Brasserie Jo - Boston
120 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
Brasserie Jo - Boston
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.brasseriejo.com/
- Phone: 6174253240x
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 12:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar: Sunday: 10am - 1am, Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am - 1:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 8:00am - 2:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French
- Executive Chef: Nicholas Calias
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Salon Privé, the private dining room in Brasserie JO, is an elegant choice for your next social gathering or business dinner. Appointed in the same rich cherry wood and marble as the main dining room, the walls are decorated with vintage French posters, giving it an unusually exuberant air without the stuffiness of an ordinary banquet space.
A word from Brasserie Jo - Boston
Internationally renowned chef Jean Joho presents Brasserie Jo, Boston's only authentic French Brasserie. Joho's extensive menu features simply prepared light offerings, entrees and desserts that incorporate Alsace and other regional French influences.Continued
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Brasserie Jo - Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since June 4, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (45)fit for foodies (37)good for groups (34)neighborhood gem (30)notable wine list (30)great for lunch (27)romantic (26)great for brunch (26)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (12)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (1)Show More
- The server was PAINFULLY slow...itOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 4/20/2008The server was PAINFULLY slow...it took 45 minutes to get our bread and we had to make an effort each time we needed more coffee, water, or if we wanted to order. About 20 minutes after ordering, he came back and questioned what we ordered..."what did you order again?". Why did he wait such a long time if he had questions? Or better yet, why didn't he write it down? My blood sugar got so low that I was having trouble focusing...our bread and food arrived all at once. Apparently, we weren't the only ones with issues...I could see the table next to me was getting annoyed too. Luckily, the food was pretty consistent as it is always pretty good.Special Features:
- Our waiter was exceptionalOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/19/2008Our waiter was exceptional which made the evening so much fun.Special Features:
- Disappointed, as when we gotOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/19/2008Disappointed, as when we got to the restaurant they had no record of our reservation. Luckily they had a table, so we were able to have dinner as planned. But I won't use your service again.
- We had a long wait betweenNickDined on 4/18/2008We had a long wait between courses, the server apologised perfunctorily. The food was awesome, though!Special Features:
- Left much to be desired.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/18/2008Left much to be desired. Waiter tossed the specials list on the table without even mentioning them, took over 10 minutes to take a drink order, never checked back to see if food was acceptable, and never offered water for the table. Tried to order a beer from the drink list, and waiter simply said "sorry" and only explained out of stock after we asked. Special lobster bouillabase had decent flavor, but presentation was annoying, with an overcooked lobster claw in the bowl, leaving diner to have to crack the shell in the middle of the broth, which was messy and frustrating, especially since meat was overcooked and stuck to the shell. Moules frites were adequate but not memorable. Unlikely to return or recommend.
- It is convenient to Symphony.OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 4/18/2008It is convenient to Symphony. The service is a bit slow, but the food needs improvement. There is no need for bacon bits in the spinach tart for example.Special Features:
- The tables are very closeOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 4/13/2008The tables are very close to each other we could hear the people next to us stories and vica versus and other sections were empty or closed
- We started our meal by sharingOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 4/11/2008We started our meal by sharing the trio of different pates, a delicious beginning. Then after sharing an wonderful arugula salad, we both had the rabbit with spring vegetables. It was succulent, moist and absolutely delicious.
- We have gone often, for years,JaneVIPDined on 4/11/2008We have gone often, for years, before attending Symphony, and find that lately the service has definitely slipped. It took three requests to get a glass of water; two to get sugar for coffee (as the coffee sat there, getting cold), and, though we had a 6 p.m. reservation before an 8 p.m . concert, we barely got to Symphony Hall on time, because the service was so inattentive. This is at least the third time this year that we have been very unsatisfied with the service. We are trying to find other alternatives before Symphony because the just-ok food is not worth the hassle of bad service.
- Terrific dining experience.LorreyDined on 4/9/2008Terrific dining experience. Our twentieth wedding anniversary and they made it a special occasion, including making two chocolate souffles on request. Wonderfukl food, great service, friendly people. Our favorite dining spot in Boston!Special Features:
- Have eaten there many times,OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 4/9/2008Have eaten there many times, but the service level was very poor this time. It was difficult to get attention. It took quite a while to get even a glass of water. We were trying to get to the symphony and allowed ample time, but it was a challenge to have a relaxing dinner. We were constantly trying to find our waiter.Special Features:
- overall... great service,ItalianladyDined on 4/9/2008overall... great service, great food, enjoyable ambiance... excellent cosmo...Special Features:
- Reliable food and service.TopNotch10VIPDined on 4/7/2008Reliable food and service. Great location for theatre and shopping. A continental ambience which genuinely fits the concept of the restaurant.
- I love Brasserie Jo. It isOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 4/4/2008I love Brasserie Jo. It is very consistent, and the food is truly authentic French bistro fare without the fuss that occasionally surrounds same. The best confit de canard in Boston, for example.Special Features:
- Food was excellent, but theOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 4/4/2008Food was excellent, but the first course was not as warm as it should have been. I always get the feeling when I am there that I am being rushed by staff.Special Features:
- Brasserie Jo is virtuallypbuttenVIPDined on 4/4/2008Brasserie Jo is virtually the only game in town for those going to Symphony, The Huntington Theatre, or Jordan Hall, which is a pitiful thing to say about Boston's pretentions of being a world-class city. We are always given a very warm welcome by a warm and friendly maitre d'staff. It's reliably good, service is generally good and friendly, although when they are busy it's sometimes dicey, and it's a pleasant room. The menu hasn't changed in years and years, and there aren't any specials, so one has to go with the same favorite dishes again and again. We enjoy it, but some variety in dining would be very welcome. The food is generally good, never in our experience great. We think of it as a good neighborhood restaurant, in a neighborhSpecial Features:
- A return to many times restaurant,ladybugVIPDined on 4/4/2008A return to many times restaurant, so much variety on the menu. Always good from the roast chicken to the mussels.Special Features:
- Brasserie Jo's food is dependablyOpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 4/4/2008Brasserie Jo's food is dependably good and very reasonably priced. The menu is somewhat limited and rarely changes, although there are usually specials. It is a good choice for us before concerts at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall because there is a dearth of restaurants in the area. (Their sister restaurant in Chicago serves tongue; I wish that Brasserie Jo did so as well.) Incidentally, I think you need one more rating category. I believe that Brasserie Jo's food is good, but that rating places it just above the lowest rank. It is better than that.
- Very much enjoyed it. TookOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 4/4/2008Very much enjoyed it. Took note that it's kid-friendly too, which is a plus.Special Features:
- We would definitely go backOldTownFoodiesVIPDined on 3/30/2008We would definitely go back - the food was delicious.Special Features:
- myself and 4 adult siblingsfransceneVIPDined on 3/30/2008myself and 4 adult siblings enjoyed an uninterrupted 2 hour brunch. The chocolate french toast was divine..most of us ordered that. I have dined at Brasserie Jo before and it is always terrific. Service very subtle yet efficient. Tables not too close together. I just love this place. Great french bistro food, classy employees, reasonable prices, what else is there?Special Features:
- Good food overall. However,OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 3/29/2008Good food overall. However, I was unimpressed with the wine list. By and large, the list consisted of a lot of stuff I wouldn't bother drinking thrown in with a few extremely expensive bottles. Much of the Bordeaux is too young to drink. If you don't want to pay $150+ per bottle you're forced to drink a wine that hasn't reached its plateau of maturity. Wine is a necessary complement to food, so I wish they'd take their list most seriously.Special Features:
- The food was great. We werejunebugVIPDined on 3/28/2008The food was great. We were in a hurry to get to a performance and the service was fantastic. We had lunch, coffee, and still made it to our event early.Special Features:
- We were very disappointed.joel67VIPDined on 3/27/2008We were very disappointed. We had been there many times before, especially before going to hear the BSO, and it had been "reasonable". This time we had to ask for bread. Two of us got our appetizers in a reasonable timeframe. About 35 minutes after the waiter said that he had placed the order, he indicated that it would be another 10 - 15 minutes. In fact, even after we spoke to someone else who went to the kitchen and then told us that the chef, himself, was attending to our order, it was over 15 minutes more before we got our dinners. The waiter had said that he was training someone. We did not think that he was an appropriate person to train someone else. He was not attentive to our minimal needs. We don't plan to go back!
- Lunch for before theater atOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 3/26/2008Lunch for before theater at the Huntington and is perfect. Food is good, as always, and service, which sometimes was spotty is better.Special Features:
- I always love eating hereOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/26/2008I always love eating here as the food is consistently good and a real feel for a Parisian Bistro exists. Fresh Seafood, great tartes, scrummy profileroles and at lunch time the croque monsieur makes me ready to leave my monsieur!Special Features:
- We had a great dining experience.OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/22/2008We had a great dining experience. This was our second time going to Brasserie Jo and this experiences reinforced why we decided to go back again. The food was delicious (the French ham crepe gratin is amazing!).Special Features:
- Food is reliable with manyOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/22/2008Food is reliable with many good choices. We would have appreciated more attentive service. Because it took a while for our orders to be taken, we had no time for coffee before we had to leave for the theatre.Special Features:
- Was very impressed with theOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 3/22/2008Was very impressed with the waiter Georgie ,I believe he said he was Bulgarian. His guidance in our dinner choices were very helpful. He was very knowledgeable yet not smug, a true gentleman !Special Features:
- In emulating a Parisian brasserie,OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 3/21/2008In emulating a Parisian brasserie, they're successful: service is atrocious! I've been there three times and always a problem with at least one plate. Both my son's and my meal was extremely overcooked. The coup de grace? Last night's experience, when the waiter said, "Sorry for the mistake but it's out of my hands." Nice, the classic "not my fault" cry. Food was thrown on table when first arrived. At least host was sympathetic and went to correct mistakes. The remediation took 20 min. -- my wife was finished with her meal by then. Why do places not take away all plates to keep them warm? Lamb steak and Steak Parissienne were very poor cuts. I get better service at a Route 1 Diner. Yet places like this fill up. I don't learn either. Cheers
- The waitors were rather niceOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 3/21/2008The waitors were rather nice and accomodated the requests of the diners well. The food seemed freshly prepared and cooked at the moment. It was nice that the food was authentically French. I also liked that some of the waitors spoke French.Special Features:
- The rack of lamb was cookedOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/21/2008The rack of lamb was cooked perfectly. I could not have asked for it to be more tender or flavorful.Special Features:
- Now, I don't know what goesOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 3/21/2008Now, I don't know what goes on in the kitchen. However, the food seemed to be really fresh, prepared to order. In the food industry, it is very common to find food that is pre-cut, pre-cooked and then "assembled" to order, this was not the case here. This aspect is definitely a rare find, especially in the United States. It was also nice to find a French restaurant where some waiters spoke French. I also liked that the menu was authenically French.Special Features:
- There were 12 people in ourOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/20/2008There were 12 people in our group for dinner. We are a loud group anyway but it wasn't an issue here. We had a great time. Everyone found something they liked even if it was not on the 'Restaurant Week' menu.Special Features:
- I ate only half of my dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 3/20/2008I ate only half of my dinner and asked the rest to be packed in a doggie bag. The wait staff forgot/ignored the request, threw it out with only an apology. Would have been nice to get a voucher or some small credit for the next time. Very disappointing. Brassarie Jo is usually my pick for pre and post-symphony dining/drinks but this experience will push me to try something else.
- We have eaten at BrasserieFrankophileVIPDined on 3/20/2008We have eaten at Brasserie Jo many times over the years. While the food we ate during our restaurant-week lunch was excellent, as always, the service was atypically slow and distracted. There were few other customers in the restaurant by the time we received our entrees around 2, which may have contributed to the more leisurely ambience. But I'm not sure it excuses the many small lapses that marked our meal, such as receiving bread rather than the water we had requested to refill our often-empty water glasses, our bouillabaise not being topped with the croutons we saw on other diners' orders, and receiving the wrong dessert (happily switched for the correct one). And no draft beer available while the bar was being remodeled!Special Features:
- I have been to Brasserie JoOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/19/2008I have been to Brasserie Jo many times, but this time was marred by a terrible server experience and sub-par food for 2 of my guests. There was a long hair in one dish and the duck was dry. The server, Zo, didn't tell the manager, and I had to find the manager to make sure we were taken care of. Then, after the server dropped off the bill, he disappeared for 20 minutes. I finally had to ask another server to take our money before he showed back up. Normally, I love my whole Brasserie Jo experience, but this time was a let-down. I will go back, of course, but I am a little hesitant to "highly" recommend it to people now. I spoke with the manager, and I hope this gets addressed.Special Features:
- My wife and I went duringOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 3/19/2008My wife and I went during Restaurant Week, and that's probably the last time we'll go. The appetizer and bread were good, but the entree was awful. We had the lamb which was overcooked. The onion rings on top were inedible. The greens were soggy and tasteless. The mashed potatoes tasted okay but had an unappealing gray color. We ended up paying about $100, and the meal was not even worth paying for. The restaurant was way over-priced for the quality food we received. To me, restaurant week is a time to sample a high-class restaurant and perhaps find a nice place to come back for a special occasion. However from the poor food quality I doubt that we would try Brasserie Jo again.
- Based on the Restaurant WeekOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/18/2008Based on the Restaurant Week menu that I sampled, I would never go back. The Shrimp Salad lacked flavor and was slicked with oil. It was, however, the only dish that was even remotely well presented. The Tarte Flambe was average. The Pistachio Crusted Lamb was cooked to perfection, but some pieces were exessively salty. The escarole it was served with was inediblely bitter and peppery and the onion rings were soggy and lacking salt. The plate itself looked slopped together in diner fashion. The orange crepe had an appealing vanilla sauce, but the filling was terribly sour. Our busser repeatedly almost elbowed us in the face by reaching across the table. And nothing says get out like a check on the table directly after dessert is served.
- I eat at B'Joe 1-2 times aOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/18/2008I eat at B'Joe 1-2 times a week for lunch. It is very consistent, it has good food good service and is a fantastic place for a business lunch. You can be in and out in 45 min or take 1.5 hours - whatever takes your fancy.Special Features: