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Permanently Closed - Nix's Mate

3.8
169 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Located at 89 Broad Street in the Hilton Boston Downtown/Financial District Hotel, Nix's Mate is Boston's premier dining destination for modern America cuisine. Paying tribute to the Boston Harbor Island, the neighborhood restaurant and bar serves seasonally-inspired fare, capturing the true spirit of New England. Nix's Mate boasts a 22-seat bar and 30-seat lounge area, expansive dining room holding up to 80, and both semi-private and private rooms. Nix's Mate is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Wednesday: 7:00am – 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 7:00am – 12:00am
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Phone number
(617) 348-1234
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party contact
Holly Najdzin: (617) 348-1226
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Franklin & Broad Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.7
service
3.9
ambience
3.1
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on May 23, 2016

Restaurant appeared to be changing ownership. Not appropriately staffed so wait staff was constantly slow. Requested a table area to celebrate a retirement and hostess wasn't even aware of the request. Two popular dishes were not at all available (how can you be out of lobster in Boston???). Took over 1/2 hour to get coffee served and they were out of decaf. To top things off, wifi password would not open so could not send an important email.
Have been to this restaurant many times in the past and it was GREAT. That's why I recommended it for this retirement celebration. Needless to say I was embarrassed.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2016

They are closing their doors and moving soon. They did not have a drink menu and eliminated most of their meals.
It was not the evening we planned.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2016

Took about 40 minutes to serve us a salad and a burger! We didn't event order appetizers. Waitress barely updated us on the status of our food. We almost had to take the food to go because it took too long.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Very disappointed. Have been to this restaurant in the past and really enjoyed it. On their website they advertise $1 oysters every day from 4-7. We arrived to be told they did not have any oysters because they were closing the restaurant next week, but she could not tell us where they would be going. They should not advertise something they aren't offering. The restaurant was practically empty. We chose not to stay.

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1.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Made a reservation for Mother's Day at 11am through Open Table a few days before Sunday, May 8th. I was directed to Open Table through their website, which stated that they serve brunch from 11am-4pm. This was perfect for our Mother's Day Brunch! However, once we got there things changed. We were told that they DON'T serve brunch and that new ownership took over a month ago and has yet to change the website. Needless to say this killed our Mother's Day plans because the menu they offered for lunch did not appeal to our mothers. Thankfully the hostess had given us a few recommendations in the area and we were able to salvage the day. I hope that they have fixed the issue by now and make it known to people who plan on it for a special occassion that it is no longer available.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

I feel like the restaurant has 'dialed back' the creativity of their luncheon menu -- that used to have echoes of their more intriguing full dinner menu (Which I have not seen)

Don't get me wrong, many of the items are quite good and like I've said I've been 2x in a week -- but the burger, the club sandwich, the variety of salads, etc. are pretty 'safe' fare on a menu for a business lunches... totally understandable. However I recall a DINNER menu that was pretty cool and there were some tastes of that in the luncheon menu.

Either way, I'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2016

Had two occasions to visit Nix's Mate this week -- had the club sandwich with a side a DELECTABLE fries twice this week... Club sandwich was very good too.

I find the wait staff is always very courteous and attentive.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Very loud and the wait staff was horribly dismissive. The hostess literally threw the menu at me. I had a reservation and she told me that I couldn't take a table (??) but could sit in the lounge. Very strange over all. Not surprised they closed up shop at the Hilton.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2016

Nix's turned out to be a bit more trendy than we were expecting. It is an after-work gathering spot with couches and high-tops, not so much a dinner spot. However, I had one of the best lobster rolls I've had in awhile. The appetizer selection looked good too, although we were definitely looking for a more substantial meal. Good food, at a reasonable price. We chose the place more for convenience than anything else, and it turned out well. We were a little too senior for the rest of the crowd, although Nix's is in a Hotel. The waitress wasn't the most attentive, but other staff helped out.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2016

Great value on the excellent lunch menu. Get the tartare with egg..its amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2016

Good steak tips on a salad.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Very good breakfast and convenient in the financial district for business breakfast

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2016

I have an hearty appetitite and I found the portions to be undersized. Our watiress was great, attentive and not the least bit pretentious.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We walked in the front door from an extremely cold Broad Street and found a warm inviting bar. However we stood at the host's desk for several minutes and watched a few employees ignore us entirely. Having had enough we left.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Nice location , drinks were good . But food not worth the money . We had the twin lobster dinner , which looked like crab meat and bread crumbs mixed with potatoes stix. Awfully put together dish . Steak frites were over cooked as well .

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3.0Dined on February 5, 2016

Food was delicious but the waitress never came by to refill our drinks. She also accused us of walking out of the bill.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2016

Good oysters, but service could be much better and responsive.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2016

The appetizer tuna tacos were delicious. We had the filet and a steak tip caesar salad and the meats were cooked exactly as we had ordered. Our waitress Jessica was informative and fun to talk to. The laid back atmosphere was just what we were looking for and Nix Mate fit the bill.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2016

i went with 4 girlfriends to celebrate a birthday, saturday at 6pm. it was dead quiet, but we also went in the middle of a snowstorm. the oysters were good (nothing to write home about), and the drinks were good as well. overall nothing bad about the experience, but the vibe was the best part about it. very cool interior.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2016

We loved the ambiance, the service, and the flatbreads. The oysters were not good and very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2016

Excellent food, efficient and unobtrusive service, and enough room between tables to enjoy only your own group's conversation. The portions are way bigger than they need to be, but the take-home bags are nice too.

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1.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Worst "restaurant" experience in the last two years in Boston.
I Researched this establishment before deciding to reserve for a dinner reservation for a Friday night. When arriving,

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2016

Excellent service with a friendly, young staff whom greets you upon entering and leaving. Food was pretty good. Music was a bit cheesy as if you were attending a 90's wedding reception.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2016

Food, drink, and ambiance is awesome here - but I've never had great service when coming here - nothing horrible but just noticably cold/unattentive waiters.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2016

$1 oysters were great! Best I've had.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2015

I've been to Nix's Mate on several occasions and find that it is a reliable spot for casual business meetings as well as a family dining spot (e.g., after the aquarium or away from the Theater District crowds). The menu has some terrific standards but also a handful of surprises (e.g., there was once a lobster with a maple glaze, or chicken & waffles, etc.) that make dining here a pleasure. I'l be back.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2015

Great cool place to have an after work or dinner at

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2015

I've been to Nix's mate in the past, and the service and food quality was much better. My burger was over cooked and the response time was very slow.

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1.0Dined on December 6, 2015

Nobody came to serve us while the Patriots were being shown on the TVs.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2015

Great oysters: buck a shuck

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2015

I have now been here 4 times - 3 times for lunch and 1 time for drinks. The salads are works of art and delicious. The bar good is way too good for bar food. Service is always outstanding. Ambiance is lovely.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Great servers

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2015

Great variety of well presented food in a comfortable environment

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2.0Dined on October 5, 2015

Not a great place to go for lunch, as service was EXTREMELY slow, so much so, we asked for our coffees to go (but that added another 10 minutes to our wait). I was with a group of 7 people and we were in a semi private room. We felt like we were forgotten because we rarely saw our server. Would not recommend the Eggie Tuna Tartare...bizarre combination of eggs, pickles, tuna and a mayo type spread. I had asked for greens as my side. I got fries. Steak salad with rice noodles...would not recommend. Noodles were not rice noodles, more like raman noodles and my colleague said it tasted like cole slaw...disappointing. One colleague ordered the chicken sandwich specifically with bacon on the side. It was served ON the sandwich. Don't know if these errors were server or chef, but little attention to detail on someone's part. Because were were a larger group, 18% tip was automatically added. If I had the choice, I wouldn't have left a tip or a very small one. The restaurant was so loud, it was hard to hear people sitting next to you. We did start with appetizers, lobster tater tots and calamari....those were both good, but small portions. In the Open Table reservation, I had noted it was for a birthday celebration. Nothing special was done. Two thumbs down overall...would not recommend for a meal. Perhaps for drinks at the bar would be a better choice if I had to go back.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2015

The appetizers, main courses and desserts are excellent. The wait staff is very attentive and made us feel very welcome. We await the return of pumpkin ravioli which we have liked in the past.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2015

Took two of my employees here for a business lunch. Two of us had a salad and one of us had fish tacos. The presentation of the food was gorgeous. The portions were just perfect. All three dishes were delicious. Our waitress was very attentive. We didn't want to go back to work. Highly recommend. I'll be back for sure with others.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2015

I've been to Nix's Mate on several occasions and find that it is a reliable spot for casual business meetings as well as a family dining spot away from the Theater District/Fanueil Hall crowds. The menu has some terrific standards but also a handful of surprises such as chicken & waffles that make dining here a pleasure.

I know I'll be back several times.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2015

Great food,
Mediocre service

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2.0Dined on August 16, 2015

The waiters/waitresses were more interested in talking to each other than serving. After being seated it took so long for water to be brought out that we had to look around to ask for someone to bring some and there were barely any other patrons. The atmosphere was nice and the food was ok.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2015

That sandwich is absolutely awesome. You have to have one.

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