add contemporary style to the dining experience in this Beacon Hill restaurant.
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Clink - The Liberty Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)fit for foodies (25)vibrant bar scene (19)great for brunch (19)romantic (15)good for groups (12)hot spot (11)great for lunch (10)scenic view (10)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (9)neighborhood gem (8)notable wine list (8)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • great desserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went for Boston Restaurant Week. The flash fried feta was very good and the desserts were outstanding. The entrees were fine, but the sauce on the corn pasta was thin and not very interesting and the sauce with the salmon much too salty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clink-Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Amazing food and ambiance. Highly recommend the Pork Loin dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Impressive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It has been a couple years since I was here last and it is still impressive. The corn chowder was silky and delicious. Salmon ain course was very good as was the flat iron steak although somewhat misrepresented on the menu. Unlike last time however, the dessert was a bit disappointing. The tart shell was pasty perhaps under baked and the plums were not baked enough. The ginger ice cream however was great as was the panna cotta option. The staff is great. It can get noisy. It is a fun and unusual dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week
    Foodie1031
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The corn chowder with crab meat was unbelievable. The flat iron was OK. Plum tart was really good. Only complaint: our martini's cost $17 each. They were $15 on the menu but there was an up charge on the bill for each one and it was unclear why. Not sure if it was because it was straight up or the type of vodka but it should have been disclosed either way.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had dined at Clink during a previous visit to Boston and enjoyed it immensely, so when the opportunity to visit Boston again came up we knew we would be returning and were not disappointed. It was Restaurant week and there was a prix fixe dinner that was just great. Can't wait to get back to Boston for round 3.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Terrible terrible food. Cheap ingredients, overly expensive meal. Hostess lied to my face about the change in my reservation. My main objection was the terrible terrible food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Pickles
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had reservations at Clink with another couple. Three out of four of us were disappointed with our food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not a jail
    nun88
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    If you look for jail experience, as it is advertised, it's just not. Simply a fancy place with a modest brunch menu
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    LittleGirl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Fantastic food and excellent service. I would highly recommend it for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Brunch
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Inspired menu, fun ambiance, delicious brunch for 5. Enjoyed the soft shell crab, brioche french toast, grass fed beef burgers, baked eggs and quesadilla, along with the Bloody Mary Bar and Pomegranate Mimosa. Portion sizes were all generous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting setting
    s1010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We enjoyed our meal. Serve was very attentive. Nice casual place to dine. With the brick and cells doors of the old jail, it's an interesting place, but a bit noisy and the restaurant was only less than half full.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance
    SDuongVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The best part of lunch was being able to see the decor and how Clink incorporated their menu with the building. Food was delicious. Best thing was had was the Clink. Chicken Salad. Delicious. The burger, tempura soft shell crab and Cuban pork sandwich were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unimpressive Food/Orange Wall
    openssme
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    There were a lot of interesting menu options. I had the halibut and my husband had the salmon and there was nothing special about either dish or the appetizers. The entrees were just kind of blah and seemed to rely on salt for flavoring more than anything else. Thank goodness we had a wonderful waitress, who gave the experience an upscale feel. Also, I sat looking at a blank orange wall, which made me think the restaurant had just opened and no one had gotten around to decorating that wall. If you have the viewpoint where you are staring at the orange wall, it is not a very inspiring experience. I'm sure the brick views are better. Of course the jail cell atmosphere is kind of cool, but not enough to carry the day.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clink -- beautiful with mixed food
    Tamtov
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Beautiful, great service, mixed and inconsistent food. The daily special salmon and avocado sushi appetizer was tasteless; it came with a foul-tasting burnt wafer. The black pasta with scallops, by contrast, was a perfect dish. The pasta and pesto sauce were tasty, the scallops were grilled nicely. The swordfish dinner special was mushy and of poor texture; no effort was made other than the watercress garnish to impart any flavor; it was offensively tasteless. The blueberry and banana sorbet was excellent and flavorful. The accompanying soda-cracker garnish shaped like a slice of banana would have been better had it been a real slice of banana; the cracker was hard, bland, and diminished from the flavor of the dish.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Laura Bucci
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Clink was excellent for a weekend brunch. Great food and excellent atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible service
    dsammy
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We enjoyed our meal. It wasnt fantastic, but it was good. Unfortunately our waiter was just terrible. He very inattentive throughout the whole meal, it was a constant struggle to get him to come over, which interfered with our ability to enjoy the meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    DelilaJones
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Started off poorly with a hostess who didn't seem to understand her role is far more than showing you to your seat. When I arrived I stood in front of her for several minutes while she chatted on the phone without so much as acknowledging me. Finally I walked over to the bar and sat down believing she would come over when she hung up. She did not. On the way out I asked her for change for a $50 so I could pay the valet and she told me to get it at the bar, Our server was terrific however my swordfish was overcooked and tasted more like cod. The 3 slivers of "crispy asparagus" was the size of vermicelli; why bother? The ambiance is fun, the former Charles Street Jail, but I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed...
    CADMc
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The ideal location, expected an above normal experience. For this pricey, trendy spot, my expectations were high. Dinner was so-so. Service was less than spectacular and attention to our party was non-existent. Was there for a special occasion and, unfortunately it wasn't so special. Food was good but not great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend brunch
    disappointed
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went to brunch on Saturday and ordered brioche french toast, steel cut oatmeal & omelet. Portion size was very disappointing given the price. Brioche french toast was well cooked and a good size (three thick breads). The topping (strawberry rhubarb), though tasty, was scant (5 small pieces). The whip cream was practically liquid when we got it. The omelet was totally underwhelming. Worst of all, was the steel cut oatmeal - it was a gluey watery consistency with no oatmeal texture - it was awful. The manager said that that's how they make it so we requested an alternative. For the food portions and quality, the price is totally not justified and we will never come back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid good lunch
    truthtellerVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Food good Excellent service No parking so its a $20 hit for valet making lunch for outsiders pricey if you are driving
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    menu was great for brunch. Bloodymary bar was fun! service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as great as it usually is!
    EandG
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    When we got there on Mother's Day, there was an intolerable loud noise coming from under the floor in the main dining room. Like scary loud! Like chain saws and loud grinding noises! We asked the waiter what was going on, and he said he had no idea! After several more minutes of excruciating noise, we went to the hostess and asked the same question. She said there was major construction going on in the floor below the restuarant and the manager was going down to ask them to cease during brunch. The noise did stop, but it was a rough start to what should have been a nice meal! No one in the hotel knew this was happening on a Sunday? Not the experience you want for what is about $50 per person! They used to be a lot better!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unique Surroundings
    Fan4ChicagoVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Loved our Mothers' Day Brunch at Clink. We were seated on time and received attentive service from our very busy waiter. The omelets and eggs Benedict were delicious and prepared perfectly! The jail like surroundings were unique but so very comfortable. Would we go back - in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dinner
    BruceG
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Could not say enough good things about both the food and the service
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun setting spoiled by poor service
    sjessop
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I was so excited to go the the Liberty Hotel for lunch. We kept it fun but the atmosphere was a disappointment due to the staff. The entire atmosphere was very stuffy - not at all what you would expect from this character-driven environment! Our waiter was horrible - no personality and after her took our initial order he disappeared forgetting to bring more bread as we requested and never coming back for over 20 minutes - until the food arrived. The food was okay - just what I would expect from an hotel. We felt fine paying $16 for a sandwich/burgers because you pay for the atmosphere. But what could have been such a fun experience was just drab. Replace snooty waiters with fun staff in prison garb!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • horrible food
    jebm10
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Horrible food never go there, expensive, and the food is terrible, sangria was good!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1008 reviews are from the Clink - The Liberty Hotel reviews archive.
  • A unique and fun setting
    mswool
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This restaurant, in the renovated structure of the old city jail, is upscale and clever. It's a lively night spot and we had a very good dinner. Breakfast the following morning was fine too - and seemed to be a time to break in new wait staff. Our waiter was very pleasant but the evening before the staff had tremendous knowledge of both wine and food, and polish as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic and delicious
    CTfoodie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We had the goat pie (because, how often can you order that?!?). It was delicious. As were the lamb pappardelle, grilled octopus, and waygu beef tartare. The best? Definitely top your meal off with the vahlrona chocolate tart!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive for the type of menu
    Claudia
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Very good service but quite pricey for the simple dish offered on the menu. Very simple (ex: lamb ragu with pasta 30$??) it might be a good place for a ligh appetizer with a drink (althought very quiet).... There was not so much ambiance since it was almost empty and we were there on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Most Amazing Restaurant Ever
    Deuxave
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was by far the best place I have eaten in Boston. The whole place is just amazing and I had the best Rib Eye steak I have ever had. The hotel is beautiful and the atrium is really amazing. The Clink restuarant has a really good vibe and a great place for a special occasion. The only thing to note is that the atrium area is a great venue for drinking and so after 10.30pm the music does get notable louder. Not a problem at all as long as you have finished your dinner!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth visiting...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Clink was well worth the visit. The atmosphere was really nice, albeit very loud. Menu was exciting with maclearing one persons plate while the other person was still eating!y great options. Wine list was very comprehensive and we'll thought out. Quality of food and presentation superb. The service was fair at best. The waiter seemed to want to turn the table quickly because he didn't grasp that we hadn't even looked at the menu numerous times until we told him we would let him know when we were ready to order. After that he was distant and unattentive.. The support staff was more attentive than the waiter who also created one of the worst errors in my mind...clearing one persons plate while the other person was still eating.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We thought it was OK but for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We thought it was OK but for the price it should have been better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Clink
    Guaynabogirl
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We were A group of 7 had excdllent food with great service. The Liberty Hotel was super fun and the ambiencd was a blast
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavors were slightly off and salty
    GreenQueen
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We eat at 5 star restaurants on occasion so this review is in comparison to other 5 star restaurants. The food is not horrible, but for the prices, I expected at least 1 of the 4 dishes to be spectacular. The steak tartar included an overwhelming taste of celery, which detracted from the light taste of the raw beef. The steak plate was perhaps salted twice. The pork chop was a little tough, so make sure you ask for an extra sharp knife and cut against the grain (ours were dull). I wish I had a more positive review because the server was particularly nice and the decor, with the jail bars, and view was quite unique. We loved the stay at the hotel and was looking for an equally lovely dinner. It was not to be had.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, slow service
    PeepsVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    This restaurant is in a fabulous place, the Liberty Hotel, and the ambience is both historic and warm. Had breakfast here twice, and although the food was fine (standard breakfast fare), the service on both occasions was very slow although the place wasn't overly busy. We had to wave down the waitstaff and also ask for the check.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a Visit while in Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was my second visit to Clink and is well worth a stop when traveling to Boston. The Foie Gras with the arrope was amazing. I really thought the menu, and wine menu was reasonably priced. Bottom line, the good was fantastic, and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much to be desired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a nice dinner out on a Friday night. The seated us rigjt away as we had reservations. The food was not good. The salad was very sparce. The cheese with brioche had some nice flavor except the brioche was just short of being burnt. My husband had the black pasta and it was ok. I had a steak. The quality was ok. There wasn't a lot of flavor/seasoning and was cooked in a frying pan or the equivalent. The pistachio purée was the best part. Dessert was another let down. I would have preferred a brownie sundae at a local pub. We spent the night in the hotel, which was very nice. The cocktails were great and would consider coming back to the lounge.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice brunch....
    DavidMary
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We celebrated our daughters 25th B-day at brunch today...everything was excellent! They gave her a free dessert with a candle as well....A small gesture but much appreciated! I miss the old format of selecting a variety of items for a set buffet price....It was unique and unusual... This is now the standard sunday brunch...very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location!
    Andrea
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The Liberty Hotel is such a neat place, and CLINK is well designed, leaving in parts of the old jail cells. There wasn't a huge selection of food, and I wish there would've been a few more options. We ended up loving everything we had however, and it was a really fun experience!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great family Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The family meet me at the Clink after work and we had a great daily dinner. Easy T ride to Alewife afterwards and home to Lexington.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.