Back Bay Social Club

4.5
779 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 779 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlbaM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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DavidM
New England
10 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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JoeR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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

Food was decent, service was terrible

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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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vipMichael
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Terrible terrible service. Food was ok and fairly priced. Had to flag down wait service, and then remind them that were waiting for drinks. Had to ask for dishes, napkins, and silverware.

MJ
MJKeener
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Very accommodating for a party with 3 teenagers! Strongly recommend!!

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vipChadC
New England
102 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was sssslllllooooowwwww even though it wasn’t a full house. Took forever to get a drink order in, and the drinks didn’t arrive until AFTER the apps made their own languid appearance. Even worse, the dry martini must’ve been sponsored by the vermouth maker since it was way over done. Twice no less. The good news is that the food is middling to decent, but it’d be a standout if you’re a deer and like a salt lick.

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LynnA
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a last minute lunch on a rainy day. Service was great, and food was very good , and presented nicely.

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Bridge4Brunch
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a great ambiance! and the food was great! The service was a little slow for the number of tables that were still open but that’s also gave my friends and I more time to talk.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunited with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. Chose this place without much thought just so we'd have brunch booked... and it was epic! The vibe of the place was super chill and kind of retro, the servers were extremely friendly, and the food was really unlike anything I'd had before (get the brunch potatoes and awesome sauce!) We had some much fun and we're already planning when we're going back. You should plan when you're going here too :)

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jeanettec
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We often walk by the restaurant but have never dined there probably because the patio doesn’t look very inviting. Tables and chairs look like they were just thrown on the sidewalk. We finally decided to give it a try. The menu and food was pretty good. We ate inside. The atmosphere could be described as energetic and a bit loud. I hope they redo the patio so that we can dine outside this year

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vipAlex
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner celebrating two birthdays. Good food and great atmosphere.

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vipAlisonH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Dark, dirty, loud place with slow service. Meh..

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NorimarG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, ok drinks, ok service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved Back Bay Social! The service was efficient and my waitress was really kind and personable. Due to COVID precautions, the restaurant wasn’t fully booked which made me feel safe while eating since they were able to space out everyone. I ordered the espresso martini and the lucky cristo - amazing. Both are a must try! The martini was delicious, it tasted sweet enough to satisfy morning coffee cravings but also had that kick of vodka that wasn’t overpowering. The lucky cristo was delicious, I would order it again in a heartbeat. The French toast was slightly sweet and moist which paired incredibly with the Swiss, turkey, and ham. I dipped it in maple syrup and it was to die for!! Definitely a place to visit if you’re in the city.

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Ladylove
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good , not much of a diverse crowd tho .

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mz5000
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible ... waiter was practically ignoring us and took forever to get us our drinks (if we only have 90 mins .. service should be quick) acted like we weren’t even there. The food was pretty gross and kind of cold when it got to our table. Won’t be returning

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vipEmma
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great overall experience! Strange to be there during lunch and be loudly listening to early 20's trap songs? Don't get me wrong - those are great songs. Just weird pairing for the rest of the classier vibe and time of day. Could have just been a one time thing, not sure. Overall - amazing good and great service!

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YvesJr69
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service, good food and a pretty good value for your money. Nothing fancy, but a good option in the Copley area. The hostess was very nice and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the burgers :)

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GaelH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great experience all around! We are Bostonians and LOVE brunch; often times we venture outside of our city to explore restaurants. This has been challenging for us due to COVID as we want to retain our negative status. We also stayed away from Back Bay restaurants as the area is always crowded and noisy. We were pleasantly surprised by our experience at the Back Bay Social Club. Friendly environment, excellent safety measures, great cuisine and service; menu reasonably priced. I endorse the banana foster!!! BBSC is now in rotation for one of our brunch favorites!

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vipCVB13
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The drinks were so good! The food was also very good, but they seemed a bit short staffed. Definitely would recommend for a casual time!

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TrentB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere! Def going back, great service, awesome time

EC
vipECharles
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice lunch during our Birthday Weekend Celebration. The restaurant was quiet so we go to spend a lot of time talking to Carly who was behind the Bar. She was very attentive, provided great service and great recommendations. Food was Excellent. Will definitely go again!

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DavidM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. They had NYE party stuff in the table for us to wear. Very good time

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The old fashion is the best drink. The veggie burger with regular fries was A+.

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Skylar
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere was great, just a little over priced for the value of the food.

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Mark
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service and great location. They were really clean and had great protocols

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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!

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vipMeeraA
London
25 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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Back Bay Social Club is rated 4.5 stars by 779 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.