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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, Burgers, Contemporary American

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, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Wine and dine your sweetheart this special week, because one night of love just isn’t enough. Celebrate Valentine's Day February 14 - 18. Make your reservations today.

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

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (27)
Comfort Food (27)
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Good for Birthdays (20)
Fun (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
People Watching (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Cozy (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great Beer (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Live Sports (6)
Business Meals (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Scenic View (4)
Authentic (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a really great choice. Staff is really friendly. Food is great with lots of varieties. Better book as it is always crowded. And don't ever miss desert😊

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We came here for dinner and the food was delicious! Atmosphere was very cozy and elegant and the sangria was yummy. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Joe’s is a great spot for good food and atmosphere when walking around Newbury St. This is the second time we’ve been here - first time was for lunch and this time for dinner. Everyone in our group was very happy with their meals.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service great, salad excellent. It was raining and window leaked, leaving my sister’s leather bag very wet. She told hostess who said “Sorry, we do dry cleaning”.......was this an appropriate response?

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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Waitress was fantastic! The honey chicken salad was delicious!!!! And the bread...,,love it

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Thank you very much for accommodating our group! I always love dining here!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Cold food. Poor service.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Everything we wanted and more for a celebratory New Year’s Brunch. Great atmosphere. Outstanding staff made up of professionals who are friendly, courteous, and clearly well-trained. Food presentation was picture worthy as well as delicious. I even got a free dessert because it was my birthday over a week ago!!! I definitely highly recommend Back Bay Restaurant Group restaurants. Never a disappointment. 😊🥂

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was ok - We were there on NYE for dinner and there was absolutely no atmosphere in the restaurant / bar. I had the steak for main meal and was able to eat as the chargrilled taste was like something that some one had painted onto it - fries also tasted off. I was really unwell during the night afterwards

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were happy to be there on NYE... lots of fun energy in the restaurant, we ordered a variety of dishes (party of 6) Every one was very satisfied with their meal. The swordfish was cooked to perfection, the macaroni and cheese was flavorful with out being greasy. Chicken picatta was delicious and not too salty like some places. Our server was spot on .. just the right amount of attention. We will be back for sure !!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love Joe’s! The atmosphere is always good- especially at a high top table in the bar.

Always good drinks-

Kids enjoy the fish and chips! And of course the delicious and fresh bread.

The nachos are the most expensive nachos we have ever bought- $17 with chili on it. Crazy- feeds more than 4- but for chips and cheese not the best value.

My husband and I shared a grilled chicken sandwich- pretty sure it was about 3 oz total of chicken breast on the sandwich- skimpiest sandwich ever- and we weren’t looking for a lot!

Everything was very tasty- just the value is not great for the items we selected .

Lots on the menu - and a good variety.

I have had the deviled eggs on a previous visit and they are awesome! Should have ordered them this time too!

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Decent bar with pub food. Nothing fancy but a step above some of the lower level chains on the way up to the true steakhouses. Kids meal is a good value.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Impressed with Joe's! I had mistakenly put 2 people in my Open Table reservation when we were actually 6... The host and servers didn't mind at all and found us a quiet table in the back near the kitchen, which was great for our party that included two children. The server was attentive but not overbearing and listened to the kids' stories about seeing Disney on Ice! He even led them toward the kitchen to see the action there. The food was great (and consistent with our visits to other Joe's restaurants). I would have liked a more extensive craft beer selection, but otherwise, we were very happy with our experience!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

With our son being celiac this restaurant does an outstanding job of making someone who is gluten free feel welcome. High recommend this restaurant for anyone who is gluten intolerant or not! Nice job Joe’s.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was spectacular, our server, Diamond, was great!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great place to spend Christmas with my very picky eater. Had a great time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Perfect for a family Christmas dinner- thank you!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We all enjoyed our Christmas Day lunch. The meals were delicious. Our waitress was very friendly and welcoming. I did feel that there could have been more of an effort to play Christmas music to create more of a Christmassy atmosphere. There were decorations etc but music would have definitely added to the experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We always come here for special occasions with my boyfriend’s parents. They can be a little picky, but we always have a good experience here!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had 48 hours with my husband in Boston over the festive period. We were really pleased to find this venue open on Christmas Day. The venue itself has a lovely ambiance. The service was exemplary and the staff were really attentive. The food selection was very good, giving both my husband and myself plenty of choice. The portion sizes were perfect for us and the food tasted absolutely superb. We also enjoyed the festive cider cocktail alongside our meal.

We could not fault our dining experience here and the next time we are in Boston, will most certainly dine here again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Roasted ribeye was good

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food Is always consistent and excellent.Great atmosphere and a perfect place to take the family.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great appetizer and wine selection. Good dining room ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

They have a new menu with some interesting items but still have that warm, delicious bread. Service was efficient even though restaurant was super busy.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was excellent. Wife spilled her entire glass of wine on table. Not only did waiter clean it up, but he also brought a new glass of wine...no extra charge.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Server was excellent. Your bread and butter is amazing

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We used to go to Joe's when they were on Dartmouth/Newbury corner and loved it so were slightly wary of what it would be like in 'new' location. Obviously things have changed but we still enjoyed our meal. The only negative we would say was that the burger buns were toasted but not warm. The burgers themselves were delicious. We sat downstairs which turned out to be a good idea as the street level restaurant section was VERY noisy and conversation would have been difficult.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food is always on point, however, don't expect much from the bar tenders. Not sure about their hiring practices lately but they've had better, much better in the recent past. Definitely a let down b/c service can make or break a meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We came fór breakfast on sunday morning, the menu is very small, we decided to start with good coffee and ordered cappuccino and the coffee was terrible. We then decided to have mimosa but the time was only 9 o clock so that was not available. The eggs and bacon was decent

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

5 friends for a birthday. Stuck in a corner downstairs, a booth for 4 and a chair stuck on the end. Not enough room on table. No water brought to table, no fresh cutlery for entree. Two sandwiches, bread and chicken cold on both. Service very inexperienced and poor standard. Disappointing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Not worth the wait. Inattentive service and rushed. Disappointing....

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We especially appreciated your new breakfast during the weekdays. Having a complete menu that can be made smaller for children was also a plus. Great location and service. We requested a table by the window for seven and it was perfect.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Hostess was kinda rude, food was just ok, good drinks and very nice service

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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