Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston
Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.joesamerican.com/
  • Phone: 6175364200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - midnight...

    Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am - midnight...

    Brunch served Saturdays, Sundays & Monday Holidays from 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: David Forbes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Exeter
  • Public Transit: Copley and Hynes (green line)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Service on Exeter Street (corner of Newbury)

    Garage Parking on Exeter Street

    Metered Parking
A word from Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston
Joe's American Bar & Grill has a new home in Boston's Back Bay. Our new landmark location features a retractable roof in the cafe and upper bar area, a display kitchen, two full bars, and private dining. Joe's is a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine. At Joe's, we focus on using the freshest quality ingredients for all our dishes as well as providing a comfortable and fun atmosphere for all our guests. Joe's is a favorite for a casual lunch, a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Enjoy Joe's for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or take-out.


Please know that Joe's American Bar & Grill tries to honor all reservation requests. HOWEVER, THE PATIO IS SEATED ONLY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (52)good for groups (47)neighborhood gem (43)great for brunch (35)kid-friendly (33)great for outdoor dining (32)vibrant bar scene (32)fit for foodies (20)hot spot (17)special occasion (10)scenic view (10)late-night find (8)notable wine list (7)romantic (6)Show More
  • Great Burgers
    peterb
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had a burger here and it was cooked to my liking also made me very full
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Even though we made a reservation we still had to wait for a table and we had elderly parents with us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch but rushed
    Damfarm1
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Six of us had lunch before a Red Sox game. We had 2 kids with us and were able find plenty that they enjoyed. A bit pricey, but this is on Newbury St in Boston so not out of the ordinary for the area. Our server was terrific, but it was very fast. We were in and out in an hour. Would have been nice to be a bit more leisurely as it seemed like we were rushed through. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner spot
    jay12
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great service, excellent food, especially for families. Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night out
    Bos2mco
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My mom and sister were in town and I wasn't sure where to take them. I made a reservation and got placed in the outside section. They really enjoyed the scenery and view of Newbury st. The food was good, enjoyable but nothing very fancy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good as always
    Mike
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Consistently performs up to my expectations. Nothing outstanding about the place or food, but located in a good spot and just an enjoyable ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Meet Friends
    4ofus
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We've been going here for years when visiting Boston. They had plenty of decent food and drinks before the Red Sox game. Our waitress was the best! She was very happy to take care of us and made sure that we had everything that we wanted.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Total Treat
    workout2eat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It was so nice to get a reservation at one of my favorite places. Joe's always has great food, an awesome atmosphere and good service. Our waitress was great and it was truly a wonderful mother's day experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for gluten-free
    zgirl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My teenage granddaughter is a Celiac and they said they could make almost anything on the menu gluten-free. They even had GF rolls for her instead of us eating the bread while she just watched. It is nice to be able to go with the family and know everyone can enjoy a good meal. Service was excellent, food was great, a bit noisy but it was very busy in Boston. Glad we made reservations as there would have been a wait, even at 1:30 in the afternoon. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scrodVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    the oinion soup was terrible. I have had it before and it comes in a nice crock with the cheese dark and melted. This time it came in a bowl with hardly any cheese. Go back to the old way!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food for pretty decent price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I've been to Joe's on several occasions and there's always something good on the menu that I haven't had before. The ribs are supreme as are all the pasta dishes. I am especially a big fan of the Spinach and Artichoke dip appetizer. It is made perfectly! I would highly recommend stopping by sometime for a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joe's made it easy for a group
    ladydi
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We booked Joe's for a post-graduation dinner for about 25 people and it was the perfect solution. They seated us at two large tables in the back section of the main dining room, and there was room to move around between the tables and noisy enough so that we weren't disturbing anyone. The food was excellent, and our servers were great. We even went back (with 9 people) for brunch the next day and that was delicious too. Thank you Joe's for making it easy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch!
    Emily
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Perfect Saturday brunch in the sunshine! Great food and wonderful service. Recommend for any occasion
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the best clam chowder
    MarianaVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Ask for the clam chowder bowl, you'll find the cup small.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Joe's made for a great birthday dinner for our daughter. The hostess was flexible when half our party cancelled and our server was terrific. Made for a great evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Post-Boston Marathon spot!
    Owen
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Close to the finish, great for a big group (if you can squeeze in!), great food, great beer/drink selection! Had a fantastic time dining/drinking/and talking about the marathon with friends. Will absolutely return!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston Marathon Weekend Tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Our group always looks forward to dinner at Joe's after running the Boston Marathon. Even though Patriot's Day was more crowded than ever, and very challenging on rest. staff, we again had fantastic meals and service (even though the understandable additional security measures almost kept us from entering Newbury based on crowd limits). The crab cake special and the lobster mac and cheese were huge hits!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Enjoyed our food, waiter was wonderful and we will certainly go back next time in Boston.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great place for a pre-race meal!
    ncbeachgirl
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We came to Joe's the night before the marathon.The place was packed..but we had a wonderful experience.Our waitress was fabulous.We enjoyed our meal and will be back next year!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat visitor
    WildKat
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We ate at Joe's last year during our stay in Boston for the marathon. It was a close walk from our hotel, and we had a great experience. So, this year, we took a friend there for lunch on Sunday. I made a reservation, knowing how popular Joe's is, and arrived to find customers waiting on the sidewalk! Love the remote they give to notify when your table is ready. It gave us a chance to step outside and enjoy the great weather while we waited and talked. The wait staff was friendly, the food was great and Joe's did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    Kiwi
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Went to lunch at Joes on Easter Sunday. Food (salads and ribs) was very good and service was excellent. It is. Wry noisy though so difficult to have a conversation. Perhaps that was because they were so busy. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lively brunch
    suechick
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went for Brunch on Easter Sunday. One of the only places without a price fixe or buffet. Place was nice, service was good. Food choices for brunch not too exciting, pretty basic. The omelete was good. but did not arrive with toast and fruit flavored butter as noted on menu? French toast was bland and not hot, would def not recommend that... And $3 for a cup of coffee?? Crazy. Anyway it was a pleasant morning more about the company and think maybe kitchen was busier than on a normal Sunday... Not sure if they do better on the food for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations mean nothing
    SuperDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We booked on Open Table and it took 45-50 minutes of waiting past our time to be seated. Unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday brunch
    Patty
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I'd definitely reserve Joe's for great weather when you can sit outdoors and enjoy the water. My tenderloin hash with eggs was good, but frankly, the pot roast hash at Bot Evans is better at half the price, albeit with crummy ambience.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another pleasant meal
    charlietris
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We eat here every year after the 5k before the marathon and have always enjoyed our experience. The food is good, service friendly, location can't be beat and the price reasonable for the area. We will return next year.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful group dinner!
    collegemomVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were a group of ten and were seated at a large round table in the corner. Service was great--very attentive but never rushed. Food was excellent. It was a perfect special occasion for us.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Active Spot...Way Too Noisy!
    peterf
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Joe's is a great eating spot. Vibrant with loads of action, good menu and the food is well prepared. The early evening I was there with two other people, the volume of the music in the bar/outdoor seating area was deafening. It was literally impossible to hold a normal conversation and even hearing the waitress was difficult. Although our initial order got "lost" (according to our waitress), the second order we put in was delivered in about 20 minutes (total wait time for our food was about 40 minutes). The food was served hot and was quite good. Unfortunately the "semi-outdoor" seating (fold back roof) allowed the breezes to blow into the eating area and by the time I finished my once-hot pasta dish, it was stone cold.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Joe's On a Sat Afternoon
    DineAbout
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Although very busy, this was a great place for our mid-afternoon Saturday meal. The service was great. Our server was very personable, had vast knowledge about the food and drinks, and was completely attentive to us. Our party had both lunch and brunch items which were of a high quality. I went with an unusual French theme: French onion soup and French toast. Both were delicious!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My daughter and I enjoyed
    EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My daughter and I enjoyed our lunch at Joe's American Bar and Grill. The appetizer fish tacos, chicken Caesar salad, and clam chowder bread bowl were all very good. The waitress was most attentive and all-in-all it was a very nice lunch experience. Prices are reasonable at Joe's American Bar and Grill and this restaurant is a good choice for cocktails and/or dining when in the Copley Square area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • skip the house wine
    John
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    2 Glasses of wine for $34. Boosted the tab for 3 adults to $140. Lots of choices in the neighborhood. Won't go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun dinner place
    BCdad
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Hosted seven college students on a Friday night. Good food, fun atmosphere and great service. Lots of food options for the girls - they were all over the menu. Everyone had a terrific evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun spot
    NJoy
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This fun spot has a varied menu. Something for everyone. Loved the chicken piccata.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were seated promptly at
    WNfoodlover
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were seated promptly at the reservation time. The waiter was attentive but not intrusive. He was very accommodating to our needs. The Braised Short Rib was fork tender and moist. The house salad has good mixed greens and the Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette was very good. Overall, the visit was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, an amazing place!
    theyoungfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Today I dined at Joe's and once again, I was completely satisfied! My friend and I started off with Joe's famous nachos and we loved them so much, the two of us ate the entire plate in minutes. Then, we both had delicious burgers! Joe's is such a great place for lunch, I go every time I'm on Newbury St. If you haven't been to Joe's, I HIGHLY suggest that you dine there as soon as possible! If you have a big group to dine with you that's even better! You won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • location, facility, service,
    Walter
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    location, facility, service, bread and salads were great. Ribs and slaw were tastless. Presentation poor - just piled on top of each other on a too small plate. Butternut squash ravioli was so-so.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and Boston Brick Red!
    KateyRay
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our party was seated promptly, and I was very pleased to notice that the music in the restaurant wasn't blaring too loudly for conversation. Our server, whose name I have unfortunately forgotten, took excellent care of us and did a great job at keeping our orders straight! I very much enjoyed my glass of Sam Adams Boston Brick Red (it's now my favorite beer!), and was just tickled to bits when I was not only presented with a free dessert due to it being my birthday, but was also serenaded by a trio of servers who are quite talented singers. The food was pretty good overall, although my ribs were definitely overdone and there was too much rosemary in the bbq sauce. My husband enjoyed his burger, however. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston fun!
    RIgirl
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great place for a shopping break, but reservations suggested. Chowder in bread bowl is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating and consistent
    ItalianismyfavVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I have not had a bad experience at any Joe's in MA. I have a gluten allergy and they are extremely accommodating, they send a manager out for my order. Large menu, lots of options, and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm Ambience on a Cold Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Saw the restaurant while out for a walk, decided to try it after reading up on the place online. I would highly recommend Joe's. The ambience is welcoming, the wait staff was energetic and fun, the food was very good and served quickly and efficiently. Certainly a restaurant I will visit again when next I visit Boston.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch for 12
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    A one block walk from the Marriott Copley Prudential Shopping Complex, this is a great place for lunch. Reserve on Open Table. Our group table was ready and in a semi-private room. Good waiter and good food delivered at the right speed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.