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JJ Foley's Cafe

4.4
224 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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About

J.J. Foley's Cafe is located in the South End neighborhood of the city of Boston. This great family owned and operated Irish pub and restaurant, run by the Foley family, has been serving customers since it opened in 1909. Dark wood, comfortable seating and the copper ceiling maintain the classic Irish pub atmosphere. Watch the game while enjoying a pint at the bar or dine in one of J.J. Foley's comfortable tables in the dining room.

The staff at J.J. Foley's prides themselves on being friendly and professional, whether that means making the perfect Manhattan or helping customers choose from the many great food options on the menu. Start with the humongous nacho platter. There are a plethora of salad, sandwich or burger options to choose from for a meal. Returning customers rave about Mr. Foley's favorite, a sirloin burger topped with egg, bacon and cheese.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Irish
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 1.30pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 728-9101
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ken McCluskey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington Street & Harrison Avenue
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Parking details
Parking is available on East Berkeley street, Metered Parking 10am - 6pm,(Please note the parking ban on one side of East Berkeley Street 4pm -6pm Monday to Friday) free evenings after 6 and Sundays.
There is a paid parking lot on East Berkeley street (cross over Washington)$12
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Public transit
MBTA Orange, Red & Silver Line and number 9 Bus Route.
Orange Line - New England Medical Center
Red Line - Broadway
Silver Line - Washington & East Berkeley
Number 9 Bus stop on East Berkley
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Entertainment
Join us Every Tuesday for Trivia, 8pm, Free to Play, 3 chances to win great prizes.
PaintNite.com on Mondays.
Live Irish Music Sundays, please check jjfoleyscafe.com for detials.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
5.0
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnnieB (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2014

They have an extensive menu, something for everyone. The waitress was awesome very quick and accommodating and the bill was more than reasonable. Will definitely go back.

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Akz123 (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 10, 2014

Waitress was pretty rude. Almost as if we had inconvenienced her. My friend got a side car and the bartender rimmed the glass with salt instead of sugar. Home fries were way too salty.

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2014

stopped in for lunch - too hot to cook, had a delicious turkey burger with side salad and a Lighthouse Pale Ale. It was the most relaxing meal I have had in a long time. The burger was cooked exactly how I like it, was juicy and tasty. Looking forward to my return.

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2014

Love this place - food is always terrific and the staff always makes you feel like they were waiting for you to show up.

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Champ (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2014

The former Ms. Annamarie Carroll (now married with a new name) from Wexford was a delightful waitress and very accommodating. She was particularly attentive to Oisin, my grand-son, and to my mother-in-law who is 90 years old and a bit of a challenge. The eight members of my family were excited to be at JJ Foley's Cafe and will be sure to return in the near future, perhaps to celebrate the birth of my grand-daughter!

Daniel Patrick Murphy

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2014

met a friend for dinner - the soft shell crab is the special this week or two - it had a delicate flavor was delicious. I'm going back again before the menu changes.

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mabiobabe (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2014

Nice pub atmosphere. They had Pim's! The food was good. The service was good. The prices were reasonable. Seven of us had drinks (some more than one!) and a meal for under $200. We were there late afternoon. Someone told me the neighborhood might be a little sketchy at night.

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vipBostonLB (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

Went there for brunch on Saturday without realizing they don't do brunch on Saturdays! But the staff was wonderful, they were very nice and the place was quiet around midday. Probably more of a late night spot in general, but we had a great midday experience with them.

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2014

The cold slaw was excellent - sometimes I just don't feel like french fries - the cold slaw is tangy, not runny, and goes great with a beer - excellent lunch

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2014

great kale soup I would go back every day for it - great place for lunch

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vipai1313 (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

I have been coming to JJ Foley's for years now. Whether for a drink after work, dinner at the bar or at a single table with a book, casual dinner with friends or visiting family, or a celebration, it feels like coming home. Lunch and dinner meals are great, from apps and salads to sandwiches, burgers and entrees. "Comfort" food for sure, but solid pub standards and remarkable specials, too. Haven't tried brunch yet, but have no doubt I would like it. Friendly, neighborhoody, comfortable, reliable. Love it!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

I went to JJ Foley's to celebrate my birthday with ten friends. Our waitress was prompt and attentive despite the fact that we arrived in spurts over the course of about 45 minutes.
The dining room is set up with a couple of nooks with booths, that perfectly accommodated our group of 11. This was nice because it made it feel like we had our own exclusive space.
It is additionally impressive that they were able to be flexible (we changed from 11, to 13 and back to 11 guests), given the size of the group and that I made the reservation on a Tuesday for that Saturday.
The food was delicious pub style options. There was a good variety of tasty cocktails, but also a decent variety of beer selections.

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2014

I went to Foley's for corn beef and cabbage- it was excellent. The portions were just right, and cooked to perfection, a flavorful meal.

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vipRestaurantAdventurer (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2014

The duck hash brunch dish was surprisingly delicious and even my friend who's vegetarian and pretty limited in her options found a few things she liked on the menu! The waitress was accommodating but still had her Boston roots showing. :-)

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

great meal - turkey burger with cold slaw- I replaced french fries with the cold slay which was tasty and crispy - with a nice punch to it - not soupy.
Turkey burger had a delicious peppery flavor - juicy and very flavorful. A terrific meal.

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2014

Best Burger in Boston - juicy, the bun was fresh and held on to the pickle and ketchup. The flavor was delicious.

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2014

I spent the morning running around the City and found myself at Foley's freezing and hungry for a late lunch. The chicken corn chowder was excellent - it had a slight kick to it but rather than being spicy it enhanced the corn flavor. I had it with a side of coleslaw and regretted being full, I would have enjoyed another bowl of soup. Excellent soup looking forward of returning.

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vipfoodiefinn (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2014

We dragged my in-laws reluctantly to this restaurant because it had good reviews and appeared kid friendly. Needless to say we were very happy with the food and service that we received and my in-laws are still talking about the fish and chips and shepherds pie! we highly recommend this place!!

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2014

Lunch today was the best chicken and rice soup I have ever had - a nice big steaming bowl with carrots, celery, onions and moist white chicken meat. It was such a pleasure today.

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2014

Late Late lunch - tuna melt was the perfect comfort food - I was cold + hungry + feeling just UGH but that tuna hit the spot it was delicious

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2013

Lunch today was a terrific barley soup with a chicken sandwich - the bread was toasted just right - the chicken salad was flavorful no mayonnaise overkill. The soup was just the right balance of barley and beef - I had a bowl

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2013

Lunch time soup was the greatest I love kale soup this was the best - I highly recommend it

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2013

Sunday brunch - Irish Sausage and a veggie omelet - it was the best - lots of good coffee - the homemade biscuit w/ honey butter spread melted in my mouth. Can't wait to go back again. And Santa was there - who can resist whispering in his ear wishes for a wonderful year for all.

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Humbug (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 29, 2013

Had a bunch of family in town for Thanksgiving and needed a place to eat on the day after. The food was great, service was outstanding, and we had a great time all together. Thanks to Foley's youngest for the friendly and prompt service!

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NYC2cali (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2013

good curry chips, fish n chips, shepards pie, awesome beer on tap, wing and bar bites all very good.

Real small irish pub but with room to spread out.

True boston experience worth having

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vipDoverStreet7 (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2013

Great dinner met friends - tried Duck Tacos they were delicious. The Chicken and corn chowder was tasty, had a good broth that held the ingredients together without diluting the flavor. very enjoyable meal

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ronricho (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2013

We had brunch at JJ Foley's on Berkeley St in the South End this past Sunday and we were very pleased to say the least. We hadn't been there before but I had a feeling we would like it. Well, let me say it exceeded even those expectations. I had the duck hash and eggs (would go back just for that) and a Newcastle Brown Ale on draught and my wife had an omelet and a Bloody Mary which were very good as well. This was served to us with some lovely biscuits and honey-butter by a most delightful Irish waitress who made us feel like it was or 100th visit not our first. It was a bit quiet that morning but I can imagine the place getting quite lively when the crowds begins to roll in.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2013

Chosen as a last resort and was much better than expected. Good for a party

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northshore (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on October 20, 2013

WHen we arrived at JJ Foley's at about 11:00 on a Sunday morning, the smell of last night's beer and food permeated the premises to the extent that we couldn't stay. Even though we knew it had already been extremely difficult to find a reservation for brunch on that particular Sunday morning, we left to take our chances because the odor was so unappealing.

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localdiner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 19, 2013

This is a nice spot with a good variety of beers on tap and very good food - particularly recommend the fish & chips and the steak tips.

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