Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

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Joe's at Newbury is located in the heart of Back Bay. For more than 30 years, Joe’s American Bar & Grill has stayed true to its roots. From our kitchen to your table, each dish we serve is New England inspired, made from scratch, and always tailored to your taste. At Joe’s, it’s not just a meal, it’s an experience.
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely family dinner and everything was wonderful. Joe's is our go to family restaurant.

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LM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food; good value.

Crowded noisy atmosphere.

Service was slow to start.

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AP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loud ....but good food!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

They were not able to find my reservation even when I showed them my open table reservation they were still kind of hesitant because they said they were really busy. But we were seated, we were a party of six and they sat us at a table for 4.. Very uncomfortable..

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was great and very personable. We appreciated him allowing us to modify the menu and the food was excellent. Will definitely return. Thanks!

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JJ
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Bustling bistro that delivered a good lunch in a nice environment. We had slight issues with our order / service but we’re handled well. Would recommend in that area.

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LT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite place when in Boston! Can’t miss !

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NF
New England
50 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

excellent service. food was served quickly and was fresh and delicious. will return!

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KY
New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Well prepared, fresh, largely unadulterated classic American fare with friendly and prompt service at a fair price. Clean and convenient.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with bae

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b
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the variety of food. Always fresh and nice portions

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived a few minutes early and were seated right away. The restaurant was busy but not overcrowded. The dining room area was nicely lit and the noise level was good. Our waiter greeted us and took our drink order. We ordered our meals and the waiter brought us one round loaf of bread. Our food arrived in a reasonable amount of time. It was fresh and hot. Two burgers with potato wedges were ordered and both cooked correctly. The mozzarella arugula flat bread was delicious. The fish tacos were great. They were not soggy at all and had a nice kick to them. The Caesar salad was good. Maybe a few too many croutons.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for a quick meal. Nice atmosphere too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was amazing

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b
New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the crab benedict; which they had this every day of the week. Great code sandwich. Lively atmosphere and great service.

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AS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner very much - we had 6 people and there was a good choice for everyone. We Especially appreciated the service - from the hostess and manager who kindly provided us with complimentary appetizers because we had to wait despite having a reservation - to our cheerful waiter - thank you all! We will be back 😊

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DK
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

WE have enjoyed our dining experiences at Joe's in Back Bay over the past couple of years. We were disappointed that the menu was changed significantly earlier in 2018 as we had quite a few appetizer and burger favorites that were eliminated. We were told at the time that management was attempting to go more upscale and get away from just a pub food type of menu. The bad news is we do not go as often though the good news is we still drop in on occasion. On this visit we did enjoy the spicy beef and noodle salad and the french dip with cheese and sauteed onions. Service was attentive and friendly.

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e
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The wine list was a bit pricey but everything else was great. We had a great server

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, good food, fair prices for the area.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server. Food was delicious and delivered promptly. Premises are very clean.

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BB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

In general, the food was decent, but the filet mignon was minuscule and way over cooked. Not very good at all.

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great Dinner on New Years Eve! We all had the Filet.

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NH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The prime rib was excellent. The baby back ribs were “fine,” although I have had far better. I think they could benefit from an increase in price, combined with an increase in quality.

The waiters should know the beer list, or it should be printed. The waiter listed only several IPAs, before trailing off. I personally don’t love IPA, so I decided to think some more and possibly order wine, when I saw the adjacent table with blue moon, which I ordered. Joe’s is the kind of establishment that I suspect makes most of its profit off of alcohol, so every effort should be made to pair diners with the correct drinks.

Ambiance was great, and prices were quite reasonable.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Never in my life have I had someone drop off the food and walk away without saying a word. Nothing. Just drop and go. Service here was awful. Manager just stood around doing nothing. Poor management means poor employee performance and this is exhibit A in that theory. So so bad.

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BK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very good considering it was New Years Eve.

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NE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was seated immediately after arriving. Server was pleasant and took care of all our needs. Food was great (it has one of the best clam chowder in Boston!). Despite being busy - it was New Years Eve - it didn’t feel overcrowded or chaotic.

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome! Great food, great service.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food!!

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YG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our visit. Food was great. Beer selection could be better, including tap. The service was excellent. We had a reservation and did not have to wait to be seated even though it was busy.

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch on New Year’s Eve , fantastic Black & Blue Burger.

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lunch for 5, try and sit street level, great people watching. Excellent food and service, we all had something different and all excellent quality and presentation. Highly recommend! Have been 3 times in last 6 weeks, all servers with great attitude and personality.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for kids.

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1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They forgot about the occasion

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JP
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The portions were a little small for a brunch on a holiday

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RA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good but our server was OUTSTABDIN

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N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always happy to have lunch at Joe's. Our group is made welcome each time we're there.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

About the 10th time I have eaten at Joe's and have never been disappointed. The fresh bread was server piping hot from the over. The steaks were tender and perfectly prepared and the meatloaf was amazing all for a very reasonable price considering you are eating in Boston on Newbury Street.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was amazing. He was experienced, thoughtful and funny. The hostess was rude but did apologize later on. We were seated late despite a reservation but the waiters effectiveness made up for it

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Hostesses were very rude. Very loud place, had to yell to hear each other. Food was meh for the price. It’s like an expensive version of TGI Friday’s. The busboy was bussing our table before we had even gotten up to leave not even 30 seconds after signing the check.

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SA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 15 on a very busy Saturday night and everyone enjoyed their meal. Our waiter had a task ahead of him with our large group to manage along with dealing with a packed restaurant and many large groups. He was terrific! There were a couple of minor mix-ups but he corrected the situation beautifully. People chose a wide range of meals - shrimp scampi, chicken piccata, swordfish, burgers, salads, etc. and to a person they reported that their meal was terrific. Between the food and the service I definitely plan on going back. Everyone had a wonderful night!

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