Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

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1412 reviews
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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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CB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great seat outside on the deck. The ambiance was perfect for one of the first sunny days of the season. The waiter was extremely helpful, and polite, and just overall perfect. The food was delicious also. Great place for a lunch meet-up.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great, but the food was just okay.

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IY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was not good. Unfortunately it took 45 mins to get our food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent!

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AS
New England
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere and good service.

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LI
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with 2 kids (8 and 10). The food was good but it was outdone by the service.

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V
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. We got to sit near the open windows. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon in Boston!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Mediocre food and extremely slow service. Great ambiance if you sit upstairs. Also, french fries are not home fries.

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TW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great, server was terrible. I went and refilled our own water and coffees, went to the bar to get and pay our check. The only thing the server did was take our order, she didn’t come back for the rest of the meal.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We eat out a lot in Boston and this was our first and last experience here. Had resv for 7 not seated til 7:25. Horrible table was unsteady and surface was sticky. Waiter was hurrying us out. Truthfully would’ve been better food anywhere. The Tuna salad came w 6 small strips of tuna and salad was marginal at best. For the money and hassle go elsewhere.

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M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I always go to Joe’s for fresh seafood and delightful ambiance. If possible, ask for one of the street side tables or enjoy your favorite cocktail at the street side bar. You can be sure that Joe’s will not disappoint.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was attentive and sweet

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SD
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food with nice friendly staff. Busy place that has inside and outside seating. Location was ideal to our hotel.

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LF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Joe’s provides excellent service, consistently. The wait staff is attentive, responsive, and pleasant. They do not take their customers for granted.

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e
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

server was great and they were able to accommodate our party in a separate room - thank you!

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AD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, not excellent. Server was quick but seemed very preoccupied with her night.

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K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Joe's. The waiter was great, as was the food. If we'd had another night in Boston we would have eaten there again!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We chose Joe’s to celebrate our daughter’s college graduation with family and friends. We’ve been there plenty of times over the past 4 years because of its proximity to campus. They were very accommodating and seated us in a small side room, perfect for our group of 16. Initially, our experience was fine but mid-way through the appetizer, the fire alarm went off. It was piercing and disturbing. The waiter came in to say that it was a false alarm but that the fire department was on the way and that it could be 30 minutes or so before the alarm was reset. It was actually 20, but the piercing noise was deafening and certainly put a damper on our festivities. Although we were happy it was nothing serious, the staff only came to check on us twice and after it finally shut off, we were offered a free appetizer if we spent $25 or more on our next visit. It seems ridiculous they don’t have a silencer on their system. Our celebration was definitely dampened. That all being said, our waiter was awesome and despite the hectic atmosphere with the alarm, he got the order right and was very friendly.

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TS
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Loved the atmosphere & food! Hip & fun for all ages!

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MB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Joe's is a very good local place - Food is good & service is very friendly.

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AY
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location, good crowd, energetic.
Good menu selection. Upscale sports bar, but. It too expensive. Lots of space, very accommodating in reservation, wonderful service

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Joes is a great standard on Newbury. You’ll always get a seat and you won’t have a bad meal. I love the patio for drinks and people watching on a nice day

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had the quinoa bowl which was very good. My husband had the lobster roll which he said was just ok. Service was a bit slow. Decent for a meal, but we’d most likely not return.

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CA
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky and got a table downstairs and were alone for quite some time so the noise level was fine. Food and service were outstanding!

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TP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food and the staff did a great job accommodating our kids with their food allergies.. will come back the next time we’re in the Boston area!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible sadly.

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EV
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was ok. Nothing special. Not sure why this place got so many stars on Open Table. Was pricy for small
Main Portions. 6 lobster ravioli is were like $28 Lots of Beter places to go

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C
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Yes, because we like the atmosphere and always go there for Easter brunch with friends. The food was fine, though my omelette was cold, dry, and bland. My husband's food was also cold, as were the English muffins. The potatoes/fries were vaguely warm but very wonderfully spiced. Other dishes were minimally fine, average, but the place itself is always festive and fun. The service was fine, but I wish the food had been better, as it used to be years ago. Please bring back decent, hot, food!

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MA
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Fish tacos where great. We also enjoyed the spinach dip.

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JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live this place and dine here often. Disappointing today as I had family in from out of town and they were out of all lobster and crab dishes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very accommodating of gluten free allergy.

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GF
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved sitting on the patio. I appreciated being able to eat gluten free safely. GF bun fell apart but tasted good.

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KF
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Server was in a big rush to get us out (even though she gabbed with the table across from us long and frequently). She brought our check before asking if we wanted dessert and we had to awkwardly (and somewhat apologetically) ask her if we could possibly order dessert after which she had even more of an attitude. Food good, service terrible.

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BB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Still one of my favorite places, but slipping. The noise level in the downstairs dining and bar area was almost at the point where I walk out. Get some sound deadening installed. I could barely converse with the person on the other side of the table.

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LW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very loud; lower level has a low ceiling that didn’t help. Food was good; service ran hot and cold. I think too busy for some of the staff

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v
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Ate here the Saturday before the Boston Marathon and thankfully had a reservation. Seated exactly at res time which I thought would be impossible considering the crowd waiting for tables. Food and service were excellent !!

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LI
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing gluten free nachos!!! Great with allergies.

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G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was in Boston for 1 night and staying nearby. It was a great spot for dinner. The food was very good, the prices were reasonable and the service was excellent.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the reservation process through opentable was perfect! I showed up to restaurant about 1/2 hour before our reservation to confirm and we were assured our table for 9 would be ready. we walked in at our reserved time and were immediately brought to our table. the waiter's name was Yoshi and he was a perfect waiter; attentive, not overly hovering, brought food quickly, recommended great choices, overall, the perfect dining experience. the Fish and Chips was outstanding, the Cure burger was ridiculous but the perfect choice for my son, the ribs were outstanding, the salads were huge and perfectly made. It was a great night, a great experience and the restaurants ambiance, albeit loud, was the perfect compliment to our exuberant party. Would definitely come back again when in Boston and recommend to friends! thanks for a great experience!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Was not a fan of the food. I realize Caesar dressing is made with anchovies but their dressing tasted so fishy! I ordered a lobster roll (whose description said in a butter herb sauce). Instead, the lobster roll came cold, and the lobster was tossed in mayo and was chewy (not how I like my lobster roll). I will not return.

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