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  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.forumboston.com
  • Phone: (857) 991-1831
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner offered daily from 5pm to 11pm
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  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Our Private Room accomodates up to 25 guests and features a 110" high definition projection screen with Ipad control and multimedia input.
  • Special Events & Promotions: For private events, please contact info@boston-nightlife-ventures.com, or visit the Open Table Private Dining feature on opentable.com.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: By T: Green Line, Copley Stop
    Taxis service easily accessible.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: valet or street parking
A word from Forum
Located in the heart of the Back Bay, FORUM Bar & Restaurant boasts two distinct floors, two bars, a cafe space with outdoor patio, and a 1300 bottle wine cellar. On the first floor, guests are invited to socialize around front bar, featuring a selection of seasonal signature cocktails, house infused vodkas, glycol-cooled beer drafts and our exquisite selection of bar bites. Our seasonal patio offer alfresco dining in a casual setting. Upstairs, our intimate martini bar provides a private ambiance. Our dining room is elegantly appointed, designed to provide a romantic atmosphere. The dining room offers unobstructed views of glitzy Boylston Street and provides several options for private parties. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This evening I opted for something light and to try something new. The cheese and steak rolls were excellent, and the service was outstanding. The only problem I experienced was with the temperature, the air-conditioning is out in the entire building, which is rough on a hot summer day. Fortunately, the water was flowing and the staff was excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "After some difficulty with the hostess in ensuring I was seated only to learn my reservation was cancelled after being seated, the rest of the experience was very good except the fact there was no air-conditioning in the entire building. I had tried this venue on the previous day and had good results during a World Cup game. They kept the water and drinks flowing. I only hope their insurance covers a loss of business, should there be one during the oppressive heat. Everyone around me seemed to be enjoying their selections and mine was great, the fresh peach fried pie was outstanding. If you are seated at the bar be sure to ask for Jose, he is a great asset to the establishment."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "2 of us had 4 small plates + wine. All were delicious. Did not try a large plate, but, certainly looked very good, and other diners ate them w relish."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • " Fantastic food with friendly, attentive service as always!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Went to Forum for Father's Day brunch and arrived 5 minutes early. The doors were locked and we were told they were still setting up. We were the first seated that day and when our food came it was all cold despite being the first meals served out of the kitchen. I got smoked salmon and eggs over potato pancakes which were mushy, cold and undercooked inside. We had to ask for ketchup and salt and pepper which took several minutes to arrive. As we were finishing brunch we saw all of the tables sat after us receiving beautiful complimentary pastry baskets which we were never offered. The location is great, the decor is gorgeous and I really want to see this place make it but they have to step up the service and food to compete in Back Bay."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant that was a little less pricey than surround competitors. Lamb was absolutely excellent, short & sweet wine list, great portions of food!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Beautiful decor, Wonderful Brunch both eggs and salads, Great Service and reasonable"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had a fairly large party and went for brunch. The food was good. It was not crowded, which was great. We had a very nice, large table. Our waiter was attentive, yet he also left us alone, which was a good thing. we really wanted to spend a lot of time talking, and we were able to! WE did not feel rushed to leave; just what we wanted!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food was very good - we had a party of 8 and everyone was very happy with their meal. Service was very slow, and restaurant was not even half full. Will definitely go back, believe the service was a one-time fluke. The restaurant is beautiful, well laid out. The bars on both floors are fantastic."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Went here for a special dinner after my graduation. The service was FANTASTIC and the food was even better. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food was very good, atmosphere was nice and unique. One of our parties food came later and the server was very quick to offer a complementary drink as an apology. We really appreciated that. Over all it was very nice. We will come back. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I used to love Forum. I went back in December and had a mediocre lunch, including some steak and cheese spring-rolls that were far too deeply fried. We went again for dinner on Friday night. The food has gone way downhill - the mushroom gnocchi was flavorless (and covered in filler vegetables where it hadn't become soggy). The brick chicken was dry and overcooked. The halibut was bland. The scallops were ok, but and came out cold, as did the lobster chowder. The service was horrible - it took 10+ minutes to reheat the soup, and the waitress forgot my order entirely, brought the wrong thing, and never admitted it was a mistake (took another 10 minutes). "TGI Fridays at twice the price" according to one person in our party. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Took some out of town friends to brunch on a Sarurday afternoon. First of all: How great to find someplace that does brunch on Sunday! It was a warm and sunny day, and we sat by the windows, which were open. It was pretty noisy, since we had the sights and sounds of Boylston Street on a Saturday afternoon, but we expected it and just spoke louder! I had am the house special omelette. It was very good, with roasted potatoes on the side. Others in my party had the chicken sandwich, pancakes, tomato soup with grilled cheese, and a salad with strawberries. All the food was tasty, beautifully served, and the portions were nice sized. Our server was attentive and happily adjusted a couple of modifications to our meal. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We met a friend who was visiting from out of town and staying at the Sheraton. I chose Forum as I wanted to give them support given all they suffered through during Marathon '13. It was a good choice. The hostess staff was very friendly and our waitress was very attentive. When we first arrived, there was a large group in the bar area and it was quite noisy so I was afraid we'd have trouble hearing each other. But once we got settled into our booth, I didn't notice the din. We liked our food but I have to say that I thought the halibut portion was very small. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We met out of town friends for brunch and it was great. Clean plates all around! My husband and I also enjoy delicious liquid brunch too! The prices were very reasonable as well."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our server was wonderful. She was attentive, accommodating, and informative. The food was delicious and portions were a perfect size."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We arrived early and were seated right away, which was great. We had a nice large space in the upstairs dining area and we appreciated it since we had our 6 month old in tow. The big disappointment was that we were told a large portion of their menu was unavailable due to seasonality. Half of their beers on tap weren't in stock, and at least half a dozen menu items. It left only a handful of dishes to choose from. Luckily once we received our food, it was delicious and well cooked. Service was great also. It would be helpful if they had at least a little area available in the bathroom for changing children. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "After wanting to dine at Forum since it opened, I finally made it in recently. We were greeted at the door and promptly brought to a table upstairs (our choice as the first floor lounge area was very active). What followed was a good, average dining experience. The service was OK - friendly, mostly prompt, and attentive. The menu had a decent variety but they were out of several items early in the evening, and the drinks OK. The food was OK as well but nothing stood out as noteworthy. The halibut was delicious and cooked perfectly but the risotto was loaded with sausage and barely had any lobster. The dinner rolls were what you see at large scale banquets - boring. Not a bad experience overall but not worth the price."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I went to Forum to support them on the anniversary of the bombings. Here's the good and the bad. The GOOD: The service was great. My lamb chops were great. The Israeli couscous and Rice pilaf were amazing. The Bacon wrapped shrimp were to die for. The BAD: The grilled eggplant has a funny aftertaste. The scallops were undercooked and tasted bad. The music was way too loud for 7pm. On the first floor they only have high tops. It's really uncomfortable if you're short. I'm 5' tall and my dad is 5'7". We were both uncomfortable and they didn't have any other tables to switch us to. If you want a cool place to stand around and grab a drink with friends, then this would be a great spot. But for a family dinner, it's really not ideal."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "In hindsight, going to Boylston St the day before the marathon probably wasn't the smartest of moves, but the experience was great! Although it was a beautiful day, the restaurant itself was a little dark for my taste, but probably helped for other people to see the one or two TV's in the back. Food was great, drinks were ok (a little sweet for my taste), and brunch was very fun. I'd recommend it as a moderate value, but nothing to write home about."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went to The Forum as a gesture of support because of The Boston Marathon tragedy. Their comeback is laudable. The food was very good, though I believe on the day we went (two days before the race) they were in a terrible rush to prepare everything. The service, however was very good despite the size of the crowds. The restaurant is beautiful and the staff is wonderful."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We tried Forum after seeing an afternoon show at the Opera House. We had an early reservation so the restaurant was not crowded because it was only 6:00pm. We were seated on the second floor overlooking Boylston Street. The food was great! We started with the mussels. My dinner companion had the Halibut served over lobster risotto. It was fantastic. I had the Scallops that were a special that evening. The service and the meal were really great and I would recommend Forum to anyone who loves really well prepared food. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great food, good wine/beer selection, excellent service, what a great experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I took my husband to Forum for his birthday on a Friday night. The staff was accommodating, attentive, and extremely professional. The food was delicious. My husband got the wild boar pasta dish, and it rivaled that of which we had in Italy. For dessert we enjoyed the peanut butter chocolate cheesecake (as they were out of their typical coconut cheesecake). I was thrilled with the substitution! It was amazing. After dinner we went down to the bar for a drink. It was busy enough to create a fun atmosphere, but not so crowded that we couldn't get a seat. I would definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I have been to Forum a few times for both lunch and dinner. The food and service is always really good. I had the steak and cheese egg rolls and lobster chowder. Very filling and I took my leftovers home. The number of times I have gone, the place has been emptier than expected for the times I have been there. The meals are in the $25-$40 range and the wine is on the expensive side. I feel this place would excel even more if they offered some inexpensive options - especially during happy hour or on the first floor."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Nice restaurant and good food but not for Sunday morning brunch. It seems to be something new that they are doing but they are not yet together on this especially when seated downstairs."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We had a really good time. just a great place with great food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I made a reservation for dinner with two friends on a Friday night. It was surprising not crowded upstairs, although the bar looked busy downstairs. We ordered an appetizer and salad to split and then entrees. I had one of the specialty cocktails and it was perfection. All the food was delicious. I will be back again with my husband sometime soon."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant in the past and loved it. Went back after a while and the food was INCREDIBLY bland. The waiter came over and saw that both of our plates were practically full still and didn't ask if everything was alright, nor did he ask if we wanted it boxed up. Granted, we didn't want it boxed up because it was just so "blah" but still... For the money, I was beyond disappointed and will never go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were a group of six and each of us had an exceptional meal. Good attentive non-intrusive service. We will return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've been wanting to check this place out since they reopened. The food was really good. The service and ambiance weren't for me."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were most impressed with the welcoming atmosphere created by the hostess, waitstaff and bartender. The hostess recognzed that our dining would be more comfortable upstairs, away from the bar, and was gracious in assisting my wife with the stairs (an elevator is available, but she preferred to walk). We were seated in the front windows overlooking Boylston, and the contrasting comfort and quiet of our table, overlooking the bustling street scene, was remarkable. We appreciated the fact that the menu is not expansive; our decisions were easier and all were pleased. Our steaks and short ribs were excellent. My wife waited at the bar while I retrieved our car, and received a similar welcome. In all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went here for a Saturday brunch and enjoyed the experience very much. We each ordered something different on the menu and all 4 of us were extremely happy with our choices. You can't go wrong at this restaurant. The service was spectacular. We were waited on by multiple staff and had their attention any time we needed it. They were very attentive and professional. I definitely want to go back here for a nice dinner or date night. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I've been wanting to come to Forum since their re-open after the Marathon. It was a solid "Good". We had the fish tacos, duck wontons and haddock. All good. We had wine, though I had intended to get a cocktails. None of them appealed to me as much. They do have several good wines by the glass. With all the great places on Boylston, however, I don't think I would come back here to eat. Maybe for drinks."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I've been here for brunch once before and I went back last week. It was really good! Service, ambience and food is amazing. The only thing is they didn't have everything on the menu. That was the knlyk downside! Besides that it was a great experience."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed our experience there, food is great, and drinks are outstanding. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I went with a few of my friends to brunch on a snowy Saturday. The service was friendly and efficient. The portion were huge and the food was good. Given the location, the prices were a real value. There were television sets on throughout the place, but the noise was not bad at all. We were able to enjoy a very relaxing brunch. I would definitely come here again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Didn't know about the Prix fixe menu. be sure to make that clear to future patrons"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went to The Forum for brunch on a Sunday. Service was excellent and attentive. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles and although there was a lot of food for myself (3 Belgium Style Waffles and a large chicken breast), everything was delicious. Brunch style drinks were great as well. Defiantly will come back here again for brunch or after-work drinks!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Great space upstairs for dining. Professional and friendly service. But the food was just ok. I had the scallops and the broth they were in was very salty. Others said the same about their meals. Also took so long for our dinners (it wasn't that crowded) that someone came out from the kitchen to apologize (which was nice) and they gave us a complimentary dessert (one, to share among the 5 of us). I felt that everyone there had good intentions but that our experience missed the mark."
    Dined on 2/8/2014