Back Bay Social Club

Back Bay Social Club

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.backbaysocialclub.com/
  • Phone: 6172473200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 1:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Raines
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfield and Exeter
  • Public Transit: Back Bay Social Club is located near the Prudential Center station T stop on the Green Line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Back Bay Social Club
'According to both the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe, the Back Bay Social Club will be opening in the old Vinny T's spot on Boylston Street, which is between Fairfield and Gloucester Streets and across from the Prudential Center and the Hynes Convention Center. The Herald mentions that the restaurant will have a capacity of 200 and will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Lyons Group, which is behind the Summer Shack, La Verdad, House of Blues, Kings, and a number of other Boston-area spots, is also behind the opening of the Back Bay Social Club.'-Boston Restaurant Talk
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Back Bay Social Club reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (14)fit for foodies (13)great for outdoor dining (12)neighborhood gem (10)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (6)good for groups (6)romantic (5)hot spot (4)scenic view (4)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The only reason we go to the Back Bay Social Club is to get the best burger in Boston - that is not the case any longer. This time and last we were most disappointed as were others in our party. The burger was cooked too much, dry and the bun stale. The usual flavorful cheese and onions were not and the meat tasted ordinary. Added to that, the French fries were a mix of soggy and some undercooked. When your top product isn't very good I would say you are in trouble.
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  • Loaction location location
    BostonAASVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    The location of the restaurant is great, good outdoor seating. The waiter was great and accommodating. The hostess didn't seem to really want to be working and was not very helpful. The food was good, nothing special, but a decent brunch... almost everything had meat in it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my first dinner in USA
    van88
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Really good place, try the chiken with thé waffle.......
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burger great as always
    BELinMA
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Went in early on a Sat evening and we ordered the burger for which they are known. Both orders cooked exactly as requested. Delicious - and the fries were yummy as well. Margarita and Manhattan mixed well by the bartender. This is our place to go for a casual dinner in Back Bay. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique dishes, but aver preparation
    Samson
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    The estabishment had some interesting dishes such as toasted quinoa, but the preparation was so so. For example the quinoa could have been more moist. We had to wait a bit to have our order taken. Also, we were given the wrong beer list, and my initial choice was no longe on the menu.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    First visit to the Back Bay Social Club and probably won't be back. The menu isnt overly impressive, especially for the price. My meal was ok at best, but should have been much better. Very good selection of wines and beers. I would try other restaurants in the area that offer better food for your buck. It'll take a lot to get me back there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Looking Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    The restaurant is filled with dark wood and cool accent pieces...very nice to look at....manly but beautiful. Food was delicious, and the drinks were great. Would recommend for friends to meet for dinner and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    GradDiner
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    My dinner at Back Bay Social Club was not at all the worst dinner I've had, but it wasn't the best, either. I do have to say thank you to the hostess for seating us outside- we got there at 7:30 on a Saturday night and it was so loud inside the restaurant (not sure if it was a party at the bar or what) that we could barely hear each other! If we had had to eat inside, it would have definitely ruined the meal for us. Our table outside was nice, it was quiet and we were far enough from other parties to not feel crowded in. The food was just ok, and definitely overpriced. I got the SBLT (sloppy) that came with a sad side salad, and my bf got the fish and chips, which he liked, but it was a measly portion and didn't look very presentable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant, Delicious DIning
    mlwh
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Menu is small but to me that means they do those few things very well. I had the Steak & Frites - the fries were excellent, rosemary a nice touch, but the steak was a little undercooked for medium, flavor was still good though. Husband had fish and chips which were done with mahi mahi - very unique take on the dish & it was delicious. Was remarkably loud inside even though it wasn't crowded. Server was attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have always had a positive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    I have always had a positive experience every trip. The food is consistently good, as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'd like to forget everything
    Steve
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    I'd like to forget everything about the meal with the exception of the fantastic burger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Reasonable food, stick to the classics though- steak frites excellent, special of lobster ravioli not reccommended. We had a party of 12 which was no problem, nice atmosphere.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual and comfortable
    Salemgal
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Went for Saturday night dinner before a concert. Outdoor dining was nice, tables not too close together. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The food was delicious and prepared as ordered. I would definitely return for another meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Scallops in Town
    SilentDogoodVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    LOVE this place. Will definitely be coming back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wouldn't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    The staff was very helpful and friendly, unfortunately, the food was subpar. On the upside, it's not terribly expensive. We had chicken and waffles and the gnocchi, upon recommendation from the waiter. Chicken was bland and gnocchi was dense - although the sauce was ok. The waiter couldn't recommend half of the menu, instead said "you can get that anywhere" so it didn't make us want to be adventurous.
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  • A bit too loud, even for someone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    A bit too loud, even for someone who enjoys some noise. Food, drinks, and service were great. Would return if in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy
    Shirl
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    I liked the restaurant: interesting menu, good food, friendly, efficient service. But the noise level is horrific in certain parts of the place (partciularly the basement). We managed to get a table that wasn't as noisy as elsewhere, and I think they turned down the music when we complained. But, the restaurant is contributing to the deafness of the population and it doesn't have to. It's an enjoyable place to be without the cacaphony.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Burger!!
    nevermiss
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    While it is more bar than restaurant, this is the place to go for their great burger. While it is $22, it is well worth it. The burger its self was delicious and the fries were wonderful. It is better than the burger at Radius and Craige Street Bistro. It was outstanding and worth the trip. The Sausage app was good and is great for sharing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Graduation Dinner
    kgfoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Everything was great. Although the menu online was different than the menu at the restaurant. I didn't get to order what I originally was going there to get, but my food was still excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    AB14VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    We go to BackBay Social Club quite often as we live around the corner and have left rave reviews numerous times and recommended it to multiple friends for a nice dinner or their amazing brunch. Unfortunately this meal left a lot to be desired. The burger (at $22!) was overdone and I noticed 2 other burgers being sent back that same evening. The grilled cheese is better at the local Panera. And most importantly our waitress was either far too busy for us or just didnt care; several times we had to get help from other staff members. I will go back at some point since we always used to have a great experience, maybe it was just a bad day, but we will not soon forget this afternoon.
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  • Lively bar scene, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Food was very good. We ended up trying the meat candy (kielbasa w/ brown sugar) and some delicious sliced french bread topped with mascarpone (I think), honey, and black truffle oil. I had the brisket entree and my wife had the salmon. Both were very good, especially for the price. They minuses were: only one beer left on tap and the noise level. I'm not sure how you only have one of a half dozen or so beers available on a Saturday night. I would rate this place a 9/10 on the noise scale - the bar crowd comes right up to the dining area and we had to scream at each other to carry on a conversation. I would go back but probably just for drinks and head to a quieter spot for dinner. Also - valet service would be a huge plus here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went here for a date. Had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Went here for a date. Had such a great time! Great food, great service and overall wonderful experience. Will definitely be back for more
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pro's: -The bread rolls were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Pro's: -The bread rolls were warm and amazing: super soft on the inside, but crunchy on the outside, and oh so yummy. -Many tempting items on menu; sad we could nto try them all. -The brisket was loved by all who ordered it; one is still dreaming of it 48 hours later -Cocktails were delicious -The apps we ordered and shared were tasty and we wished they were bigger servings Con's: -some of the dishes were disappointing, so maybe we are not that sad that we didn't get to try everything -the tortillini tasted like the frozen pasta I can buy at the grocery store -our last order of bread rolls came out cold and without butter (true, it was the 2nd refill we asked; they still tasted good) Overall value dependent on what you order.
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  • Kristin
    knicholls84
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    We had an excellent time during brunch at the Back Bay Social Club. Our waitress was very courteous and the lounge atmosphere was upscale yet comfortable. I will definitely recommend the Back Bay Social Club to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was fine, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    The food was fine, and the selection was just OK....lots of carb choices, but not much that didn't have a high carb content. Very noisy, really more of a bar scene than anything else, and we weren't looking for that.
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  • Good atmosphere, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Good atmosphere, good food and decent service. The food is updated comfort food and everything was well prepared. Our server seemed new but was fine. I was with a small group but I have been here on dates as well and it is a reliable spot. It can get a little loud at times so I would not recommend this spot for a quiet romantic evening. I have always had a good experience here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but too noisy
    Esquire3278
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Great burgers, but the change in atmosphere in the upstairs dining area is unfortunate. What used to be a nice restaurant atmosphere has been converted to a very loud bar atmosphere. I will think twice before returning.
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  • $22 for a burger??!! We expected
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    $22 for a burger??!! We expected something memorable. It was not. At all. Five Guys is more impressive and you can feed 4 for the same price. The manager was kind to comp our meal as it took one hour to come out of the kitchen but it was not a great meal. The lobster grilled cheese was small and the flavors did not meld well. The turkey sandwich had a frugal amount of turkey and thus also not well received. The chicken with waffles and eggs was interesting but again the flavor was not impressive. But at least the portion size was respectable. One note, go for the fries. These are amazing and everyone agreed they belonged next to some steak frites.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, location and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Food, location and atmosphere is great, service can be snobby...be prepared to wait until the bartenders are ready to acknowledge your presence, then wait another 15 minutes before the will give you the privilege of ordering a drink from them…
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place can fit so many
    brik
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    This place can fit so many situations! Dim lighting and nice decorations (and fancy food) can make it romantic, cozy, and good for foodies/a special occasion, but if you're looking for any of these things, go earlier - the bar starts getting busy around 9 and it was much louder by the time we left! Food was delicious, service was great - VERY pleased.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The mussels were absolutely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    The mussels were absolutely the best I've ever had. I would definitely recommend them. The burger was also excellent, although definitely over priced.
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  • great place for drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Very friendly, attentive staff; great ambience. Cocktails well crafted. What I would describe as "Upscale comfort food" was mediocre. We really wanted to like it more:( Pricey for what it is, but portions are very generous. We shared the meat candy and Mussel appetizers: could've skipped the meat candy. Menu descriptions and appearance of food was great: just not so flavorful. Lobster potpie was disappointly bland (but looked gorgeous and did have lobster in it)Fish tacos were heavily battered and over-fried; tilapia did not taste like tilapia. Chicken and waffle entree was fun, but again chicken was heavily battered and over-fried/too hard for my liking. Bread pudding dessert was scrumptious, sent first cups of coffee back,cold.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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  • The food was better than the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    The food was better than the Yelp reviews stated. I thought the butternut squash raviolis were good, but could have had more filling. A lot of dishes have brussel sprouts, which I love, but not many people do.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although it took a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Although it took a long time for our food to come out, the manager came over and bought us a round of drinks, which I think to be a great thing for restaurants to do. We will go back because of that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was awesome, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Food was awesome, service was a little slow but we had a group of 10 of us so that may have affected things. The waitress let us linger a little after dinner which was nice for a group, since you can't always talk to everyone at the table during dinner anyway (especially with a long rectangular table). Many of our friends in the group said they loved their dinner. The bar area fills up over the course of the evening which makes it a little loud. So I feel this is a fun place to go but perhaps not the place for a quiet romantic dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1. Host greeted me with "How
    JustSayin67VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    1. Host greeted me with "How you doin' bro?" Seriously? 2. Server was nice, but I doubt that every single dish is truly "awesome." 3. Shrimp and grits was flavorful but incredibly oily. The rest of the food was OK, i.e., not "awesome." 4. The cocktails were excellent. I recommended this spot for a gathering with out-of-town friends. We were all underwhelmed. Won't be back.
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  • Great date spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    This place is great. Back bay social club provides a dynamic atmosphere while serving some very delicious food. The menu is not very long, but, when the food is this delicious, you don't need to compensate with too many options. Make sure to get the pineapple kielbasa appetizer to start. I would recommend this place to anyone in the 21 - 35 range...or anyone who is truly young at heart. This is a gem for Boston and a great place for a first date or my other occasion that calls for a great time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a party of 6. Food came
    Mike
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Had a party of 6. Food came out quickly and server was very attentive and polite without being over bearing. The burger was good.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting menu, great food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Interesting menu, great food, nice ambiance, but a tad loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Place For After Work Crowd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Good food with sort of a neuvo-Southern feel. The place is very loud and was pretty crowded on the Wednesday night I visited. They have a pretty large wine and liquor selection. The draft beer selection could have used some more variety.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic