JJ Foley's Cafe
JJ Foley's Cafe

JJ Foley's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jjfoleyscafe.com/
  • Phone: 6177289101x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 1.30pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Ken McCluskey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Join us Every Tuesday for Trivia, 8pm, Free to Play, 3 chances to win great prizes.
    PaintNite.com on Mondays.
    Live Irish Music Sundays, please check jjfoleyscafe.com for detials.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street & Harrison Avenue
  • Public Transit: MBTA Orange, Red & Silver Line and number 9 Bus Route.
    Orange Line - New England Medical Center
    Red Line - Broadway
    Silver Line - Washington & East Berkeley
    Number 9 Bus stop on East Berkley
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on East Berkeley street, Metered Parking 10am - 6pm,(Please note the parking ban on one side of East Berkeley Street 4pm -6pm Monday to Friday) free evenings after 6 and Sundays.
    There is a paid parking lot on East Berkeley street (cross over Washington)$12
A word from JJ Foley's Cafe
Welcome to JJ Foley's Cafe, a friendly Neighborhood Public House. Offering classic comfort food favorites along with a full children's Menu. We are open daily for Lunch & Dinner with a popular brunch on Sundays.
Over 13 Beers on tap, bottle beers, wine list & full liquor selection. Popular dishes include Jerry's Shepherds Pie, Fish Tacos, Grilled Steak Tips & Truffle Tater Tots. Try a juicy burger with handcut fries, fresh salads, house made pizza & desserts including Boston Creme Pie & Banoffi Pie.
Join us Sundays for Brunch 10.30am - 1.30pm, try our diner favorite housemade Corned Beef Hash, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Bennedict or Traditional Full Irish Breakfast. Our full menu is served everyday for Lunch & Dinner & available until late. Tuesday Night is Trivia Night! from 8pm - 10pm join us for free fun with great prizes.
Walk ins always available
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JJ Foley's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)special occasion (3)late-night find (2)fit for foodies (2)Show More
  • AnnieB
    AnnieB
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    They have an extensive menu, something for everyone. The waitress was awesome very quick and accommodating and the bill was more than reasonable. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday brunch
    Akz123
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Waitress was pretty rude. Almost as if we had inconvenienced her. My friend got a side car and the bartender rimmed the glass with salt instead of sugar. Home fries were way too salty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    stopped in for lunch - too hot to cook, had a delicious turkey burger with side salad and a Lighthouse Pale Ale. It was the most relaxing meal I have had in a long time. The burger was cooked exactly how I like it, was juicy and tasty. Looking forward to my return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Love this place - food is always terrific and the staff always makes you feel like they were waiting for you to show up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Daniel Patrick Murphy
    Champ
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The former Ms. Annamarie Carroll (now married with a new name) from Wexford was a delightful waitress and very accommodating. She was particularly attentive to Oisin, my grand-son, and to my mother-in-law who is 90 years old and a bit of a challenge. The eight members of my family were excited to be at JJ Foley's Cafe and will be sure to return in the near future, perhaps to celebrate the birth of my grand-daughter! Daniel Patrick Murphy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 200 reviews are from the JJ Foley's Cafe reviews archive.
  • DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    met a friend for dinner - the soft shell crab is the special this week or two - it had a delicate flavor was delicious. I'm going back again before the menu changes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely would go back!
    mabiobabe
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nice pub atmosphere. They had Pim's! The food was good. The service was good. The prices were reasonable. Seven of us had drinks (some more than one!) and a meal for under $200. We were there late afternoon. Someone told me the neighborhood might be a little sketchy at night.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful staff
    BostonLBVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Went there for brunch on Saturday without realizing they don't do brunch on Saturdays! But the staff was wonderful, they were very nice and the place was quiet around midday. Probably more of a late night spot in general, but we had a great midday experience with them.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The cold slaw was excellent - sometimes I just don't feel like french fries - the cold slaw is tangy, not runny, and goes great with a beer - excellent lunch
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    great kale soup I would go back every day for it - great place for lunch
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long-time Favorite
    ai1313VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I have been coming to JJ Foley's for years now. Whether for a drink after work, dinner at the bar or at a single table with a book, casual dinner with friends or visiting family, or a celebration, it feels like coming home. Lunch and dinner meals are great, from apps and salads to sandwiches, burgers and entrees. "Comfort" food for sure, but solid pub standards and remarkable specials, too. Haven't tried brunch yet, but have no doubt I would like it. Friendly, neighborhoody, comfortable, reliable. Love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went to JJ Foley's to celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I went to JJ Foley's to celebrate my birthday with ten friends. Our waitress was prompt and attentive despite the fact that we arrived in spurts over the course of about 45 minutes. The dining room is set up with a couple of nooks with booths, that perfectly accommodated our group of 11. This was nice because it made it feel like we had our own exclusive space. It is additionally impressive that they were able to be flexible (we changed from 11, to 13 and back to 11 guests), given the size of the group and that I made the reservation on a Tuesday for that Saturday. The food was delicious pub style options. There was a good variety of tasty cocktails, but also a decent variety of beer selections.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went to Foley's for corn
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I went to Foley's for corn beef and cabbage- it was excellent. The portions were just right, and cooked to perfection, a flavorful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Good Brunch
    RestaurantAdventurerVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The duck hash brunch dish was surprisingly delicious and even my friend who's vegetarian and pretty limited in her options found a few things she liked on the menu! The waitress was accommodating but still had her Boston roots showing. :-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great meal - turkey burger
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    great meal - turkey burger with cold slaw- I replaced french fries with the cold slay which was tasty and crispy - with a nice punch to it - not soupy. Turkey burger had a delicious peppery flavor - juicy and very flavorful. A terrific meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger in Boston - juicy,
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Best Burger in Boston - juicy, the bun was fresh and held on to the pickle and ketchup. The flavor was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I spent the morning running
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I spent the morning running around the City and found myself at Foley's freezing and hungry for a late lunch. The chicken corn chowder was excellent - it had a slight kick to it but rather than being spicy it enhanced the corn flavor. I had it with a side of coleslaw and regretted being full, I would have enjoyed another bowl of soup. Excellent soup looking forward of returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood irish pub
    foodiefinnVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We dragged my in-laws reluctantly to this restaurant because it had good reviews and appeared kid friendly. Needless to say we were very happy with the food and service that we received and my in-laws are still talking about the fish and chips and shepherds pie! we highly recommend this place!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch today was the best chicken
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Lunch today was the best chicken and rice soup I have ever had - a nice big steaming bowl with carrots, celery, onions and moist white chicken meat. It was such a pleasure today.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Late Late lunch - tuna melt
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Late Late lunch - tuna melt was the perfect comfort food - I was cold + hungry + feeling just UGH but that tuna hit the spot it was delicious
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Lunch today was a terrific
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Lunch today was a terrific barley soup with a chicken sandwich - the bread was toasted just right - the chicken salad was flavorful no mayonnaise overkill. The soup was just the right balance of barley and beef - I had a bowl
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Lunch time soup was the greatest
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Lunch time soup was the greatest I love kale soup this was the best - I highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday brunch - Irish Sausage
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Sunday brunch - Irish Sausage and a veggie omelet - it was the best - lots of good coffee - the homemade biscuit w/ honey butter spread melted in my mouth. Can't wait to go back again. And Santa was there - who can resist whispering in his ear wishes for a wonderful year for all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for our big group!
    Humbug
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Had a bunch of family in town for Thanksgiving and needed a place to eat on the day after. The food was great, service was outstanding, and we had a great time all together. Thanks to Foley's youngest for the friendly and prompt service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • real irish bar...
    NYC2caliVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    good curry chips, fish n chips, shepards pie, awesome beer on tap, wing and bar bites all very good. Real small irish pub but with room to spread out. True boston experience worth having
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Duck Tacos and Corn Chowder
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Great dinner met friends - tried Duck Tacos they were delicious. The Chicken and corn chowder was tasty, had a good broth that held the ingredients together without diluting the flavor. very enjoyable meal
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at J J Foley's
    ronricho
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We had brunch at JJ Foley's on Berkeley St in the South End this past Sunday and we were very pleased to say the least. We hadn't been there before but I had a feeling we would like it. Well, let me say it exceeded even those expectations. I had the duck hash and eggs (would go back just for that) and a Newcastle Brown Ale on draught and my wife had an omelet and a Bloody Mary which were very good as well. This was served to us with some lovely biscuits and honey-butter by a most delightful Irish waitress who made us feel like it was or 100th visit not our first. It was a bit quiet that morning but I can imagine the place getting quite lively when the crowds begins to roll in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better than expected.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Chosen as a last resort and was much better than expected. Good for a party
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for brunch, didn't stay
    northshore
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    WHen we arrived at JJ Foley's at about 11:00 on a Sunday morning, the smell of last night's beer and food permeated the premises to the extent that we couldn't stay. Even though we knew it had already been extremely difficult to find a reservation for brunch on that particular Sunday morning, we left to take our chances because the odor was so unappealing.
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  • Nice spot
    Groupie
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    This is a nice spot with a good variety of beers on tap and very good food - particularly recommend the fish & chips and the steak tips.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • clam chowder to die for
    lojackgraham
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Best clam chowder I have ever had in Boston. ... excellent burgers, too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal - best burger
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Excellent meal - best burger I have had in ages. What an excellent find. A neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly place with good food
    jcftc
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Foley's is a neighborhood bar and pub (separate entrances) that's been tucked away in a remote spot on East Berkley in the South End forever. We stopped by for a quick bite before heading to a concert in the Theatre District, about a 10-minute walk. The Irish waitresses were super-friendly -- even held onto our doggie bag so we could pick it up on our way back from the concert -- and the food was great. I had the fish taco app, which was plenty big for a meal, and the truffle parmeson tater tots, which were tasty and addictive. My husband had the huge portion of fish and chips, also great. Don't be put off by the location and non-descript exterior -- this place was great, and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Had the extremely delicious
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Had the extremely delicious grilled fish tacos. The perfect food - filling but not too heavy. Excellent meal
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Harried day slipped into Foley's
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Harried day slipped into Foley's for a late lunch of a big green salad I choose to add salmon - it was delicious. The greens were fresh and tasty none of that iceberg lettuce stuff. and the balsamic dressing is very tasty. And the service was excellent. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must Try!
    KDutton
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    J. J. Foley's Cafe is a traditional Irish pub where everyone is treated like family. The food and drinks are great, but the wonderful service is what makes this place stand out. The waitress was so friendly and engaging. The pub itself is quiet and relaxing with decor from articles and old street signs that bring it's history to life. Highly recommend stopping in at J. J. Foley's Cafe - you will not be disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I think Foley's has the best
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    I think Foley's has the best cold slaw in Boston-the service is great too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely the best!!!
    jesseVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    I can't say enough about JJ Foley's. Our family of 12 has met here several times over the past few years, always on a Saturday for lunch. They have gone out of their way to make this a perfect environment for our reunions. The food is exceptional. We have all tried most everything, all delicious. The service is always impeccable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • great meal - neighborhood
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    great meal - neighborhood meeting - nachos deluxe - great place to meet
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • first friday hot spot
    DoverStreet7VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    First Friday is always a great time to meet up with friends - Foley's is a great spot - good food, reasonable prices, and great service. What a find, will be back for next months First Friday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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