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Thu, 4/26
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Joe's American Bar and Grill - Waterfront

4.3
423 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Casual
  • Fun
Experience our harbor views! 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.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

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Phone number
(617) 367-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Commercial Wharf
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Joe's American Bar & Grill is a neighborhood staple for traditional American cuisine. At Joe's, we focus on using the freshest quality ingredients for all our dishes as well as providing a comfortable and fun atmosphere for all our guests.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Really good, simple American food in a beautiful location. The food is a step or two above the other mid-priced restaurants in the neighborhood. We both enjoyed blackened fish sandwiches, nice potato wedges, and a side of cole slaw. Dessert, not his thing, had both of us raving. A caramel bread pudding. Well done! The service was casual and effective. This is sure to become a “go to”. This is a beautiful waterfront setting with lots of outdoor dining tables.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food & service great, once they saw we had kids with us (tweens), they put us upstairs with all the screaming toddlers, probably would have been more relaxed downstairs. Also, both square tables where we were seated (we were moved when our server realized, we didn’t complain) were very unstable (tippy). Great food, great service though.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Met two friends and had a wonderful lunch. The server was very attentive. The overall experience was great. Would highly recommend!

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Do yourself the favor and stay home, I was given the wrong food and the waitress ignored us the whole meal.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Calamari was more jalapeños and red bells than fish; veggie burger was great tasting but only Luke warm when served

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Service was slow. We got our drinks and food at the same time. Food was ok nothing great. Ordered a salad it was the worse salad ever. We have dined at a Joes before just not this location and it was not good. I will not be going back. Short staffed for sure.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We had a late lunch so there were not many table mates but we were a party of four and were able to have a nice leisurely lunch. All of us were very pleased with our meal.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

had 2 younger boys so knew they would have a variety of food choices.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was really fabulous! Exceeded everyone's expectations! Because of the noise, could onlyspeak with the people sitting nearest to you. Only negative--my husband said they charged us $17 for a side order of the potato wedges for my daughter! He should have questioned the waitress because that was outrageous but everything else was great! Loved our server and the shrimp withpapadalle was excellent! we will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Outstanding service with excellent pub fare. Awesome French Onion Soup.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Grace, our server, was amazing. Had a wonderful time

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Thank god for the manager!

The waitress was absolutely terrible. It took her forever to get our drink order correct, and then when she finally did, she did not even bring our appetizer- she forgot to put it in-, so we cancelled the order. The manager came over, apologized and made sure the rest of our experience was good. He ended up comping our meals . Will definitely go back, just hope they got rid of our waitress.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

The location is great, right on the water. That’s really what you pay for. The food was good, not great, but fresh and the service so-so. We were there for brunch. Our table was not exceptionally clean, we had to ask for water and were not offered small things like coffee refills, jam, hot sauce. Seems like they might be pinching pennies on these things or else the waitstaff were inexperienced. It might be a nice place to bring out of town guests for the view and if your expectations aren’t that high.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Our waiter was getting friendly. Food was A+

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2.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Sadly the simple breakfast of 3 eggs was very disappointing for me. All eggs were barely cooked, even as over easy, so had to send them back. Was given new plate and they're slightly more done. Best to ask for " more done" unless you like runny white in your over easy eggs.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Friendly service; wide-reaching menu that surely would satisfy any diner's taste. Really good traditional American fare. I had ribs-- half rack was plenty for me, but someone with a bigger appetite should get the full rack. My dining companion had the salmon and thought it was excellent. We ate the evening before in the upstairs version of the restaurant which was also superb. Upstairs is calmer, fancier, but both have great food (slightly different menus). Service was friendly and efficient. View of the water is wonderful if you get a table along the window (lots of them). We will go back!

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

We were given a window table with a beautiful evening view. Food was great, service was excellent. Looking forward to a return visit .

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing location right on the water, great outside dining in season. While Joe's is a small chain it has character. Food is excellent but not fancy, we enjoy this restaurant very much.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We made a reservation at Joe's for 7:30 for 7 people and were right on time when we arrived. When we checked in with the hostess there was another large party walking in behind us. After taking our name, the hostess told me that the party that had just arrived had a reservation for 7:00pm and was late and that she would be taking them and then would take us when another table was available. We had to wait 20 minutes for that table even though we were the ones on time.

Then, in the reservation, I noted that we were celebrating my husband's 30th birthday. Neither the hostess or the server acknowledged the celebration and after informing the server, she replied by saying "oh Happy Birthday!" There was nothing special done to honor this occasion and it was quite disappointing. Our salads were good but one person ordered steak and it was very tough and overlooked. My husband ordered lobster Mac and cheese and the portion was so small looked like it was an appetizer. Very poor value.

We were very disappointed and regret choosing Joe's to celebrate this occasion. We could have chosen a million other restaurants in Boston that would have made this celebration more special and way better value.

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2.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Location was great but food was less than expected and sadly I would classify this spot as a more expensive TGIF Friday's (and Friday's is better)

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2.0Dined on December 1, 2017

What a disappointment. I love the Joe’s in Woburn. The quality is great. The baby back ribs meat just falls of the bones. I guess Joe’s doesn’t hold the same quality standards for this location.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

A wonderful dining experience on a busy holiday week-end. The food was great and we appreciated the kid-friendly service. Will be back

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Service was great, food was amazing the only thing me and my party weren’t too big on was the Caesar salad it didn’t have much flavor. Other then that this place was great, will come again!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Great location, good salads, nice place to meet friends for lunch.

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We went as a party of 6 on a rainy November night. We sat next to a very large party with a gaggle of little kids. It felt like Friendly’s . Because it was nighttime there was no view just large black windows reflecting the noisy crowded dining room.
The food and service were good. I would recommend Joe’s on the waterfront for lunch so you can enjoy the view.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2017

The only issue we had with our visit was the waiter, Jacob. We had to ask for everything. Coffee refills. Jam for toast. Butter. Ketchup. At no point did he offer any of these and we were continually having to flag him down for coffee during the breakfast.
He had all the personality of a doorknob. We tried to crack jokes with him and he was just not responsive at all. It was Sunday morning so maybe he was hung over from the night before?
Having been in the food service industry before myself, when a big table with 11 people is seated in your section, you take care of them knowing that a substantial tip could be involved for better and personalized service and attention.
We chose this location to treat our family and friends that came to town for our wedding the previous night before putting them on the plane back home. It did have an impact on the overall experience of the restaurant. The other servers who did interact with our table when bringing out our food were wonderful and we would have much rather had one of them waiting on us and having a good time rather than Jacob.
I would suggest management have a talk with Jacob to see if he is happy with his job or if this is even the industry he wants to be in as a career.

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2.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Food is very average at best. This time I ordered a BLT and the bread and the bacon where ice cold. the french fries were pretty good but all in all this is just very average. Location is nice.

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3.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Don't forget your customers at the end of the meal!! Food was great and server was friendly enough but when dessert never appeared, she seemed to bail. Manager all apologies but charged us for extra drink while we waited. Not cool.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2017

Great to have brunch on the weekends when you can sit outdoors.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

When you are looking for good comfort food, with the company of good friends, in the surroundings of a comfortable setting, and with a waterfront view, this is somewhere that you should go. Don't expect gourmet. But the bar-style, grilled food menu, beer on draft, and amicable service, makes it the perfect place for that hang-with-friends Friday get together. I'll be back for the fish and chips and a pint soon.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Joe's was just as the name implies, average. Not great and not bad. Good location right on the waterfront near the North End and Aquarium. Prices were moderate and the service was good. The lobster was a little tough but the roll was well buttered and toasted. The salads looked good and the fish sandwiches okay. Overall a good place for lunch. I think the inside could use a little freshening up.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Since we’re from out of town(Ohio), we haven’t been to Joe’s in a few years. We love the clam chowder in a bread bowl. However, we were hoping to order some seafood and didn’t find much to chose from, so we split a hamburger-which was good, just not what we went there for.

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2.0Dined on October 8, 2017

We had really awful waitress Alison C. Her attitude made us feel unwelcome. She had no respect to us as a client.

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Great for kids!! Always a good experience here!!

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3.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Joe's is an ultra-casual American menu dining spot on the Boston's busy and scenic waterfront. We were greeted rather indifferently, and taken to an inside corner table with a fantastic view of the harbor - and many flies (trying to escape). We got a table further in, which was fine. The ambient music was quite loud, but tolerable. People were generally happy
with the food, the ahi tuna salad a standout. The fries are excellent! My martini was superb. Our server was great - friendly, knowledgeable and responsive to our needs. Apart from our server, the staff seemed strangely glum. The rest room was immaculate (we were there early evening).

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1.0Dined on October 2, 2017

Told in sharp way we didn’t have a reservation....but you can have a table anyway.
No thanks, we wanted good food and good service, wasn’t going to happen at Joe’s

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2.0Dined on September 26, 2017

We were shockingly disappointed by the service at Joe's. The food was good, the service was pathetic. We couldn't flag down our waitress to get refills on our drinks, and we asked 4 people for the check before finally getting up after 25min to flag down the hostess to ring us up. With 3 servers for 10 tables + a manager and a crew of people busing and delivering the meals it just shouldn't be an hour thirty for lunch, especially when you sit down ready to order.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Great Calamari, bread bowls of chowder, yum, the chicken piccata is good and I also would recommend the steaks! The manager bought us a piece of cake to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, this was a very nice touch to a beautiful waterfront view, great food and good company.

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1.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Horrible food and high prices. Ordered the calamari and it arrived cold and was beyond rubbery. Disgusting. Hamburger was mediocre. Definitely expected better quality for the price. Charged $15 for a glass of wine..not the wine I ordered. Will never go back.

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3.0Dined on September 18, 2017

Food was good but cold.. Received our main course before we finished our soups and appetizers. Overall.. meh

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