Society on High
Society on High

Society on High

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.societyboston.com/
  • Phone: 8573504555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm
    Friday 11:30am-11pm
    Saturday Drinks Only, 10pm-2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Public Transit: South Station, Downtown Crossing
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking after 6pm. Park in the garage at 99 High Street (Surface St entrance) and validate your ticket with the manager.
A word from Society on High
From chef-owner Ian Just of Les Zygomates and Sorriso, comes a new venue featuring New England Bistro fare and inspired cocktails.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Society on High reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (38)great for outdoor dining (20)good for groups (17)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (10)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (8)special occasion (8)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)romantic (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Didn't love the food
    SweetpeaVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I ordered the burger and it was over cooked and lacked flavor. The place was packed and very noisy. Not the best experience.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was a corporate team lunch. Everyone enjoyed the lunch and sitting outside on the patio on a nice day! It's also conveniently located to our office, and they seem to accommodate the lunch crowd. Thank you. Donna
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food is very good and staff is very friendly. We were there for lunch. The only negative is that it was cold. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Luncheon Spt
    LunchLover
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Glad we made a reservation... this place books up for lunch! Service was excellent. We wanted crab cakes for an appetizer but they were listed as an entrée. Our server said they'd be happy to prepare two of them for us as appetizers. My dish, the halibut, melted in my mouth. It came with a sweet potato dish of some sort; also excellent. My husband said his turkey burger was very good (by turkey burger standards.) We didn't stay to sample the desserts. But, I would gladly go back again. And would also like to try it for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super lunch and not rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We went to Society on High to celebrate the arrival of new team members to our work group. It was great to get exactly what we wanted (each of us had some specific requests for the kitchen and there was no fuss about that)and to not feel rushed. Next time I'd love to sit outside. It looks lovely -- despite being in the heart of the financial district -- it feels like an oasis! Good food, nice ambiance and quality service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was good, and Priscilla was pretty good.....but my client was seated, then when I walked in they did not tell me she was already seated. Need to communicate better to make sure that does not happen
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good experience
    Unhappydiner101
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My group was very disappointed in this restaurant. The first time I dined here it was good this time was just awful. The waitress was pleasant but not attentive. My water had something floating in it so I asked for another glass which I did not get until I was nearly done with my meal then it tasted awful. My dining companions asked for more bread and never got it. One asked for salmon on her salad and had to send it back to the kitchen because there was no salmon on it. My chicken was cold as were my roasted red peppers. Salad dressing on my salad when I said I did not want any as I have food allergies. Shrimp on my friend's salad were tiny and very overcooked. I would not revisit again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, nonexistent service
    Anon224
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had a noon reservation for 2 and was seated promptly, but waited at LEAST 20 minutes for a waitress to even appear. She offered a drink order and we ordered our food too. That was the last we saw of her. Food was delicious, not that a single person came by to ask or check on us. It was nearly an hour after we ordered our food that some one finally came by to clear our plates and we were able to ask for the check. I can't recommend this restaurant for lunch unless no one cares if you are missing from your office for 2 hours during the middle of the day.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good atmosphere, terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I don't know if this was an off day, but service was terrible. Came for lunch on a Thursday - had a reservation at noon. Had to get up after 20 minutes of nobody coming over to ask the hostess for our waitress. She finally came to take our order, we had two eggplant sandwiches The food came after 1pm. That was more than an hour after we sat. We were in a rush to get out and the waitress never came to bring us our check so I had to get up again to find her and give her my credit card. The entire lunch took an hour and 45 mins. We saw the same table turn over twice in our lunch there. I've been before for drinks and the atmosphere is great, but the lunch service we had was awful.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We started with the mushroom flatbread pizza which was great. Also very good drinks. But I then had the shrimp tacos, which were mediocre. It was also much darker in the restaurant than it looked online.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding.....
    Geodiner
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The new menu is outstanding... Great too see Ian and glad to know he is back in the kitchen...the risotto was perfectly cooked and delicious, and the tuna au poivre had my taste buds in ecstasy. Thanks for a great meal!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mea1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nice to have a place that seems to fit in this location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent as always
    camcqu
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is my go to restaurant. Food is always good with a varied selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great business lunch spot
    mjbos
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great for business lunch in the financial district. Interesting menu, pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch in financial district
    hryb14VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Nice sit-down lunch on a Friday in the financial district...service was solid and the food all came out quickly and was tasty...had the cobb salad with avocado and it was very good...all in all, a solid place for lunch w/friends or co-workers downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ludwig
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Food is excellent. We were seated outside in the front away from the other tables and kind of forgotten. Waited awhile for a waitress and again for the check. Other than that, it was a good lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Outdoor Lunch
    Geoff
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Two of us had a delightful lunch here yesterday. Although inside tables look quite nice, sitting at a table outside on a nice summer day (either in the sun or the shade) is wonderful. Very nice food and service too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and cocktails
    HappycamperVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have been to society on high a few times now and have yet to be disappointed by anything. The food is fantastic, the drinks are well made and the service couldn't be more efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    the a.c. was a tad high but everything else was spot on!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for lunch
    EROSS
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    An excellent lunch experience. There were five in our party and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The service an atmosphere was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 72 reviews are from the Society on High reviews archive.
  • Financial District Gem
    momatwork
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This is a great restaurant to go to with colleagues, meet up with friends for drinks/dinner, or an office lunch/dinner celebration. Great location - outdoor option is a plus!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Lunch on Patio
    Geoff
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Three of us had a truly delightful lunch two days ago on the patio of Society on High. The food was really good, the drinks excellent, the service was fine, the outdoor tables were nicely far apart from eat other, and the overall experience of eating lunch outside in Boston on a nice day (and yet having some shade) was wonderful. The price - about $50 before tip - was reasonable too. An outdoor eating nice gem in Boston's financial district (although lots of people choose to eat inside, which also looked nice).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Been there 3 times now. Once for dinner, twice for lunch. Food is just bland. Service this time was terrible as well.
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  • Enjoyable lunch outside
    Mish2702
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Had a great lunch here - gorgeous day outside. Our food came out pretty fast, which is always appreciated during the work-week. The servers refilled our waters regularly. I got a turkey burger which was delicious - the fries weren't my favorite, but I would definitely try the salad next time as my friend said their dressing is great. I would definitely come back again and try something else on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and ambiance
    TomSFVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I went to Society on 2 different occasions for business lunches. Service was friendly but food took a long time to arrive on both occasions. Food choices and quality was above average.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I have enjoyed Society on High many times. The food and service is consistently good. Our reservation was honored on time and we were seated promptly, even before our entire party arrived. I was pleased to see some new specials on the menu, although I tend to order my favorite cobb salad most often. I will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just know what you're getting into
    imopinionatedVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is a schizophrenic restaurant touting great food (and the food was decent). What's not clear is that it converts to a nightclub about 10, and the scene completely changes. We had a 9:30 reservation, and at 10 the noise level ramped up beyond belief and our server disappeared. We received our appetizers along with our main courses. I never rush through a meal, but the gaps between courses were excessive. In fact, we were forced to ask repeatedly when our food would be ready, and ended up dealing with three different servers (who were clearly not communicating with each other). This is a "vibrant" pick-up scene with lots of 20-somethings. Yet the restaurant is clearly trying to offer a creative menu. I'm not sure it can do both.
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  • Terrible menu, worse food
    LessieVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The menu at the restaurant was not what we saw online. It was much smaller. The food was salty and covered in a gravy that made the lamb chops inedible. Go for drinks, not for food. We were there at dinner time and should have known just by seeing no one eating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good tasty quick business lunch
    andrewhbostonVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Took some job interview candidates there and had good food as well as an ability to have a good conversation. Was quick and tasty and not wicked expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch with great service!
    Christian
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great lunch with friend, efficient service! Great place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Society is more than a bar
    frankieb3
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Surprised by the creative lunch menu and delicious food. My client REALLY enjoyed it. Highly recommended by two foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice spot but food a bit banal
    Wasabi
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Mainly sandwiches and salads ... go here for a nice lunch outside when weather is nice but find something else for an evening out
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    catabaluVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was great, the waitstaff was friendly and the outside seating was a bonus treat.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for business lunch.
    MJFin
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Convenient in the financial food. Interesting menu, good food; make sure to get reservations as it fills up at lunchtime.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Reservation for 12:30 and we were not seated till 1250. (not good if you only have an hour for lunch) 3 of us were squeezed into a table for 2. Then it took about 20 mimutes to even get water never mind getting noticed by the server. The food was ok, but my meal was cold. I could not send it back for fear of another 30 minute wait. There are better lucnh places in town.
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  • Good Lunch Spot
    TheBigDivaVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Stopped by here on one of the first nice days of spring. Loved the setting of the bar. Food was pretty good. Friendly service. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Nice decor, reasonable prices, and fast service for business casual lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Good food, good service, a great place for a business lunch in the financial district.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare Please
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I asked for a rare steak but it came out well done. I kindly asked the waitress to please have it re-made. My companion's food came out and after 15 minutes I'd not seen my waitress or new steak (I could have used more water and maybe another drink). When the manager walked by I stopped him to say "I really don't want my meal, just the check". He started to have an argument with me about how my steak was fine the first time and how I'd not been waiting very long. I used to eat there for lunch all the time because it's close to my office. I'll not be going back anytime soon.
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  • It was okay
    luckyVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I love the decor, but the menu needs some work....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic