Hamersley's Bistro
Hamersley's Bistro

Hamersley's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hamersleysbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6174232700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Brunch 11-2, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Gordon Hamersley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Small, custom-designed private parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small, semi-private room that seats up to 20 people. It is available for private parties Sunday through Thursday evenings.
  • Private Party Contact: Alyson 6174232700
  • Special Events: For large events, the entire restaurant is available to rent any night of the week.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: corner of Clarendon and Tremont
  • Public Transit: We are close to the Back Bay Station stop on the Orange line and the Copley stop on the Green line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking on the Tremont Street side of the restaurant. The cost is $16 per car. However, there is no valet parking available for Sunday brunch.
A word from Hamersley's Bistro
Gordon and Fiona Hamersley have owned one of Boston's most popular restaurants for 20 years. Hamersley's Bistro serves contemporary, full-flavored French/Mediterranean food in a relaxed environment. Located in the fashionable South End, Hamersley's is adjacent to the Boston Center for the Arts and its' affiliated theaters and galleries. The historic brick building, which originally housed a piano factory, has been transformed into one of Boston's most comfortable dining atmospheres. The dining room has butter yellow walls, exposed beams and a view of the open kitchen so diners can watch the chefs work in their brightly colored baseball caps. There is also a cozy bar, where neighborhood regulars gather for food and drinks, as well as a large patio for casual summer dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Hamersley's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
312 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (229)special occasion (227)neighborhood gem (178)great for outdoor dining (153)romantic (142)notable wine list (98)good for groups (40)hot spot (38)great for brunch (37)scenic view (20)late-night find (9)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • ProfessorShorthairVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My spouse, once again enjoyed the famous chicken dish that she has eaten at each of our vistis to Hamersley's over the past 20 years. I thoroughly enjoyed the halibut. It is sad to say goodbye to Hamersley's, but it was nice to enjoy one last meal there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roast Chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Elegant and cozy on the inside and absolutely delicious food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ej12346
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    They are closing end of Oct, but food still the best quality..we will go again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DINNER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I was very excited to dine here, and it did not disappoint. Everything was delicious. I would say the salmon in parchment paper was too overcooked for my liking, but the flavors were delicious! I would definitely be back, if I can get there before they close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • almost adieu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The only reason I give 4 overall is that we had hoped to sit outside but despite the beautiful evening, it wasn't open. Duck confit and striped bass outstanding, chicken really is as good as described, sides @ 8 pricey for the quantity but expected, wine suggestions very good, service lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This restaurant has been a stape in the south end for many years. It will be sorely missed! Best of luck to Gordon Hamersley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going out on top
    gasman
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The service was just average but the food was wonderful.... Cold borscht brimmed with flavor, chicken and quail dishes were outstanding, and peach upside down cake desert was absurdly delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I had discovered you earlier
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It took us 27 years to get here but we made it. Had 2 classics, the roast chicken and mushroom app. Sooooo delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visit before they close in Oct!
    FreshIsBestVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Hamersley's is without a doubt one of the finest restaurants in Boston. Our party of 4 had an outstanding meal from the inventive Amusee Bouch appetizers, to the fabulous entrees - perfectly cooked, nicely portioned and presented with flair but unfussy. We enjoyed the signature Roast Chicken, Blackened Bluefish with just the right amount of spice, Halibut prepared to delight and a healthy and hearty pork chop. Two light and refreshing desserts and coffee topped off a meal that will be remembered for a lifetime. The service was impeccable, without attitude and the simple casual elegance of the room made for a delightful experience. We only wish Mr. and Mrs. Hamersley were not closing at the end of October. They are true pioneers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster appetizer epitome of summer
    tatiana
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Finally ordered the roasted chicken and it was truly delicious. But the lobster, corn, and cherry tomato appetizer blended flavors that were the epitome of summer. Truly wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing restaurant
    laragone
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had the pleasure of dining here before they close 10/30. Get any reservation you can and order the roast chicken. It is the most wonderful food I have ever had. Service was top notch. A lovely space in the South End. Nice wine selection
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Chicken
    Onthetown
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    All the courses were delicious. Standouts were the Crispy Duck Confit, the iconic Chicken with Lemon & Garlic (lives up to its well deserved accolades), and the Trilogy of Chocolate dessert. Extensive wine list, accessibly priced. Our only regret is that Hammersley's is soon to close its doors for good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • richVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Wonderful meal, never disappointing. Always great service. They had a great 29 year run; Very sorry to see them close, but they deserve a rest.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem to the end!
    KKLevy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Everything was fabulous! It will be missed after it closes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homage to Lemon Garlic Chicken
    EagleFoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    with Hamersley's Bistro scheduled to close, everyone should go and partake of the legendary Lemon Garlic Chicken (to die for!). Your diner companion should order the halibut, also legendary, and then the two of you should share the memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing experience
    foodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Delicious, first class experience. Too bad the restaurant is closing. It will be missed by many. Hats of to Gordon Hamersley
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoneVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great as always . We will miss Gordon and Fiona. A real loss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a delicious but sad farewell
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We hadn't been to Hamersley's in several years, trying new places here and there. But when we read that Hamersley's was closing, we thought we ought to head back. But oh, what we've missed. Hamersley's famous roast chicken (with lemon and garlic) is even more wonderful than I'd remembered. The appetizers were superb, the dessert sublime. And the service a model of perfection (thank you, Luis!). So it was a wonderful dining experience. But to quote the people at the next table: Where are we going to go when Hamersley's is gone?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous 1st time
    Ed617
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I had to try this place before it closed soon since it is considered an institution in the city. I was not disappointed. The food was great (we had to try the chicken dish of course) and so was the staff. Our waiter told us they might be doing a "greatest hits" menu soon. Hopefully I can come again before they close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb! So sorry about closing
    Princecharming
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Outstanding every time. Never a complaint in all these years. Too sad for words about the impending closing. We will be lost without our old friend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    DityVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Gordon's chicken is amazing, the service was excellent and a nice ambience we were in the bar overlooking the patio as it was closed. A wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    Brindledog
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was outstanding - wonderful - not crazy - combinations of tastes and cooked to perfection. Service friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Wonderful dining experience, highly recommended. No, it's not inexpensive. This is really a case of getting what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best resturants in Bos
    nancycamb
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What more can anyone say after 27 years of some of the best cooking in the city, and in the USA.. they are sadly now closing at the end of October 2014 :(. Get here for you first or last time here ASAP- the house standards of roasted chicken and garlic and mushroom sandwich will blow you away! Excellent ambiance, service, and of course the nightly sight of a legend - Gordon Hamersley in view in open kitchen with the red sox hat. A Boston institution that lives up to its well deserved reputation!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last hurrah
    Toniott
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First visit was last year for hubby's b-day; came here again this year for one last hurrah before the closing. Could not bring myself to order the roast chicken - who goes out for nice dinner and gets roast chix? - but planning to make it this winter (recipe on WWW). Hubby got the quail. I got pan-roasted lobster. Oh, and some kind of lobster waffle to start. Everything was SPOT. ON. Even better than what I remembered from last year. Great to see Mr. Hamersley in the kitchen, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    seamus12
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As this restaurant is closing due to owners retirement I was happy to be able to cross off my bucket list. I was everything I heard and thought it would be
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    treatsnsnoozinVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were initially seated inside because the outside wait we were told was up to an hour. I was disappointed with the ambiance inside - it was bright, loud, and not at all the romantic bistro feel I had imagined. I asked for recommendations on a glass of Rose and our waiter brought me a taste of one he recommended - unfortunately it wasn't quite my style. I told him more what i was looking foe, asked if he recommended another - but he just seemed bothered and said he'd give a minute to figure it out. This happened twice. He seemed too busy with other tables to take an interest & provide us decent service. Thankfully we ended up being able to get an outdoor table and enjoy the rest of our evening with great food & much better service outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One and done
    Eclipsegst97
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was the 99 of the south end. Very dissapointed with inattentive service and mediocore food/plating
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sorry to see you go!
    Happydiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fabulous dinner! Hammersley's will be a very fond memory. Thank you for many years of memorable meals and happy times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JMonroe
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Although the salmon in parchment wasn't up to the usual high standards of Hammersley's, the signature dish, chicken, certainly was. This is a wonderful restaurant, a real neighborhood gem, and it will be sorely missed when Gordon and Fiona close the doors come October. I live right across the street and love this place. The South End will not be the same without Hammersley's/
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    eat2behappy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything was perfect!!!!! Returning with every opportunituy I have prior to Hamersley's Bistro changing ownership/chef in late October.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chicken on the Planet
    AvidEater
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went into to Hamersley's with very high expectations and the first bite of the Roast chicken alone blew me away. Literally out of this world taste experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Dawn
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We sat in a quiet area of the restaurant and it was lovely. The wine list is great and reasonably priced. Outstanding menu--wish we could have tried everything. We live out of town so we will not be able to eat here again before it closes. :( So glad we tried the Garlic Chicken. It was AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go early for roast chicken
    mami
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Alas, the only reservation we could get was for 8:30. Although Gordon had roasted 90 of his famous chickens, our delightful server told us they were gone by 8. We feasted on excellent steak, pork, salmon, ratatouille, and made a new reservation for 5:30 in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great
    BusinessDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    In Boston on business and went with clients to Hamersleys. Had the tomatoes with avocado (outstanding) and the famous roasted chicken. The chicken is unforgettable, and who says that about chicken? Service was super - attentive and pleasant. Had blueberry buckle and strawberry shortcake at the table. You can't go wrong with anything. So sorry to hear restaurant is closing now that I've just found it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • di Santi
    0033ss
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wonderful experience with good friends, wine and food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stephen Roop
    maxdaddy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I've eaten several times at Hamersly's and each time is a delight. The food is splendidly creative, the wines subtly complementary. The service is helpful but always unobtrusive. The space is bright and cheerful in the daytime, elegant at night. It's impossible to ignore the obvious delight of one's table companions or of other tables' diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great service, great food, great outdoor setting. How can you beat it?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • otisVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    consistently great food. we are never disappointed in either the menu or the quality of the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably great.
    LynnMary
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always a great dining experience. Service is excellent, timely, not overly obtrusive but attentive. Fresh ingredients prepared well. Atmosphere is great for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, as always!
    PattyA
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a great dinner there Saturday night. Fabulous food and waitstaff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic