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About Back Bay Social Club

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.

867 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Bar Open Daily Until 2am

Cross Street:
Fairfield and Exeter

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 247-3200

Website:
http://www.backbaysocialclub.com/

Public Transit:
Back Bay Social Club is located right across the Prudential Shopping Center as well as the Hynes Convention Center. The closest T stop is the Prudential Center Stop on the Green Line.

Executive Chef:
Richard Bennett

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact info@backbaysocialclub.com for events and gatherings large and small. We will organize your event quickly and without any hassle!

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Happy Holidays from our Back Bay Social Team! We are celebrating with a festive Brunch on Christmas Eve. We are wishing you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!

Back Bay Social Club Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.8

ambience

3.8

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Food was greasy, over cooked and overpriced (apart from one of the 4 meals)

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2016

I went here for brunch on a Saturday and we were able to sit outside. The menu was fairly priced and the food was delicious!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Met expectations

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 24, 2016

This is a great place after a hot summer Red Sox game. A good size restaurant within walking distance of Fenway Park. Beers were served quickly and well chilled. There were many of us and the servers kept up with us with drinks. Food is not outstanding but fine for our growing youngsters. May go back for happy hour when they have good price raw oysters.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2016

Food is a bit on the pricey side ($23 for a burger and fries?!), but pretty good. $1 Oyster Happy Hour was great!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2016

This was the first time that we dined here. We were very pleased. Our server, Nick, was quite attentive. The food was very tasty. We had a great view of Bolyston Street as we dined--we sat at a table right near the open doors of the restaurant. The food was very tasty. The Alaskan brownie for dessert was great. It is worth a trip. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2016

I had to organize a dinner for a large and uncertain number of colleagues visiting from out of town who were meeting nearby at the Hynes Convention Center. I selected Back Bay Social Club because of its location, ability to handle a large group, moderate prices and a large variety of choices. The diners ranged from a Vegan to decided carnivores and there was something for everyone. I'd reserved for 15, but the eventual size was a party of 21. The staff were wonderful in handling the overflow during a busy night, adding table, giving out separate checks and handling food and drink orders with good cheer and virtually no confusion. I was very impressed. It was a somewhat noisy, but I think my group may have been generating most of the noise. (We weren't rowdy, but there were a lot of us.)

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2016

Took my husband for a casual birthday dinner. A friend recommended. Food was delicious, portions were large, and service was friendly and informative. We'll be sure to visit again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2016

After a busy day of moving, all we wanted was a good meal and we heard that Back Bay Social Club was a good place to go. We were very disappointed with the extremely slow service and the food (burgers and fish & chips) was mediocre at best. What hurt even more was the burger cost $23! That's more expensive than most hotel restaurant burgers and not even close to the food at Shake Shack which is at half the price.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2016

Great for a group brunch, date, cocktail at the bar and people watching on the outdoor space. Back Bay Social Club has something on the menu for everyone. The staff is fantastic, I always want to invite them to sit and join our dinner!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2016

I like the relaxed 60s theme feel of this restaurant. The menu selection was limited, but adequate. My fried chicken and waffle was good and the pizza was decent. However, the french fries were lifeless and soggy. The service was friendly and attentive. It was a enjoyable dinner and I would like to return to try other dishes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2016

We made a 1pm reservation and did not get seated until almost 1:30, even though many tables looked to be open. It was our waitresses third day, and she did well but she wasn't informed we sat down so it took a while to get water and place our drink orders.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2016

The wait staff was excellent and attentive. The pizza is big enough to share with another person.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2016

Was too noisy for our group. Server was excellent and prime rib was cooked just right. Hostess tried to find a quiet spot for us and was very helpful in moving us.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Great food but service was so slow for Sunday brunch. waiter was excellent and apologetic. It was Mothers Day so they were packed.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2016

food was overly salty, waitress even said that they had been trying to get the chef to be less heavy handed with the salt. was too loud to hear what anyone at the table was saying.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 25, 2016

Server was great. Had the chicken. Brussels sprouts were delish and chicken was cooked perfectly.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2016

I've been to the BBSC for various occasions- bachelorette brunch, going away party, general night out, and to meet up for brunch with a friend to catch up. I have yet to have a bad experience there and would recommend it to anyone asking for suggested locations to have drinks or a meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2016

While the restaurant was good (especially the food and the service), it was a zoo. I guess that's what we get for going there on Marathon Monday! Because they had been busy all day with marathon spectators, they were out of many menu items and beer selections by the time dinner came around. In addition, the bar was so crowded that we had to ask to move to the back of the restaurant in order to hear each other speak. Assuming a regular night does not have as busy of a bar, I think the experience would have been much better - just make sure you pick your timing wisely!
P.S. The lobster rolls are amazing!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2016

It was very easy to book a large group and I was called the day of to confirm my appointment. Our table was ready on time and the food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2016

would not recommend. Small Portions, got the order wrong, very loud. Better dining establishments close by.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Beer and wine are fine - vodka drinks were GROSS!! My friends order the burgers and the meat was so spungie and weird. Pizzas were okay. 2 1/2 out of 5

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 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2016

This was our first time at this restaurant, and it was disappointing. The music was too loud, and we were crowded into a table that was too small (we were a party of four). The food was so-so, and overpriced for what you got. The service was good, however and the server was friendly and efficient. Too bad the food he served was not worth eating.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Great service, good food, good prices but way too loud to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2016

The food was phenomenal. The staff was great. It was a busy Saturday night and the manager on duty was providing exceptional care for his customers. He was getting drinks at the bar, bussing tables, and waiting on customers. My wife told him that it was good to see he took such pride. Very good experience! Thank you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 20, 2016

We live in the neighborhood and find ourselves taking many of our guest here. Great drinks, great food, and a relaxing ambiance. Service can be slow on weekends, some items are priced above even the normal back bay standards, but overall the food keeps us coming back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 19, 2016

We order the meat candy and it was delicious but the social burger was just ok and a bit pricey. The baked Alaska was pretty and good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2016

Food was delicious but my meal was cold. Last one served.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2016

I wouldn't recommend the food. I had the short ribs and the sweet potatoes mash and it was lukewarm and the taste was non-existent.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2015

It was beautifully decorated and very festive for the holiday. The food was excellent! My friend was so excited to find Schnietzel that she ordered an extra to bring home for her husband. My steak and mashed potatoes (a substitute they were very willing to make) were really delicious. We shared maple bacon brussel sprouts. They were outrageous! Incredible carrot cake for dessert .....great atmosphere and service. It was not my first time and will not be my last.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2015

Menu has changed for the better -- more options, better food, slightly cheaper. Service was great from a girl who was leaving for December; we were the last table she waited on. She had clearly not "mailed it in" and was in fact very hospitable!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2015

We love this place for the burger. The best burger I have ever had , a bit pricey at $20+ but well worth the splurge.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2015

Great atmosphere, attentive service and great food. Had the chicken and waffles and it was phenomenal! The coating on the chicken had a nice heat which was offset by the sweet syrup and waffles. Also the chicken schnitzel was fantastic, tender crispy chicken and a nice lemony sauce. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2015

This used to be a favorite of mine for creative cocktails and comfort food. In fact, they used to make my favorite burger in Boston, even at 23 bucks a pop. I had a poor experience a year ago and stayed away until now. Alas this is now the new norm. The drink menu has collapsed to the most mundane and the burger is horrible. What was the best burger patty in town is now grey and rubbery. I will never be back. With regrets.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2015

The food was mediocre at best and the service was terrible. The music is extremely loud, but we knew before going that it's more of a bar than a restaurant. Good drinks and a fun place to go, as long as you're not sitting down for food. We had to ask our waitress 4 times to bring the check, and only saw her maybe three times throughout the whole meal. Note - she only had one other table besides us. I probably won't go back to eat there, honestly. The waitress was nice but just couldn't get organized.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2015

The chicken and waffles are worth it! But it's a little annoying when they charge you $1 for syrup when you order waffles...

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2015

Whenever I can make it to brunch or when a friend is in town, I always go to BBSC. They have awesome food and the mimosa's are always on point. The staff are very friendly and very attentive without being overbearing.

The only thing I dislike is that you have to buy the syrup separate when you get "the Treatment." I asked management about it and was told that because the special sauce for the chicken has maple in it, this is why it is like that, but come on! Who can have waffles without true maple syrup!

Overall, this is one of the best spots in Boston and is conveniently located near the T or street parking. You can grab a bite and walk across the street to the Pru for shopping too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 14, 2015

The food was delicious. I had the short rib with Brussels sprouts and my husband had the burger. Both were cooked to perfection. The molten chocolate dessert was not as good...needed to be warmer. The tables are packed in very tightly so it doesn't offer much privacy. And our server, while efficient, never smiled. She wasn't rude; she just wasn't friendly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Great location and atmosphere. I had read several reviews in advance, all of them raving about the great service. They were right. Special drinks and unusual menu items (I had the Meat Candy). I'll definitely go again. I do wish they had valet service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2015

Brisket was delicious!

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