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Hamersley's Bistro
Hamersley's Bistro

Hamersley's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hamersleysbistro.com
  • Phone: (617) 423-2700
  • 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: French, Mediterranean
  • 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 (617) 423-2700
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Hammersley's Bistro is a fantastic restaurant. Both the food and service are always great! I had a small artichoke and goat cheese appetizer, and my husband had a delicious avocado and tomato salad. For entrées, I ordered the signature dish which is the lemon chicken. Is it is a half a chicken roasted with lemon and garlic, and it is something that everyone dreams about because it's so delicious! My husband had a pork entrée which he really enjoyed. It was pork two ways. We highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Couldn't wait to go back after visiting about 8 years ago. Did not disappoint, best meal we have had in a very long time. Interesting menu and the favors were outstanding. Friendly service. Do not miss when in Boston!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We have been to Hammersley's Bistro many times over the years, dating back to when the restaurant was in its original location a few blocks away. We hadn't been in a few years, and returned for our anniversary, and I am pleased to say that it is as wonderful as ever! The food is still as outstanding as ever. The service this time was equally outstanding, our waiter was very pleasant. Hammersley's is a restaurant that I can recommend very highly!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The roasted chicken is famous for a reason - it's delicious. The ratatouille side dish was divine. The croustade crust was insanely good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was fantastic. we started with 2 fantastic drinks at the bar as we waited for our outside table. We were early for our reservation. We had a table outside and the food and service were both excellent. Jose our waiter was perfect on his service and recommendations. The peach cobbler was huge and glad we shared it and was in the top 10 desserts that I have had. The fish choices and wine were all great. We came from the Westin Waterfront since all the restaurants were booked in that area and this was a great choice. Enjoy it on your next trip to Boston. Wish we lived closer."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "As always we loved our whole experience @ Hamersley's. The food was exceptional. The service was great too. Order the pan roasted lobster if it is on the menu...you won't be disappointed. The patio is one of the best in Boston, being back 50' from the street and adjacent to a very small, tree-filled park...Very quaint and European. Plus this year our well-behaved dog was able to dine al fresco with us."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Service is key and our waiter, Jose, was terrific, all business and efficiency with a friendly but not cloying demeanor."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "As always, a comfortable, relaxed experience with great (and reliable) robust food. A treasure."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We were at Hammersley's for a very special business celebration. Our guest were from out of town and had never been but had heard of the wonderful reputation. As always, Hammersley's did not disappoint; which is key. Thank you for a wonderful evening. Our waitress was perfect; just the right amount of attention and personal touch."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I have been meaning to try Hamersley's for some time, and I recently took my fiancé there for a romantic dinner and it exceeded my expectations! They have a beautiful outdoor seating area in the summer that makes the experience of eating there even more romantic. The food was fantastic and the staff was friendly and attentive. We will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Hammersley's is pretty much our favorite Boston rest. Food is always outstanding. In the summer there's great outdoor seating, which we enjoy. We started with Sweet corn Potage with Crem Fraiche.Excellent. Richard had the Sliced Tomato & Avocado & Goat cheese salad.Again excellent. We then had the Chicken(wich is one of Gordon Hammersley's signature dishes) His Chicken is the best I've had anywhere. Richard had the Young Pig which consists of tender leg as well as pork chop. For dessert we split the Souffleed Lemon Custard(a signature dessert) Outstanding dinner,especially since it was for my birthday."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Quail was wonderful with a solid sauce and good accompaniment. Chicken as always. Try the head cheese. Not my thing but it was excellent. Atmosphere very nice and waiter knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my anniversary dinner here, and would recommend Hamersley's for the wonderful food, friendly and efficient service, and beautiful restaurant interior. I had mentioned that I was celebrating a one-year dating anniversary with my boyfriend when I wrote a message on Open-Table, and not only did we have a lovely, romantic table at the restaurant, but we also were surprised with a tasty dessert after our meal- and it wasn't even charged! It was such a nice touch to an already superb meal. I would highly recommend Hamersley's Bistro and will definitely celebrate other special occasions here."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We sat outside on a beautiful summer evening and had a wonderful experience. Everything we ate was absolutely delicious with great seasoning and spicing. It is expensive, but definitely worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Came for the famous roasted chicken and all was perfect as usual."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "If your looking for a romantic evening, then look no further. Hamersly's, is the place you want to go. I have eaten inside on numerous occasions throughout the years and it is warm and elegant. However, on a lovely summer night with lights strung around the patio and all the lovely flower's that give you a sense of privacy an ambiance, it's hard to imagine it could get any better than this! They have an incredible menu and the food is excellent. Whether you have a special occasion or simply just want a perfectly good dining experience you simply can't beat the food, the atmosphere, but most importantly all the lovely people that work at Hamersly's that make this the place so special!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Hamersley's Bistro is one of my all time favorite restaurants. It has a great location, great service and the food is always terrific."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It was our first time to Hamersley's and we really enjoyed the food and experience. We sat outside and had great service and a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful anniversary dinner ---- my favorite was the lobster waffle appetizer --- and then the quail....We waited a bit for our first course , but the bread was good and the wine was delicious!! My husband had blackened bluefish and loved that as well...No room for dessert, unfortunately!!No wonder this restaurant has been around for so long!!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It was excellent food. We loved the atmosphere outside. Virgin mojitos were outstanding. Duck confit was excellent. Pork, quail, and beef were outstanding"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The owner chef came out to meet me. I was dining alone. I requested a chef tasting meal. The dishes were amazing!!! The service and ambience were perfect. My husband and I travel often and seek out restaurants with high ratings and "must go" establishments. Needless to say, I am looking forward to returning Hamersley's and Boston with my husband and share my new favorite destination restaurant. The lemon chiffon dessert, tomato caprese appetizer, chicken garlic, rabbit pâté, lobster salad with wasabi, hmm just to name some dishes that were out of this world. Thank you Hamersley's for the delicious memories and a reason to return to Boston sooner than later."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Very tasty food and beautifully served on our plates. Definitely a repeatable experience. The only disappointment was that we were expecting to sit outside on the lovely patio on a gorgeous summer night but our group of 8 was too large to be seated outside."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great restaurant with an outstanding reputation. Quite expensive for dinner but brunch an excellent opportunity to experience this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Hamersley's Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in the city and the food, service and ambience are always amazing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband & I had not been to Hamersley's in quite some time and we were very glad to see that the quality of this restaurant has not changed. The waitstaff were exceptional; friendly, helpful & attentive. The food was divine!!! Impeccably cooked, perfectly seasoned, beautifully presented. While this restaurant is pricey, if you want an excellent dining experience and want to celebrate a special occasion, this is the place to go in Boston!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "By far, my favorite restaurant in Boston! Service, food, and atmosphere are all wonderful."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Awesome! We always go to Hamersley's when we want a special dining experience! Everything was excellent from the food to the service. Love this place!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Lovely night. We ate outdoors. Very accommodating. Bluefish and chicken entrees were exceptional. The 3 part chocolate dessert was extremely enjoyable. The mint chocolate ice cream was amazing! We had not been there for many years and truly enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Hammersley's has the feel of an elegant French bistro. Chicken is delicious!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Nothing overall wrong with this place, and the wine list was good, but it's just not a fun place. It might have been nicer if the outdoor patio was open, but inside was a noticeably older crowd and no one seems to be enjoying themselves. The food is good but not brilliant, considering the prices."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "enjoyed eating outside on a warm summer's night: thought the meal was not as good as we've had in the past"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Gordon never lets the quality of his bistro slip; even as the first customers on a Monday evening everything was outstanding! We dined on the last day of the Spring seasonal menu - I plan to return soon to see what's new for Summer."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Hammersley's is one of the finest restaurants in Boston. Now, with outdoor seating, it is a wonderful, romantic summer venue. The food is always excellent, and the service is quick and polite. This is a great place for a celebration or a special night out."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Mil and I took Katherine out for dinner in celebration for my 30 years in business. This upscale South Ender has been a Tremont Street staple for decades and has lost nothing in that time frame, from our first visit. Service was both friendly and efficient. We started with the duck confit app. The sherry aigre doux was the perfect foil to the richness of the duck. Mil and Katherine both ordered the classic chicken with garlic, lemon and parsley. Both enjoyed their bistro classic. I ordered the lamb with risotto which was done perfectly. A side of asparagus split three ways and a pecan pie with vanilla ice cream finished our celebratory meal and sent us all home happy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Gordon and Fiona Hamersley were pioneers when they opened their restaurant in Boston's then rough and tumble South End in the mid-80's. In no time, it became a mecca for foodies and and the restaurant press alike. Today, with sky high eal estate prices in the area setting records, Hamersley's continues to shine thanks to the chef's deft touch. No dish better exemplifies this than his signature roasted chicken. Classic, simple and yummy. Charred calamari salad with spring vegetables gets a nice zing from Morroccan spices. Entrees, sides, deserts are all perfectly executed in the French style. And service is top notch. If you're looking for a great meal, you can't go wrong with Hamersley's."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Hammersleys. The service, food and entire experience were simply outstanding."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "a great evening...great food...great atmosphere...great service. Well worth the experience."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It was a beautiful day to sit outside. The patio space is nicely shielded by flowers and fence so you can people watch while still feeling separate. The brunch menu had nice variety and was all very reasonably priced. Certainly comparable to other restaurants in the area. I had the poached eggs on English muffins, while my friend had the asparagus omelet. We shared fruit and the muffin of the day. Everything was perfectly prepared. Service was pleasant and for the most part efficient. Happy to be next door to the theater for Sunday matinee."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great food and service. Love sitting out on the patio on a nice warm night. Dates wrapped in proscuito was excellent. I had the lamb which was outstanding. My wife had the lobster special which she loved. Always a great evening. Never lets me down."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Five of us went to pre-theater at Hammersley's and loved it. We ate in the little dining room facing the street, although we did have the option of dining outdoors on the patio or in the main dining room. It felt just a little chilly outdoors that evening. The room is pleasant. Decor of the entire restaurant is lovely. The wait staff and hostess were terrific and the food and drinks just perfect. We have been here before and have always had a good experience. There are fewer tables in the little dining room, providing a more intimate ambiance. Hammersley's is a good choice for many reasons: the great food, service, location and atmosphere. It is easy to hold a conversation over dinner. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014