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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Hamersley's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
396 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (323)special occasion (311)neighborhood gem (275)romantic (170)great for outdoor dining (151)notable wine list (124)hot spot (86)good for groups (58)great for brunch (29)vibrant bar scene (21)scenic view (15)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (6)Show More
  • A CROWDED MONEY-GRUBBING PLACE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The roast chicken was as good as advertised, but still not worth the money. They don't even include sides. Had a $10 hummus appetizer that was minuscule. They pack you in there as well. A waste of money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last chance chicken...
    GCBostonVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We will miss everything about Hamersley's when they shut their doors for good at the end of the month. Especially the roast chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One last meal and it was a good one
    ManhattanNomadVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    After dining here several times over the years we ate what is likely our last meal here given the scheduled closing in 2 weeks. This last meal may have been the best ( and there have been several very good ones in the past ) add an Oregon Pinot and a jazzy Manhattan, nice service, OK table, ah, would do it again in a heartbeat. Good luck you guys, you will be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Hammersley's Bistro is closing forever at the end of this month! We just ate our last meal there! We thoroughly enjoyed our mushroom sandwich appetizers, a corn soup, a smoked salmon apoetipzer, and our unbelievable lemon and garlic roast chicken entrees! I even ordered the pumpkin cheesecake for dessert! We will definitely miss this very special restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing Hamersley's
    longtimerVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Too bad that Hamersley's is closing after such a long and glorious run of being one of Boston's best restaurants! It will be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Fantastic, as always. Every bite brought an incredible mixture of textures and flavors. This restaurant will be sorely missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Quite a fabulous experience. I felt as though I was eating perfection. My only regret is that I waited so long to come here and now the restaurant is closing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • End of an Era
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Just so sad that Hamersley's is closing. Have been coming here ever since Gordon and Fiona opened up their little storefront restaurant across the street 27 years ago. Never, ever, disappointed. Thanks for all the good memories - especially the garlic and mushroom sandwiches and the duck confit for every season!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Running on Empty
    bkg42
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    For as many years as I have been going to Hamersley's, including the one time I brought 20 people there for dinner, drinks and a professional presentation, I have always wondered, when might they possibly recognize that I am a regular patron. One night, several years ago on the patio, I actually complained before leaving. Surprising to me was that someone actually took off their "facade smile" and called me to discuss my disappointing experience. While I think their food has been almost always exceptional, I can't help but to wonder if the faces behind the servers are a bunch of well paid, unhappy people. It's been a pleasure to order take out, once I finally realized I could enjoy the food without the superficial smiles.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hail and farewell
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was probably my last dinner at Hamersley's, to my great sadness. One of the great restaurants is closing soon. No more of Hamerlsey's sublime roast chicken, with the perfect blend of lemon and garlic. No more of Hamerlsey's sublime pear/apricot upside-down cake. This time, for the first time, I tried the lobster/corn pudding appetizer. Guess what? Sublime! How I'll miss Hamersley's!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Sad To see You Go
    tecrunnerVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Hammersley's has been our FAVORITE Boston restaurant for years, a pioneer in the resurgence of the South End, and on the leading edge of Boston becoming a foodie town. SOOOOO sad to see it go at the end of October, but so thankful to have had it for so many wonderful years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorry to see you Go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had a fantastic dinner. The food was awesome and the service great. I wish Gordon and his staff the Best. Thank You
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They will be missed
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had to have Gordon's classic mushroom sandwich and roast chicken one more time before the restaurant closes. Hamersley's has been a family favorite for many many years. We're grateful for all the fantastic meals and wish Gordon and Fiona well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hammersley's - closing is a loss
    FamilyL
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    So sad they're closing this excellent restaurant. Food is excellent, staff wonderful. Going out on top is understandable but it is a loss to the dining public. Hoping Gordon will open another restaurant after a year or two of rest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adieu
    sothisismypassion
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Last meal at Hamersley's memorable for outstanding lobster corn pudding appetizer, delicious creamy celery root side and ethereal pumpkin cheesecake mousse. Halibut a tad disappointing for being overcooked--should have gone with cassoulet that neighboring table enjoyed thoroughly. Oh, if only other great chefs would dedicate their talent and energy to develop and maintain one great restaurant rather than distilling their efforts to chase ambition and, sadly, greed. Gordon and Fiona and their staffs represent the best of gracious service, fine food that moved with the times even when not always perfect, and making a neighborhood their own. A life's work well done. Boston thanks you, and your staffs over the years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bye and thank you!
    hungrylucinda
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Not much point in reviewing, as it's closing soon and booked up until then. But a great Boston special occasion institution, and we will miss it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funstuff223
    Funstuff223
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Seems pointless to write this review as they are closing very soon- am happy to say we have enjoyed many wonderful meals there and at the old location- if you can get a reservation at all before this great institution leaves us, then do so!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so sad
    eyeluv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It is closing in 3 weeks. So sad to see one of Boston's best go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We are so sad that it is closing - a wonderful restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • norma286
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It was a fabulous evening. All 4 of us had a great dinner. It is a shame it is closing. I hope one of the current chefs opens a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great loss
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Hamersley's is closing--and what a great loss that is to everone who loves great food. The roast chicken with leomn and garlic is one of the most perfect dishes one can eat in a Boston restaurant, and although I'd love to try other things on my last visits, it's imossible not to order the chicken, knowing that very soon I'll never be able to order it again. The venison pate "amuse bouche" was a heavenly appetizer, though a bit skimpy, and the apricot/pear upside-down was an ethereal dessert. Oh how much Hamersley's will be missed!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Roast Chicken!
    PotsandPensVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Possibly the best chicken I've ever had in a restaurant. Try it before they close forever at the end of October 2014!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    So many great meals had with Gordon and his tem, will miss this place
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be deeply missed
    agirlsgottaeatVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Wanted to be sure to visit one last time before Hamersley's closes for good in a few short weeks. If you haven't been yet, trust me that you do not want to deprive yourself of trying this Boston institution before it closes. So many "old" restaurants are not worth the hype by the time their run ends. This is the except to the rule. Diners were stopping at the kitchen to applaud Chef Hamersley as they were leaving after a delicious meal. The staff were visibly moved anytime someone mentioned it was going to be the last time they ate there. The menu continues to impress and of course, the chicken is the stand out star -- how could I get anything else on my last time there?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Run... A Boston Legend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great to see Gordon still on the line (like every night during his long career) producing great tasting chow on a high level. No tricks here, just honest well prepared high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. The chicken is a thing of beauty... other dishes also please. Enjoyed the two lobster apps, scallops, pork chop and the kitchen. Excellent desserts... pumpkin cheesecake and apple crumble.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sad goodbyes
    mami
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My son came up from ny for this unique dining experience and the chicken was worth the trip. My husband loved his halibut and I enjoyed the quail but I need to return at least once for more than a bite of the chicken, even if we have to sit at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    ABCFoodie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This was the most spectacular meal we have had in recent memory. From top to bottom Hamersley's nails it on presentation, service, hospitality and of course the food. Every bite of our meal was better than the first and we certainly savored every last bite. It is a shame that they will close at the end of the month and can only hope something as worthy takes its place. Dining here for our anniversary was a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food was excellent. You were not rushed and we had a great tome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We're So Going To Miss You
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Hammersley's is one of those rare gems that has remained fabulous from day one--27 years ago. Last night's food was spectacular--each dish a delicious blend of flavors. This restaurant has been our go-to for special occasions and we will miss it a lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sorry it's closing
    samthegourmand
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was the third time we've eaten here. What can I say? One of the best restaurants in Boston. We wish Gordon best of luck in his retirement. I hope all the employees find jobs after the place closes at the end of October.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A great place for a special celebration. The service was outstanding. We arrived a bit earlier than our reservation but the hostess said not to worry and sat us immediately. One had the quail which was quite good. One had the scallops which were outstanding. We requested a change from sweet potatoes to any other potatoe which he did. The person with the steak said it was one of the best and cooked just the way he likes it. We are sorry to see Hamersley's Bistro close. It is a special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fond memories
    ReturnDinerWFriends
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Before we were seated, I watched our waiter tighten up his tie in the mirror, a final professional flourish to a career of 21 years during Hamersley's 27 year run. People rate restaurants by food, of course, but I love waiters. This gentleman was a pro, and we (like a bazillion other diners) burdened him with our swansong memories. The original H was one of our first dates 22 yrs ago, with its heavy velvet curtain hung to keep out front door cold blasts. We had celebrated my 50th bday here and tonight was my 60th. Later, I overheard the father of the family next to us tell our waiter, "we came here when we were dating, kept coming, now with daughters..." Oh, dinner was outstanding. (Best wishes to our waiter and his home project in Malden!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will miss Hammersley's!
    judiandglenn
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The 4 of us had dined at Hammersley's before since they have the best roasted chicken anywhere. I made the reservation as soon as I read they were closing permanently. Our server told us they are fully booked til it closes. A delicious farewell to a great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hammersley closing
    hcorah
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    So sorry they are closing. We will miss this wonderful rstaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so sad they are closing
    JandIVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    When we heard that this wonderful restaurant was closing, I immediately reserved a table for Aug., Sept, and Oct. We have eaten here many times and will miss it greatly. Must confess that I always get the special chicken which never fails to please. Not sure that a review is really indicated at this point but am doing so anyway. I guess I will have to try and make Gordon's chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Run
    hinghamVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Hamersley's is undoubtedly the best restaurant in Boston and every time I have gone there it has been a remarkable experience. I felt lucky to be able to snare a reservation for this last time as it is closing soon. Good Luck to Gordon and thank you for such a wonderful and consistently high quality food experience. Who ever thought that roasted chicken could rise to such heights!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get There! Hamersley's Final Days
    cageyleftyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    If you have the chance, get to Hamersley's for their legendary Roast Chicken and other dishes. Place was packed at 830p, with good reason. Service was spectacularly attentive and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    moveablefeast
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    As always, dining at Hammersley's is perfect on every level. Having dined there for nearly 30 years since they opened their doors, this now iconic restaurant will be sorely missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, meh service
    LobstahLovah
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    When my mother came out from California to visit, I thought I would surprise her with reservations to Hamersley's - since they are closing and she has long been wanting to try it. In short, the food, especially the chicken, lives up to the hype. It was a fantastic meal that we will definitely remember. However, the server was not welcoming. We didn't order wine, as my mother wasn't feeling very well, got a salad to split, two entrees, and coffees. The second we said we weren't interested in wine or a cocktail, the sever became incredibly dismissive. He begrudgingly took our orders, barely checked in, and seemed to write us off as a "cheap" table - which definitely led to us skipping dessert just to get out of there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it!
    Grandma
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A truly wonderful dining experience. The chicken was incredibly tender, with crispy skin, and a delicious lemon sauce accompanying it. The blueberry buckle for dessert was one we were glad we didn't pass up. It was the most wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.