Beacon Hill Bistro

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$31 to $50
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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.
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New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!

d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner in Boston central ovation nice atmosphere

PL
Denver
62 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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
63 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Nice and quiet. Food good.

I
New England
57 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

D
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

SE
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to Beacon Hill Bistro for a Saturday dinner. (I had googled "quiet restaurant" in the neighborhood, and BHB was one restaurant that popped up.) The food was very good indeed, and the service was good.

As to the noise, we were seated at the far end of the restaurant, which is an awkwardly long and narrow room, and the noise level there was moderate. At the other end of the room, it was clearly louder.

d
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Went on a Saturday evening. Frankly, we should not have stayed. The tables are very close together. There were two tables with young kids and the ambiance was more like a Chucky Cheese than a French bistro. No place to escape. I have kids and love kids. But not where I want to have a quiet dinner with my wife.

Service was okay. Food was very good.

l
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had high hopes, dining here for dinner on the recommendation of a friend. But the food was terrible! The crab cake was small for the price, and was not fresh, and had a very fishy taste. The fried haddock sandwich as well as fish & chips were overcooked. The french fries were burnt and greasy, seemed to have been cooked earlier and reheated in a microwave. The roasted brussel sprouts were bitter, half raw yet burnt on the top. The falafel was overcooked and dry, black in spots. They were bewildered by my request for some yogurt sauce. I told the waitress that it was inedible, but was charged anyway instead of the dish being returned to the kitchen.

KL
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Gustavo our server was, as always, pleasant, caring, and knowledgeable.

BW
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Great location in beacon hill. Nice room and food was good. Service was not attentive.

TA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food consistently. One of my favorite places in Boston!

s
New England
303 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Early dinner with a friend. Food was very good. ( mussels were excellent). Great service

L
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My first time going to this restaurant and I enjoyed it. The restaurant has a small boutique like of feel which fits the theme of beacon hill Hotel and Beacon hill location in Boston. Their House Gazpacho and Strawberry shortcake is delicious, and I can see myself going back just to try those meals again. Great place to chill or for a night out on a date. I would definitely recommend.

n
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

French toast with blueberry butter was so tasty! As was egg dish. Service was good not Necessarily great. I would go again if asked but not a staple.

MS
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent wait staff. Good food. Refectory-like atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and attentive kind service - good ambience

K
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've never had a negative experience at Beacon Hill Bistro and will happily recommend it.

d
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed everything! Beautiful space and good food. Service was on point. We gave it 4 stars because everything met our expectations, but there wasn't anything exceptional about the overall experience.

KF
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good, food excellent and ambiance was quiet! We will go back.

KC
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. A step up from the usual neighborhood place. Great and varied menu. Never disappoints.

PK
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Beacon Hill Bistro is a great neighborhood restaurant. Convenient, great food and service, nice ambiance.

FH
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for brunch with my family. Very attentive and adapted to our preferences for each dish. Would go again for brunch or dinner.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Best chicken and waffles in the northeast.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Good but not a great brunch

LC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Didn't care for the menu, or what we ordered. After years of being regulars at BHB, we won't be back. Too bad to have lost this neighborhood go-to.

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls weekend brunch!

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B
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Good room, pleasant greeting, but from there the food disappoints.
Flatbread is burnt, tomato sauce uninspired; pasta is overcooked; and the pricing s too high for what it is. Menu needs a rethink.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding brunch!