JW's

4.3
71 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Winthrop's newest dining destination! Located in the heart of Winthrop, MA; Casual, Upscale Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Daily: Open at 11:00am
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Phone number
(617) 207-3077
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Pauline Street
What 71 People Are Saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.1
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting this establishment. Great ambiance, love the music, service was great, food was great. Looking forward to my next visit already. Thank you for a great experience.

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New England
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I wasn’t sure what to expect, I have been there before and it was OK well I heard that vinyl groove was there so we decided to go. Well the band wasn’t there was but we stayed for dinner. From the bread, oil, to the appetizer of calamari and then the two entrées which were margarita haddock and the brunch burger they were just delish.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful time at JW’s. Food and service were great.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

While under new ownership, the lack of service was obvious. We were seated at 130p and waited until 3p to get our food. It was mother's day and didn't seem very busy but busy enough to make the service extremely slow. Hopefully they'll hire enough wait staff to sustain a rush in the future as the food is really good.

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great local find. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Will definitely return.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prime rib was out of this world. Food and service was great. We went in the Sunday afternoon of Easter and it was just perfect.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely amazing!!!! And food was as well!

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LC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out after Nor’easter left town!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The worst service we have ever had! We had reserved a table 2 weeks in advance and the place was empty. We ha d to sit at the bar to eat our dinner. Will never go again, the staff was rude and unprofessional.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good as usual but do not use Open table since they apparently do not use it for reservations: didn’t have our reservation so we had to wait

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great local restaurant with good food !

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit and it was as great as the first. A great neighborhood gem with 2 available menus. Lively atmosphere. Fantastic wait staff and very reasonable prices.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Felipe paid no attention to us unless we call him or when the hostess flagged him. He never bothered to ask how our meal was, no water refill, etc.

I would come back for the truffle fries

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good.. The restaurant staff was very attentive. A+

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DD
New England
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Our server Troy was amazing. Worked the whole back room, including a small bar, eight tables and a large party of 15 teenagers. It was loud and we were celebrating with a small party for a birthday so not very appropriate that night.

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good portion size. Great service. Not a lot of vegetarian options

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JR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was awesome can't go wrong however the service was very delayed

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MJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JW's was absolutely amazing!! Well worth the ride to Winthrop! The bartender was friendly & fast... the waitstaff was welcoming & very helpful, attentive & eager to offer menu suggestions. Our food was delicious, scratch made fun brunch entrees. Try the Potato Cabonara it's amazing!!!

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LC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very predictable - great food, drinks and service.!!!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made reservations and they didn't have table for us. But they did go out of there way and made a table for us. I was happy for how they tried to fix the error and ended up being a great experience

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Father's Day dinner. We had two vegetarians in our party who loved their meals. The menu was updated with some great summer dishes, and they have specials every night. We have had many great meals at JW's.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

All in all it wasn't bad, the food was good , however, the service was a little less than expected the bread was excellent, not to excited about the meatball appetizer. Meatballs were bland. Chicken parm was good however the pasta was overcooked

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NJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Jessica was a fun and welcoming bartender, see made me feel right at home! I had stoppped thru in my way to my BNB for a martini and dinner. I ordered the lobster flatbread pizza which was amazing. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to visit when Jess is singing!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food here was delicious but the service was slow. It was very noisy and then they had a singing duo in an open area that was too loud. I would go back and ask to sit in the back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very efficient and relaxed staff, food is perfectly cooked and the table was visited by Chef Jay to make sure all was good. The menu was varied with some very interesting and delicious dishes produced by Chef Jay. The fine quality of the meal, combined with the ambiance of the place the night we were there, means we will return often. A great place!

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

very good food and they catered to my request for a vegetarian pasta dish and it was delicious. both friends were very impressed with their meals. Service great ! but it was loud not energetic. Hard to have a conversation.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. Our server recommended a very nice bottle of wine and let us have a taste before we ordered it. The tiramisu is some of the best around.

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JA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A FIRST TIME FIND OF EPIC PROPORTIONS! GREAT SERVICE, WONDERFUL MENU CHOICES ALL AT A TREMENDOUS VALUE. GIVE JW'S A TRY AND YOU ARE SURE TO RETURN!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find! The atmosphere, service and food were all top notch!!!

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RV
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regulars at JW's and are very excited with all of the new changes and new ownership. Coming from a family that has been in the restaurant business for years I am pretty fussy when it comes to food. My wife and I always support business in our home town and our experience on St. Patrick's Day at JW's was just outstanding. The corned beef dinner was the best I have ever had. Served in this large white bowl it featured mini potatoes and other root vegetables, cabbage in broth and the best corn beef I have ever experienced. Rumor has it that this dish was oven baked, not boiled and it really made a difference. I just hope that Jay features this dish from time to time and not wait till next St. Patrick's day. JW's offers the vibe of a Boston restaurant with great appetizers small plates, great sea food, steaks and great specials without the in town prices. Their staff is the best, and offer family style dining in their adjacent restaurant, Marco.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Definitely ask what your Chef is cooking.
If the chef enjoys cooking the meal the better it taste.
And the Hot Pudfing is tadyefore.
Enjoy
cheers

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was noisy just because Bruce Bartlett was playing live and rocking the place! Which my boyfriend and I loved. The place is usually just as loud as it should be, nice and quite quiet. Food tastes amazing.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had another great meal at JW's. The food was high quality and creative. The owner and staff take a lot of pride in making sure the experience is what people expect. I look forward to returning.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time dining at JW's. We had two little ones with us, and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating! The food was superb, from appetizers all the way to dessert. My friend loved the Carpaccio. They also handled my daughter's allergies with grace and knowledge.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark the owner chef was very engaging and friendly

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best meal yet at JW's. We both ordered specials of the night, a Halibut and Filet. Jay the new owner and chef has really taken this Winthrop restaurant to a new level. Keep the new entrees coming.

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MC
New England
56 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food! The new chef-owner of JW's is creating great food at a good price. I've been 4 times since the ownership change and each time my food and my companions' food has been excellent. I especially enjoyed a delicious linguine with red clam sauce. It's my go to dish at many restaurants and this version was one op the top examples. Burger is awesome, steak tips, etc. in addition to full on steak, pork chop and other meals.
Ease of getting to and parking at this place should not be overlooked. It is a 20 minute, or so, ride from Boston, Swampscott, Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Malden, Chelsea and Saugus. Lots of FREE convenient parking. JW's and Winthrop are often overlooked gems.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing at JW's -- two great chefs doing awesome work. And, it a superfun, local vibe. With parking, no less. Totally worth a regular trip up from Boston.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great small restaurant. Staff was excellent and the bread was delicious. The Tuscan burger was huge and the Chicken Broccoli & Ziti was excellent. It was fun to sit near the bar and watch the Bruins (even though they lost!)

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New England
28 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service here were just wonderful. Tempura Lobster Fra Diavolo. Lobster flatbread pizza. Pork chops and vinegar peppers. The antipasto platter featured red pepper puree, hummus and white bean dip and housemade pickles. Just a wonderful evening all around.

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