Back Bay Social Club

4.3
810 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 810 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service in a great location

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This is a bar , and should be seen as such—bouncer at the door, drinks, loud music, youngish professional crowd. Food is an afterthought. Restroom cleanliness iffy. Tables on street, but doesn’t look as of the patio/curb area has been swept in some time. Go for a bar experience, not for dining.

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DMC1979
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for breakfast! The tots dishes are delicious! Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a good time!

MM
MarleneM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone in my party ordered burgers and they did not disappoint. Juicy and flavorful. Perfect amount of fries too!

SJ
StaceyJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the evening at an outdoor table. Food was very good we had the chicken and waffles delicious! Also had the prosciutto white pizza, yum. Would definitely come back 😃

AO
AnalissaO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was so, so. Like the saying goes: Nothing to write home about.

JV
JenV
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The vibe of the restaurant was great, but the wait time and the food were subpar. Arrived for brunch at 11am and did not have food until 12pm, while many other people around us who arrived later than us had their food much quicker. For the price, I expected much better quality, but the food was similar to what I would expect at a run-of-the-mill diner. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Meatloaf sandwich was outstanding!

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EmilyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was incredible and so attentive!!! And food was even better. And you can’t beat the prices!!

CE
CEZARP
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

I arrived by the time I did the reservation....I've been waiting for more than 35 minutes until someone could take care of our order...after we ordered the drinks he said we got only 5 minutes to order the food bc the kitchen was closing....

Terrible service!!!!
Never gonna come back

MC
MeredithC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Sat outside and had great views while eating.

RY
vipRogerY
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It is very loud. Really a bar that serves food. Food was good, but not a place to eat and have a conversation.

KD
KimD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious, unexpected brunch! Monte Cristo sandwich was fabulous and the brunch potatoes are to die for!

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EmilyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This seems like a great place for big groups, but it wasn't the brunch experience I was hoping for. It was fine, but nothing was very impressive. Seemed like the best sellers were "bucket of mimosas" and "tots" so should have known what I was getting into

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very loud atmosphere. Music was way too loud. The restaurant is also understaffed. Had to wait 15 minutes for a waiter to come by to take our order. Drinks and food were good, but not great. Good value for the price though.

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MaddieG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was so delicious!!! Service was also extremely fast for a Saturday night. We were in and out quickly. We loved every item we ordered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Playlist could use some work, would recommend more Bon Jovi

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CarolineH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to grab a drink with friends! We celebrated the end of the state of emergency here and they had room for our party of 12 with same-day notice. Great drinks and good service, and the pizza was nice as well.

MS
vipMaryS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We live in the area and decided to give the social club a try. The food is as horrible. Do not waste you time or money. The service was extremely slow and our server never came back. We had to flag her down to order, get ketchup, and for the check. Worst service and food I have had in a very long time

LJ
LaurenJ
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Outdoor dining was comfortable and speedy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good vibes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was really good but very small portions

MG
MikeG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate on the outdoor patio and the restaurant had good food for the price, great drinks, and a friendly server.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Too loud and food only mediocre. Service poor - bartender made the drink he waited, not what I ordered

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went for my 21st birthday with my family, the waitress was very nice and she made sure everything was good. We made a reservation for Sunday morning and glad we did since there was a line outside before they even opened! The food was perfect for a nice Sunday morning brunch. The ambiance inside was very mellow as it was a little dark but the other parties kept the place nice and energetic.

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StephW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We had a post pandemic meal with old friends at Back Bay Social. We tried sitting on the patio but it was windy so we sat inside. Very cozy and comfortable in a booth. We had drinks and a full dinner. The food was good ; the truffle fries were delicious, the fish and chips and veggie burger were good, and we loved the crepe brûlée. Our waitress was helpful and upbeat but never before have we been to a restaurant that does not serve coffee. Kind of surprising. I almost asked if someone on the staff could walk down the block to Dunkin so we could have some coffee with dessert.
Overall, it was a nice meal.

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vipFranklinFamily
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food good drinks good atmosphere

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EllenA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our food took a very long time, they also forgot one of or orders so we had to wait extra long for it. The omelets we had ordered were not warm so it had been clear that the food was sitting out for a while before it was delivered to our table. Additionally, they forgot to add avocado on one of our breakfast sandwiches. However, the waitress was very accommodating and took off the price of the missing avocado and the forgotten order. The food was delicious though!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Came for drinks. Had some small snacks as required by the state right now in order to have drinks. Recommend this place!

SR
ShelbyR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We chose this restaurant for our 25th anniversary brunch. I indicated that it was for an anniversary when booking the table. When we arrived, they told us our table was ready, directly behind us. It was just inside the door, across from the host podium and pushed up against the bar. Most of the restaurant was empty. We asked for a different table and both the hostess and manager looked confused. The hostess didn’t say anything just walked away from us. She turned around to see if we were following her so we did. The waitstaff was mediocre and the food was very good. There was no mention of our anniversary and absolutely no special treatment. It felt as though the entire staff was hung over on a Sunday morning and just didn’t want to be there.

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KristalynL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and music playlist were fantastic. Brunch and drink menus were limited.

AM
AlbaM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I’m extremely disappointed. I made a reservation for outdoor seating for brunch for two people- and specifically said celebrating a graduation. We got there few minutes before our 1pm reservation- there were 4 tables outside that had no guests. A man told me that they couldn’t accommodate us outside but would try to call a couple of groups to see if they’d be coming for their reservation. So, they honored their outdoor requests and not mine? Because it was only 2 of us versus 2 larger groups? We ended up leaving our table inside to go across the street to a different restaurant- where I dropped $200, $200 of which you lost out on. In the scheme of things, $200 may or may not be a lot for you- but we have been coming to back bay social for a long time as a fav spot of ours, and now this man has actually ruined our experience and we won’t be coming back. On top of it all he was rude, and barely tried to accommodate anything. Any other day I would have been annoyed, but today- we had a sister’s day planned to celebrating a doctoral graduation, and all we wanted to do was go to a fab spot for brunch. We won’t be returning. Your team needs better customer service skills- for the restaurant’s sake let’s hope the man who attended to us isn’t your manager. Zero people skills. I guess now we found another great brunch spot with excellent service, so I thank you for that atleast.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Downstairs was low lighting but a little too dark. Service was very slow, only 1 person waiting tables for entire downstairs, felt bad for her. Overall good but could have been better.

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vipDavidM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always have a good time here. Food was delicious. Glad to see it was busy.

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vipLizS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My husband and I were pretty excited to check this place out. It was not busy when we arrived at about 7pm ish. Overall it was an ok experience. The food was pretty good, but I think if BBSC added a little table decor /centerpiece (something to jazz up the pub feel) and do a better job having the table set up before we are sat, it would improve the overall ambience. The age of most of the customers were in the 20 plus range so to appeal to customers who live in the Back Bay location in the 50 plus range, its important to have napkins/fork/knives etc delivered to the table, water offered, before we get our food delivered. It would not take much to make these changes, and get this place to be packed just like American Joes down the road. I would recommend to a friend only if some changes were made.

JR
JoeR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great, as usual! Looking forward to the next time.

KD
KellyD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was decent, service was terrible

JT
JennaT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The loaded Tator tots were my favorite things ever. So easy to want to go again

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robinh
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food drinks in a casual low lit setting, I would return

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Back Bay Social Club is rated 4.3 stars by 810 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.