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About Beacon Hill Bistro

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.

25 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Mon - Fri 7:30am - 10:30am
Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Mon - Sat 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Sun 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun 8:00am - 3:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 723-7575

Website:
http://www.beaconhillhotel.com/

Parking Details:
Boston Common Garage is nearby.

Public Transit:
A 5 minute walk from the Charles / MGH Red Line station.
A 5 minute walk from the Arlington Green Line station.

Executive Chef:
Daniel Gursha

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Beacon Hill Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for a Date (16)
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Cozy (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Romantic (10)
Casual (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fun (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

A neighborhood gem that has excellent quality delicious food for everyone!

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

One of my favorite spots in Beacon Hill! Great for a date or a meeting with friends.

I would highly recommend the French Onion Soup!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

One of our neighborhood go-tos, just as good for a casual lunch or bruch as it is a more celebratory dinner. Quality had fallen off in recent years -- for a long time, it felt as if the Bistro didn't know what it wanted to be. But new ownership of the hotel and new leadership the in the kitchen from Chef Tim have turned the place around again, and the menus feature solid, comforting New American fare, as well as an interesting wine list, at a solid value. We ate there twice for brunch and breakfast this weekend, as a matter of fact, as we had company in town and the rest of the midday offerings in Beacon Hill skew toward the uncreative -- and the higher-priced. Choose breakfast or brunch here over the Paramount or 75 Chestnut any day of the week.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent service. A smallish menu, but there was something for everyone. Inventive cocktails. Excellent quality proteins and vegetables. Cozy atmosphere. Quiet enough to hold a conversation without straining to be heard. A good amount of space between tables. Plating of food was visually pleasing and food was creative and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our server, Emily, made this night special. She was attentive and knowledgeable, anticipating our needs a few seconds before they occurred to us. She enthusiastically encouraged all of our desires and seemed genuinely happy to spend time with us. The food was excellent, but not particularly special. It's a good restaurant for those who want pretty close to standard fare.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Staff was friendly. Service good. Food delicious. Unfortunately we could not have a conversation across the table due to the noise level.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Thanks for a lovely date night...food was delicious, especially the 3 Spread appetizer which could have been a meal unto itself...service was prompt, professional and friendly...and because we live in the neighborhood, it is so nice to have a cozy place that makes us feel like we belong! Cheers!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious food - as always - the duck confit is always good - be careful though of the portion size - in my opinion way too large

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We love this place. It is a Beacon Hill gem. Wonderful atmosphere, friendly and professional staff. Always been happy with our meals and visits.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Disclaimer - my visit was the day AFTER Thanksgiving. I hadn’t been back to the Beacon Hill Bistro for a number of years and was prepared for change; that said, I wasn’t ready for THAT MUCH change. The service staff was more unprepared than I had remembered. Everything was a bit slow (they get to you when they can) disorganized and harried (staff seems to be learning the ropes). That said, the brunch food was fine and I like that quaint dining space is still what it is. To management, place DON’T screw up a good thing!!!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Friendly competent service, well managed, nice lighting, comfortable seating.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food for a reasonable price. I was there for a birthday dinner with friends, but will definitely be heading back to grab a bite at their bar.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Early breakfast with friends. It was perfect.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We were early for brunch but were seated and enjoying some sparkling wine until the kitchen opened. The oysters were delicious - fresh and briny. The salad frisee with avocado and radishes was tasty and I enjoyed the mussels frites. My daughter enjoyed the french onion soup. Our third had the griddle steak and cheese with mushrooms and enjoyed the whole sandwich - well sized for a hearty eater. We will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Poor service
lack of attention to detail
overall not a good experience at all

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We went early, at 6PM and had our pick of tables.
Totally excellent cuisine

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This restaurant has a very nice atmosphere, but could not satisfy us in many ways. The waiter had not been too friendly before, but seemed to be really annoyed when we were not leaving after the meal. We chatted on, had another drink and were almost the last guests who left at 9:30 pm.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Beacon Hill Bistro has a nice bar area for waiting diners that was attractive and very active. The restaurant was able to seat us for dinner promptly at the time of our reservation. The service was very attentive but not overly obtrusive. The menu included quite a range of options from burgers to gourmet entrees at a wide range of prices. The dining area offers banquets along the perimeter wall for comfortable seating and groups of varying size. Conversational noise is modest making it easy to carry on table discussions. The food arrived hot and well prepared making for a very enjoyable meal. There is a coziness to the restaurant with nice ambient lighting making for a very pleasant and pleasant dining experience. The restaurant is also a very good value for a nice, elegant and friendly Beacon Hill setting.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This is a wonderful little neighborhood stop. Charming place. Great street watching. Friendly helpful staff, good food. Never been disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great varied menu because we all wanted something different--pescararian, vegetarian and an omnivore. Cool traditional vibe, old school Boston. Great host and service. Drank delicious rose wine, oysters, hummus plate. Fatoush salad, steak frites, cod entrees. Key lime cheesecake to end. All excellent. Have missed this spot in the past but would go again next trip for sure. Also good for Christmas nvetsation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Found the Bistro on Open Table. Great neighborhood find and nice walk from hotels across the Public Gardens and Commons. Our party of three each had a different delicious salad - perfect for lunch. Very nice ambiance and local flavors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

So European in feel. Beautiful intimate atmosphere! Elegant, no frills, old world charm!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I will never go there again. We were treated very rudely by a gentleman waiter. It was freezing and they ridiculed me for asking that they turn off the air conditioner even though it was a cool day. Rather than warm the room up slightly they lowered it to 67 degrees. The food was mediocre.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

As usual an excellent overall experience-we will return soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We loved our dinner - food was amazing. Chicken and the Capetelli. Salads were fantastic. Service was the best.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Super cute restaurant in the heart of Beacon Hill. A true neighborhood gem, it seems like a throwback to begone years of bistros in the West Village of Manhattan. The wonderful ambiance and service make up for just ok food. The portions are plentiful and the price is correct for the setting and experience. I will be back for sure.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Delicious salmon dinner and arugula salad.
Friendly and efficient service. Nice wine.
Noise level fine, so my friend and I could easily talk. No sense of hurry, great ambience.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood bistros - elegant yet laid back.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great spot in beautiful and charming Beacon Hill. The food is consistently excellent and varies seasonally. The ambiance is cheerful, light and airy.

Fun and friendly staff.

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 (London)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Loved the roof top bar! Quite the special find. Wine was lovely too!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

A very pleasant meal with my mother, brother, and boyfriend!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We really enjoyed our evening at the Beacon Hill Bistro -- it has very good food, something for everybody on the menu, the location has wonderful character and our server was delightful.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We came to the restaurant for brunch last Sunday, for a good bye meal dropping off sophomore daughter to Wellesley. The time was rather late for the restaurant (14:00) and there were not many
people around. Still the atmosphere was cosy - very nice music also. The food was delicious (with only the suggestion to serve perhaps fewer hashbrowns in the dishes, to let the rest of the good food stand out!). Salad and dessert were very good too. Service attentive, efficient and gracious, leaving us with a really good vibe on a rather emotional day. Thanks again to our server (owl arm tattoo!) - and special thanks to the handsome super cool Greek server who came over to say hello and talk to us in Greek !We will be coming back here and recommending the place.

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

The place is friendly enough. Food average , service good . I feel the tables are too close together. On my visit at times I wasn't sure if my conversation was with my table or the next.

Tags: Casual
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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great meal. Great service. Excellent cocktails.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This restaurant is my first choice when visitors come to town. The location is perfect, the mood is quiet and refined, and the food is excellent. A touch of Beacon Hill is always appreciated by my guests, and I am happy to share this special place with them.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I reunited with friends on for a weekday lunch and it was extremely pleasant. And did I mention that the food was way beyond good? We were all impressed and vowed to come back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This is a cool little place that I would not have discovered if not for their participation in Dine Out Boston. The salad was tasty and the dessert was yummy but my entree was just okay to me. Flavorful but the peas were undercooked for my preference.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Brunch was excellent. Fresh fruit and great French toast. Good roasted potatoes and coffee. Selection is nice and service was pleasant and professional. Nice people--that always makes the meal more pleasant. Best place on Charles St.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

All in all disappointing. Servers are very nice but the service is terrible, you wouldn't think you're at a pretty pricey restaurant. When we eventually (despite we were one of only 4 tables) got our starters they were wonderful, so we thought 'well at least the food is great', but it went disgracefully downhill from there. Barely touched our main courses, dessert could have easily come out of a supermarket freezer.
The ambience is very nice, the restaurant is well decorated you have a view of lovely Charles st architecture. It is a pleasure to sit in - shame that's not all that's important in a restaurant! Especially a high-end one.

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