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The Fireplace
The Fireplace

The Fireplace Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fireplacerest.com
  • Phone: (617) 975-1900
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Mid-Day menu: Daily: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jim Solomon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Fans of our rustic yet upscale fare at The Fireplace can also enjoy our locally sourced food at private events. Show off your home. Or pick the perfect place for a business outing, wedding or charity gala. We"ve got connections with some pretty magical New England venues.
  • Private Party Facilities: The upscale but homey ambiance of The Fireplace makes for unforgettable gatherings. Parties as small as fourteen and as large as ninety fit perfectly into our cozy but comfortable confines.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurie Stuehmer (617) 975-1900
  • Entertainment: We love good music almost as much as we love good food. Join us at The Fireplace for some cool jazz and hot Latin music on the first Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month at The Fireplace. Shows start at 9:30pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street
  • Public Transit: The Green Line - C train stop at Washington Square is directly across the street from The Fireplace.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The restaurant has a lot for about 30 cars. There is also good street parking.
A word from The Fireplace
The Fireplace located in Brookline Massachusetts is a cosmopolitan New England Grill serving food with integrity while celebrating the bounty of the region and its Colonial influences. In addition to being the 1st Certified Green Restaurant in Boston, the restaurant has won numerous awards and mentions including Outstanding Wine List (Wine Spectator 2013), Chocolate Madness WinnerContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was creative and excellent. Service did not match the food- the waiter could barely be bothered to describe any of the dishes: i.e. melon soup is "cantaloupe and honeydew". That's it?? Fig appetizer- "it's not a salad- it's mostly figs". OK. Long waits between courses with an empty restaurant; long wait to get the dessert menu...luckily we were with friends and happy to chat. We've been to The Fireplace before and had much better experiences so we will try it again."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The sound was a little bit off and it was hard to talk to each other during our meal. Several people in my group loves egg Benedict and were very happy with both the lobster and salmon egg's Benedict. Definitely will come back here for brunch."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The staff was fantastic and personable. We sat at a great table and the drinks were great. Loved the cheese plate and all the options. The rest of our food (apps and entrees was delicious flavor wise but found that the sides were either undercooked or under seasoned. Each protein was perfectly prepared. Will go back to try it again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Whenever my mom comes into town we always come here, such a great place!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our experience at the Fire Place was unexpectedly wonderful. Our visit was due to a celebration and we were celebrated by the waitstaff, the waiter, in particular, Peter, as well as, the house staff as they generously prepared our gluten free food as requested. Peter knew the menu, the gluten free possibilities and did so with out my having to sacrifice anything on the menu. The Peach Salad....a visit to Georgia in my mind....the Scallops tender and generous in portion as was the Lobster. The desert...chocolate lava cake finished our palate for the evening with the grace of molten lava streaming down our appetites. We will return and brig other friends!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Visionary chef/owner Jim Solomon continues to adapt and refine his stellar menu. In addition, he is charismatic and welcomingbeyond compare. On a recent Monday evening, he was speaking in fluent Japanese to a table of six, most of whom were guests from Japan. I don't know of any other restauranteur who combines this embrace with great talent with food. Thank you, Jim Solomon, and loyal Fireplace staff."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Have been to the Fireplace many times and they never fail. Love their subtle changes in menu and the different salads and soups they come up with are great. And an added plus is their attention to people with allergies/sensitivies. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Bartenders are great, always a wonderful place to sit at the bar and have a fantastic meal. Menu all around is wonderful and really good for omnivores and vegans alike."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A real 'go to' place that's always fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The service, food, dessert was all outstanding. I would definitely come again if I'm in the Boston area."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We have always had excellent food and service at the Fireplace, and this experience was no different. We enjoyed a really terrific meal, in a comfortable setting with our adult family of 4. The servers are always kind and accomodating, the cocktails are always excellent, and my parents always leave very happy indeed."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We always enjoy going for Sunday brunch here. The menu is great and we like that they have gluten free options. We were just there last weekend with our one year old and friends with an either month old and they are very kid friendly! Our babies loved the waitstaff, the bread and scrambled eggs."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our server, Allison, made a birthday dinner celebration memorable with attentive service. Unique and fresh entrees."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Cannot say enough about the Fireplace. Whether you are going for brunch (try the almond pancakes), lunch (best grassfed burger), or dinner (best lobster Mac and cheese). They accomodate gluten free as well as any other allergies."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have enjoyed meals at fireplace for the past 10 years. The menu changes offering interesting new items, the meal is well prepared, and the service is always good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was my first time to the Fireplace for brunch. I had been a few times before for dinner but not recently. I had wonderful memories of my dining experiences at the Fireplace - every dinner I had there was exceptional. I'm not sure if they have made any big changes since then, but brunch did not quite meet my expectations. It was still very nice and the food was good, but definitely not on par with what I had remembered."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My friend and I enjoyed salads and iced tea/lemonade. The salads were both crispy and tasty - the waiter was very attentive. A very delicious and pleasant lunch experience."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Inattentive service compounds a failure to deliver an overpriced menu. Premier prices are not warranted in this neighborhood bistro. The menu is was very inviting and held out such promise; however in the end they failed to deliver on that promise."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This is my last visit to The Fireplace. I've dined there 5 or 6 times and always enjoyed good food and great service, until this week. While my server was friendly and helpful, we waited too long for our food, had to request water twice, and the GF bread I got tasted closer to cardboard than bread. THe GF rolls used to be delicious! The drinks were limited and bland; my potatoes were cold, my chicken was dry. All three of us were underwhelmed with our dining experience and sadly, do not plan to return."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We went to the Fireplace after my son's MIT graduation. Of course the T was backed up and we arrived late but I called and they held our table although the restaurant was quite busy. We had two vegans with us and, although the Fireplace menu is not even close to vegetarian friendly, the waitress worked with us. The kitchen tweaked and adjusted and we all had a great meal and a lovely celebration."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our recent dinner was the best that I had at Fireplace. It may have been that we were not with a large group as we had been before. Would return and nice to know there is parking in the rear."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The Fireplace is great for groups, with a low noise level that makes conversation--even multiple conversations--easy, and a good, diverse selection of dishes, including "small plates" that are actually on the large side and delicious. I had an arugula salad and 2 small plates, the duck breast and duck confit wrap and the artichoke/gruyere tart, and I couldn't finish them. Others enjoyed crab cake, mussels and steak. The reasonably priced zinfandel was excellent, and others drank Guinness and hard cider. Nice jazz played throughout. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Had not been to Fireplace in quite a while, and was happy to see it was as good - maybe even better -- than ever. Lots of great options - we had a hard time deciding what to get. We did a sampling of small bites to share and it worked out great. The short ribs are a must. And the pea & ricotta ravioli was delicious, and surprisingly light. We also did a few sides; great to see fiddleheads on the menu - a true sign of spring, and the hash potatoes were really well seasoned, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside (bet they would be great as part of a brunch option).. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Tried The Fireplace for the first time during Restaurant Week with my boyfriend and we were blown away: interesting diagonal layout when and the food was phenomenal and hearty for the elevated prices. We had a private table near the actual fireplace and came back for brunch after catching a glimpse of the weekend menu. I had the vegetarian hash and stuffed french toast; my boyfriend got the french toast, duck sausage, baked beans and home fries. Food was great but they got our french toasts wrong and replaced my boyfriend's right away; I had to point mine out (came without the cheese stuffed in the middle). Would rate them higher but tried to gouge us on the tip; suggested numbers were WAY more than actual tip percentages."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was our first visit to the Fireplace. We went on a friend's recommendation. The food was wonderful, the service excellent. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were visiting from CT and ate outside with our dog. We love that this restaurant is local food conscious. By the time our food came it was rather chilly out and they brought everything out at once. 6 tappas type dishes for 2 people. Needless to say 4 of the dishes were very cold by the time we got to them, but we loved the taste. Also, our server seemed like she was in a really bad mood. But everyone has bad days so we give it a very good overall."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had several tasty appetizers in lieu of overpriced looking entrees. That worked really well. And the whiskey ice cream for dessert was divine!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "As always, our evening at The Fireplace was terrific. Great food, great service, incredibly accommodating. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Each time we are back in the Boston area we frequent The Fireplace, the atmosphere and service is always great. They have a good wine list with nice variety. Food is good, prices are reasonable. Always a favorite."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We have dined here several times over the past 4 years while visiting my son at college. The food is always delicious and inventive. Seafood is very fresh and steaks are succulent. Love the menu! The atmosphere is friendly and dress is anywhere from casual to dressy. While the atmosphere wouldn't be considered "fine dining" the food is. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I love eating at this restaurant! The food is amazing and unique. There's something for everyone. The location and ambiance is great. It feels cozy and warm. Typically when I come here, the service is really good, but this time the service was just okay. Nothing bad happened, but the server was just not that attentive. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food was good; we definitely enjoyed our meal. The night we went was obviously a special occasion post graduation night and the place was just packed. So little space between tables to navigate and we were bumping chairs with our neighboring tables. We were seated next to the door leading to the outdoor dining area and the frequent in and out bu staff created a constant door slam and reverberation which was a bit of a distraction. Service was also slow, but given how crazy busy the place was it was entirely understandable. The food came hot and well prepared and we enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The Fireplace menu has lots of offerings. I had a soup and salad, not your typical dinner but it hit the spot, and the asparagus salad was exceptional. The chicken is to die for and even better as a left over, which results from nice, big portions. A tuna special was returned for being a little overcooked, but a new one came in a jiffy. Portions at the Fireplace tend to include some appealing greens and a grain. That's a plus for those who want to bypass a salad and it makes for a beautiful presentation. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I chose to take newbies to Brookline here, and they loved it. Coming from San Francisco they are used to good food and good wine and were happy to find both at Fireplace! I live down the block in Washington square and I love coming here. I have always enjoyed every meal! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Interesting, tasty, menu. Good service and fine wine list. Watch out for the chees plates. While there is a complete selection of cheeses the actual cheese "slices" are little. The cheese plate is provided with a small portion of tasty fruit literally hiding the fact that the cheese is tiny. We had to complain about this obvious fact which detracted from the experience."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Grabbed dinner with the parents. Good food but my burger was undercooked. Ordered medium and it was rare. Service was good but a little slow. Restaurant is small and popular and I think they try and accommodate more people then they can sometimes leading to slowdowns."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My family(wife, 2 teenagers, and father-in-law and myself) had dinner there this past Mother's Day. The appetizers were good but the entrees and service were disappointing. We left wishing we had grilled at home."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love the raviolis here (Pea Raviolis, I think?). My parents visit from NJ and always think of coming to the Fireplace for the great menu. My mother is obsessed with the raviolis, and as a real "foodie," I think she has a very legitimate opinion! The lobster rolls were also awesome, as is the burger, monkfish, and salmon. The prices are certainly on the higher end, but every time we visit the Fireplace, we are not disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The Fireplace is great- consistently delicious food, excellent service, lovely ambience. Great restaurant!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The Fireplace lived up to its expectation - wonderful food, creative and tasty. The best part about this restaurant was its ambiance. Perfect for couples who want to talk and hear each other, but it also has a wonderful energy that doesn't make you feel frantic and stressed. The service is mostly terrific, a few mishaps that were taken care of - and our waiter was upbeat and very friendly. My only complaint is that upon being served steak, I did end waiting a bit for a steak knife until I ended up asking a second person. But honestly, the food and ambiance and service puts you at ease I will come here many more times."
    Dined on 5/10/2014