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About Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

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.

181 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Prime Rib

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. - 1 a.m.



Cross Street:
Exeter

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 536-4200

Website:
http://www.joesamerican.com/

Parking Details:
Garage Parking on Exeter Street
Metered Parking

Public Transit:
Copley and Hynes (green line)

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Carve out time for family and friends! Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, holiday specials or our full menu.

Private Dining

Joe's American Bar & Grill at the corner of Newbury Street and Exeter blends elements from our traditional concept with modern touches and innovative ideas. The beautiful private dining/wine room accommodates up to 20 guests for a sit down dinner and features portraits of old Boston power brokers.

Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (33)
Comfort Food (27)
People Watching (18)
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Great for Lunch (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Kid-friendly (15)
Fun (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Business Meals (7)
Cozy (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Great Beer (5)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Live Sports (4)
Scenic View (4)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

This was for an anniversary and when making the reservation that was marked/noted. Upon being seated nothing was asked or brought up about that. Was somewhat disappointing.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Great location, food and service! Somewhat noisy but clearly due to popularity and busyness at 5 pm on a Saturday! Delicious veggie burger.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The food wasn’t made to order. Asked for runny poached eggs and they were completely cooked. Asked them to please bring me new eggs and again they were overcooked the second time. This place is good if you expect generic, pre made meals.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was very fast! We enjoyed most of the ordered items, except the lobster roll- it was not the most fresh.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

A+ service

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

great experience! We go to here to take friend’s birthday. Joe has the classical american food. I like it!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Disappointed...noisy and food was very average....quite pricy as well for what you get....

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very loud and rushed service. Had to ask for everything: cream, sugar, syrup, ketchup, napkins, etc. Part of excellent service is anticipating your guest's needs. If a guest orders pancakes, syrup should be on the table by the time they arrive, or shortly thereafter. These are server 101 basics.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is the 4th visit for me. The food has been very good every time - never had a bad meal. Great menu, good service, and it is not too loud. Great location on Newbury St. in the heart of Back Bay.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

3 women having lunch, who hadn’T seen each other for almost 50 years. Waiter was great we sat from 1:00 to 4:00, and no one bothered us. Waiter kept filling water etc, but we never felt hurried

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Joe’s never disappoints! Good, solid food, excellent brunch, and great service!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We are visiting The area for the weekend and wanted to get something simple. The clam chowder was amazing and the burgers were great . Our service all around was excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our server was friendly and well skilled to make the evening enjoyable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our party of six was seated in a small musty smelling room. We had made a reservation weeks in advance. I would have expected seating in one of the two main dining rooms. Not appetizing.... food was eh.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good Food and Good service. But SAD to hear that they are not offering the Mandarin Butter which was the biggest reason I would go back. Hoping they put it back.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food overall was great, they contained a wide array of dishes which was amiable to everyone in my party (8). My only complaints were that it was a little chilly from the A/C and that the waiter was horrific. He forgot dishes, the dude forgot plates for bread. like bruh

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Took 20 minutes for us to be seen. Didn’t see to be too busy yet it took another 10 minutes to get our drinks. Felt the food was a bit overpriced for the quality

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We picked Joe's mostly because it was close to First Church where we were going to attend a special benefit concert, which just happened to also fall on my birthday. It was a great combination of convenience, quality, fun and fast. Even though we were running behind, the restaurant was still able to seat a party of 6 on Friday night at 6:20 pm! Our waiter was great, the food came out in a very timely fashion, the meals were tasty and nicely presented. Overall a great deal for a hot spot on Newbury Street in Boston!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, People Watching, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great service, good food and fun atmosphere. We really enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Steaks were excellent! Side dishes mediocre

Cocktails took forever. Server put in food order so quick we barely had received cocktails. Cocktail was a disappointment and not what I wanted to drink with steak! Couldnt place an order for wine while cocktail on table. Frustrating! Situation would not have occurred if waitress had been more attentive!

Dining room noise level good for conversation!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Average food, average price, loud crowded dining area. Nothing memorable about our meal.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is absolutely my favorite place to have brunch or Dinner. The atmosphere is perfect day or night.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Everything was perfect. Great price and good atmosphere

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 9, 2017

In Boston for a wedding weekend and this restaurant was recommended

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Joe's has a nice spot along Newbury Street. And, if you like people-watching, sure... have a beer and camp out for a while. We did sample the food as well and I specifically got the fish and chips. It was pretty good (Atlantic cod for $22). It was fresh and high-quality. If you are out to a Red Sox game, it's about a mile walk from Fenway, but the walk is pretty flat and easy.

The service was prompt and friendly, and if you want to watch sports, there's no shortage of TVs. Needless to say, we were from out-of-town, but if someone suggested we go to Joe's for a drink or dinner, I'd be more than happy to go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Comfort Food, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Went to Joe's three years ago (by myself on business) and was delighted and truly looking forward to bringing the better half with me on a leisure trip. That trip took us to Joe's on Monday evening. Had a beverage at the bar. Good. Active. Seated promptly when it was dinnertime. Her prime rib was super and she loved it. I ordered fish & chips (in Boston mind you) and it was awful. Too heavily breaded...Way too dry...Absolutely no flavor whatsoever. Ugh! Back again? Perhaps. But what Joe's do I receive. There's a lot of choices before I return.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We visited on a Saturday night after getting into town. Everything we ate was delicious - from the chowder through the skillet cookie.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everyone loved their meal at Joe's. The restaurant was fun and the service was great. They have a nice menu with something for everyone....burgers, pastas, steaks.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fun, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Something has changed since we have been there last... Music was awful and food and service like a TGI Fridays I'm sorry to report

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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Had an awesome lunch in there today. My mother had the fish and chips she said it was very good and I had the braised pork shoulder on cheese polenta. Phenomenal!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Pretty good overall - I ordered my food and asked for two things off of my sandwich and my boyfriend asked for the same and we both got our food with those things on them. The food was also not hot - it seemed like it was sitting there. Waiter was nice but seemed a little flustered. Atmosphere was good.

Tags: Tapas, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We expected Joe's to be good, from Open Table reviews, without doubt it came up to expectations

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Healthy, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food was great and service was awesome. Our waiter could not have been better.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent job with seating, timing by hostess - diligent service by Daniel. Perfect pre-game spot.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The staff is wonderful, kind, really pays attention to our needs! The bread is to die for!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Handled my food allergies exceptionally well! I was very impressed. Would definitely recommend to others.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Friends and I meet once a month, often at Joe's, which is convenient for each of us. It's comfortable and the food is quite good.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The service was amazing and the waiter was very polite

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We went for a special family dinner with out of town guests and it lived up to the hype! Thanks!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our reservation was on-time and as requested a bit out of the way...but still quite noisy. Service was timely and as we were catching up with cousins after many years, we were not rushed. A couple of glitches with gluten free but otherwise I believe everyone was happy with food and the value. Joe's has a good reputation and the expectations were met...did not disappoint. Accommodated the fact that a couple of people had travel challenges and were somewhat later than expected. We did not feel pressured in any way.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, People Watching, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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