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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
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4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (33)
Comfort Food (25)
People Watching (19)
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Great for Lunch (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Kid-friendly (17)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fun (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Brunch (9)
Business Meals (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Cozy (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Healthy (5)
Scenic View (5)
Authentic (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Romantic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

As I read somewhere, Joe's has a bit of an identity problem. We sat "upstairs" - ground level where the bar is located - against the window because we like people watching. We we didn't count on was the lack of respect members of the restaurant staff have for customers, as they crowded our table to chat up with friends at adjoining tables. Other customers were okay - it was the staff that was loud and rude. I am assuming the downstairs seating area had more respectful staff, but I don't know. I must add that our specific waiter was very attentive to us.

Food itself was good, with decent portions, and the price was commensurate with the portions and quality - no complaint there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Joe's American Bar and Grill was great. It has everything going for it including great ambiance, service and food. We have eaten hear several times now and all times have been outstanding. One person in our party had a peanut allergy and they were very thorough about delivering allergen free food to the table.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Nice place, good variety, great service, seated promptly..a bit expensive and very loud ( upstairs anyway, the downstairs seemed more subdued ).. would definitely recommend ~

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food enjoyable night. Fun table overlooking the kitchen. Great service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We went to Joe's prior to the Lady Gaga concert on Friday of Labor Day weekend. The hostesses knew we wanted (preferably) a seat by the window on the street-level but they couldn't promise anything as those tables were full when we walked in. We only waited 5 minutes and the hostess tracked me down at the downstairs bar with a big smile...almost as if they were as excited as we were to have the table for us! So endearing and genuine! Made our evening! Food and cocktails were great! Thank you...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Casual, Comfort Food, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We had a reservation and we were seated right away which was a nice surprise since the restaurant was busy. Everyone enjoyed there meals from a veggie burger to salads to hamburgers. An appetizer of fried calamari was shared and enjoyed by all. Service was attentive and good

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 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Excellent restaurant for those with nut allergies. The staff clearly understand (and are sympathetic) to what's involved. Great grub too!

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Overall good experience but there was a fly buzzing around our food the whole time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 22, 2017

As always, good food and friendly service!!! One of our family's favorite places to eat.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Nothing done about birthday when I said it on this

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

It was incredible that they were able to accommodate a group of 9 on a busy Saturday. We started looking for places to eat around 2pm, and OpenTable told me they had reservations for a group our size available at 2:15. They sat us at 2:11. Unheard of on Newbury Street!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Decent chain with simple menu and fairly young lively crowd when we went for dinner. Glad we booked as very busy Thursday night in August. We were a party of 7 and got great service from Cameron, pleased with the location and value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Loved the music.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We arrived for our reservation and asked to be seated in the "outdoor" area because it was a really nice night. We were given a table right away but unfortunately there was a DJ in the bar/eating area and the music he was playing was WAY TOO LOUD! We could not converse and I felt stressed just sitting there. I decided I was not going to scream over the music so our waiter had to do an excellent job of lip reading. The DJ then thankfully left and the volume returned to a civil level. What a huge relief! We have been to Joe's many, many times and love the attentive service, great food and general atmosphere . We will be back and I hope the DJ will not be.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was good better than waterfront branch

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Joe's and their attentive staff understood and made it easy to dine with our child who has food allergies - which is not always an easy thing to do. It was a great experience for our family.

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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I got in late, around 11:30 pm. I specifically asked the hostess if I could get food. She said yes. She sat me at the bar. The bar girl was quite rude and told me the kitchen was closed. She followed by telling me the hostess doesn't know anything, because she's just the hostess. I had a drink and left to eat at Solas where the people are nicely and the food was amazing.

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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Great meal, excellent service, I'd recommend it to anyone

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Catch up meeting with dear friend.
Windows open for lovely summer evening. Racing motor bikes screaming on Newberry St. were a disruption but not anything the restaurant could do anything about.

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 (México)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Es un lugar muy agradable y la atención es excelente

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The tables were too close together. Our table on the patio had 4 adults. Tables on both sides of us had children who were very active (up and down, changing chairs, etc.) Our chairs were only a few inches from the chairs of the other tables -- every time a kid changed chairs or moved around we had to move to. We were in from out of town for a wedding and it just was not the pleasant/relaxed meal and conversation we hoped to share with friends.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We've come to Joe's for brunch during visits to Boston for many years, though this experience was very different from in the past. The menu is suddenly very small, and lacking in creativity or custom options (brunch). The service was very attentive, though parts of the meal seemed less than fresh.

Tags: Quick Bite, Scenic View
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Awesome food, atmosphere, and service. Can't go wrong!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food and great service. Seated promptly. Our family was visiting from Philadelphia and needed a place to eat a late lunch. We made a reservation and had a wonderful meal.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Great Beer
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Hands down best burger I have ever had, and I think I have had them everywhere. Waitress was great and being able to sit outside on a beautiful Boston night was amazing. If your looking for a great burger, look no further.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, People Watching, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

It was an excellent night. There was a band and the windows were open which made for a beautiful summer evening. I will be going back sometime soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

After spending part of the day in the Boston Gardens needed a kid friendly place for an early dinner. This was prefect. Made a quick reservation online and it was a short walk from the gardens. Would definitely recommend to anyone in Boston with kids. Our server was attentive and the food good.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Business Meals
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Joe`s es super rico, saludable y ameno. Queda muy centrico y en Newberry que siempre es divertido visitar. Es un lugar seguro para ir si estas en Boston.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Casual, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food took some time to arrive but would definitely return. Great appetizers and excellent variaty in the menu.
Has a very nice terrace

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Went here for my 17th birthday with my sisters and cousin. It was awesome ! I would recommend this place to anyone!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The appetizers are really tasty, well-priced and filling for a satisfactory lunch. The room is a bit noisier than a group of (a few days ago), 5 women sitting around a large table, would have wanted. The waitress was wonderful (I wish I could remember her name), even accommodated us with individual checks.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Service was good as usual - we are local and regulars so we will be back

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Terrific time at a great corner table with wonderful staff. Loved the birthday dessert!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Fantastic service!! They accommodated our large group of 17 without issue. Diamond and Paula were our servers and were super awesome! Thank you for a great group breakfast.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

They sat us at a isolated table...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This is a great restaurant to meet family friends. the food was outstanding! The service was a tiny bit slow but it was a very busy Saturday afternoon and there were 10 of us. Fish and chips, lobster roll, breakfast items were all so delicious! Would totally recommend this restaurant!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Have been coming here for a long time! Food is always good although some items are a bit pricey for what they are. Sat on the "patio" area with views of Newbury Street. Only qualm with this visit was the waitress. She came to ask us if we were ready to order 5 minutes after sitting down - no thanks! She came back again after drinks were delivered when my menu was still open to ask again. Definitely good spot for people watching and good food/drinks, but don't let them rush you!

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Had a great dinner at Joe's on Friday. We were in town to move my daughter into a new apartment, and were really tired. Joe's fit the bill for a nice dinner that wasn't too much fuss. Our server was good - neither too present nor too absent. The menu had a wide variety of food. Ambiance was nice - good elbow room at our table, not too noisy, lighting was calm but not dark. Had the chocolate cake for dessert - was wonderful! Overall, a great experience.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 6, 2017

The ac was broke and it was hot. The service was very slow. Had to ask for refills many times. The strange part was they ran out of ice tea and we ate at 7pm, not late at all.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The food and overall dining service was good. Hostess and check in staff were awful. Had to "check in" with three different people and told that even though we had a reservation there was still a wait and no guarantee on a table at the time of our reservation. I had to bug the hostess several times after our reservation time to get a table.

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