Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

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$30 and under
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Since 1984, Joe’s American Bar & Grill has been providing locals and Back Bay visitors the comfort food they crave, plus something delightfully unexpected with every bite.

Our New England inspired menu features boldly flavored, classic American comfort cuisine crafted with the freshest ingredients. Specialties include Joe’s famous New England Clam Chowder and traditional favorites such as Roasted Prime Rib, Honey Chicken Salad, Joe’s Mac & Five Cheese and Short Rib Meatloaf, as well as new spins on classics such as the Cast Iron Skillet-Roasted Mussels. Focused on taking guests’ needs seriously, our chefs will happily modify any order, whether you’re a veggie lover or gluten-free.

Relax in a casual and comfortable atmosphere and enjoy a refreshment from the extensive beverage menu featuring multiple specially crafted cocktails, beers, and wines. At Joe’s, it’s not just a meal, it’s an experience!
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We ordered 4 appetizers, Brussels sprouts, flatbread, tuna tartare and fish tacos. The taste of the food was poor and the service was very poor. Very disappointed. We will not come here again.

AC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Joe's on a Saturday night and it was a fabulous choice!

l
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Good food, Good service.

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

good view, poor ambiance, chaotic service, meat burnt in the burger of the Kid's menu.

S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the service was perfect! Will definitely go back on our next visit to Boston!

d
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I appreciate the availability for late-night dining, I had 3 underage family members I need to accommodate, a party of 6 we were able to be seated before the reserved time, the weather was cold, so we were seated by the window which I assumed would be breezy, but the heaters were on blast!! a bit uncomfortable, but overall we enjoyed our food, the wait for service in between being served was a delay (even though the establishment wasn't busy in our section). I would just be mindful of checking in on the tables more frequently.

TO
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Easy to make reservation online.
Good menu with plenty of choices.

A bit crowded and messy for such an early dinner (6:45 PM)

Server was friendly but service was rushed: drink orders taken within minutes of sitting down; minutes after that we were asked if we were ready to order - we said we would start with an appetizer to share; within a minute of serving the appetizer we were asked what we wanted for our entrees; minutes later our salads were delivered followed by our entrees within another minute. Our table was loaded with multiple courses at the same time!

We felt rushed, needless to say.

JA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We had a good table that was not overly crowded for our party. Two of our members had to wait a very long time for their meals as they had been given to a different table.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Decent burger. Sweet potato fries were really good. Was able to make reservations for 7 a few hours ahead but we were sat by the door so it was chilly. We had kids with us and they liked it. Service was good.

DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome table location and service. out of town guests from Colorado loved it and will definitely come again

CP
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After a disappointing night at a restaurant only one street away from Newberry, Joe's put that experience behind me.

Nothing extravagant, but just good execution on a diverse menu of American faire.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to catch-up with friends. The Baja Fish tacos were great.

JE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our server was the worst part of our experience, although two of the entrees we received were overcooked as well. Server was hard to find even though it wasn’t actually that busy and we had to remind him about 4 different items that had not been delivered to our table during the meal. I mean, does it really take 30 minutes to get a lemonade to a thirsty 6 year old? My lady’s Fisherman’s platter was well over cooked and the mussels tray we got were half burnt. We aren’t ones to send food back so we sucked it up, especially since we had the littles who were already starving. Overall I would not visit again.

PB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect treat to eat at Joes

s
New England
204 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the bread and the steak is fabulous!

I tried the special, baked scrod. It was good, but a very small piece for the price they charged.

IE
New England
228 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Reliably good food in casual surroundings, punctuated by children screaming. Service is generally above average.

VM
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal, especially the clam chowder. We got exactly what we expected. It will become a regular when I’m in Boston.

L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Lights over our table were out and our table was in a corner that was very cold by the entrance. Forgot our appetizer.

BQ
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had scheduled a team brunch for my employees. Everyone enjoyed the food and had a great time. Our server was nice and pleasant but being that he was also tending to the bar, he tended to our table slowly. I ordered steak and eggs and my steak was raw. Not rare, raw. By the time, I was able to tell server, everyone else had already finished eating. A couple of people could have used refills. All in all this could have been a 5 star review. I give it a 4 as our server should have been more attentive but her had other things ongoing on. He was nice otherwise.

EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The fish (fish & chips) was like rubber and impossible to chew.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place good food and service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Brunch was great !

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was an excellent experience

MJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They handled a brunch party of 12 as if we were two, just wish our table was a bit bigger it was a table for 10.

JC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in an awesome location in the Back Bay! Great bar seating.

DE
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is always delish

JG
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I may recommend Joe's for drinks as the ambiance was nice.

D
Dallas
113 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was outstanding. Was very accommodating. Everything was prepared as requested and the salad was fresh and included some excellent croutons. My only mistake was forgetting to request the gravy on the side. The guys at the bar nearby were entertaining with their conversation about sports. It was a great evening overall.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe’s is a great place to meet up with friends or family for any occasion. The restaurant is really clean, the staff is super friendly, and the food is delicious. The menu is not too expensive either and is well worth it. We went for my birthday and the staff did a great job of making us feel welcomed. The cocktails are great as well!

DO
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Waitress was horrendous , came by twice and we had to find her to pay and then she was rude

m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience2

Waiter, Dan,at high tops was great. Treated us so respectfully Would come back because of him. Boston at Newberry St

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best staff and great food

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice table sunlight was right in my husbands eyes with no way to lower shade since it was coming in sideways and no shade for that. Food was good as was service noise level was very loud difficult for conversation without yelling

l
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Made reservations for New Years and had a marvelous dinner with GREAT cocktails and delicious food. Great location with a short stroll to Copley Sq. for fireworks at midnight.

JA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great waiter, service was wonderful and the buffalo chicken dip was the best!

ER
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Joes for lunch on New Years Eve. We were a big group. They seated us on time. The food was delicious and our waiter was excellent (think his name was John). We ate at a bunch of places over the holiday and this was by far the best.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prime rib was the greatest!!! Service was perfect and enjoyed the restaurant surroundings. A little expensive but location responsible for that factor.

S
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, good food. Enjoyed with my wife and 2 little ones. Will look to go back when in Boston again.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great location, menu and food. Waiter was a bit lacking.

E
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was good but the service was incredibly slow