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: 6175857222
- Hours of Operation:
Brunch (Sundays): 10:00am-2:00pm
Bar Menu: 2:00pm-1:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Stefan Jarausch
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- 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
62 reviews since April 22, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
vibrant bar scene (32)great for brunch (23)special occasion (23)hot spot (19)great for lunch (19)fit for foodies (16)late-night find (16)neighborhood gem (12)notable wine list (12)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (10)romantic (10)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
- 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:
- 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 itBCinDCDined 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 BreakfastPeterDined 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:
- go for drinks NOT dinnercitydyenrVIPDined on 5/29/2014read good reviews but was terribly disappointed. they claimed they did not have my reservation noting that lost opentable reservations were common. we were put at a table near entrance in super-crowded bar area; a cold breeze hit each time the door opened; very noisy as well. contrary to request, server brought 2 appetizers when 1 was specifically ordered as a main and did not bring extra portion of the other appetizer as promised (so one party was left eating alone when this was delivered later) then forgot appetizer ordered as a main, that came after the others all had finished eating. Never asked whether all was well, or whether we wanted anything else. Sad since food was pretty good and the the room is pretty.
- EhBillDined on 5/23/2014Great wine list but not a great menu. Everything was over-priced. $48 for steak frites? $25 for a burger?Special Features:
- Mediocre experienceBusiness101VIPDined on 5/18/2014Should have been a good spot for a brunch with friends. But at 11 am the service was terrible. And the food also was a B-. They offer just one omelet - ham and cheddar. - so you would think it would be very good. Again very mediocre. Interestingly, the best choice someone in our group made was pancakes with blue berries. That tells you something.Special Features:
- Oak Long Bar and KitchenameliabedeeeliaDined on 5/17/2014Made the reservation online...had no idea it was in this historic hotel. The architecture is outstanding and we had the opportunity to look around after our meal. The food was lovely, and so were the cocktails. Things were a bit pricey for their respective portion size (3 tiny lobster sliders for $19) but a nice place to celebrate an occasion!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mother's DayOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/11/2014Lovely room, warm greeting and great food. Creative menu. Relaxing but beautiful room. A little noisy Server seemed distracted. Brought chek unasked and too early. Dessert menus mixed in with blank ones Otherwise a really nice experienceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Open TableOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 5/4/2014This was the second time that I had made a dinner reservation via Open Table, over a week and advance. On both occasions when we arrived at the restaurant they had no evidence of an Open Table reservation. I no longer trust Open Table
- perfect!xtineDined on 5/4/2014everything was perfect and delicious! space was cramped -- I felt like I was sitting close enough to the other diners that at other restaurants one might confuse me for being a part of their party -- but that didn't really bother me. I went for brunch by myself and had a good time -- super delicious! can't go wrong with anything on the menuSpecial Features:
- Good drinks... mediocre food!LivetoeatDined on 5/2/2014We celebrated my friends birthday with a glass of proseco and followed it with a mediocre lunch. The menu offered ordinary fare like fish sandwiches, hamburgers, flat breads. There weren't many healthy choices. My friend ordered the fried chicken. Two small pieces were offered with coleslaw. She ordered fries because she was still hungry! Nice atmosphere to enjoy a classic martini but wouldn't stay for the food!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 187 reviews are from the OAK Long Bar + Kitchen reviews archive.
- Easter brunchFoodie6VIPDined on 4/20/2014My fiance and I had our Easter brunch here. The space/atmosphere is gorgeous, and the music was really fun. Overall we had a great experience. The service by our server was slow/delayed for the most part and then we were quite rushed at the end. Loved the porchetta flatbread, hash, and delicious cheese plate (although our serve neglected to tell us which cheese was which), but the eggs benedict was underwhelming. The cocktails were delicious and unique, and the service was the bar was great. Looking forward to returning!!Special Features:
- Mixed BagBethDined on 4/20/2014Our waiter didn't write our order down, so items were forgotten, and our appetizer arrived after we were served our main courses. The staff was friendly and polite, but the prices were higher than they should've been.Special Features:
- New experience with a twistDiningoutVIPDined on 4/15/2014This visit is proof that the server or bartender makes all the difference. I asked politely for a slight variation from the normal way an item was prepared and the chef actually came out to ask specifically what I would prefer to ensure the best understanding. Some favorite items had recently been removed from the menu, but on request it appears a deviation is possible. The lone holdout appears to be the Boston Cream Pie, and for the moment lost to history. Hopefully, this can be addressed in a pragmatic way to make it available on request even if unavailable on the menu per se. Its the only thing comparable in the city.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A salad by another nameDiningoutVIPDined on 4/14/2014I opted for a very light lunch, and learned that the biscuits that had been offered initially are not unavailable. They had been served with a sauce which is also unavailable. The salad I ordered on this visit was fresh, an adaptation of a caesar.Special Features:
- Nice Vegetarian small platesOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 4/13/2014for a vegetarian diner, there are a nice assortment of delicious small plates, but no main course that is meat free, i would like to see that change. A vegan main dish would be even better. Currently, we don’t eat here for meals, but it is very nice for a drink and snacks and conversation.Special Features:
- Dinner before showkkpgDined on 4/12/2014We dined at oak room Saturday night before. It was early so we weren't starving, shared a salad (kale salad, so good) an appetizer (ahi tuna tartare- delicious) and the salmon which was also very good. Just enough to be satisfied but not too full. Jose our server was very helpful, attentive and efficient. We were late for our reservation but called ahead and hostess very nice and was able to accommodate us. Tables were close together so hard not to hear conversation next to you but beautiful decor and overall very pleasant dining experience!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Birthday EverBMSoupDined on 4/5/2014For my most recent birthday, my father insisted we go here. I was nervous about the relatively small menu and the higher prices, but it turned out to be one of the best meals I've ever had. The ambience was very energetic and easygoing. The food was perfectly cooked and perfectly portioned (I had steak frites - perfectly cooked - and the best bread in the world). The drinks were also fabulous: the wine list was vast and varied, and the house cocktails all sounded delicious - I highly reccomend the blackberry mojito. Bit what really made this meal was our server: not only was he friendly and charming, but he was also more than happy to explain anything on the menu. Overall the meal was flawless, and well worth every penny.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Power breakfastPaulBunyanVIPDined on 3/26/2014Great place for a quiet power breakfast if you're in the Back Bay area; not too crowded and just pretentious enough. Excellent croissant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- not good white wines by theNikkiVIPDined on 3/23/2014not good white wines by the glass, but loved the food and the atmosphereI would recommend this to a friend.
- Warm and comfortableVirgDined on 3/23/2014We visited in a cold and windy Sunday for brunch. As soon as we entered we spotted the fire behind the bar. It was a warm, inviting and romantic place to have a brunch. We enjoyed chatting over food and drinks. The staff behind the bar was very quick to serve us and replenish as needed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.