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49 Social

393 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
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49 Social, the latest addition to the expanding Downtown Crossing culinary scene, is now open and serving refined modern American cuisine Monday through sunday. The seasonal dinner menu ,draw inspiration from around the globe while incorporating ingredients from local New England farms whenever possible. The bar menu features smaller plates sure to satisfy late night cravings and complement an extensive wine list and craft cocktail menu. Guests are offered a choice of dining experience over three levels of seating including a mezzanine and a downstairs lounge, which are also available for private functions. Friday and Saturday nights feature live musician an intimate setting, putting you up close and personal with the band.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Open: Monday through Thursday until 1:00 am and Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am.
Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 5.00 pm until 10.30 pm
Bar Menu offered from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 5:00 pm to 12:30 am Friday and Saturday.
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Phone number
(617) 338-9600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
N. Alex Herrera
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Available upon request
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Cross street
Washington Street
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Parking details
Discounted parking is available at the Lafayette Garage, located at 1 Avenue De Lafayette. Rates with validation: $10 for nights and weekends from 4:00pm to 5:00am; $2 off each of the first two hours on weekdays.
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Public transit
Downtown Crossing - Orange, Red & Silver Lines
Park Street - Green & Red Lines
Government Center - Blue & Green Lines
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Live music is offered every Friday and Saturday night from 9:30 pm to 2.00 am. For additional information, please check the music calendar at or call at (617) 338-9600.
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Special events & promotions
Our mezzanine and downstairs lounge are available for private events. We can accommodate events of all types, ranging from wedding parties to corporate dinners, and can offer an exclusive private event menu or customize a food and drink pairing to meet your needs.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Very friendly wait staff, excellent food and a nice cozy atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2016

Place was good, seating was rough. Sat us against a wall near the bathroom.

vipBostonBob (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2016

The food is great, they get a bit challenged when they are full from a service perspective but they are friendly and the food and overall experience is worth being patient.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Had a great time at 49 Social before heading over to see the Nutcracker. Great food and great service.

vipDonnaB (New England)
1.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

We weren't able to sample any of 49 Social's food because we left after waiting 35 minutes for someone to take our order. We had 6 PM reservations on a Saturday before a concert at The Orpheum and were looking forward to trying the restaurant. We waited 15 minutes for menus and another 20 after receiving them for someone to take our order. It was even more disappointing that every other restaurant in the area had a 1-hour wait and we ended up in a food court. Won't try again.

vipBostonBob (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

Good food, service was a little off due to a a full compliment of folks going to holiday shows. They need to work on their execution a bit but all and all I would definitely recommend and go back.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2016

The food was amazing! Chef was kind to accommodate our gluten free diet and change the seafood pasta to seafood risotto for us! Service was nice as well, will definitely come back again!

SusieB (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2016

We had never been to 49 Social. Our waitress was lively and very sweet. She had a great sense of humor. The food was interesting and very good. Would have liked a more extensive drink menu. Excellent location for Theater, Orpheum, and Downtown. Great vibe.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2016

Very comfortable place to enjoy a quick meal & drink with a friend. Ambiance of restaurant is lively and noise level was a little loud but not disturbing. We were seated right away for 5:30 reservation. My friend and I both ordered wine and apps with salads as we were not wanting a big meal. My tuna tartare was fresh and spicy but not too flavorful beyond the heat, however the caprese salad was tasty. My friend's shrimp cocktail came with 4 big shrimps as ordered and her beet salad was good. All plates and glasses of wine were reasonably priced and came out in a timely manner.
Wait service started out nicely but as restaurant got busy, our waitress came around less and less. Flagging her for another glass of wine took some time as our water glasses were left empty for awhile too. We noticed the nearby table was served a nice platter of bread which we never got and so when we asked, waitress's response was she didn't think we wanted it so she didn't bring us any! We had to wait again, trying to pay our bill. Overall, service went downhill which made for a bad ending impression. My friend and I may not return anytime soon since there are plenty of other restaurants in the nearby area.

AKDM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

we were vey well impressed with the food quality and presentation, a good wine list with good options at a correct price and finally the service was OK, not great, but I wouldn't say it is an issue, an excellent choice at a very reasonable price. overall a place to go and have delicious food in a good atmosphere

Eatwithgusto (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2016

The food was good but the service was exceptional. The venue was quiet by is was also Election Day.

vipMiniMom (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Food was very good. The owner was delightful. I would recommend dimming the lights. It's very bright in the dining room.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

A little bit too expensive, but good. Thank you for everything.

Klkick (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2016

The food was outstanding! I will definitely be back.

vipKOHMOM (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

This is a hidden gem in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood. We enjoyed the creative food, especially the tuna tartare. The staff was super friendly and helpful in answering our questions. Definitely going back!

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Sat in the bar area - service was slow but server was friendly. No one came to ask our drink order for at least 10 minutes after they had sat us and we had to flag our server down. The wine and food we ordered were great and I'd highly recommend the lobster flatbread!

vipBackBay (New England)
1.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

The food was poor and despite us not eating the food and notifying the server, we received zero recompense. The menu was limited and misleading. My wife ordered a pork chop which was to be served with wild mushrooms. Instead there was one single mushroom type and the chop was extremely salty. I ordered the special which was a filet to be prepared medium rare. Instead it was grey and tough. Just a horrible experience. Despite good cocktails we will not be back.

vipLibrarules10 (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

The restaurant was nice and laid back. All the staff was very nice and friendly. We ordered items from the bar menu. All were amazing, especially the calamari. Drinks were very good. The dessert were also delicious. Will be back.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

My wife and I went here for dinner before a show and we had no problems. The service was timely and the food was delicious. We started with the mushroom bisque and a wedge salad, then for entrees she had the fish special and I had the filet mignon special. The wait staff brought drinks appropriately, cleared and were not intrusive. The manager came to our table and asked how everything was going. We had a 8:00 PM reservation for a 10:00 PM show and with the meal, nice conversation, after-dinner coffee and a stroll to the theater we arrived right as the door opened.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

Very mediocre experience. They were out of the first glass of wine I ordered, and the first two appetizers my husband and I ordered. Would be nice to be told what they're out of before spending time deciding on the menu. I understand it was the bartender's first day AND the waitress's first day, but.... not so great. Food was fine and they put us at a really cute corner table.