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Durgin Park
Durgin Park

Durgin Park Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.durgin-park.com
  • Email: durgin-park@arkrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (617) 227-2038
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday thru Wednesday: 11:30AM-7PM
    Thursday thru Saturday: 11:30Am-10:00PM
    Pub and Tavern: Friday and Saturday open Till 1AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Reyes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Catering: We will come to your office or home please call Patricia for details 617 227 2038
  • Entertainment: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the Pub from 9-close no cover!
  • Special Events & Promotions: NEW Happy Hour Specials in THE PUB!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clinton and North
  • Public Transit: Green line-Government Center
    Orange line-Haymarket
    Blue line-State St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We also validate at 75 State Street M-F after 5 and on weekends.
    There is street parking after 6PM on Clinton Street and throughout union Street.
A word from Durgin Park
For well over a century, Durgin-Park has catered to the hearty appetites of straw-hatted, white-aproned market men and local characters. Today it hosts visiting celebrities, business men and women, students, and tourists from every part of the globe. While the origin of Durgin-Park goes back to Revolutionary days, the era of fame for its chowders, Indian puddings, apple pan dowdy, johnny cake, and New England boiled dinners started some 130 years ago when John Durgin, in partnership with Eldridge Park, a livery man, and John G. Chandler, a dry goods merchant, took over. The theme followed to this day was decided upon then by these old Yankees, that the best advertising is plenty of food on the table.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Last ate at this former Bostonian food restaurant twenty-years ago plus. My times have changed. My medium rare prime rib was cold. However it was tasty and easy to chew. All of the dishes came out one at a time with too much time inbetween servings. so my guests got less than hot food as well. Will not return."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "If you are craving roast prime rib of beef, as my son and I were, then you must go to Durgin Park. The Durgin cut is enormous, delicious, and perfectly cooked. The mashed potatoes and squash were good also. I have been coming here for 40 years and found our meal and service to be at the highest level in years. While this is not a place to come to for nuanced or complex cooking in any way, it is good straightforward "yankee" cooking. I am tired of hearing it referred to as a tourist trap. It is fun to come here and enjoy the whole experience. There is no absentee celebrity chef. Just regular people (diners and staff) in historical dining comfort."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time for a Saturday dinner at DP. I had the scrod & my wife the yankee pot roast. We shared & agreed that the dishes were extremely well made. The scrod was lightly grilled & quite tasty. I asked if I might substitute a salad for a baked potato & the waitress instantly granted my wish. The dining room was packed with very lively groups & so the atmosphere was very festive. We were too stuffed for dessert. Upon leaving we strolled around Quincy Market which was all lit up & occupied by lots of happy looking folks. A walk through Faneuil Hall was also quite an experience what with all the amazing displays of food and the smells that wafted in the air. A wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "There's nothing like Durgin Park for authentic New England fair in a unique atmosphere"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "They Were Out of Prime Rib! We waited a long time just to have our water glasses filled! Enough Said! Disappointing. Call first to make sure they have what they're famous for!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "One of Boston's class restaurants, and therefore one of the classics of the nation. Excellent fish chowder and schrod. In days gone by, Durgin Park was known to have cranky waitresses. Our server was friendly, helpful, and quick. Great service. Not where I'd take my wife on a romantic date. But Durgin Park is fun and deserves to be experienced. Plus, the food was excellent."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "ive been going to durgin park for 45 years. This time they brought the wrong cut of Prime Rib and I had to send the sides back, because they were cold. But the food was still good."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was awesome, waitress was very attentive and fun. Just how we remembered from previous visits."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If you are looking for simple American fare and a staff that is well mannered and funny, check out this restaurant at Faneuil Hall. The food is simple and filling, the wine list and beer list are small, but samples are good to pair with your meal. If you have questions, the staff is informed, and will offer you their honest assessment of dishes, which is always a plus. The prices may seem a bit much, but this is a tourist spot, as other restaurants in the areas attract the travelers too. The steak was great, as were the mussels, however, the clam chowder only had two clams . . . hmm, more like clam broth, and should be improved."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A local institution that has been around for decades in the heart of Faneuil Market area. Raw bar and grilled food are good. Avoid the fried foods as a bit greasy. Prices a bit high for what it is. The service was very good and very friendly. Portions are generous."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Classic New England clam bake with lobster, steamers, red potatoes and corn. Always consistent. Also great prime rib."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I was ther the second day of the new menu. There were difference between it and the web published menu. One site had a great beer menu that did have a notation that there might not be the samew selection available. The onior rings were overbreaded and overcooked. The menu offered scallops breded or fried, but the server said they only came one way with a green sauce. The use of upscle rectangluar white plates with saucing and decorated rice was off putting from the sawdust on the floor old image. I have eaten there at least 2-5 times a year for 30 years and I will not go back until they revert to the original establishment."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have eaten in Durgin Park whenever I could for almost 50 years both when I lived in the Boston area and when I came to visit. Last time I was there was April last year. All was fine. This time while the wonderful waitresses were doing their job with aplomb as always and the red checkered tablecloths and weathered wooden floor were as they should be -- the food had descended to Tourist Trap Mediocre. The oyster stew was dull of paprika for some reason and the prime rib? A dry shadow of its former magnificence. With a heavy heart, I must congress: I'll not pass by again."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We've been to Durgin Park many times in the past but this past Saturday was a disappointment. They've been known for their prime rib for years and when we were seated at 7:30PM, the waitress wasn't sure if they had run out or not. Now I normally wouldn't have a problem with that had the restaurant been full but there were only about 15 - 20 other diners there. We were able to order the rib but when it came it was gray and had been thrown on the grill. Honestly, I think they took it out of the freezer, microwaved it, and then grilled it in an attempt to make it appear edible. It was terrible. In addition, the potatoes were like paste and the carrots ice cold. Something seems to be going on, like they are about to go out of business."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "disappointing as we had been there many times in years gone by. In the interim, the service... always unique was invisible."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I took a group of foreign exchange students for a trip to Boston and lunch at Durgin Park. The wait staff were wonderful with them, helping them to understand the menu items and answering their questions. They interacted with them asking about their home countries and how their time in the U.S. was. The food was awesome and we were not rushed at all."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Been going for many generations now. Always great!!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "It had been forty years since I last went to Durgin Park. At that time, the Yankee Pot Roast was $0.99, and the lobster, $2.00 Times have changed. There is a parking garage directly across from the BAR entrance to D.P. There is no elevator to go to the restaurant on the second floor. I had the chowder, which was a little floury, but good. Our entrees were my Roast Beef and my friend's, grilled Pork Chops. Both served au jus. The roast beef was just about the best I've ever had in New England (I'm a native Chicagoan). The pork chops were equally impressive. This is not a fancy establishment, and the ambience is, well ... basic. And it was quiet on a Tuesday, but I suspect it could be much louder. Overall: A wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Had a farewell dinner for a colleague attended by 14. Staff was extremely friendly and attentive and every single person in our group raved about their meal. We ordered from prime rib to pasta and we all look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "As out of towners, we were directed to Durgin Park by a neighbor who used to live in Boston. It was one of those experiences that I'm sure some outsiders wouldn't understand, but my family loved it. First - kid/family friendly. The items they mark as their specials are indeed exactly that - they were excellent. It was just comfortable and enjoyable all around, and had loads of character."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We had an amazing mid-afternoon celebration. The staff was the best and joined in our fun time. We ceelbrated a 60th birthday and the staff helped to make the celebration extra special. The food was great. The service spectacular. We will most definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Four of us family members dined at DP Saturday evening before the ladies figure skating championships at the Garden. My Mom was very excited about dinner and raved about going there as a kid many years ago. Mom and my wife both had fish and chips which were greasy, but tartar sauce and cole slaw were quite good. I had the swordfish and was very disappointed. $25 or $26 for a thin, dry piece of fish which wasn't very tasty, served with a scoop each of bland mashed potatoes and winter squash. Must be under new management and/or ownership, and we won't plan to return."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I usually do not take the time to write reviews, but in this case I am making an exception because I think it is important for tourists to be aware that this esteemed institution (apparently one of the oldest in the country) is likely to be a waste of money and time for you on your next trip to the great city of Boston. In short, the service is abysmal, and I am not talking about the tradition of sassy, curt, hard-boiled waitstaff that my father told me about. I am talking about waiting 30 mins for menus/drinks, 1 hour for food, + 2 wrong orders/2 late orders. This despite the fact the place was not busy. Some (not all) of the dishes were good (fish chowder), but if you have a choice, I would definitely recommend GOING ELSEWHERE."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We've been coming to Durgin Park on New Year's Eve for many years. This was the first time we made a opentable reservation online. It seemed like the restaurant didn't even read our reservation. We walked rignt in. We had requested a table by the window and were not given one even though one was available. The food was delicious...what we were able to order...it seemed like the restaurant had 'run out of' so many items that night. Poor planning... :-( However, our waitress tried very hard to accomodate us. My steak was delicious, but not cooked the way I ordered and it was on the brink of being 'cold.' Our chowder and salads were superb!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were there for an early dinner on New Years Eve. Although the baked potatoes weren't ready (they gave me boiled reds instead), the food was as good as always. Great portion size. Salmon was lovely - not over cooked. A little odd to have squash and potatoes (would have rather seen a green veggie) it was still tasty."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a great night out at Durgin Park. There were 8 of us. We had a reservation and waited only a minute or two to be seated. The service was good in terms of speed and accuracy, but you have to be prepared for the place. They are very informal, and frequently ask you to pass things down the table, like silverware or even the meals. The food was great. Two of us had the prime rib, one medium and one well done and both came to our liking. The others tried the pesto pasta with chicken, salmon, and some kind of meat lover's dish with stead, lamb, and pork chops and all were pleased with their choices. All in all a great night out."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The food was great, portions were awesome. The service need to be improved . Our waiter was in the weeds before he even got to our table. Which make his service to us no so good. I normally give a 20% tip, but because of the service I felt 15% was the most deserved ."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "My husband & I returned looked so forward to returning to Durgin Park ona recent trip to Boston. We were very disappointed. The ambience was lost. The steaks were terrific, but the rest was mediocre, especially for the high prices they charge."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "First time i visited this restaurant was 18 years ago, now it was still great as then, indian pudding yet again excellent and the food again reasonably promptly served and tasty. The only puzzle was a chicken pot pie - while tasty, a piece of puff pastry floating on top surprised my son who expected a more traditional take. We had a wonderful waitress and great experience overall."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We went to Durgin Park for a taste of New England and did enjoy the pot roast (gravy on the side) and the scrod. The experience was significantly hampered by extreme noise and very slow service. There were two large groups in the upstairs dining area that made this the loudest restaurant the four of us can remember. Our orders were all delayed and then did not come out at the same time. We were told the fryer was backed up and the fish and chips came out after nearly everyone was done. It was hard for our server to physically get to our table because of how they had the large groups arranged, and she did not make it back very often. They did give us an Indian Pudding for the delay, but after 2 hours of noise, we just wanted to go."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We were recently in Boston for the Christmas Holiday and I took my husband to Durgin Park. I hadn't been in many years and I had forgotten how great it is! We shared an enormous appetizer of mussles in red sauce - the sauce was perfectly spicy and great for dipping bread. We had the prime rib which was a fantastic cut and one of the best either of us have had. Of course, we had a side of yummy baked beans :) I promptly reminded my family how wonderful Durgin Park is and I look forward to going back on our next trip to Boston. I highly recommend the mussles and prime rib."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Second time we have visited Durgin Park in a year. Last year when we visited Boston we needed to find a good seafood restaurant that also offered non-seafood options for one of my teenagers. Durgin Park fit the bill! From excellent clam chowder to lobster, this place has it all. One might consider this a "tourist trap" but that usually that means outragous prices for mediocre food. This is good food at good prices. Period. While we can't recommend this for "foodies", this is a fine choice for the Faneuil Hall area without breaking the bank."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We celebrated Thanksgiving at Durgin Park and if you are looking for traditional Thanksgiving dinner in Boston this is a place to go to. They offer the the traditional thanksgiving meal (turkey stuffing gravy cranberry potatoes) and also offer ham and scrod and prime rib for the non turkey folk. The meal was as u would expect thankgiving to taste and we were seated promptly when we got there. Durgin Park can handle the big or the small crowds. We were only a party of 4 but as we were leaving there was a party of 15 or more being seated. Price was reasonable and the food was good. Good time in Fanuel Hall and Durgin Park for the whole Family."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "The restaurant is very loud. The food was ok. Prime rib was delicious, but the baked stuffed shrimp were standard. Tables are long and very close to one another. Witnessed some patrons having to get up and let wait staff through to serve other patrons. It was 15 minutes before any one came to hand us napkins and silverware and take a drink order. We had to ask about specials for the evening. Service took a long time. All of the staff seemed hurried and scattered and frantic. It was NOT a comfortable or relaxing dining experience. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Gina is the most fantastic waitress there. Food was cooked perfectly. Highly recommend for those looking for some good Yankee cooking."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "We take our children, spouses, and their children to Durgin Park for a 17-person family dinner every time they are in town. Most recently last Sunday. Always a wonderful time. Wait staff interacts with family. Everyone looks forward to it."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "They made us wait about 10 minutes bofre coming and taking the order. The food was ok, even if nothing too special. For the price (around 30$ per menu), it could be a bit better."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I had the roast beef, which was outstanding, melted in my mouth. My friend had the Calamari, and another the crab cakes with the Clam Chowder, equally outstanding. And my last friend had the "special" which was a lobster roll...no compliants. Great food, reasonably priced, good service, great location."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Eight of the family went to Durgin Park for their Yankee Thanksgiving dinner. It was just what we were looking for. Traditional Yankee food, lots of diners and a terrific waitress. The food was good, the service was attentive and if the weather had cooperated and it had been a tad warmer for walking outside, it would have been perfect. Would definitely do this again next year."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "It was interesting to hear the history of the restaurant. The food was ok. If you didnt speak up, you were getting chef's choice. Being a non-lover of gravy, I was very disappointed to receive my dinner floating in gravy. I would think twice before having a holiday dinnerwith them again. Felt too much like dining in the hospital cafeteria"
    Dined on 11/28/2013