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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.
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Boston, MA 02116
Hours of Operation:
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
Friday and Saturday: 11am-1am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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
Up to 2 hours: $27.00
2-3 hours: $31.00
3-6 hours: $36.00
6-24 hours: $51.00
Arlington T Stop
Private Party Contact:
Philip Deschamps: (617) 351-2294
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.
Every Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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