OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.oaklongbarkitchen.com/
- Phone: (617) 585-7222
- Hours of Operation:
Daily: 7:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
Brunch (Saturday/Sunday): 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: David Daniels
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Special Events: please contact Melissa Stevens our private event coordinator-Melissa.Stevens@oaklongbarkitchen.com or Michael Letterman our General Manager- Michael.Letterman@oaklongbarkitchen.com for any special inquiries
- Cross Street: Dartmouth
- Public Transit: Green Line - Copley
Orange Line - Back Bay Station
#33 and #55 Buses to Copley Square
- Parking: Valet
- Parking Details: In addition to valet parking, there are a number of local parking garages and limited on-street parking available for those who wish to self park.
A word from OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
Welcome to OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, a new, American brasserie style restaurant located in the heart of Back Bay in Boston. OAK is a bold, inspired dining concept, bringing you hand crafted, specialty cocktails and a farm-to-table menu featuring locally sourced ingredients.Continued
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OAK Long Bar + Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
vibrant bar scene (34)hot spot (26)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (19)great for brunch (18)romantic (17)great for lunch (14)neighborhood gem (13)notable wine list (12)late-night find (10)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (5)scenic view (3)Show More
- Great brunch date spot!LindsayDined on 11/16/2014We went to OAK for brunch on a Sunday in the late morning (11:30). We had a reservation, but given the size of the restaurant and the amount of seating, I don't think we would have had trouble getting a table! The decor is lovely - I appreciated that they have a variety of seating styles (high tables, low couches with pillows). The brunch menu has a little something for everyone, and is a combination of brunch classics with a few wildcards. We ordered pancakes and corned beef hash, and both were delicious. The bellini and bloody mary weren's bad either!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PIPERVIPDined on 11/13/2014I've been going to the Oak Room for 20 years now... I love the renovations! The food is outstanding and you gotta love Michael and Lou... I'm always welcomed... 😘😘😘😘😘😘Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lu's ReviewLux2ReviewsDined on 11/9/2014My niece and I each were well dressed after ballet, I wanted to treat her to a special dinner. I mentioned to both wait staff and in my reservations it was a 19th birthday. This was not acknowledged. There was nothing remiss except when the feeling tone frm the waiter-hostess is to just be going through the motions- it takes away from the experience Food was good, although very-very limited choices if you wanted to avoid beef and pork. My irritation-frustration is at $35 plus per entree and $6 for bread- they could of acknowledged the birthday with a scoop of ice cream or a plate of 2 cookies...? Truly all my experiences at equivalent restaurants- Boston, NYC, Los Angeles all make some low key acknowledgement of a special occasion.Special Features:
- Luxury brand fails to deliverUnion2014VIPDined on 11/8/2014As a frequent guest of Fairmont properties (and a returning guest at Fairmont Copley), I was very disappointed with the service during this visit. A weekend a la carte brunch should be delivered with efficiency and attention to details. This was not the experience last weekend: (a) 30 minutes to place an order, (b) repeated requests for beverage service (that ultimately was delivered half way thru the meal), (c) 20 minutes to receive a bill. The lack of coordination and accountability by the wait staff was unacceptable. The food was typical hotel brunch menu items: nothing special.Special Features:
- Does not accomadate Food AllergiesNotuserfriendlyDined on 11/6/2014I have food allergies. The server could not help me find one thing to eat on the menu. She also would not allow me to make and changes to accomadate my allergies. We ended up leaving to get dinner elsewhere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So soAlisaDined on 11/5/2014I have been to the Oak Long Bar and thought it to be pretty good. Upon our last visit, for the expense no dish jumped out at me only that everything was very salty. Our vodka martinis were $22.00 each with no gold leaf. Server was very friendly and proficient. Noisy restaurant but some may like that.Special Features:
- ClassLloggDined on 11/5/2014Great ambiance..food...drinks. An enjoyable evening. Staff made sure we were happy.Special Features:
- Love OAK!ConcordianDined on 11/4/2014I absolutely always have a memorable and marvelous time at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen. A Boston treasure.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 10/24/2014the burger with a prosciutto slice on top was outstanding. The Fairmont Copley is just right for usSpecial Features:
- Good but loudOutandaboutDined on 10/23/2014Went on a rainy Thursday night and the place was packed. However, they were ready for us, gave us as quiet a table as possible and the service was great. The food was quite good with every item in my entree retaining its individual taste. The lemon sole with root vegetables was simply delicious with a very different presentation. Went back later for drinks and although still packed and noisy, the service was excellent as were the drinks. Went back the next evening for drinks with friends and it was much quieter and less crowded, but still busy. They quickly found us a table and graciously let us just sit without ordering for a half hour until our other friend could join us with no pressure. I would definitely recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LivelyDavidDined on 10/19/2014Not your fathers bruch. Lively environment w/ a mix of old and new, 80's tunes playing, interesting food choices - all great. Brought the family and every loved their food. Service was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always good !AudsfVIPDined on 10/13/2014Room is beautiful. A bit noisey, great server, very good food, priceySpecial Features:
- Great for a drinkTonyViDined on 10/11/2014This is a hot spot for a drink if you are around Copley Sqr. It is expensive, but the service is great. Bread is fantasticSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'd give it a pass.OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIPDined on 10/11/2014The dining room though interesting, and probably at some point quite beautiful, was worn and felt a bit shabby. Unfortunately, neither the quality of the food nor the atmosphere merit the prices being charged. It also didn't help that the service was very slow. I'd give it a pass.
- Copley Square FavoriteNotableroseDined on 9/20/2014Good service. Good food. What more can you ask for. Especially recommend the chicken and the hash. Open Table reservation times were limited, but there were plenty of tables available while we were there, so don't be discouraged by thatSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special eveningrissDined on 9/19/2014We had drinks and dinner on a Friday night since we were staying at the Fairmont Copley Hotel. It is a wood paneled room with old-world character. The bar is busy and the drinks amazing. Food also very tasty. Friendly and extremely helpful servers in a convivial atmosphere. Will return soon.Special Features:
- Excellent corned beef hashpickyeaterDined on 8/31/2014I booked based on search criteria for brunch options. I did not realize this was a restaurant in a hotel at the time, so was a bit hesitant when I arrived. The menu options shown on Open Table were not all available, but I was very pleased with Corned Beef Hash with poached eggs and hollandaise. Service was just OK, but food came out quickly.Special Features:
- Expensive for quality of serviceBGalVIPDined on 8/27/2014I went to this restaurant for a breakfast meeting, because I wanted basic good service. I wanted the food order to be correct, water glasses filled without having to ask every time, etc. None of this happened. Versus concentrating on the meeting, I had to apologize when my business partner looked at me and said, "What is wrong with this place? The locals must stay away from this place. Is it meant only for one-time tourists?" Also, charging $6 for a refill of coffee is ridiculous.
- JamesStreetDined on 8/12/2014Took some friends from out of town. Had a terrific evening! Food and drink were great, as was service!Special Features:
- Good food; better serviceStueyDDined on 8/5/2014Stayed at Fairmont Copley Plaza and enjoyed the fact that the OAK is right there. Food was very good and I really appreciated the excellent service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a Treat127GuyDined on 8/3/2014The Oak Long Bar is always a happening place. Great for a drink and small meal or the full menu. Great buzz and beautiful ambiance. Highly recommend.Special Features:
- DisappointedJanshapDined on 7/31/2014The room and setting is gorgeous. There is not enough wait staff so service was a bit slow. The food was generally good but uneven in entres- flatbread was excellent,other main entries were just ok. We asked for water right at the beginning and did not receive it til the end of the meal. When trying to make reservations times were limited . But when we entered and at the end of our meal,there were plenty of tables. Ambience is the best going for this place. I would only come back for a cocktail or glass of wine. Food and service needs work.Special Features:
- The following 213 reviews are from the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen reviews archive.
- A serious disappointmentCatherineVIPDined on 7/26/2014The only accomplishment here was that they managed to take one of the most elegant, satisfying restaurants in Boston and convert it into a completely mediocre (at best), noisy, cramped restaurant with bad service. We are Bostonians who have been enjoying good Boston restaurants for many years. This place will never see us again. As for the many 4 star reviews, they could only have been bought. If you see that it is busy, it has to be the hotel guests who don't know the restaurant and who have no choice, because it's there.
- A quick and seamless lunchDiningoutVIPDined on 7/10/2014Be careful when ordering since each menu, lunch, afternoon, and dinner may offer a main entree that will vary with sides depending on the time of day. The price also moves with the day, becoming higher by the minute. It can be loud, even when the crowd is smaller. There are several members of the staff that are exceptional and they make up for some of the downfalls that this venue has. The food quality is good, but I don't like eating off something that appears to be slate. I much prefer a plate for a meal, otherwise I would opt for carryout. This restaurant and the management need to realize they are in a historic venerable Boston institution and only a slight effort would make all the difference.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A great breakfast any dayDiningoutVIPDined on 7/7/2014Once you have tried the Skillet Hash its hard to try anything else. This is an excellent item, that is well prepared and very tasty. I always prefer mine to be piping hot. It was a late morning visit and the service was exceptional.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Classic AmbienceJacmac4000Dined on 7/4/2014A great room in a grand hotel reconsidered. Peppery clam chowder opened proceedings. The cod sandwich was equally five-star. Unfortunately the lobster "roll" on a steamed Chinese bun was bland on bland. We ate the lobster salad, complained to the room manager about the roll, were told that the chef likes it. I said the F&B manager should step in as it is an expensive nothing, the title misleading. Lovely Jordan Chard to accompany. Room was understaffed on July 4 and service sloooowww. Yes, I would gladly return, hoping for the best.Special Features:
- Could be stellar with a few changesDiningoutVIPDined on 7/4/2014Its hard not to like some of the modifications made in the Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, what is lacking is the substance that existed for years in the previous venue(s). Its difficult enough to satisfy the crowd, but its easy to overlook some of the basic needs of a hotel guest. Some of the selections that are available are just fantastic, others need improvement or outright replacement. For the cost of dining, is it too much to expect a plate, or should one be requested when ordering? The one stellar item for breakfast is the Skillet Hash which is simply remarkable. The dessert menu needs attention. The portions shrank along with the price, but is that what people really want when splurging on dinner or lunch in the OAK?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/4/2014food excellent, however very pricey 54.00 for eggs benedict, but a very yummy eggs benedict.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- After the fireworksDiningoutVIPDined on 7/3/2014The room was lively after the Independence day celebration had to be moved up by a day due to the forecast of storms in the area. Somehow I was able to secure a seat at the bar, and arrived just in advance of the deluge when people filled the room taking cover. I was able to order, was given a regular menu first, which was yanked from in front of me before I could contemplate ordering. It was gingerly replaced with the late night version with greatly reduced offerings. A warning of the impending deadline would have been nice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Stop by the ATM in advanceDiningoutVIPDined on 7/3/2014You will need lots of money when dining here. Seven dollars for orange juice and five dollars for a soft drink would buy lunch in most places. Obviously the surroundings are worth a lot. While the orange juice is good, is not freshly squeezed on site. Almost everything else is fresh and when possible locally sourced. Many of the brunch offerings are excellent, but pricey. My waiter was very attentive and personable, and checked with me often.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LebevoVIPDined on 7/2/2014Lovely ambience, brilliantly restored, nice menu, a real winning combination.Special Features:
- Quality Food, Excellent AtmosphereOpenTable Diner Since 2000VIPDined on 6/26/2014Nice lunch here. The did a great job with the space (from when it was the steak house). Nice open look, huge bar, high ceilings... nicely decorated. The menu is small, many of the portions are small too... prices are high. The quality of the chow is very high, the surroundings excellent, service careful and they aim to please. Great location right in the middle of Copley Square. So there's good reason why it's expensive. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- Beautiful setting...clueless staffHotelierDined on 6/26/2014Although the ambience and location of the revamped bastion of Boston is exceptional. The service is truly lacking. I had a client luncheon. We waited forever to get served. We ordered an appetizer and entree salad. They brought both at once after waiting forever. They had our salads wrong and had to send back. Waited forever again. No sooner had we gotten our salads than another waiter dropped outr Check. Not once did anyone check on us or see if maybe we wanted coffee and dessert. Then had to wait forever for someone to take my credit card. A very cool venue. The food was passable for the price and the small menu was creative but we were both horrified at the lack of training and service from a company that is renowned for its service.
- foreveryoungDined on 6/23/2014A very lovely restaurant and bar! We enjoyed every minute! Great location in Boston!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Drink PlacenotadieterVIPDined on 6/22/2014great drinks...food not so much. we went twice in one day. First time- brunch. Didn't see anything that caught my eye. So we just had cocktails. Nice quiet place for Sunday afternoon, inside seating. Second time- same day. Returned after shopping for another cocktail and try dinner- sat outside- great ambience. Our service was poor for it to be a quiet place. We ordered pasta which was overcooked.Special Features:
- Not up to the hotel that hosts itBCinDCVIPDined on 6/16/2014The OAK-whatever is a nice, trendy space but not upscale enough for a hotel like the Fairmont Copley Plaza. I made the mistake of having an important business luncheon there and ended up with a waiter in jeans, no tablecloth, and a hand towel for a napkin. Also verrrrrry expensive ($18 for a bowl of soup - they can afford uniforms for the waiters). A fun atmosphere but better suited for a bar/tavern with a restaurant/dining room option as the Copley Plaza used to have. Or, there were about a half dozen seating areas, maybe one could be a bit more turned out for people wanting a restaurant (versus sports bar) environment? Would not go back, there are a dozen places like this within two blocks of the hotel at half the cost.Special Features:
- Great customer service and foodMaddyVIPDined on 6/13/2014We were staying at the hotel. When we went down to eat I had forgotten my cheaters and they were so wonderful finding a spare pair. The food was outstanding. Everything was prepared beautifully and the service perfect. I would recommend it highly. The MAC and Cheese was to die for and the octopus was outstanding. Great food and people.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingDiningoutVIPDined on 6/7/2014This evening, I felt uncharacteristically open to suggestions from the staff and other diners seated nearby at the bar and opted for a staple, The Yankee Pot Roast which was artistically a statement beyond my expectations, both in presentation and preparation. The flavor and tender cut made this the perfect choice. My only comment is that I would have preferred that it be served somewhat hotter. It seems commonplace in many restaurants these days, that staff is afraid to serve food piping or steaming hot. This one change would make the selection a stellar one indeed. The dessert offerings continue to be a personal disappointment. One can only hope that some of the classics of the hotel and the Oak Room will make a reappearance soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great for a liesurly BreakfastPeterVIPDined on 6/6/2014The Oak Bar is great place for a lie surly breakfast if yo go late in morning. The seating is comfortable and service is efficient and pleasant. There is nice selection of breakfast dishes. You never feel rushed and there is plenty of time to enjoy your food, your company and the morning paper.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overpriced but a lot of funOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/5/2014I love the scene here, great for a small ladies night. Food was over priced and wasn't anything to write home about. Both me and the people next to us needed to send food back because it was either under or over cooked....a little insane when a burger is $25Special Features: