Locke-Ober
Locke-Ober
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Locke-Ober

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lockeober.com/
  • Phone: 6175421340
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm Bar opens at 4pm Closed on Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, French American
  • Executive Chef: David Artiano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: With 5 banquet rooms and 5 private dining rooms we offer you the opportunity to give your guests the experience of Boston gourmet in the restaurant whose very name is synonymous with the city itself. Call 617-542-4484 to discuss possibilities for your next event, for parties of 2 to 200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Winter Street
  • Public Transit: Red or Green Line: Park Street Red or Orange Line: Downtowncrossing
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available in the evenings, after 6:00 pm.
    Cost is $10.00
A word from Locke-Ober
Every City has one: A landmark restaurant rich in tradition, impervious to trends, yet always in style. It’s a beloved institution, where generations after generation comes to initiate, celebrate, negotiate and commiserate: a timeless refuge from the modern world, where gentility is the rule rather than the exception. Every city has one: a restaurant whose very name is synonymous with the city itself. In Boston that restaurant is Locke-Ober.
Locke-Ober remains Boston’s grandest salon of traditional American and European cuisine.
Locke-Ober has created a menu that simultaneously honors Locke-Ober’s past, brings it into the twenty-first century and secures its future. Select Rum & Tobacco Smoked Salmon and Local Oysters from the newly restored oyster bar; experience for yourself the JFK’s Lobster Stew, savor New York Steak au Poivre, Native Swordfish…Crisp Calamari and Indian Pudding.
PLEASE NOTE OUR DRESS CODE POLICY: NO DENIM, ATHLETIC SHOES, SHORTS OR SPORTS SANDALS
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Locke-Ober reviews from OpenTable diners
  • The restaurant itself was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    The restaurant itself was wonderful. The service was exceptional. My only complaint was the menu was very limited which would not be a problem except that several things we wanted on the menu were not available. My wife had the steak which was great and I had the lobster specialty dish which looked incredible but was a disappointment. The location was great for a pretheater dinner but I think there are better choices.
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  • Unfortunately, we were there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Unfortunately, we were there the night the restaurant closed— after 134 years. Someone should save it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • The whole meal felt average.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    The whole meal felt average. The service was quick, and the place looked nice, but I found the food to be unremarkable. The only thing that was interesting on the menu was the escargot appetizer, everything else I have seen in other restaurants. I had the filet mignon and onion rings, I will not remember more than any other place that serves steak.
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  • I went crazy trying to find
    Marvelous
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    I went crazy trying to find Locke-Ober's using my GPS. With all the construction in the area I had to call the Restaurant and they actually had me park at the curb a block away and sent the Valet to get the car and park at their location. Do not try to use your Navigation system to find this restaurant. Take the T or park outside the area and walk. Ambiance was terrific, service outstanding, food for the most part was excellent but inconsistant. The caesar salad was very mediocre since it came out unchilled and the dressing just so so. The strip steak was excellent as was the wine and dessert. All in all a very good place to relax and enjoy a great meal. As you would expect, prices on the high side, but worth it for the experience
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great tradition and fine cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Great tradition and fine cuisine combine for a notable dining experience. Not cheap, mind you, so celebrations and dinner on the company are the most common occasions to visit. Whatever the reason you will certainly enjoy your chance to share a great tradition witg generztions of the downtown Boston elite.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Step into history and enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Step into history and enjoy the fresh bounty of New England simply, beautifully prepared
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Not up to expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Locke-Ober after the wonderful Oakroom was senselessly destroyed. Despite mentioning our anniversary in our reservation, the staff seemed unaware and had ignored our request for a corner table (though one was available.) The waitstaff did not carry our drinks from the bar to the dining room as we'd expect. My wife enjoyed her lobster savannah, but I was unimpressed by my filet mignon and baked potato when compared to the table-side seevice of Chateau Briand at th Oak Room. I was extremely disappointed to see the dress code not seriously enforced. My wife and I dressed for the occasion, she in gloves and I in a formal kilt, yet other men were wearing casual slippers without socks.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Old Boston ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Wonderful Old Boston ambience in the first floor main dining room, and service was attentive without being intrusive. However, for the prices charged the entrees should have been more carefully prepared - the Dover sole and Weinerschnitzel were both overcooked.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining at Locke-Ober was in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Dining at Locke-Ober was in a sense a pilgrimage for a visitor who was a foodie before the word existed. It's legacy was as much a lure as it's cooking. The room was warm, comfortable in a way impossible to recreate; heavy carvings on the wall, elaborate pulleyed silver chafing dishes without apparent contemporary function, leather chairs time-formed for comfort, table cloths of substance to provide warmth through a brisk fall night, and service quiet, respectful, professional, and thoughtful. Combined, they inspired forgiveness for a candy apple red maraschino cherry in an otherwise perfect Maker's Manhattan and a slightly overcooked yet flavorful Lobster Savannah. The JFK lobster stew surpassed its reputation.
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  • It is a very fine restaurant.Unfort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    It is a very fine restaurant.Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to reach for anyone not totally familiar with the Boston streets and byways especially if they use GPS guidance (GPS is not good at giving directions foot by foot).
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    fit for foodies
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  • We were engaged at Locke-Ober
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    We were engaged at Locke-Ober and went there to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful way to spend a very important evening. The service was wonderful. Don't skip the lobster stew. We had a really marvelous time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • A memorable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2012
    The JFK lobster stew is reason enough to dine at Locke Ober. It is a throw back to earlier times when dining out was a very special occasion. Nothing in the main dining room has changed in years which is a true complement to this restaurant. It is not inexpensive but every item I ordered was a special treat. The grilled asparagus with hollandaise sauce was cooked perfectly and the Dover sole was memorable for its simplicity. Even the pickled onions in my vodka gibson were terrific. The service was also very good.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • The meal was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    The meal was great and the service was truly outstanding. The waiter was very helpful with his suggestions on the menu. It was a nice touch to bring a complimentary serving of the Indian Pudding.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is my favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    This is my favorite restaurant in Boston.  The food is fantastic and the phenomenal  service and history of this restaurant makes for a wonderful dining experience. I started the meal with the JFK Lobster Stew;  It's a light broth with wonderful chunks of lobster meat.  I followed that up with a Locke-Ober salad, the East Coast (raw) Oysters, and then the Cape Oysters (warm). For my entree, I chose the salmon special with a side of asparagus.  I concluded the meal with the best Indian pudding I've ever had.  I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and experience.  The service was top-notch.  We had Ezekiel as our server and he was well versed in every aspect of the menu while attuned to detail.  If you appreciate a wonderful meal with excellent
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • ...will be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    I have not been to Locke-Ober's since it changed owners, mainly because I no longer work downtown. Loved coming back. Delicious food. Good service. Wonderful Old World charm! Definitely will be back.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for restaurant week.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    We went for restaurant week. The scallop ceviche and the duck were outstanding. The desserts were only OK, but we were so full already we didn't really need them. Service was fantastic. Would definitely go back.
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  • Food good, but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Food good, but not great. A bit stodgy. The waitstaff did not do anything to make it feel like a special occation (whick it was for us). Menu seems a bit "outdated."
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • First visit - facilitated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    First visit - facilitated by Restaurant Week in Boston. Food and atmosphere met all expectations. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The food was fantastic, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was very unique, but most of all, our server was the best. He was attentive but not too smothering, and he showed us quite a bit of history! I would definitely go there again!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • One of Boston's Finest...
    Biologist
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    A spectacular experience, combining old-world class with contemporary, outstanding cuisine! Locke-Ober's wine list will satisfy any wine enthusiast. Its location is difficult to find but well worth the effort. Over all: unforgettable!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • The scallop appetizer consisted
    Patathome
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    The scallop appetizer consisted of one scallop sliced so thin it had very little scallop taste. It was served in a circle on a plate. In the middle was a scoop of lime sorbet. The sorbet was very good though.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • I loved going to Locke-Ober
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    I loved going to Locke-Ober for dinner. However, because my party and I were there for Restaurant Week, once other patrons arrived, we were virtually ignored by our waiter. Our water glass was always kept filled, but we would have liked to order a coffee with our dessert. However, no one was particularly interested in asking whether we needed anything else. I would recommend Locke-Ober as the atmosphere is amazing and food is great, though I would suggest to them that they treat all their customers, even ones who are trying their restaurant for the first time during Restaurant Week, with the same care and respect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was the first time back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    This was the first time back in three years so our expectation was high coming off of the earlier visit. We were not disappointed. We had the duck breast and it was done to perfection. We definitely would put this on our list for a special occasion dinner. We used the valet service so parking was easy.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Venerable Boston restaurant
    dsswithnVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    Venerable Boston restaurant. One of the most extensive and tasty Restaurant Week Menus that I have experienced
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • The food is wonderful but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    The food is wonderful but the building itself its what made the experience. Entering Locke Ober is like entering a different world. The service is outstanding. I would recommend the duck, it is the best I've ever eaten.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very tired, sort of sad Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    Very tired, sort of sad Boston "institution" with food that is mediocre at best.
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  • Elegant but fun, tasty food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    Selected from the Restaurant Week menu. Good size portions creatively prepared. My duck was very rare (I had ordered medium rare) so it took some time for them to re-heat but it came back moist and medium rare.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we had a very nice meal at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    we had a very nice meal at lunch during restaurant week. the scallop cerviche was a bit disappointing, not much by way of scallops, but this would not deter me from going back. i've eaten here too many times to count and not been disappointed before. all in all i would say a very good meal.
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  • We went to Locke-Ober for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    We went to Locke-Ober for a back to school treat for my wife and my two children ages 10 and 8 years old. The staff was friendly and allowed us to visit the area (not open at that particular time) where my wife and I had our wedding reception many years ago. The food was good, and the waiter had worked there for 45 years and was great. A unique location and full of interesting dining history.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week is about getting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    Restaurant week is about getting to know a restaurant and some of its signature dishes. I saw none of that with Locke-Ober's offering from restaurant week. The good thing is the place is "Lost in Time." Unfortunately, it is also "Behind the Times." I think of Locke-Ober's ans being special. There was nothing special with the restaurant week sampling.
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  • The food was good and the
    Jack
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    The food was good and the service was very good, but it wasn't special. We were there for lunch and dinner this week and we tried all the items on the restaurant week menu. For the prices they charge normally, it doesn't compare to Mistral. Mistral knocked our socks off with their restaurant week menu.
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  • Landmark restaurant worth
    MomofGroom
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    Landmark restaurant worth a trip if only to dine amid its historic interior. Hard to find if you follow open table directions as these lead elsewhere.By car only one must know to ignore the one way signs for Winter Street at Tremont. Definitely use the valet parking. Lights from neighboring building shine unpleasantly in some diners faces. Restaurant week menu was nice but not memorable. Fried calamari, an exception, was perfectly cooked, not overdone as it so often is. Duck arrived as ordered but the miso sauce was way too salty. Ice cream on scallop app was refreshing & delicate but we were hard pressed to find any scallop. The soup app was bland. Ribs were flavorful. All in all a nice adventure but nothing worth telling friends.
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  • After all the years of hearing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    After all the years of hearing about the great food at Locke-Ober, I was disappointed. I am one to return to a restaurant that I have tried during Restaurant Week. I know the "price is right" for the customer but I expected a little more from Locke-Ober. One good point the desert was very good.
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  • I would recommend Locke-Ober
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    I would recommend Locke-Ober for a special occasion. It has been a unique restaurant throughout its' history. It is, however, very pricey.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Food and ambiance were great as expected, but service was not impressive. We had question regarding one of the item on the menu, the ceviche, and asked the server to tell us more about it. Instead of explaining the food content and cooking method, the server replied "it's ceviche!". It was definitely unprofessional and my party was expecting much better service at Locke-Ober.
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  • can not review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    One person at our party wore shorts to lunch that day, so we did not get to sit in the dining room for our meals.
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  • I don''t think they have a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    I don''t think they have a real chef. I think they have a fry cook. The food was very disappointing. All courses.
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  • Superb food.Great service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Superb food.Great service, lovely historical restaurant
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • I wanted to go to Locke-Ober
    EllenMM
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    I wanted to go to Locke-Ober once in my life and RW offered me the opportunity to do so at a reasonable price.. I found it a well-maintained, but tired venue. The service was adequate and the food was good - not great. Portions were ample, but the menu, as I expected limited - more so than the one posted on the website. I had a fine, generous calamari app - the best part of the meal. I followed it with cod which was breaded and baked, slightly overcooked and nothing more than I would have managed in my own kitchen. Dessert, a peach/almond coupe was very nice.
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  • Went to Locke Ober for restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    Went to Locke Ober for restaurant week and it was great. Unfortunately anyone that came for restaurant week was unable to be seated in the main dining room, which was too bad seeing as it's a very nice historic restaurant. We were first met by a fairly snobbish attitude, but the service and food were just so good that we couldn't be mad. Super pricey, but definitely good for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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