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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

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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (28)
Casual (25)
Fun (23)
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Good for Groups (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Good for a Date (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Cozy (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Happy Hour (10)
People Watching (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Great Beer (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Live Sports (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Romantic (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Busy dinner before a concert. Lively Friday night crowd. Prompt service and very hot meal in spite of the crowd. Meatloaf and baby back ribs were very good. Very good. Best Pimms cocktail I’ve had in ages. Always a reliable and delicious choice on Newbury Street. Love Joes.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

This was a repeat business meal for an estimated 11 people (actually only 9) in a private room. Joe's Corporate posed huge hurdles including initially doubling the minimum food and beverage, from the time before, to $90 pp and 5 pages of legalese. Not at all easy to do business with. In the end, we got what we wanted with a less-unreasonable minimum, fine service and satisfactory food but the experience left a bad taste at a restaurant that has been a favorite.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good basic food and great service. Perfect spot for my teenager and friends to celebrate a birthday.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My four year old and I had dinner at Joe's on Newbury Saturday night. We had a fantastic time! The kids menu is bigger than many places, and had the option of apples instead of fries. The service was appropriately attentive and patient with my daughter ordering for herself. And our food came out quickly, so there was no wait between drinks arriving, bread being delivered, meals coming out, and her ice cream.

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The good was really good, I’d love to come back in the summer and sit on the porch outdoors.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

service was very slow and food was cold. Server was helpful.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This Joe's location ways has great service and food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great spot! We always visit when we are in Boston and restaurant is always so great w having a toddler in tow!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I went thru open table to change the time of my reservation from 12:30 to 1:30 and the restaurant was never advised.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and service and good gluten free options

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Good food, great atmosphere

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great place to have dinner...excellent food and great service. Had the meatloaf and burger with our meal and was tremendous!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Joe's is my go to place for birthdays! The kids love Joe's!!

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food is fresh and fantastic. Service is top notch. We visit Joe’s when we are in Boston and I look forward to the next time!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great for Large Groups!
The service was excellent and the waitress offered us fun recommendations for where to go dancing for our friends birthday!

We’ll be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 13, 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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 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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 (Chicago)·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 25, 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 25, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·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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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Roasted ribeye was good

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 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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 (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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