Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston
Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.joesamerican.com/
  • Phone: 6175364200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - midnight...

    Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am - midnight...

    Brunch served Saturdays, Sundays & Monday Holidays from 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: David Forbes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Exeter
  • Public Transit: Copley and Hynes (green line)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Service on Exeter Street (corner of Newbury)

    Garage Parking on Exeter Street

    Metered Parking
A word from Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston
Joe's American Bar & Grill has a new home in Boston's Back Bay. Our new landmark location features a retractable roof in the cafe and upper bar area, a display kitchen, two full bars, and private dining. Joe's is a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine. At Joe's, we focus on using the freshest quality ingredients for all our dishes as well as providing a comfortable and fun atmosphere for all our guests. Joe's is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Enjoy Joe's for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or take-out.


Please know that Joe's American Bar & Grill tries to honor all reservation requests. HOWEVER, THE PATIO IS SEATED ONLY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (50)good for groups (46)neighborhood gem (40)great for brunch (34)kid-friendly (33)vibrant bar scene (32)great for outdoor dining (31)fit for foodies (19)hot spot (17)special occasion (10)scenic view (9)late-night find (7)notable wine list (7)romantic (6)Show More
  • Neighborhood gem, delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Joe's American Grill on Newbury Street is a delicious find. We were greeted warmly when we arrived, and found our waiter to be friendly and professional. He knew the menu very well and guided us very capably and enthusiastically, so we all made excellent choices. The fall special menu with BBQ shrimp on polenta, Shepherd's pie, and bread pudding was outstanding. I ordered the warm buttery biscuits to capture every drop of the BBQ shrimp sauce. Sophisticated menu with great comfort food as well. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great burger
    pkm1990
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    the food was great, indoor patio/sitting area is enjoyable, and everything is well priced. definitely recommend this to others
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alix
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Joe's never disappoints. Needed a late reservation for a birthday celebration, food was great, service was outstanding, and atmosphere was lovely! Simple and elegant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Standard Amercan fare
    Rld26
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Nothing remarkable but good prices for Boston and good for kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had the buffalo chicken and waffles and couldn't have been happier with my meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I ordered the meatloaf, as I have occasionally in the past. What was delivered looked like meatloaf, but tasted strange, and had the consistency of Crisco. I couldn't eat it. For the first time in my life, I sent it back and ordered something else (which was good). The restaurant handled the situation well, and charged me only for the second meal. Stephanie's is a go-to restaurant for us, and we will certainly remain loyal customers, assuming this problem is the rare exception that I think it is.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the point of a reservation?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I made a reservation for 3 people for 830pm Saturday night. Once we walked in promptly we gave them our information and the hostess said it would be a minute. 15 minutes later I inquired about what "a minute" exactly meant to them. They apologized and said they were just waiting for a table to leave. Another 15 minutes later we were seated. We then waited at the table for another 10 minutes for our server to come to the table. Overall, it seems like what is the point of making a reservation at a restaurant when I had to wait half hour to be seated. Not to mention that was the "wait time" the hostess was telling people who were coming in off the street.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • onlyjamie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Lovely service and amazing food, my party definitely had a good time and I appreciate the patience in waiting and dealing with my large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Brunch on Newbury
    brunchfindVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My experience at Joe's was very good. Great service, and very flexible with my reservation as my guest was arriving from Logan and traffic was challenging. The wait staff was especially accommodating regarding food sensitivities. The menu was varied from basic comfort food to healthy options. I asked for a side of fruit instead of french fries with my eggs and they were very flexible. I would definitely recommend this for a group with varied likes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice break to Newberry street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is good bar has nice setup to watch people walk down newbery street!!! Great service
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Food with Friends
    Lindazzz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Don't be fooled by the lighthearted atmosphere. Joe knows food. I have eaten here several time and been highly impressed with the nuanced subtle flavors of the food. Kudos to the chef for the pallet pleasing dishes. Service also beyond excellent. They care; it shows. Go to Joe's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Ecosse
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our waitress Maritza was very friendly and attentive. The restaurant was busy but the food arrived quickly and was very tasty. Good value for money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I enjoyed my dining experience, at Joe's but the only thing I will mention is how small my table was. I was a party of 2, and they stuck us at a very small table. Otherwise, the food and service was great, and will definitely come back again, but I will just request a booth.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Joe's
    Mauiwowee
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great dinner at Joe's. Food very good...almost like home cooking! Wish we could remember our waitress' name...she did an excellent job. Loved it so much, we came back another night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family friendly and great brunch
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We were seated promptly and our server was very friendly and courteous. We had 4 kids under 4 for brunch and everything was great; service, food and ambiance. Highly recommend for families and groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, Exceptional service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From beginning to end this was a fantastic experience. Visited Joe's with my girlfriend for our anniversary and once again I was not disappointed. The jumbo shrimp and jumbalaya was delicious and the drink selection was terrific. The women who sat us was kind and helpful. And our server was attentive but not annoying. Couldn't ask for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At your own risk
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We booked a table to ensure we got a seat on a Sunday evening. On arrival our table wasn't ready and we were handed a device that would buzz when our table became free. Countless couples and groups waiting escorted to their tables before us making it evident our booking meant nothing. Committed to eat here stuck it out to be taken to the smallest space and table we had ever had the pleasure of eating at. Our busy was attentive enough and our order was promptly taken. No sooner had we taken the first bite of our appetiser our main dish was plonked on the table. We asked for it to be served a bit later and were then kept waiting ages before finally being served Luke warm tasteless fare. If this is your thing then give them a visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    People came, eat & left before we received our food
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    BruceG
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We showed up a few minutes early but only had towaitmaybe 5 minutes. The hostess was very accommodating allowing us to get a table by the open window panels
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late rezzies
    rarereviewer
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had family coming into town and it ended up being a party of 9. At 730pm I used Opened table to get 815pm reservations. They were so accommodating. The waiters were excellent bringing out multiple baskets of bread while we waited, always refilling our drinks, bringing out all our food at once. Our actual waiter even volunteered to take a picture of us. We are definitely coming back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locale bello ed accogliente
    Daniele
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Locale molto vivace ed accogliente dove puoi metterti al bancone per un aperitivo o una birra o cenare. Noi abbiamo prenotato on-line ed all'orario prescelto ci hanno accolto. Avendo due bambini piccoli 2 e 4 anni si sono preoccupati subito di loro per metterli a loro agio. Noi abbiamo preso crab cake come antipasto e poi la classica steak ed una birra media. Tutto buono e la carne cotta bene. Servizio veloce e la cameriera premurosa anche coi bambini. Spesa giusta per il locale e location. Consigliato.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could've been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Having eaten here before, I thought it would be a safe place to take a picky eater, but sadly enough it didn't work. We ordered nachos to start, which were great, but the bottom half were so drenched in cheese sauces that they were too soggy to eat by the time we got to them. The food was rushed out before we were done with our appetizers. Unfortunately it was a fluke though because they brought my friend very undercooked meat. We had to flag down a bus boy to ask him to bring it back because our waiter never came to check on us. It then took them another 10 minutes to cook the meat again, but then they cooked it way over done. Needless to say we weren't too satisfied.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great atmosphere
    Crcaudle
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food here is always great no conplaints about the food. The service is always catering to your needs they were always checking on the table and gave us refills that were there in no time. The drinks there are very well made and tasty while the price was very good. It's a great spot for lunch, dinner, late night drinks, or watching a sports game there. Highly recommended establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We live in the neighborhood.
    DineOutOftenVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Lunch was a disappointment. We had burgers that were average and the crab cakes had too much bread. For being one of the places to get the "best crab cakes in Boston", it was pretty poor. The service was bad because of the attitude of the waiter. He kept clearing the table while we were eating and did not clean the table between the main course and dessert. Food came out in a timely manner but the attitude of the waiter made it less than pleasant. The greeters were very friendly and welcoming and the setting is terrific.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Service & Food
    Dave
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a group of 8 for a hastily-arranged Sunday night dinner and couldn't have been more pleased. From the ease of reservations (thank you Open Table!) to the excellent wine list, superb food and attentive and friendly service, it was a great experience from beginning to end. Looking forward to going back the next time I'm in Boston!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Enjoyed It
    KJM1
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Lively spot in a very central location on bustling Newbury St, with nice indoor street-level space open to the sidewalk for taking in the passersby and enjoying brunch or burger or salad. Handsome, sports-themed downstairs dining room has a nice bar and open kitchen, and the space is lined with booths. We were four for brunch and had no complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Predictably Good
    DanBVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything about this restaurant shows a seasoned crew is behind the work of this place. Consistently great food, excellent service and good price points for a high-quality product. And a plus is that it is on scenic Newbury Street. This is why I keep coming back to Joe's over and over again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never got in
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Was on time for reservation. Hostess said would be a few minutes they were setting up our table for eight. 30 minutes later I checked back with same hostess and she said, will be a few minutes they were setting up table. I checked back 20 minutes later same hostess lied again for third time and said, will be a few minutes they were setting up the table. We left then and had a great meal at a neighboring restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Reliable local chain
    Flight
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This location provides consistent good quality food and service. It is a nice step up from the national chains without being too expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The restaurant is good. However when I made the reservation I asked for a surprise bday cake and the waiter never brought it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • room for improvement.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Got to Joes on a rainy night around 6 pm. Back dining area only 1/2 full.... Service was very good. Meals were ok, nothing special. The macaroni with bacon was not worth the money.... Fish tacos and wings were good. I had the full rack of ribs... Not very hot... But wasn't about to send them back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burgers are not the same
    LovetodineVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We have been going to Joe's for years and their burgers were always consistently outstanding. However, this time going to Joe's in Boston, the burgers are just on par with any other burger joint out there. The quality of the meat and rolls are not there anymore. Very disappointing when you look forward to a great burger.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 86 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 504 reviews are from the Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston reviews archive.
  • Worst dinner ever
    dinenwineVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Honestly I was a little applauded because this used to be one of my favorite restaurants. The quality has dropped. My Ahi Tuna salad was NOT good. I would much rather go across the street and have the Ahi Tuna salad at Stephanie's. Not to mention we made a reservation and we had to wait another 15mins on top of our reservation. They threw us in the smaller dining room behind the bar and served us dinner while they were picking up crumbs and setting up for the next group. It was a terrible setting. I want my money back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joe's on Newberry
    Freedomeal
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The bread is amazing. My son had chili in a bread bowl and a chicken breast sandwich. I had a Cobb salad. It was all delicious. Joe's is in a perfect location to walk around Boston after your meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newbury hot spot
    BeantownbeerloverVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good food, great beer, love the location. Joe's is great for just having a relaxing time with friends over a few drinks and some good food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lousy food
    reneealineVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    we went for fathers day. The food has really gone down hill here. For a seared ahi salad, the tuna was cold (not recently seared). Iceberg lettuce... the whole meal was lack luster. The fish tacos were also flavorless. The server never asked if we wanted any of their fresh bread. I won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service - nearly great foof
    MrsDuck
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service was exceptional. I would have given the food 5 stars if the sweet potato fries been hot. They had obviously been sitting for a while. The bread, on the other hand, was warm and wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AJudithVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had to wait 30min past our reservation however as soon as we sat down, the manager came over with 3 appetizers on the house and came back with a gluten free appetizer for my friend that was allergic. Waitress and food were great and left there very happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Post Prom Date
    NoobDiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was an excellent choice for a restaurant. I wanted to surprise my girlfriend with a dinner date after prom. I don't live in Boston so i went out on a limb when choosing this place. The price was just right and the food was amazing, especially the crab cake! Went around 11:30 and were done by closing time so everything went perfectly. Definitely recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Burgers
    peterb
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had a burger here and it was cooked to my liking also made me very full
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate