Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston

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Contemporary American
Located in the heart of Back Bay, the Bristol offers guests a contemporary American menu comprised of carefully crafted dishes that, while familiar and nostalgic, are tastefully influenced by international flair.
The Bristol Bar boasts a collection of sought after, small batch production spirits, some of which have been crafted specifically for us. Our cocktails playfully mash up seasonal ingredients and spirits that strike balance and create the perfect sip for any occasion.
Whether you are cozied up by the fireplace, taking in the stunning views of the Boston Public Garden, or casually sipping our maple syrup and cardamom old fashioned at the bar, The Bristol is your venue to create memories that will last a lifetime.
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RT
New England
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Truly surprised that birthday was not acknowledged as it was stated in Reservation

D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We have had many great experiences here in the past (most recently in June 2019), which is probably what made this an extra- disappointing experience. We had at least 5-6 wait staff attend to our table over the night, yet service was painfully slow - in spite of the restaurant being fairly empty. The food was edible, but not memorable. Our party of 7 was seated at a sufficiently large table, yet the nicer club chairs were at many of the empty tables around us, and our table had the simpler banquet-style side chairs. We did not complain, assuming they would be filled by the time we left, but they never were. Not sure we will go back for quite some time, sorry to say.

VL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I like the Bristol Lounge, but I think the food is going down hill. The waffle used to come with berries, but no more. The omelette used to come with real new potatoes and cherry tomatoes, but now comes with salty square potato-things out of a freezer bag. The salads are expensive but aren’t very filling unless you add a protein that doubles the cost. I’m really not going to pay over $40 for a lunch salad! I used to like it a lot but it is changing, and not for the good.

S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the bristol burger and for years was happy to pay 25 dollars for a burger and fries. Sadly, the burger is now about 40. dollars so it's not as tasty. Lunch for 2 adults and 1 teen. (no alcohol) Ordered 2 salads (one topped with 3 shrimp for an extra 21 dollars) 1 appetizer, 2 burgers. Cost 220. which includes 20% for lovely waitress.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Food wasn't good especially when your paying 40 dollar for a small bowl of pasta and 6 clams.

I didn't finish the pasta...

IM
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super et une expérience à revivre

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MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I used to enjoy this restaurant but it has gone downhill. No more tableclothes. Menu is very limited and food is very mediocre.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place for business or fun get together. it's an elegant place but casually and comfortably so. while it's not economical, it's not over priced. very satisfying.

CB
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Conchita is absolutely amazing.
I really think the food presentation could be better. I think it’s a little tacky to not have table cloths covering the folding tables.

TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most friendly servers at any restaurant in Boston. Very personable even to the children. Food was outstanding. The atmosphere was upscale, glad we went on a Saturday for brunch before leaving Boston!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always

F
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous dinner at the Bristol. But we have never had a terrible meal at a Four Seasons Restaurant. It reminded us of our favorite Philadelphia restaurant, The Swan also at the Four Seasons. The service was impeccable and the food outstanding. The poached halibut was prepared perfectly and the vegetables served with the dish were tremendous. Our server was fabulous - very friendly, thoughtful and very knowledgeable about the various entrees. A former resident of Jupiter, FL, she is definitely an asset to the restaurant and what my wife and I expect from Four Seasons employees - totally first class. I would highly recommend the Bristol to anyone looking for a great dinner in Boston.

BP
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was incredible; our waiter was personable , thoughtful, knowledgeable and efficient. The food was great. They surprised us with a candle on sorbet for my daughter’s birthday. (She can’t have dairy and they were quite careful.)

DS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely spot for lunch with my daughter and my niece.

X
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service, as usual, and will go back! Recommended for pretty much any occasion.

T
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best locations in town. The bar is terrific and comfortable. The new menu is not preferred compared the the last selections but good nonetheless. A must stop for us each time we are in town.

RM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Ambience can't be beat. And very attentive service.

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

Biaggio, our waiter was great. We split pea and carrot salad, which was superb. Main entrees were the duck and sea bass. Food was excellent — and they made a great affogato for dessert.

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service not as awesome as usual but still good!

BJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Appallingly bad service. Our waiter was nowhere to be found most of the night. At the end, when we asked for what was left of our four dishes to be put in to-go containers, they inexplicably combined them. Disgusting - mixing fish with pasta. When we complained to the assistant manager on the way out the door, he gave a lukewarm apology with a vague offer to call the next time so he could "take care of us." Not even close to what we'd expect from the Four Seasons, a restaurant where all of the entrees start at $40.

D
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The waiter was excellent as was the food.

RZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and sister-in-law and I thoroughly enjoyed our "long" lunch at the Bristol Restaurant. We didn't feel rushed in the least, which was nice since we settled in for a long afternoon.

EB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding!

CC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The Bristol burger was fantastic but the bar appetizers were a bit boring. The chairs were uncomfortable for a bigger guy unfortunately (even after we switched tables). Overall it was a great dinner but in the future I would only go here for a casual meal.

DB
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good and tasty.

MT
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was excellent!!
Highly recommend for all occasions. There
Is something for everyone.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff that made my family feel very comfortable and welcome in Boston as we were there to watch the Blues/Bruins game 7!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

In a word, awful. Where has the Bristol of old gone? Where to begin....Impossible to find a good meal on the menu, the martinis are served in tiny glasses and taste as though they are mixes rather than concocted drinks....host stand staffed by two women dressed far too casually and apparently clueless about the menu changes. When we registered our disappointment in the experience, they repeatedly asked how our food was. Two items off menu that the kitchen was “kind” to make for us.....won’t be going back anytime soon, this experience ruined the place for us. And btw, we are Boston natives and residents, eat out all the time and have been patrons of the Four Seasons since they opened. But I’m afraid those days have passed. Very sad to see.

Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston
Responded on June 12, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. This review is very difficult for me to read, and I am incredibly sorry that you had such this experience with us. I am leaving my contact information below and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss this further with you. I hope to connect with you soon. Rachid Hadouche Bristol General Manager 617-351-2068.

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FS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is not cheap , but totally worth it .
Will go every time I am in town

DN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

The variety of breakfast selections was very sad, I expected to find more varieties given it ended up costing 150+ a person to eat here

BN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this restaurant from the service to the food to the ambiance! Total elegance in an understated way!

J
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We’ve been celebrating there for many years and think it’s due for an update in decor and food.

RG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive, but everything it's cracked up to be. Excellent celebration venue

CD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite luxury is to treat ourselves to dinner in the bar/lounge area with the red leather couches, so relaxing and the food is always delicious and the service impeccable.

MT
New England
32 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the overall experience was excellent!
Food was great, service was outstanding and the ambiance
Was perfect for a special occasion lunch.

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Extremely overpriced for the quality of the food
Other than the service we were very disappointed

W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service from Mahmet and Milton, as always, and we love the view and the ambiance. Just wish the Bristol Burger wasn’t $34 (the most expensive in the city by far, and not nearly as good as the previous version). We’d be coming here weekly otherwise.

FM
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s our go-to Sunday brunch place when in town visiting our son. A great selection of foods, tasty, and high quality. The service is usually great.

LA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! My favorite in Boston

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