Fenmore Grill
Fenmore Grill

Fenmore Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fenmoreamericanbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6173911800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Loren Schrader
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Friday and Saturday nights from 9 pm to 12:30 am live music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue
  • Public Transit: Close to Kenmore Square T station
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available at Boston Buckminster Hotel and street parking
A word from Fenmore Grill
Fenmore Grill features American dishes focusing on New England regional cuisine. Whenever possible we use local crafted or farmed items to offer the freshest, and best tasting ingredients possible. The menu offers anything from appetizers, sandwiches, the freshest fish, burgers, Maine lobster sliders, Boston cream pie, to a great steak.
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Fenmore Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.1
  • Food3.3
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
46% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)great for lunch (6)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)fit for foodies (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great for Fenway Events
    GoodFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This place is great for good food before an event at Fenway Park. The walk to Fenway is short. The food is casual (appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, etc.). Even though the restaurant fills up, there are usually one or two tables available for last-minute walk-ins on game days. We came before a RedSox game a couple times now. We'll head back soon (even without a game going on)!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedliy closed
    mrpeabodyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My reservation for Sunday July 27 ,2014 at 12:#0PM was not honored because the restaurant did not contact me to let me know the kitchen would be closed until 3:30PM for cleaning of the kitchen exhaust hood.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Duck in for beer and dinner
    Dancesanddineswithwolves
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great place to duck in for wings, fish n chips and beer.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    4timmens
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    What an amazing place. Food is great! Service excellent. Close to Fenway!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy
    Charlie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    There was no host/hostess at stand when we walked in so even though we had a reservation, we were told to sit anywhere. Service, however, was great from that point on. Our server, who was very busy, was very courteous and very polite. Food was good, but place is noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go here if you're hungry
    bostonbredVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I can't attest to the food at this establishment because they didn't honor our reservations. They also didn't attend to anybody waiting for a table before a concert. The place was packed, it seemed short staffed, and the only time I heard the manager - he was apologizing to a party for their food taking so long to arrive. He then was nowhere to be found and no hostess was working and no waiter could help with the reservation. Will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    BostonT
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Very disappointing experience at Fenmore Grill. We had a reservation for 5:45 prior to the Billy Joel concert at Fenway. I arrived at 5:35, finally able to flag down a server to tell her I had a reservation - however the sign at the door said seat yourself - there were two entrances with noone controlling who sat where. The server said she would be on the look out but impossible because of no control at the doors. There also seemed to be a problem in the kitchen to handle the crowd so overhead another serving telling customers they would not be charged for their food. After about 20 minutes of waiting, it became clear there would be no table - so unfortunately no dinner that night.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Reservation Nightmare
    datenightninjaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We reserved a table for 4 at 5:30pm on the night of a concert at Fenway Park. When we arrived promptly at 5:30, there were signs at both entrances advising us to "Please Seat Yourselves". When we inquired with the manager, we were informed that he would not be able to honor our reservation because the restaurant isn't able to accept reservations on nights when there are events at Fenway but he'd be happy to check us in so we can at least receive our points. After a bit of prodding (i.e. raising my voice), he told us we could have a four top that was about to open up. As an aside, we would have that table anyway under their "Please Seat Yourself" policy. Even though the food was good and the apps were comped, I wouldn't return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations pointless
    zippyVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Like many people we met at Fenmore that night, we made reservations since we were heading to Billy Joel concert at Fenway. They decided not to honor reservations because they were busy. We were finally seated a little after 6:00. First drinks arrived 6:45 and the complimentary apps (well 1/2 of them anyway) arrived at 6:50 p.m. There were a lot of people in the same boat as we were (made reservations due to the concert) and pretty much everyone was angry. I saw people walk in and seat themselves (sign says to seat yourself) and I saw them wait for 25+ minutes for someone to take their drink order -- and they ended up leaving. Our check was completely taken care of in the end, but we will not eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good value, mgmt weak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We made a reservation to eat here before going to the Billy Joel concert at Fenway. Due to traffic into Boston, we knew we'd be late and called to day we'd be about 30 minutes late and whoever we spoke to sait it should be fine. When we arrived, the restaurant had signs that said "Seat Yourself" at both entrances. We were lucky to get a table after a brief wait. The next 45 minutes we listened to multiple parties fight with the manager because they too ha reservations, but no tables for them!!! Food? Good value early-bird specials at to the bar. We split sliders (3/$5...and very good!), Calamari (decent), and a Caesar salad (good). Wine and beer only at this bar/restaurant, no mixed drinks.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service then Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I have been there twice in the past two weeks. The first time the food and service were excellent. This time the waitress was extremely inattentive. We had to remind her that we had ordered appetizers. She brought them out and the shrimp cocktail was wilted and the flatbread was cold. They had obviously been sitting there for a while. We had to wait forever to get her attention to order our entrees and another drink. The restaurant was not busy. A waiter brought out our entrees and was very nice. I will go back but will try to avoid her section if she is there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Went for dinner, the service was poor and very slow. The restaurant was empty so there was no excuse for the service. The atmosphere was fine, new but nothing special. The food was ok, if you're in the area for a Sox game it would be an ok place to grab a drink (beer and wine only) before the game.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maybe if everywhere else is crowded
    zadnor
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Nothing much to recommend the place. Blah environment. Blah food. But likely to have a seat available when everywhere else in the area is full before a ballgame.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay alternative
    ProfNancy
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    If you're looking for decent food, served efficiently, and without the high noise levels and higher price tags of many other Kenmore options, Fenmore Grill will do fine. The menu is very limited, but you'll probably find something you like.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lsssVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great find although making an Open Table reservation was confusing since there is a sign to Please Seat Yourself. Food was ample and tasty, service was attentive, pricing was reasonable - we will go back - a true enclave in noisy Kenmore Sq.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay food, nothing special
    Wonderful
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Not a good place for a special occasion. Basically a well decorated diner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A find before Fenway game
    BeantownFoodie
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    If you're looking for a meal of higher quality than Pizzeria Uno and area pubs before a Red Sox game, duck into the Fenmore - we sat right down, they had a great beer selection, and the ambiance was great! My daughter ordered their mac & cheese, and I couldn't keep my fork out of it!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 14 reviews are from the Fenmore Grill reviews archive.
  • great food. .. lacking service
    jenno
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Our food, when we finally got it, was really good. The restaurant has some interesting specials. But we were there during "reduced price appetizers" and didn't get any reduction on them. It also took forever to get served, 10 minutes to get more water, and our server couldn't seem to care. The bartender had a great handle on the room - everyone asked him how to run the restaurant, and he knew the answers, But he was busy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, awful service
    rlkmn
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had no issue with the food. The problem was with the waiter. He didn't know the menu, told us an inappropriate story about himself and never refilled our water. Then he was done with his shift, but the new waitress was just as inattentive. One person asked to get water refills, which she only refilled her glass. We are usually goid tippers, but left only 5%.
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  • Beacon Beauty
    Mizzou
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Perfect pre-Fenway Park game nite. Like most area eateries when Sox play, it is crowded. Good variety and selection of food. Excellent fast service, they know you are going to game. We'll repeat at this one.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was good for this group
    carol
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    food was good for this group that included meat and potatoe types and more spciality tastes we were well tended, water glasses refilled without asking
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing great
    NikkiVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Very odd setup, its all seat yourself. Bar only serves wine and beer, interesting selection of beer. No ambiance, this is more like an everyday restaurant, nothing special. Food was ok. Prob won't be going back. Lots of students.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual dinner date
    Joebo
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here for a casual dinner amidst a recent snowstorm. Our waitress was very friendly and polite and our service went smoothly. The truffle and parm fries were an excellene appetizer, they used shredded parm that melted onto the plate. Delicious! The notable of the dinner was the parm crisp burger - a crispy fried flat of Parmesan cheese wedged in between the partty and bun which was a first for us and also stellar. The atmosphere was casual and inviting - and full of Boston sports memorabilia. I would go back again, no doubt.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; SLOW service
    BostonGringo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Located inside the Buckminister Hotel -- close to Fenway Park, next to Pizzeria Uno in Kenmore. We picked this restaurant bc we had tickets for a show at Wheelock Family Theater (an easy 5 minute drive), and there isn't much around Wheelock College. Menu was diverse -- appropriate for both kids (burgers, hot dogs) and adult foodies. Beer, wine, and sangria only -- no mixed drinks. Sangria was delicious. Food was tasty. Service was unacceptably slow (bordering on incompetent, really). Slow to take our order, slow to bring the food, slow to bring the bill, and even slower to cash us out. The restaurant was almost empty, which made the slow service inexcusable. As a result of the slow service, we were 5 minutes late to our show.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upside surprise
    ljschwarzVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Really enjoyed ourselves here. The place is restaurant meet cafe and club. Comfortable seating and everything from a communal table, to bar seating, fireplace seating and regular tables. Comfortable noise level because the tables are nicely spread out. Great bar area and selection of wines. The food was all well prepared and enjoyable. More like comfort food, than elegant entrees although there are a few choices on the menu if that is what you want. If that meets your needs this is a great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good time
    Alex
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Got a groupon for this place. Was a little weary before because of the low ratings on yelp. After going I don't understand how they could be so low. Yes they don't have hard alcohol, which is unfortunate for people like me who like a good cocktail, but they have beer wine and our waitress / bartender made a delicious sangria. It was a Thursday night at 8 and the place was pretty empty. We sat at the bar but could have sat anywhere. Food was all decently priced and my chicken sandwich with guac and bacon was fantastic and only around like $10 with really good fries on the side. Overall we had a good time. Our waitress and the host could not have been nicer and since we're close we will probably be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    Emily
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Went on a Sunday because it was half off for college students! The food was pretty good! And it's a very nice atmosphere. Good food cheap! The place was dead though. And the service was absolutely atrocious! Seven workers and we rarely saw our waitress, the manager was texting right in the middle of the restaurant, and I was getting dirty looks from the bartenders. The waitress didn't refill water, put our dirty dishes on other tables, treated us like she was our aunt that could talk to ys however she wanted & forgot my good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    A good place to get a bite before a sox game. Everything was well prepared. The waitress was young and seemed inexperienced, but was attentive. She didn't know how to serve wine, opened the bottle didn't poor any wine and started to put the cork back in before we stopped her and poured our own glasses.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    If you have all the time in the world and want to ask for your dinner to be fixed when it arrives, then this is the place for you. We went in for dinner and when we ordered iced tea were told that it would take 2 minutes. 10 minutes later, our tea arrived. Dinner was salad for me and a chicken sandwich, salmon with potatoes for my friend. 45 minutes later, my basic salad arrived. We asked about the rest of our dinner and were again told 2 minutes. 10-15 minutes later, here came our food. My chicken sandwich was ok, but severely lacking in the guacamole promised on the menu. My friend's entree was missing the "relish" that came with it. They were more than willing to take the check at the end of the night as 3 servers offered to take it.
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  • World Series Pre-Game
    northriver8
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Fenmore has unlimited potential, but need to get their service straightened out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    This was a big surprise...I was unaware of the restaurant, but booked it for location, convenience and availability before a Red Sox playoff game. Was incredibly pleased, surprised and will definitely go back! The food was very good, the service was attentive and they started out asking if we were there for the game or going to the game. Then, they made sure that we got out in plenty of time. This will definitely be a regular spot for us before a game!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic