Back Bay Social Club

4.4
748 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.
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bridget
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice brunch outside!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for sunday

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GianniM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such an amazing meal and service! Had the mussels and Steak Frites with a Nice Goose Island Sofie on draft and their Fall Margarita, was a great experience overall!

MA
vipMeeraA
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We ordered clam chowder, chicken wings, and Kobe meatloaf. The clam chowder was good. The rest of the food was disappointing. We returned the chicken wings to the kitchen - it was that bad. Service was good.

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Thomas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked back bay social because the food was amazing and the service was great. overall great experience.

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BradyV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had the steak frites and it wasn't good. It tasted...weird. I also had the hummus appetizer and the bread was like burnt toast. The server was good but he was overloaded and was moving around so quickly that you literally had to flag him or jump in front of him to get his attention. Not his fault, he was doing the best he could with a full patio.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

My boyfriend and I did NOT enjoy this restaurant. First off the menu on here isn’t the menu you get. The menu they actually have is literally like 15 things max. They have only 2 types of pizzas to choose from and only one type of wings. We ordered plain wings because the ones they have didn’t sound great and a pizza. The server forgot our pizza and it was already to late to order another because kitchen closed. He did seem apologetic but we left a restaurant STARVING. We had to stop somewhere else to get pizza slices. I would never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was mediocre and the tables outside were too close together

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
111 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Had not been here in a very long time but was looking forward to it because I had had one of the most delicious burgers I had ever tasted. The outdoor seating was very nice and it felt safe. The staff is friendly and helpful. Sorry to say the food was mediocre at best. My nicoise salad was a nice size but was essentially had no taste. One of our party ordered the cod and it turned out to be over cooked and rubbery. The 3 pizzas our party ordered were ok but the crusts on all of them were not really cooked enough-should have been golden brown and crispy. And finally the burger I had bragged about — ok but not what I had remembered. We will probably not return anytime soon nor can I recommend you to friends, etc. I hope you will take this review in the spirit that is meant—as a learning tool to help improve your food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Snooby workers. Wouldn’t recommend

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HaydnWhite
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent waiter and bartender, and the food was fantastic! Definitely come for the weekend brunch, and you've gotta get an Espresso Martini.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mojo wings

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IonP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food and perfect service. A real classic in Boston

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Rasa
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious and good service.😉 Try the salmon with broccoli.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the service and the food.

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OliviaInBos
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience outdoors and indoors. Great menu with lots of options - steak tips are absolutely delicious! Service was fantastic overall; our server was balancing multiple tables and was still very attentive and friendly, one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in Boston. Can’t wait to go back!

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VictoriaB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was good, and they were very attentive. The outdoor seating was expanded, which was helpful for distancing

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vipVivien
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and staff was very friendly. Outdoor seating was very cute but a little loud as it is right next to the main road on Boylston. Highly recommend getting the steak tips

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vipBrianS
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time! The staff, especially Tyler the bartender were excellent. The food and drinks were great! Will definitely be back.

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StefanieR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have always loved this place and the new outdoor seating was great. Separation from the street but still got the ambiance, and the food and drinks were delicious! BB social never disappoints :)

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MarkN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess and waitress were both so nice, food was fast and delicious! Bill added up real fast though, especially the drinks.

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vipHOGgoodWork
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1 of the most pleasurable dining experiences we’ve ever had. Of course the food was very good, but it was the exceptional service that made it so memorable. From the moment we arrived Kaitlin made us feel relaxed and comfortable. She spoiled us w/ exceptional service, tending to our every need. Her spirit is infectious. Cannot wait to be waited on by her again....

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Brookbrook2
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really just love this place! Even in quarantine their food was absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. The brunch is out of this world, packed full of flavor and deliciousness.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service during a challenging morning for the restaurant. We will be back for sure!

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vipKarSweety
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very Loud. Hard to converse without yelling. Food was below average. With so many other dining choices in Boston, I won’t be back.

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RIDIner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great drinks. I'd definitely go back.

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John
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! We mentioned we were celebrating a birthday and the hostess brought us over a mimosa. So sweet!!

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vipDavidJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service was unbearable. We watched our waiter roll silverware for 15 minutes while we were waiting for our check. We asked for multiple waters and drinks and never received them.

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CottageP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very chill atmosphere, picked as the night went on, it was a friday. Hostess and waitstaff were very lovely. Drinks were great, food for the most part was really good. A bit of a consistency issue with the fish and chips, one piece cooked perfectly, the other piece super gummy and heavy on the breading. Would opt for burger or pizza next time. Also, one of the folks in our party requested the remainder of their meal wrapped and the busser promptly dumped it into a dirty plate, half of a steak dinner, they were disappointed about that. Other than those items, I'd recommend.

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JaniceB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Everyone loved their meals. Best Brussels sprouts ever!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, menu options, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The house front hostess was the most energetic and fun person ever! She made everyone in our party feel so welcomed and made us laugh.

Drinks were great, food was great

Music was a bit loud but a great time

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vipFamilyvisit2
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Based on websites, I thought this place was more a restaurant than a pub. Disappointed my wife for valentines lunch

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RussellF
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

enjoyed this restaurant very much. My only problem, was the amount of cole slaw that accompanied the fish and chips. Cole slaw should not even be included, if it is consumed entirely w/ 1-2 bites. But the fish was excellent.

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BonnieT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This is fair bar food. Good service and rather noisy, even in the corner. We had the burger, good but overpriced, fries, tasty, fired chicken sandwich I would not recommend and fish and chips satisfactory.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was the sweetest woman ever. Loved our time spent there.

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PatriciaD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was decent and friendly. Food was just ok. Not bad, but not anything special. The buffalo cauliflower app was really good. The steak dishes were ok. It was too loud to hear each other talk. This was initially just because the music was turned up too loud, not because of other guests.

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CynthiaJ
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was quite mediocre and very heavy. There were so few healthy options, I ended up just ordering a burger and sweet potato fries. Though good, they were nothing to write home about - and the kids' pizza could have taken a lesson from some quick service places in my neighborhood. It's 2020! Time to refresh the menu with some tasty, nutrient rich options, reasonable portion sizes, and cleaner ingredient profile. All in all, we appreciated the excellent location but won't be going back.

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WendyK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger was excellent and staff and management were great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Had a reservation for a large group on a Saturday night. Before the weekend I stopped by the restaurant and talked to the host to make sure everything was all set. When we got to the restaurant the table was not ready and the host gave us the reason that the parties before us are taking longer than expected to leave and they can’t just kick them out of their table. Okay, not that big of a deal but we didn’t realize how long we would be waiting. After 45 minutes of waiting, the staff eventually scrapped together some high top tables in the bar area for our party. Got seated and again waited and waited and waited for someone to come take our drink order. For our “inconvenience” they served us a party size Moscow mule, which we didn’t order. Would rather have just got served the drinks we wanted. When the food came out they forgot an entire meal so one person ate 20 minutes after the rest of us. Overall it was a terrible experience. Not that we were looking for free food but they didn’t even comp anything. Definitely not going back.

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Back Bay Social Club is rated 4.4 stars by 748 OpenTable diners.

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