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About Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Boasting sweeping views of the iconic Boston Public Garden, Bristol Restaurant and Bar is Boston’s best for fine dining, drinks and conversation at all times of day. Named one of the city's top power-dining spots by Boston Business Journal, the Bristol is a favorite for power breakfasts and lunches on weekdays, followed by a vibrant dinner scene. On weekends, the restaurant is the place to be for signature cocktails, Sunday brunch or a date night in Back Bay, and is a favored destination for Boston's pre-theater dinner scene.

*If you are interested in availability for a party of 8 or more please contact our restaurant directly.

200 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
FOOD SERVICE:

RESTAURANT: Monday - Sunday: Dining Room closes at 10:30 pm daily
BAR: Friday and Saturday: Bar open until 12:30 for food
Sunday - Thursday: Bar open until 11:30 pm for food

BEVERAGE SERVICE
Sunday: 10am-Midnight
Monday-Thursday: 11am-1am
Friday and Saturday: 11am-1am

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(857) 305-5621

Website:
http://www.bristolboston.com/

Parking Details:
Breakfast: $22.00 (For first 3 hours, after 3 hours an additional $4 per hour)
Lunch Monday - Thursday $22.00 (For first 3 hours, after 3 hours an additional $4 per hour)
Dinner Monday - Thursday & Sunday: $22.00
Dinner Friday & Saturday: Hourly

Hourly Rates:
Up to 2 hours: $27.00
2-3 hours: $31.00
3-6 hours: $36.00
6-24 hours: $51.00

Public Transit:
Arlington T Stop

Private Party Contact:
Philip Deschamps: (617) 351-2294

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Burgers & Burgundy:
Every Wednesday at Lunch and Dinner

Saturday Breakfast Buffet:
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday Brunch:
Every Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
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Good for a Date (18)
Scenic View (18)
Romantic (17)
Business Meals (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Cozy (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
People Watching (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Afternoon Tea (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Authentic (6)
Casual (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Always our favorite spot in Boston for a relaxing dinner

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Lovely view of Public Garden, Perfect service, great food and cocktails.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 4, 2018

It was not Four Seasons service. The bartender viciously shook our martinis, which the cocktail waiter proceeded to garnished wrong, making it necessary to remake them. He insisted on giving us the original "wet" rocks that we had requested, not replacing them with the fresh ones from the remade drinks.

We took the table directly from the bar, which we communicated to the host on the way in, and to the server who seated us in her section; neither of whom closed the loop with the Open Table reservation.

Excellent burger, which is what we went there for in the first place. Good thing, because the service was sub-par.

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Love the setting, the service was great and the food was delicious. Since its in the four seasons price matched the brand of the hotel.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

My initial invite was to connect with friends over Afternoon Tea - I did not realize Briston no longer hosts Afternoon Tea. The Bristol team and my friends were flexible and we selected from the menu - just a different expectation, but still a delightful time.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Simply the BEST !

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a holiday dinner. The food was lovely. The waiter let us take our time. He was wonderful to us fabulous oysters and Arctic char. Simple but delicious meal. We come every Christmas. It’s a tradition!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We went for brunch before the Nutcracker matinee. The food was delicious and the 4 year old loved all the teddy bear decorations!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The Bristol Lounge has been a holiday family tradition for 18 years. We will
no longer be continuing our tradition.

The service and food at the Bristol Lounge were both appalling . When I mentioned to friends who frequent the Bristol, they were not surprised by our experience. It seems to have rapidly gone down hill In both food and service. To give an indicator of just how bad the food was, my appetizer Wedge Salad was filled with “bacos “ and “funions “ (see pic below) I have never, ever taken a pic of any meal-good or Bad-so the fact that I did have to take a pic of just how bad the food was speaks volumes!

Drinks alone would probably be the best choice for this spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I invited an old friend who was visiting - for a trip to MGH - to have lunch the Wednesday before Christmas. It was festive and enjoyable. We had reservations for 1:00 and were seated at about 1:10. Service was a little slow but very friendly and helpful. We said we weren't in a rush and were fine taking it slow. It was a busy holiday time. Yhings did proceed slowly but it was fine.

Food was excellent, as were cocktails. Prices weren't as bad as I had feared. Our waiter was great.

Unfortunately, we were told at 2:15 (one hour after sitting down) that there was a "Teddy Bear Luncheon" for kids and their parents at 3:00, and that we would have to leave before 3:00.

My friend was in from California to get treatment for her metastatic cancer, which leaves her with limited time remaining. This lunch was a big deal for us. I paid $27+ dollars to use the valet parking so we could not worry about feeding a meter. And suddenly some velvet-clothed little kids force us to rush through our meal to make room for them - with no mention of this when I made the reservation (by phone)??? I made those reservations 6 weeks beforehand - and would have chosen an earlier time had someone mentioned this 3 p.m. takeover.

This soured the whole experience for me - as you can imagine. I am really sad this happened and, frankly, disappointed with my very first experience at the Bristol/Four Seasons. My friend was okay, and we had a nice lunch. But to hurry us through at such a time....was ghastly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Annual reunion

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was beautifully plated and tasted great. Service was very attentive. Although pricey it was worth the money in quality and value

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The bristol burger is by far the best burger in the city! Always a great time at this restaurant. The service is excellent and the food is always delicious. The truffle fries were a bit overcooked on my last visit but still very good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent! Great way to celebrate holiday season with friends.
Cauliflower soup was fabulous!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always awesome

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My daughter and I were here for lunch before the Pops.
It was snowing the atmosphere gorgeous.
Had the clam chowder which is decadent and the best I have ever had.
The staff is very attentive. Just enjoyed everything!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was excellent - that has not changed. However, I have been to the Bristol Lounge many many times over the years and this was a pretty disappointing experience. The service was okay. The staff were very polite, but not terribly good at their jobs. At least three times they brought food to the table and delivered it to the wrong person. In the past I have experienced exemplary service that stood up to the very high prices for the food. I don't mind the price when everything is perfect. But when a 5 star hotel is delivering 3 star service, it just does not stand up. There were also food items listed on the menu were not available. And when I visited the bathroom, there was nowhere to hang up my jacket.

That all said, our family enjoyed our time. I think we will try the Ritz next time.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We have attended or held many events at the 4 Seasons and none, including the Bristol Lounge, have ever disappointed. It has become our neighborhood place to go for a weekend lunch. a family dinner or business meetings. I can't imagine where we would go if it didn't exist.
Thanks to all the employees, from the front door to the manager, who are always welcoming and truly professional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We love our annual gals' lunch and we always have the same waiter, wonderful Adam! Food is delicious, we always get a great table and settle in for a few hours. Favorite place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Bristol provides an elegant venue for entertaining visitors. We dined with excellent service and lovely views of Boston Public Garden. Our waiter, Ricardo, steered us graciously toward Brunch menu items suiting our tastes and mood. Bristol has become one of our top "go-to" venues for special occasions in downtown Boston.

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a pleasant experience. The hotel lobby is beautifully decorated for Christmas & gets you in the festive mood.
We got there fairly early for lunch (11:20am) & ordered salad and hamburger. The salad came out first, however it took quite some time for the burger to come out. I had allocated a good 1 & 1/2 hours for lunch (pre-ballet show). However, we were pressed for time. I wanted to treat my daughter to dessert afterwards. But, we ran out of time, it was 1 PM when we finished & paid (no time for dessert or coffee, maybe its a good thing, less calories to consume). Our waiter was pleasant & professional. However, i was slightly disappointed that the large party next to us came in after us & they were served and left before us. While we were there hoping to order a sweet treat, but would have missed the nutcracker show if we did.
They have a good kids menu. My daughter had caesar salad & chicken with carrots & potatoes. Good quality comfort food.
Next time I will allocate 2 hours for a relaxing lunch! They certainly didn't rush us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service in a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Warm fire glowing, tables spaced so you can move and hear each other speaking. Way better than overcrowded local favorites. A gem in the heart of the busy city, thank you for an excellent evening!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was superb: skate wing was perfectly prepared and delicious, clam chowder as good as any I’ve had anywhere (including the best on the Cape), mussels were cooked to perfection, and the
deserts (creme brûlée and flourless chocolate cake - gluten free for my friend) were delicious. If I could give the experience six stars, I would. 1 1/2 hrs after closing, the service continued to be gracious, unhurried, and as Old World perfect as it had been all night. It doesn’t get any better than this. Bravo!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience, the waiter, Bill, was exceptional

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have been coming to the Bristol Lounge for years for both personal and professional gatherings .We love it!
The service has been terrific and we want to commend Biaggio our favorite waiter for his excellent service . He is professional, knowledgeable, remembers our food and drink preferences and always provides a fantastic food recommendation when we need it.
His sense of humor is spectacular. Biaggio should be commended by the Bristol Lounge Administrators for his superb professionalism.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Overall, love this restaurant. Location and ambiance is always special, particularly because I was married at The Four Seasons. This time food was slightly sub par. Lettuce in my salad was old with some spotted leaves.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very pleasant lunch but quite expensive for a salad !!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The staff was superb, working seamlessly as a team. They were great with our 12 and 13 year old kids, suggesting chocolate milk and hot chocolate. Two bacon and cheese omelets were great. Jalapeño pepper polenta waffles and chicken are definitely worth trying.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Superb dinner for six. Everyone enjoyed everything immensely. Highlights were mussels, clam chowder, and steaks - filet mignon and NY strip. Fritte-style sides, arugula and parmigian truffle fries also noteworthy. Excellent cocktails, including tequila-Pimms mix, and wine list. Turley Juvenile zin was scrumptious. Great team service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great spot for breakfast. The service was awesome- very attentive staff. The food was delicious and easily accommodated my dietary restrictions.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Coffee, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We were celebrating our daughter's MA Bar swearing-in. What a lovely place to celebrate! Attentive/courteous service, beautiful atmosphere and ambiance, great views of Boston Common, and the best burger ever! Staff even brought my daughter a slice of cake with a celebratory candle and "Congratulations" written in chocolate! Wonderful place to dine and share a special occasion!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I had heard good things about Bristol Lounge, so we gave it a try. I think it is best appreciated as a bar. The seated dinner menu is good but quite expensive (no surprise in the Four Seasons). I ordered a beet salad that was good, then the Arctic Char. If you order a grill item, you need to order sides to accompany it, which gets pricey. Our waiter was very professional and pleasant.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

it was a really great dining experience. it was not pricey at all and we got the window table overlooking the park which was so nice!

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Romantic, Organic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love going to the Lounge- the staff and food is always great

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Absolutely amazing food the tenderloin was exceptional and the wine afforded a great range of choices. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything top-of-the-line. Service perfect. Various kinds of food options. Super-expensive: occasions are honored by the more 'old-fashioned' but not TOO 'old-fashioned' combination of city/ European/old-Ritz style with modern elements such as food choices, a less formal ( seeming) service, and sofa and chair with coffee table "lounge-like seating. The ambiance is definitely special occasion or, equally, it could just be "I'm in this Back Bay area a lot; I like a super lovely bar and overall elegant but also cozy dining room; money is no problem." The only downside: on the Saturday night we went, the often feel-good, trendy-feeling chatter was one level above the noise-level which is fine me, that is, it was just a tiny bit too noisy for ease of conversation on a special occasion with old friends probably because there are a lot of harder modern surfaces like a marble tile oval floor in the center, maybe marble tables with fewer plush draperies or carpets to absorb noise.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Bristol at the Four Seasons lived up to our expectations . Worth every penny we spent IMHO. The pumpkin ice cream dessert is incredible. Drinks well made. Service is outstanding. When we want a quieter atmosphere for a bar and restaurant, at our age, the Bristol is the best! However, my wife and I were amazed at the number of young professionals ( ages 25-40) that were dining there also. I must admit I was very upset when the Four Seasons closed their restaurant and remodeled (8 years ago?) as well as the Fairmont Oak Room and Omni Parker house. I now take back what I said about the management destroying tradition. They obviously know more about marketing to the modern clientele than I do.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fabulous food. The chocolate tower cake was amazing and was enough to serve 10 people. rather noisy for a business dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The best staff I have come across!! A true culinary delight!!!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Brunch at Bristol never disappoints. The service is outstanding, the food is always stellar and the atmosphere is elegant and comfortable at the same time. Such a treat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Bar Seating
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