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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (33)
Comfort Food (27)
Great for Lunch (21)
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Good for Groups (20)
Sunday Lunch (16)
People Watching (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Fun (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Kid-friendly (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Business Meals (7)
Cozy (7)
Live Sports (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Scenic View (4)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Quiet Conversation (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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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Great appetizer and wine selection. Good dining room ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 9, 2017

In Boston for a wedding weekend and this restaurant was recommended

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vip
 (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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