Back Bay Social Club

4.1
632 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located on Boston's ever thriving Boylston Street, Back Bay Social is Boston's go-to restaurant and bar for traditional American fare, live entertainment, unique cocktails, and laid-back atmosphere.
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Out of the eight people we were with, only one person liked their food! We all felt it was a waste of money. Most left a lot of food on their plate and usually the waiter would notice and ask if everything was all right and he didn't.

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PM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately the service received was very poor. Food quality was mediocre for the price of the food. Meals were mixed up; bills were mixed up, overall a poor night. Saving grace for resturant in providing high quality of customer service was to provide some of the meals for free. If the entire bill was waived would have earned my service back while I am still here in Boston and/or upon my return in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Open table shows an extensive gluten free menu but there isn’t one at this restaurant except salmon and beets, that taste like canned beets, atop raw kale.

The brisket taste like it was cooked too fast.

The maple chicken was good.

A glass shattered at our table and another had a chip on the rim.

We waited a long time for our checks. Not great for groups, as stated on open table.

I wouldn’t go back here. Curious why there are so many reviews at a 4 star level...

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great spot to meet friends. The menu had something for everyone. The food was good. Our waiter was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Grilled cheese with tomato soup was great, clam chowder was good, wings smelt like feet it was god awful, and to top it off my husbands brisket had the same sauce as the wings so we paid for two meals we didn’t eat. We unfortunately were disappointed with this place. Definitely more of a drinks and snacks kinda vibe not an anniversary dinner that’s for sure.

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was the perfect location to reserve for the Patriots parade celebration. The food was very good. The wait staff was excellent! So glad we dined here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not worth the price

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was incredible. Our server was so helpful and sweet.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Noisy, slightly better than average bar food, with cheerful, attentive waiters. Atmosphere in slight need of renovation. Limited entrees as you might expect. Decent cocktails. Turn down the music just a notch, fellas.

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D
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable lunch -- very good food, comfortable and relaxing ambiance and an outstanding waiter -- we will be return customers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First off our waitress was phenomenal I’m only sorry I forgot her name! We ate in the bar area on a high top about 630. I took my college age kids to dinner after visiting the MFA.
Food was great, the menu has something for everyone with a twist on most items.
We loved the buffalo cauliflower appetizer! My daughter had the bolognese, my son had the burger & I had the southwest salad. We all loved our meals & they were ample portions so none of us finished.
The restaurant is in a great location near the Prudential Center.

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HQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I enjoyed our meal before our NYE festivities at the Back Bay Social Club. The service was great and our food was awesome; large portions and more than enough leftovers.

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m
New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

this is the worst food I have eaten all year...the salad overdressed soggy, the meat rare tasted like fish the fries were cold the clam chowder was soupy with hard potatoes, overcharged on bill for cocktails..

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Maybe it was an off night maybe the quality has declined. My steak frites salad was over dressed and dripping in vinegar. A colleague and client had the burger while it was good they weren’t overly impressed especially at $23.

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J
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Got to choose from brunch and lunch menu on a Saturday. Comfortable seating. Great service.

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R
New England
409 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

OUr waiter was outstanding. The food was not. Meh in the food department, and the place is crammed with people out partying on a Friday night. We could not hear ourselves speak, and we were in a corner. Again, the waiter made the night. OTherwise it was a disappointment.

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K
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was not very good for price and the wine was too expensive for this type of restaurant- would not return or recommend.

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LC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I ordered the "brisket mac and cheese", which came out as overly-sauced brisket slices and a small serving of just okay mac and cheese. Way too pricey and unsatisfying. My friend has the burger which he said was great, but was expensive. I had expected a more upscale place, and this vibe was more like TGIFridays or something.

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BS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was really busy but the service was poor. We often caught our waiter wandering around doing nothing when we were actively trying to get more water or our bill for 30 min.

The food was also mediocre, my short rib grilled cheese was barely grilled and our entire table of 7 was underwhelmed.

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a
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat outside on a somewhat chilly night. Pedro was a wonderful server, very outgoing. Really nice touch to offer blankets to guests. Looking forward to returning. Thanks!

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S
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a local bar that serves food. Limited menu beyond pizza and burgers--although the salmon was good. Vibrant bar scene. Good service.

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e
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...somewhat limited menu but it was diverse and food quality excellent

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A
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm visiting from a major city and I've been so delighted with this place I've eaten dinner here 2X. Buffalo Cauliflower is a great starter. Braised Short Ribs, Salmon, Salads were all delicious. Not massive, but good selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Energetic bar area, but club type seating for quiet conversation too. Wait staff was terrific.

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BF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very noisy and hard to converse, but otherwise excellent

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The service tended to be slow for a restaurant that was not even half full.

The noise level made conversation difficult even at a small table.

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C
Philadelphia
126 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Back Bay Social Club is a great lunch spot on Boylston. My girlfriend and I were able to get a last minute reservation and we were given a great table out in front on the sidewalk- definitely request this if it's a nice day. We both got burgers- I opted for the short rib burger, while my girlfriend opted for the traditional offering. Both were really good and left us wanting more. Our server was nice and attentive, making sure we were all squared away throughout the meal. Check this place out for a casual lunch or a few afternoon drinks!

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic burger, fresh oysters and generous pours in mixed drinks. We drove from Pa and it was for the Social Burger, well worth the drive!!

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DF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid American bar fare, very attentive service, and the option to sit outside right on Boylston street.

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JW
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is nice. Grrrat friendly service.

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B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chicken and waffles were yummy. We also enjoyed the burgers

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s
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good chowder, steak & dessert. Good vibes. Must check it out.

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Disappointed. Came here for restaurant week and although the service was very good the food was very poor quality for the amount of money we spent here. Right across the street is eataly with x10 better food for much cheaper prices. Wish we tried somewhere else

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very helpful friendly staff

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o
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came here for great oysters, stayed for the frose. The $4 chicken burger was amazing. Service is also good here - staff is very attentive and quick. . I will definitely be coming back for more.

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VF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was friendly but awkward. Waiter didn't seem very sure of themselves. Food was decent and the portion was really great for the price. Would come back for just drinks and/or dessert.

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PF
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster Role was Outstanding. Service was quick! Server attentive.

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SB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice. Noise level was. Low enough to talk and the food was good quality.

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OS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I loved the outdoor seating but don't like the indoor vibe as much (it's a bit dingy)

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AD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was average but the mega mule was delicious.

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s
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We wanted a low key dinner and this was a great option. We did a sort of shared entree and appetizer and everything was good. The service was very nice and checked in regularly with water, etc.

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