Back Bay Social Club

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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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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3.9
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4.0
ambience
3.8
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

They were very accommodating when I called and changed the number on the reservation. It took us over 20 minutes to be seated (with reservation). Host was very polite and friendly. It took a long time to put in an initial drink order and subsequent order. It is a great place and would give it another go; any place can have an off night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration.

JH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Short on staff on New Year’s Day Everything took a long time. Even with a reservation we were 30 minutes late to get a table. Only one bartender so never was able to order a drink while we waited and then it took 30 minutes to get drinks at our table

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Went for New Year’s Day brunch
Waited twenty min for waiter to come over
Say with empty drinks during the meal
Otherwise it was good -really noisy, but cool decor and good food

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had a rezzie for 16. They seated us at a space meant for 12, which we squeezed into. Half the group was served drinks in a reasonable amount of time, the other half of the group still hadn’t been asked for their drink order after an hour at the table. It was busy but not that busy. We finally left after apps (pizzas and flatbreads) almost 2 hours into it. Flatbreads were good, the pizzas were meh. The waitress could care less, the manager tried his best, but in the end this was a fail.

T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and good food.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Like too many restaurants, too damn loud. Shouting across our table just to have a conversation. Food just okay, service uneven.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food that was reasonably priced. Casual and fun atmosphere.

d
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We really enjoyed the initial attention upon arrival and getting seated. Our waiter was good at first by getting our drinks and food orders. But after that, we had to flag him down several times to get a missing drink and coffee refills. He was working behind the bar and getting drinks for other tables so I would say this is more of the restaurant not staffing properly since there were several tables occupied for brunch and he was making a lot of drinks.

M
New England
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Back Bay Social Club has a lot of great qualities. The location is awesome, Boylston St. across from the Pru. They have a great patio, though it was a rainy December night when we went so we didn't get to eat there. Our server was amazing. He took excellent care of us the entire time. The scene was pretty bumping on a Friday evening. If you're looking for a fun, energetic night out, this is a good place. I wouldn't recommend it for a cozy date night. Our food was good, not amazing, but solid. I enjoyed the burger I ordered, but I found the $23 price tag to be a bit excessive. They don't have a kids menu listed, but did have kids options that the server told us. Solid restaurant!

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Worst dining experience I have ever had! Service was terrible, we were seated in a 3 season patio in the winter, we had to wait 20+ minutes to be seated despite making a reservation, when we were eventually moved we had to wait endlessly for a server... and that was just the service! The food was awful, pizza that could have been microwaved with no discernible flavor. Reminded me of airplane food. The drinks were CLEARLY watered down. I am no connoisseur but even I could tell that the cocktails tasted like tap water. If you want to skimp on the booze (and so many places in this city do, to save a buck), at least add extra soda so I can't tell the difference! It was a Friday night but early enough that it was almost empty, there is no excuse for not doing better.

FM
New England
34 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a pleasant surprise! We walked in just after the Santa Pub Crawl people arrived and it was noisy, yet happy & spirited. After they left the noise level went down & it was great! The food was really good! Brussel sprouts appetizer was the best I've ever had- flavorful & great textures. Their sweet potato fries were also amazing crispy on the outside with perfect sprinkling of salt (now that sweet potato fries are everywhere I had begun to believe no one knows how to make good ones, but Back Bay Social does!). One member of our party had fish & chips and to our amazement it was made with very fresh fish.

E
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went to celebrate my birthday with a large group and had so much fun! Our server was amazing at making sure we had everything even though it was a busy Friday night. Will definitely be going again.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Turns out to be a great place for Thanksgiving. I was alone for the holidays, but had an amazing meal at Back Bay Social Club.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The prime rib Saturday special was absolutely to die for. Might be the best prime rib I’ve ever had. Great atmosphere and location!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. Our table was ready on time. The waiter was very friendly and helpful with suggestions to items on the menu. We were there for close to 2 hrs on a busy Saturday night and never felt rushed or as if they wanted us to wrap it up. Over all is was great night out with the girls.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The bone in ribeye was amazing and the social burger is soo far one of the best burger I ever tried.Everyone loved they half roasted chicken and the scallops
.Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

FW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We went for brunch on Sunday and it was terrible! Extremely understaffed and no one knew who was responsible for our table we had two different servers who were not communicating at all. We ordered drinks which did not hit the table for 30 minutes and we asked multiple times and each time they said they were coming. Both servers cane to the table at different times saying that the ice tea had to be remade because they had to throw it out which I do not believe and definitely not customer service. I also ordered a small stack pancakes and the bottom pancake was so hard I could have used it as a frisbee. Even though we complained a manager never came to our table which is quite unacceptable. No one seemed to want to take responsibility for the situation and kept blaming the ice tea which is quite laughable. Definitely not the usual service standards... and the food was questionable

JS
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic great place to meet friends. Drinks are a little pricey but not much more than other venues on Boylston.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We didn't receive our appetizer until 45 minutes in, no main courses until an hour 15 in, and no refills on beverages were offered.

T
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was not good. Short saffed, food came to the table cold. Very disappointing.

MF
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hidden gem! Really enjoyed the menu and vibe of the place!

L
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location, great restaurant and food. The staff is so nice there but I won't forget the waiter Antonio(Tony) he made sure I was comfortable and satisfied with the chicken and waffle meal I ordered. Great place to just chill and eat out with friends, and it's right across from prudential center and basically a few minutes in front of Newbury street for people who are shopping around or travelers touring Boston. I definitely recommend the restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good drinks, quick service

SE
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Overall, I recommend against it. Three of us got pizzas and none of us liked them. Waiter was nice but clueless, although the manager was very professional, responsive, and nice. Way too many other good options in Boston to waste your time or taste buds on this place.

TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

It was too hot, too noisy and the service was terrible. Not enough servers for the number of reservations.

a
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. Awesome server and atmosphere. Chicken and waffles were great and can’t beat the dollar oysters.

R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Food was decent, but what was really off-putting was the horrible service. It wasn’t even busy during brunch, but the staff was not attentive at all. We had to ask for water to be refilled! Not a great experience

n
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The service leaves a lot to be desired. Several of the things we discussed with out server were not executed at all. I ordered a blue moon with an orange and specifically asked for the orange when he didnt mention it and it still came without one and I had to ask again. I ordered cheeseburger eggrolls which were fantastic. My scallops were also cooked perfectly. However the risotto that accompanied them was bland and tasteless. It pretty much ruined the dish. My wife ordered clam chowder which was mediocre at best. It was a nice place for young people to gather and drink if they weren't expecting too much from the dishes. It was clean and nice. I wouldn't mind getting a drink and aps there but wouldnt go out of my way to visit again.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went with my 20 something son and friends and they loved it. For me there was no air conditioning and and the food was super heavy. I wouldn't go back but my son really liked it.

PP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Inside was too loud. Ate outside which was very nice.

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Way too loud to eat dinner in there at 7pm at night. We couldn't have a conversation at all. It was more like being in a bar with the music so loud. The calamari is good but you get more peppers than actually calamari so I'd skip that. Short rib sliders are very good. Service is hit or miss....we've been several times. Not rude or anything but another restaurant that thinks it's appropriate to clear empty tables while no one is waiting for them instead of waiting on their current guests. It's ok. I wouldn't ban them but I wouldn't race back either.

A
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic American tavern but lots of good food and drink options. One of my favorite places. Great for groups of friends, birthdays, etc.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The service was very slow, and no one explained why.

KM
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time dining there for quick dinner. Great service. Excellent cocktail. The short rib dinner was tasty, a bit under cooked but very flavorful. The roasted root vegetables were flavorful slightly mushy finely julienned cut. Overall reasonably priced. Would return.

K
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious burger and fun atmosphere to watch the game!

CF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Pros:
The dollar oysters (weekdays 5-7, weekends 11-3:30) were a good deal until they imposed a limit of one dozen. Also, they have Down East cider on tap.

Cons:
Service is truly horrible. Waiters are slow and always walk quickly past your table without making eye contact. Other than the oysters,the food is horrible. Everything is overly flavored and unnecessarily heavy with too much oil, cream and butter.

Also, we had been going twice a month for a year for the dollar oysters but suddenly yesterday we were told there is a one dozen limit.

g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lovely patio on a beautiful night. However, the food was fair and service somewhat loose.

SN
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was nice eating outside on a pretty, sunny day in Boston. Bread basket was the best pasrt of our brunch. Tried to love the flight of Bloody Mary's but the tiny mason jars they came in made it so hard to drink them.