553 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $50 and over
- 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.
- 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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- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
- Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
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Hamersley's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
377 reviews since June 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.5Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (300)special occasion (291)neighborhood gem (254)great for outdoor dining (166)romantic (164)notable wine list (120)hot spot (71)good for groups (54)great for brunch (34)scenic view (16)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (13)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (7)Show More
- Fond memoriesReturnDinerWFriendsDined on 9/28/2014Before 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:
- Will miss Hammersley's!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/26/2014The 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:
- Hammersley closinghcorahDined on 9/26/2014So sorry they are closing. We will miss this wonderful rstaurantSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- so sad they are closingJandIVIPDined on 9/26/2014When 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great RunhinghamVIPDined on 9/26/2014Hamersley'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:
- Get There! Hamersley's Final DayscageyleftyVIPDined on 9/25/2014If 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PerfectionmoveablefeastDined on 9/25/2014As 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:
- Great Food, meh serviceLobstahLovahDined on 9/24/2014When 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:
- We loved it!GrandmaDined on 9/24/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unbelievable!BarbVIPDined on 9/23/2014We had never tried Hamersley's but when we found out they were closing, I quickly booked a reservation. The good news is that it was an amazing dinner, the bad news---they're closing their doors for good and we discovered them too late :-(( The roast chicken was everything people raved about. It appeared almost everyone in the dining room was returning for that dish one last time!Special Features:
- Good bye GordonEddieDined on 9/22/2014Our family dined at Hamersley for what is likely to be our last time we enjoy Gordon's artistry. As always the food and the service was excellent as was the wine pairings. Hamersley was an early participant in the renaissance of the South End now in its third decade. My advise, get there one last time before HB becomes a memory in October.Special Features:
- Fantastic mealomnommamaDined on 9/22/2014Our first (and, sadly, last) time here, and the experience was everything I'd hoped. The room is lovely, the food exquisite, and the service friendly and impeccable. We had the roast chicken (of course!) and the broiled swordfish, and both were fantastic. Wish it weren't closing but I'm sure the Hamersleys will be embarking on other wonderful ventures.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- sadnessOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/22/2014We Went to Hammersleys Bistro for a last time in that they are closing for good the end of October, what a loss to Boston,Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FantasticHappyVIPDined on 9/21/2014We will miss this place. Everything was perfect and delicious. Best of luck!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Last chanceNHdinerDined on 9/21/2014Every dining experience we have had here is amazing. They are closing next month, you have to try it or get one last meal. We will miss Hammersley's!!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oppi328VIPDined on 9/21/2014Hammersley's Bistro is closing forever at the end of October! We had a very memorable meal there on Sunday night. One of us ordered borscht, one of us ordered an avocado and heirloom tomato salad, one of us ordered a small mushroom and a small zucchini appetizer and one of us ordered a pork appetizer. For our entrées, three of us had the signature roast chicken, and the other one of us ordered pork. We all had different desserts. The homemade mint chip ice cream sandwich with outstanding!Special Features:
- Our goodbye dinner to hamersleyMan123Dined on 9/20/2014Sad to see them go Thank you and good luck to everyone at the Bistro!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hello and goodbye...SazziaVIPDined on 9/19/2014We nabbed one of the last Open Table reservations - 9:45pm last Friday. We were worried we'd be rushed out, but it was quite the opposite - the place was buzzing, even as we left around 11:30. The food is exactly as everyone describes - melt-in-your-mouth perfection. We arrived early so wandered over to the bar, and though crowded, managed to score drinks after a few minutes. Not even two minutes later, they asked to seat us. We had a prime table at their front window. The host's "favorite table." It was quite by accident, but awesome. Our waitress did take a little while to come over - they were slammed - but honestly we didn't notice until she apologized. Not a bother at all. Duck confit, quail and scallops = divine. Farewell. :(Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/19/2014Hamersley's is and remains fabulous. It is a shame that it is closing so soon.Special Features:
- Going out in style!hollowlegDined on 9/18/2014I've been to Hamersley's half a dozen times over the past 10 years, and it's always been a treat. It's that comfortable place that you can just drop in and know that you'll have a wonderful meal. It's simple enough and varied enough that you can take anyone there, and they'll find something they like. And everything is always executed to perfection. And it's totally unpretentious and relaxed. The amazing thing this past week was that it was as good as ever, and perhaps even better. The meal was well designed, and perfectly prepared. Absolutely delicious. Gordon Hamersley can be proud that he's going out on a high note. His restaurant will be sorely missed.Special Features:
- delicious last meal hereScarlettVIPDined on 9/18/2014So sad they are closing. This is the end of an era. It has been THE place to go in Boston for consistent fine dining with food that is recognizable but always had an experimental edge. Accompanied by perfect service, with the right wine appearing at exactly the moment it was needed for the next course. Kudos to Gordon for keeping it going for so long. We wish him good luck in whatever he chooses to do next.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/15/2014Alas, they're closing so what I say doesn't matter but anyone who hasn't been here has missed one of the best restaurants ever. If you can get a reservation before they leave next month, run, don't walk.Special Features:
- First TimerDiJaDined on 9/14/2014We wanted to try Hamersley's Bistro before they close for good. I ordered the wild king salmon, which came with vegetables. The salmon was very good, but not the best that I have ever had. The vegetables were amazing, though. They had just the right amount of crunch to them. My husband ordered the chicken, which he liked very much, and a side of vegetables. Again, the vegetables were very good. The blueberry buckle dessert was also very good. The lemon sherbert that came with it was too lemony for me. The restaurant décor was rather plain. I only noticed one or two pictures on the wall. The lighting was very bright, hence, not very romantic. Expensive! However, they must be doing something right to be in business for 27 years.Special Features:
- Good bye Hammersley'sskysthelimitDined on 9/14/2014They close in a month & it's very apparent at how rudely the hostesses treat their loyal long time customers; shame on them. Food, OK...but expensive-; i.e., $28 for 2 chicken legs sections with little else on the plate. Yes, the chef/owner signature dish but husband had blue fish, perhaps portion was 4-5 oz for $28. Value for $$ spent is not there. Had awful run in with hostess; 1 seated us at a table for 4 (only 2 of us) and then a minute later another hostess announces we cannot sit there and makes us leave the table-how rude and embarassing. Save your $$ it closes end of October-who needs to be treated so badly and spend $100 for 2. Evidently they don't feel the need to exhibit excellent customer service till they close.Special Features:
- Outstanding!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/14/2014Everything was outstanding! Wish they weren't closing, but we'll try to get back in there once more. The dishes were complex and satisfying--and beautiful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So sorry to see it goOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 9/13/2014I always said I wanted to move to the South End and become a regular. That won't happen now, but we were so glad to get one last delicious meal. From the wine to the goat cheese tartine and rabbit rillettes to the chicken (of course) to the blueberry buckle and orange-peach upside down cake to the coffee, it was an outstanding dinner. The wait staff is exceptional and we hope to be seeing them at other great Boston restaurants soon. Thank you, Gordon and Fiona Hamersley, for elevating our expectations of restaurant food.Special Features:
- DissappointingDissappointedDined on 9/13/2014We went to Hammersley's for a final visit expecting a wonderful meal and pleasant visit. The waiter was rude and condescending all evening. His answers to our questions were short, snotty and not very helpful. My tomato salad was boring; the fish was overcooked and over spiced. The mint chocolate chip cookie sandwich dessert had very little ice-cream, just a bit of melted mush like it was the bottom of the barrel and basically we paid $11 for 2 cookies. Although the signature chicken and the strawberry shortcake were good, in general, the food was not as good as expected and not worth the $300 price tag. Very disappointing, especially the service. Even if they were not closing, we would not return.Special Features:
- Happy Trails to the HamersleysbitsandpiecesVIPDined on 9/13/2014We quickly made reservations the morning the Boston Globe reported on the closing of the restaurant and the "retirement" of Gordon Hamersley and his wife. This restaurant has been the scene of hundreds of wonderful meals and gatherings for our family. Saturday night's meal and service were of outstanding quality. The polenta, lobster, corn and cherry tomato appetizer was a beautiful explosion of summer flavors. It was sad to realize it was the last time I would experience their signature roast chicken. Our meal was topped off with a blueberry crumble with a lemon buttermilk sorbet, also fabulous. Our waitress was as beautiful inside as out and gave seasoned advice on our selections and wonderful service. It has always been lovely.Special Features:
- Get your chicken onHungryDined on 9/12/2014Waiter told us now that Hammersley's has announced it's closing at end of October, 70% of patrons order the roast chicken! Ther's a reason. If you haven't had it, go try it before it's too late.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Farewell!WinerDinerVIPDined on 9/12/2014Had to go last night before it closes! And couldn't help but indulge in the chicken on last time. But the shining star was the tomato, avocado, and summer vegetable salad to start...with a pear sidecar. Can I do that again tonight? Husband had the swordfish, also outstanding. The strawberry shortcake was truly to die for, and the upside down cake also delicious.Special Features:
- counting down...sothisismypassionDined on 9/12/2014Second of 3 last visits before this culinary institution closes. Last month duck confit and bass outstanding. Last week, duck a bit dry, standard halibut delicious but greens and fruit w it just a notch below what came w the bass 3 weeks earlier. A real disappointment was rabe w garlic--so stringy and tough we couldn't eat it. Not at all H's normal quality. Tho good, always hard to pay $8 for small mashed potato cake. Companion's appetizer toast w cucumber and goat cheese very good but slight for price. She ordered chicken b/c of raves -- delicious but, after all, chicken--glad to taste it but would have ordered more interesting menu item in future. One more dinner to go--halibut again, pork chop, steak, or other? Wines by glass excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good-bye Hamersley's!OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/11/2014An absolute favorite, Hamersley's is going out at the top of its game. We flew to Boston just to have one more dinner here, and we weren't disappointed. What a gem. What a great bistro. Great memories. Good-bye Hamersley's!Special Features:
- Hamersley's saves the best for lastOnasNhojDined on 9/11/2014I had to get in one last dining experience before it closed, It did not disappoint. This was my fourth time in visits that spanned about 25 years and not once through the years have I not left energized and impressed by the setting the service and the sublime food. He, Himself was in comand that Thursday night, (our 4-some right across from the open galley) an displayed a mastery that came through every dish. A special shout out to the creamy lobster -sweet corn pudding appetizer and the halibut was succulently sauced and prepaired. I buy & sell fine wine in the area 20+years and recomend this wine list as being incredably well selected and fairly priced. Service: engaging informed, attentive yet never intrusive. Warm like home. Sante' !Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A local treasurePhoodeeVIPDined on 9/11/2014Had to make one last trip before they close. It has never disappointed. The service and food were exceptional. They will be missedSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sorry it's closingTLC2Dined on 9/10/2014Hamersley's will close its doors in October. It will be missed.Special Features:
- One of our all-time favorites!NomossundermyfeetDined on 9/10/2014We have been coming here for over 20 years. Hamersley's has consistently delivered on fanstastic food, ambiance, service. This time the highlight was the strawberry shortcake: it was truly unbelievable! They are closing their doors in a few weeks so the owners can retire. This place is a treasure and the loss will be felt by all who have loved it over the years!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- last hurrahandyDined on 9/10/2014We'll be sad to see Hamersley's close after an illustrious run. I'm glad I was able to come one last time.Special Features:
- Sad to see it go...diggydVIPDined on 9/7/2014We are glad that we finally got the chance to eat at Hamersley's. The roast chicken dish was highly recommended by a friend, and it certainly did not disappoint! We also had the creamy lobster with corn pudding appetizer that was absolutely divine. Mark, our waiter, was both pleasant and attentive. We'll see if can also try brunch before they close next month. Yes, we are sad to see it go... Best of luck to the owners!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Gordon, We'll miss your faireDavidSDined on 9/6/2014As the close of Hamersley's Bistro approaches, we enjoyed our second to last dinner over the past weekend. Of course I had the roast chicken, with the hope of its succulent flavor becoming embedded in my taste buds. Had I planned it better, I would have worked on the recipe over the past several months, still with the real think available for comparison. Perhaps it is not too late to start. Our last visit to this most favorite of all Boston restaurants will be early October, so I better get crackin', before delectable preparation of each dish, glorious wine list, and the sublime ambiance exits only in our memories.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/6/2014It's a shame they are closing, always a joy to enjoy the food here. It will surely be missed.Special Features: