Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston

4.6
1262 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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. George’s Bank Sea Scallops provide the perfect canvas, accented by celery root fregola, locally foraged mushrooms and honeycrisp apples. North African harissa heightens roasted cauliflower’s delicate flavor, balanced by lemon and toasted pine nuts.
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am
Sat 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sun 7:00 am–9:00 am
Brunch
Sat 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu 2:30 pm–11:30 pm
Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–12:30 am
Sun 1:30 pm–11:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm
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Phone number
(857) 305-5621
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jessica Biederman
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Public transit
Arlington T Stop
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
69 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had reservations for breakfast at the Sunday Brunch. The spread and multiple options was absolutely fabulous. However, I don't consider $75 for breakfast to be a good value. If the options and price were scaled back, we might consider returning; but if not, the experience would only be for a very, very special occasion, not my go-to place for brunch.

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New England
70 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great option for late-night dining. We had reservations after the Nutcracker at 10:15; full menu was still available. Very active Bar scene; food was excellent and expertly prepared. Bartenders may need refresher on how to pour some drinks; I requested a cordial, B&B neat, and it came chilled in a martini glass instead of straight out of the bottle in a snifter. Other than that, it was a great experience.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too noisy. Disappointed that there were no table cloths. Food not wonderful as one would expect.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Surprised at the poor service for lunch. After we were seated, it took a solid 10 minutes before wait staff approached our table and when our server did finally appear with a pitcher of water, there were no apologies or acknowledgement of tardiness.

What also surprised and upset me was the adoption of a new “at-table” transaction for paying the bill. Characterizing it as “European” did not minimize the awkwardness and indignity of settling the bill with a miniaturized cash register at the table. So off-putting. What is particularly obnoxious is that I have to decide on the tip right there in front of the server — so inappropriate and again, awkward.

Poor showing, Four Seasons. I expect much more class from your company.

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D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Terrific wait staff. Freida was above and beyond.
We will request her every year!
Very congenial with children
In our party.

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B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good but not quite up to par- good, but not presented well.

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OT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful birthday celebration for my 19 year old daughter. She loves to sit in front of the fireplace and we had the perfect table. The food was delicious, loved the evening. At the end of dinner we took some Christmas photos in front of the teddy bears and Christmas trees. It was a wonderful night!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hade a wonderful dinner with no noise!!

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place. However we had to wait nearly 30. Invites for our table even though we had booked the table several weeks in advance.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch before a show at the Colonial Theatre.
It was our 34th anniversary.

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Our order wasn’t correct and I didn’t like my salad, but we still love the Bristol Lounge.

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h
New England
32 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was OK
and portions were small for the price
The pudding dessert with chunks fo stale cake looked and taasted like something a child chef would come up with

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F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner before the theater at The Bristol. The service and the food were both outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generous variety of dishes, all of excellent quality. Don’t miss the bread pudding, made from croissants.

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BM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

My reservation was for 5:45. We arrived late due to traffic and parking. There was no maitre d at his post to welcome us. When he finally arrived he scolded me and hassled me for being late! When I arrived at home there was another scolding from Open Table, via e-mail, saying I was a no show. Apparently you are put on the naughty list immediately. My heart went out to every five year old I've ever known. I did call Open Table to discuss this. He told me the restaurant would be contacted but of course I've received no feedback. I am probably banned from this restaurant and the city for life.

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KF
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a welcoming destination with great service, food and fair pricing

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, really good food

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b
New England
127 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We took some out of town friends for lunch here.......we were seated by the window and so it is a beautiful view! The service was attentive and the food was good!

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p
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We were expecting a better experience because this was part of the Four Seasons. The bar was in the restaurant area. It was quite noisy and all we could hear of the music that was playing was the base. We were in an area in the middle of the restaurant where much cross traffic happened. Our entrees were fine, but I have had better food for less money. My husband's dessert was a takeoff on rocky road. It was a type of bar that was so hard and dense that he was unable to eat it with a fork and had to pick it up. The chocolate sorbet that was part of it was so bitter that it bordered on being sour. I asked for ice cream and a chocolate chip cookie. Somehow the waiter thought I only wanted the cookie. When I asked about the ice cream, the oversight was corrected. The scoop of ice cream was slightly larger than one produced by a melon baller. The desserts were quite expensive and very disappointing. Luckily, we had a gift certificate.

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o
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

One of my favorite Boston classics. Perfect for a special lunch date or celebration.

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DA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

We have dined here numerous times for special occasions and we have always loved the food and ambiance. We were here for a pre-theater dinner. We mentioned our timing to the server. As the dinner went on, we began to get nervous that our entrees might not come on time. Ultimately our entrees arrived at the time that we needed to leave for the theater, which was 90 minutes after our arrival. We were very dissatisfied with the service and unlike past experiences at this restaurant, no major apology or explanation was made except that " it is a busy Saturday night." Don't go here if you are in a hurry. We all left hungry, stressed out, and with our dinners in takeout bags. We ate our food at intermission and it was cold. So much for a relaxing dinner experience at the Bristol Lounge. Customer service, which, in addition to excellent food, used to be what they are known for, has clearly deteriorated.

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RM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love sitting at the tables by the windows and watching the people and dogs in the Public Garden. Food was exceptional (and fast). Our server was so personable and friendly.

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T
New York Area
204 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are both outstanding. Updated menu selections were delicious - braised short rib was a standout. The attached bar area is always a joy to stroll over to after dinner.

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DF
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little pricey for the quality of the entrees. Could have used table clothes on the tables.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy they honored request for window seat. Have called in directly to Bristol in past requesting same and it wasn’t given

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for an anniversary dinner. We were seeing a show following, so were slightly before the “dinner rush”. We showed up a few minutes late and they took us right to our table. The waiter walked over an immediately wished us a happy anniversary. Knowing we were seeing a show, they worked quickly to take our orders and get our meals in time. The food was fantastic. Both meals. After finishing our meals they brought us a piece of cake with Happy Anniversary written out. An absolutely great experience.

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New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Probably my 50th visit and never had a complaint. Went early Saturday before Hamilton and the service was preoccupied. My girls ordered the duck and I ordered the lobster gnocchi. Girls loved the duck. Lobster gnocchi not so good. I'm a small person but the portion size was disappointing. Could have fit the entire meal into a teacup. The lobster claws still had all the cartilage and was not easy to eat. The gnocchi was overdone and the entire meal was room temperature. I did not send my meal back because we were going to theatre. Hopefully you can take a good look at this dish and make some changes.

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DW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice place for a special occasion or dinner near the theater district. A bit pricey but the food and service are both very good.

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FT
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite place to enjoy a family, business or even a quiet meal alone.

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TL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This is usually my favorite spot for food and especially service but I left a bit disappointed this time. We went for Sunday brunch. There were 6 of us. Not sure if the service was mediocre because tip is already included so.... Had to ask several times for utensils and water refill and for plates to be cleared off the time as it was a small table for 6 people. Again, usually I rave about how great Four Seasons provide but this was not the case this time.

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b
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Value for money too low. Nothing extraordinary og expecially good

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B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I went to the Bristol Lounge this past Saturday. I am recently engaged, and we were having a lunch so our families could meet for the first time. There were 6 of us, and we were all excited to have a nice lunch out. Things started off positive, when they accommodated a last minute add to our party. However, things quickly went downhill. Service was slow, which seemed to be due to being short staffed. It took more than 10 minutes to get our drink order in. We ordered our food, which included a seafood tower as a 'starter', and waited for our drinks. 20 minutes later we still had no drinks, and the waiter came to apologize and explain there was an ingredient issue which was being fixed. 5 minutes later, only half of the drinks arrived. We continued to wait for the remaining cocktails, when 5 of our entrees were delivered. We had no drinks for half the party, no seafood tower, part of the hot food, on top of the fact that the servers didn't know who ordered what so we had to swap the plates ourselves...it was a mess. They then brought the seafood tower. WTH. When you're paying $25+ per dish, and $15+ per cocktail, you expect MUCH more. My fiance was furious and got up to speak to the waiter, who was obviously spread too thin and struggling. After that, he tried to make it up to us, but it ended up making it even more awkward. He had 2 glasses of champagne brought to my fiance and I for a toast, but no one else at the table had any drink left at that point, so they just watched us. The waiter delivered a cake to the table, which was VERY thoughtful, but at that point we'd been there for 2 hours and just wanted to leave. Overall, the experience was worse than going to the PF Chang's down the street. I do truly appreciate the waiter trying to rectify the situation, but even with that it was a disaster. I couldn't even tell you if there was a manager on duty, because we never had anyone come over to our table to apologize. Avoid.

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RT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional. I have not been to the Bristol in years. I now have it on my go to list when I am looking for a great restaurant that’s worth the money!

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h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great as usual .. the burger is a must have .. great cocktails with no added sugar which is a very rare find .. the waiter was very attentive, even though the kitchen was working on slow mode .. but didn’t effect our wonderful family dinner ..would go back again when I’m in Boston ..

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c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Underwhelmed from the initial greeting. Hostess led us around the dining room to find the podium and had to be cajoled into giving us a window table, "those are saved for reservations". We had a reservation. It was 5:30 on a Wednesday and there were multiple tables available by the windows. The hostess did manage a deuce by the restrooms. Thanks for the effort!! To my astonishment, a request for a glass of tap water equated to a bottle at $8.50. I can afford it but I don't have to like it - especially when it arrived unannounced already opened. My simple request to have my sparkling water served on the rocks caused enormous consternation. It took three tries and even then the water was poured into the wine glass I had pushed aside not in the glass or on the ice I had requested. The shishito peppers were warm, not charred and just ordinary - though the price was not. I have had much much better for much less. The entire meal was strictly pedestrian at elevated prices. Too many places, too little time for overpriced mediocrity.

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JF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Consistently excellent food, elegant but not stuffy atmosphere. Our waiter was courteous and professional, but seemed to "disappear" for long periods, seemed to have too many tables he was tending to in order to provide really good service, which was a little frustrating. On previous visits, the service has been more prompt.

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NH
London
93 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful Sunday brunch. Wide choice of delucious dishes and amazing prime rib. Pricey wine list though, even for 4 seasons.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food came out cold...both pasta appetizer and the burgers. Server started off very cold then warmed up a bit too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing!

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