Permanently Closed - Beacon Hill Bistro

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1264 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Raised mahogany paneling, banquette seating, mosaic tile flooring, etched glass, discrete mirrors and a large fireplace help to create a refined and comfortable bistro environment on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. A true urban neighborhood venue, The Beacon Hill Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. While breakfast and lunch have an American/International flavor, at dinner the accent is decidedly French. Lucas Sousa crafts menus calling on modern bistro cuisine, “striving to balance tradition with modern tastes and techniques.” The Bistro also serves late-night dinners until 11:00 p.m. for the after-theatre, symphony, and film crowd. And, of course, Sunday brunch.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 723-7575
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alberto Cortez
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Boston Common Garage is nearby.
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Public transit
A 5 minute walk from the Charles / MGH Red Line station.
A 5 minute walk from the Arlington Green Line station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KR
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately, the OpenTable app led us to believe that Beacon Hill Bistro was open for business so my party and I showed up as reserved, but the restaurant was closed for renovation. Probably should have let us know before heading all the way to Boston...bummer. I've heard good things about the Bistro.

M
New England
89 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dined here on New Years Eve with our 3 daughters (23, 21 and 16). It is a beautiful location and has a cute little bar area. We were seated right on time and we all agreed it was a nice menu with lots of choices. We enjoyed the soups to start and all enjoyed our meals. Would definitely come back.

e
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was overpriced for quality.

JR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was ample and very good. We were happy we ordered just entrees given the size of the meals.
Some negatives: This is a somewhat expensive restaurant. My short ribs on polenta special was $38 while her bone-in pork loin was $32. We asked to be moved from our initial table, because the area was cold. Our server was not dressed in a manner we thought appropriate for Christmas Eve -- she was wearing a tee shirt and jeans. The restaurant was out of the only American Chardonnay they had by the bottle, a Sonoma Cutrer. We substituted a very nice Gruner Veltliner from Austria that is available by the glass (they sold us the bottle for the same price as the Sonoma Cutrer, a classy move). All in all, a pleasant if somewhat expensive Christmas Eve.

g
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beacon Hill Bistro is our first dinner stop when we are in Boston. Great neighborhood. Friendly atmosphere. Diverse menu. Good service. Excellent food in large portions. The Beet Salad was great. The crab cake appetizer, as a main course, was excellent, as was the Beacon Hill burger (two patties, actually). The Bistro is a very easygoing, welcoming place to eat. And, at least when we are there, most of the diners are locals.

DR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is what you need to improve: greet guests when they walk through the door and let them know you will attend to them in whatever time is appropriate. I had to stand there wondering where I was supposed to go... to another location in the building to engage with a hostess for the restaurant? wait at the stand near the door even though it seemed the service person was dealing with a room issue for a hotel guest? What? Also, once our food was served we weren't checked on by our waiter nearing the time a guest would be ready to leave. We had to flag him down after waiting way too long.

TO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service especially after I spilled my glass of red wine - our server was great in helping us deal with the mess!

A
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Perfect for business casual lunch. Highly recommend.

L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From brunch to dinner and business in between. The Beacon Hill Bistro has wonderful food and charming bright atmosphere —the perfect neighborhood do u f spit.

E
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I’ve had many excellent lunches at the Beacon Hill Bistro. This sadly was not one of them. Hopefully an abbetstion!

AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We are visiting from Australia and wanted an authentic thanksgiving experience. Very happy with the Beacon Hill Bistro the food was yummy (turkey delicious) the service was very pleasant and the atmosphere cozy. Would recommend to others

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely bistro in an equally lovely neighborhood. Love this restaurant! Excellent food, service and ambiance. One of my favs.

H
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good but it was way to loud to have a conversation.

AC
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Multiple and varied brunch options. Enjoyed cod cakes,poached eggs and Boston baked beans.

PB
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends from Europe!! Perfect!!!!!

MS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Beacon Hill Bistro. Food and service were superb. Looking forward to returning soon.

MA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent. She and the staff handled a seafood allergy extremely well, which is always appreciated. The server was knowledgeable, attentive and enjoyable. Great spot on Charles street for breakfast lunch or dinner!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another fabulous brunch at The Bistro! Great food- great service - great ambiance! Delicious drinks - mimosas and Bloody Marys and amazing food - eggs benny, French toast and salads!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always delicious food!

n
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The brick chicken is too die for. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there. We would recommend this spot to anyone visiting Boston.

DK
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice spot on Charles Street for lunch, brunch or dinner. Cozy, reasonable and always provides good service. Menu choices are varied and one can find multiple choices that should prove enjoyable. We recently had the the house special risotto with shrimp and scallops (very tasty!), the Griddled Steak and Chese with Mushrooms sandwich (excellent combination) and the Roasted "Centercut" Cauliflower Steak (perfect for the vegetarian among us and a healthy portion). Everyone appreciated their respective choice. Wine, cocktail and beer selections are well served, too.
Will definitely return as we have done already.

JK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Beacon Hill charm with great food, reasonable prices, and very warm / cozy ambiance. The wait staff here is very friendly and fun. My go-to spot with friends and family, usually able to get a seat.

o
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great accommodation for diners with allergies. They checked every dish we ordered and informed us of possible cross-contamination. Excellent service experience

B
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beacon Hill Bistro is consistently good with delicious food. Always great.

OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We waited way too long for our food. The waiter come over to our table numerous times apologising to us. When it did arrive, it was not hot and mediocre at best. We often come here on our stay's in Boston to see your daughter in college but won't be coming back. And after all that, the waiter took nothing off our bill. Just another apology (about the 5th one). Really disappointing.

DW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Way too noisy and tables too close together. The steak frite was predictably good. The salmon was below par.

DF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First class service; sat at end of restaurant so noise was only moderately bothersome

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner in Boston central ovation nice atmosphere

PL
Denver
67 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This used to be a really lovely neighborhood place with elegant california and french influenced chefy food. It now has large portions of greasy ill-conceived and poorly prepared food and we won’t return till they mend their ways

A
New England
65 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite lunch spot on Charles Street. Have been here many times. Always ample servings and friendly staff.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is that of a French bistro ... classy and delicious. Highly recommended for parties of
1 or 2 couples ... 3 couples at most. For larger groups, much of the intimate charm of this bistro would be lost.

KF
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Nice and quiet. Food good.

I
New England
58 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The salads looked good. The Cobb was huge! I just did not care for my crab cake. It had a funny aftertaste.

l
New Orleans
90 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good Cobb salad. Thx

D
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We've been to the Beacon Hill Bistro a number of times over the years. I love the elegant, but lower key atmosphere. Service is usually excellent. My only critique is that the food is not as good as years past, at least in terms of overall consistency. For instance, my spouse ordered swordfish medium rare, and it arrived well-done. The streak-frites cut was fairly grisly with fat. But the fries were excellent! And, the creme brûlée was in a very large dish and about a millimeter thick (joking). It's almost as if the chef is more focused on bar food.

JE
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It has always been pretty loud at the Bistro , but not quite as a bad as other places Ive eaten . Please take service . Food just missed this time

F
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great little Bistro in the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill Bay Bay!

SE
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent spot all the way around. Food was delicious. Our server gets a 4 star for seeming like he didn’t really like his job, never a smile, he seemed like he did not want to be there. His service was good despite this.

LP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Brunch!! Brioche French toast with blueberry butter was the highlight- Banana pancakes & BLT with herb butter and an egg was pretty good too - Will visit again!