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
53 reviews since May 20, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
vibrant bar scene (25)special occasion (20)great for brunch (19)hot spot (14)late-night find (12)great for lunch (12)great for outdoor dining (11)romantic (10)fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (9)notable wine list (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
- we were specially seated byOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/25/2013we were specially seated by the window overlooking Copley Square in Boston; the waiter and hostess were conscious that the four of us hadn't been together in almost 3 years and we were so looking forward to being together;; they treated us like royalty and all the food was great along with the tremendous service. We found it accidentally because several other restaurants had been recommended for our night in Boston but it was MONDAY and several were CLOSED, leaving us with this GEM! We hope to go back whenever our travels take us to Boston again!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Breakfast at OAKStephenDined on 11/23/2013ALL THREE OF US ENJOYED A WONDERFULLY-PREPARED AND PRESENTED BREAKFAST. MY EGGS BENEDICT WERE PERFECT--NOT TOO 'GOOPY'. I'D ALSO RECOMMEND THE FRENCH TOAST.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- needs more polishskypilotVIPDined on 11/20/2013I feel compelled to write a review because though the food was good to very good, and the atmosphere was nice, once the overflow bar scene slowed down, the service was almost non existent. Made a mistake and tried to enter the old way thru the main entrance lobby to the restaurant. The entrance was closed and ended up entering toward the back, where we were shoved into a back table and forgotten about because "they thought we were there for drinks only". The staff seems a like holdover from the old Copley Hotel in the 80's. Needs some floor management or else it will end up solely a bar scene with a dead dinning room which is a shame because the food and atmosphere is worth another try.
- Wonderfully Updated RestaurantMotherof4Dined on 11/14/2013Went to the Oak Long Barn & Kitchen for the first time since the renovation. Everything is great! The décor, while still elegant, is much brighter than before. The food was wonderful. I had the clam chowder which was loaded with clams and Canadian bacon - not overly creamy, but just right, and a generous portion. The George's Bank Lemon Sole was very tender and delicious. My companion had the Steak Frites and said it was cooked perfectly, and the truffle oil fries were decadent. The pots de crème for dessert was the icing on the cake. Our server was attentive and friendly without being obtrusive; all of the staff we encountered (bussers, hostesses, waiters) were very friendly and happy to answer questions. A perfect evening!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service uneven so we had to waitOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 11/3/2013The service was very lackluster and is quite uneven. We have been at the restaurant on several occasions. Jose , our server, couldn't quite remember to get it "all together." Tha coffee was an afterthought and he never seemed to care if we were being well attended. Things were not brought to the table as they were expected. I would think twice about returning.Special Features:
- Attractive room if you don'tJohnVIPDined on 11/2/2013Attractive room if you don't mind a lot of noise and less than comfortable chairs. I love the location and room vibe provided you know this is what you are getting. Prices are too high though to justify coming except on an odd occasion or two. I'd come back..................but not often!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Absolutely gorgeous!DebbieVIPDined on 11/1/2013The dining room and bar is really stunning. The oak charcuterie plate and lush glass glass of Pinot noir was a perfect late night dining option. Unfortunately the service was not as attentive as it should be for this upscale hotel restaurant.Special Features:
- not Waygu and WAY too salty friessamij5VIPDined on 10/27/2013If that meat was purchased as Waygu, they were cheated. It was two slices, not a steak as the server told me it would be. Properly rare and quite flavorful, but nothing like Waygu tender. The fries were inedible salty. For a $38 entree, they should do better. The Manhattan was outstanding, however. I recommend you just drink here, not eat..
- A chaotic messeatsoutVIPDined on 10/24/2013We arrived 15 mins. early for our 6 pm reservation, but when we pulled up for the valet parking, there was no valet. After waiting several minutes with no sign of a valet, we drove to a parking garage. When we got to OAK, the hostess began to lead our party of 5 to a table that had a man already seated at it. She spoke to him, then told us we'd have to wait because there'd been a miscommunication. Several minutes later we were led to a table for 4. When one of our group tried to get a chair from another table, the waitress chastised him because they were bringing a smaller chair. By the time we ordered and ate, we weren't happy and the food which is good, but not great didn't make up for the chaos and noise.
- Excellent restaurantsstevegVIPDined on 10/17/2013Food and service were terrific. Staff was friendly and unpretentious. Excellent overall experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The whole enchiladaMMacBVIPDined on 10/14/2013Six of us had dinner at the Oak Long Bar + Kitchen. Five had not been here before. The food, ambiance, wine list, service -- everything -- was memorable. Will definitely come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun and yummyIrinaVIPDined on 10/8/2013This was a girl's night. We ordered 3 items to share: Duck fat fries, wild boar sausage flatbread and blackened cauliflower. All 3 were fantastic. Crowd was mixed between older folks and yuppies. Nice looking crowd. Beautiful decor, although I really miss the original Oak Bar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Old place reboot was interestinghdskifreakDined on 9/28/2013This new interpretation of the old place is probably hitting all the right marks for a cool bar. The food, while okay/good, doesn't compare to the old place. Maybe that's what they were gong for? The place was very busy, and it stayed that way until the time we left (12a). The bar space is wide open and central to the spot. It looks great. The menu is a bar friendly short list of American cuisine with the chef's interpretation. The prices seem to be 'normal' for such a place. The dishes were okay. My wagyu beef was a little cold, yest still good. My wife's pork dish was also good, but not exciting. The waitstaff was doing a good job considering the amount of people they had to service. I guess "good" is the best description I have...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Starting to slideBostontravellerDined on 9/24/2013I have eaten here several times since it launched in the new format. Overall it is a good place to grab dinner after work or a drink with friends. The service is generally excellent and the whole staff is friendly and will do what they can to ensure you enjoy your visit with them. The food is the issue. I ate there this week and they now have the wagyu steak on their new menu. This may have been labelled wagyu, but if so, this cow was sneaking out of the barn and doing a lot of exercising! The meat was tough and it was served at the right done news level but cold. The kitchen was pretty slow as well. On the plus side, they comped the steak due to the quality. Might not go back again for a while, hoping they get it fixed in the mean time...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Uncomfortable and expensiveJohnDined on 9/21/2013One of us were seated in a red leather directors chair, and I was seated on a stained, smelly soft chair that was a foot lower than my dining companion and really hard to get comfortable on for eating. The prices were very high - what I would expect from a really nice and comfortable dining room. $20 for a cocktail is obscene, $19 for one crab cake appetizer that was not memorable. They really should do something about the seating... No one in the dining room looked comfortable (although the bar stools looked nice).
- Great space, good food, but.. . .thelopezVIPDined on 9/15/2013Why can it not be that such an amazing space, treats you nicely and doesnt shove the bill in your face immediately after finishing brunch? No inquiry as to if we wanted coffee or tea, dessert or even more food after our seemingly small sized plates. We wanted more and it didnt seem like anyone wanted to care or be lively enough to assist.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- sloppy serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/11/2013I was blown away by the exceedingly casual and careless service here Wed evening. My friend and I were seated at a dining room table for dinner. The server came over, presumably to greet us, but was finishing up a conversation and a laugh with a coworker as she reached our tableside. We looked up and waited for HER to then turn her attention to us, and when she did, we were greeted with "hey, how ya doin'?" I looked around to make sure we hadn't accidentally walked in to the Olive Garden. Cocktails were "served" without a tray, wine held by the bowl, plunked down on the table and pushed over to me. The service continued to be inexcusable and an embarrassment to the Oak. I wonder.. Is management powerless with a unionized staff?Special Features:
- overpricedOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/28/2013Bread listed at top of menu with nice description but no price. I asked for some. Was surprised to be charged for it ($5.00) and it was no better than Bertucchi's rolls made from pizza dough, though the honey butter was very good. I'd expected a denser artisanal thick crusted bread rather than soft and soft crusted. Coffee $6.00 per cup and not even offered a second cup!! There were very few tables when we were there for lunch but our service was very slow. I'd expected this restaurant to be pricey - it is a gorgeous room - but think not having free bread or roll with a salad entree and coffee at $6.00 per was over the top. Maybe the more formal dining room is better...Special Features:
- poor serviceStuPVIPDined on 7/26/2013Our waitress must have been new. She was inattentive and slow.I would recommend this to a friend.
- More like a Manhattan jammed-packedJaneVIPDined on 7/19/2013We were looking for a quieter dining experience as we had had in the old Oak Room. This would not be the case any more, with tables placed so close to each other that you can almost at off the neighboring plates The food was very good and served in a pleasing unique manner, but the $5.00 charge for the bread was a surprise. Most of the time this is included with the meal. (Probably should have scrutinized the menu more carefully) Great drinks. Would go to the bar for drinks again, but would skip eating there.Special Features:
- Still a favoriteOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 7/11/2013It took a while to get used to the new look of the old oak room but it has grown on us. The decor is updated but with a nid to the old woodwork much if which has been retained and enhanced. The cocktails are still the best in Boston. The crowd is a but younger hipper and just as elegant as on days gone by. Great place for people watching. The food iis more adventurous but equally good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love the way martinis areOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 7/4/2013Love the way martinis are served--and the amount. (Has the price gone up--or is this the first time we paid attention?) Lobster mac 'n cheese is marvelous, as is the cheese plate. Wish bacon cheeseburger was back on the menu with marvelous French fries as offered when you first reopened. This was a great dish--gourmet yet basic happy bar food. The service is always impeccably gracious and professional. We'll keep returning. P.S. Always great to offer good basic lower-end wines (by glass or full bottle).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food was really greatOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/1/2013The food was really great but I found their drink menu to be lacking. I was hoping to have seen a much larger selection. I will still dine here again though, becuase the food was fantastic!
- Impress yourself?DutchBuckVIPDined on 6/25/2013The Coply Plaza's Oak Room is meant to impress your friends (and maybe yourself) with just how cool, trendy and wealthy you are. Once that glow of self satisfaction has faded your left in a very loud cavernous room (decorated with sad reminders of its past elegance) and a limited and uninspired menu that is about as over-priced as Boston gets. Can't imagine why one would go back for a second dinner - maybe to try impressing another friend?Special Features:
- overly casual serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 6/7/2013This is a great location however our waitperson was somewhat too informal in his attention to service- did not seem to have a sense of urgency to get beverage and food to our table; did not check back with us, did not give us the sense he was focused on our needs.
- Not the usual Fairmont stylealicebluegownDined on 5/26/2013We were disappointed with our experience. The hostess's uniform was soiled, the waitress had spots on her blazer and wore blue jeans (!?). The hollandaise sauce on the lobster benedict was excellent. The English mufffins weren't toasted. We certainly expected a classier experience based on other Fairmont properties.
- Let's Get Loud!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/23/2013The joint was hoppin' when we were seated adjacent to the "long bar". Unfortunately, this meant conversation was next to impossible and the server was forced to shout to be heard. The renovation of the Oak room was beautifully done, the service attentive but the ambience does not make for a fine dining experience. The "background" music (techno from what I could discern) is inappropriate for the venue and adds to the general cacophony. The food can best be described as dissapointing. The pork dish is sub-standard barbecue that was dry, (the manager graciously removed it from the bill) , the other entrees were well prepared but not memorable. We might return for a cocktail, but I'll spend my dining dollars elsewhere.Special Features:
- Very goodUsp45nhDined on 5/5/2013Very good, nice place to eat. A little on the loud side for me but not enough to drive me out. Food was very good and hot, service was better than most.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice room with very energeticJohnVIPDined on 4/25/2013Nice room with very energetic vibe...........but crazy prices will keep me away.Special Features:
- Food is average at best. ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/17/2013Food is average at best. Service not remarkable. Saving grace is absolutely gorgeous room and pleasant atmosphere. It could be so much better.Special Features:
- Poor service out-weighs theOpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 4/11/2013Poor service out-weighs the food. Servers don't seemed to be adaquately trained - using neighbooring tables to balance items and pour drinks. A simple side of french fries were brought to the table cold.
- Oak Long Bar had the ambiencepbuttenVIPDined on 4/9/2013Oak Long Bar had the ambience of an old-style Men's Club which has its plusses and minuses. I had the roast chicken which was actually out of this world. It was my first time, so I don't know about the menu overall, but this dish was a home run. It's an expensive restaurant, probably worth what it charges for something like a business lunch or even a celebration. I probably will try it for dinner one of these days.Special Features:
- Thank you, OAK!NJoyDined on 3/31/2013Absolutely wonderful! We went for Easter Sunday Brunch and everything about it was delightful-- delicious food, friendly staff and fabulous atmosphere! Thank you, Long OAK Bar and Kitchen.Special Features:
- I was excited to try brunchResbdroneVIPDined on 3/24/2013I was excited to try brunch here. Been to the bar and liked it. Figured since it was part of a hotel and people have been chatting about this place it should be atleast tasty. OH NO IT WAS HORRIBLE. Service was unacceptable, the food tasted like I was in an airport lounge. AVOID, athought go after work for a drink.Special Features:
- I have been to the oak barjaj2000VIPDined on 3/23/2013I have been to the oak bar several times, and certainly the ambience can't be beat. Our server was wonderful - always attentive but not hovering. Our group was please with our entrees. We ordered a couple of desserts to share - the whoopie pie and the apple crisp. This is the second time I've had the whoopie pie there. Although it is impressive in its presentation, the cake part of the dessert seems to be consistently dry and tasteless. All of us left it virtually untouched after one bite. The apples in the apple crisp were not cooked enough and overall, it too had very little flavor. I'd say, overall, go for drinks and food, but skip dessert.Special Features:
- The Oak Long is vibrant and elegantjhhollyDined on 3/16/2013The new Oak Long Bar (formerly the Oak Bar) is vibrant, elegant and represents the new chic in the city of Boston. We drive up, the valet swiftly and professional opened the door for my date and secured my Jaguar. We enter the Long bar via St. James, were greeted by the maitre d and confidently walked to our reserved table. We were welcomed and called by name. Our waiter Javier was excellent. The service is calm and informed. Drinks, bread, and soup were really terrific. The Entree's was fine. We enjoyed every moment and will bring friends on our next night out. THANKS Long bar!Special Features:
- The "new look" of the restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 2/26/2013The "new look" of the restaurant is just beautiful! They did an amazing job combining the old world style with a contemporary look. It is a really fun, lively, sophisticated "hot spot" in Boston!Special Features:
- BlandOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/24/2013There is nothing special about Oak Long Bar, and there are many better choices near the hotel. The menu sounds wonderful but food was basic and bland. Waiter forgot what we ordered and had to ask again. Brunch was decent, but I wouldn't go back.Special Features:
- Was expecting more from theOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 2/24/2013Was expecting more from the overall experience given the hotel it is in. I wouldn't recommend it for Sunday brunch. It's expensive and not special. They incorrectly call it brunch when it is really about serving lunch food beginning at 10 am along with a few egg items. Go the Henrietta's Table at the Charles Hotel if you want a great breakfast or a great brunch. Superb!
- Super packed for a ThursdayOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 2/21/2013Super packed for a Thursday evening. Definately after work drink kinda place.. Super fun!!Special Features: