Back Bay Social Club

4.5
857 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 857 people are saying
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MikeP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great little restaurant and bar on Boylston Street. Only complaint is we waited a while before being served but it didn’t really dampen our experience.

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TimV
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had made reservations on New Years and were seated right away. The food came quickly and was very tasty. The short ribs were delicious and the steak frites were also tasty but a bit overcooked for a medium rare request. The portions were very large. Despite it being a sports bar, we were seated at a booth had no issues with the noise.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place is closed! Yet my online reservation was taken, and a reminder sent the day before! Imagine my surprise when we showed up! Crazy!

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

Had a great experience here would definitely recommend people go here whether casual or for special occasion. Everything was great from the service to the food and everything in between. Would highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pretzel bites, fries, and pasta a la vodka are 10/10!

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vipFiona
New England
120 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Its always fun to go to Brunch and there are lots of choices. They are all about the same in terms of pricing and offerings. The Social Club is no exception. The hostess was welcoming and very pleasant and our waiter - tho harried - was efficient and very good at his job. We all found our meals nicely prepared and tasty. My only problem was that my English muffin for my Benedict was not toasted - not pleasant tasting. But - I would go back and just make sure I requested a toasted one.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was attentive! And was able to even make the dinner a little more special with a birthday cake and song 🎂🎂🎂

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed and welcoming environment. The food was fresh and well seasoned with prompt, friendly service . Will definitely go back ;)

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Joanie
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Table for two was tiny and very close to two other tables for two. Wine tasted as if it had been opened too long. Salmon entree was great. We made reservations there because it was recommended on the website for the Boston Pops. It’s a very casual restaurant with a young vibe. With reservations at 5, we were able to finish in plenty of time.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great chicken and waffles, we got tots, and fantastic Monte Cristo

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vipSeaworthy
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Seated in the downstairs, it looked and smelled like an old bar The room temp was quite chilly. Server disappeared after bring food which was well plated but did not taste fresh. Soda was flat. Would not recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! The dinner was fresh and fantastic! The service was great as well. Will definitely be back when we come back to town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a romantic date night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Non-pretentious, welcoming and value for money are the top three reasons I keep coming back….oh, and the burger!

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Neighborhoodjoe
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was prompt, friendly, and attentive without being overbearing. The food was nicely presented and very good. The music, however, was a tad too loud.

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DrCria
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the fish and chips. The food is very affordable. The service was great, friendly staff. The place was bustling with young diners enjoying the lively and loud pop music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Buffalo Cauliflower was delicious! veggie Burger also very good. Our server was great, just super busy-but it was. Friday night so expected!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food quality was poor. Menu sounded good but it’s just a miss. They cut corners everywhere. Would NOT recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in Boston, service, food and ambiance were amazing. Definitely try the espresso martini

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PatrickM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining here. We were a little late and they were happy to accommodate us. Got the meatloaf sandwich and a boulevardier. Love it here.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time.

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vipMarlene
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Brunch menu with lots of variety, one of the better ones in the area. We all enjoyed our selections: Breakfast Scramble Flatbread was excellent and egg dishes were good; potatoes with the eggs were overcooked, though. Overall we were very pleased and would definitely return. We were at a table in the back, which was great for our group except that it was pretty dark, especially for a daytime meal.

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MickeyP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch and were mildly disappointed. Mimosa's were tasty but served in small water glasses. Coke was served with no flavor and flat (our server took away the drink and never returned a new one or anything else). Chicken and waffles, wing appie, breakfast sando were terrific. Bananas Foster French toast was slightly burned but the sauce was delicious.

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SteveZ
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived 30 minutes before reservation. Promptly seated. Very broad menu choices. Food excellent. If there weren’t so many choices in the area, would definitely eat there again.

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vipVzls
Fort Lauderdale
106 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great ambiance and great service.

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vipSs73
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice to sit outside. Food was average. Entree was cold at

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not awesome but not bad either. Tavern food stepped up a notch would be my opinion. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The menu posted on OpenTable does not match the menu at the restaurant. Everything we were looking forward to eating wasn’t even on the menu. OpenTable needs to update their website with accurate info.

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vipKimberleyT
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, close to Fenway. A bit loud inside.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Awesome brunch menu!! Food was delicious and we had a great time. Wish they had bottomless mimosas. Kind of pricey for one bottle of champagne.

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JovannyL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The service and food were great, no complaints there!

The outdoor seating area, the tables are super small to hold plates especially when you have a party of 4. My group had to put masks, cell phones and keys on the ground. When we were done our drinks we couldn't even place our glass on the tables because they were too small and the plates were taking up the spots on the table.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waiter was wonderful, food was good

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vipnhlakegirl
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Music loud, room dark, food was just ok.

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Mike
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was a busy evening with the employees stretched to cover their tables. We waited for 50 minutes for our food, and it arrived less than hot. Our waitress did not reappear after taking our orders until she presented the check.

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vipDavidM
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good here. Service was fast. Always a good time

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere was great. The food was good but the portions were really too big. other than that, the staff was great and I'd recommend Back Bay Social Club to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I’ve been to Back Bay Social many times, but not in a couple years. The restaurant was playing extremely loud music, louder than I recall in the past, and since it was more than half empty the music was somewhat echoing. While I understand it’s also a bar, it was early in the night (7:30pm) and no one was really at the bar, everyone was sitting down for Dinner. We asked to moved to the outdoor patio because of the noise but we weren’t moved because there wasn’t a table initially, then seemed like the hostess and server forgot that we asked to move. Then we asked if the music volume could be lowered and our server said she would speak to the manager, but nothing happened. I will note I had my 73-year old mother with me who was not ok with the noise level, I’m in my 30s and I could tolerate it but it was difficult to hear anyone at my table speak. I will not go here for dinner ever again, while the food was decent, the restaurant is way too loud for anything but drinks at the bar and only suited for a younger crowd.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It was cute nothing was super impressive or noteworthy

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vipCTGuy
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is great with fair to generous portions. Will return.

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Back Bay Social Club is rated 4.5 stars by 857 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.