Barlow's Restaurant

4.0
189 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Comfort Food
Tastefully inspired, Barlow’s Restaurant was created out of a desire to bring a new and exciting neighborhood dining concept to South Boston. Straight-forward dining and service experience, our guests’ comfort is our absolute priority. Our menu features a unique mix of American dishes, both classic and contemporary, and an intriguing wine, craft beer and cocktail list. We are devoted to reinventing familiar comfort foods and a cozy sophistication. Barlow’s offers our guests an unforgettable experience in an energetic atmosphere perfect for special occasions, business affairs, a night on the town or your simple neighborhood haunt.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm

LUNCH:Monday - Friday: 11am - 3pm

DINNER: Sunday - Wednesday: 3pm-10 pm
Thursday- Saturday: 3pm-11pm
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Phone number
(617) 338-2072
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Barlow's is a great host for your birthdays, holiday events, baby showers, bridal showers and more! Call today
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
241 A Street
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Parking details
Barlow's Validates the Binford Street Parking Lot after 4:00pm Monday-Friday and all day Saturday and Sundays
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Public transit
Broadway Station on the Red Line
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South Station
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Entertainment
Live Music
Thursday-Acoustic Music
Friday-Acoustic Music
Saturday-The Alan James Band
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Reviews from verified diners
189 reviews
4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
38%
Very Good
38%
Good
13%
Fair
6%
Poor
6%
3.8
food
3.4
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
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57% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very accommodating of our requests. The food was delicious, and the setting was perfect for a summer day.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The food supposedly not spicy was extremely spicy. Very poor service. 10min waiting for silverware. Nothing good!!

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DP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

It was the first time dining at this restaurant. Our office recently moved to channel center. The outside patio is terrific. Wish I could say the same about the food and service

I ordered the shrimp tacos. Was stunned when the lunch finally arrived. There were two small tacos, filled with endless lettuce and huge chunks of avacado. The cook graciously put two small shrimp in each taco. And they were undercooked. They were quite generous with the fries, which were delicious. It’s insane for Barlow’s to charge $15 for four small shrimp. We will not return.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was ok.

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M
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was quite poor. Our waitress and not attentive. When we asked about our food which we had been waiting for almost an hour for, she just told us her tables were backed up. No apology or said she would go check on our order. Could have been she was just having a bad day. But the food was not worth the wait for worth the poor service. I ordered the eggs benedict with steak added. The steak had some type of sauce on it that was not compatible with the brunch theme. It was $7 to add it and I ended up just taking it off. The English muffin was also hard and burnt and eggs over cooked. I was excited to try this place but unfortunately, was very disappointed.

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N
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Mother's Day noon. Restaurant 80% full. Woefully understaffed: 3 total waitresses overwhelmed with tables, hostess was running around crazy doing 3 jobs, 0 busboys. Took 15 minutes to take our drink orders, another 15 till our drinks arrived (they didn't have clean glasses ready). Food took 30 mins. and had 3 mistakes. Never saw anyone who looked like manager the entire time we were there. How can you run a place with hardly any staff on Mother's Day?

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food took way too long to get to table. About an hour for 5 meals. Otherwise everything was great otherwise.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Went to mother’s day brunch. reservation was needed. people who came as walk-on had a long wait. there was only a few waitress working, after taking our order, the next time seeing her was giving us the bill. she was clearly over worked. Food was very good.

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JK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Went here on a rainy night after picking up a friend from Logan. Didnt park across the street, but near to a garage, so it wasnt a far walk. The Host was told our party was going to be late, but it wasnt busy at all. The only problem I had with this spot was the service. Our waitress didnt know what was going on, or let alone the food/beer list. Know your drinks if you want to be a waitress! After waiting at the airport for over an hour for my friend, we both needed a drink asap! The food was good tho, cant complain typical bar food. I wish there was better service, the host that helped should be on the floor getting tips, and make the waitress that nigh try to host, if thats even possible. Wouldnt go here again just wanted to try the food because saw it on social media page.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. Very loud hard to talk and be heard.

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EJ
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good - too much of it though - and change your website menu - not accurate and someone came thinking they could have chix waffles - but NOPE!!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was ok experience, nothing special.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the worst dinner and drinks I've gotten in a long time. Bad service, took ages to help us and never came back to check on the food...left us to eat a steak with a butter knife. Our drinks tasted terrible, only go for beer or wine which they probably won't be able to mess up. Food was gross. I would NEVER go back here again. It's a real shame because it's a good location and a cool looking place inside. If they just hire some good bartenders and staff that have their act together that would be a great start. A new chef who uses higher quality foods would be good too. Good luck Barlow's, if you don't make some changes you will be out of business before you know it.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Staff was wonderful. Lobster roll was bad. One bite and I was like...put it down now! Lobster shouldn't be sweet. Manager handled it well. Comped the meal, offered us complimentary drinks. 26.00 for the scant amount of lobster was bad enough, come on, we live in New England, it's a bit of a gouge. Also, basement where bathrooms are smelled like a sewer.

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PJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great. My dinner reservations was for me and a friend to catch up and we did not feel rushed. The food was delicious! This restaurant is my hidden jewel.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Barlow’s for a family gathering, reserved a table for 8. Food and service both top notch. Bar was great, drinks delicious, and the Big Papi pretzel worth waiting for! All diners at our table were impressed and satisfied. It was the day Tom Petty died and Barlow’s played TP songs all night. Loved that.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining here. On the first occasion we had some of the worst service I've ever received and I got double charged on my credit card. I was kindly issued a $30 dining gift card and returned to try again. The second time was subpar as well, as the oysters were not very good and tasted far from fresh, and the overall meal service and lack of a welcoming pleasant dining atmosphere persisted. 0-2.

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LB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We has a great brunch. Service and food was awesome. Will totally recommend.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the brunch there on Labor Day weekend and it was very good. Drinks were great, service was on point. Definite recommend, will return. Try the 'make your own omelette' with one of their iced coffee alcohol drinks.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

nothing fancy, but good overall American food

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Tried Barlow's for Sunday brunch and wouldn't repeat. Unfriendly wait staff who seemed to not want to be there. It wasn't busy yet our food took way to long to arrive. I ordered the Korean BBQ beef pizza because I thought it sounded unique. It was uniquely bad. Soupy vegetables and tough chunks of beefed poured on top of a pizza crust. Cold. Yuk.

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k
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tasty food, great server, and both less hectic and less expensive than most places in the Seaport area!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isabelle from Ireland was a delightful server. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Sunday brunch the oatmeal blueberry pancakes are great with two eggs on the side and fantastic home fries

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B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This spot is perfect if you are catching a flight out of Logan and want a bite on your way. It is about 15 minutes to Logan, yet located in a great Seaport neighborhood area. Really convenient.

We sat outside and the patio was beautiful, overlooking a small park, away from traffic. So very relaxing. High top tables with umbrellas allowed my husband shade and me sun. Our server was outstanding, fast with drinks, helpful with food ideas, very attentive.

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N
New England
28 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Classic pub atmosphere with some outdoor patio seating. Food was good but a bit overpriced. Service was very slow even though it was a quiet night.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had dinner at Barlow's in the Seaport district recently. There was good parking access nearby, which is always a plus in Boston. The restaurant was clean, and the wait staff very pleasant, helpful, and attentive. Drinks were well made, the wine list was reasonable, and the beer list also quite extensive with good choices. The menu is updated, and the quality of the food very good. They were quite accommodating as we had two young children with special dietary needs. Although we do not go to that area often, I feel it is a good choice for about anyone and I would definitely recommend it.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good and our waitress was super busy and did a great job keeping up with her tables

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NL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food choices are good there's always a new menu option that I'm interested in trying!

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JC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The best part of Barlow's this past Sunday was the food. There were four of us and we all enjoyed our meals. That being said, there were 2 things that were very off putting about Barlow's this past Sunday. The first was the hostess. She was talking to another staff member when we came in. That's fine, not a problem. But please stop when customers reach the hostess stand. Again, could have gotten past that. But when you do finish your conversation, please greet your customers and perhaps welcome them in. Do not stand there having a staring contest. When she did deign to seat us, she brought us to a regular table, even though I had requested a high-top through open table. When I told her I requested a high-top, she said, Oh, yeah, and trudged us over to one. First impressions matter when there are soooo many dining options in the city.

Second service faux pas, when I ordered a bloody mary, the waiter said, is Tito's ok? Yup, Tito's is fine. He neglected to say that the $9.00 bloody mary did not come with Tito's, that there was a $4.00 up charge for Tito's. As 3 of us ordered 6 bloody mary's over the course of brunch, this was a significant cost increase. Yay, you waiter! You got us! But, at what overall cost? Not really into being flim flammed at brunch. Probably won't recommend or be back. Which is too bad, as the food was really good and we've enjoyed ourselves every single other time we've been here. Which is really the point. We've eaten here and brought different people with us many times. While I'm sure we won't be putting Barlow's out of business going elsewhere, I will be telling many other people my experience. It's hospitality, not flim flam I'm looking for. Train your staff or I won't be the only person writing you off my list.

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New England
57 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent with prior good experience here.
Service is quick but not hasty, food always hot, well presented and tasty. Beers good & cold. No complaints; still a fav option when
in SoWA!!

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MH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was extremely slow which was shocking being that the place was practically empty. The food was decent but not worth the price. The drinks were extremely weak.

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k
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The meal was excellent, served quickly and prepared to order. Cassie, our server, was personable and fun and took great care of us. We all agree we would go back!

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here and we really enjoyed the food. We had brunch and it was delicious! Nice atmosphere in converted old brick building. Good service! Will definitely try it again!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for dinner. nice bar scene, loved the live music +good food

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My friends and I met up for dinner after attending Pax East. The food wad good and the staff was very accommodating to putting our tables next to each other.

They even accommodated my kids by making a regular cheese pizza.

When planning our next trip to Boston, I plan on coming back to Barlow's to try some other their other menu items.

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JB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend.

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TB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Service extremely slow, 45 mins for apps. Food was cold. Manager tried to compensate by reducing the bill but overall it was a bad experience

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came after the lunch rush, prompt and attentful service, very good for a quick lunch

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful time at Barlow's for brunch this past Sunday. The bloody Mary bar and great service were definitely the highlights. I brought a group of 9 out-of-towners here and they loved the experience. Highly recommended!

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