Great brunch spot
We had a lovely Easter brunch for a party of seven at Art Bar. The buffet was well stocked, as you would expect, and the food was delicious, especially the tender, flavorful lamb, classic eggs Benedict and perfectly cooked bacon. The dessert bar was a work of art, and the chocolate mousse concoction with edible chocolate butterfly wings was divine. The ambiance is pleasantly hipster, and Art Bar does have a cool contemporary art collection.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great spot on the river
I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel restaurant. Food and drinks were very creative and delicious. I was there with a party of six on a Saturday night…not too crowded. But, I’m sure that will change when they open the patio for warmer weather.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We would definitely return
Hotel restaurants get a bad rep, but ArtBar was a pleasant surprise. Drinks were excellent (which was part of why we went), though they were transitioning from a winter to spring drink menu in the near future, so not all drinks were available. Guys loved the No. 5, the Rootbeer Float was dangerously yummy (though the whipped cream was a weird consistency), and the French Connection punch was awesome. We ordered the mac & cheese eggrolls with ale fondue; too weird not to try and it was AWESOME: crunchy exterior, gooey inside and great fondue sauce. Boys loved the burger: perfect bacon, great side of sweet potato tots. Perfectly cooked scallops, and a delicious spring vegetable stew rounded off the meals. Understaffed so service was iffy.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, service and view
I took my mom there for Mother's day with my husband, niece and nephew. Was not really expecting a brunch so was surprised. The food was very good and they kept replenishing it when low. It had a range to cover all different types of appetites from healthy to not so (unbelievable array of desserts), and not one of us could complain, except that we could not move from eating too much. The waitress was exceptional and was always there when we wanted her but not too obtrusive. I would highly recommend it, especially in summer when it would be nice to sit at one of the outdoor tables.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A group of us met at the Art Bar after work for a going away gathering. Weather was bad so we had to stay inside. They gave us a private room and didn't mind at all when double the number on the reservation showed up. Service was great! Very friendly, very accommodating!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
ArtBar is a nice place for coffee and dessert in the afternoon. I would definitely go back.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor dining on the river
A great place to dine with friends on a summer evening. The menu is somewhat limited, but there is something for everyone. The salads were particularly good. The service was friendly and attentive.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good for a hotel restaurant
Surprisingly good food, very good wine list. Nice decor. Surprised at how good the food was for a hotel restaurant.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first Sunday Brunch at ArtBar, a place I enjoy having in the neighborhood. My french toast was excellent and I particularly appreciate when restaurants serve real maple syrup as opposed to the fabricated impostors. My grandson enjoyed surveying the kids menu and choosing his three courses and beverage for $9; the variety listed should likely please most children. The other adults enjoyed their omelets and specialty egg dishes; the only complaint was the toast could be more toasted...an easy fix. It was a beautiful day; we enjoyed a relaxed, unhurried brunch in our outside seating with the view of the Charles.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classy Dining Experience
I visited during restaurant week in Boston and this was such a treat. The food selection was innovative and delicious and the ambiance is impressive. I would recommend to friends and I will return again to try more of the unique recipes!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girl's night out
Love the fact that early evening parking was so easy.
Love the outdoor seating and the view of Boston.
Bit of a "pick-up" scene at the bar, rather enjoyable though, for us middle-aged women who don't get "hit-on" as much, if at all, like "back in the day".
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Art Bar, went with some friends as a post birthday celebration. We went during restaurant week which is a great way to try new places. Art Bar has one of the best outdoor dining experiences with great views of the Charles River, Boston skyline and the sunset. They had a very nice special menu for restaurant week that even included a fabulous cocktail - a nice extra touch. Service was attentive and our waiter offered very helpful advice about the options. I would definitely recommend Art Bar for a special outdoor dining experience. And although we ate outside, the inside dining room looked very cozy and would be great for cooler weather. An added bonus is the fabulous art collection that is all around the hotel.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
great view with great food
four of us went for lunch on a nice summer day during restaurant week. We had the clam chowder (good - lots of clams), gazpacho (good) & caesar salad - lots of cheese & nice size portion. Main courses were Chicken marsala - awesome! Proscuitto & mozzarella baguette, burger & sweet potato puffs (very good). The chocolate cake for dessert with the chocolate dipped cherries was divine! The brownie with the mascapone ice cream sandwich was also good. We had great service & water/coffee were refilled. Would definitely go back
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor experience a must
When we arrived to the restaurant I was a bit disappointed by the overly quiet and vacant space indoors. However, it was a nice night so it seems most people had picked the patio for the evening, which was beautiful and had a nice ambience. I'm not sure if the mood is different inside when the seasons change, but I would hesitate to go back if it wasn't a night when you could dine outside. The food and service were both very good.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for Sunday brunch. Wonderful!
Went for Sunday brunch. Wonderful! Sat outside along the river on. Beautiful late summer day. Food was delicious, fresh and nicely served. Will be back next time I am in Boston.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view, good food
Sitting right over the Charles with views of The Salt n Pepper bridge, it doesn't get any better for Sunday morning brunch. Food is good, service is good, ambiance is great. Priced a bit more palatable than other high end brunch spots in Boston and an extensive wine list. I just wish the parents of the wild 4 year old could have either gotten a babysitter or used the word " no" at least once. Who allows their kid to wander around a patio of a restaurant and bother strangers? They thought it was cute. Not so much.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to take guests.
Our European guests enjoyed the Art Bar. We had brunch and each person was happy with his or her food and drink. Some of the menu choices are quite large, but it's easy to find other things on the menu to suit smaller appetites. The ambiance is pleasant and the wait staff attentive. They allow you to linger after the food and drink are gone, as befits a hotel restaurant. Our European guests also feel that once you've taken a table, it's yours for as long as you want it. It was too cold to eat outside, but that's a very nice option at the Art Bar, weather permitting.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Haven't been to the Sonesta for years, but it was recommended. Lovely spot. Food was v. good. Choices were varied at brunch. We were able to dine outdoors at the end of September, but which lovely. Don't understand why they don't use propane heaters to extend the time the patio is usable. Not sure the inside of the restaurant holds as much appeal, but I'd definitely visit the patio again.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I were married at the Royal Sonesta, and so enjoy a meal there on our anniversary date. We didn't want to be too fancy, so went to Art Bar. Our waiter was excellent and prompt (even after dealing with some wacky patrons who came in, ordered four separate checks, ordered drinks, and then just LEFT the restaurant). Very strange. Anyway, we enjoyed our meal and cocktails as well as the special Happy Anniversary plate with yummy chocolate cake on the house. Thank you!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM