M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza

M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.back-bay.mjoconnors.com/about
  • Phone: 6174822255
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:30am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Janine Giarla
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Green Line - Arlington
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 200 Stuart st @ Revere Hotel or Motor Mart
A word from M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza
Classic comfort food nourishes the body and the soul. At MJ's, you’ll find a cozy neighborhood pub where you can enjoy a warm meal and a pint of ale. Join us in our inviting Back Bay location and enjoy a modern approach to traditional Irish favorites.
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M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)fit for foodies (2)neighborhood gem (2)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great dinner!
    Ag973
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Was in town with my 7 year old for Comic-Con and came here for dinner. Not only was the staff friendly and efficient, the food was fantastic and at 6pm on a Friday, came out quickly. I would highly recommend this to anyone-especially those with children!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mydailybread
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Would gladly recommend as a sports bar destination. Would not recommend for quiet or even semi-quiet family dining. Server was friendly and food delivered promptly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dark Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had to use our phones to read the menu because it was so dark. Mostly everyone at our table was happy with their food. Service was good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    first time trying this place and was extremely happy with my experience! The food was great and our waiter was very attentive!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the M.J. O'Connors Park Plaza reviews archive.
  • Sunday
    Gregeastie
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Excellent service and fun place. Food is really good for a pub.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was good, but the service was very slow.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great choice for NCAA Final Four
    fishfrenzy
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great viewing for the NCAA games. Popular, good 'vibe' but not ridiculously noisy or packed. Lots of screens for viewing. Very good service. Food was particularly good. Lots of options (our party included omnivore, vegetarian and gluten-free diets...) and all very tasty. Large portions. My salad, the poached pear spinach salad with fried goat cheese was delicious--pears were very flavorful as was the cheese and the spinach very fresh. The only advice I would add is the balance--there was simply a TON of spinach, so it didn't have to be quite that huge. Multiple apps were also excellent as was the beer/wine/cocktail list. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint and comfy
    Willow
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Very busy on a Thursday evening but got a table quickly. Typical old style irish pub with plenty of character. Waitress wasn't the friendliest which is the only reason I only gave 4 stars for service. Come on, we're customers -- put some friendly effort into it. Food came out quickly and was very good with very fair prices. We were staying at the Park Plaza so it couldn't have been more convenient. Beer selection was a bit ordinary, would love to see that improved. We stayed at the hotel for 4 days and visited O'Connors twice. Enjoyable, relaxing, quaint. Yes, we'll go back again next time we visit Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Boston March 2014
    Slat106
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    There were 6 people in our party and the service was efficient and our wait person attentive. We had a reservation and were immediately seated. One person in our group had the New England Clam chowder and said it was excellent. The haddock special was flavorful and cooked perfectly. This was St. Patrick's day weekend and the restaurant was very noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation. The prices were very reasonable and the location on Park Plaza was was only a block from the Arlington subway station.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • American Ireland
    wickedTee
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I have been coming to this location for over 10 years. The beer is amazing, the food is good when you're strapped for $, the service reminds me of college. It's a typical Irish pub like scene. Go there knowing THAT and you'll enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, very convenient
    Beth
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We aren't from the area and stayed at the Park Plaza Hotel. This was a convenient place to eat and was very good! The spinach artichoke dip/ chips was fantastic! Fish and chips were also excellent. The buffalo Mac n cheese was a bit hotter than we like, though. The atmosphere was fun as well and the beer list was great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location and sweet potato fri
    Kitlen46
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    As a last resort for an 8 PM reservation on Valentine's Day, things turned out pretty well. The drink menu was pretty simple with more focus on beers. The food was better than we'd expected. Between us we had broiled haddock, almond crusted salmon and a sandwich with sweet potato fries (outstanding!). A Guiness girl was there and gave out free glasses of the beer which was also great. There were some couples, some loud parties, it was a good energy for a Friday night. Best part is that it's pretty close to Boylston and we walked to Copley afterwards which was not a bad walk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was fine.
    Onthefly
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Nothing terrible, nothing overly spectacular. Food was good, service was very good. Just felt like a hotel bar (which it is) with a bunch of tourists. And not even half full on a Friday night. With so many other options in Boston, I don't know if I'd return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California chowder, isn't this good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This is my first time in Boston, friends told me to try the clam chowder. The chowder was way better than the chowders I've had in Cali. The staff was pleasant and the atmosphere was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place and Food though Crowded
    meatlovr
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We were staying at a hotel nearby and wanted to find a good place to eat with our 6 year old daughter. M.J O'Connors was a good choice for us, as it had a nice variety of food and drinks and a kids menu as well. I'm glad that we got a reservation, as on a Saturday night (even as early as 6pm) they were very busy and crowded. It was hard to walk between tables, but once seated the service was fine, and although it was loud, we could talk without yelling. The atmosphere and the food was good. I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation for 4 adults and
    Lynelady
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Reservation for 4 adults and 4 kids honored on time; wait staff was prompt at taking and fulfilling our drink/ food orders. Waitress was accommodating with my pregnant daughter's special requests. Everyone enjoyed their food. The children's portions were enormous and handcut French fries were yummy! I ordered the special: Surf & Turf, which was steak tips done to perfection and two small crab cakes, along with mashed potatoes that were as good as my mother makes and tender, steamed broccoli. My son -in-law raved about his fish and chips, and he is fussy about fish. Food prices were very fair. The noise level was extremely high, so next time we plan to eat there (and we will), we'll ask to be seated in the back room, not the bar area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • casual dinner before theater
    Soxfan1
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    We went to this restaurant before the theater on a Sunday night. The food was adequate, but not spectacular. The menu was varied enough for a family of five with some different tastes. The service was efficient and that was important because we only had an hour before we had to head to the theater. So if you want a casual dinner and don't have a lot of time to relax and are not looking for a full dining experience I think this is a great place to visit. Even though we only had an hour we did not feel rushed. Everything came in a timely manner. The theme of the Irish pub was really nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok pub food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    My family and I stopped in for dinner after arriving in Boston for vacation. The food was good, but not particularly memorable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to write home about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    We were a group of six and they had us sitting next to the windows on an extremely cold and windy day which left us all needing to leave our coats on but they said they couldn't move us. Waiter was not terribly attentive nor friendly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable and Reasonable.
    BawbVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Prices were reasonable, food was great, service was a little slow but still good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm and inviting atmosphere
    Irishatheart
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We picked this MJ's on line for our after theatre munchies. It was a great comfortable pick with excellent food served hot and the best chicken tenders I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt fun vibe for happy hour
    Conferenceattendee
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Great, fun, packed happy hour crowd at about 6 on a Thursday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice bar, but not for dinner
    baconfreak
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Previous reviews of MJ O'Connors led me to believe that it would be a nice place for dinner before heading to a show at the Wilbur Theater. Unfortunately, the bar was very loud and it was almost impossible to have a conversation. The food was pretty good and I am sure it is a nice place for a drink, but I wouldn't recommend it for a meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was just OK, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Food was just OK, but the service was horrible and slow
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not simply an Irish Pub
    Maat
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    This place is great!!! Food is delicious, comparably to a first class restaurant!!! Prices are very affordable! Really reccomanded
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We 4 wanted something Irish
    hmjc
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    We 4 wanted something Irish before going to see an Irish play, and we got it. My shepherd's pie had beef rather than lamb, and probably too much of it, as opposed to vegetables, but how many guys are going to complain about that? The beef was good quality & the mashed potatoes were great. My wife was entirely pleased with her corned beef & cabbage. Our server, seeing that we wanted to talk (and that we are older), thoughtfully re-seated us a little further away from the bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic